Monday, 21 December 2009

Today...

...I finally put all our Christmas cards up. How do you display yours? We've experimented with different ways over the years, but as I don't want to use drawing pins or blu-tak on our walls since we had the living room decorated for the last couple of years I've displayed them on our bookcases:



It's a bit fiddly, but I lift up a few books at a time, slide the back half of the card underneath, and allow the front half to hang down in front of the shelf below. Odd-sized or odd-shaped cards go on the top shelves or the mantel-piece.



I like the effect, but it is fiddly! And whenever I think I've caught up with the task, along comes postie with another batch of cards....




Now, I tried photographing this page in what little daylight we had, but it just looked blue. So I put the light on and now it's yellow-tinged instead. Ho hum. This is the better version, so we'll go with it! The background paper is My Mind's Eye; I stamped the title with Studio G alphas in co-ordinating inks and added the Elle's Studio number with a little silver peg recycled from one of last year's Christmas cards.



Quick and simple, 'cos I have a bit of catching up to do! And while I'm not obsessing about keeping up to date, I also know that if I get too far behind I won't finish at all... So today I've managed to do several 6x6 layouts (which I'll share over the next couple of days) and if I get the chance later to do my page for the 18th I'll have caught up again. Until tomorrow, anyway. It's a bit relentless, this December!

Oh, and I realise that I never got back to you regarding those Secret Santa gifts! I don't quite know if I dare own up... You see, some of us find the loveliest item they can that only costs £1. And some of us think silly. I *love* the sparkly reindeer, but sadly I neither gave nor received it; I put in the tongue cleaner. Sorry. Luckily the recipient shares my sense of humour and thought it was great! The Doctor gave the pineapple, which was also well-received. I got the diary (very handy).

So, well done Jennifer Rose! You got it! Stacey, yes - flannel can mean the fabric, but generally when we talk about 'a flannel' here we mean a washcloth :-) I'm quite happy with the suggestions of the sparkly reindeer though because if I'd seen it I would definitely have got it. And then probably kept it for myself ;-)

9 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Good morning Mel!
We just stick ours into a Longaberger Christmas basket. That makes it easy to pick them up and check them out.
Rinda

debs14 said...

We have double doors that lead from dining room to lounge and they have 12 panes of glass in each side. I tend to hang 2" wide gold ribbon from the top and staple cards to that, hanging in front of the doors, then put any extras on to the actual glass.
Special cards from close family go on the mantle piece in the lounge. Cards that arrive on xmas eve rarely make it onto the ribbon!

Photographing Mom said...

Very creative!! I stapled ours to a ribbon this year.

scrappyjacky said...

I'm afraid I'm totally uncreative with displaying them.I sellotape them in lines and hang from the picture rail in dining room....pin holes are well hidden at back of rail......but,of course, I then have to take them down really carefully cause I like to keep the handmade ones.A few 'special' family cards go on the mantlepiece.

Amy said...

Hi Mel,
Cards look great in the bookcase .... My Minds Eye is my favourite paper manufacturer - love their papers!
If nothing else, I'll say you are very practical with your gift giving ;-)

Amy said...

Oh, you'll see how I've put my cards up on the blog today - nothing creative .... just jammed on the top of the TV cabinet!

Jennifer Rose said...

i love the idea of putting cards up like that, they look great :D

yay I was right lol :)

Ruth said...

Ours are in a pile on the end of the kitchen work top. I tried putting a few on display, but DS just thought they were for his amusement. I might try your idea next year.
I do like a house with lots of books ~ to quote Cicero, a room without books is a body without a soul.

RachelB said...

Loving the My Mind's eye papers Mel.