Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas Cards

It seems to have become quite the thing not to send Christmas cards these days but to give the money that would have been spent to charity instead... which is all very good and worthy, but I actually like getting Christmas cards. On more than one occasion a card received has prompted me into getting in touch and meeting up with someone I'd not seen for a long time. And I like to catch up with snippets of news etc that come along with cards.

So when Amy of Love Made My Home suggested a simple card swap between bloggers I decided to join in. My partner was Liz from Love those Cupcakes and this was the gorgeous hand crafted card I received from her.

 A few of us also sent cards to Amy as a thank you for organising the swap and I was pleasently surprised to receive this back from Amy... another beautiful hand crafted card.

I've received quite a few hand made cards this year so have displayed them all together beside my fireplace. These are special ones that will be kept and not recycled.

And then this morning, just in time for this post, this gorgeous hand painted teacup card arrived all the way from New York from fellow blogger Frances of City Views, Country Dreams. I can't tell you how delighted I was to open this and how privileged I feel to receive one of these unique cards, which will be framed and hung in my kitchen where I can see it all year long.

So a huge thank you to Liz, Amy and Frances!

And should you want ideas on what you might do with your cards after Christmas (the mass produced ones, not special ones!) I've a couple of ideas from past blog posts... just click on the links here and here!

18 comments:

  1. Very cool cards! I also love sending and receiving cards. I even enjoy reading Christmas letters.

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  2. Yes, I like receiving cards too for those same reasons. We have still got quite a few this year, and I do treasure the handmade ones especially. Happy Christmas Gina! xCathy

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  3. Beautiful cards! I love the tree and the teacup equally! Thank you for taking part. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Happy Christmas! xx

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  4. I feel just as you about Christmas cards and was delighted to be able to jump on the band wagon that Amy set in motion. Merry Christmas to you x

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  5. What beautiful cards. I love the tree and the teacup from Frances, such very clever people. Have a wonderful Christmas x

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  6. Lovely cards, - I can see the last one as an embroidery - if you knew anyone who has time to do embroidery! x

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  7. Handmade cards are always special and I always keep them. I used to make a lot myself but have become rather lazy in my old age. You have a super collection here.

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  8. Dear Gina, it was such a treat to meet you last year at the V&A and to find once again that blogging does develop friendships that become strengthened when we are lucky to meet in person.

    I'm so glad that you liked this year's teacup. Just this afternoon, I've been painting a few more to pop into the post tomorrow. Each one is just a little different from its siblings.

    Yes, it's a treat to receive Christmas cards in our mail boxes, and extra good if they've been handmade. My Father used to design our family's Christmas cards, and I like to think that I'm carrying on a family tradition.

    xo

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  9. Lovely. And that teacup card definitely deserves to be framed. :) Happy holidays!

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  10. These hand made cards are lovely. I am of being a lazy card writer. I do write them only for friends and family I rarely see, with a wee note about life and all. My little ones make cards at school, to be printed professionally. I do love those little snapshots of artistic development (but find it difficult to send them away, too cute!). Have a lovely Christmas. Two days to go! xx

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  11. What lovely cards! Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas (and some time off from baking!)

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  12. You have received such lovely cards this holiday season. And, I'm sure they will be treasured for many years. I wish you a Merry Christmas, Pat

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  13. Lovely cards and I do love the tradition of sending cards and letters. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  14. Love the teacup card. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year xx

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  15. I couldn't agree more about handmade cards Gina and you have a lovely selection here. How on earth did you find time to join in with Amy's idea!!! It's lovely that you did though. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.... rest... chill... xx

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  16. It's great to read your sentiments. I honk it's sad people have stopped sending cards. I've decided to keep remembering old friends, it's such a good way to keep in touch. The homemade cards are really great.

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  17. i love your idea of making it look like a Christmas tree. so creative.
    i just hopped over to see your Christmas card swap from "Amy's at Love Made My Home". hope you are well. that you had a nice Christmas. here's hoping the New Year will be a great one for all. take care. all the best to ya. ( :

    i keep seeing folks make Christmas trees out of books, & i wonder if i have enough books?

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  18. I so agree about the tradition of christmas cards dying off, and I think it's such a shame. I love to receive cards, and greatly enjoy choosing,writing, and sending them, as well as receiving them. I think it's another example of the down side of social media. Your hand made cards are really lovely, and well worth keeping to admire on future christmases X

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