Card cuteness

I will be a big girl and admit that I am quite obsessed with cards. I will never understand the reasoning behind this, but I’ll snatch up any card I think is semi-cute or entertaining whether I need it or not. I have a box up in my closet with dozens of birthday, thank you, blank, and lovey-dovey cards “just in case”. Seriously, there are like 15 years’ worth up there. It’s an issue, really.

(When will I ever need this? Because you better believe I have one. Maybe even two.)

You can imagine my glee when I realized Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. EEEEE! <– That would be my glee.

Just look at these and try not to drool all over yourself.

1) & 4) The Love Pack – MadeByGirl

2. Valentine Snail – Egg Press

3. L-O-V-E – MadeByGirl

5. Saucy Tart – Bella Muse

6.  Good Catch – Egg Press

Do any of you get all crafty and make cards or gifts or participate in other shenanigans on V-day? I usually hit a creativity block and end up making a silly coupon book for free back rubs and things. Because apparently I’m still 12.

Merci Beaucoup!

I recently celebrated my 22nd birthday and was blessed with very sweet and thoughtful gifts from my family and friends. It’s always been important to me to send thank-you notes, letting the giver know how I appreciate the time, thought, and money they generously spent on me.

I’ll admit that when I was younger, Mom would have to force me to sit down and write them all (it can be a tad overwhelming when you turn 18 and your entire church congregation attends your party), but now that I’m older I’ve found a few ways to enjoy it…

Don’t be lazy.

Emailed thank-yous aren’t nearly as personal as handwritten ones. That little bit of extra effort goes a long way in showing you are truly grateful.

Don’t procrastinate.

It’s best to write your notes as soon as you can. If you’re running behind, remember that it’s better to send a late note than nothing at all. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed with that huge list staring you down, break it up and write the notes on different days.

Don’t be boring.

Invest in some stationery, woman! These are pretty irresistible…

Target – Monogram Notecards

Tiny Prints – Pink Birds on a Branch

Wedding Paper Divas – Little Bird

Wedding Paper Divas – Modern Paisley

A thank you card is the perfect way to show appreciation for something a person has given. Remember that when someone receives a thank you note they feel stronger about that person’s character, they feel as if they’re important enough to you to be worth your time, and the bonus… you give them that all-too-rare, simple pleasure of opening an envelope that isn’t junk mail!

I also think it’s a fabulous idea to have plenty of extra cards in case of emergency. I keep a box of birthday, thank-you, anniversary, and even blank cards for those last minute uh-oh moments. If it happens, there’s no reason for anyone to know. ;)