Thanksgiving Crafts {friday finds}

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving?!

Besides making me wonder where the rest of the year has gone, this time of year always reminds me about the people and things I’m grateful for. With that in mind, I thought it might be fitting to share some thoughtful Thanksgiving crafts.

Whether it’s spending time working on a craft with the kiddos, or going out of your way to create extra-special place settings for family and friends, each of these crafts can be nice a way to show your loved ones that you’re thankful for them.

Thanksgiving is almost here! Check out these Thanksgiving crafts, including crafts for kids, place settings, and treats.      Thanksgiving is almost here! Check out these Thanksgiving crafts, including crafts for kids, place settings, and treats.

Thanksgiving is almost here! Check out these Thanksgiving crafts, including crafts for kids, place settings, and treats.      Thanksgiving is almost here! Check out these Thanksgiving crafts, including crafts for kids, place settings, and treats.

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Do you have anything special you do for friends and family on Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear about it!

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How to make a DIY advent calendar with your Instagram photos

Use your Instagram pics from the year to make a DIY advent calendar for Christmas!

When I was little, my favorite Christmas tradition was making paper chains with my dad. Ripping off a link every night before bed was so very exciting to 5-year-old me. Now that my son is old enough to understand the anticipation of season, I’m excited to start our own tradition together!

Since Carter’s favorite thing to do lately is look through pictures on my phone, I wanted to incorporate photos into our own countdown to Christmas. I came up with this DIY advent calendar, where we’ll turn over a photo each day and talk about the memory together.

Use your Instagram pics from the year to make a DIY advent calendar for Christmas!

What you’ll need:

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A Thanksgiving color palette {color mixer}

I’m always looking to infuse our house with warmth and festivity at this time of the year, and I just love this mason jar centerpiece craft that Emily found. The bright oranges and yellows are the perfect inspiration for a Thanksgiving color palette.

A warm and festive Thanksgiving color palette! #thanksgiving #color

Photo courtesy of Homedit

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Making a card? 35 instantly usable Christmas card messages

Wondering what to write on the inside of your Christmas card? Here are 35 Christmas card messages, to go with any design.

Last year, I did a post on what to write in a Christmas card. While that one was geared toward longer, more personal messages, I totally get that sometimes (especially if you’re sending out photo cards), you just need something nice and quick to add that last personal touch.

If that’s what you’re after, then look no further. I’ve put together a list of ready-to-go Christmas card messages you can feel free to use.

Happy card-sending!

General Christmas wishes

  • Merry Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas from all of us!
  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • Wishing you everything merry at Christmas time!
  • Wishing you a peaceful Christmas.
  • Thinking of You at Christmas
  • Merry Christmas with Love
  • Merry Christmas with all our love!
  • Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas!
  • Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!

Great for cards with kids

  • Hope you get everything you’re wishing for this year!
  • Hope it’s your best Christmas yet!
  • Have a holly jolly holiday!
  • Lots of Love at Christmas and Always
  • Merry Christmas hugs and kisses to you!
  • Merry Christmas XO XO XO
  • Have your merriest Christmas ever!

Religious wishes

  • Have a Blessed Christmas
  • Have a Blessed Holiday Season
  • Have a very merry and blessed Christmas!
  • Blessings to you at Christmas and always!
  • Blessings of peace at Christmas and all through the year.
  • Christmas blessings and joy all year!
  • Wishing you Christ’s peace at Christmas and always
  • May God bless you with a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!

Not sure if they celebrate Christmas?

  • Happy Holidays
  • Season’s Greetings
  • Thinking of You at the Holidays
  • Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season.
  • Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!
  • With lots of love at the holidays!
  • Wishing you happiness at the holidays and all year, too!
  • Hope all your holiday wishes come true!
  • Hope your holidays are magical!
  • Have a happy holiday season!

Hope these help make your holiday card-sending a little easier, and bit more merry.

Still looking for a Christmas card? I’m kind of a big fan of the ones on Cardstore :)

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How to take your own family photo at home

How to take your own family photo, with tips on choosing a location and using a self-timer.

Every fall, my mother-in-law gets everyone together to take a family photo for her Christmas card.

With each passing year, we’ve gotten a little better (and a little more creative) at using a timer and a tripod to get everyone in our growing family looking and smiling.

I have to say, as long as you’re prepared, it’s pretty easy! Here are a few tips to help you take your own family photo at home.

What you’ll need:

  • Camera with a self-timer function (most cameras have one)
  • Tripod – helpful, but optional
  • Self-timer remote – helpful, but optional
  • Your family

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How to choose the best holiday card for your photo

So, you’ve gone through your photos and picked out what you want to use for your Christmas card. Yay! Now, it’s time to find just the right card.

Finding the perfect holiday card might seem overwhelming because there are so many options out there, but I’m here to help make your decision a little easier.

Let’s get started!

General tips

  • Look for card designs that have similar colors to your photo.
  • If you fall in love with a design that your photo clashes with, try changing your photo to black and white! You can easily do this right in our builder by clicking on ‘edit photo’ and selecting ‘b&w.’ (FYI, you can rotate your photo in there, too.)
  • If your photo is too dark or needs editing, check out our photo editing tips to fix your photo using free software.
  • If you find a card design that would work perfectly if only your photo were flipped, you can do that with free editing software, too!

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Meet our 2014 holiday design collections – the merriest cards of the year!

The design inspiration behind Cardstore's 6 holiday card collections

This year, we’re happy to introduce six exclusive Holiday Design Collections, as part of our 2014 holiday card line. Each collection has been curated to highlight a unique tone to go with traditions both old and new.

Have a look below!

The design inspiration behind Cardstore's 6 holiday card collections

Rustic Charm

Our Rustic Charm collection is the perfect mix of nostalgia and new traditions. With their warm kraft paper and wood grain backgrounds, along with accents of cozy reds and browns, these cards feel like a cup of hot cocoa in a countryside cabin.

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The design inspiration behind Cardstore's 6 holiday card collections

Winter Wonder

Washes of teal and warm gold hues set a peaceful scene for our Winter Wonder collection. Sophisticated type and hand lettering designs compliment the soft color palette and clean layouts, letting your photo shine the brightest.

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The design inspiration behind Cardstore's 6 holiday card collections

Heavenly Night

Our Heavenly Night collection offers a fresh, modern way to highlight your photos with the true meaning of Christmas. Rich gold and navy hues provide the backdrop, while beautiful, hand lettered designs, accented by gold foil and glitter looks, round out this beautiful collection.

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The design inspiration behind Cardstore's 6 holiday card collections

Christmas Traditions

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Filled with Christmas trees, stockings, and reindeer, with a palette of festive reds and greens, our Christmas Traditions collection is everything the yuletide season should be.

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The design inspiration behind Cardstore's 6 holiday card collections

City Lights

Add some sophisticated sparkle to your holidays with our City Lights collection. Pops of faux-metallic and glitter accents can help your photos twinkle all the way through New Year’s Day.

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The design inspiration behind Cardstore's 6 holiday card collections

Merry Brights

Fun, bold, bright, and happy—the cards in our Merry Brights collection are the perfect touch of holiday joy for anyone on your list!

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However you celebrate the season, we know you’ll find something to help you share the memories you spent all year creating.

Have a favorite? Let us know!

See the entire selection of Christmas cards >>

hello, november 2014 {a free desktop calendar download}

Celebrate November with this free desktop and phone wallpaper!

Northeast Ohio is really pretty in the fall, and November is the perfect time to enjoy the last bit of leaves falling to the ground before winter sets in.

In honor of that, we’re happy to present the third installment of our Desktop Beautification Project! We hope you like this fun fall pattern that Melanie created as much as we do.

Enjoy!

Celebrate November with this free desktop and phone wallpaper!

November 2014 Calendar

2560 x 1440 // 1680 x 1050// 1440 x 900 // 1280 x 800 // phone

For help on how to install, click here.

If this table could talk, by Ali Edwards {life, etc}

We’re so excited to feature guest blogger Ali Edwards today, as she shares her article If This Table Could Talk. We love the premise behind it, and can say with full certainty that our own furniture would tell some great stories, too!

We hope you enjoy this post as much as we did.

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"The things we own are pieces of our stories." - Ali Edwards

Today I want to celebrate this spot: our dining table.

This round black table hasn’t been around forever. In fact it was purchased in January 2012, a few months after Chris had moved out. The previous long rectangle table we owned together fit better in his house and I was open to getting a new one.

A fresh start for new stories.

Along the way I purchased some chairs from Ikea and the grey couch from Overstock.com (originally purchased for another room until I wondered if it would fit in this spot) which is definitely the favorite feature of the kids and the cat.

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Fun & bright Halloween colors {color mixer}

A few weeks ago, Emily posted an awesome Halloween party color palette that unexpectedly used pink instead of purple—such a fun departure from the normal, traditional Halloween colors.

It inspired me to see what other unexpected color palettes were out there for Halloween, and I came across this one that uses primary colors. I love the extra zest that the gold adds to the palette, but you could easily leave it out, and it would be perfect for a kids’ party!

A fun and bright Halloween color palette #halloween #color #inspiration #gold

Photo courtesy of Studio DIY

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Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at all our color palettes, or see more Halloween posts!