Monday Morning Love – Christmas Cards By Minted

The big C word is coming up, and it’s coming up sooner than I’d really like. Every year I promise myself that this is the year that I’m going to get it together and be one of those crazily organised people who has everything done by December 1st. Today is the 18th of November, and with work and school I haven’t really had time to think about what to get anyone for the big C word let alone brave the malls and pick it out.

One thing I try to do every year is mail out Christmas cards – in this world of email and text messaging I know the only thing I find in my mailbox on any regular day is bills or a new takeout menu, so I like the idea of an actual physical card arriving in my friends and family’s mailboxes to let them know I’m thinking of them. Buying this years cards have been on my mind for the past couple of weeks, but I just hadn’t gotten up the courage to brave the mall. Then the most magical thing happened – I remembered I could just buy them online (cue embarrassing happy dance).

I’d heard of Minted.com in the past, but usually for invitations for wedding and kids birthday parties. When I realised they had Christmas cards I assumed they were those cute ones that people send with pictures of their kids. I don’t have any kids, and I couldn’t really fathom the idea of sending a Christmas card with my face on it so I kinda figured I wouldn’t find anything I liked. I was wrong.

Minted has almost 600 holiday cards to choose from, and while they do offer a lot that can incorporate your favourite photo from the past year, they have a magic search filter, and when you click ‘no photo’ you’re left with 373 different cards to choose from.  A much better selection than the local department store where I usually get my boxed cards.

I was a bit overwhelmed at first, but once I realized I could favourite the ones I liked as I scrolled through the available cards it made easier. My first pass left me with 43 favourites and I whittled it down from there. Once I saw all the cards I had ‘favourited’ in one place it was easy to see that I gravitated to a certain ‘look’, however there were a few different styles that also caught my eye. Some of the cards were easy to eliminate, but some were hard.

I figured that in order for these card to be personalized I’d be able to modify the ‘from’ field.What I didn’t realize was that not only could I change the colour of the card and who it was from, but I could also modify all the text, and even the fonts on the cards. How cool is that?

Anyways,  As you can see I’ve whittled my original 43 favourites to just the six in this post, and they’re a rather eclectic bunch. I’ll take a look at them again in a day or so and make my final pick (although feel free to let me know which ones you like). What about you? Do you send Christmas cards? Have you ever bought personalized cards online, or do you buy the boxed ones like I normally do?

*I have been offered a credit on Minted.com, however all opinions shared in this post are mine.

Monday Morning Love – Chick-A-Dee Smoke Alarm

Hi Everyone! Sorry for the radio silence of late – I’ve been busy, busy with school and work, so finding some time to dedicate to writting has been a little difficult.

Remember that wee video I put together for Para Paints? Well, I’m rather shocked to say that I was selected as one of the 5 new members of the Para Paints Blog Crew!!! How neat is that? The other members are Sarina at Pink Little Notebook, Sara at Saige Wisdom, Meredith and Susan at Newberry Sykes, and Kes and Tash at The Dreamhouse Project. I need to start planning what I’m going to add colour to.

Two weekends ago I had to the opportunity to see the Ai Weiwei ‘According to What’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and it was stunning. If the show comes to a city near you I encourage you to check it out (I believe it’s now moved on to Washington D.C). Once I had seen the show I went to do a bit of browsing in the gift shop. The AGO’s shop is always rather impressive, and while some of the items are a bit pricey, they always seem to have a few neat things I wouldn’t mind bringing home with me.

One item that stood out to me was the Chick-A-Dee Smoke alarm.

Chick-A-Dee Smoke Alarm (image via)

Chick-A-Dee Smoke Alarm (image via)

Now, before you think I’ve gone completely off my rocker consider that the design idea comes from the birds miners used to bring with them to work to detect deadly gas, and more importantly, smoke detectors have got to be one of the more unattractive but necessary things in our homes. I love how this adds a bit of whimsy to a normally unimpressive safety device.

Most of the marketing images I found had it placed in a kids room, but I think it would be fun wherever you would put a smoke alarm. What do you think? Would you buy one for you house?

Monday Morning Love – Paper Dresses

A month or so ago I was scrolling though my blog reader when I happened upon a post from Apartment Therapy. At first I couldn’t figure out why the post caught my eye as it was about a nursery which isn’t something I normally read, but then I realized it was the art on the wall. This is it:

Restoration Baby and Child - Hand Folded vintage Map Dress

Restoration Baby and Child – Hand Folded Vintage Map Dress

Can you believe this dress is made of folded paper? It’s stunning, and I don’t really care that it’s from Restoration Hardware Baby and Kids – I want it for my place. Unfortunately at $600US it’s not a purchase that I could justify.

I bit of Googling located a shop in New Zealand called Annex that sells a travel wardrobe of paper dresses and purses. The dresses here are $195.

Annex.net - Travel Wardrobe - Hand Folded Vintage Map Paper Dress

Annex.net – Travel Wardrobe – Hand Folded Vintage Map Paper Dress

I wonder how much it would cost to ship from New Zealand, and how much to have it framed?

What do you think? Would you buy a paper dress to hang on your wall?