Sending Cards: Reviewing My Resolution

Sending Mail by Natalie Parker

My resolution in 2013 was to always send a card.

How did I do?

I sent a lot of cards.  I sent cards where I would have normally sent them.  I sent cards I normally would have thought twice on.

Birthdays for friends I’ve lost touch with, valentines for girlfriends, cards for coworkers who got promotions, thank yous after friends hosted us for dinner, bon voyage cards to people taking big trips, sympathy cards for relatives and pets lost, congratulations cards for new pregnancies, congrats for degrees earned, thank yous to professors, and cards to tell people to hang in there during difficult times.

I like how sending a card made me stop for a moment and think about important moments in others’ lives.  It takes so little effort in the grand scheme of life to send a card and it has the potential to mean a lot to the person that gets it.

I have to say, I got a lot more practice writing sympathy cards than I would have liked.  Sympathy cards are tricky and I think sometimes people opt not to send them because they aren’t sure what to say.  I learned that what I say isn’t as important as what it means to the person to get the card.  Any difficulty I have finding the right words pales in comparison to what that person is going through.  Always send a card.

I’m going to keep with this as long as I can!  Let’s keep the postal service in business, shall we?  Onward to 2014!

Articles of Interest: William and Kate send thank you cards to everyone who wrote them about the birth of Prince George, USC football coach sends handwritten note to every single member of marching band.

Thanks 2013

2013 by Natalie Parker

Man, that sure flew by.

2013 has brought me unimaginable opportunities and adventures.  I thought I really packed in the adventure in 2012 but 2013 shattered the mold.

The year was not without heartache, but I’ve been trying hard to focus on the positives in life.  When I had difficult moments this year, I tried to use them as practice on how to carry myself and come out stronger.

The end of the year makes me so very thankful for all the opportunities life has afforded me and so very excited about the future.

Happy New Year!  May 2014 bring you unimaginable happiness!

2013: Always Send a Card

Always Send a Card by Natalie ParkerI’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions.  But I made a crafty one last year.  Crafty New Year’s Resolutions are fun!

My 2013 Crafty New Year’s Resolution:
Always Send a Card

My love of stationary and sending mail started long before scrapbooking.  I was collecting paper and pen pals when I was a preteen.

Sending mail is becoming a lost art – so much so that sometimes I think to myself, would it be weird if I sent a card?

Pardon my french, but F that.  Send a card.

Want to thank someone for something small?  Don’t send an email.  Send a card.

Not sure if you should include someone on your Christmas card list?  Include them.

Is it someone’s birthday and you have their address?  Send a card.

What if, in any of these situations, people don’t send you cards?  So what?  Sending a card never makes you look bad, I think it makes you look cool and put together.   Who cares if you don’t receive cards?  Sending them is really fun.

If you make cards, great.  If you buy cards, great.  Send a card!

The cards pictured above are these fabric notecards from Etsy that Mr. P got me for Christmas.

New Year’s Resolution

New Year's Craft ResolutionI actually don’t make new Year’s resolutions.  Not because I feel above it all or anything, I just never think about it.

How about a crafty new year’s resolution?  Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about crafts and creative time.  I have a lot of exciting things in life planned for 2012 and fitting in creative time will be a challenge.  Expect a few more posts about this as the year goes on.

Creative time is precious and I don’t think I could ever possibly have enough.  I realized what bits of creative time I do have I should guard.  So here it goes:

Crafty New Year’s Resolution:
No Email or Social Networking During Creative Time

Normally, when I work on a project, I probably check my email several times.  I can check my email from anywhere.  I can’t work on creative projects from anywhere.

Sure, it probably won’t be an absolute ban and I’m okay with that.  The mantra above is easier to repeat to myself than “cut down messing around on the computer as much as possible during creative time except when it’s really important.”

Are you making any crafty new year’s resolutions?  If not something formal, do you have any crafty goals this year?

Note:  I’ve updated my Links page, which includes links to blogs I read.  It’s a new year!  Head on over there to check out blogs I love and try some new ones on for size.

Goodbye Twenty Eleven

2011, my what a year it was!

I have many things to be thankful for and like to take moments like this to think about all the great things I got to do and all the reasons why I’m very lucky.

I consider myself lucky for the big things, such as taking a trip to Egypt and Jordan in March, and little things like finding awesome scrapbooking bloggers that I now read daily.  Not everything was rosy and a fair amount was stressful, but I prefer to dwell on the good (and I’m not usually a positive person).

2012, nice to meet you!  2012 is going to be packed, packed I tell you, with all sorts of fun things happening in my life.  And while I see myself going lots of places, my favorite place to be on New Year’s Day is sitting on the couch at home with my husband watching football.  For all of those things, I’m truly thankful.