The holidays were hectic, as I am sure they were for all of you, but I had one special project that warmed my heart I wanted to share. A woman contacted me through my etsy shop Pretty Lil’ Notes in early December about my line of Christmas ornaments and had a unique request. She recently moved to Japan with her military husband and kids, and had the tradition of sending handmade ornaments to her entire family every Christmas. Being so far away with limited supplies, she requested that I create my handmade ornaments with photos of her two boys, and mail them on her behalf. I was thrilled to do so! It was really special to be writing “NaNa and PaPa” and “Auntie Beth” on the envelopes just as she would, knowing the smiles these simple ornaments would bring to their faces when received.
I print and hand punch these ornaments on a super thick Bristol stock (it is a loud process, but well worth it) and tie with silver ribbon for hanging. Although the holidays have passed, I just received another ornament order from a mom hoping to give one to each child in her son’s class… the catch is that she wants me to print a class photo of all 19 kids on each ornament (this is no easy task), but I am up to the challenge. I imagine this is how the Duggars feel when they do family portraits and try to frame them.