I have to admit that some of my IRL friends and family looked at me with sketchy, concerned eyebrows after reading my offer to do a Christmas Card swap with my blog readers.
(IRL = “In Real Life,” for those of you in real life.)
I get it, I get it – the internet is a big, bad, place. And sometimes I do experience that badness. But I consider myself a fairly good judge of character.
(For instance, I totally didn’t give my address to that creepy dude from Vanuatu.)
(See, Mom? I’m taking care of myself.)
But really – It was so much fun exchanging Christmas cards with so many of you. I loved the photos of your family, the drawings from your kids, the magazine cutouts of Printed Jeans, and your sweet notes. I know that some IRL people will never completely understand this, but internet people are actually just as real as they are.
Weird but true.
As cards began coming in, I admit that I let them pile up on my counter, a bit panicked at what to do with them now. Normally, I slice my cards all up, magnetize them, and stick them on the refrigerator.
a) Cards are getting more complex in their photo layout every year which requires a greater dexterity with scissors than I possess, and
b) There were a LOT of cards. And Ali is taking up more of my fridge real estate with fairy drawings every day.
On Christmas Eve, I was feeling especially anxious about my lack of Christmas Card Display. I began going through my stack again, and my IRL friend April’s round card (the only round card I’ve ever received) inspired me.
“Wouldn’t this look cool hanging on a ribbon surrounded with square cards and rectangular cards?” …I said to myself.
I told Chris my vision, and he said something about not having time before we needed to leave for Christmas Eve Festivities.
He was right, but when I get a vision, I can’t just let that vision die, which is exactly what happens to a vision unless I complete it right then.
Usually this type of situation doesn’t end well for my sanity, as things never quite work in reality like they do in my head.
But I pressed on.
So I dug through my Present wrapping supplies and found an unused roll of 1/4” ribbon. I also found my hole punch and punched the top and bottom of every card.
Then I strung them up like popcorn, with the ribbon travelling behind each card.
(See how April’s round card brought the whole idea together? Next year there need to be more round cards in this square world.)
In a miraculous bit of Christmas Magic, my vision happened exactly as I thought it would. The ribbon was the exact right size to hold the cards in place with no tying (not even on the ends!), and when I finished stringing all of my cards, I had used up exactly the entire supply of ribbon on hand.
And here is my new dining room wall:
Yes, it will be staying like that for quite some time.
I started out by taping my ribbons on the wall, but one fell off once an hour. So Chris took pity on me and nailed them in place with tiny, adorable nails.
(Which further solidified their semi-permanent state.)
The only thing that would have improved my wall would have been if you had all gone with a Spring Design – you know, so I didn’t look like I was just being lazy about not taking down my Christmas Decor.
So, Next year: Circular Spring Cards. Everyone on board?