free personalization on “merry christmas” tags until 9/30

hello there!!

i have been busy getting my holiday card ducks in a row, and am so excited to debut the new designs very soon!!  in the meantime, i’m offering free personalization on all “merry christmas” tags – check out all of the designs in the etsy shop here!  i’m selling them either in sets of 24, or in sets of 12 with ribbon.

green with red velvet 1

gold on cream

kraft with red stripe 3

red on cream

for the personalization, i typically put “the xxx family” or first names underneath the “xoxo” in the small all caps font.  they look cute tied onto any gift and you can feel so ahead of the holiday gift-giving game having them all ready to go :)  only valid on orders placed through 9/30, so act fast!

also, there is just one more set of these cute woodland sale notecards up for grabs… i love these for little boys.

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back soon with holiday cards and some exciting news!!!


shop happenings (including early bird holiday card special!)


have y’all had a good summer??  we sure have – but i just can’t believe it’s coming to an end?!  so wild.  i’m planning on doing a summer tidbits post to share what we’ve been up to, but in the meantime, wanted to let you know about some shop happenings!

we just launched our new “happy birthday” tags – right now, they are available in hot pink, navy, aqua and green (not pictured yet).  they can be blank or personalized, and look so cute on a present or gift bag!  i like these because they can be used for both adults and children.  love a multi-purpose item!  i’m doing a giveaway for a set of 24 personalized “happy birthday” tags in ink color of your choice on the facebook page right now!  go leave a comment before midnight on sunday, 8/16/2016, to be eligible.  i’ll announce the winner monday morning, 8/17/2015!  if you lose…they are available for purchase in the tag section of the etsy shop.

ALL birthday tags

also, it’s time to get the wheels turning on holiday cards!  crazy, right?  i mean it’s 90 degrees outside…but i like to give y’all some advance notice for early bird so you can book your photo session accordingly!  like last year, i am only accepting 25 early bird orders, and have a handful still available.  email me at to nab your spot!  same deal as usual: put down a $100 deposit, email me prior to 10/31/2015 with your photograph and card selection, and receive 25 free cards included in your order.  it’s a good deal!  i’ll be adding the new card designs in september, so you will have a bunch of fun new designs to choose from.  man, all of this holiday card talk is making me want a gingerbread spice latte.

photo-202 copylastly, i hope y’all are loving our monthly sale notecard program – i am having fun designing them and passing along a good bargain!  august’s is listed here – the bamboo pattern and pink/green made me think of hot summer temps and palm beach style…

august 2015 hot pink and green

we’ll do TWO sale notecard designs for september – get excited!!  i won’t be able to do the monthly sale notecards in october, november or december due to holiday card volume, so hopefully those can hold you over until january!

but for now…  we’ll hit the pool.


gift sticker giveaway: WINNERS!

before we get into the giveaway winners, i would like to thank those who offered their concern (it was valid) and prayers for my week of VBS teaching.  i needed them.  really though, i loved it. my kids were so sweet and precious, and we all had a blast, i think.  i mean, how cute are they???


thanks to all who entered the gift sticker giveaway!!  i am so excited to announce the winners – and i love being able to spread around the goods to two people.  so fun!  i consulted my buddies at and here is what they said…


Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 10.11.41 PMand the 19th commenter was…  ALEX!

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 10.12.35 PMWINNER #2:

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 10.11.51 PMthe 45th commenter was… AMANDA (aka dixie delights, one of my favorite blogs)!

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i am so excited to do up some gift stickers for these two ladies.  i’ll email you to get started, gals!  for the rest of you, if your dreams were dashed, you can still order the stickers via me ( or the etsy shop!  they are quite the bargain at $27.50 for 50 qty. and $50 for 100 qty.  that will last you through a lot of birthday parties :)

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


GIVEAWAY: two sets of our new gift stickers! {CLOSED}

greetings!  i thought i would really welcome these new gift stickers to the family by giving away a couple of sets.  make ’em feel at home, you know.  so i’ll choose TWO winners to each get a set of 50 stickers, winner’s choice of colors and animal/monogram.  these are great for you, your family, your children or even your business!  you can enter until 10:00 p.m. EST on thursday, june 27th…so leave a comment in the comment section of this post to be entered!


girl's chevron packaged

boys chevron full

animal motif options3

i’m off to teach a classroom of 4 year olds at vacation bible school…please pray for me.

good luck!!!


giveaway winner!

thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!!!  i absolutely LOVED reading all of the comments – i only wish everyone could win!!!  wouldn’t that be awesome if i had the oprah thing going where i could be like, guess what….YOU’RE ALL GETTING A SET!!  alas, for now, we just have one winner. :)

without further adieu (i love saying that word), declared our winner…..the 11th comment!

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who was the 11th commenter?  katie g.!!!

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katie g., i’m so excited to start working with you on your notecards!!  i’ll send you an email so we can get going :)

the rest of you…have a GREAT weekend.  i’ll be working on some fun posts for you for next week – your comments were motivation for me to get my act together and post more!!


giveaway time

it is high time i gave away some free stuff.  i never mean to wait so long between giveaways, i just forget to do them!  how do you guys feel about a set of 25 personalized scalloped notecards (my new fave)?  a nearly $70 value.  colors, liner and font is winner’s choice.


scalloped notecardto enter, just leave a comment on this post.  contest closes at midnight thursday, 3/21 and i’ll announce the winner on friday.

woo hoo! good luck.




free to a good home

hi everyone!  we’re cleaning house here in the calliespondence office…and i have a set of 50 notecards with envelopes up for grabs.  they are A6 size (4.5″ x 6.25″) printed on 100 lb. white cardstock with a black and eggplant border and the initials “BG” in the bottom right corner.  my printer printed them on white stock when i needed cream, so they’ve been on the shelf waiting for a nice owner!

only catch to claiming them – your initials must be BG.  once you show me your driver’s license, i’ll stick them in the mail to you (i kid, i kid).  first one to comment that their initials are BG, they’re all yours!

they look fab with their matching eggplant envelopes…

*** update: brenda graham has claimed them!  yay!

winner, winner

i’ve got a winner of the m.elaine beadworks bracelet for y’all! spit out #10…

….and the 10th commenter was reagan!  yay!  i actually have “known” reagan through blog comments for a while, but just met her in person at a baby shower a couple of weekends ago. she’s every bit as fabulous as i expected!  i mean, aren’t all calliespondence blog readers?  si.

reagan, congrats and email me your address!  i’ll send it on to rachel, the mistress of bracelet goodwill at m.elaine.  thanks to rachel for a fun giveaway!!


m.elaine beadworks GIVEAWAY!!

y’all – i am SO excited to do my first non-stationery giveaway!!  and just in the nick of time for holiday gift-giving season.  based on yesterday’s post, can any of you guess how many gifts i’ve purchased?  ding ding ding – zero is the correct answer.  awesome!

alright, today’s giveaway is courtesy of m.elaine beadworks, another small business which just happens to be owned by a cousin of ours, rachel, and her bff!  y’all will see more of rachel as i will feature her sweet little girl’s birth announcement on the blog soon.  here’s a little background on m.elaine from rachel herself…

meredith and i are first and foremost best friends.  awkward teenage years in alabama, college trips from athens to knoxville and back, weddings and babies — we’ve been through it all.

meredith, always the trendsetter, began making these bracelets for herself a few years ago. as she perfected her craft friends and family started noticing her unique bracelets so she started making them as gifts and favors. then she started getting stopped in malls, restaurants and other places with people offering to buy the bracelets off her arm. people really seemed to notice the quality of bead and charm choices as we spend a lot of our time focused on getting the best and most unique materials.

our bracelets can be worn alone, but are meant to be worn in stacks. one of the things i love about our pieces is that you have the ability to create a stack that is uniquely you. meredith’s and my styles are different, she is more adventurous and I am more classic, and the stacks we build really reflect our personal style! 

i am totally loving so many of their bracelets!  rachel has generously offered this gorgeous coral bracelet with a gold fleur-de-lis charm (a $62 value) to one lucky reader.

all you have to do to be eligible is:
1) leave a comment on this post
2) “like” the m.elaine beadworks facebook page here.

is that easy or what?!

so go forth, comment and like – and good luck!  winner will be announced monday morning, so get your requirements done by sunday eve!!


giveaway winner!

hey y’all!!  i hope everyone had a great, long holiday weekend!  i was up to a little of this…

and also a little of that…

except our float wasn’t pink.  actually we had no float, but did inaugurate a pair of yellow floaties into our summer life!  yeehaw.

have i told y’all how bad my pregnant brain is?  i think i have but…i forget.  that’s the side effect, you see.  i totally blanked that monday was a holiday and i would be bustling about (as i’m sure all of you were as well!), thus not leaving time to post and announce the winner.  apologies!!  but…here, now, tuesday – let’s get to the giveaway winner why don’t we.

a HUGE gracias to all of you who entered, and my new (and old) follower peeps.  thank you!!  i LOVED reading all of your comments, and the folks who said they were stalkers before now absolutely cracked me up.  all of those summer cocktails sounded delish, let me tell you.  i think the winner was the margarita – i guess tried and true really is the way to go.  and, i’ll offer more giveaways in the future of course – i love doing them!

oh right…the winner!  by way of, the winner chosen was….5!   and the fifth comment was left by…mayer!! 

Mayer said…

a homemade margarita!

mayer is a former neighbor of mine from ardmore park / collier hills and she is just darling – congrats mayer; i’m excited to make your stationery!!  email me to get started :)

thanks again y’all and hope that you enjoyed some of those frosty beverages this past weekend…