free personalization on holiday tags through 8/31!

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hi friends!

hope you all had a wonderful summer!!  ours went by fast and also crawled…i feel like summers have a way of doing that :)  i honestly cannot believe it is nearly time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS THINGS!  crazy.  i am working on some super cute new designs, and will have everything loaded up soon!  i don’t know if i ever formally announced it here, i think i just mentioned it on instagram and facebook (both @ or /calliespondence if you want to follow, i am able to be a bit more active there)…but i am not taking deposits / a limited number of spots for early bird specials this year.  WHAT?!  that’s right, YOU can be an early bird!  in fact, anyone can — anyone that can get me their photograph and card design ready to go by october 20, that is!  so book your photogs and get your outfits ready.  25 free cards await!

however, in the meantime…  our free holiday tag personalization time of year is HERE!  it runs through august, so be sure to place your orders by wednesday, august 31.  here’s what you do: check out with any of the listings on etsy for the BLANK holiday tags (section is here).  pricing is $1/per tag — and you can have them personalized for FREE!  usual price for that is $1.50/per tag, so it is quite a good deal.  include your name(s) in the “notes to seller” box when you check out — i’ll send them to print and ship them to you in september.  fun, huh?  you can be “that” person who is soooo on top of things for the (always nutty) holiday season!  or, buy holiday gifts for friends and teachers ahead of time.  i should add that all of the tags read “xoxo,” — but you may put whatever you like.  i’ve done “warmly,” “from,” “love,” or just nothing besides the name.  just let me know what you’d like and i’ll make it happen!

here’s a closer look at the tags — seeing them makes me want a gingerbread spice latte.

NEW this year: “merry everything” confetti tags.

christmas confetti 2

gold on cream “merry christmas.”

gold on cream

green on white “merry christmas.”

(available with the red velvet ribbon here.)

green with red velvet 1

red on kraft “merry christmas.”

(available with red/cream cotton ribbon here.)

kraft with red stripe 2

last but not least, red on cream “merry christmas.”

red on creamyay!  speaking of bargains, i just added these cute calling cards to the sale section — they are half off!  a set of 30 is only $15.  only a handful of sets available, so get ’em quick.

il_570xN.711307087_jmn6alright… i leave you to your holiday preparedness, right after you return from your trip to the pool. ;)

back soon — preschool starts tomorrow so probability of blog posts is at an all-time high!


black friday tag sale!

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hello friends!

i trust you all had a good thanksgiving…we had a good and very thankful one.  and now, it’s nice that the rest of the world will catch up with me, in having Christmas officially on the brain!!  sort of feel like i’ve been drinking from red starbucks cups and feeling jolly for months now :)  christmas card season is in full swing and it’s always so fun.  i LOVE the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and helping you all get your cards ready to go out and greet the world!

but first — BLACK FRIDAY.  and its new indie companion, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.  i’ve never done any promotion for either, and i think it’s high time i get in on the fun.  so, today and all of tomorrow (until 11:59 p.m. on 11/28/2015), enjoy 40% off on our gold foil cheers tags!!!  use code CHEERS upon check out in the etsy shop (all gold foil tags located here).  you may not have met our new lady, light pink

light pink gift

i did a small run of these a while back, and loved them so much i hoarded them for myself mostly!  but now, they are available to the masses.  so go forth and give sweet, girlie gifts.

also new, a multi-colored pack of 20 tags!  there are 4 each of our 5 colors — turquoise, white, green, red and light pink.  perfect for year round gift giving!  we’ve had many requests for a multi-pack and here it is.

gold foil multipackoh!  i should add that all orders $50 and over will receive a free spool of coordinating ribbon (i’ll pick something cute to go with what you purchased).  i’m headed back into my black hole until mid-december when the holiday rush dies down…  happy Christmas & mailbox season until then!!


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

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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.

september owls 1

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


shop happenings (including early bird holiday card special!)

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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.


all about holiday cards + early bird special!

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i truly cannot believe it’s already time to talk about holiday cards.  i feel like i was just at the pool yesterday (i swear i was…?) and haven’t even had the chance to duly break in some of my new summer frocks yet.  but alas…here i am, pumpkin spice latte in hand, planning my holiday card photo outfits!  so – i’m excited to let you know that all of the 2013 holiday card info can be found HERE.  most of the new designs are up on the website (HERE), save for a couple of holiday birth announcement designs and our BRAND NEW collection which i am uber stoked to unveil later this week!  you pop up shop attendees already know what i’m talking about :)

changes from last year if you’re a regular around these parts:  there will be no thermography option, just letterpress and flat printing.  what’s not different is the pricing – take that, inflation!  we have lots of new liners to choose from, which i am so thrilled to show you!  i weeded out a lot of the ones i wasn’t crazy about and found patterns that i just adore.

there’s also a new image on the website home page:


that’s right!  we’re bringing back our old favorite early bird special, and it will run through the end of the month.  if you place your order by loosely telling us what you’d like for your holiday card (we won’t hold you to it – it can be fluid!  plus, you do not need your photograph to place an order.) and putting down a $100 deposit to hold your spot by september 30th, you’ll receive 25 free cards!  that means if you placed an order for 100 flat printed cards with “real” photographs and lined envelopes, you’ll receive 125 flat printed cards with “real” photographs and lined envelopes.  yahoo!  it’s a good thing as ‘ol martha would say.

and, for those of you who place orders that total over $450, you’ll receive a free return address stamp + pad!  we have a few different options coming down the pipeline so you can take your pick.

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OR we could do custom matching return address labels too if you prefer (we will coordinate design with your card).  we are flexible!

4_trifold envelope

also, i should let you know that i am taking on EXTREMELY limited custom orders for non-holiday items during holiday card season (sept. 1 through dec. 20).  in years prior, i have taken on too much, and i’ve realized i just can’t do that for the sake of many things (sanity, kids, sleep, you know).  the etsy shop will remain open though with several invitations, notecard sets and such to tide you over!   and if you get into a bind, send us an email – we may have the perfect invitation already designed that we could easily suit you up with.

if you’d like to take advantage of the early bird special, you can let us know either via email ( or via the website contact page.  it all goes to the same place :)

so looking forward to helping you send your yuletide greetings this year!



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these new “Cheers!” tags that have been just *waiting* for holiday season were none too pleased that i have not heralded their appearance at the pop up shop yet.  they were quite perturbed that i made such a big deal about the holiday gift stickers yesterday and demanded their own post.  what do you expect from a metallic gold item, i suppose?  #sassy

they come in red, green and turquoise…

red full

green close up

turq full

full collection

they come in sets of 12 ($18) or 24 ($30) and will all be available at the pop up shop on thursday!  if you can’t make it by the pop-up shop, they are now listed in the etsy shop.

also at the pop up shop, the ever popular original Cheers! tags…

cheers tag 1


also offered in sets of 12 ($12) or 24 ($24).  they think they’re pretty cool too since being featured in the AJC.

geez.  PLEASE come take some of these guys off my hands on thursday :)





a small business christmas

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way back when, i told you guys that i was going to support only small businesses for my christmas gifts this year.  for the most part, save for a desperate last minute trip to target and one other exception that i know you’ll understand, i stuck to it.  it was fun, challenging and so much more rewarding than just clicking through or land of nod (although i DO love to do that – don’t get me wrong).  it’s just cool to hand someone a check and know exactly to whom it’s going.

i warmed up with some holiday decor…  fell hard for these foil-stamped prints by lindsey letters.  super gorge and so fun to have a seasonal addition to the shelves!  although i did have to sneak into ikea to get a couple of their ribba frames to complete the look (oops).

lindsey letters 1


while i was working behind the booth most of the time at the northside methodist preschool gift show, i did manage to shop a little bit too.  i picked up this pretty driftwood angel that benefits abby’s angels, a non-profit started in honor of a sweet young girl with cancer who “outran us to the Father’s house.”  (that’s a dr. gil-ism – i think it’s a lovely way of saying it.)


if you’ve been around a while, you might remember these stockings from when i first started blogging.  i scooped them up in a post-christmas clearance sale on garnet hill’s website – they’re hable construction (love everything they do!).  i just now got them monogrammed…  yeah.  sadly i think that’s pretty good.  anyway, my favorite embroiderer, shelley at sss creations, did the monograms and i LOVE THEM.  i always drop stuff off and think hmm….wonder how that’s going to turn out.  i think i’m scarred from a story my friend betsey tells about some towels she got monogrammed as a wedding gift and the monogram took up nearly the entire front of the towel.  shelley always does a fantastic job and whatever she does turns out ten times better than i could have even pictured in my head!  plus, she’s a stay-at-home-working-mama too.  i guess i just love the casual nature of that.  storefronts are so overrated!

oh right, the stockings.  red for the boys, cream for the girls.  i thought i wanted a gold thread, but then shelley suggested taupe and it looks wonderful!  circle monograms on the front…


and full names on the back for two reasons: 1) i can use this side if i get bored with the monograms, and 2) we have two RBBs so we needed a way to distinguish the stockings.  i absolutely adore how they turned out.  the font we used for the back was “rosebud.”


i even managed to go small and local for our wreath!  the mood moss wreath and ribbon is from cut flower wholesale (open to the trade only), and the garland is from our church, which supplies it from a small farm in north carolina.  it’s a little charlie brown looking, but that’s ok.


i also commissioned kate at just kate ( to make me a custom tree skirt.  i have never been able to find a tree skirt that i really liked – all too theme-y, too metallic, too red/green, too usual.  and i just hate usual.  i had some turquoise fabric i had picked up at the 2011 ADAC sample sale gathering dust ($10 for the whole bolt!), paired it with a fantastic cream/moss green/turquoise abstract chevron fabric from lewis and sheron, and added a small pleated cream trim between the two – which by the way was scored on the $1/yard rack!  can you believe that?!  i felt like i won the lottery.  it’s typically $20/yard.  i have never laid down $4 faster!

custom tree skirt by just kate

now, the gifts…

rhyne becton designs is a business run by a fellow NMP mom, becton wallace.  she and i have a good mutual friend (hi perry!) so we had heard about the other for awhile, but so glad i got to finally meet her at the gift show!  her jewelry is in a word, awesome.  simple, chic and stylish.  i just loved these cross necklaces that she makes and had to buy them in all different colors for a bunch of my gals.  they lay a little off to the side too – i love little details that make something a bit different (see above re: usual).


if you’re in atlanta, i’m sure you have heard mention of richard’s variety store.  i can’t tell you how many conversations i’ve had or overheard where one person says, “oh – try richard’s, they might have it.”  i don’t know how they do it, but these people stock everything.  including aisles and aisles of toys, as exhibited here…

richards variety store

rush got a garbage truck and a fire truck from those shelves – both were big hits, as was the elmo cell phone purchased for rinne.

a funny thing happened when we went to see santa…  we go to the local baby and children’s boutique, baby braithwaite, to visit the man in red. at one point while we were waiting for our flash drive with the photos to be prepared, rinne and i wandered over to this big display they had, swathed in pale pink, featuring the sweetest and most delicately crafted rendition of the princess and the pea.  i think rbb can smell my desire to spend money, because he and rush appeared right behind me just as i was flipping over the price tag to see how much it would set me back and unfortunately, we both saw it at the same time and i could pretty much hear his head shaking.  so i had to walk away but told the princess we would meet again later, just in a dark alley and without this tall male companion i had with me.  cut to late night cruising on garnet hill, looking for bins for the office…click on the sale section, eh.  might as well see what they got.  HOLY SMOKES MY PRINCESS AND THE PEA IS HERE!!  and it was at nearly 1/3rd of the price tag of the local boutique.  i was BLINDED by those little mattresses – do you SEE them?!?!  they are different in every little bed!  and that little pea!  and i actually have a little girl to buy it for!  before i knew it, it was on my doorstep and instantaneously wrapped to put under the tree.  here it is resting quietly after a frenetic christmas morning.

princess and the pea

i am telling you, these chevron notepads really do make a good gift!  i whipped some up for my mom and mother-in-law (these were not for them, but for other clients – i’m loving the yellow and navy blue!).

chevron notepads

etsy is the most fun place to poke around, and i swear you can find anything on there.  enter: hand crocheted lightning mcqueen slippers.  like i said, anything. :)

lightning mcqueen slippers

also, i want you to know that if you ordered your holiday cards from calliespondence, you not only supported this small business – but all of the printers i use are also small businesses, local to atlanta.  they are people that i know, love and trust to do a good job for you – so thank you for supporting them via supporting me!

and now it’s time to tuck away all of these holiday wares – always sad to see them go!


this year’s christmas shopping

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i can’t remember if i’ve told you this or not, but i am doing something a little different this year for all of my christmas gifts.  i’m pledging to buy only from small and/or local businesses this year.  i’m sick of all of my $ going to huge, large corporations = THE MAN!  i am so grateful to all of my own clients for going small and/or local (for all you ga folks!) with me, i am going to pay it forward to other small businesses.  i am STOKED!  it takes a little more creativity to come up with gifts other than those from barnes & noble, target (although i do heart target – even though they are the man),, etc. but i have some ideas in mind.  i plan to share them with you when i can breathe a little bit!  things be gettin’ crazy up in here.

one reason they so crazy is because i am participating in not one, but two local holiday shopping events this week!  they both benefit wonderful organizations, and i hope if you’re in or around atlanta, you might think about coming to support local businesses at them.

first up, we have the shop for a cause event, benefiting reconnecting families!  this is a cobb county-based non-profit that helps families get back on track after successfully overcoming substance abuse.  and it’s TONIGHT!!  get in your car.  here are the details:

tuesday, november 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

at infomart, located at: 1582 terrell mill road / marietta, ga / 30067.  oh and they have WINE.  food, too.  bonus.

you may recall i did this event last year

…and i still haven’t ironed that burlap piece.  it’s probably even more wrinkled than it was last year.  i have told you we don’t own an iron, correct?  this probably explains so much to you.

i’ll be there tonight hawking all kinds of new items!!  every day thank you notes, wrapping paper (yes!!!  y’all know i stockpile only the best.), holiday shipping labels and new holiday thank you notes – perfect to jot a quick note of gratitude for a tin of holiday cookies, or they make a great hostess gift too.  and you know you always need those this time of year.  here’s a sneak peek of just one design:

i also made lots of new gift tags, which i am so excited about!  they come in all different colors and i also did two versions using greek key (swoon).  they make great tags to attach to a box of ina’s white chocolate bark for your neighbors, or to tie on a bottle of wine when you’re on your way out the door to a party.  see?

ok, the next event is held at our church and benefits rush’s preschool – it’s the northside methodist preschool holiday gift show.  there are over 75 vendors from all over the city, and it’s pretty big time – they have concessions, giveaways every 15 minutes, the works.  mark your calendars for friday, november 17th and saturday, november 18th from 9-3!  and, BONUS — there is free childcare if you come to shop on friday.  i mean…you just don’t get that at lenox square people.  here’s a list of all of the vendors so you can take a look see:

i have NO idea what to expect with this show, as i have never even attended it.  i seriously may put out an APB on the blog for all hands on deck for saturday booth shifts if friday is insane.  payment available in holiday cards!

would love to see you at these events, shopping local and small.  come say hello if you stop by and i’ll give you a high five!  and maybe some gift tags, depends on how much wine i drink tonight.


christmas day brunch

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my farmer’s market floral arrangement…three white hydrangea stems, a handful of hypericum berries and salal (at least, that’s what my receipt says…it’s the greenery looking stuff) placed into a vintage silver vase.

hope everyone had a very merry holiday!!  we sure did.  we hosted rbb’s family at our house for christmas brunch.  my first time hosting a real christmas meal!  now i just adore a good brunch, and had so much fun coming up with the menu.  it was resplendent with rich foods that i normally would not cook…but hey, it’s christmas for crying out loud!  fantastic excuse for lots of butter and heavy cream.  and who better to go to for delicious, non-skimpy recipes than the barefoot contessa.  she never steers you wrong.

i served ina’s breakfast bread pudding, asparagus with hollandaise sauce and hashed browns with a side of turkey sausage (shoulda gone with pork…what was i thinking?!).

to nibble on after the meal alongside a glass of wine or champagne, i put out ina’s white chocolate bark.  i love a dessert you can serve at room temp and needs no plating other than a cocktail napkin!

as for what santa brought me…can you figure out the word jumble?  and props to rbb for quick thinking when the actual gift did not arrive in time!
that spells….iphone!  yay :)
although these two being healthy and happy is gift enough.
wishing you all wonderful 2012s…can you believe it’s only 5 days away?!  

peace and love

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although it’s been said many times, many ways…merry christmas to you.
card details: photograph courtesy of laura negri photography.  1-color letterpress card on crane’s 220 lb. lettra stock.  round return address labels available through calliespondence beginning in 2012!