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Christmas Prints Oh Christmas Prints

February 3rd, 2016

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Do you think it’s safe? Have I waited long enough? Surely everyone has celebrated Christmas by now right? I mean it is Groundhog Day. But then again, there is a raging “Hallmark Christmas Eve movie” style blizzard going on outside right now and I am currently sitting in my living room staring at the oversized Christmas ornaments that had been living on the rocking chair on my front porch. They lived on that chair for a good two weeks. It took me a good three weeks after Christmas to finally take them down only to leave them in a pile on my rocking chair. Thank goodness I noticed them when I got home on Monday after racing home from work hoping to beat the impending blizzard. If I hadn’t they would be scattered all over my little burg.

Back to the Christmas prints. No they aren’t Christmas designs, they are the prints my clients hired me to make as Christmas gifts. I’ve just been waiting until it’s safe to post them… I’d hate to ruin anyone’s surprise.

First up is this cute little birth print a proud aunty ordered to give to her little brother celebrating the arrival of little Aubree…

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this project resulted in me driving around with a lemon yellow sheen on the hood of my car. My spray painting activities have once again been confined to my garage as opposed to my back patio. And I’m too lazy to move my car. It all washes off with just a little rain anyways.

Next up Mama Chvatal ordered some family prints to give both of her girls…

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this was the first time I printed a 16×20 poster family print. Usually I make an 11×14 print, put a white matt around it and pop it into a 16×20 frame. I tend to do the matt version so I can print it at home and avoid having to deal with a print shop. But Mama Chvatal wanted it a bit bigger and I do like the way it looks without the matt. (is it matt or mat? I never know)

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Unfortunately we had a little snafu with some of the dates on one of them. We learned not to assume Aunt Karen’s Annual Family Print Out is always correct. So we fixed things, sent it to the printer annnddd…. after waiting a week for the print to be done I finally picked it up, got it to Mama Chvatal only to get a message later in the day saying the printer had printed the exact same print as the first time. Aaaarrrgghhh!

Luckily Mama Chvatal was very understanding and said as long as she got it in time for her daughter’s 40th birthday things were good. And the printer fixed things quickly as well so all was good.

Then we have my “return customer” Daph. Daphne had me make a print of her Mom’s Pumpkin Pie recipe last Christmas. She then asked for five prints… one for her mom, her three sisters and herself. This year it was Cinnamon Rolls…

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And this year I was smart… I saved my photo paper boxes so she had something to wrap her prints in. She never has me frame them knowing her sisters all have such varied styles and would want to pick their own frames. I was still short a couple of boxes but hopefully I’ll get more print orders this year which means more boxes for Daph.

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Mel was another “return customer”. I did family prints for all of her in-laws a couple of years ago and this time she drew her sister-in-law Nikki’s name and wanted a print made that she could hang in her classroom…

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Nikki is a Kindergarten teacher and Mel had found a great quote she wanted me to use. I tried to make it look a little “kiddish” but still modern. Plus I was hoping it looked a little bit like a chalkboard… teacher… chalkboard… get it?

Next up was the Funk family. My sister’s sister-in-law wanted a Family Print for her in-laws. Are you all still following me? Let’s just say Dianna needed a gift. Only problem, Dianna and the Funk’s all live in Kansas and I was very close to “donning my cap for a long winter’s nap.” Plus she picked the full 16×20 print… which meant the print shop. Luckily they turned it around super quick for me and sister Kelli had been planning on a quick trip down to Kansas on Christmas Eve in order to watch sweet little Sawyer’s first Sunday School Christmas program. The Peters work even faster than Fed Ex.

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Talk about cutting it close to the wire… I got a text from Dianna while in church on Christmas Eve thanking me for the print. She got it that afternoon and gave it that evening. The Funk’s loved it.

And lastly, one more recipe print. And this one didn’t have to be done until the week after Christmas. My cousin Joni wanted a recipe print for her mom featuring her famous Apple Prieshka recipe (it’s a German thing)…

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Joni had to covertly get that recipe from her mom without raising any suspicions and was then so excited to read some of the notes included in the recipe because “they are just so Mom”.  I love that kind of thing. For example…

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the “I find this to be a little tricky” line. Those little tips and tricks of the trade are what make it your mom or grandma’s recipe and not something straight out of a cookbook. They’re the thing that makes it special.

And honestly, all of these prints were pretty special. Just the fact that the givers thought enough about the givee’s to make them something personal is pretty special. And I was so honored to be able to help them all out.

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