Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m going to spending some quality time with my parents who are in town for their very first Tennessee Christmas! We have some gifts to pick up, packages to mail, and groceries to buy to get ready for my 5th Annual Cookie Party this Sunday. I look forward to sharing with you all the fabulous cookies and treats that 15 of my closest baking friends are bringing.

Today I also present to you our Housley Family Christmas Card 2011! We were soooo lucky to snag a mini-session spot this Fall with one of my bestest and sweetest friends Sara Rose, who also happens to be an amazing family photographer! Colin wants nothing to do with the camera these days. Usually when I pull it out he completely ignores me and wants nothing to do with it. Except for the iphone…when I have that he immediately wants to see the result! (such my little techy-toddler!). When I got our pictures back from Sara, I wanted to cry because they really captured so many sweet happy moments. You would have never thought Colin didn’t like the camera by the fun smiles and laughs she caught. I’m really looking forward to having a few canvases made with these photos to hang around the house.

To create the cards, I used some adorable downloadable graphics and patterns by Erin Bradley Designs. I went with the untraditional Christmas colors of greens, pinks, reds and browns two years in a row! The card above was sent to all of our friends & family out of state. I had an alternate version that said ‘Holiday Cheer & Warm Wishes!’ for all of our local TN friends.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just about a week away! I’m looking forward to spending some much needed R&R with the family this next week. After the holiday I’ll be jumping headfirst into so many exciting things that are coming in early 2012. I want to wish all of you friends a very happy holiday!


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