Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Mail 2009

Can you believe Christmas is just 2 days away? Where did 2009 go? For that matter where did this entire decade go? I hope I'm not the only one who feels like the impending doom of year 2000 was yesterday.

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If you remember last week's post, I don't send out traditional Christmas cards. I send out a little surprise packages instead - each year is something different. This year I used my new screenprinting machine, the Yudu, to make up tea towels.

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This was the first time with the Yudu so I was worried but it all worked out pretty well. I'll share more about the whole thing in another post. (If you can't wait to hear more, check out Erin Bassetts blog for a lot more info than I will ever have.)

This project was pretty time consuming so thankfully, Mr. Limestone lent a hand. After we had we print and heat set each one, the package had to come together. I printed little cards to tie around each towel. Out came the supplies.

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The tags read: Enclosed is a gift, especially made, wishing you joy in the new decade. Dry, wipe or clean, its uses are plenty. May your messes be few and your blessings be many.

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Each towel got rolled up, tied with a red and white striped ribbon and inserted into a mailing tube.

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Here is one in situ on my oven. I hope everyone got a kick out of them.

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For those that can't read it in the photo, the towel reads: The {insert our last name} wish you a clean start, unblemished luck, pure love and happy messes in 2010.

Time to start thinking about what to send next year!

89 comments:

  1. Love it...and loved the post of the things you've sent in the past! Such great ideas! I can imagine your friends and family must look forward to your Christmas Mail every year! Merry Christmas - and all the best in 2010!

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  2. Absolutely AMAZING! So unique and thoughtful. I'd look forward to my mail every year if I were on your list!

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  3. Love it!!!! I knew they were going to be AMAZING. How did you like working with the Yudu, I am thinking of getting one.

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  4. Those are adorable. This is tagged for next year! Lovely lovely.

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  5. Brilliant! Something tells me that you will never stop wow'ing me! Merry Christmas from Texas!

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  6. Whata CUTE idea!!!

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  7. Let me know if you need my address...I'd love to be on your Christmas card list. Hee hee. :)

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  8. Your projects never cease to amaze! You have amazing talents girl!

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  9. Those are so amazing, what a great present to get in the mail as a Christmas greeting :) That would totally make me smile everytime I went to use it.

    Merry Christmas!!

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  10. What a wonderful idea! And I love seeing a Yudu in action - I've been wondering how well those work!

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  11. I love it! You make the best stuff!!

    Merry Christmas!
    Michelle

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  12. The dish towels turned out beautiful and I love the saying on them. I'm sure the recipients will cherish them. You are entirely too creative! Your blog is so inspiring. Merry Christmas.

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  13. These are fabulous! I love them! People must have high expectations for your Christmas packages every year! ;-)

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  14. Just wonderful--lucky, lucky recipients! But I have to agree with the previous commenter: how will you come up with an idea to top this next year??

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  15. What a fabulous and charming idea! I have trouble just getting cards from Walgreens sent out!

    I am in awe.

    Have a blessed Christmas, and a happy, healthy New Year.

    All best wishes, from Cass and family at That Old House!

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  16. What a fabulous towel for the Holidays!!! You are so creative...I look forward to your blog everyday!!! You deserve every blog award out there!!!
    Happy Holidays.
    Madelyn

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  17. Fantastic! I have been eying the Yudu forEVER.

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  18. Jennifer2:09 PM

    Great idea! You are pretty fantabulous to send out such a greeting! Just curious, but what was the cost per towel with shipping? You have great sources and was wondering if you would share. Merry Christmas!

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  19. Absolutely beautiful!

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  20. Love the gifts you sent out! Your helpful husband sounds like a terrific with your projects!

    Just cast my vote! You're the best!

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  21. I wish you would offer them for sale, taking out your name and changing it to "we....." Probably won't happen because you would be inundated with orders. Anyway, lucky lucky recipients. And thanks for sharing your always-amazing projects! Happy New Year.

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  22. Ohh absolutely fabulous! I can only imagine how ecstatic your friends and family will be to receive these - I know it would make my week!

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  23. KathieB: I don't bother even thinking about topping one year to another. Everyone has a different opinion of which year they like the best so I figure it all evens out.

    Jennifer: No clue what the total cost is. It cost $1.90 to ship plus the cost of the towel, the ink, the tube, the paper, the ribbon. I buy everything online so each thing isn't that pricey but I dont pay too much attention to it. Excluding time, it probably cost about $5. But its not really the money so much as the time. Thats why I keep the list to under 50 otherwise it would be too much.

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  24. I love that idea! You are super creative!

    Do you print the cards and stuff on your home printer? I'd love to get into doing things like this myself also, but I have limited knowledge of needed materials, etc.

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  25. congrats on your nomination...well-deserved.

    your tea towels are spectacular. what a clever alternative to the traditional Christmas card. love it!

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  26. What a fabulous idea - love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

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  27. Did you get the cards printed or do it yourself? If you did it yourself, what printer and what program do you use to make them? They are gorgeous and look like they were done by a professional (which you are!!!!)!

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  28. Anonymous3:35 PM

    What a lovely project!

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  29. i know you want my address so you can send me one! i know you do!!

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  30. Yes, I designed them myself. I used Illustrator. Because these were for my own personal use, I just printed them at home. (When I do any client work, I have it professionally printed.)

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  31. There is so much wonderfulness going on in this post... So jealous you have a screen printing machine, LOVE the tea towels, such a creative idea!

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  32. what a fantastic fantastic idea! love it. i can't imagine the recipients not loving them. where did you find the screen printing machine? i've been thinking of screen printing some items and thought a machine would be big and bulky but yours isn't.

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  33. AAAAk! How do I get to be on your mailing list?!?!? haha, your creativity just never fails to amaze me. I've been contemplating a Yudo for some time now and I think you may have just clinched things for me. GREAT job Mrs. Limestone.

    { Lindsey }
    greatfullday.blogspot.com

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  34. Those are fabulous! Your friends and family are so lucky to know someone as creative and generous as you surely seem to be. Have a wonderful new year!

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  35. I second everyone, it would be a thrill to be on your Christmas list. These are darling, and what a fun package to open! I think you've inspired a few copycats!

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  36. U have out done yourself again! I did a little print making in college and it was my favorite medium. Great job Mrs. Limestone and Merry Christmas!!

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  37. What a lovely idea. So glad to have found your blog! : )

    Mina
    www.bohemianvintageonline.com

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  38. you are so creative! your friends must have been thrilled to receive their packages.

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  39. You are my design/printing hero! I wish I lived closer and could come be your apprentice!

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  40. Please send one (or several) to:

    Freckles Chick
    Blog Street
    Bloggyville, CO

    These tea towels are BRILLIANT. It always amazes me how you have this gift of "vintage-ing up" your creations w/ your choice of font & graphics

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  41. My goodness...I'm speechless! I want to be one of your close friends so I can get one of your fab "cards" every year.

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  42. Another brilliant project from you Mrs.Limestone! I think for every craft you do, you should give one away to a blog reader. We are all quite eager to be on your gift list :)

    Happy holidays to you and Mr.Limestone. I hope 2010 brings you boundless inspiration and creative thoughts!

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  43. I so want to be one of your friends :-)

    You need to have your own TV show. Martha's got nothing on you.

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  44. What a wonderful idea and the poem on the card is so cute too. Love this. May steal, just to use on a much smaller level. Love everything you do! Happy new decade to you and look forward to many more-years and projects!

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  45. Wonderfully creative. You amaze me, God has certainly gifted you!
    Your friends and family have a treasure in you and your projects.
    I loved the cookie boxes too!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    xx

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  46. I have to say these are AMAZING! I couldn't guess what you were going to do but I told you it would be great and it is beyond great! I love it.

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  47. Anonymous9:59 PM

    Anonymous Debe here to tell you that you RoCk! That is the cooolest Christmas card/gift! What luck your friends already have to be on your list! Of course, I voted for your blog!!

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  48. wow, what an awesome idea! your towels are really lovely.

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  49. Amanda9:02 AM

    These are amazing. You did a great job. Makes me wish I was on your mailing list.

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  50. A fabulous an creative idea. Everything you do is amazing!
    Have a joyous Merry Christmas.

    :-)

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  51. They turned out great - I nominated you - good luck!

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  52. DOOOOOOOOOOOD, does your creativity ever end? Insanity!

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  53. LOVE THOSE! You are so talented. Merry Christmas.

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  54. Merry Christmas! I just found your blog and am glad I did. What a great Christmas mail treat. I love it all and I'm especially fond of the cards with the ribbons tying it into a beautiful presentation. I look forward to following you into 2010.

    Have a blessed holiday season....Tracy :)

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  55. I loved your idea! The printing was very sharp and clear. Did you have trouble with the ink running in the texture of the design?

    I can see using this idea to print an interesting invitation to a baby or wedding shower.

    Thanks for sharing such a creative idea!

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  56. Wow! Those are so beautiful. Have a Merry Christmas. Enjoy.

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  57. How cute and fun are those towels?! Merry Christmas!

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  58. Such a wonderful idea. im absolutely dying over the font you used, do you print these up on your computer.....you are truly talented and have such a great blog, happy to find you! Merry Christmas too!

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  59. Totally love the towels and gift cards!! Wonderful design!

    Thanks for linking to my blog. :)

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  60. I absolutely LOVE this idea and you did it yourself!!! Could you do a blog post of things you've done in past years? I love your invites you make too!

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  61. Michele3110:15 PM

    I LOVE, LOVE my new tea towel. I proudly have shown it off to a ton of people!
    I think these would make great bridal shower favors!

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  62. Anonymous12:46 AM

    I've been checking your blog on a casual basis -- I am now going to make it a weekly ritual! I'm missing too much. Your ideas are so creative -- the tea towels have me searching for a Yudu of my own! Have a wonderful 2010 Mrs Limestone! (Barb in CA)

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  63. gorgeous! (on a side note, the whimsical design reminds me a tad of our letterprint wedding invites.)

    kelly

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  64. Amazing. I hardly got cards in the mail this year and all I had to do was sign them. ;-)

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Mrs. L!

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  65. Where were you able to find the plain towels? I cannot seem to find bulk tea towels online anywhere and was hoping to do a similar project for my wedding.

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  66. Wow, I clicked on your blog thru Google Reader, and I was just blown away by those towels! So cute, and such a neat idea! I think this might be a keeper, off to read back posts... :)

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  67. Wow, those are awesome!!!!

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  68. What a little craft maven you are! I was looking forward to seeing this year's Christmas mail and I can honestly say that you did not disappoint!

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  69. I ADORE this. I wish I had been one of the lucky recipients - absolutely gorgeous! The typography, the packaging... it makes my little graphic designer's heart sing.

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  70. I am so impressed! Those towels are precious!
    -Trish

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  71. ElleX2:25 PM

    I heart your blog - it inspires me! Happy New Year!!!

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  72. So beautiful. Really, a gift from your heart, what all gifts should be! Lucky, lucky people on your Christmas card list! May this decade bring joy and happiness to you and your family.

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  73. This is the coolest gift idea I've ever seen!! Wow! You must be so proud and your recipients so excited!

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  74. I just found your blog and it makes me so HAPPY. You are incredibly talented and, while I understand you are in the financial services area, I have a feeling it won't be for long.

    Your gift is incredibly creative.

    So looking forward to being a follower of this blog!! A pleasure to e-meet you. We are renovating a Dutch Colonial out in Seattle and your renovations are providing some great inspiration.

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  75. Hi! I was trolling through your absolutely amazing blog (via design crush) and saw this project...WOW. If you haven't already done so, you should post it over at the Yudu forums! My boyfriend is the creator/moderator of the forums and he would be so stoked to see your projects there. http://yuduforums.com/

    Makes me wanna dust-off my yudu! I haven't used it in a while. Shame on me. Maybe I can brew up some fancy Halloween party invitations with it.

    BTW I'm adding you to my google reader, like, NOW! :)
    -Dinah

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  76. gatherthehours5:45 PM

    Not sure if you'll be able to answer, or still check on comments on old posts, but I would really really love to know where you ordered your towels from, if you are able to provide that information. They seem like the perfect size and material. Thank you!

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  77. MrsLimestone6:30 PM

    I don't remember the sites name but it was online - found a company in a google search.

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  78. I just love this idea!! (going back and looking at some of your archives today).

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  79. Connie278:05 PM

    I've just stumbled upon your blog as I looked for inspiration for my 2011 Halloween invites.  I am in absolute awe of your seemingly endless creativity!!  I've been teased by my friends over the years, called "the other Martha" and looked to for decorating and party ideas, but I am humbled by the unique items you have created.  KUDOS!!!

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  80. MrsLimestone8:09 PM

    Thanks so much! Very sweet of you to say. But now I have to know what your halloween invites look like - always fun to see there are other people who pit in the same effort into their stationery!

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