Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Did you know Rudolph has Blue Eyes?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

NOTE_reindeerDid you know that Rudolph has blue eyes? At least this is true in the winter. Even more interesting, did you know that his eyes change to gold depending on the season? You can read all about the blue and gold changing retinas in reindeer in this article.

For an animal that is so familiar to us in winter, it’s probably one animal you don’t think about in the summer too often. It’s not like we see reindeer in our natural habitat.

When it’s winter, you think about Santa and then Rudolph comes to mind soon after. Can you name all Santa’s reindeer?

You can learn all about each one of Santa’s reindeer here. This is where I learned that Vixon has a crush on Cupid and hopes to marry him someday. Who knew?

If after reading this post about reindeer, you decide you’d like one of your own, you can do that… right here. I don’t recommend it. Just connect with Santa’s reindeer on Facebook. Yes, they have their own page.

It’s easier to own some Letters from Lilly stationery with the reindeer design on it. Our reindeer won’t eat your garden and you won’t have to clean up after it each day.

Holiday Photo Cards, Stress?

Friday, November 23rd, 2012


I lucked out this year. We needed to get a family photograph taken this summer and I was able to use one of them for our holiday Christmas cards. For being something pretty low on the list of important things in life, I allow it to take up more space in my brain that the process deserves. The fact is that my own priorities switch from my family’s cards to my customers as the holidays get closer. If my cards aren’t finished by Thanksgiving, it’s not going to happen.

There are all kinds of things we could do, but don’t to make getting the perfect family photo easier. Things like, we could take pictures all year long and get a good one while we have some color on our cheeks and spring in our step with the good weather. We could invite a friend over to snap some shots of the family during Thanksgiving, while the whole family is in town. Since most of us have iPhones in our back pockets, is there any reason we can’t take a lot of photos everywhere we go?

So here are some site with tips, if you haven’t taken your holiday photo yet. I think the best tip is to not let it get the best of you.

Digital Photography School


Simple Mom

Remember you can upload your photo directly to the Letters from Lilly site and make adjustments to end up with the perfect greeting for your family and friends this holiday season.

A Time to Give Thanks

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

note_door_textThe holidays are here and with that comes parties, gifts, and the dreaded thank you notes that follow. The thank you note that should follow.

In this short blog update, I’m going to teach you how to write a thank you note in less than a minute.

I have two rules in my home about thank you notes. First, if someone does something nice for you, send them a handwritten note. Second, your note may only be three sentences.

Three sentences is all it takes to properly thank someone for hostessing a party, giving  you a gift, or expressing your thanks for any other gesture.

Dear Audrey,

Thank you for the delicious homemade, mint chocolates! They arrived the same day that my family did for the holidays and we are sure to all enjoy them.

You are so kind to remember us over the holiday season this year.

Merry Christmas,


First sentence; thank them for the gift, specifically naming it.

Second sentence; tell them how you plan to use it.

Third sentence; mention the holiday or occasion they acknowledged.

A birthday note might read:

Dear Janie,

Thank you for taking me to Pastries for lunch on Tuesday. You know I have been dying to try that new restaurant since it opened!

You are sweet to remember my birthday and I’m so glad I could share it with you.

See you soon,


Why the three sentence rule, you might ask? Because then your thank you notes aren’t a chore. You can write three sentences in thirty seconds. Just write the first thing that comes to your mind, address the envelope and mail it. Don’t make a project out of it. It’s not a big deal.

The big deal is on the receiving end when your friend, family member or neighbor gets the note in their mailbox. How nice that they know you appreciate their time and effort extended to you.

Holiday Card Options? You bet.

Monday, November 1st, 2010

We have five different items we offer for holiday cards. Take a look at the options below and choose from our 110+ designs. Any of our designs go on any item we offer.

1. Gatefold  (below) – Use as photo card or just have a greeting inside. Your photo can be affixed inside center or on a side panel. Custom greeting can be printed in the center or on a side panel in your choice of ink color and typestyle.


2. Photo Card 7 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ (below)

Use with a 3″ x 5″ or 4″ x 6″ photo and have customer greeting printed inside. Horizontal or vertical.



3. Small Photo Card 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″(below)

Use with a small 3 3/8″ x 2 5/8″ photo and have customer greeting printed inside. Horizontal or vertical.



4. Flat Photo Card (below)

Attach your own photo or upload and edit your photo to fit our card on our site. See paper and photo printing options on the site and email us if you have questions

fhp_santa_text15. Fold Over Note (below)

Toss the idea of a photo all together and send a custom greeting card like the one shown below. Your greeting will be printed inside the folded note shown below.

note_doorAll Letters from Lilly stationery includes  the matching linings, as shown in these samples. The photo cards can be printed on ecru textured paper OR white paper. See our website or email us for details.

Gingerbread Houses are Lovely

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009


Gingerbread houses are a fun tradition to make with grown ups and kids alike to display in your home for Christmas.

There are a lot of options as far as making your own gingerbread house. You can make the dough, roll out the gingerbread, cut the walls and roof, bake them… OR  you can get the one ready and made for decorating.

Lilly and I like the decorating part the best, so I’ve opted for ready made. You can get a ready made house at many craft stores.

Once you have your house, go to the nearest candy store and stock up on your supply of colored hard candy, Necco wafers, candy canes, jelly beans and other colorful candies for decorating.

Make a big bowl of white frosting, divide it into smaller bowl and using food coloring, make red, green, pink, blue, purple and all the colors your heart desires for your gingerbread house. Don’t forget to keep a lot of it white for snow on the roof!

Now get to work! This is where the fun begins!

I don’t think anyone is too old to enjoy the creativity in decorating with candy.

Here’s a gingerbread village on display at The Cleveland Botanical Gardens. They have a beautiful display going on right now through the holidays.  If you go, don’t forget to see the outdoor skating rink!

Once you’ve had enough of the cold, go back inside and see the unbelievable exhibits thanks to Mrs. Smith.  The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse is Cleveland Botanical Garden’s exciting conservatory featuring authentic recreations of two of the world’s most exotic ecosystems: the sun-baked, spiny desert of Madagascar and the misty rainforest of Costa Rica.

Truly one of Lilly’s cherished places on earth.

Share the warmth of your home with our gingerbread stationery. It doesn’t have to be a holiday card, just a note to spread good cheer this holiday season.