Cheers to the New Year!! At Pear Tree, we are excited about what 2015 holds for our brand and what it means for you, our fans & customers. For the past six years, we’ve been working really hard to give you exactly what you have been asking for: more personalization options, more products to choose from, and more unique formats to make your cards stand out in the mail. We’ve added hundreds of new products and formats to our graduation announcements, Christmas cards and birth announcements collections to give you more ways to express your creativity.
Toss up metallic confetti, wear festive top hats and blow crazy horns, because it’s time for celebrating! It’s a new year filled with goals and wishes waiting for you to make them come true. Every year, we are all guilty of making some of those ordinary resolutions that you see slapped across ads, such as “lose 10 lbs.,” “drink less caffeine,” “save more money,” “eat healthier,” etc. Although those are all fine ideas, this year why not try something different and craft resolutions that will make you a better version of yourself. Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas to get you started!
1. Be Connected
It’s too easy to lose touch with friends and family. Make a commitment to connect with them throughout the year. Don’t just send a text (even tough we are all guilty of it). Actually take a few minutes to write a personal note and stick it in the mail. Or make that extra effort to meet up. Why not host a get-together with distant friends? Take the initiative to rekindle those relationships.
2. Be Giving
It’s not always about giving money (although, that’s generous too), but about giving your time to help others. This year, rather than just writing a check, go through all of your closets and donate clothes, volunteer at the humane society or send care packages overseas. If you’re crafty, make blankets or hats for those in need, and if you’re sporty, organize a basketball tournament to collect donations. Give back by using your own special talents. Make a difference in people’s lives by giving.
We had our first official snowfall of the winter this week, which means that my husband’s garden has gone from being officially “on its last legs” to officially “dead.” It’s been six weeks since our last tomato and although by this time I’m tired of eating kale and brussel sprouts, it still makes me sad. Five or six months (at best) until our next fresh greens, which translates to five or six months of grocery store produce. Not that our grocery store and local food co-op don’t stock the good stuff. It’s just that once you’ve eaten straight from the garden it’s a hard adjustment going back.
Andrew’s been taking the loss particularly hard. We’ll talk while he’s cooking in the evening and without warning he’ll transition from chatting about how our days went to lamenting our lack of fresh apples and heirloom veggies.
I still don’t get his fixation with heirlooms, and it drives him crazy.
“What is there not to understand?” he asked the other night. “You of all people should get this.”
I’m not a Foodie (though I’ve eaten enough meals to know his are better than average!), and I pointed this out.
“It’s not about being a Foodie or not being a Foodie. It’s about having a love and a…respect, I suppose, for something unique.”
And he’s right. I, of all people, should understand.
For all those who’ve struggled with how to write a thank you card, here are a few tips that might make it a little easier. Whether your note is to follow up on a job interview or to thank a party hostess, knowing how to get started will make it that much easier to finish.
Write it right away. Preferably while the event is fresh in your mind. Nothing is harder than trying to remember details of a conversation, dinner party or event, weeks after it happened. If you write the thank you note quickly, it’ll be easier to come up with specific things to mention, perhaps a funny moment or a thoughtful touch you appreciated. Wedding thank you cards you can take a little longer, but most etiquette books suggest sending them within 2-3 months.
Specific is better. Anybody can write a generic thank you note, and we’ve all gotten them: “Thanks for the blankety blank. I really appreciate it. Thanks again. Love, Julie.” Much better to mention exactly what you’re thanking this person for, and add something specific about why you liked it.
Our new DIY cards let you create note cards, magnets, postcards and more using your own photos and text. Start with one of our templates, in your choice of sizes and add your image. Most of them have optional text boxes you can use to add text, such as party invitations or business stationery. Or you can leave them blank–it’s up to you! Here are 5 ways to use our DIY cards, and we’re sure you’ll think of more!
1. Personal note cards Use a favorite photo to create blank note cards you can use for any purpose. Add text that says “thank you” and just like that you have thank you cards!
2. Moving announcements
Take a photo of your new house and turn use our DIY postcards to create moving announcements. An optional text box lets you add your new address on the back or inside.
I recently was asked by Pear Tree Greetings to check out their Christmas cards and design a fun way to display cards around the house. I wanted a fun, unique way to show off the gorgeous cards we get from friends and family- and wanted to incorporate some of our beloved family antiques to do it- so I made this fun and festive Vintage Ski Christmas Card Display!