A feeling of accomplishment

That’s what I have!


This evening, I baked a couple of batches of cookies. We’re keeping some for us, and some, we’re sending away. I packed a few dozen into these food-safe kraft bags I purchased locally (since they’re being mailed, I took extra care and zigzagged parchment paper between each cookie and packed them in a box that would fit both bags pretty snugly), tied them together with some pretty ribbon, added a simple (but handmade!) tag, tucked some tissue in, and added a handmade Christmas card on top of everything.  Let me tell you. . handmade Christmas cards are hard to come by in this house this year. . . and I’m okay with that!

Since I don’t know what the next couple of weeks will bring with the kids home from school . . . Merry Christmas, from my house to yours!


I made this digital card to print and add to the front of real cards. Elements are from a kit I downloaded last Christmas (from here – her stuff is beautiful!), family portrait is by Maile at Relish here in San Antonio – my Christmas present to me!

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  1. Posted December 17, 2008 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    What a wonderfully packaged gift! Who wouldn’t love to receive that! And a FABULOUS Christmas card picture!

  2. Posted December 17, 2008 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    P.S. Merry Christmas to you too! 🙂

  3. Posted December 17, 2008 at 6:34 am | Permalink


    Merry Christmas! You ARE ready! 🙂

  4. andi
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Ok, my address is…….

    What a great picture! The idea of putting a couch outside (especially a red one) was such a unique idea and really works!!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I love this photo and even more,the festively painted red toenails, as your legs are lovingly draped over your hubby’s lap and he has his hand on your leg, and the kids are sitting there so cute, it’s like you are all watching a movie (maybe a drive-in or sit-in one) and doing an every day thing, but it is beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing it on here for us to see.

  6. Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    great package! I made some cookies too and the bag and parchment paper is a wonderful idea, Thanks!
    What a beautiful family Jenn!

  7. Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    What a great picture!! It turned out great, your family looks so beautiful and relaxed!

  8. Dawn Burnworth
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Oh this is so beautiful Jenn. I cannot even imagine getting a gift like this. I think I would just burst into tears. LOL. I am a sap that way. I really like this picture. How perfect for Christmas cards. How did you get that printed ribbon? I just love it. I have never seen personalized ribbon. Really great job. SO special.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great Christmas.

  9. Bonnie aka raduse
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to you Jenn. You have a lovely family. Thanks for sharing the pic with us.

  10. Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    GAAAAAAAAW-JUS family! And good on ya’ for the bakin’s! Hayley dipped and baked all day yesterday, and I packaged. And, we still have more to do! EEEEK!

  11. Posted December 17, 2008 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Wowers Balcers!! The digi card is darling! I had to do a double take! I thought you ordered more of that printed ribbon you love – you know the stuff we lost in all of our reorganizing… LOL! Cute,cute cookie bags!

  12. Posted December 17, 2008 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I totally adore your card Jenn! Beautiful job! I’m SO going digital next year! (can you teach me?)

  13. Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous portrait – what a handsome family!! Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

  14. Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Well Jenn Balcer…you have a beautiful family! (Every picture I’ve seen from this photo shoot is just amazing!) And I wish you a wonderful Christmas with your family…and a blessed year ahead! Thanks for all you’ve given me in your generous warm spirit in the past year girl!

  15. Alexis
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    What great picture!!!!

  16. Posted December 20, 2008 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Ah good for you! Beautiful family pic and hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

  17. QC
    Posted December 20, 2008 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas my friend…..much happiness of the Season to you all from waaaaaay up north! 🙂

  18. Posted December 23, 2008 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    It’s so fun to see what people do with their photos after they fly away from my desk. This is gorgeous!! 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you all!

  19. Posted December 24, 2008 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    Cookies… Yummy! Gorgeous family photo.
    Merry Christmas 🙂

  20. Amy/rohla
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Belated Merry Christmas and very best wishes for a HNY, Jenn! This pic and the digi card are “da bomb”…so good, so good, so good (in my best Neil Diamond voice)!


  21. Posted January 3, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Totally late on this post but I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. LOVE LOVE LOVE your Christmas card. Great colors, great idea and an even better picture of the family. Thanks for all your inspiration. I totally admire all you do with your creativity.

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