Sunday, December 26, 2010

Books Read in 2010

 I have to say that I am sad that I only got to 11 books this year.  These are the actual books that I completed.  There were many more that I started and did not finish for one reason or another.  At least I can say that the majority of the books that I read were really worth my time.  I also got an e-reader to use in 2010 and read 9 out of 11 books on it.  I don't mind the e-reader except that I wish I had a electric plug to charge it rather than having to use my computer all the time.  The books with the stars are my favorites and ones that I highly recommend.
In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving by Leigh Anne Tuohy & Sean Tuohy With Sally Jenkins
*The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Between the Sheets by Robin Wells
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan
Sweet Devotion by Felicia Mason
*The Help by Kathryn Stockett
*Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
The Bride's Baby by Liz Fielding
Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
*Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shutterfly is a Gift Giver's Best Friend

As I was contemplating what type of photo card I would like to do for Christmas this year, I got the Shutterfly 2010 Holiday Cards and Gifts catalog in the mail.  In the past I have done 4x8 photo cards and used 4x6 pictures in the cards where you can insert pictures.  This year the card that caught my eye was the Top Ten Moments Christmas card.  I liked this card because it was flat.  I also liked the newsletter format of the card where I could highlight certain aspects of our year.  What really caught my attention was, in the example, the #1 moment was celebrating our 10 year anniversary, and my husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary also this year.  I really like how my card turned out and enjoyed thinking about our year and trying to determine what events were the best ones to add to our card.

I have used many shutterfly products in the past, but this is the first Christmas card that I have done.  I make a yearly photo book for my children that is the same on the inside, but I am able to customize the covers to match their personalities and their favorite colors.  Recently, I tried another photo site because shutterfly did not have the size photo book I wanted for that particular project.  Never again will I stray from shutterfly!  The quality was not as good as I am use to with shutterfly, and my pictures that I thought were cropped correctly when I made the book were cut off when I received the book.

I started making a calendar for my father in law many years ago and it has now become a Christmas tradition.  Thankfully, all of the relatives help out and send me their pictures to be included in the calendar.

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Christmas Card 2010

Top Ten Moments Christmas Card
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