Monday, January 02, 2012

Thank You!

Like many of you, after the Christmas decorations are put way, I always feel the urge to do some re-organizing!  In the process, I discover some of the things I have in my drawers that I haven't been able to find.  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly those drawers fill up throughout the year!  Today was no different - I love the look of my stamp room when it is somewhat organized and things are put away.   I think Darci loves it to because since the fire place mantel was cleaned off, she decided to supervise me.  I couldn't help but take her picture as she is so gorgeous (and yes, I'm the biased mom!!)  I don't think she's going to be happy when I put the card samples back up!!!

Yesterday, I was reading the Parade section of the newspaper and found an interesting article written by John Kralik.  He talked about the importance of a simple thank you note and how he vowed to send one to a different person every day.  He even published a book about it.  What a great idea and a great article!!!

Now, since Christmas has just ended, there are probably a lot of people that you are grateful for.  Let them know it by sending them a thank you note. In the article that I read, there were four simple steps listed for writing a thank you note:
  • Grab a pen and paper.  Don't send an email.  Handwritten notes feel special.
  • Be specific.  Using Christmas for example, identify the gift and say one sincere thing about why you like it.
  • Dig into the past.  After thanking your close friends and family, write to people who helped you at critical moments. 
  • Keep it short.  Your message doesn't need to be long and eloquent.  Stick to a few lines so you keep the focus on your thank you and on the other person's kindness.
So, now you know what to write and who to write it to, here is a sample of a simple thank you card.

I used the Note Cards and Envelopes (woo hoo - I didn't have to cut any cardstock) which measure 5" x 3-1/2" and are the perfect size!  I also used two new stamp sets!  The flower is from a Sale-A-Bration set called Fresh Vintage which you can earn FREE with a $50 purchase starting January 24, 2012.  The "thank you" image is from the You're My Type stamp set which is available on January 4, 2012 in the Occasions Mini catalog.  I know you are excited as I am for the new catalogs!!!

I've been blessed to have many people of my life who take care of me and are there for me.  So, my challenge to myself is to get busy and let people know I appreciate them!  I take things in baby steps, so here is my first step!  In the next two weeks, I am going to be making some simple thank you notes to send out.  My goal is to have a nice stash on hand so I don't have to sit down and make a note each time I want one because there just isn't enough  time to do that, huh!   I think the 3" x 3" or 5" x 3-1/2" notes would work great!!!  I'll keep you posted on my progress. 

I hope you join me on my thank you challenge for 2012!!!!

Happy Stamping,


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