Merry Christmas! {prize inside}

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Wishing you all the best for some super happy holidays!!!

One of our Disney World “holiday” shots… it was SO COLD!! We had sweaters, hats, and loads of layers on always. Not real photogenic mostly, but we were cozy.

Around the holidays we were big puzzle people when I was a kid. It was kinda cool – even in teen years I might come home from a party and work for a while with grandpa or a cousin, aunt, or mom… some people would stay up late working, other people just wander in & out picking up a piece or two. 🙂 I have fond memories of that, in fact last time we had a big family gathering here at my house several puzzles were done. Love it.

This 1000 piece puzzle is one I bought last summer. I also have a new (much smaller) puzzle that Elizabeth and Becca can help put together too. But the one above? I’m going to do it by myself this year (mostly)… that’s intentional. You see, I’m taking off for a while for some peace & quiet… or at least as much as a mom of 2 young girls can get. I’ll probably still be posting on Twitter & Facebook though… Oh and some books to read. and some creative PLAY. Ooh and baking. and quality family time. and general staring at wall and doing nothing because I can time. Ah, but I wouldn’t leave you without a gift.

I’ve been making some cards, and pairing them with some Girls’ Paperie chipboard letters (in a festive red) and sending out some post-Christmas happy mail sounds like a lot of fun. So if you’d like a homemade card + girls paperie surprise then leave a comment here! I’ll draw a winner when I return to blog-land around the 29th…

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

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59 responses

  1. I love the Girls’ Paperie line and certainly wouldn’t mind winning some!
    I’m sorry you had such cold weather during your Disney trip. I live 15 minutes from Orlando and am always feeling sorry for visitors when it’s cold.
    I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and we’ll see you soon.

  2. I love happy mail! Love your Christmas photo-even with the layers (of course we see a lot of layers in Iowa this time of year 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family, May!

  3. We’ve got our layers on here, its soo cold. Great holiday photo. I could do with some escapey peaceful time too, the “2 sleeps til Christmas” song is getting irksome now. Lol
    Thanks for the chance to win & Merry Christmas!!
    C
    xx

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your picture is great! Enjoy the time away to be with your family! Can’t wait for your new class!

  5. My daughter just returned from DisneyLand. “Splash” Mountain was EVERYWHERE! Cold or rain….”tis the season” and neither can dampen Holiday spirit! (It IS the happiest place on earth!) I too, LOVE the Girls Paperie however, hope you and your family have some wonderful family time. Add some hot chocolate to that puzzle making and you have a perfect combination!
    Thanks for all of your inspiration through your blog. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. When you have time, could you tell me who produces the
    jigsaw puzzle you have pictured? (Our family does jigsaw puzzles
    and this one is sooooo cool.) And where is the Have yourself a
    merry little Christmas stamp from? Thanks. I am a lurker blog fan
    of yours and I hope that your Christmas is merry and bright. I sure
    do enjoy your blog. Bev

    • Thanks for the information about the puzzle and the stamp.
      🙂 I hope your Christmas is the merriest ever!!

  7. we used to do puzzles too when i was growing up. maybe we need to bring that back to our family. have a great time away! enjoy!!!

  8. Love the WDW Christmas picture. The year we went there at Christmas it was also freezing. Of course my winter coat was left in Chicago, but I had layers upon layers and gloves. I wish you and your family a merry and blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year.

  9. I love homemade things the most so I would love a card by you! Thanks for the chance! Happy Holidays!

  10. Oh I would LOVE to win this May. I admire your work so much and it would be great to personally own some May Flaum art 😀
    The scrappy stuff would be icing on the cake (although I live in New Zealand and I don’t know if it feasible to send?)
    Have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for being such an inspiration xxx
    Allie

  11. I love your family christmas card – it’s wonderful. So glad to hear you are going to take some time off for yourself & family. Your humor will be sorely missed. Thank you for sharing all the info about photos and processing During my investigating I did find that going into a target store I had more options on sizes of photos but wouldn’t have found that information without asking one of the sales people. I wouldn’t recommend them for anything else. Enjoy your quiet time and I look forward to the new year and new adventures. Christmas Blessings, Robin

  12. We always did puzzles at my childhood home too!!! My mom and I were always working on one. I actually bought my son an DIL a puzzle this year for Christmas of a map of their home town with thier address right smack in the middle!!! I hope they let me help them put it together!!!! Have a wonderful Holiday with your family

  13. Love the Disney photo – and didn’t realise it got so cold in FL! Love that puzzle too. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  14. I have loved your reviews of photo developers. Very informative and I have tried each place at one time as well. Can’t wait to see your Disney scrapbook pages! Oh, and thanks for sharing some Girls Paperie!

  15. Puzzles are a Christmas tradition for me too. Enjoy your Christmas!! Wishing you all the best.

  16. What fun stories about putting puzzles together as a family! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  17. You know, this is a good idea. My family has always gotten together on New Year’s Eve and Day, and I took those on as my holiday to host. Today I was thinking about looking for some sort of thing to start doing this year as a tradition. With a new baby, I’m all about starting traditions. (She gets an ornament every year, like I did growing up. And now she’ll get christmas jammies every year on Christmas Eve.) Maybe pulling out a puzzle on New Year’s Eve would be cool to do. The only kid there now is mine, and as she gets older, we can do kid-friendly ones with her, too. I like this. I feel a trip to Target next week in preparation….

  18. Enjoy the time with your family. How wonderful to indulge in a bit of “me” time. Making puzzles, reading, baking, napping…what a great gift to give yourself. Enjoy!
    Happy Holidays –

  19. It’s one of our favourite school holiday traditions, to go to the Salvation Army shop and buy puzzles to do over the holidays for just a few dollars. This Christmas holidays we’re completing a 1000 piece puzzle of Mount Rushmore and being New Zealanders (living in Australia) it’s started a mission for us to learn about ‘the men on the mountain’.
    Happy puzzling!!

  20. love puzzles! My dad and I did very little together…but puzzles were the common denominator. Maybe that’s why….but my family all think I’m nuts for loving puzzles….wahhh!

  21. This looks like a beautiful puzzle! But I think it would drive me crazy if it was in my house!! Only because my 1-year old would want to try and eat the pieces and my 4-year-old would want to “help” me!!

  22. MERRY CHRISTMAS MAY! LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CREATIVE RETREAT! Thanks for the giveaway – enjoy your break and have a great time with your girls and hubby!

  23. You always have the best happy mail, May. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the break.

  24. I hope you have a great Christmas May! I love your cute Christmas photo in Epcot! You guys look like you had so much fun!

  25. Oh, love girls paperie and the tag I got in your last RAK during UYS at BPC was sooo beautiful! thanks for the chance to win, May! Merry Christmas!

  26. Love doing puzzles & I love the one you will be working on. Where did you get it? Right now most of ours are kid themed & I’d love to get and “adult” puzzle. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours!

  27. There’s something very calming about working on puzzles. Enjoy your quiet time but I selfishly hope that it won’t be for long. 😉
    Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  28. Oh, what a great combo…jigsaw puzzles and paper crafting!
    May one inspire the other! Happy holidays!

  29. I love that photo of you and your family at DW. I am wishing each day for a visit with my Mama. Happy mail is my favorite kind! Happy holidays!!

  30. What? No blogging from you for a while? Will you leave your blog up so we can go back and re-read when we need inspiration? I’m glad you are taking the time for yourself… I’ll get over it.
    Please enter me for your handmade card. Send me your P.O. Box or addy and I’ll send you one ~even if I don’t win~ no countin’ cards here!
    Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

  31. Merry Christmas to you too! and Happy New Year! Keep up the good work..love stopping by here and at Scrapbook Update.

  32. Merry Christmas May! Enjoy your family time, I’m looking forward to many of the same things as you, books, puzzles, and creative time.

  33. My favorite holiday was the one at my grandparents when we were stuck in the snow. No one else could get through so we did three huge puzzles on their long dining room table. Played other games too but it was a lot of fun and memorable for me. I still buy puzzles when I can even if I’m the only one in this family who enjoys them.

  34. I remember puzzles were big in ourr house, too; nowadays it’s mostly a cottage activity. I hope you had a blessed and peaceful Christmas, and enjoy your well deserved break.

  35. The Christmas season is a wonderful time to relax, reflect, enjoy family and friends and recall fond family memories. My family also did the puzzle thing, and I miss working on puzzles with my parents.
    Enjoy your time away.
    I appreciate the opportunity to win. I LOVE happy mail and would love one of your handmade cards.

  36. We do the puzzle thing too! Love how family comes together around the puzzle table just like you said. first thing i did when visiting my mom this christmas was to check what puzzle she had going!

  37. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Looking forward to more of your creativity and book reviews in 2011

  38. Merry Christmas, May! I’m stopping here by way of Big Picture Classes. I saw that you have a class offering and I wanted to stop by and see what you do! By the way, I love post Christmas cards. I’m sending them out, too!

  39. Enjoy your puzzle time!! I have spent my time off catching up on the pile of books that I can never seem to get to. (Salting Roses is a fabulous book if you are looking for something new to read!)