My favorite dress I ever wore...

It was 1987, and I was in 5th grade. I was given the solo in the Christmas Concert (we called it that back then) and I was BEYOND nervous. I truly loved to sing, but was incredibly shy in a group of strangers. Some things never change ;)

For the occasion my mom sewed me a very special dress. The top was ivory satin with lace trim, and the bottom was made with the most beautiful, rich red velvet. Mom nailed it.

The song I sang was "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and I just adored this song. Between the dress, the song choice and my big sister styling my hair... I was ready to go.

That cutie in the pink dress and the hair clip next to me became one of my best friends in the world.

Ever since then, when I hear this song, I go back to the memories of my 10 year old self (don't you love how songs do that?) My favorite versions are by The Carpenters and James Taylor. I play them tirelessly on our Alexa in the kitchen as I cook dinner and wash dishes, just as my mom would do.

Of course I had to make this Christmas memory into a print, and now holiday cards. They are timeless, and some of my favorite holiday decor. When I see it not only do I feel festive, but I also feel so nostalgic. I am that terrified little girl, that put her nerves aside, made it happen and made herself really proud.

Do you have a holiday memory that you would like to have made into a print or cards?  I ADORE doing that for clients. Let me know! I recently designed one for a friend that accidentally would misspell "Ho, ho, ho" to "Oh, oh, oh" as a child.  We made her prints to give out as gifts this year and I can't wait to hear about how they react. How adorable is that?!?

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, friends.  From me to you.

Don't forget about my holiday open house, this Saturday 12/8!

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About Annie

Annie’s three boys are her biggest inspiration, of course. They certainly have gifted her with endless ideas to help raise them to be the best little men they can be, and drive Annie to be the best mom she can be. She hopes her products help others live the life she strives for; kind, positive, connected, organized and well intended.