What it means to be Heirloom, what it means to be something unique

We had our first official snowfall of the winter this week, which means that my husband’s garden has gone from being officially “on its last legs” to officially “dead.”  It’s been six weeks since our last tomato and although by this time I’m tired of eating kale and brussel sprouts, it still makes me sad.  Five or six months (at best) until our next fresh greens, which translates to five or six months of grocery store produce.  Not that our grocery store and local food co-op don’t stock the good stuff.  It’s just that once you’ve eaten straight from the garden it’s a hard adjustment going back.
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Andrew’s been taking the loss particularly hard.  We’ll talk while he’s cooking in the evening and without warning he’ll transition from chatting about how our days went to lamenting our lack of fresh apples and heirloom veggies.

I still don’t get his fixation with heirlooms, and it drives him crazy.

“What is there not to understand?” he asked the other night.  “You of all people should get this.”

I’m not a Foodie (though I’ve eaten enough meals to know his are better than average!), and I pointed this out.

“It’s not about being a Foodie or not being a Foodie.  It’s about having a love and a…respect, I suppose, for something unique.”

And he’s right.  I, of all people, should understand.

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5 tips on how to write a thank you card

For all those who’ve struggled with how to write a thank you card, here are a few tips that might make it a little easier. Whether your note is to follow up on a job interview or to thank a party hostess, knowing how to get started will make it that much easier to finish.
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  1. Write it right away. Preferably while the event is fresh in your mind. Nothing is harder than trying to remember details of a conversation, dinner party or event, weeks after it happened. If you write the thank you note quickly, it’ll be easier to come up with specific things to mention, perhaps a funny moment or a thoughtful touch you appreciated. Wedding thank you cards you can take a little longer, but most etiquette books suggest sending them within 2-3 months.
  2. Specific is better. Anybody can write a generic thank you note, and we’ve all gotten them: “Thanks for the blankety blank. I really appreciate it. Thanks again. Love, Julie.” Much better to mention exactly what you’re thanking this person for, and add something specific about why you liked it.  Continue reading

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5 Things You Can Make with our DIY Cards

Our new DIY cards let you create note cards, magnets, postcards and more using your own photos and text. Start with one of our templates, in your choice of sizes and add your image. Most of them have optional text boxes you can use to add text, such as party invitations or business stationery. Or you can leave them blank–it’s up to you! Here are 5 ways to use our DIY cards, and we’re sure you’ll think of more!

1. Personal note cards
Use a favorite photo to create blank note cards you can use for any purpose. Add text that says “thank you” and just like that you have thank you cards!
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2. Moving announcements
Take a photo of your new house and turn use our DIY postcards to create moving announcements. An optional text box lets you add your new address on the back or inside.
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Vintage Ski Christmas Card Display

Ideas from and written by: Courtney from SweetCsDesigns.com

Vintage Ski Christmas Card Display
I recently was asked by Pear Tree Greetings to check out their Christmas cards and design a fun way to display cards around the house. I wanted a fun, unique way to show off the gorgeous cards we get from friends and family- and wanted to incorporate some of our beloved family antiques to do it- so I made this fun and festive Vintage Ski Christmas Card Display!

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What’s Hot This Month – August

Here’s a look at the top five products others are buying at Pear Tree Greetings this month!

1. Modern Mix Horizontal Wedding Thank You Cards
Wedding Thank You Cards -- Modern Mix Horizontal

2. Welcoming Color Block Whimsical Baby Shower Invitations
Whimsical Baby Shower Invitations -- Welcoming Color Block

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New Ways to Meet Mommy Friends

We all know it is tough to meet new mommy friends especially when you are new in town. Read below as one of our Pearistas, See Vanessa Craft, talks about her experience meeting new mommy friends and tips that can help you!

From Vanessa (her bio below):
See Vanessa Craft
I remember that first week of being a new stay at home mom, my husband had to return to work and my mom left back on a plane to New Mexico. It was just me, responsible for keeping this tiny little newborn alive. Cue freak out! Whether you are a working mom or stay at home mom, that transition into your new mom role can be tough. I went from working 70+ hours a week, in a very social job, to only having my colicky newborn to talk to. I loved being able to stay at home with my baby, but we are naturally hardwired to connect to other people – other people that can communicate back with more than a coo or giggle (as priceless as those moments are). I quickly discovered the importance of mommy friends, but how does one make mommy friends? Here are my 5 tips for meeting mommy friends.

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Mother’s Day Sale

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! We are celebrating Mom by offering 40% off our stationery products! That’s right, stock up on note cards, address labels and our adorable little notelettes for 40% off. Use the code MOMDAY13 and start shopping now! Hurry offer ends tomorrow!

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Teacher Gift Ideas to Share on Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is a good day to let a teacher know how much you appreciate them! (Actually, any day is a good day to do that!) Whether it’s a word of thanks, a note or a gift, it truly is the thought that counts. And if you’re not ready with something today, the end of the school year is the next best time to show your appreciation.
Teacher Notelettes -- Alphabet Bash Book Sticker -- Chalk Board
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Sending Love Any Time of the Year

While Valentine’s Day may be the usual day to send a love note, I had a different idea this year. I decided to send some love to my family and closest friends by tucking photo strips of my son and his ever-changing faces and poses into a note (I chose Long Distance Love from Pear Tree Greetings). My family and friends enjoyed the randomness of receiving a love note in April, so I wanted to share the idea with you. Below are the steps I did to send some love!
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How to impress your boss on National Boss’s Day

National Boss DayEverybody can use a few more ideas on how to impress your boss, and as work-related ideas go, this one is pretty simple: a handwritten note to your boss, delivered on National Boss’s Day.

Just like you love to hear that you’re doing a good job, bosses like to be appreciated for being, well, a good boss. This is your chance to tell him or her that you appreciate their support and guidance, that you admire their work on a particular project or their leadership in a meeting, that you are learning a lot from them, or simply that you appreciate the job.

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