Category Archives: Christmas

Holiday Schedule + Christmas Order Deadline

HollyDays Christmas Shopping Deadline

It’s almost Thanksgiving! It’s so hard to believe it has come so quickly! I wanted to share with you our Holiday Schedule and Christmas Order Deadline. We are cutting off Christmas orders on December 6, but we definitely have some wiggle room based on your location and items ordered. Just contact us prior to ordering and we’ll chat about it first! Some orders may require expedited shipping after Dec 6 based on your location and order date. Also, we will be taking some time “off” from production to spend some time with family & friends, move (yay!) and make some important HollyDays updates! So make sure you make a note of this if you have an upcoming January or February event!

Oh, and be on the lookout for our Black Friday Sale! Wahoo!

HollyDays Black Friday Sale

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Lately: A Little Update on What’s Going on at HollyDays

Oh yes, let’s see, It seems as if I’ve been caught up in projects lately I’m a little behind on our blog, posting on Facebook,  Instagram… you get the picture, so I wanted to share some snapshots and quick updates with you!

HollyDays Home

First of all, we are building a house and we are at the critical time of decision making, so my mind is totally wrapped up in that. We started picking out house colors this week (yikes!) and I’m am SO nervous about this and so excited at the same time. Of course that means I’ll be getting a new HollyDays office and I can’t wait to see all that come together! I’m not going to bore you with the details, so if you don’t know already, you can follow along our homebuilding process HERE.

Second, I truly appreciate all the kind words and messages we have been receiving lately about our free printable monthly calendars! Thank you! To answer the question, yes, we will be doing the free printable calendars in 2014! As you know, we release them 2 at a time right now. We may change that up a bit or we may provide a yearly download for a small price if you want to go ahead and download the whole year… we’ve still got some planning to do, so we’d love to hear your feedback on the calendars. We are so glad you are enjoying them!

HollyDays Catalog Coming Soon!

Another thing… I have been working on a HollyDays catalog for Home Show/Trunk Shows and customers who like to shop from a catalog. I was doing home shows when HollyDays first started seven years ago and I’ve been wanting to bring it back for over 2 years, so with lots of brainstorming, we have it in the works! If you’d like to receive a catalog, go HERE and enter your info and we’ll mail you one when the time comes!

Laying-in-the-grass

One last thing… No, we aren’t doing Christmas Village this year. I’ve made some tough, but great decisions based on my definition of success and what is best for my family this year and cutting out traveling and large workloads at one time was best for me at this stage in our life. I can’t tell you how much I will miss being there this year. We are planning on having a Trunk Show in Birmingham around the holidays, so if you are in the area, it’s one on the list of three locations so far. We’ll talk about that more in the near future!

Oh, and we’ll be introducing some new products, soon!…

Personalized iPhone cover

Ok, there you have it… a long, rambling post about a variety of things rolling around in my head right now. I sure feel better getting it all out there! Hope you have a great day!

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Printable November & December Calendars

Free Printable November & December 2013 Calendars
The last two months of 2013 are officially ready for downloading and printing. I know the end of the year is probably pretty busy for your family, so I hope these calendars help you organize and plan your holiday season. Most importantly, I hope you schedule in rest time and time to enjoy family and friends. Make these months count!

Click HERE to download November 2013

Click HERE to download December 2013

We’re hearing lots of great comments on these calendars!
What do you use your calendar for each month – meal planning, schedule planning, etc?
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Christmas Home Tour | Jen’s House

Oh, I am so excited about today because I get to show you Jen’s gorgeous home. It’s our last post of this year and it’s a good one. Jen’s home was actually just featured on the front cover of the November/December 2012 Southern Lady Magazine (yeah, Jen!) She has a great southern style, so I know you will just love it.

Southern Lady Magazine

Southern Christmas Decorations

The monogram in the frame below was made by Jen using an old window. She is so creative, so many of the items you see in the photographs, she actually made.

Southern Christmas Decorations

{Breakfast Area}

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Tablesetting

Southern Christmas Home

I love how she spreads the Christmas decor throughout her home.

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Her hallway is perhaps my favorite place in her house!

Southern Christmas Home

This bathroom is also my favorite!

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

 I just love her style, so beautiful! I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Our Christmas | Holly’s Home Tour

Aqua Christmas Decorations

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are continuing to have a wonderful holiday season with your family! I am enjoying some down time with my family and it has been so good for me. I hope you’ve had a little time to sit back and take a deep breath as you prepare for the new year. Even though we are “closed” through the 2nd, I wanted to share some pictures from our homes decorated for Christmas. Today, I’m sharing photos of my home and on Monday, I’ll share pictures from Jen’s gorgeous home.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

This is our first (and probably only) Christmas in this house. We are currently renting it while we work on plans and start building a house. It was fun this year to have a new blank space to decorate.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

I went with an aqua/burlap theme this year. I try to use things around my home or office/craft room to make up new decorations each year.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

This year, I used a lot of natural decor in our home. The garland on the stairs was made from extra tree branches that I gathered when we bought our tree. I love the way fresh garland looks on a staircase.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

I used cotton and a grapevine wreath to make the wreath over our fireplace.
This is my favorite project! I love how it turned out!

Southern Christmas Decorations

Southern Christmas Decorations

I borrowed this idea of the book Christmas Tree from Jen. I found these old books from my husband’s Great Grannie’s house and they worked perfectly to stack to make a tree (with a cookie cutter star on top, of course!)

Southern Christmas Decorations

I love this vase on the dining table. It’s not necessarily Christmas, so I may leave it like this  for a little while because I love how vibrant and pretty it looks. I have a thing for white with pops of color.

Southern Christmas Decorations

Thanks for joining me on a small tour of my home for Christmas! I can’t wait to show you photos of Jen’s home on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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Christmas Order Deadline

Hello there! Just a little note that Friday, December 7, 2012, will be the last day to place your order for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery! If you still need to place Christmas card orders, they are shipping quickly, so there is still time to order your cards!

Happy HollyDays!

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A Week in Instagram Photos

Southern Christmas Tablesetting

Wow, it’s been a busy week around here. I’m starting to feel the holiday stress already. I feel like I’m going to end the week ok, though, I’ve been able to accomplish a lot on my “To Do List”. We’ve started uploading some Christmas designs to the website and have a ton more to add. They should all be up within the next couple weeks. In addition to the new holiday products, I’ve been working on getting everything together for our Christmas Show. I wanted to share with you a little of our week in Instagram pictures.

{Halloween Chevron Stickers}

Halloween Chevron Stickers

{Styled shoot for upcoming magazine article}

Fall Tablesetting

{Custom Pumpkins & Pirates Party Goods}

Custom Pumpkins & Pirates Party

{A little fun craft project}

Chalkboard Bible Verse

{Local Farmers Market}

Fairhope Farmers Market

See all these and more if you follow us on Instagram: shophollydays

Have a great day!

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Breakfast with Santa

One of my friends hosted a super cute (& fun) breakfast with Santa at her home over the weekend.  She had Santa come read a story to the kiddos and then they were all able to sit in his lap and get their picture made.  She used some of our cupcake sets and bunting to decorate and had Pinterest inspired goodies.  I thought it turned out super cute!

Sausage Muffins in our Cupcake Sets (what a creative use for them!)

Snowman Donuts

Reindeer Donuts

We had so much fun! It was a perfect special day except when Santa needed to leave his car didn’t want to crank… where are those reindeer when you need them!?

Here’s our family photo with Santa…

Have a great day!

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Save on Christmas Cards

We have a great deal for you if you purchase your Christmas cards by Thanksgiving… FREE shipping and we’ll throw in FREE return address stickers!  (Valid 11/21/11-11/24/11- not valid on previous orders or with any other coupon/discount)

 

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Do What You Love

Some exciting projects are going on around here!  I’ve been working on getting the Halloween goodies saved and on the website.  My plan is to have them all up on or before Friday.  Christmas products will be going up September 1st… only one week, yikes!  I’ve got some serious work to do before then!  Also,  Jenn and I will start working on the displays and plans starting the second week of September for our Christmas Show in Birmingham, Alabama (first week of November- you’ll be hearing much more about it).  We’ve also been working on re-branding HollyDays.  We think you will really like it!

Also, we are going to discontinue some products.  It is hard to give these up, but we believe it is in our best interest in order to focus more on PARTIES!  Our personalized clothing and bags will no longer be sold after this weekend.  I figured it would be nice to give you a little notice just in case you were holding out for something :)   We will sell our Christmas shirts and bottoms online and at our Christmas show as well as the remaining in-stock non-personalized tops and bottoms, but we will not be personalizing any shirts/bags after this weekend.  We hope you will understand, this has been a tough decision for me because I LOVE to see the designs I’ve created to be placed on other merchandise, but for now, we want to really put our focus on parties and events… and that is what makes me excited.

Thanks to these fabulous women, I have been giving much more heartfelt thought to the future of HollyDays and doing what I love.  Yes, it is a little scary, especially when I am thinking about discontinuing products I think are cute and very “sellable”, but not what I live for doing.


{Image by Meg Baisden Photography, http://www.MegPhoto.com}

While at The Stationery Academy, I was asked by Whitney “What is your definition of success?”  You know, everyone’s definition is different and that is what makes success so great.  Maybe it is owning a large stationery company like Whitney or maybe it is being able to stay at home with your children.  When I started HollyDays in 2006, my goal was to be able to make a little extra money and have something to do in addition to being a stay-at-home-mommy.  You know, my vision really hasn’t changed in five years.  I had started thinking in a take-over-the-world mentality that I wanted to grow HollyDays into a huge operation with a lot of employees and you know where that would leave me- not fulfilling my vision, my purpose.  I guess I was getting caught up in someone else’s definition of success.  My vision truly is this- to be a business operated with the goal to help moms (myself included and my employees).  Jenn is a mom, I’m a mom and we love what we do- being creative and helping others plan and pull off a beautiful/cute/fun/creative event.

And so unless Oprah discovers our fabulousness (ha!), we’ll be a mommy business, happily serving our wonderful customers.  If you are a mom or soon-to-be-mom, sister, brother, dad, grandmother… one at a time we want to help make your parties and events special and a memory worth making extra special.

Here are a few more shots from the academy:  This must have been one of my “lightbulb” moments.


{Image by Meg Baisden Photography, http://www.MegPhoto.com}

And my new amazingly creative and amazingly encouraging friends…


{Image by Meg Baisden Photography, http://www.MegPhoto.com}

What is your definition of success?  Start working towards it!  Make it happen!  A year from now, you will wish you had started today. - Karen Lamb.

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