11-30-2015

Holiday Cards for Charity with #TuesdaysTogether Bethesda

FILED IN: Behind-the-Scenes, Holiday & Seasonal, M&G Happenings

Posted By: Jamie

As I mentioned in a recent recap, as the leader of the Bethesda Tuesdays Together group, I stressed over coming up with a philanthropic activity we could do for our November meeting. And then it hit me! We would gather, share arts & craft supplies, and make homemade holiday cards to send to lonely nursing home residents across the country.

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Creatives not only brought snacks and drinks to enjoy, they brought art supplies galore. Everyone mixed, mingled and shared whatever paper, glue, glitter, stencils, watercolors, markers, and stickers they had. The definition of community was happening right smack in the middle of my living room and dining room and it was glorious!

Holiday-Cards-Charity-TuesdaysTogether-BethesdaHoliday-Cards-Charity-TuesdaysTogether-BethesdaOnce everyone went home, I was in awe. The level of thought and effort each creative small business owner poured into their cards had me moved to tears, especially since the cards for created for total strangers.

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I suddenly got the urge to style them have them professionally photographed before mailing them out. So thankful for Dana, owner of Dana Lee Rose Photography, who agreed to spend an afternoon with me on this impromptu mini-shoot. She and I both had to-do lists a MILE long for our own small businesses but ignored that and had a blast playing around with cards instead. I hope you love them as much as we do!

We had traditional reds and greens.

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We had washi tape and hand lettering!

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Some went bold with black, glitter and gold!

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We even had 3-D and the use of fabric trim.

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Blue Christmas, anyone?

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Even watercolors!

Holiday-Cards-Charity-TuesdaysTogether-BethesdaHoliday-Cards-Charity-TuesdaysTogether-BethesdaThe cards you've seen thus far weren't even created by the professional stationery makers in our group. However, the few paper designers we have in #TTBethesda definitely didn't disappoint!

This notecard and envelope set was created by Illiah Manger, owner of C&V. I mean, look at this detail!

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And now for some festive, modern beauties by the talented Jennifer Lavallee, owner of Bella Jenna. She was so generous and brought enough for everyone in the group to take a few home!

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All images: Dana Rose Lee Photography

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