Making Lemonade

15 Dec

Christmas cards are kind of our thang as one of my friends recently put it, so when folks said there was no way we could possibly top last year’s card, Chip and I gladly accepted that challenge.  This past Christmas, we already had our card all figured out by mid-summer, so when we returned from our trip to California in August without any ideas, I was starting to panic.

A few weeks later in September, Chip and I spent the weekend in New Hampshire for work. While on a hike at Arethusa Falls that Saturday, out of the blue, Chip said, “We need to do something with lemons.  Like a lemonade stand or something with a really subtle message.”  I liked it.  We couldn’t exactly ignore the events of the past year either, but at the same time, our sob story gets really old really quickly, most especially to ourselves, so neither of us wanted to play (or print and send) the overt “cancer card” this year. Alas, we had a starting point.  Inspiration.  We discussed the lemon concept a little more and finally Chip said he had gotten us started but for me to take over from there and add my artistic approach to the lemon theme.  I knew I could work with this and make it a little fun and a little serious all at the same time.

I liked the idea of the lemonade stand, but I couldn’t figure out how to photograph all four of us behind a table and it to look visually appealing.  One of us really needed to be standing up holding Crosby in order for her to be seen and because we were going to be shooting in the winter, it was going to be hard to take that shot outside in the cold on dead grass and get the kids to cooperate.  It didn’t make sense to have a lemonade stand set up inside of the house.  So, the lemonade stand was nixed.

While foraging through the junk drawer in the kitchen for something one day, I stumbled upon my favorite magnet about scotch. We haven’t used it in awhile as we now have a stainless refrigerator.  Then, I started digging through the drawer finding all the other magnets like it.  That was it.  A 50’s themed, witty card with a nod to cancer that would accurately capture our response to it.  BOOM!


I then did a little prop shopping at Target, we recruited our friends Andrea and Adam to come over and shoot our photos one Sunday afternoon, I enlisted the talented folks at Xanthus Design to design and print our card, and voila!



Huge, huge thanks to Michael, Hud and the rest of the talented team at Xanthus Design:

– Sheila


14 Responses to “Making Lemonade”

  1. Deb Roberts December 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    This is AWESOME!

  2. louisebhenry December 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM #

    Love the card! Merry Christmas!

  3. homesandflowers December 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

    You inspire me!! Have the happiest of holidays…wishing you all a wonderful holiday!


  4. Beth Ballard Raffety December 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM #

    Y’all’s strength and energy is amazing! Merry Christmas!

  5. Resa December 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM #

    Hands down the best card ever! We got it yesterday and I was getting ready to send you a message. Always super creative and poineient. Everyone looks awesome. Kick cancers ass!!!!!!

  6. jenn December 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM #

    and of course it is my favorite card in my stack! 🙂

  7. Kate December 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM #

    You all totally rock!!!! Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year.

  8. Mandy December 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Ann Taintor is one of my faves! You guys are hilarious…keep making lemonade! Xoxo Mandy

  9. Karen@EyesOpen December 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM #

    I absolutely LOVE this!!! You guys are awesome xxx

  10. Jeanne and David Doherty December 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM #

    We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for that.

  11. Mary Wason December 17, 2013 at 8:48 AM #

    Love the card! 🎄 Merry Christmas to all! 🎅

  12. Jana Whealdon December 21, 2013 at 6:27 AM #

    Love your card and that you have found so many lemonade days over this past year!

  13. Lily (Kendall) Hsia December 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM #

    Chip and Sheila, This is fabulous. I had a feeling the lemons would work……..
    certainly no “sour grapes” from you. All the best for the new year. Some one of these
    days I want to meet you Sheila and those adorable ones! Rice and Robin join me, Chip,
    in happy greetings. Much love, Lily

  14. Karen Ball December 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM #

    Love it! And love y’all!

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