About Cathy

As the copywriter for Pear Tree, Cathy sympathizes with those who are intimidated by the blank space inside a 3 x 5" thank you card. Married to an active husband, and Mom to three teenage boys, she finds herself out-numbered and out-voted on pretty much everything, never gets the remote, and is used to receiving blank stares when talking about girl stuff. This blog is both her outlet and her payback.

Easy Instagram Christmas Cards

Do you have lots of Instagram photos you love? Show them off by creating Instagram Christmas cards. Pear Tree makes it easy with instant access to all your Instagram photos, and with specially designed mobile-friendly cards that are optimized to display those little square photos beautifully.
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A Letter to My Son: 10 Things I Want to Say

A letter to my son
My son is away at college, and based on our last phone call it sounds like he needs a little cheering up. My happy-go-lucky boy is facing the pressure of challenging classes and a grueling sports schedule. I know there’s not much I can do to help, but I still feel compelled to try. It’s time for a letter to my son and here are 10 things I will say:

  1. What I’m about to say is important. See? It’s so important that I actually wrote it on paper instead of putting it in a text message. No matter what else this letter says, it says someone cares.
  2. This, too, shall pass. When you are feeling lonely or ugly or scared or embarrassed or frustrated, try to see yourself as I see you: friendly, beautiful, brave, humble and persevering. Then give it a day or two. Things will be looking up. I’m sure of it.
  3. You are not the only one who’s having a bad day. Talk to people — your roommates, a teacher, your advisor, or the person sitting next to you on the bus. You may share a laugh. You may get some good advice. You will probably find your troubles are nothing compared to theirs.   Continue reading

New, Personalized Home Decor Ideas

We are excited to introduce our new collection of personalized home decor ideas including wall art, wall decals, custom posters, metal wall art, and easel art. They can be personalized with photos, background colors, and even captions in many cases! Each is perfect for a different type of decorating. Click on the images to see more details.

Wall Art
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Our personalized wall art is printed on acid free, archival quality paper and is suitable for framing. (Frame not included.) Each design is 11′ x 14″ and made from 100% recycled material. Choose from many different pieces, some with photos and some with editable text; some with colors you can change, others with pre-set artwork. These high-quality prints are an easy way to fill your walls with artwork.

Custom Posters
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These large, affordable posters are perfect for kids’ rooms, dorm rooms and quick photo displays. They’re printed on durable, tear-resistant polystyrene for kid-friendly locations, and are even water-resistant for short-term outdoor use such as graduation or birthday parties. They come in two sizes: 18″ x 24″ or 24″ x 36″.

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Christmas Cards for 2014

Our small Pear Tree team works with our Christmas cards every day, and of course we all have our favorites. Below we each share our favorite Christmas card ideas for 2014. If you’d like to see more about the card, simply click on the image. Let us know which one you like best by commenting below!

Angela, The Trendsetter
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This is my favorite card because it’s just completely different from anything anyone else will be sending this year. I call the look, “rustic glam.” Between the kraft paper, faux foil letters and jute twine holding it all together, it’s the perfect mix of natural and shiny materials, which fits my eclectic style. Not only that, but there’s room for five photos on the back, so each of my four kids gets a spot, with one left for mom & dad. Perfect!

Brandon, The Artsy Guy
Christmas card ideas
My favorite card from this year’s collection? Hands down, Shiny Foil Dots. The big foil stamped dots on the front add the perfect amount to glitz to help your holiday photo shine. You can also choose one of our four foil options. (My favorite is the gold glitter.) The back offers a collage of eight photos, which allows you to show off anything you wish. You can add your finishing touch by adding your own personal greeting to the front. Feliz Navidad!

Brianna, The Mom With Three Girls
Christmas card ideas
Each year when it comes time to choose a holiday card, I look for the same three things: unique design, lots of photos, and room to write about the family’s year. The Be Jolly Ribbon Booklet Christmas card is perfect because the booklet format includes many spots for photos, along with a place to write a short letter about the year. Plus, I know that anyone who receives the card will be amazed by the design, because it’s not your traditional flat holiday card.

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