Am I the only idiot on the planet who can turn a simple Christmas Card mailing project into a full-time job? My plan... send out Christmas cards to my local Denver SOI (sphere of influence) and toss in my hot-off-the-press Referral Directory magnet as an extra-special holiday gift for my friends (hey, I sprung for the xtra large magnet at over $1 each!).
Well, it's been anything but. One thing after another created delays in my sending-out-cards process - first, the cards I bought (and addressed & stamped) weren't big enough for the magnet (remember, I bought the xtra large one!), so I had to re-do all the envelopes. Then I realized that I needed extra postage for each envelope (that xtra large thing again), so I had to stand in line at the pre-Christmas shipping extravaganza at my local P.O. I finally got all the cards written, stuffed, addressed & stamped, so it was time to seal 'em up. I used cute little holiday-themed sticker-sealers I bought at Wal-Mart so I wouldn't have to lick all those nasty envelopes.
Got the cards in the mail, marked that particular project off my list.
Couple of days later... empty cards started coming back. Apparently the cute little holiday-themed sticker-sealers weren't strong enough for the enclosed magnet (y'know, the xtra large one) and the magnets broke thru the seals and fell out.
Anyway, where's the lemonade in this? Well, I sent out an email to my entire SOI telling them the story and asking them to let me know if their magnet didn't arrive. So far, I've gotten tons of responses back, wishing me well and letting me know their magnets made it (most of 'em anyway). In fact, this may turn out to be the best responded-to SOI email I've sent out in a long time!
If you'd like to see the email I sent, just shoot me your email address and I'll forward you a copy.
Happy Holidays, my friends!