I’m Christine Castro Hughes, a designer, writer, and mother of two darling children. I also run a graphic design studio out of my charming, crooked craftsman house. Brunch is my blog. More »
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printable thank you notes for kids

I'm a big fan of the thank you note. Gratitude is something I try to practice daily, and that includes putting pen to paper whenever I can.

I am always looking for ways to inspire that same spirit in my kids, because I think it's important. So last weekend, I printed some easy to use thank you notes for the kids to send to all family and friends who spoiled us this Christmas.

Since Henry is learning to read and write, I created fill-in-the-blank notes. Maira is huge on stickers right now, so I made labels that she could combine with stickers on cards. Astrobrights card stock is my favorite paper for kid crafts, and I use Avery mailing labels for everything. 

Of course, getting the kids to write them is all about timing... and sometimes bribes. (Hot cocoa with marshmallows? Sure!) But I think it's worth it, and I know the kids are starting to get it.

Like that note up there addressed to Santa? That was all Henry's idea. When he reminded me that we had to write that one more note, I've gotta admit I beamed with pride.

download & print these cards | pair them with a2 envelopes 


summer, summer, summertime


The days are long, but the years are short. So goes one of my new favorite sayings. Life is zooming on by, and I am trying to figure out how to keep up with it—and this space—but for now, here's some artwork I whipped up for my latest mixed CD. 


my visit with ray

I spent the afternoon visiting my new friend, Ray. Ray Eames.

Well, OK, not really. But after an hour of oohing, ahhing, and beaming at her life's work at the exhibit Ray Eames: In the Spotlight, that's how I felt. 

I've long been a fan of the Eameses' work, but this was a look into Ray's world I hadn't seen before. 

Paper dolls and high school homework. Fashion sketches and lettering details. Favorite outfits and family photos. Exploring every corner of the show, I felt more and more kindred with someone I had come to think of only as a hero. 

Yes, Ray was a smart, talented, and influential designer. But she was also a young girl with a love of color and an eye for fashion. She was a woman who fell in love at art school. She was a mom to a daughter, the apple of her eye. She was pretty cool, and I'm so glad I got to know her a little bit better.


sharing the love

I often obsess about this kind of thing, but this year's valentine's just sort of fell into place.

Maira and Henry have been asking for new sunglasses for several weeks now and I finally found some cute ones online. When they arrived in the mail a week ago, I decided to make them into valentines. I stuck them onto cardstock hearts and drew dots and stripes with my favorite uniball white gel pen. 

I fell in love with Mer Mag's DIY animal envelope valentines this year. The kids and I made a few to send to our family, but I still hadn't had my fill. I decided to make one more for Rama. I made my own card to go inside it. I immediately thought of the Magnetic Fields' song "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits." Even though the message is rated R the illustration is totally G.


the family historian

One of my new year's goals is to stop saying sorry when I have no reason to, so I am not going to apologize for four months of silence here on the blog. Instead, I'll just say "Hi!" And "Happy New Year!" and "It's so good to see you."

I have been keeping a journal since I was a little girl. Sometime around high school, I started taking pictures too. I began to sketch shortly after college. All three habits were a way of recording my life's big and small moments, and for a long time I was the family historian. In our little family of four, though, Rama has become the record keeper.

He draws portraits and vignettes of Henry, Maira, himself and me, capturing moments and moods that might otherwise have fleeted away. I am so grateful for the way he sees the world and us, and I know we will always treasure these beautiful windows into our life together.





All artwork by Rama Hughes. Visit Rama's sketchbook for more glimpses into his life or contact him to hire him for a portrait commission of your own.