I'm working on expanding my customizable printable party and entertaining creations in my etsy shop, and just when I was running out of ideas, I received an opportunity to share an idea related to pirates, or fairies, or both, as the all-new Disney movie, The Pirate Fairy is set to come out on DVD.
All the ideas will be shared on a Disney Pinterest board very soon, and there is even a FaceBook page dedicated to Disney Fairies.
I knew exactly what I wanted to create. You see, when my son was in kindergarten, we had a pirate birthday party for him, complete with a treasure chest, eye patches, pirate hats, and treasure maps in bottles for the invitations. Now, keep in mind that this was long, long before any of us had a laptop, or Pinterest. I hand drew the map invitations and then had copies made (at the copy store) and then hand colored them all in, before rolling them up and tucking them in bottles with a little sand and sea shells.
I decided to design the 2014 version of the treasure map invitation, and I really like the way it came out. I printed it on a ledger style scrapbook paper for a more rustic look, but really, these could be printed on any color paper you like.
I rolled them up, and popped them inside the bottles, along with some sand, and seashells, and even some plastic pearls.
I popped in the cork and added the "Open me" tag.
How much fun would it be to host a Pirate Fairy movie party, complete with these invites, and possibly some cupcakes topped with candy shells and pearls?
Use a bold red and white, or black and white striped fabric for a table topper, and give all of your little guests pirate hats and eye patches.
Oh, and maybe even have a photo area to take some memorable shots of the little pirate crew...some to keep, and one to use on a thank you for coming to our party cards.
How fun does this all sound?
I think I will add some printable bottle or juice box wraps, and cupcake flags to round out this printable set...can you think of anything I've missed?
Here are some pictures of the latest transformation my little booth case at Camas Antiques has made.
My grown up girl job over the past few weeks taken on a whole new level of busy. While I truly love what I do for a living, keeping up (or at least me doing something that remotely resembles me trying to keep up) is stressful in a way that is a world away from my comfort zone.
Doing things with family and frineds after work and on weekends helps bring me back to center, and puts things a bit more in perspective, as to where my priorities lie. I try to be fully present in the moment, and not think on the pile of duties mounting each moment I am not at work.
I realized this past weekend that my booth space at Camas Antiques is a wonderful respite from that stress as well. Saturday my guy took me to one of my favorite Goodwills (if there is such a thing...sometimes the prices send me into a slow burn, as I shared a long, long time ago....)
Anyway, the Goodwill in the sleepy town of McMinville, Oregon is one of my most favorite to hit. I came out of there last Saturday with three bags, heaping full. (We were in my VW Bug, and so bigs were not an option!)
A pair of 3-6 month Tommy Hilfiger overalls for grand #7, a Melissa and Doug tambourine for the boys at the frat house to add to their musical instrument collection, and just as nice, lots of little treasures for my booth.
I'll price them today, and run down to re-fluff things again, since last Friday was First Friday, and things are likely to be a bit tumbled around.
Just working on my booth space, being creative...is really a great escape for me. I find my sweet spot and things that were in the back of my mind tugging at me to worry, melt away. I get rejuvenated and my mind floods with new ideas and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
A splash of Robin's egg blue here and there, a vintage ice cream maker and other ice cream themed items, and some vintage creates...
I've got lots more to add as things thin out, and slowly but surely, everything new is arriving with my new tags...
New grand babies, a new structure for my department at work, and last night I decided I was ready to change the look up in my booth case at Camas Antiques.
Starting with my tags. The girls at the register clip off the price tags when people pay, and drop them in a drawer to keep track of what you sell in a month.
A good system for sure, but my cute tags end up coming back to me, instead of going home with the customer, where thay can look up my website.
I remedied that by making two different tags.
A little extra work, but I like the look, all simple, and clean, and easy to read.
It's funny to me how inspired to create I can become when making one simple paper craft project. I am sure it sounds ridiculous, but I am now inspired to paint up my little file box I keep all of my pricing tags and ribbons in.
I was at my eensy weensy booth case tonight after work, all lickety-split-like, feebly attempting to fluff and perk things up. Between the snow storm, the weather that followed it, and the newest grand's arrival, I hadn't been down there in two full weeks.
I know, pitiful.
Shame on me.
I am making new extra cute price tags and such, and this Thursday night it will all be back to glorious.
(Thursday night is "Dealer Night" and it's such fun chatting with the other junkers, and re-inventing my space. Wait till you see my new colorway for this makeover!)
Anyway, when I was down there I snapped a few pictures of the latest small window display.
I love the black paper against the wall as a chalkboard looking backdrop.
(Some people's creativity absolutely amazes me!!)
And I love all of the different shades of creams and whites and everything in between.
I left the shop all fired up and inspired to create.....do you do that? Get all hooped-ti-do'd over eye candy?
I bet you do.
I've been crazy busy the past month and a half, both at work and home. My department at work is short-handed and family time has been jam-packed with two milestone birthdays, (number 6 grand babe's first, and the Sewing Queen's big eight-oh!)along with a short vacation to Kansas City, MO, (We got to go to our first "away" Mariner's game!) and then a girl's weekend at the beach, followed by a five day business trip.
I feel like things are starting to settle down a bit on all fronts, and my mind keeps flooding with ideas for my little booth case at Camas Antiques.
Tomorrow is the monthly "First Friday" in my sweet little Camas, and that means that all the shops will stay open late, and the community all comes out to meander up and down 4th avenue. I want my space to look good and be completely crammed full of eye candy.
My passion for creating little somethings (banners, tags, flags hats...) has been reignited and I am looking forward to revamping things in my space at dealer's night after work today. It's funny to me how creating one item inspires another and another, and the energy, excitement and inspiration grows.
Sometimes it gets so I can't even fall asleep at night, because my mind is reeling so.
All in all, not a bad problem to have.
For a girl who only ever wanted to pick a spot and stay put for forever, I certainly seem to alway be announcing a move of one sort or another, and I have become a very proficient packer.
Well, I've moved again. My teeny tiny booth case at Camas Antiques was very shallow, and proved to be quite a challenge for me, but I was still very much enjoying the challenge.
About a week ago, I got a wonderfully delightful voice message from Joann at Camas Antiques asking me if I would like to move to a soon-to-be-open spot.
Would I ever! It's over one aisle, to a deeper case, and it sits on the end of the row, which I consider to be prime real estate!
My mind began whirling, and I jumped on craigslist, and hit the thrift stores looking for some anchor pieces to hold my things....Having a deeper case space makes a huge difference in what kinds and sizes of foundation pieces you can use.
I ended up with some great stuff, and I moved my things over last Monday, along with some new inventory....I'm thrilled with my new location in Camas Antiques! What do you think?
If you live nearby, remember, tonight is First Friday here in sweet little Camas, and all of the shops will be open late, along with a classic car show and live music!
I have a friend that is a media buyer in the company I work for. The other day, I cruised downstairs to say hello, and couldn't help but ooh and ahh over her adorable little teeny tiny American flag banner.
Me: Oh! Where did you find that?!
Her: Oh, gosh. I don't know. I've had for years....hmmmm...Maybe at World Market...I'm not sure.
Me: I love it! I want one! Wait...I think I can make one! Thanks for the fabulous idea!
And I went home, and shamelessly copied it.
And now, it's nice little patriotic prezzie from me to you.
First, I designed the little printable American flags....
Then I printed the page and cut them out (See? You can print as many as you like to make your banner as long as you wish for it to be.)
Once the flags were all cut out, I simply folded each them in half...
.....and used a glue stick on the inside as I folded the flags over a length of twine. You could use ribbon or string...whatever you fancy, girlfriend.
(Pretty cute, right?)
So, think of this as a little prezzie for Independence Day...from me...to you.
(Get yours right here: Download God bless america flag banner e-kit )
Can you say yummy-yummy-got-some-love-in-my-tummy?
Let me start at the beginning here.
Sometimes I get offers from vendors, or companies, to write a review, or a post about a product. Most times I don’t participate, as I really don’t want my blog to be all about ads, and I certainly do not ever want to post about a product I am not 100% behind.
This being said, the folks at Newtons asked if I would like to try out and share my two cents on a new line of delicious, oh-so-tasty cookies. I am a huge Nabisco fan, and so I said sure. I am so glad I did.
First off, let me share a little “Newtons”-side-story here. For as long as I can remember, one of my Mom’s favorite lines when anyone was having a bad day was, “You just need a nap and a Fig Newton.” As if to imply that a little rest and a sweet little treat of a Newtons cookie would make all well in anyone’s world.
I am not sure if this was a line off of a Fig Newtons commercial, or just something my Mom thought up, but regardless, to this day, the mere thought of a Fig Newton brings a warm and fuzzy feeling to me.
Back to the new Newtons cookies.
These little gems are made with real fruit and dark fudge and boast 8g of whole grains per 31g serving. (That's pretty healthy!)
Oh, and they are pretty too.
My hands down favorite were the Fruit Thins Coconut Drizzled with Dark Fudge, closely followed on its heels by the Fruit Thins Banana Drizzled with Dark Fudge. The Fruit Thins Coconut Drizzled with Dark Fudge are very, very tasty, and the Fruit Thins Banana Drizzled with Dark Fudge are a great competitor to anyone's homemade banana bread. Please visit newtonscookies.com to take a look at all their new Fruit Flavors and also get access to great tips there too!!!
Seriously, these days, my free time is at a premium, and when I opened the package, I was impressed with the cuteness of the cookies, along with the heavenly smell that came from them.
Perfect for keeping a supply of them on hand for serving up to guests that might stop by, as well as a nice little before bedtime snack for me. I can just keep them tucked away in my pantry. (Now, that’s a nice little plus for a busy gal like me…as long as I don’t eat them all up before guests happen to stop by.)
Be sure to check out the Newtons brand page on BlogHer.com to read other bloggers’ posts.
Now, maybe I am (once again) late to join the party, but, after seven years of blogging, I just attended my first ever blog conference a couple of weeks ago, and it was a great experience on all counts. (I have no idea why I hadn't done this before!)
There are so many conferences to choose from out there, and so many of them sound amazing, that just selecting one can be a challenge.
Last summer my daughter suggested we go to the *SNAP! Conference being held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now, we booked tickets for this particular conference for a couple of reasons. First off, she had researched and read up on a number of conferences, and this particular one had gotten lots of rave reviews from the attendees last year. (Which was coincidentally, it's first year.)
It had sponsors we loved (Annie Sloan Paints, Lowe's, Ryobi, Minwax...)It was also the closest blog conference to our homes, being less than a two hour flight away.
Now, normally when I am looking forward to an event of any kind, I am planning things out in my head. What am I going to wear? (Oh! I need a cute new pair of shoes!) How many outfits will I need? What research do I need to do about the event I am attending so I come prepared?
In this particular case, that never happened. As the conference date got closer, my daughter and I both became busier (more busy?) with our own lives, and before we knew it, the conference was upon us.
I haphazardly packed the night before our flight, overcome with that oh-my-gosh-why-didn't-I-plan-better?! thought overwhelming me.
"Oh well, it will be fine", I convinced myself.
And, really, for the most part, it was.
We arrived the just before midnight the night before the conference and got settled into our hotel room. We stayed up far too late, talking and giggling. Before we knew it, our alarm went off, and we were out the door and running.
(Here is one of the two pictures I took at the conference, as we registered. No, we are not in the picture, but two of my daughter's favorite blog writers are.)
The conference classes and events went from eight in the morning until around ten or eleven each night. You would think this would cause us to tumble into bed each night and go right to sleep, but...no.
We were far to excited each night, rehashing the day, and looking through all the swag we got from sponsors. We'd be yakking it up and finally turn the lights out, only to have that darned alarm go off far too early to get going and do it all again.
In short, attending a blog conference is a great experience overall, and if you're lucky enough to get to spend that much one on one time with one of your grown kids, it's the absolute best.
We are already trying to decide which blog conference we want to attend next year.That being said, we learned what we will and will not do next go round.
Do: Go with a friend (Qr your daughter. Or your Mom.) if possible. You can share a room, and exhange ideas over snacks at midnight.
And you'll spend a lot of time laughing.
Don't: Bring your big 'ol Cannon Rebel Camera. It's bulky and heavy, and you'll forget to take pictures anyway. Your cell phone can do the job just fine for this occasion.
Do: Bring an empty duffle bag or carry on suitcase to schlepp home the new Cannon Rebel Camera (my daughter!) cordless drill (me!)you might win in drawings, along with all the other incredible swag the sponsors give out.
Do: Pay attention to the little details in the conference activities emails. Case in point- we looked pathetic at the "Cookies and Milk Pajamma Craft Party" one of the nights after dinner....all because we didn't really take the memo all that seriously.
We will not even discuss our better-late-than-never lame attempt at entering the Hotel-Room_Door-Decorating Contest.
Do: Bring business cards that are double sided, have ALL of your contact info on them, and have your photo on them. Neither of us did this, and apparently everyone else got the memo to do so. It was so helpful to remember who was who!
Do: ask around as you meet new friends as to which other confereces they have attended and would recommend. (We now plan on attending Haven, and the Bloggy Boot Camp on Branding at some point.... I can't wait!)
I think that about covers the main take-aways I came up with for tips on attending a blog conference. How about you? Have you attended any? If so, which ones? Would you go again?
Do tell. I'm dying to get my next conference pans underway!
It occurred to me as I started to write this post taht I don't think I have mentioned that I am getting ready this week to attend the Snap! Blog Conference with one of my daughters.(Carter, Coen, and Keaton's Mama!)
The conference starts Thursday, and has a wide assortment of great courses (Business stuff like Branding for Bloggers, and Advanced SEO, along with really inspiring creative courses like upholstery and Printables with Pow!) and inspirational speakers. There will be fun breaks, like a craft night pajama party, and amazing sponsors like Annie Sloan Paint.
Tonight I'm working on my business cards (they said to plan on sharing about 200 of them) and trying to decide what all to pack. (There will be a shopping night, so I want to be sure and leave a little spare room in my suitcase!)
Have you attended a Blog Conference? If so, what tips can you share with us? We're oh, so excited, and we want to arrive prepared!
Only 17 inches deep, it can be like working a puzzle to fill in the little spaces, while making it look balanced, and interesting. Yesterday I tweaked things a bit, and tomorrow I will be taking down a few more new items, and then, by next week I hope to have my new line of charming little party hats ready to make their debut in the space.
Last year about this time, I introduced my vintage styled Easter Banner e-kit in two sizes...remember them? Here. And here.
I designed some sweet little coordinating flags to go with the banners, and you can find the e-kits for them in my etsy shoppe, here.
I think they look adorable sticking out of m&m filled votive holders by place settings on an Easter time table scape. They also look darling peeking out of a gift bag or basket.
Of course, they can be printed on any color paper, or even a peice of pale printed scrapbook paper, as well as my all time favorite...printed on an old book page.
How ever you use them, these little flags add the perfect finishing touch this Easter season!
I am working on more paper items this weekend, including some adorable paper Easter banners, and a new line of party hats, and I am wondering if I am going in the right direction, or taking a detour that I will abandon later to return to the neutral backdrop I never seem to tire of.
So...what are your favorite kinds of things to find in antique amlls? Do you look for seasonal things like Easter or garden decorations, or do you stick with looking for the basics? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
To promote my new business I spent a good portion of this past week working on my press kit design, and today I thought I'd share with you the prototype I have come up with.
Finally, I added a packaged up "Be Inspired" printed banner in a cello bag for the recipient of the Press Kit. (again with my contact info on the back)
The idea here was to show my prospective consultants, Bridal shops, etc. my attention to detail, and my creativeness...
What do What do you think of these little kits? Did I miss anything? I'd love to hear ideas adn critiques on anything I might have missed!
I had been struggling with where I want to take my blog-etsy-crafty-junkin' business,which seems to be a long time struggle in my head, because, as I am doing one creative thing, additional ideas are popping into my mind, and I lose traction. (Do you do that?)
Yes, it's the condition commonly known as the so-many-ideas-so-little-time syndrome.
On this one particular morning, I popped over to my friend Carol's blog as I often do, to see what was new there. (I should share here that Carol and I have been long time internet friends, and she has always been an inspiration to me.)
By no coincidence, on this particular day, Carol was sharing a new venture herself, where she is now offering mentoring sessions, for like-minded girls like me, looking to get on a productive path with their bliss. I decided that day, right then and there, to invest in myself. (How could I not? Carol knew me. She understood how my head worked. We were already ahead of the game!)
She sent me a qustionare for direction, and I scheduled my first appointment with Carol.
I was so excited that I took the day off from my grown-up girl job. I gathered and carefully arranged my laptop, paper, pen, cell phone, and an ice cold Pepsi Max on the dining room table, ready for my 9:00 date with destiny.
What I thought was going to be an hour of clarifying whether to focus on my writing and blog, my paper goods on etsy, or my new teeny-tiny case at Camas Antiques, and which things to put on the back burner, turned out to be an over-the-top, inspirational call about adding one more item to my plate, and in doing so, actually bringing all of my other endevours together as different arms of one bigger picture.
As Carol pointed out, I had been on the path of event planning before my move up here, so why not go down that path again? It combines my passion for junking with my paper-crafting, and my need to make every day an event.
I've been busy girl all month, planning, and creating a new site, and while it is not quite complete, it is launching today, with the pages being built out more fully each day. (It all should be complete in a week or two!)
Mmm, hmm. TraceyBuxton.com
(Pretty easy to remember, right?)
I'll be handling vintage prop rentals, event planning, (in person, over the phone and via email....) paper goods, and providing inspiring ideas for all of life's special occasions.
(And, my daughters will both be helping me!)
After I brainstormed with Carol, I began to notice, everywhere, that the vintage prop rental idea, and vintage themed events are even bigger than I realized....a case in point...
Now, look past the word "weddings" here, and you'll see that this pertains to any sort of party. Birthdays, dinner parties, graduations, and showers.
A couple of weeks ago, when we were back in the biggest little city for a visit, I brainstormed further with the other Tracey, who, just a few months ago, coordinated a vintage themed wedding for her own daughter (Watch for it in an upcoming issue of Country Living magazine! I will keep you posted!) and that confirmed to me that Carol had me on the right path for my bliss.
I have my second mentoring call with Carol today, and I cannot wait to see what we come up with next! (I'll share more tomorrow!)
It's kind of exciting though.
I went down to Camas Antiques a couple of weeks ago after work. You know, I have been feeling this creative stirring in my soul for a while now, and when I popped in the shop to visit with Clark one evening, it became clear that what I wanted...what I was longing for...was to get back into my vintage-booth-junkin' groove.
But not in a big-as-in-large way.
No. In a big-as-in-best-I-can-be way. I decided that what I might really-truly-maddly-deeply love was a small space.
So, a couple of days later, I headed back in to sweet lil' downtown Camas and talked with Joanne, the owner of Camas Antiques.
Be still my heart.
She gave me a fabulous built-in case along the wall.
My mind is absolutely reeling with ideas for displays and items, and junk, and all sorts of wonderfulness.
Somebody pinch me.
My Rock n' Roll Buddy says that Valentine's Day is the ultimate Halmark holiday. He doesn't like the idea, or the pressure, of feeling that we have to buy an item to show our undying feelings of affection for our special someone, on a certain day of the year.
And, I agree.
Still, I'd have to say that Valentine's Day is about my most favorite holiday. Put aside the every-kiss-begins-with-Kay jewelry, the long-stemmed-deep-red roses marked up double (or triple) for the occasion, and the heart shaped boxes of 1000 calorie chocolates. Look at what this sweet day represents.
What do you think?
They're all available in my etsy shop, where you can simply open them up from an email, print and cut them, and be ready to have yourself (and your sweetheart) a pretty fabulous (and romantic) Valentine's Day.
Well, if you follow football, you now know that the 49ers and the Ravens will be facing off for Superbowl, and more interestingly, the Harbough brothers will be facing off as coaches.(I myself was born in San Francisco, and raised in the bay area, so you can guess where my loyalties will lie on game day.)
I've been busy crafting and creating lots of paper goodies for the big day, and I have them gathered into two printable kits in my etsy shop.
Let's start with the banner:I'm going to hang my banner across the porch on Superbowl Sunday, but
today I simply swagged it over the yard chairs so you could see how fun
I created some great printed trivia and quotes about football to place strategically around the party...I think they will look fabulous on the food table, the coffee table, and maybe even on the guest bathroom counter? (Simply print them and frame them in frames from the dollar store.)
Little flags add to the fun...
along with a tag I created and hung on the giant jar of small footballs.
How about Flip Score Cards to rate the commercials during Superbowl, as well as Beyonce's half-time show? Last, but not least, I designed cute little juice wrappers.... fun for kids and grown ups alike.You'll most definitely be ready for some football with all of these fun details!
I love this time of year when we can enjoy meals on the back deck. Grilling burgers, ribs or chicken, and fresh corn on the cob. (smothered in herb butter, thankyouverymuch.)
Oh! And the fruit available at this time of year....strawberries, and watermelon and peaches. I tell you, it opens up a whole set of menu and table-scape ideas for me, and really inspires me to want to entertain.
Having the right drink to compliment a meal adds to the fun for summer entertaining as well. We're huge strawberry lemonade fans around here, and we also have been known to enjoy a good margarita. Well, this year, there's something new in the fruity-drink department that I recently discovered, at our local Produce store of all places.
It's called Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, and it has a very definite crisp apple taste to it. The bottle has a picture of a green apple (that's what caught my eye in the Produce Market!) and I immediately thought of how cute my green enamelware bucket full of ice and a couple of these would look sitting on the outdoor table at dinner time.
Refreshing, and light tasting, it sorta-kinda reminded me of sparkling cider when I took my first sip of this ice-y cold drink. It's perfect with barbecued chicken, or alone, while you enjoying the afternoon sun on a Sunday afternoon with a favorite magazine.(Again, I would just love looking at them in my green bucket full of ice...I am so visual that I always set things up in little vignette's even when it's just me!)
How about you? Which favorite summer meal or activity do you think would go best with Michelob ULTRA Light Cider?
I've added something new to my etsy shop!
Are you ready for the 4th, and summertime celebrating, and all that comes with it?
Several of our neighbors have already hung their red, white and blue swags and decorations across porches and windows, and I will be pulling mine out this very weekend.
I'm pretty stoked about that, because little seasonal or holiday decorations around a home make it look so much happier....don't you think?
My favorite (and easiest) touch for the different holidays and seasons is throwing together little tablescapes, even when it's just the two of us at the kitchen counter. It's simple, and festive, and makes any meal a celebration.
How fabulous is this fan as a patriotic detail for July? I can't even tell you how excited I was when I found them! Not only are they charming, they are useful in the summer heat. (Not that I can say we have had actual "heat" yet here in the Pacific Northwest.)
And they fold up skinny so I can stash them away when not in use easily....unless I let my friends take them home as favors from a barbecue. (How fun is that idea?)
You can find these fans for sale in my etsy shop,(by clicking the hot lin here) if you're feeling like adding a little red, white and blue to your home too!
The fourth of July will be here before we know it, and this year I plan to be ready. I have come up with some patriotic decorations for my home, and today I am sharing with you the first item, which is my Freedom Banner. (Early next week I will share the rest of my fun decorations for the upcoming Independence Day Holiday!)
I've shared my Freedom banner e-kits for a couple of years now, and they are available in my etsy shop.
My daughter pointed out that while the e-kits are cute and functional, (the gift that keeps on giving I like to say...) some folks aren't into crafting. (really?!)They simply do not have the time to make their own and would prefer to simply buy one, ready made.
Well, okay. I love to make them, so I decided this year to also offer the Freedom Banner in a hard-copy-ready-made- arrives-by snail-mail edition.The banners are a nice size.(I'm sharing this not-so-great photo of the banner above my front doors to show you the size scale...ignore the wreaths that look like two giant lopsided donuts)
They're easy to read, and they add a vintage patriotic feel to any place you hang them.
If you'd like to order one of my Freedom Banners, you can do so by hopping on over to my etsy shop by clicking here.
Ohmygosh! Thank you, thank you, thank you ever so much for all of the input you gave me through my survey yesterday regarding etsy and online shopping! I am more stoked than ever about stepping things up online.
Speaking of online shopping, just as I was getting all focused and excited about expanding things online, and re-branding my business, I got home yesterday to find the most fabulously packaged little purchase I had ordered last week, waiting for me in my mailbox. (Funny how that happens!)
Anyway, I thought I'd share it...'coz it's just that stinkin' cute. I mean, all of it. The adorable custom charm on the delicate chain. (It was rather hard to photograph, but it reads, "r + t". If you think that's cheesy, that's okay, but please don't tell me. I may be 55, but I am a completely incurable romantic.)
The logo'd packaging, and the sa-weeet little bag sent me straight to the moon, Alice.
I was quite literally swooning. And my mind is now spinning, filled with ideas that I cannot wait to get started and share with you!
Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about Moose. I was truly touched to read the heartfelt comments. My heart overflowed to know that so many of you could identify and understand what a struggle the decision was, and took time to write to share such kind comments. I should have known you would understand.
For those of you that wrote to repremand me, I respect your feelings, and your views, and hope you feel the same of mine. (If I didn't think of you as friends and value your thoughts, I would have set the post to not accept comments, or I would have deleted them.)
Mother's Day will be here in just a few short weeks, and I thought I'd share a charming e-kit I created last year, so you'd have plenty of time to get yours and make as many sweet decorations as you please! (All that you will need to do is print your banner, cut it out, punch holes and thread some ribbon through..voila'!)
This kit comes right to your inbox, with complete printables in a pretty pink and chocolate brown color-way, and instructions for this adorable banner in the top photo...(click on the top photo for a nice enlarged picture) along with a printable menu card, and place cards...
It all looks so festive, and spring-like, and well....perfect for Mother's Day!
The banner is a great size for hanging (LIke I did) or for folding up and inserting it inside a Mother's Day card...Order your e-kit and it will arrive in your inbox as quickly as I can send it!
Price for this e-kit is $5.00
I ended up using simple manilla folders as my paper choice! The lettering is done in a verigated green-to-Robin's-egg-blue tone from top to bottom, and this adds to the vintage feel. I finished it up with some vintage bunny and nest art. Perfection!
They came out so cute, that I decided to share them with you as my newest e-kits!
I designed my Happy Easter Banners in two sizes...the smaller, triangular shaped banner pieces meansure about five and a half feet across when strung. (I hung mine accross the kitchen window...so cute!) The size of each triangle is perfect to fit inside of a large Easter card, if you want to send a surprise banner to a friend in a card....how sweet would that be?!
The large Happy Easter Banner has the more rectangular shape to each banner piece.
It makes a fabulous statement swagged across a big window, or hung in two rows, with "Happy" swagged above the sweet lil' storybook bunnies on either side of the word "Easter".
I added a bit of extra adorment with some scrunched vintage pink seam binding between the letters. If you'd like to have your own vintage style banner arrive in your computer's in-box, I'm offering these darling banners as e-kits for the low price of $5 each, or both for $7 since we are so close to Easter. You can print and assemble them in no time at all!
After designing the banner, I printed one for myself, and decided it was just too perfect for springtime, to not share. (After all, "Bloom" is such a positive word, and one that I have used for myself very nearly as often as I use "Bliss" I think.)
verb. blossom - flower - flourish - fluoresce - thrive
Mmmm hmm. I am thinking this is the perfect time of year, with things beginning to bud, and blossom, and flourish, to have this sweet word hanging in my home.
I printed mine on old dictionary pages, which you know is my signature look, and matted the pages against pink paper for a little spring pop of color, but the letters and vintage flowers would print just as nicely on plain card-stock. The completed banner measures about five and a half feet wide, with each letter panel being aporximately 6 inches wide and 7 inches tall, so it makes a really great statement in any room.
If you'd like to make one for yourself, my e-kit is available in my etsy shop for $10. The kit arrives right in your in-box, with directions, letters and flower pages to create as many banners as you like!
Okay, so I am totally interrupting my home tour to ask a question that has been burning in my mind of late.
"What is the point of having a smart phone if I am not smart enough to use it to it's full potential?" Actually, it is not a question of intelligence, but rather a question of apprehension surrounding the whole Oh-my-gosh-what-if-I-do-something-and-lose-everything worry.
I have an unnatural fear of technology in regards to anything related to computers and home entertainment. (I guess that pretty much covers it all, now that I think about it, unless you count learning all of the bells and whistles on our multi-faceted kitchen range.)
(Which I still haven't done, although that is not out of fear, but more-so the fact that I seem to learn most kitchen-cooking-baking lessons by using a good level of wild abandonment coupled with the trial-by-fire method.)
(Literally. Trial by fire. Or smoke. Or oh-it's-still-cold.)
Along with wanting to get organized this year, I want to use my Generation-Zero iPhone to it's fullest capacity such as that may be, and that requires that I install (yikes!) a few...Apps. (low and behold, just as I was thinking I needed to do this, I was approached by BlogHer to participate in an affiliate program with appSmitten, and I'll receive a small payment for newsletter subscribers...)
Where was I?
Oh yes. First off, let me say that I had not a single clue what "Apps" is short for, so I googled it. It turns out that APP is an abbreviation for "application".
Alrighty-then. Makes perfect sense. (Seriously, am I the only one that didn't know that here?)
Now, in case you are wondering exactly which "App" prompted me to want to figure out the whole learn-how-to-install-and-use-it thing....well, it was the flashlight app. Up till now, I have been using the clock icon on my lil desktop (is it called a "desktop" on a smart phone?) and going to the Alarm page, coz it's pretty light and bright, compared to my contacts list.
I am the Queen of Jerry-rigging.
Ehem...Just so ya know, the flashlight App is much brighter than using your clock face. (Another lightbulb moment for me...no pun intended.)
This got me wondering what other amazing Apps I have been missing out on. Plenty of them, it seems. You see, I found out about the coolest site. It's called Appsmitten. (Kinda cute name, don'tcha think?) and they tell you about all the latest and greatest Apps out there, and send the descriptions and links to download them to you via an email newsletter. (You've just gotta sign up for the Newsletter! It's Free, and it's got so many cool Apps!)
I discovered I could easily be checking my banking (yes, I have seen commercials for this, but figuring out who-where-when-what-and-oh-good-Gawd-HOW is quite a different story. This newsletter took the scaryness out of it all...
I have to say, thanks to this sweet lil Newsletter, I discovered that there's a whole new frontier out there for me. Oh! And it turns out that one of my friends is a contributor for Productivity Apps! She recommended an App that is now going to be helping me achieve my word goal for the year. (My word is Organize in case you have forgotten.) How cool is that?!
So, if you have a Smart Phone of any kind, and are interested in finding lots of cool new-to-you Apps that you can download and install (without the help of a fifth grader)that can totally make your life more organized (or just more fun, and in the case of fun, more is more) hop on over to Appsmitten and get yourself signed up for the free newsletter, like I did! (Even if you don't have a Smart phone, but maybe your kids do, it's a great newsletter to check out!)
I'm feeling pretty proud of myself, and...well,even though I am quite sure that the guys at the Genius Bar, nor the Geek Squad aren't going to try to head-hunt me away from my day job anytime soon, I'm still feeling ever so mildly tech-savvie right about now, if I do say so myself.
And, I'm on my way to being that much more organized!