May Day – May 1st – is traditionally a day to acknowledge the coming of summer. To celebrate, some communities host Maypole dances, public garden clean-up events, or picnics in the park. One May Day tradition I always wanted to try is the secret hanging of May Day baskets filled with flowers on the doorknobs of neighboring homes.
Instead of baskets, I made simple paper cones to fill with flowers. (Here are the directions.) Below are some of the May Day paper cones I made to hang over doorknobs and chair backs, both inside and out.
I’ve always wanted to host an Oscar-viewing party and this year I’m making it happen. After poking around Pinterest, I have the menu, decorations, and activities all planned. The best part of an Oscar party? The swag bag, of course! I finished them up this weekend and they are ready for my guests. I stamped gold stars on muslin bags and filled them with a few goodies. I punched stars from gold card stock and stamped them each with a guest’s initial to use as gift tags. (This one’s yours, Jackie!) Contents will remain a secret until after the Oscars!
Hello friends! It’s been a while and I’m glad to be back. My life took an unexpected turn last December requiring me to slow down and focus on myself for a bit. That down time gave me an opportunity to re-evaluate a few things including how I want to focus my energy.
I really enjoy sharing paper crafting projects, both mine and those of other crafters, designers, and artists. It makes me feel creative. It energizes me. It inspires me and I want to keep doing it. But, I do have a few changes in mind that I’ll be working on over the next year.
Meanwhile, today is the perfect day to ease back into blogging because it gives me a chance to share a fun little project I worked on earlier this week. I filled small kraft favor boxes with assorted chocolates and candy and then decorated them with colored card stock and washi tape. There’s something sweet about a small package with simple adornments that people really enjoy. And I enjoyed sharing the love with friends and family.
Design Tip: Apply a couple of rows of colored washi tape to white card stock, then punch out your embellishments.
If you are invited to someone’s home for Thanksgiving dinner, you’re likely to take a bottle of wine as a hostess gift (or maybe a sparkling cider). There are all kinds of ways to dress up a bottle of wine to make it feel more like a special gift. If you don’t have time to run to the store for a decorative bag, make your own wine bottle gift tag.
I wouldn’t buy a patterned paper pack just for this project, but it’s a great way to use up scraps and the sticker sheet that comes with most packs. Just measure the width and height of your bottle and cut a rectangle to the appropriate size (the tag should cover 1/3 to 1/2 of the height of the bottle). Make sure there’s enough to fold the tag so it hangs properly. Use a punch to cut a circle on the folded end.
Make a stack of decorative tags to take you through the holiday season of holiday parties and family celebrations.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them. ~ John F. Kennedy
My day job is in communications at a public hospital. Annually we celebrate “Gratitude Month” as a way to build resilience for the doctors, nurses, and other staff who daily endure stressful situations as they provide medical care to others in crisis.
This year I wanted to do a little something for the group of staff who plan and implement gratitude month. I used this tutorial from Damask Love to make mini gratitude journals for each member of the committee.
The project was a lot of fun and I think they turned out pretty cute. I’m handing them out this week. I also was inspired by this trail mix recipe by Say Yes to Hoboken and put together little “thank you” goodie bags for my office. (I also made Rice Krispy Treats.)
Scientists tell us that expressing gratitude makes us happier. I know that when I make an effort to recognize what I have to be thankful for, it definitely improves my outlook. And, doing something unexpected for others is just plain fun!
How do you express gratitude? Do you keep a journal? Do you agree with President Kennedy’s suggestion that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them?