Category Archives: Hi! Five

A weekly round-up of favorites.

Hi! Five: Advent Calendars

November 15, 2013

Letterpress advent calendar from Tag & Tibby

I’ve been a little grouchy about all the “it’s not even Thanksgiving but I’m decorating for Christmas” activity this year. However, there are two things you do need to plan in advance: holiday cards and advent calendars.

When I was growing up, we always had one of those pretty, glittery paper advent calendars. Every day my brother and I would take turns carefully opening one of the tiny windows to reveal a camel or a shepherd or an angel. On December 1st I would let my brother open the first window, but not because I was generous or patient. I figured out before he did that if he went first, I would get to open the baby Jesus window on Christmas Eve. He wised up after a few years. (I still feel a little guilty about that, actually.)

I love advent calendars. I always want to make one, but since I don’t have kids, it seems silly: I would already know what was behind each window! Some years I buy a calendar so I can have a little surprise every day. I spent some time on Pinterest the other day checking out what people are now doing for advent calendars. Boy, they can be elaborate! But I found several that were simple and unique, and a few use items you already have in your home.

Say “hello” to my five favorite advent calendars.

1. A gorgeous letterpress advent calendar (pictured above) from Tag & Tibby. (My favorite!)

2. This envelope advent calendar by Stylish Livable Spaces has a unique color palette.

3. A winter wonderland advent calendar from Willow Day. (She’s provided a PDF printable template.)

4. A woodland ornament advent calendar from Pepper Sprouts. You could buy this one ready to go, or make your own and fill the bags with anything (ornaments, legos, matchbox cars, lip gloss, candy….)

5. A clever muffin tin advent calendar from Dixie DIY.

Happy weekend!

Hi! Five: Thanksgiving Day Cards

November 8, 2013

I was poking around the internet the other day looking for some autumnal greeting card inspiration and found some great sources. Say “hello” to five awesome designs for Thanksgiving Day cards.

Give Thanks | from Minted

1. Happy Thanksgiving card by My Paper Secret
I love the mixed media approach to this card. There’s just the right amount of stuff going on in this design without it being too busy. I think it’s the great use of white space that makes it interesting and fresh.

2. Autumn card with a quote from Albert Camus
This is another card design that makes good use of white space. I like that some of the leaves are stamped directly on the card and some are cut out and adhered to the card. The tiny acorn charm is adorable.

3. Happy Autumn card from Courtney Lane
I really like the cutout overlay of the leaves, but what really makes the card for me is the use of blue in an autumn palette.

4. Give Thanks card designed by Smudge Design for Minted
This design is a Minted design challenge winner (pictured above). It has a similar layout as card #1 with the lovely leaf pattern acting as “white space” at the top of the card. I adore the use of type in this digital design.

5. Give Thanks print from Anavicky’s Etsy shop
This isn’t a card, it’s an 8 x 10 print. But it would make a lovely card. The colors are a perfect representation of a harvest. Plus, the detail in this painting is beautiful.

Happy Weekend!

Hi! Five: Gratitude Quotes

November 1, 2013

The deepest craving of human nature is
the need to be appreciated.
~ William James

Gratitude Journals | Card and Parcel

It’s November – already! Autumn is my favorite time of the year, but October and November always seem to fly by. I don’t know if it’s due to less daylight or holiday preparations, but I find myself needing to be deliberate about taking time to enjoy the season.

For the past couple of years I’ve been more aware of November as a time to really focus on gratitude. Recently I’ve been going through quotes about gratitude to incorporate into a few projects I’m working on and I thought I would share five of my current favorites.

1. “The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “In ordinary life, we hardly realize we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

3. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live them.”
~ John F. Kennedy

4. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie

5. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
~ A. A. Milne

Do you have a favorite quote about gratitude?

Happy weekend!

Hi! Five: Favorite Halloween Movies

October 25, 2013

Home made caramel corn from Peaches & Cream |

I’ve never been a fan of scary movies. But, during the Halloween season I have to suck it up so I can enjoy a few great flicks. A couple of my favorites are just plain fun while others require a sweep of my home to be sure there’s nobody hiding in a closet. While I sit in the dark with my back to the wall, hiding under a blanket, I know it’s all worth it. I watch these year after year and keep going back for more.

Say “hello” to my five favorite Halloween movies.

Classic: George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) – “Yeah, they’re dead. They’re all messed up.”

Scary: John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) – “Death has come to your little town, Sheriff.”

Campy: Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 (1987) – “Gimme back my hand!”

Comedy: Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein (1974) – “Put ze candle back.”

Kid-Friendly: Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988) – “It’s showtime!”

How about you? What’s your favorite Halloween movie? Do you like being scared or do you prefer to laugh? By the way, if you’re planning a Halloween movie night, be sure to whip up a batch of caramel corn (pictured above) using this yummy recipe from Peaches & Cream.

Happy weekend!