Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free Wedding Anniversary Card Printables and Gift Ideas

Did you know that June is the most popular month of the year to marry, followed by August, July, May, and September.  The reasons for June being so popular go back to ancient times.  The Romans celebrated a festival to honor Juno, the wife of Jupiter and goddess of marriage and childbirth, on June first.

During the Middle Ages when hygiene was almost nonexistent, June was the month people took their yearly baths.  So a June wedding signified a good beginning!  Also, did you know that flowers were originally used to mask body odor.  Interesting!

Today June remains a popular choice for couples which means you may know someone who is getting married or having an anniversary.  I wanted to share some free anniversary cards with you today and then some gift ideas for that special couple.


Free Anniversary Cards

Retro Couple graphic courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

Graphic courtesy of Antique Graphics. 
Picture courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.


Now for some gift ideas from our Etsy stores...

Here is a wonderful way to remember that special day.  Zoica can create a custom illustration of the wedding gown to enjoy and admire for years to come.  This makes a perfect gift for yourself or a special gift for the bride-to-be.  Just click on the pictures and you will be taken to our Etsy stores.
Here are some other gift ideas to remember that special day.  These are a great gift idea for yourself or for that special couple...
And here is a great idea to celebrate family...

Until next time...

Friday, June 14, 2013

More Free Greeting Card Printables

Free Baby Shower Printables

Once again I am going to share some cards with you from my Etsy store.  Today's cards can be used to welcome a new baby.  As a reminder the cards are sized 10 x 6.5 (or 5 x 6.5 when folded) and can easily be printed on letter size paper.  They are best printed on matte photo paper.  I used Epson but I am sure any type will do.  You can find envelopes at Joanns, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby to fit.  Once printed, just cut along the light gray line using a xacto knife and metal ruler.  Use the back of the xacto to score the card down the middle and fold - Voila!

For the baby girl...

For the baby boy...

And for those who prefer to be surprised...

Happy printing...
Vintage buggy graphics courtesy of  Antique Images
Pink lattice background courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Until next time...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Father’s Day Gift Treasures

    It’s still time to order a gift for Father’s Day! If you are looking for an unusual, unexpected, and creative gift for Father’s Day, here are some of my picks. I just created a “Treasury” on my Etsy shop, by selecting articles from some of the very creative members of the Etsy community. From handmade accessories like bow ties and cufflinks, to beer and framed wall art, you can definitely find something for your taste, and budget.
Here is my treasury:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

How to Decoupage (continued)

I couldn't find a stand for my mannequin that I decoupaged last week so I ordered a dress form and a stand from amazon.com.  Here's what the mannequin looked like when I received it.

What I liked about it (besides the price - it was only $70) was the stand.  The dress form was padded and covered.  I removed the fabric.  The foam was glued down so it was difficult to remove in some places.  I used a sanding block to remove the foam that was stuck to the form. The body was fiberglass which was not difficult to decoupage.  However, looking back I should have given her a coat of spray primer.

And here is the finished project:
Once again, the graphics are from The Graphics Fairy.
What do you think?  I think I'm done with mannequins for a while! Although I still have to think of something to do with the first one.  Maybe a lamp... :)
Until next time...