Posts Tagged ‘Creative’

June – Fathers Day, What To Do

Father’s Day  -  June 15th, 2014

 

As a young man he had the whole world before him, endless possibilities and dreams. He meets a young woman that shares those same ideals and dreams. They fall hopelessly in love and become one unit, embarking on a life long journey. A journey of challenging times that were counterbalanced by remarkable ones, like the birth of his children.  He approached fatherhood with strength, steadfastness, understanding, humor and selflessness like only a father can do. His hands were steady and strong to guide his children from the cradle, through adolescence, to adulthood. Now as a grandfather he has yet another opportunity to provide guidance and understanding to his grandchildren. This is a man to be admired and respected for his depth of character, for this man that has given so much of himself for the family he loves. As  his day approaches, how and what is sufficient enough to let him know how much gratitude and love you have for him? Being the man he is, a simple “I Love You” or “Thanks” might be adequate however how about something he wouldn’t expect.  Show him just how much he means with a heart warming quote, from Wall Written.

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Or what are his interests? Is the garage his domain? Is he the Barbecue King? The Pancake Master? Or is he hooked on fishing? Make a space uniquely for him, put up some wall art that shows it.

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There are more designs on the Wall Written website, or use their custom design tool and create something just as unique as your Dad. Happy Father’s Day to all.

 

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April Showers bring May Flowers and more…

Oh.. so much more….framed-monogram-for-web

After all of the wedding showers, and baby showers I went to, I find myself amazed that yet another wedding has crept up on me. So now to conjure up a truly unique gift. I prefer to give meaningful gifts based on things I know about the couple. Gift registries are only in an absolute emergency. Thank goodness I’m not there yet. I visited the Wall Written website and utilizing the custom design tool I came up with a perfect gift. Which I call “Framed Glass Monograms”. This project is a wonderful keepsake with their surname in larger letters with the word “Established” and the year married.

When huge sales come along at local craft stores I buy a variety of picture frames. The size isn’t hugely important. Nothing really big, anything within a 9″ to 24″ size.  Shape doesn’t matter much either. With this project you just go with the flow. I like that. Used frames work as well. Thrift stores are a great place to look.

Once I have the frame(s), I grab the invite and check out the soon-to-be-married couple’s last name. Let’s say for example the last name is Robertson. Then I go to  Wall Written’s website to the create your own tab. You can set the background to the same measurements as the glass in the frame you are going to use. From there, choose a font. I usually go with a simple, easy to read script font for the surname and classic print lettering for “Established 2014″.

Something like this:

Framed-Monograms

There are some really nice embellishments that can be added as well, such as ornamental lines to go between the first and second lines, imparting a certain je na sias quoi to your creation.  As for colors, I think black, slate or chocolate are wonderful, additionally, etched glass looks simply elegant. If you know their décor use these suggestions as a guide. You can choose one or two colors. The design tool will let you decide the look you want, and is super easy.

For assembly see the instructions on Wall Written’s Channel on YouTube or visit their web site.  Basically, you just remove the backing from the frame, take out the glass, clean it, apply the vinyl, and then put the glass back in the frame. Use hot glue to hold the glass securely to the frame, add some coordinating ribbon for hanging and Violà! You’re done! A thoughtful, memorable gift.

This is a great decorating idea for the Do-It-Yourself  Bride-To-Be, except use a table top picture frame or place the frame on an ornamental easel. For the back of the frame, hot glue ribbon, or braided cord in the same or complimentary color as the frame, being sure to cover the backside of the frame as well as the glass edges. Place on the tables at the rehearsal dinner and use them again at the reception. After the big day the bride and groom have their own keepsake and the remaining frames can be given as Thank You Gifts.

This design could be used for an anniversary present, as well as a baby shower gift -  recording the new bundle of joy’s birth, list the baby’s’ name and statistics creating a unique and indelible keepsake.

Nice, easy and very thoughtful, sure to be a hit no matter what the occasion!

Spring has sprung! So now let’s get organized!

Organize your life then label it.

The bug bit me the other day. The organizing bug. I know exactly when it struck. Right when I tripped on a box of Easter decorations that didn’t quite make it to storage. To start, I took stock of what was there. I love to decorate for the holidays, and realized the haphazard way I have stored all those boxes was a huge waste of space. So that is where I started. After identifying which seasons/holidays I was working with, I estimated how many plastic tubs with lids I would need. With a supply of color coded tubs; Red for Christmas, Pinkish Red for Valentines, Blue tubs for the 4th of July and Orange ones for Fall/Halloween. I even picked up a Purple tub for Easter (I was thinking colored Easter Eggs).

I started sorting and re-boxing decorations. I threw away old, cracked or broken items. I kid myself that I can just glue that, or make a stitch here or there. I know I really won’t get to it. So in the trash they went.

As I started to stack them in the storage area, I realized with so many Christmas and Fall/Halloween tubs, I still didn’t know what was in them just by looking at the tub. I like to put our outside lights up first, so I wanted them towards the front for easy access. I thought about a list on the front, and frankly, I was just too tired to go through all the now packed tubs.

As I was drifting to sleep that night, inspiration dawned! I could just put a vinyl image on the tub that represents (at least to me) that season or holiday. On the Design Your Own tab on the Wall Written web site, I perused the embellishments and found plenty of designs to use. I ordered a bunch. I thought a 3” image in white would really stand out; making identification much easier.

I got pine trees for Christmas, snowmen for winter, eggs and bunnies for Easter, stars for the 4th of July, bats & witches hats for Halloween, leaves & pumpkins for Fall/Thanksgiving and hearts for Valentines. Putting them on was a breeze. Now I have the tubs all stacked in storage and can tell at a glance what is inside. Now I am looking around the basement for other things to label, this was actually fun!

Check out this months Newsletter for Mother’s Day Ideas – Yes it is coming up!

Why Did I Start Wall Written?

A sign at the entrance of the Disney Animation Pavilion, Disney's California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort.

Seven years ago I was on my honeymoon at Disneyland. I was young, playful, carefree. The kind of girl who would dance around a crowded street to music only she can hear. We walked into the Disney Animation Pavilion, and I caught my breath. Rooted to the spot, I had to gaze longingly at the beautiful sign, which was about 5 feet tall and 9 feet wide. I studied it. Could not take my eyes off it. My new husband waited patiently while I checked it out up close, examining every painted dot and fantasizing about the day when I would have painting skills and a dark blue wall.

Unfortunately, that day never came. My painting skills are not much better than those possessed by my 6-year-old son. My walls are all beige, and the idea of painting a mural in a home I don’t plan to live in very long sounds heartbreaking.

So when I came across the concept of vinyl lettering, this sign came into mind. I had to have it. In fact, I felt that it would be the first thing I would create. I wouldn’t be able to trust my treasured project into the hands of a stranger who might butcher it. It had to be made by me. It had to be gigantic. And it had to be gold. But, being so intimidated by the perfection I required, I began designing other quotes. My project was put on the back-burner, and I never did create this huge masterpiece.

It has now been three years since I started this company, and while I’ve made several Fairy Tale Quotes, I still haven’t made my magnum opus. Whenever people ask me why I got into the business of vinyl lettering,  the “Once Upon a Time” mural flashes before my eyes. I did it because this sign made me smile. Because words can captivate, express personality, evoke a feeling.

Bonus: I don’t need painting skills to express myself with my decor, (and I can change my mind over and over).

Most Creative Customer of the Month

So a while back, a customer requested this special design for her “Guitar Hero” themed teenager’s bedroom. The one she ordered was enormous (over 8 feet long) – and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. (I really, really hope she sends in a picture.) So, to vent off some of my excitement, I decided to offer it on our website.
Confession: I recently started playing Band Hero. Could that explain my fascination with this design? Perhaps.