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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.
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.
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.
Oh.. so much more….
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:
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!
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!
I love this twist on a monogram for the family name, designed by our new designer, Melissa. She’s the one who will answer any custom design requests sent our way, so if you want to create this design with your own family name and established date (the year of your wedding), or perhaps have one made for a wedding gift, just send us an email! (firstname.lastname@example.org) If you plan to put it on a frame or other item, just let us know the exact measurements to ensure a perfect fit.
Remember this Expresso Yourself from our Designer Poll? This design was the official winner, but as somebody commented: “There aren’t as many votes for the stylized version but believe me it is much more elegant, crisper and clearer to read. I would actually drink it!” It seemed that both designs, while beautiful, just appealed to different people. So we decided to offer both versions!
You can find them, along with all our newest designs, in our What’s New section.