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Holiday Guests

The Holiday Hostess: My journey in how to get ready for planned and unplanned Holiday guests

Take a minute and just consider the best memories you have of visiting friends and family members in their home. I’ve been the recipient of many gracious hosts and hostesses. While scrolling through my mental memory book, several ideas came to mind of fun ideas that I can easily implement to make my guests feel the same welcoming warmth that I have received. While dwelling on the memories of Holidays spent with family and friends was pleasant, I soon realized I had work to do! Of course everything seems well put together when you’re the one visiting, but sometimes when you’re the hostess (or host), things can seem hectic and often not quite the way you planned.

So I began by making a basic lists of elements that should be addressed when preparing for guests in my home.  (I’m a list person)

List One: Basic Needs

In this list are sleeping arrangements (Is there a spare bedroom or an area?)

Do I need to purchase or borrow air mattresses, sleeping bags or cots?

Gather sheets, blankets and pillows (2 per person per bed) as needed.

Divide the space into a sleeping area as much as possible.  You can use furniture, plants, or a screen, just get creative. Always start in the corners and near walls as to utilize as much space as possible and try to keep the middle section area of the space open and clutter free for walking space and socializing.

So, which bathroom will they use, and is it stocked with extra towels, toilet tissue, new toothbrushes and paste, hand and body soap, a razor, neutrally scented shampoos and lotions? (Most of us forget one or two small necessities when traveling, and nobody wants uncle Bob to be stuck without a toothbrush for a week! So it’s best to have some spares on hand.)

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List Two:  Thoughtful Touches

These are the extras that say “You’re Our Guest, Make Yourself At Home”!  In fact, we have a beautiful wall quote that says just that.

In this list you’ll also want to add: A decorative yet comfy blanket for the bed, books and magazines, a clock, a box of tissues, fresh flowers, lamp or perhaps some holiday decor.  A pad of paper and a pen can also be a nice touch.

Don’t forget to leave space in a dresser or closet for their belongings. I don’t particularly like living out of a suit case, so if I have somewhere to hang, or fold my clothes it helps me feel more organized and at home, even if I’m not at home.

Keep in mind:  the kitchen will be affected, so I add the guests favorite snacks and drinks. Consider food allergies or preferences (like vegetarian, gluten free or vegan). Although, I must note here that if a guests’ eating habits are drastically different from yours, ask for their help in preparing their meals.  I’m sure the request would be welcome and appreciated.

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List Three: Have, Borrow, Buy

As I took inventory of what I had on hand, what I could borrow and what may be purchased, I realized this could get out of control if I allowed it to.  Not everything on my lists were “essentials”.  I didn’t want to overspend time and money on things that wouldn’t be used.  With a high demand on both resources this time of year. Focusing on the reasons my family is celebrating put me in the right frame of mind to get to work.

So with that focus in mind, I narrowed the lists down to what was time and cost effective and now I know it will turn out beautifully. Without the stress of large, unplanned expenses.

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To sum up, here are some tips:

-Do something everyday to get ready even if it’s small, it will be one less thing you have to do when your guests arrive.

-Use what I already have, or borrow it from neighbors and friends that are close by.

-Don’t be stressed out. As the host or hostess, if you are calm and easy going, everybody will be much more comfortable in your home.

– Perhaps, most importantly, keep it simple. This will help alleviate your stress. Remember to enjoy your guests!

There you have it. As I was writing this, the excitement of having guests has been growing. Knowing they will be comfortable is a a pleasant and rewarding addition to my holiday joy!

“Friends of Wall Written”

This month we will be having a different kind of contest… This how it’s going to work.

1. “Like” our Facebook page if you haven’t already. (There is a link on the right side panel of this page)

2. Share any of our recent posts from this month on your page!

3. Your name will automatically go in the drawing! The more posts you share the more times your name will be entered!

4. July 1st We will randomly select a name and announce the winner on July 3rd!

The winner will receive the following design for FREE!

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“Home is Where Love Resides”               Color: Black                       Size: 23″ x 13″

We will also have our regular monthly photo contest! So keep submitting your photos and reviews to our email (support@wallwritten.com) and Facebook to win a free design!

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.

 

Click here to see more Father’s Day Designs.

April Showers bring May Flowers and more…

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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:

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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!

New: Custom Professional Designing

We have a great new Custom Designing option available! It’s a Free Custom Design Session with one of our professional graphic artists.

When you schedule a free thirty minute design session with one of our professional graphic artists, you’ll speak on the phone with a designer, view her computer screen while she creates your project, and give instant feedback on the look of your design.

Now you can have a professional graphic artist create the perfect vinyl lettering for your home, office or gifts. We can design your wall quotes to your exact specifications, even adding embellishments. Plus, you’ll have the benefit of our artists’ expertise: we’ll be able to show you great fonts and layout ideas for your custom wall vinyl statements.

There’s never any obligation to buy, and most vinyl quotes can be designed in thirty minutes or less.

This is available now, so visit our website to make your appointment today!

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).