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The first of the year is a great time to redecorate a little bit, and right now is perfect timing because we are down to the last 3 days of our HUGE sale! All of our clearance items are an addition 70% off as we try to prepare for this next great year of vinyl production. Now, the hard part. If you have gone through any of our clearance you may notice that some seem to be missing words, or just don’t seem to be a full design by themselves. Well, that is an easy fix with our custom design tool! You can just design the second piece to and purchase both and save some money on a beautiful design.
Find this design here ($25.36, no discount applicable)
Now like everything in design, your limits are only as big as your creativity. Get creative and save some cash before our sale ends on the 31st! View our entire inventory of clearance items here.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
The importance of family is amplified to it’s full extent during the holiday season. But our beautiful decals can always keep your family in your mind and close to your heart. Our customers love too share pictures of their beautiful family centered projects and we love to see them. Here are some great ideas for your next vinyl project:
The Wall Written Custom Design Tool now features frame-style embellishments, which are great for creating personalized monograms. In this tutorial video, I’ll explain how to create the monogram style below.
Begin by choosing your frame, then adding your initial(s).
Some Title Suggestions
(Use your own family name in place of “Michelson”)
The Michelson Family
The Michelson House
House of Michelsons
Michelsons & Co.
Possible Tag Line Ideas:
Established 2002 (Anniversary Date)
John, Cathy, Devin, Abigail (First names of family members)
Together we make a family
Families are Forever
Love is Spoken Here
Home is where the Heart is
…and they lived happily ever after
Be true to who you are and the family name you bear
One of the questions we get asked on a regular basis is if a design can be cut into multiple parts to change the layout. This quick video shows some great tips and instructions to show the best way to do this.
For this design above- I used our new Damask (Headboard Length) Monogram (shown in size: 36″ x 11″). Then I opened the Custom Design Tool. The first thing I did was click the button in the lower left side of the tool labeled: Background.Change the background size to match the width of the space you’re putting your design. In this case, I’m trying to fit the established date and last name to the monogram, so I’ll change the width to be the same as the monogram size I chose. (36″).You can also chose the color of the wall where you’ll apply your design, but keep in mind that the color you chose is just a visual tool to give you an idea of the colors – there is not a background included with the design.
Next, select the words “Make Your Statement Here”, and type in the text you want to be directly below the monogram. In my case, I typed in “e s t a b l i s h e d 2 0 0 4” (note the spaces between each character – this is not required, and would not work at all with a script-type font). Then I chose the font by clicking another button on the lower left side of the tool labeled: FontWe chose the font “Mrs Eaves Small Caps” to match the monogram.The next step is to choose your size. Just pick whatever size you need to make your letters fit in the white part of the screen. (I even gave myself a couple of inches on either side, because I wanted this part to be slightly smaller than the monogram itself.) You can see how many inches the lettering will be by comparing the words to the rule bars on the top and left side of the tool.Because I wanted the last name portion of my design to be larger than the established date, I need to make a new layer. Find the button on the lower left corner of the tool.Now you need to click on the new layer that was created, select the text (Make Your Statement Here), and type the last name portion.
Then follow the steps above for changing the font (Mrs Eaves Caps is what we used again), and choose the size for the second layer.Since the drag tabs above each layer that let you position the layers may block your view, you can simply un-check the box in the upper right corner of the design labeled: Drag Tab Visible. (Just be sure to recheck it if you want to move anything around). To make changes to a specific layer, just click on the layer you’d like to modify.You can see the price in the lower right corner of the Design Tool, as well as the “Add to Cart” button.
After your design is in your cart, don’t worry if the layers aren’t displayed in the order that you made them; each layer will come on it’s own piece, and you’ll be able to position them however you’d like.
These same concepts can be applied to our Field of Flowers design.First choose the size for the Field of Flowers, then input the width to match (give or take a couple of inches, if you’d like). Then just make the name look the way you want, and choose the same color as you did for Part 2 in the Field of Flowers design (the color of the flowers).
Good luck, and Happy Designing!