April 3, 2009
The Easter Bunny and Chicks are probably the most recognizable icons for Easter. As a child, Easter was an exciting time because the Easter bunny always left, a necklace, new socks, and patten leather shoes next to a Chocolate Rabbit. Mom would dress her daughters up in their finest and march us all off to Church.
However, before we left for Church…picture taking was in order.
Me, at age 6
My sisters, Sheila and Janis. For your olders gals… remember the old box cameras? You had to have the full sun on the subjects…. even if their eyes watered and they couldn’t see. Poor Sheila. Now days… cameras are magical… no film… and the convenience of point and shoot.
The neighborhood gang posing before Church. I’m in the back… in the middle. My two younger sisters, Carma and Janis are directly in front of me. All decked out.
Easter has certainly changed through the years. It has grown from a simple gift of pearls, new socks, patten leather shoes and a little candy… to huge Easter baskets filled with “who knows what all.”
Easter bunnies an Easter chicks are in the stores right after Valentine. So much for merchandising. I’m just as guilty as the rest for buying into the Easter hype. Besides… how else to you celebrate the coming of Spring after a long winter.
So, here’s my contribution to the Easter fray.
Here are 6 Easter 3×3 cards for you. You can put them in the Easter baskets or in a Easter gift you want to share.
No Easter table is quite complete with out place cards. Kids love to fill out the names and place them around the table.
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I hope all of your past Easter memories are fond ones.
P.S. Can you believe… I still have my old Easter basket? (Mom use to save them from year to year.) I think I will set it out and see if the Easter Bunny will fill it with hundred dollar bills.
March 2, 2009
Happy Birthday wishes are in store for six members of my family this month. March is going to be a pretty busy month. Three of the birthdays are lined up in a row.
On March 4, my grand daughter, Ella Benson will celebrate her 7th birthday. What a beautiful delightful child! She is the first child of my last born child Katie and, her husband, Mark. Ella and her great great grandmother, my mom’s mother, share the same name.
From the time Ella was very tiny… she has had a orderly way about her. For instance, when was small, every doll in the house would be lined up on the couch… with a little blanket covering each one. Books would be lined up… just so. In the yard, you would find little piles of this and that, arranged in an orderly fashion. Even today… she still has that little orderly quality.
Ella’s nature is so sweet… she is always concerned about doing things “right.” Sometimes… a little too concerned. She makes a special effort to be kind to everyone… and is pretty sensitive when others aren’t kind to her. We have to be careful not to take advantage of her goodness. She’s the big sister to Claire (partner in crime)… and new brother, Beck. Happy Birthday Sweet Ella. (Just look at those eyes!)
On March 5, Evelyn Distefano, my mom, will reach the spry age of 89. Comedian Lucille Ball said, “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”
Well, I can say that mom has lived honestly. Not only is she honest, but she honestly put her best self forward to teach six daughters the basic homemaking skills of cleaning, cooking and sewing. Yes, and she does eat slowly… for what ever reason.
Now… she has no cause to lie about her age. In fact, it’s been a bit of a bragging point because she looks much younger than she is. She has always eaten healthy foods and kept her weight in check. Huffing around the mall, three times a week… getting her exercise, has not been a problem, until she became ill a few months ago… which has slowed her down a bit.
Now her mind is another story. We hear the same stories over and over again. She can’t remember what day of the week it is… and she has a devil of a time remembering names. (Hmmmm. Feels familiar for some reason.)
Mom’s birthday is flanked by the Birthdays of two great grand daughters. What a treat is is for Mom to have the opportunity know her great grands… and for them to know her. Happy Birthday Mom… You’re a beautiful woman.
Pretty, Averi Christensen, will be 8 years old on the 6th of March. She is the daughter of my niece, Camille and her husband Trevor. Her “granny” is my sister, Sheila. This birthday is a special one for Averi, because she will be baptized. Averi is a “go getter.” She just knows how to get the job done… what ever it is. She loves to read and her teacher says she is a model student. She is the oldest… and has a younger brother, Cash… and a sister, Savannah.
Averi and her Granny have a very special relationship…. they are pen pals. They write letters the old fashion way… and send them in the mail. Happy Birthday Averi!
Birthday gifts are in order…. not only for them… but for you. I want you to have these “Happy Birthday Wishes” so you can attach them to your birthday gifts. These 3″x 3″ mini birthday cards are yours by simply filling in your name and e-mail address so I can send you the download link. Once you have signed in… I will automatically send you all future free goodies. You will not have to sign in again.
P.S. “The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.” – Oscar Wilde
Yep… I’m somewhere in the middle… how about you?
February 21, 2009
Here are a few St. Patrick’s day coloring sheets for your kid or grands to enjoy. Kids love to prepare and decorated for any occasion… and these St. Patrick’s coloring sheets gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “wearing of the green.”
Here’s a bit of St. Patrick’s Day trivia.
1. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English rule.
Boy… that disagreement has lasted for a long time.
2. Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day at the turn of the century. Irish immigrants living on New York City’s Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors. Now that’s called getting along.
There are over 40 million American’s that can trace their ancestry back to Ireland. My mom is a Hamilton… which give me the inherent right to wear the green and eat corned beef and cabbage.
3. The New York parade has become the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world. In a typical year, 150,000 marchers participate in it, including bands, firefighters, military and police groups, county associations, emigrant societies, and social and cultural clubs, and 2 million spectators line the streets.
Frankly…with that many folks crowding the streets… it’s a parade I would rather view from my TV at home… while eating corn beef and cabbage.
Here your your Free coloring pages for your kids. I’ve included the same designs pre-colored in case your child just wants to cut them out.
Hope your kids enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Sheets.
P.S. March is quite an exciting month in our family… my mom and 4 of her great-grand children celebrate their birthdays.
January 29, 2009
Valentine’s gifts can be clever and inexpensive… and… you make them yourself. For me… it has to be a uncomplicated task or I loose interest real fast. These easy valentine gift pockets are made from 12 x 12 scrapbook papers. The paper pockets hold candy or small gifts for your loved ones and they’re a breeze to make. This is a paper craft your older kids or grands can easily participate in.
1. The craft supplies are: 12X12 scrapbook paper, gift tissue, scissors, paper punch (optional), scotch tape, paper clips, tacky glue, 1 1/2 yards of wire ribbon 1 1/2″ wide. 1/1/2 yards of narrow contrasting ribbon 1/2″ wide.
2. Fold the paper corner to corner. Press the crease well.
3. Hold the paper in front of you with the folded side on top.
4. Fold the outside corners toward the center and over lap them. This will create two points that look like ears. This will begin to form a cone.
5. Roll the paper so the cone fits tight at the bottom. (So, you goodies won’t fall out.) Keep the seam
on the back of the cone so it won’t show from the front.
6. Secure the top with a paper clip in between the “ears” and on the side. Now you have formed your gift pocket.
7. Apply a bead of tacky glue under the back seam. You can apply a small bit of tape to hold the seam down, but make sure the tape doesn’t show from the front side of the pocket. Also, remove the paper clip from between the ears, and apply a bit of glue to secure that area. Reattach your paper clip.
8. For the ribbon holes in the back of the pocket, measure 1″ from the sides of the pocket and 1/2″ down, so the holes don’t show from the front edge. I applied two marks with a pencil to guide me. The space between the holes will be about 2 to 2 /2 inches apart. Use a paper punch to insert the holes if you’re using thin paper.
9. If your paper is heavy or double sided paper, you’ll need to insert the point of your scissors to make the holes. Make the holes about 1/4″ in diameter. The holes might be jagged, but your ribbon will cover them up.
10. Layer the narrow ribbon on top of the wide ribbon.
11. Take one end of the ribbons, insert them into one of the holes from the back side of the pocket. Take the other end of the ribbons, and insert them into the other hole from the back side of the pocket. On the front side of the pocket, hold all ends of the ribbon together and pull forward. The ribbon should come out even.
12. The back side of the pocket should look like the photo. If you happen to pull the ribbon to the backside, the pocket will not be stable when you put in your gifts.
13. The first tie of your bow should be about 4 to 6 inches above the pocket.
14. Tie the bow. You might have to fuss with the bow a bit to make sure the ribbon is turned correctly. Crinkle the wire ribbon a bit… and trim all the tails with the scissors.
15. Insert 1/2 sheet of gift tissue.
16. Fill your pocket with fun gifts such as perfume, jewelry, a small photo frame and candy.
17. Don’t forget to add your Love Note to your pocket. These Love Notes are free… here at insightful Nana. There are 18 designs to choose from. The Love Notes you don’t use in your pockets can be tucked here and there around the house, for your loved ones to find.
You can make small Valentine pockets for party favors or a small gift. Cut your 12×12 paper into fourths. Follow the same instructions. Use 1 yard of ribbon, 1/2″ wide or 3/4″ wide. Fill the small pocket with candy, or a cute pair of earrings.
Wouldn’t you love to come home and find one of these darling pockets filled with fun Valentine gifts and goodies hanging on your door? Hang one on a coat hook at the back door…or remove a wall photo and hang one on the nail. Use your imagination.
Use lots of colorful paper and tissue… and whether you fill them with small Valentine gifts or candy, I can guarantee the receiver of one of these cute pockets will be thrilled. Don’t forget to add your Valentine Love Note to your gift.
Have fun crafting these simple Valentine gift pockets and sharing them with your friends and loved ones.
P.S. Valentine Advice: You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip- Jonathan Carroll
P.P.S See me in action making these paper crafts on the video below.
January 16, 2009
These free printable Love Notes for your Valentine is my Valentine gift to you. Thank you for being a part of the Insightful Nana community.
Remember the Christmas tradition of the 12 days of Christmas. You know…where you secretly take a gift to a loved one or friend for 12 days in a row. Why not do the 14 days of Valentine and tuck these love notes into the gifts you give your sweetie, loved one or kids.
If you don’t want to give the gifts… just place the cards around here and there for 14 days. This would be a fun way you could express your love and tender feelings toward your husband or sweetheart leading up to Valentine’s day.
There are 18 individual mini Love Notes to choose from. All you have to do is cute them out because tender sayings are already printed on the cards. I printed mine on Matte Photo Paper.
I bet you can think of a 100 ways to use them… but here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
1. Tuck one under his pillow… or under the covers where his feet will land.
2. Place one on the steering wheel of his car… or on the rear view mirror.
3. Hide one in his sock drawer… or better still, in his shoe.
4. Slip one into his coat pocket… or in his pant pocket where he keeps his wallet.
5. Put one in his desk drawer at work… or on on his work phone.
6. How about under the toilet lid… (blushing)
7. If he is reading a book… replace the bookmark with a card.
For kids… place them in their pack packs, CD covers, lunch bags, in their school desks.
Here are the Love Note designs. Of course that big KG won’t be on your copies.
Print off extra copies of these cards and use them through out the year. Every one needs to know they are loved and cared about during the year… as well as at Valentine’s Day.
P.S. I would love to be a fly on the wall when your loved one discovers a love note. Aren’t surprises fun!
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December 16, 2008
These Christmas tags have been designed for your convenience and ease. Why run out and purchase gift tags and mini cards… when you can have these free printable Christmas Gift Tags at a push of a printer button?
For years, I designed Christmas products. In fact… we would begin designing for the next Christmas on January first of the new year. It seemed like we lived Christmas 24 hours a day…365 days a year. Designing printed materials was my favorite area of design. Putting these Christmas Gift Tags together for you was fun.
Christmas Greetings is a collection of icons on layered backgrounds.
Christmas Past is a collection of hand-painted Christmas icons.
Three Christmas Mini cards can be used as a tag or a small card you can tuck under the ribbon of a gift.
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December 5, 2008
These homemade Christmas craft magnets make an ideal gift for a teacher, friend, neighbor or grandma. I love Christmas craft projects that are so easy, the kids can become involved. Well this is one of those easy Christmas crafts.
These are the supplies you will need. 1. Canning Jar lids. You can purchase new ones… but I used some old lids I had hanging around in my kitchen drawers and in the basement. 2. Spray paint… black or white. 3. Matt acrylic spray to seal you designs. 4. Magnets. You can purchase them at a craft store. 5. Tacky glue. I like this better than a glue gun.6. Avery ink jet sticker paper… or photo paper. 7. Designs. I’m offer you free designs… or you can use wrapping paper, old Christmas cards… or your own artwork.
Lay out lids on newspaper and spray with your paint. I used black. Spray a light covering… and let them dry. Keep spraying them lightly and then let them dry. When the lids are completely coated, allow them to dry.
Put the painted lids on a tray…I used a cookie sheet. Allow them to dry for a few hours. There is a difference between dry time and cure time. Dry is … dry to the touch. Cure is… the paint is room temp. and does not feel cold.
Use my designs… or… cut your own out of wrapping paper, old Christmas cards or your own art work.
Seal your designs with a matte acrylic spray so it will protect the paper surface.
Cut the design circles out. If you cut your circles out of your own paper… cut 2″ circles for the small lids and 2 5/8″ circles for the large lids.
If you have printed your designs on Avery Sticker paper, remove the backing. If you have printed your designs on photo paper, apply glue to the back of the design.
Place the design in the middle of the lid.
Turn the lid over. Apply glue to the magnet. I like tacky glue over glue from a gun. Apply the magnet to the back of the lid.
Place the magnets on your fridge and wait for the glue to dry.
I’m offering you four choices of magnet designs.
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If you need more insight on how to do the craft project… check out the video.