April 16, 2010
Here are a couple of printable Mother’s Day Cards you can print in a snap. These unique cards are designed for your kids to attach their small school photos. Of course… they can color the card… or there is a pre-colored card available for them to just cut and give. I suggest the cards be printed matte photo paper or card stock.
I just read that Mother’s Day is one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States. The occasion is now celebrated not so much with flags as with gifts, cards, hugs, thank yous and other tokens of affection.
I’m pretty easy when it comes to Mother’s day. In fact this year, the mothers in our family will be sharing the day with my grandson Wyatt. He will celebrate his 14th birthday. We will also be celebrating Easter with the belated Easter Egg hunt… since the weather played havoc on April 3rd.
So… all in all… we plan to have a fine day. Hope you will too.
P.S. How are you going to celebrate Mother’s Day. Does your family take the lead… or do you?
January 25, 2010
Your kids coloring pages are here. Here are two Valentine card designs to choose from. The kids can color their own Valentines to surprise mom and dad, grandma and grandpa…. or their friends.
Of course, there is the back and white printable for coloring… or they can choose the pre-colored version. The small icon is on the back of the Valentine card. When the card is folded, the inside will be blank so the kids can sign their names, design their own art work or put stickers inside, etc.
Last year, some of you may remember the “Love Notes.” They were very popular. If you didn’t get your “Love Notes,” they’re still available. As long as your checking out “Love Notes” you can cash in on a making clever paper craft Valentine holders for your gifts. You’ll get raves!
Have a great day… and make sure you run off plenty of kids coloring pages so they can make their
Valentines cards in time for an early delivery.
P.S. For a little higher quality Valentine card, run the coloring pages on light weight photo paper.
June 15, 2009
Selecting unique wedding gifts and cards isn’t much of a challenge if you’re trying to please both the bride and groom. “Couple” gifts are usually the most common wedding gifts offered. You know…housewares for the kitchen…. a toaster, can opener, and steak knives. And, who spends the most time in the kitchen? Generally, it’s not the man of the house.
I suggest, if you really want a unique wedding gift, purchase something that will please the groom. I ask a few future grooms what they would like to receive as a wedding gift. Here are a few of their suggestions.
* Tools - You almost need a hammer right away to hang photos of your wedding on the wall. So, a few tools is a great idea. A hammer, a set of screwdrivers, and pliers placed in a simple tool box is a unique wedding gift and will be greatly appreciate by groom.
* Ex. Large Towels - Guys like towels that are large enough to dry off their larger physique. They want a towel they can comfortably wrap around their waist and tuck the corners in. This casual attire is the preferred dress for the shaving routine. This is a great time to personalized your wedding gift. A towel for her as well as for him… with their names embroidered on the bottom.
* A Bar B Q - Ah haa! They want to cook the burgers and steaks. If you are going to make this type of purchase, check to see if their apartment has a balcony or a place where the grill can be stored before you buy. If you can’t afford the grill… Bar B Q tools are a great alternative for a unique wedding gift.
* A Cooler - Yes, I can see where a cooler would be useful. Purchase one that has a smaller cooler inside (double the value.) The smaller cooler will come in handy when the groom attends football games. And, it can also be carried on a golf cart.
There you go… a few unusual wedding gifts suggestions… that will certainly please the groom.
Now… unique wedding cards? Well that’s a different story. I never seem to have a wedding card on hand. I have always wished I had one I could just print off on my computer. Well, here you go. I designed a few unique wedding cards for you to download and print. Just right for those times you forget to pick up a wedding card.
Here are two choices… a set with a colored back ground and a set with a white back ground. Wrap your gift and tape the card securely near the bow so it won’t fall off when the wedding gifts are loaded into the car.
All you have to do to get these free printable wedding cards is to fill in your name and e-mail address below and I will zip them off to you in a flash.
Next time you’re invited to a wedding, consider the groom first… and give the couple a unique wedding gift. And, don’t forget your wedding cards so you can attach it to the package.
P.S. Another unique wedding gift is a snow shovel. Tape your free wedding card to the handle.
P.P.S. The great wedding photos were taken by my daughter Katie. She’s a professional photographer … and you can see more of her fantastic work at Kate Benson Photography.
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.
If you want these two Free Easter goodies… fill in your information below and I’ll send you the link right away. If you’ve already joined the Insightful Nana community… you will automatically be getting your copies… so watch for your e-mail.
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 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!
P.P.S. Get your Valentine Love notes now.
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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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P.S. Print your Christmas gift tags on card stock, sticker paper, or photo paper.
November 4, 2008
Forcing flower bulbs for Christmas gifts is a great idea for a simple inexpensive gift. Get your kids involved… this project makes a great teacher gift. It’s a gift the teacher can leave in the classroom and class members can enjoy the gift too. I’m offering your free gift tags with instructions for your Christmas gift recipient.
Not all flower bulbs are good for forcing. Hyacinths, Crocus, Daffodils, Tulips, Amaryllis, and Narcissus (Paperwhites) are the best. Often, the packaging will tell you if the bulbs can be forced.
At this time of year, you can purchase bulbs at Wall-mart in packages. However, I love going to a nursery where the bulbs are displayed in bins and I can pick and choose my bulb sizes.
The prices vary. You can spend from $1.00 to $15.00 per flower bulb. I look for bargains. Sometimes the best deal are in packages… however you run the risk of getting bulbs that are too small for this project.
Hyacinths, Crocus, Daffodils, and Tulips require a “chilling period or cold period” before they will bloom. If you’re going to purchase these spring flowers, purchase them right away and place them in a cold spot. They will need to be chilled for a couple of months.
I put mine in my extra fridge. However, I don’t store them in the crisper where there is produce. Ripening veggies and fruits release ethylene gas, which can kill or damage the flowers.
The easiest bulbs to force are tropical narcissus (paperwhites). They require no pre-chilling. However… just to be on the safe side… I do chill mine for at least a couple of weeks.
Purchase your bulbs… then look for appropriate containers. You can sometimes purchase bulb vases at your local nursery. Or… you can pile the kids in the car and go to the thrift store and look for vases. The vase opening needs to be wide enough that half of the bulb will sit in water. Take your bulbs along so you get the right fit.
After the bulbs are chilled, place your bulbs in the vases… with the pointed end up. Make sure the bulb sits down into the vase so at least 1/3 of the bulb will be submerged in water. Fill the vase with water and put it in a well lit window. The flowers will appear within 4 weeks.
See how I grow!
Put a bulb in a clear bag with a bit of confetti, and tie it up with a bow. Remember to attach your instruction tag. Place you bulb and vase in a Christmas bag with a little tissue and… there you go!
I’m offering you two instruction tag choices. The first selection includes a pink, yellow, blue, and lavender tag. They can be used on a birthday or “Love you” gift. There is a green set of tags that are ideal for Christmas.
Simply fill in your information below and you will receive your download links immediately. In the future, I’ll be sending you all kinds of ideas and fun printables. You’ll never have to give me information again. The holidays are coming… and you won’t want to miss out.
P.S. Remember to get out and get your flowering bulbs so you’ll have time to chill and cool them.
After you package up your gift… keep them in cool until you give them to your friend or loved one.
P.P.S. Remember to save some flowering bulbs for yourself. There’s nothing like a breath of spring in February or early March.
Hey… I couldn’t pass up showing you this last idea. Fill a bowl or a shallow dish and place bulbs in rocks. You can get rocks in the aquarium section of Wal-mart or at a nursery. Just remember to keep the water level up around your bulbs. You can plant them in soil too. Another story for another day.
October 9, 2008
These Halloween Jack O Lantern printables are precolored for your convenience. Black and white copies are also provided for your kids or grandkids to color. There are three printable pumpkin designs for you to choose from and you’ll want to print them all.
If your young ones are having a Halloween party… coloring these pumpkins with crayons or markers would be a fun activity. Perhaps you have a church or school activity… you’re welcome to run off as many as you like.
My granddaughter, Claire, came to keep me company and, was delighted when the black and white Halloween Pumpkins came zooming out of my printer. She wanted to color them all… so I make plenty of copies. She and her friend Hunter loved coloring the pumpkins to add to their Halloween decorations.
If you want to enjoy more Halloween activities, join the Halloween blog party at Cottage In The Country. Hostess, Debbie Crabtree Lewis, will be there to greet you. Lots of exciting things going on this month… and you won’t want to miss it. By the way… I hope you had a chance grab my famous Carmel Popcorn recipe. If you haven’t… you don’t know what your missing!
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In the next few months… I’ll be giving away a lot of great holiday stuff… you just won’t want to miss it.
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