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Most Minnesotans are questioning the validity of today’s Spring Equinox what with all our snow and temps in the single digits. It doesn’t help when we’re reminded that last year at this time we were spoiled with an unusually early spring with green grass and flip-flops weather for most of March (cut to deep breath HERE). However, our typical weather is not breaking me down, especially after my California spring pick-me-up last weekend.

My recommendation to all you numb-toed souls is this; purchase some Watch ’em Grow forced bulb garden, pull out your Easter chicks and Passover decor, and let your inner warmth shine while writing or making cards!!

Start by heading to Paper Source to find your Easter supplies. Yesterday I stopped in to find a sea of pastels, bunnies and eggs in every direction.

Even if you are short on time with the kids, stamping a few easter eggs with silver bunnies and handwriting a message is fresh and unique. Also pretty adorable.  And while you’re at it, pick up some cards to send to a family member who’s away for the spring holiday. Some of my favs….

Decorated Easter Eggs Card

Decorated Easter Eggs from Rifle Paper Co.

Funny Easter Card. Peep Easter Card. Blank Easter Card.

For the Peeps fanatic from, handmade from Julie Ann Art

Happy Easter Lily from Banquet

And the cards from Sugar Paper are lovely…

Sweet Easter wishes

Easter Nest 

Easter Galore

Hop Hop

PRINTABLE Bunny Ears Easter Card

To make things really simple, a printable Easter Ears card from Zest and Lime

 Tree of Life - Happy Passover card (684762)

Tree of Life – Happy Passover

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simple expression says it all

If you are looking to surprise the table guests at this year’s spring holiday gathering, check out these ideas…

Cheryl Cooper’s passover setting for her grandchildren

Easter surprises for Emmett and Oliver thanks to Grandma Sally

Find a way to bring some brightness to your day. It might feel like winter for some of us but spring has, really, truly, arrived and thankfully our sunlight is lasting longer (dissolve to final deep breath before we fade to black). Hippity Hop!

Cupid on the Prowl

So little time, so much love. A bit of cupid is in all of us even on the bleakest of winter days. The time to move is now my heart-shaped friends.

Looking for crafty ideas? Babble takes the cake (especially when coming from Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair) on creative ways to express your love on Valentine’s Day.  valentine-ideasSuch lovely things come from Yellow Owl Workshop especially for this holiday…

This You and Me card might not be the typical Hallmark Valentine’s card but it really, really like it.

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Make your own homemade radical card with the Love You stamp set.

If you’d like your Valentines to take a different form, the Correspondence Kit from Artware Editions allows you to thread your expressions first by pencil then needle and thread.

Say your sweetheart lives in another town. Why not mail them a Moleskin Message Pocket Postal Notebook filled with nothing but kisses from yours truly.

If you would like to try your hand in calligraphy, the Love Letter Kit from terrain is a beautiful alternative from the expected Valentine’s day card.

 

Paper Source always comes up with delightful, fresh ideas each Valentine’s season.

This year our boys will be scribbling out thoughtful words (that’s the plan anyway) on these Owl Valentine Cards.

RAD BAG // 2013 Valentine Edition

Rad and Hungry is kind of like an international office supply store with loads of cool supplies not found at the local OfficeMax. Surprise your office mate with this limited-edition Valentine’s Day Rad Bag filled with office supplies in red, pink, white and gold from countries around the globe.

Cupid Card

And pick up one of their kitchy cupid cards while you’re at it! (Psss…they’re free if you spend $40)

Once your card is written why not place it in an Everyday Leather Envelope Wallet from Mark and Graham. Not only will your card be sealed in a lovely presentation but your sweetheart’s future correspondence will be always protected. Personalize it with a scripted letter to make her all the more unique.

If all you have time for this year is a construction paper heart, (fold in half, cut one half of a heart, ta da), so be it. Writing this card will require a few moments of slowing down and expressing a crafted thought or two. This will be a gift in itself.

scraps, lace & red ink

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, so you know what that means? That’s right, time to get creative. If you recall, last year I got my creative groove on while taking a crafting class at Paper Source. This year they are offering another inspiring class called My Sweet Valentine Crafters Night Out where they’ll give you the materials and inspiration to make creations you’ve dreamed only Martha Stewart could create. Jump to it you Twin Citians!

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But if crafting isn’t your thing and you’d rather be in the kitchen check out this next idea.

Box

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The Things I Love About You Box seen on frolic combines both talents in the kitchen and a personal handwritten list of the favorite things you adore about your sweetheart. So simple yet so sweet.

Of course if you are the traditionalist it’s never too early to load up on Valentine’s Cards.

I adore the whimsical feel to Banquet’s doily Valentines Day Cards.

Pucker up with neon pink lips from one of my favorite lines, Gold Teeth Brooklyn.

Valentine's Day Postcards

This postcard set from Rifle Paper Co. is perfect for a few heartfelt lines for friends.

Wild Ink Press creates beautiful Valentine’s Cards with their in-house letterpress machines.

If this year you’d like to add a surprise element but need a bit of support, allow me lead you to the Poetry Salon.

 

Poem + Message in a CorkPoem + Handmade Paper

Here professional poetry writers will use your thoughts, feelings and personal details to form a one-of-a-kind poem for your sweetheart. The salon offers a dozen options on how they display the poems, my favorite being hand embroidered on a vintage bag.

Poem + Handmade Bag

As much as I appreciate the “Hallmark Holiday” with its boxes of chocolates, bouquets of red roses and shiny love notes, you can most likely find what you need to create a card right in your home.

photo222One year after cutting out paper hearts with Emmett for his school Valentine’s Card I gathered the scraps, grabbed my red marker and created Nick’s valentine on a white board. Best card ever I thought (still sits in our tool closet to be seen by the lucky few). Hearts filled with handwritten letters. Maybe next time I’ll add a little lace or a few lines that rhyme.

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You can smell it in the air. A mix of excitement for people joining together, breathing in the seasonal air and letting out a big Ahhhhh while reminding one another all there is to appreciate in life.Easy Fall Arrangement

Last year I began the tradition of asking our guests to fill out a card with a thankful thought from the past year. As people reflected on the year, conversations brewed over all that had taken place and all that we hold dear to our hearts. Tomorrow they will have a chance to reflect again on what they have felt appreciative for over last year. 

If you have time to stop by Paper Source you can grab these cards or just make them up at home with colored paper. Daily Candy knocked off my idea (yeah right) with their own version, a gratitude jar, which again creates a time to reflect. That does not happen often enough these days.

What other ways can you spice up the table with a personal handwriting touch? Handwritten place cards are wonderful gesture to make your guests feel important. Tonight the plan is for the boys to sit down with festive stamps and leaves at hand and let loose on the place cards. But if you are looking for a more personal, adult touch and have a sewing machine handy…

…these stitched place cards are pretty spectacular! Or even grab a bunch of lemons to use as place card holders and add a scripted Aunt Lucy to bring a burst of color to the table.

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Trivia on Thanksgiving? That’s a way to keep the converstaion going with Uncle Frank who would rather chat about his hunting adventures this fall. Our reliable Martha Stewart even created a template to download to make it easy to create even this evening.

The Thankful Tree

This Thankful Free can welcome the guests with autumn colors and a perfect way for one to express what they are grateful for in their lives.

These I Am Thankful printables could be used for decorations, a napkin ring or another conversation piece on all there is to appreciate.

But we must think about the kiddos, right?

Simple Lovely created a great idea to keep the kids busy during the meal and also scribble out a a few thoughts of their own.

You can never go wrong with crayons and paper at the kids table! Make it simple. Or…

Bring out the rainbow of colors for celebration like the folks at Design Sponge are all about. Over the top for some, perfect for others.

Where ever you do find yourself tomorrow, we hope you find a few of those Ahhhhh moments when you squeeze that person beside you and remember that even in the midst of the unknown we truly do have so much about which to be grateful.

Spooky Scribbles

The ghosts and goblins are arriving in just one week but you still have a chance to invite the gang over for a last minute Halloween Party. And with these free Halloween downloads from Design Mom Gabrielle Blair, sending out invitations is a snip snap.

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 Martha Stewart skeleton invitation will scare the skin off your guests

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Nothing like a toe tag invite from blush printables

Or if you simply want to send a few spooky scribbles out to those you love…

…head to Paper Source where you can find all sorts of creepy stationery and stamps. It was a great excuse for Emmett to practice writing out his friends’ names too!

Don’t forget to make the envelope extra memorable with one of these scary stamps (only two day delivery). After much discussion, the boys decided on the Happy Halloween postage for their cards.

Before I begin my next project (stay tuned for more on the postcard swap!) let’s hear it for our guest bloggers by the way!! Thanks Alecia and Jenni. Way to get people to grab a pen.