This would make a fabulous family Christmas gift - especially for grandparents
We love the tonal colours in this print - these would work beautifully with many interior colours. Keep colour in mind when you create your print. Whilst bright colours would really stand out, you want to make sure the colours you pick are going to suit the decor of your or your recipient's home.
Placing the smaller handprints on the larger ones is a great way of showing how small the kids' hands are, but you could layout your handprints anyway you like e.g. from oldest to youngest or vice-versa, depending on the size and dimensions of your canvas.
For the background, you could use a stretched canvas for a contemporary look (you also wouldn't need to worry about a frame). Or look for an interesting card or paper base. Something with texture in a neutral colour would give a premium finish.
You could easily make a print like this yourself using acrylic paints (wear old clothes as this could be a little messy with little ones!). Or you can get one professionally made (without the mess!) by MyForeverPrints.
You could also write the kids' ages next to their name.
This is a lovely keepsake you could make each year - imagine seeing a collection of these prints on a wall from various years. Kids will love seeing how much they've grown over time.
Nothing says 'celebration' quite like bright rainbow colours, especially on a black background...
Image from www.meowchie.snydle.com
Why we love it:
The colours used for this card are bright and striking, which definitely signify a birthday. However, the choice of a black background means they stand out even more. A white background would also be lovely, but give a completely different look again. Play around the your colours until you find something you're happy with, and that suit the recipient.
This type of card would be great for a man or woman of any age. You could even use this style of card for a child.
The letters used for the word 'Happy' are slightly raised, which give a three-dimensional effect.
The great thing about stripes is that you can use them for anyone- at anytime of year. Striped paper or striped ribbon - this gift wrapping style works for Christmas, especially when teamed with red, green, gold or silver ribbon and accessories.
Use whatever wrapping paper you like (plain kraft paper has a premium, organic look) and dress it up with these show-stopping striped ribbons.
The addition of holly even makes the gift with black and white ribbon look Christmassy. You could also use a star, bauble, Christmas gift tag, or any other accessory that coordinates with your ribbon and wrapping.
Mangoes are a sign that summer has arrived in Australia, in fact, buying a box of mangoes at Christmas is a tradition in our family. Whilst mangoes are delicious in their natural state, this fresh mango pudding is a great way to make the most of this summer fruit when it's at its best. This refreshing pudding could also be a great dessert option on Christmas day, especially after a big roast dinner! Ingredients:
500 grams ripe mango - peel, remove the seed and dice into small pieces.
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 tbsp powdered gelatin
3 x ice cubes
Fresh fruit (berries, passionfruit, diced peaches, or kiwi fruit) to garnish
Fresh Mango Pudding - a refreshing summer dessert
Method: 1. Puree the mango pieces in a blender 2. Stir mango puree and evaporated milk in a bowl to combine 3. In another small bowl, combine the hot water, sugar, and gelatin - stirring until dissolved. 4. Add the ice cubes to the mango mixture, followed by the gelatin mixture. Continue stirring all until the ice melts. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain mixture. 5. Pour strained mixture into serving glasses or bowls and chill for at least 3 hours. 6. To serve, top with fresh fruit. You could also garnish with toasted flaked almonds, muesli, shredded coconut, crushed meringue or nuts. TIP: This would make a healthy alternative to jelly for kids' parties. Simply serve in plastic cups for less washing up. You could also experiment using different fruits such as peaches or strawberries instead of mango.
This is a really touching gift that we reckon would bring a tear of joy to most eyes - it shows how much you treasure the little details, such as where you met.
It's easy and inexpensive to make - there's even a tutorial you can follow here.
You can completely customise your frame to suit your partner or house. This frame has a rustic, shabby-chic look to it, but a chunky modern frame in black or white would look good with black and white maps.
Use a scanner or a photocopier to resize your maps to fit your frame.
The first wedding anniversary is paper (according to the US list), so this would be a great paper wedding anniversary gift idea.
Don't underestimate the power of the circle - especially when it comes to handmade cards! If you use a template to draw your circles and cut them out carefully, they can look very neat and are a great way of filling the space on the card. Here are four very different cards that use circles in really effective ways to create stunning greeting cards...
Anyone born between 24 October and 22 November will fall under the Zodiac Sign, Scorpio.
This newsletter is the first in our series of gift ideas matched to star signs, and we hope this gives you some light-hearted gift inspiration.
Whilst Scorpios might come across as cool, aloof, and insensitive,underneath they are passionate and don’t do things by halves! They have high expectations of themselves - and others. This isn’t a bad quality to have, but they will find that others often fall short of their standards and expectations!
Some fun Scorpio facts:
Key life phrase: I Will
Zodiac totem: The Scorpion, Grey Lizard and Phoenix
Zodiac element: Water
Key characteristics: Secretive, passionate, resolute, insensitive, steadfast, painstaking and stubborn.
Compatible star signs: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Pisces
Mismatched signs: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, and Aquarius
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