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Lindsey and I were talking about Thanksgiving plans for this year and it got me to thinking about a special project to show my family and friends how thankful I am for them. I decided it would be nice to do a little gift on each place setting this year. I thought about hand lettering something at first, but that would take a lot of time with questionable results. Then, I remembered the set of stamps that I purchased from the Target One Spot a couple of years ago. I hadn't used it yet, but now I knew I had the perfect project to use them for.
If you can't find these stamps at Target this year, there are of course a lot of others that you can find and use. For example...
I had some little wooden circles left over from our Christmas in July projects. I chose 3 colors of acrylic paint that I felt would coordinate with my dishes and tablecloths and painted the circles. Then, I used a black stamp pad to stamp the design on the light colored circles and white on the dark colored circles. I love how they came out. Even the spots where the ink is a little missing add to the rustic look.
I decided to use jute as the hanger on these little ornaments. I cut about a 6" length of jute and glued the ends with a glue gun to the front of the ornament. Then, I tied a bow with another length of jute and glued that over the ends. This way, there are no unfinished ends on the front or the back.
Now, on Thanksgiving, I want to slip them in a napkin on each place setting. I want to use cream colored napkins, but I didn't have any. I could only find white! So, I purchased some fabric and made my own.
A couple of years ago I had to purchase a new sewing machine. I got a Singer Brilliance (that is a refurb version) and I have loved using the special decorative stitches that it has programmed into it. Here is the newest version, called Sew Mate. These are nice machines at a reasonable price.
These napkins were simple to sew. I just folded over the edges twice and used a decorative stitch to make them special.
Once the napkins are sewn and pressed, you are ready to fold them! Here is a gallery of pictures to show you how to do it.
If you know me at all, you know that I love dishes! So, I am using two different dishes to try out a place setting to use these special projects on. Which one do you like best?
If you don't want to wash napkins later, you could always use nicer paper napkins. But, I am so happy with how these came out. Here is a close-up of the decorative stitching.
Look what I found!
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Come on, admit it! Everyone likes getting personal cards and letters in their mailbox. And, when you give gifts, isn't it an extra bonus to get a beautiful, thoughtful greeting card to go with the gift? And handing someone a gift card to a store or restaurant just seems a little more personal when it is packaged in a nice greeting card with a message, rather than just handing them the gift card all by itself. But, WOW! Have you checked the price on some of those greeting cards lately? They are approaching the price of the gift in some cases! I would rather put the $4.00-$7.00 I could spend on a greeting card towards a nicer gift!
I know that some of you make your own cards. My niece makes beautiful cards and she has all of the supplies to make such beautiful ones for every occasion. I have made a few, but I am just not that talented person who can spend that much time and effort and money on supplies to get a gorgeous product, (like she does), for all of the events where the cards would be given. I truly applaud all of you handmade card makers out there. Those handmade cards are a gift in and of themselves as they are pieces of art and worth every penny you might spend on them.
But, I am a grandma with grandchildren who live in 3 states. I love sending them greeting cards for various holidays and birthdays. It means so much to them to get mail of their own. That is why I am so excited to team up today with DollarTree and tell you about how they are saving my life (and my pocket book)! Starting today, you will be able to purchase high quality Hallmark Cards at Dollar Tree for just $1.00 and in some cases, 2 for $1.00!
I know what you are thinking. Hallmark Cards for 50 cents? They must be some cheap knock-off version of the real thing. But you are thinking wrong! These are the real, high quality deal. The quality paper and the wonderful sentiments are all there. With hundreds of new greeting cards to choose from, you can celebrate every moment with your friends and family without breaking the bank! I have to show you this adorable one that goes right along with our 3 Winks Design theme!
There are perfect cards for every occasion! Look at these!
Don't you love the big eyes on that cow? And I love the sweet saying on the front of the blue baby card. "tiny laundry, tiny shoes, tiny smiles,...great big news!" I could just die over that! And those are just a few of the 2 for $1.00 cards from the Heartline collection.
The Expressions from Hallmark line has bigger cards, or sometimes the licensed cards (like Disney) that are also a terrific value at just $1.00 each! Take a look!
Now, the big news is that today, August 30th, more of the Hallmark lines are also available! You can find Mahogany, Vida, Tree of LIfe and joyfully yours collections all available at Dollar Tree! Here is a super sweet example from the joyfully yours collection:
Have you ever stood for a really long time at the greeting card section of a store trying to pick out a card and finding it difficult to choose because so many of them touch you or make you laugh? Now you can afford to buy more than one and save it for the perfect occasion! I have to admit that I have gone a little nuts over being able to afford some great cards. We have made a little video to kind of spoof my excitement. Check it out here, we hope that you enjoy it!
With over 6,500 Dollar Tree stores, nationwide, I hope that there is one close enough for you to visit and stock up on some awesome greeting cards! You can also go to www.DollarTree.com to check out the details.
One great idea is to stock up on birthday cards and put them in an organizer so that you are ready to send your greetings out every month! Now that Hallmark cards are so inexpensive at DollarTree, this is so doable. Here is a cute organizer from Etsy, or come up with your own! Have fun getting ready to hand out all of your best wishes, with a lot of help from DollarTree and Hallmark!
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News Flash! Father's Day is this Sunday! If you forgot to take advantage of our awesome list of Father's Day gift ideas that we gave you on this post, never fear, there is still time to help your totally awesome dads in your life actually feel totally awesome! For Friday Faves today, we are sharing some of our best last minute ideas and printables for all of our fellow procrastinators!
The Dating Divas always have terrific ideas to give the man in your life that little something extra to make him feel important! I recently came across this fun pack from, and was just so impressed! It's a DIY Printable Father's Day Breakfast In Bed Kit - so just push "print", do a bit of cutting (and maybe a bit of pasting), make his breakfast extra special! This is EXACTLY what I've been searching for!
The kit contains:
Door hangers to make room orders a breeze.
Breakfast food toppers + decor to add a memorable backdrop.
Printable art to display all month long!
Letter stationary to remind Dad how much you adore him.
Customizable photo card for a special gift.
Gift tags for extra embellishment.
The Divas also have a general, all purpose Father's Day pack that covers a variety of needs for the day. You can check it out here.
There are tons of cute things to be found on Etsy! If your dad has a sweet tooth, here is a cute way to give him a candy bar and a message about how great he is as well! And here is a list of tons of other printables from Etsy's vendors.
One of my favorite bloggers who does beautiful free printables is Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor! Her stuff is so cute and much of it is free!
Here at 3 Winks Design, we have created a couple of our favorite sayings as printables as well. If you would like to print these off to use for your Father's Day wishes, just click the buttons.
Of course, you have to make the breakfast to go with the breakfast in bed pack, and don't forget the candy bars to wrap with the special wrappers.
Maddy suggested making Dad a bucket of small things that he love, like socks, peanuts and other little things that make your Dad happy. LIndsey has a tradition of making her dad a giant cookie and decorating it. She can add one of the above printables and make it even more special!
With time so short, many dads would be super happy with an Amazon Gift Card! They can be delivered through a text or email within 5 minutes of ordering them!
Or, a subscription to something that they will love would be something that they an be notified of by Father's Day,and then reap the benefits all year long. Here are a few suggestions:
For the Dad who loves to cook:
So, be creative and give Dad all the love he deserves this Father's Day! Make it a wonderful day!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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