Archives for February 2012
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Posted on 29 February 2012 | Comments Off
February 29: Leap Day
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years.
This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.
In some places, Leap Day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason.
A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.
In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.
Propose your boyfriend on Leap Day by presenting him a special Love Box.
If you want to make a pretty gift box, you can download templates from this site:
Fill your special present with
Anyone would love such a touching romantic gift!
Posted on 28 February 2012 | Comments Off
People have been fascinated with butterflies for thousands of years. Fossil records for butterflies and moths date back nearly 65 million years…
Butterflies have long been a symbol of beauty, and therefore, they’ve been the subject of a plethora of myths and folklore…
If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.
In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.
For template and instructions click here:
Fill your present with
Unique gift idea for Mother’s Day, for International Women’s Day, for Christmas or just because…
Posted on 27 February 2012 | Comments Off
Did you know that…
The first so called “Black Forest Cuckoo Clock” was created over 280 years ago – around 1630 – in the village of Triberg, the Black Forest Region in Germany.
Even if some sources say something different but most times Mr Franz Kettler was the person, who is brought directly into connection with the birth of the clock.
But the story of the clock reaches even more back than this.
It must have happened around 1630 that a peddler who sold glass from the Black Forest to foreign countries, returned with a clock, perhaps from the land of Böhmen (today’s Czech Republic).
So the technique and the idea was born somewhere different – but the Cuckoo Clock as we know it today comes form the Black Forest.
It did not take long for the Cuckoo Clock to gain incredible popularity within certain parts of Germany – even some major cities nearby. During those long winter months, the farms were snowed-in and the people had time to create finely hand-crafted cuckoo clocks of many styles with rich and varied carvings. The citizens even compete against each other for the best clock.
Leave a door or window open to fill your gift box with
Such a great gift… The recipient will love it, for sure!
Posted on 26 February 2012 | Comments Off
Did you know that…
The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is in a class of aircraft known as balloon aircraft.
On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first untethered manned flight was made by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes in a hot air balloon created on December 14, 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers.
Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships.
You can fill your stunning box with quotes about life, sayings, wisdom quotations, just click here to download them:
Each day only one note should be read by the receiver of your fabulous gift.
Posted on 25 February 2012 | Comments Off
There are two legends about the invention of tea:
Some attribute the discovery of tea to Shen Nung, a Chinese Emperor in the 3rd century BCE, who sat under a tree while boiling his drinking water.
When the leaves of Camellia sinensis fell into his bowl, the agreeable taste prompted the genesis of tea drinking.
An alternative account gives credit to a Dharuma Buddhist monk who travelled to China from India in the 5th century CE.
During his fifth year of a seven year meditiation undertaken to prove his faith, he became sleepy. In an effort to remain focussed he cut off his offending eyelids and threw them onto the ground, whence sprang the tea plant. He decided to make a drink from the leaves and discovered it kept him awake, allowing him to pursue his spiritual studies.
The emergence and early evolution of teapots spanned several hundred years. Tea drinking had spread South through Asia, and was noticeable in Formosa (Taiwan), Siam (Thailand), Burma/Myanmar and the islands of Sumatra and Java in Indonesia. The next 300 years would see the global spread of tea – and, of course, the teapot.
This beautiful Teapot Box is a wonderful gift idea for a tea lover, especially as it comes like a very own personalised gift box with 6 sides for photos.
Find the template here:
When you are ready with your special teapot, download and print little messages to fit in it:
They will definitely LOVE IT!
Posted on 24 February 2012 | Comments Off
Corsets have a long history dating back centuries.
While corsets have been traditionally associated with women, men have also worn them at various times in history when certain body shapes were valued over others.
The particularities of a corset’s style and function have changed over the centuries, but by the 1940s they largely fell out of fashion. (For the relief of most women.)
Recently a revival of sorts in the fashion world has brought the corset back to mainstream attention, particularly with its use in films like Moulin Rouge.
You can find its downloadable template here:
Well, not to give it just empty, download quotes and messages from here:
Roll or fold the little notes and place them in your wonderful Corset Bag.
Any woman would be delightful to receive a special gift like this!
Posted on 23 February 2012 | Comments Off
Did you know that…
Casinos don’t take any chances when it comes to profit so they don’t use just any dice when thousands of dollars are riding on a roll.
Casino dice are called perfect or precision dice because of the way they are made.
They are as close to being perfect true cubes as possible, measured to within a fraction of a millimeter, manufactured so each dice has an absolutely equal chance of landing on of its six faces.
Casino dice are specially hand made to within a tolerance of 0.0005 of an inch. The spots are drilled and filled with material that is equal in weight to the material removed. Usually sides are flush and edges sharp. They are predominantly transparent red but can come in other colours like green, purple or blue. Spots are usually solid but a number of different designs can be found.
To make a Casino Dice Gift Box is really not difficult, just follow the steps of this blog:
You could fill it with
Each day only one should be opened and read of these inspirational messages by the receiver of your lovely present.
Posted on 22 February 2012 | Comments Off
In early Indian folklore, Owls represent wisdom and helpfulness, and have powers of prophecy.
This theme recurs in Aesop’s fables and in Greek myths and beliefs.
By the Middle Ages in Europe, the Owl had become the associate of witches and the inhabitant of dark, lonely and profane places, a foolish but feared spectre.
An Owl’s appearance at night, when people are helpless and blind, linked them with the unknown, its eerie call filled people with foreboding and apprehension: a death was imminent or some evil was at hand.
During the eighteenth century the zoological aspects of Owls were detailed through close observation, reducing the mystery surrounding these birds.
With superstitions dying out in the twentieth century - in the West at least – the Owl has returned to its position as a symbol of wisdom.
In parts of northern England it is good luck to see an Owl.
If you want to create an Owl Gift Bag, first you have to make the paper gift bag itself, then the topper for it.
See the links bellow for printable templates:
This bag is excellent to keep
365+1 MESSAGES AND QUOTES in it.
Posted on 21 February 2012 | Comments Off
Most people try not to judge a book by it’s cover, but when it comes to receiving a gift, it’s almost impossible!
I would say that a gift’s wrapping is really almost half of the gift, just think about when you’ve received a gift, before you even open it you have feelings based on the packaging.
You can make a gift appear to be expensive and thoughtful just be putting some time and effort into the wrapping of it.
Check Brady Lou’s project here:
She posted a video tutorial as well on her blog, so you could follow the steps easily when making a great craft like this. All you need are:
Prepare your own gift box and then print 365+1 messages and quotes from this site:
Each day only one message should be picked and read.
Posted on 20 February 2012 | Comments Off
I know that Valentine’s Day has already passed but you do not need a special day and a spouse or significant other to show your love for someone.
You won’t believe how easy this recycled craft is to make, and it just takes a few minutes.
See this blog over here:
Fill it with
for 365+1 days of the year and give it to your beloved one.
A DIY gift that you made with your own hands can really touch a soul.
Did you know that…
CRAFT is dedicated to the renaissance that’s occurring within the world of crafts.
Celebrating the DIY spirit, CRAFT’s goal is to unite, inspire, inform, and entertain a growing community of highly imaginative and resourceful people who are transforming traditional art and crafts with unconventional, unexpected, and even renegade techniques, materials, and tools; people who undertake amazing crafting projects in their homes and communities.
Have a nice crafting!