Archives for March 2012
Posted on 31 March 2012 | Comments Off
Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.
From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in her unfurling glory.
What a massive amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends. I daresay if a human were to go through this kind of change we’d freak out!
Well, I suggest you make a Fancy Butterfly Bag instead. It’s not difficult at all, just follow Martha Stewart’s instructions here:
Fill it with FAMOUS QUOTES AND MESSAGES for 365+1 days of the year.
The receiver should read only one of these pretty cards a day.
Give this unique gift of yours for Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Christmas…
They will definitely love it!
Posted on 30 March 2012 | Comments Off
Did you know that…
The owl is a symbol meaning vigilance and acute wit.
The owl has long been associated with the spiritual and the magical.
In Celtic symbolism, the owl is noted for wisdom, keen sight, and patience. It is a guide in the underworld and an effective hunter.
The owl can help to reveal those who would take advantage of another or deceive others. They are generally solitary and nocturnal.
There are about 200 species of owls…
A homemade Owl Gift Box is easy to make if you download its free template and follow Miri D’s instuctions:
Fill it with
for 365+1 days of the year.
The recipient should read only one a day!
One of the most popular Children’s Day gift ideas, best birthday present!
Posted on 29 March 2012 | Comments Off
Blue symbolism provides a fascinating look at one of the most prevalent and beloved colors around the world.
Blue symbolism affects many areas of life, including clothing choices, language and cliches, interior design, art, religion and health.
Although blue is even more popular in the western world than is other areas of the world, blue skies and blue water are full of positive meaning in every culture.
We are, after all, living on the “blue planet.”
Blue is the color of loyalty and faith. Blue is power.
Blue is also the color of protection.
Get inspired by Lise’s craft, she made a stunning cube shaped and heart shaped box as well:
It is an adorable gift itself, but could even be filled it with
Great gift idea for him, for her. It’s a nice Fathers’ Day or Mothers’ Day gift to make.
Posted on 28 March 2012 | Comments Off
In the 1940′s Pietro Ferrero had a dream. The gifted Italian confectioner wanted to bring fine chocolates to the world.
First, though, he needed to change the way his countrymen bought chocolates. In 1946, Pietro began to do just that.
At the time, confections, cake and pastries were reserved only for special occasions, and even then Italian consumers chose products from small manufacturers and local pastry shops.
Pietro’s vision went far beyond these confines. He wanted to create original premium candies and make them widely available at affordable prices.
He succeeded. In just a few years Ferrero Rocher became the favourite chocolate treat for millions of people. Today it’s the world leader in its category.
After you have finished those delicious spherical chocolate sweets, do not throw their containing box away. You could make a pretty gift box out of it, just like Norwegian Gro Nilsen did:
Best homemade birthday gift idea, unique DIY Christmas present. It could be also one of the nicest sentimental anniversary gifts for men and women. Just make it pretty.
Posted on 27 March 2012 | Comments Off
Don’t we all love flowers?
Flowers and plants are therapeutic, that’s a fact.
It has been said that flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, but forgot to put a soul into. They not only look pretty but smell delicious, too.
We see flowers as being pretty for the same reason we love the stars, a sunset/sunrise, mountains, the tropical ocean, and all other forms of natural beauty. It’s coincidence. It’s still beautiful though.
See Lauren Meader’s project here to inspire you:
Fill your pretty box with
for 365+1 days of the year.
The recipient should pick and read only 1 per day.
Such a lovely surprise gift for Mothers’ Day, for birthday, for Christmas!
Posted on 26 March 2012 | Comments Off
So happiness – isn’t that the thing that all of us strive to find and keep?
Nobody is happy all of the time, but some people are definitely more fulfilled than others.
Studies on what makes people happy reveal that it doesn’t have much to do with material goods or high achievement; it seems to whittle down to your outlook on life, and the quality of your relationships with the people around you.
Science suggests that when you smile, whether you feel happy or not, your mood will be elevated. So smile all the time!
And make someone close to you smile by treating them to a unique ‘Be Happy’ Box.
Follow the tutorials on Lauren Meader’s blog and you can even purchase and download the template from her:
It will make the recipient smile throughout the year every time they look at it for sure, especially if you fill it with
for 365+1 days!
Give the gift of happiness! And smile!!
Posted on 25 March 2012 | Comments Off
In the European Union, Summer Time begins today at 1:00 a.m. Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). All time zones change at the same moment.
This means that today clocks have been turned forward an hour in Europe.
Many countries observe DST (Daylight Saving Time), and many do not. Many countries use DST to make better use of the daylight in the evenings.
Many people believe that DST could be linked to less road accidents and injuries.
The extra hour of daylight in the evening is said to give children more social time and can boost the tourism industry because it increases the amount of outdoor activies.
So what time is it??
Making a clock doesn’t take very long – at least not if you follow this tutorial from New York Clocks owner Andria Alefhi:
But you will need to plan ahead enough to have the clock mechanisms on hand (Alefhi orders them online, but you could also take apart a clock you have at home in a pinch).
The quick-and-easy part is finding a background. Use an old postcard, a favorite photo, a black-and-white magazine spread, a newspaper-covered piece of cardboard, or any other sturdy item.
When your Tin Clock is ready, fill it with
It’ really a unique handmade gift idea, excellent birthday or Christmas gift for men and women!
Posted on 24 March 2012 | Comments Off
Did you know that…
The name ‘Muffin’ either comes from the French word ‘moufflet’, meaning a soft bread, or from the German word ‘muffe’ which is a name for a type of cake, however there are two types of muffins: English and American .
What ‘American-style’ muffins means is that the muffins are made, not from a yeast dough like the English Muffins, but rather they use a chemical leavener (baking powder or baking soda). Maybe it would be better to describe them as across between a bread and cake.
American or English, doesn’t really matter: they all taste very, very nice!
Kristin prepared a few as a thank you gift for her friends welcoming her just arrived twin babies.
See her inspiring blog over here:
These circle and square boxes decorated with fabric flowers are also perfect to fill with
Each day only 1 message should be picked and read by the recipient.
Posted on 23 March 2012 | Comments Off
Did you know that…
There are statistics that say a baby is born every 3 seconds. Other statistics say one is born every 8 seconds. Given our knowledge, or at least approximate knowledge, of the world’s population, and the increase in that population from one year to the next, it would seem that the discrepancy in statistics could be easily resolved.
When your baby has it’s first birthday, he or she can celebrate it with around 9 million other one year olds, who were born on the same day.
To make one see Sue Berker’s tutorials:
Fill your lovely present with
Perfect sentimental gift idea for her!
Posted on 22 March 2012 | Comments Off
During the spring and early summer, it’s not just the milk van that will wake you early – it’s dawn chorus time again.
From March to July, those feathered alarm clocks are at it again, as they defend their territories and sing to attract a mate.
As winter turns to spring, the lengthening daylight switches male songbirds into breeding mode.
Singing is hard work, and uses hard won food reserves, so it is the fittest, best-fed males who produce the strongest, most impressive song. Females therefore choose a mate who sings best, because such a male is more likely to be good at raising chicks, to have a good territory, or to pass successful genes to their young.
In many species, once the female has been attracted, the male will sing less often. A bird that sings on and on, late into the season, is probably a lonely batchelor who has failed to attract a mate.
See the instructions bellow:
Make your gift more unique by filling it with
Your recipient should read only 1 message a day!