I ♥ Holiday Greetings

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Every year, I would create custom holiday greeting packages for my clients. It is a love-hate relationship: While I love doing something clever for my clients and remind them that I am thinking about them, I am very creative, and they should give me a call for their next project (ha!), it is very hard to find something clever, design a card that echos the gift, and put them altogether in a cute packaging, all within a budget. In here I want to share with you a few of my past holiday packages.

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Halloween Costume: Carl Fredricksen from “Up”

If you have been following what was happening with me and the Global Talent Search, and haven’t found out through my Facebook page yet, I hate to break it to you, but I didn’t get into final six. Because of that, it gave me all the time in the world (well, not really) to think about Halloween.

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Halloween became such a big deal after I had a child. I never really celebrated Halloween ever, and I don’t think I have ever dressed up. With a child, Halloween became “the event of the month” if not the year: You have to figure out the costume and predict if it is something your child would be willing and tolerate enough to wear; shop or make the costume/props, stock up with candy for trick-or-treaters, go to the zoo/aquarium/parties/wherever 1-2 weeks in advance and dress your child in the costume, go to school and dress your child in the costume, and then the Halloween night you take carry your kid as you run around the neighborhood. Even after Halloween, you still have to handle it by skillfully eat destroy your child’s candy without him remembering where did the candy go. Such hard work.

It is that time of the year again. I had some big ideas in mind, which I can’t share because I’d probably fail in executing it. I can, however, share what we did last year. It wasn’t original, but it was definitely pretty fun.

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: The “Father and Child” Blurb Book

So, this is actually a Christmas gift I created for my husband, but as I was making it, I was bummed because I should have saved the idea for father’s day! I hope this gives you some inspiration for your Father’s Day gift.

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DIY: Ella’s Birthday Card

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One of Connor’s classmates, Ella, gave Connor a big toy truck for his birthday. Connor loves it so much! We want to do something special for her big day as well, which is today.

Apart from buying a gift, I quickly doodled up a birthday card that is semi-customized. I reused the illustration I created for Connor & His Yoga Babies Friends, changed the hair style a bit to make her look more like Ella. To be very honest, I don’t know Ella too well as I only see her occasionally at daycare pick up / drop off time, so I can’t say this reflects how she is like at all, but it is cute nonetheless! I also added more birthday elements in vibrant pink and blue.

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Times When I Wish I Had a Daughter

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I came across these via my Facebook News Feed. And oh boy. The times when I wish I had a daughter!

Oh wait. I don’t think I could ever be that handy, crafty or creative. Never mind.

I clicked over to the link that led me to this: e-Creativity, then Huffington Post, to the ultimate creative mama, Angie at FashionbyMayhem. Her entire collection of paper/board dresses can be viewed under her Instagram account @2sisters_angie.

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Valentine’s Day Class Gift Idea

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With a little research ahead of time and some DIY, you can do very nice, unique and one-of-a-kind gifts with very little money. I am becoming quite an expert in this! Here is a mini-DIY project for you and hopefully it will help you on the next Valentine’s Day for your little one. Free printables are available for download.

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Greeting Cards with Custom Portraits

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I have met three very dear friends from my prenatal yoga class, they all had the same due date as I did back then. Needless to say, our babies have grown to become adorable little toddlers together! We have just had our joint birthday celebration not long ago, and I wanted to recap the little custom portrait cards I have created for them.

A few weeks ago, I have created a custom thank you card with Connor’s illustrated character saying “thanks!” on the cover. So, during Connor’s naptime, I changed the hair and clothing on the illustration, and made three more characters that are custom designed for each of my toddler friends.

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Birthday Collage Announcement / Invitation

Happy Birthday my big boy!

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Here’s another DIY project for you. There are 12 slots on this collage, and I select a photo of Connor’s each month to show his subtle growth (they go from top left to bottom right respectively). I have seen and liked the idea where you take a photo of your child, and make a list of what they enjoy at the moment, so I incorporated it with the collage too. It will be fun to look back! Continue reading

Train-themed Birthday

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As I was recapping our baby’s 1st year photo shoot, I found myself already slaving to create something special for his second birthday.

I don’t think Connor would remember or appreciate a birthday party yet, so I am not crazy about doing a real birthday party. A friend of mine had an idea of having a mini party at daycare, where we’ll order cupcakes and such, and go by during their 3:30pm snack time to have a small celebration. Our little ones are only 5 days apart on their birthday, so I begged her to take me on for a joint party. Continue reading

Alphabet Bunting for Nursery

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Before Connor was born, I had two photo frames I wanted to hang on that wall, but my husband didn’t think it was a good idea. He thinks Connor would eventually be tall enough and start pulling on those frames, creating a potential hazard. Well, he has a point. So that wall remained empty for a long time. Continue reading