The First Post of the New Year

The First Post of the New Year

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I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I can’t thank you enough for all the encouragement and support you have given me on this journey.

This is the first year I missed sending Christmas cards to my customers. My deepest apologies. I will make it up to you this year. You will see. A lot of fun things and freebies ahead so be watching for email and attachments from My Inspirational Gifts.

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Funny story! Our youth group had an Ugly Sweater party and of course, this required you to have and wear an ugly sweater. Oops. That’s a problem. You see, for an avid crafter, such as myself, I don’t keep anything “ugly” I bedazzle it. (Even my hubby’s shoes but that is totally by accident. lol) So, back to the ugly sweater contest. Problem? Meet creativity! I rummaged through a give-away bag in the basement and whipped out a stretched to the max old sweater and a Kelly green sweatshirt. I put my creativity to work. Yarn, feather, glitter, glue gun…watch out sweater! You are about to get one heck of an ugly MAKEOVER! The party was in 45 minutes.

Oh boy! If my hubby could see this mess in front of me…he would be crazy laughing right now. Thankfully, he did not FaceTime me till I was finished, at which time I confidently said,

“The sweaters are done and they are some…ugly!” It seemed weird to be happy about that.

After the call ended, I laid the sweaters out and waited for the moment of the unveiling…After a lot of laughing, my hubby tried his on. He couldn’t open it to put it on. (I guess I glued both layers shut with the glue gun. oops!) Eventually we were able to pull it open and he put it on. He is such a good sport. What a guy!

Now I ask you. Is this sweater UGLY or what? a hippy crooked eye Gingerbread want-to-be Santa and all. lol!

I guess the youth group thought so too because we won the contest hands down. 

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My Inspirational Gifts Available in Local Store

In December, I got an opportunity to be in a brand new store in the Burlington Mall. The store is called, Unique Designs Co-Op Gift Shop. It is right next to Macy’s.

In Unique Designs Co-Op Gift Shop  you will find unique gifts made by various local artists from as far away as New Hampshire. Personally, I have rented 4 shelves to display and sell My Inspirational Gifts and, Pop Heart Greetings.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, chances are I can make it so let me know. Call or email me. One of My Inspirational Gifts newest handcrafted gifts on the shelves now are Inspirational Blooms. I am most excited to tell you more about them. Read on to learn more and check out the slider below, with pictures of some products.

The Inspiration Behind My Inspirational Blooms!

In college I was a wedding planner. The most sought after request by the bride-to-be was my handmade rose archway. The archway was what the bride would walk under as they enter the reception hall. I would stay up hours and hours to make enough roses and the vine to cover the archway. The results were always worth it though. The paper roses matched the bride’s wedding colors and the backdrop made for gorgeous wedding pictures.

In that paper roses are really trending in 2019, I decided to resurrect my paper rose designs and make them available to you. The roses are carefully shaped 5” wide roses made out of rich, bright colored quality card stock paper. They are available in red, pink, yellow, ocean blue, white and purple. What makes Inspirational Blooms so desirable? Paper roses? Big deal! Right? Hmmm. Maybe not! Imagine if you could capture the fun of finding a “fortune” in a fortune cookie and the joy of receiving something…inspiring in every way. That was what I attempted in the creating of My Inspirational Gifts Inspirational Blooms.

What Makes Inspirational Blooms Inspirational?

Great question! There are 2 ways you can use Inspirational Blooms! First, and most obviously, you can enjoy it for yourself! They make wonderful decor or tabletop decor. Tucked neatly in the center of each rose is a “petal.” It is hidden so well,  you would think it was part of the rose. Carefully pull that petal out and on it you will find an inspirational message. The message is different on each one, but all are in keeping with the theme that is My Inspirational Gifts: comfort, courage and hope. That message is just for you!

“Petal” Some Inspiration!

Inspirational Blooms are boxed but have a clear top so you can see the color you are choosing. In the box is an blank rose petal. If you are gifting the Bloom to a loved one, use this blank piece to “petal your own inspiration.” Write a note, like “I love you” or get well, or perhaps a favorite phrase from a poem. Re-roll the petal and drop it in the center of the rose. Imagine the joy of the person receiving your gift of an Inspirational Bloom and the fun of finding your petal of inspiration in its center. Are you catching the vision? Who doesn’t need a word of encouragement these days? These are great gifts and available just in time for Valentines Day!

No Allergic Reactions!

I researched the number of people in the United States who have a pollen and flower allergy… yikes! Who knew there was such a large percentage?! Thrill the allergy sufferer and rose lover with…an Inspirational Bloom. Pollen and flower allergy not going to be an issue.

Social Media Presence

I am just learning the social media aspect of things. It is its own science. Please bear with me as I navigate the how to’s of these ever changing waters. Currently, I am on Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, fairly regularly. I so appreciate your follow and your helping me spread the word about My Inspirational Gifts. I am excited to continue using the gifts God gave me to design and create a product line that reflects and speaks His heart. Sometimes we get stuck with how to word something. Words don’t come easy to all of us but our compassion for someone we care about that needs and extra dose of comfort, courage and hope demands a means of expression. That’s where My Inspirational Gifts and cards come in. Our cards and gifts embrace you with heart. The speak the language of the heart” My Inspirational Gifts greeting card line is, Pop Heart Greetings cards. Need a birthday card or any card personalized or customized to reflect a certain favorite flower of poem? Call or email me your request. See a wall print in the shop or a picture of it online that you would like personalized? Call or email me.

I am excited to continue using the gifts God gave me to design and create a product line that reflects and speaks His heart. Sometimes we get stuck with how toward something. Words don’t come easy to all of us but our compassion for someone we care about that needs and extra dose of comfort, courage and hope demands a means of expression.

That’s where My Inspirational Gifts and cards come in. Our cards and gifts embrace you with heart. They speak the language of the heart” My Inspirational Gifts greeting card line is, Pop Heart Greetings cards. Need a birthday card or any card personalized or customized to reflect a certain favorite flower of poem? Call or email me your request. See a wall print in the shop or a picture of it online that you would like personalized? Call or email me.

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