Magazine Cover Templates – Great Gifts!

Cover Girl Magazine CoverI have so much fun with this personalized gift that I wrote an article about it. The picture on the left is my “Cover Girl” magazine cover that was a gift and got me started with this! (BTW, the face and hair is all that is mine in the photo. LOL)

The article, Design a Magazine Cover, can give you some great ideas for gifts for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, graduations or just to have some fun!

I hope you enjoy one of My Favorite Things!

Mandee

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Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Holiday Cookie Swaps

I just love the idea of Holiday Cookie Swaps. Have you heard of them? The concept is simple — all the guests bring a lot of one type of cookie along with the recipe to the gathering. You trade with others at the event. So, for the investment of baking one type of cookie, you are taking home maybe 10, 15 or 20 other kinds (depending on how many people are invited).

Who doesn’t like cookies during the Holidays? Some fun items to go along with your Holiday Cookie Swap are invitations, buttons, magnets and aprons. Come on! Bite the bullet. Invite the neighbors and friends and have some great company and cookies!

Christmas Cookies invitation Christmas Party Invitations Cookie Swap invitation Cookie Swap Cookies Candy Gingerbread apron I attended a Cookie Swap Sq. Magnet magnet I attended a Cookie Swap Button button Personalized Christmas Love'n Sticker sticker

Published in: on November 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Paris Themed Christmas Tree

Paris ChristmasI have always had a sort of romantic notion of Paris, France. having lived in Paris, IL for 12 years, it just got worse. I ended up decorating my living room with Paris paraphernalia and loved it!

During one Christmas season, I decided to add to my holiday decor by decorating a smaller tree in the Paris theme. I had a blast with it. I looked everywhere for ornaments that would work with the black and white color scheme I had chosen as well as anything that I could hang on the tree depicting the city.

I chose a bucket I found at a local home decor store for the base of the tree. It was black and white and had “Tres Chic” written on it. Additionally, I made ornaments from pearlized plain white ornaments. I used black puff paint to write French words and drew abstract Eiffel Towers on others. (See image)Paris Ornament Close-Up

The result is posted on the left. I just wrote an article at Squidoo about decorating a Paris Christmas tree with resources for doing it yourself.

I also have another article titled Decorating Small Themed Christmas Trees that includes Paris, School Spirit, Girly Girl, Rock n Roll, Golf and few other themes. Small trees can be placed around your home to add to your holiday decor. Make one that matches your kitchen (I had a Coca-Cola tree in my 50’s diner style kitchen too), or highlights a collection or passion. It’s fun and doesn’t cost as much as re-doing your main tree.

Just another of my Favorite Things… Mandee

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Personal Stories

Personal Stories Book

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

I am passionate about recording your life, your story and your history. Memoir is a very important genre to me. I want to share (one more time in a blog) one of the coolest gifts you could ever give or receive.

As I grow older I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had some sort of record of my grandparents lives. Both sets of my grandparents were very interesting but from different social classes. I often wonder what Mamaw would have done when faced with a certain situation or what Grammy would have done. Alas, there is no way to find out since they are no longer with us.

How were they raised? What were their goals on life? What were their feelings and thoughts on just about anything?

I long to know but never will. The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs by Pamela and Stephen Pavuk is a wonderful gift to get you started writing about your life.

My parents were given this book by my brother to start chronicling their lives. When finished it will be the best gift they have ever given our family. My unborn grandchildren will have the opportunity to get to know their great-grandparents in their own words. They can share stories, philosophies and what their life was like thru a personal memoir such as this.

So, my recommendation today is, start now, before it’s too late. Life has so many twists and turns that none of us know if we will be here tomorrow. Give this book to your parents, grandparents or to yourself. The gift you receive in return is priceless!

Mandee

for more information about Writing Memoir visit Writing Life Story or visit my blog Life Story Writing

for more information about the book, visit this page I made The Gift of Personal Stories (all links open in a new window)