Monday, October 28, 2013

The perfect gift for grandma

Grandmothers are special, as you may have noticed ... :-)
With less attachment and responsibilities, they seem to be more relaxed than a mother towards the grandchildren.
They tend to go less by rules, which inspires the young ones. And they focus on apple pie and fun more ... Right?
I know it's stereotyping, but if you are still with me, I bet you want to spoil your grandma to bits for her always being there for you and supporting you in which ever way she can.
So here are some ideas:

1. The traveling grandma

A lot of elderly people (as well as younger ones) love to travel.
Travel inspired gifts may be a good choice:
Festive Red Star Flower Luggage Tag Romantic Vintage Girl Travel Card You can think of a luggage tag or a poster, travel gear or light weight items.
Elegant Festive Monogram Bagette Bag Wristlet Clutches Fractal Fantasy Wallet

2. The animal loving grandma

Does your grandmother love animals?
She may like a gift with an animal theme.
Magical Swan Calendar Original Owls Pillow
There are a lot of choices for great gifts for animal lovers. I am featuring here a swan calendar and owl pillow, and you can think of almost any product with an animal theme.
If you grandma has a dog or cat, a gift with a custom picture of her own animal may be a delightful and personal gift:
Blue Photo Magnet Retro Blue Dots Photo Frame Magnet

3. The creative grandma

If your grandma has a hobby, it is nice to give her something that helps with whatever she likes to do, be it knitting (I admit, a very classic one, but trending again!) or working on leaded glass projects or anything else.
If you and she are very practical, a tool might be a good gift, albeit a bit impersonal.
Here are some ideas for crafting:
Flowers Pattern Quilt Bag Apple Pie or Dessert Recipe Postcard Puzzle Keychain Cute Knitting Grandma Button

4. The home loving grandma

Does your grandma love style and home decoration? There are many choices to give her something that might embellish her home or make her house more comfortable. You can think of beautiful tiles for the kitchen, pillows for her bedroom or living room, a vase, lamp, candles, soap and towels ...
Pink Floral Kaleidoscope Romantic Pillow Magical Ocean Fractal Art Tile Artistic Candy Jar Elegant Floral Swirl Lamp

4. The grandma who loves flowers and gardening

Also with regards to gardens and flowers there is an abundance of choices. You can think of flower bulbs or maybe even a small tree, if your grandma has a garden. Flowers are usually a great choice. You can add a vase or you can think of a flower related gift:
Floral Design Binder Dreamy Flowers Original Art Calendar White Rose Monogram iPhone 5 Case Narcissus Notebook

5. The grandma with hobbies

Apart from crafting and creative hobbies, your grandma may also like to collect things, like small animal statues, dried flowers, recipes, stamps ...If you grandma loves cooking, a recipe book is a lovely gift. Or, if she likes to study the family lines, a magnet with pictures of ancestors might be nice. Of course a fridge magnet with pictures of the grandchildren is also a delightful and personal gift!
Here are some ideas:
Vintage Family Photo Frame Magnet Grandma's Recipes Original Recipe Binder Sweet French Chocolate Dream Gift Box Knor Bookmark Business Cards
If your grandma loves reading, a book is a wonderful gift, or, as you can see above: a custom bookmark.
The products shown here are all available on Zazzle and can be customized. You can add your own text and more!
Good luck in finding something heartwarming for your grandmother!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Home decoration - bathroom inspiration

Turning an ordinary bathroom into a luxurious spa experience ... Wouldn't that be nice?
A gift for yourself?
I am offering some thoughts here on how you could accomplish this with a minimum effort.

What color scheme is nice for a bathroom?


This depends on what kind of atmosphere you would like to create in your bathroom. Are you going for fresh? Or do you prefer a warm and cozy kind of bathroom?
In the first situation you may want to go for blue and green hues: Magical Ocean Fractal Art Tile Vibrant Blue Turquoise Ceramic Tile
Yellow and pinks work better for a warm atmosphere: Mosaic Style Bathroom or Kitchen Tile Sunlight Style Design Tile
Another popular color for the bathroom is white.
But even in white, a lot of different shades are available, and you may choose for a slightly cream or lime color:
Stylish White Floral Design Tile Elegant Bathroom or Kitchen Design Tile
Once you have determined the color scheme for your new bathroom, you want to think of where and how to use these colors to your best advantage.

The effect of color on space

Keep in mind that adding more color to your space, may make it look smaller. In small bathrooms, you want to use lighter colors.
Having said that: even just one beautiful bathroom tile, can turn a bleak bathroom into a pleasant one. Consider the contrast in these examples:
Floral Design Ceramic Tile Elegant Green Bathroom Tile
You can see that the light green tile will create more space, whereas the left blue and pink tile will create a fresh and intimate atmosphere.

 

How small accents can have a big impact

A powerful way to create a great atmosphere is to use matching colors. Hence the choice of your towels and the soap dispenser will have a big impact in the overall experience of your bathroom. So, for instance if your choice is for a fresh bathroom atmosphere, you may want to combine white, green, blue and teal. Use any of these colors for your towels and bathroom curtain and add some tiles in these colors.
Fresh Green & Blue Bathroom Ceramic Tile Fractal Sea Star Bathroom Ceramic Tile
For more inspiration, please visit my Pinterest board:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What makes a gift a great gift?

The Holiday season is coming up and we are all looking for nice gifts for each other.
But how can you increase the chances of making someone really happy with their gift?
Here are a few thoughts you may want to consider:

1. Occasion

A Christmas gift is not only a gift, but is also intended to enhance the "Holiday atmosphere". You can find something with a Christmas themed print on it, or choose to limit this aspect to the wrapping. Red & White Spiral Fractal Wallet Festive Christmas Red Star Flower Sticker
Also take into consideration that your loved one may want to use your gift after the holidays as well. A phone case with Santa on it, will look odd in May and you may want to choose a more neutral, yet festive item.

2. For a man or a woman?

It is official: finding gifts for men is a daunting task!
My personal experience is that men especially like something that is practical to use in their daily life. (That's probably why many of them end up giving women kitchen utensils ... :-))
Gadgets also score well, so anything with electronics may be received very well indeed. Abstract Blue Patterned Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Escher Fractal Style Tie
Of course you can always revert to a classic tie! ;-)
For women it is seemingly easier to find something they might like, but this can be tricky. Perfume, wine or flowers may seem easy, but the individual taste of every woman is different. If you know a woman well, that helps and you may even be in a position to ask what they would like to have. If you don't know a woman well, you may first want to find out if she is a "girly" type of woman or a more no-nonsense or "tom boy" kind of woman. Would she be happy with a scarf or an item for home decoration or do you need to look at more practical gifts? Dreamy Flowers Original Art Calendar Gold & Burgundy Striped Photo Frame Magnet
Of course a very personal gift, like a photo frame magnet, is delightful if you know someone well!

3. What's your budget?

You want to make someone happy, but you also don't want to be broke after the Holidays.
Giving small, yet personal gifts, can be hugely rewarding for both the giver and the receiver.
Think about gifts that have the name of the person you give it to on them, or a picture, like in the photo frame magnet above.
Sometimes it is more important to show that you care and think about someone, rather than giving "big gifts".
Here are some examples of "affordable" gifts:
Angels Key Chains Rainbow Rose Button

4. For what age?

Of course it makes a huge difference what the age of your loved one is.
You think toys for kids, but another aspect that you may want to take into consideration when shopping for kids is the aspect of bonding. Does your gift help your child to interact with others? Is it something you can do together? Does it enrich their creative potential? If your child is only into computer gadgets, you are of course going nowhere with anything outside their scope. In that case it may be fun to go to a movie of their choice together.
Hobby related gifts may be a great choice:
Unicorn Plate Music Binder
For older people, it is also important to look at their life style and the hobbies and activities they employ.
Many elderly people love to travel, so maybe a luggage tag with their own name and address on it is a nice and personal gift.
And if they are active on the internet, of course electronics may be a good choice.
Exotic Fractal Adventure Travel Luggage Tag Elegant Sunny Fractal Flower iPad Mini Case

5. Add a spoonful of humor!

Don't take the business of finding gifts too serious ... it will wear you out!
In giving, it is always important to feel good about yourself and being able to give from a place of joy. Imagine the smile on their face!
Of course it helps to find really funny gifts. If you think about the most popular YouTube videos, you know that there is a great chance of finding cute or hilarious cat gifts. Not just for the crazy cat lady, but anyone who at least likes cats.
The Morning After - a Mondriaan's (Mondrian) Cat Mug Cute Christmas Photo Frame Customizable Magnet
Of course there are many other factors to take into consideration, but hopefully this will give you a good start! Happy Holidays!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Top 50 Fabulous Christmas Cards

Today I would like to share some favorite Christmas cards with you. I have chosen from thousands of cards, not only greeting cards, but also invitations, postcards and a variety of styles. All available on Zazzle, meaning: you can customize texts, also choose new fonts, and replace pictures with your own photos!
Main focus is atmosphere and artistic value ... Enjoy!
Festive Christmas Party Invitation Red Gold Ornaments Corporate Christmas Party Invitation
left: Festive Christmas Party Invitation by sunnysites
A light and airy colorful invitation for a Christmas party
right: Red Gold Ornaments Corporate Christmas Party Invitation by decembermorning
A chic and contemporary Christmas party invitation
Snowmen Loading The Sleigh Christmas Card Framed Snowman Christmas Card
left: Snowmen Loading The Sleigh Christmas Card by everythingxmas
This delightful and colorful artistic Christmas card is perfect for a family or anyone who loves colors!
right: Framed Snowman Christmas Card by everythingxmas
From the same artist. I just love the style with the stars and stripes, classic Christmas tree and snowman ... lovely!
Mr and Mrs Christmas Sweets Owl PostCard Dutch Vintage Christmas Painting Postcard
left: Mr and Mrs Christmas Sweets Owl PostCard by CK_Designs
Don't you just love this beautiful and artistic card? A high "feel good" quality!
right: Dutch Vintage Christmas Painting Postcard by sunnysites
This is an adapted classic card, derived from an orginal Ruysdael painting, and now in the style of a classic Dutch tile with blue and white.
Birds on Decemeber 25th Card Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Holiday Card
left: Birds on Decemeber 25th Card by Alleycatshirts
A vintage December 25 card with cute birds
right: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Holiday Card by PaulaCreates
Contemporary abstract art card with snowflakes
Classy Christmas Party Invitation Elegant Red Christmas Holiday Party Invitation
left: Classy Christmas Party Invitation by colourfuldesigns
It's red this Christmas: a beautiful and traditional party invitation
right: Elegant Red Christmas Holiday Party Invitation by sunnysites
And here is another one in red with a simple elegance and twinkling stars ...
Elegant Gold Landscape Christmas Party Invitation Black Tuxedo Corporate Holiday Party Invitation
left: Elegant Gold Landscape Christmas Party Invitation by sunnysites
A stylish winter landscape with a Christmas tree and golden wrapped gifts and floating candles. A festive party invitation! right: Black Tuxedo Corporate Holiday Party Invitation by pics4merch
An elegant corporate Holiday party invitation in suit and tie
Merry Christmas Customizable Photo Card Rustic White Lace & Wood Christmas Photo Card Template
left: Merry Christmas Customizable Photo Card by sunnysites
A stylish customizable photo card with your own favorite picture framed by elegant Christmas ornaments
right: Rustic White Lace & Wood Christmas Photo Card Template by prettypicture
Country style with a rustic wood and lace design for a romantic Holiday season
Custom Snow Globe 2011 Christmas Photo Cards Modern Merry Christmas Polka Dots Folded Card
left: Custom Snow Globe 2011 Christmas Photo Cards by TDSwhite
Such a beautiful and creative card design! Add your own picture and see it through a glass snow ball1
right: Modern Merry Christmas Polka Dots Folded Card by TheSpottedOlive
A gorgeous scrapbook style photo Christmas card
Colorful Christmas Plaid and Vintage Holly Card Blue Wings Spiritual Holiday Card
left: Colorful Christmas Plaid and Vintage Holly Card by plaidwerx
A gorgeous holly Christmas card with an original plaid design by Susan Wallace
right: Blue Wings Spiritual Holiday Card by sunnysites
A romantic blue dream card with angel wings ...
Festive Gold & Black Christmas Party Invitation Christmas Holiday Party Gold Red Xmas Balls Personalized Announcement
left: Festive Gold & Black Christmas Party Invitation by sunnysites
Stylish black and gold Holiday party invitation with Christmas balls and stars
right: Christmas Holiday Party Gold Red Xmas Balls Personalized Announcement by Zizzago
Chic Holiday Party invitation with festive and classy ornaments and candles
Holiday Party Snowflakes Black Invitations Celebration Chalkboard Holiday Party Invitation
left: Holiday Party Snowflakes Black Invitations by Rewards4life
Stylish and elegant black and white invitation with snowflakes
right: Celebration Chalkboard Holiday Party Invitation by 2BirdStone
Elegant black and white chalkboard style Holiday party invitation
Merry Christmas Greetings Vintage Postcard Vintage Classic Christmas Photo Postcard
left: Merry Christmas Greetings Vintage Postcard by doodlefly
Gorgeous vintage landscape painting framed by holly
right: Vintage Classic Christmas Photo Postcard by sunnysites
Another classic design Christmas postcard with stripes and Christmas balls. The painting of Mother Mary with baby Jesus can be replaced with your own picture! Spiritual Holidays Card Snowmen - Greeting Card
left: Spiritual Holidays Card by sunnysites
An artistic Holidays card with a royal blue background and a candle and stylized festive ornaments. Great if you are looking for something other than the regular Holidays designs ...
right: Snowmen - Greeting Card by marainey1
A delightful art card with merry snowmen!
Festive Red Baubles Celebrate the Season Personalized Invitations Cute Gingerbread Cookie Exchange Holiday Invite
left: Festive Red Baubles Celebrate the Season Personalized Invitations by SnapiKat
A stylish red, white and silver invitation
right: Cute Gingerbread Cookie Exchange Holiday Invite by Zulibby
A heartwarming cookie exchange party invitation with a plaid background and cute baby
It's a Christmas Pajama Party Invitation Christmas Party Gold Yellow Green Red Xmas Personalized Announcement
left: It's a Christmas Pajama Party Invitation by DoodlesHolidayGifts
A lovely Christmas party invitation focused on children, with a beautiful retro style design
right: Christmas Party Gold Yellow Green Red Xmas Personalized Announcement by HolidayParty
A festive and awesome artistic design invitation
Cute Snow Cat Family Christmas Greeting Card Sunrise Pond Seasons Greetings Card
left: Cute Snow Cat Family Christmas Greeting Card by annescats
A happy family Christmas card for cat lovers, featuring snow cats! :-)
right: Sunrise Pond Seasons Greetings Card by Bebops
A beautiful peaceful snow landscape with a soft touch of pink in the sky
Elegant Golden Holiday Party Custom Invite Beautiful Blue Snow Christmas Announcements
left: Elegant Golden Holiday Party Custom Invite by StarStock
A glamorous and beautiful Holiday party invitation
right: Beautiful Blue Snow Christmas Announcements by camcguire
A blue snow landscape painting with a tree lined road leading to your party ... Love it!
Christmas Holiday Party Invitation Winter Pine Cone Holiday Invitation
left: Christmas Holiday Party Invitation by sunnysites
A Christmas landscape scene party invitation with two glasses and cute birds
right: Winter Pine Cone Holiday Invitation by mousearte
A gorgeous and artistic design invitation to celebrate the Holidays in style!
Holiday Card: White Ribbon on Mail Box in Winter Cavalier Have A Yappy Christmas Card
left: Holiday Card: White Ribbon on Mail Box in Winter by PhotoGiftGallery
A mysterious card with a picture of a white mail box in the snow with a white ribbon ... What would be in it?
right: Cavalier Have A Yappy Christmas Card by PetVenturesUSA
Lovely dog greeting card for anyone who loves dogs!
Santa's Gifts Unique & Fun Christmas Party Invites Christmas Invitation / Card - SRF
left: Santa's Gifts Unique & Fun Christmas Party Invites by Whimsical_Holidays
A beautiful and original artistic Holiday party invitation
right: Christmas Invitation / Card - SRF by sharonrhea
Santa flying through the air ... a delightful party invitation
Customizable Colorful Christmas Party Invitation Moses Vintage Red Damask Custom Invite
left: Customizable Colorful Christmas Party Invitation by sunnysites
Colorful Christmas balls as balloons over the forest with cute snowflakes - a festive party invitation!
right: Moses Vintage Red Damask Custom Invite by Greyszoo
This is a highly original party invitation for animal lovers. I love the style!
Elegant Candlelight & Ribbon Christmas Card Christmas Tree Card
left: Elegant Candlelight & Ribbon Christmas Card by ChristmasInvites
A beautiful classic Christmas greeting card with warm candle light
right: Christmas Tree Card by sunnysites
A 3D render with a Christmas tree. With your company logo added, great as a business Holiday card
Festive & Elegant Christmas Party Invitation 5x7 Elegant Reindeer Golden Scrolls Invitation
left: Festive & Elegant Christmas Party Invitation by sunnysites
Christmas balls in warm burgundy red - a simple yet stylish invitation
right: 5x7 Elegant Reindeer Golden Scrolls Invitation by KammieLand
An elegant Holiday party invitation. I love the drawing of the deer!
Christmas Tree Photo Card Trio Holiday Snowflakes Sapphire with Photo Cards
left: Christmas Tree Photo Card Trio by holidayparade
A retro style photo card for your Holiday wishes in gorgeous colors
right: Holiday Snowflakes Sapphire with Photo Cards by happygotimes
Blue is becoming the new "red" for the Holidays and it goes well with the cold on the Northern hemisphere. A stylish and elegant photo greeting card
Modern Company Christmas Party Invitation Gold Christmas Party Invitation
left: Modern Company Christmas Party Invitation by sunnysites
A contemporary 3D Holiday party invitation with a Christmas ball and stars in a fantasy landscape. This card can be used both for a private party as well as for a company party
right: Gold Christmas Party Invitation by coolchristmasideas
A gorgeous golden design card. You will need to add all your own text fields to this card.