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Father's Day Subway Art: 2 Designs--17 Color Choices!

It's hard to believe that Father's Day is just a few short weeks away.   I'm posting this later than I intended to, but for good reason...I've made two Father's Day Designs for you instead of just one!  This isn't something that I would take the time to do for just any occasion, but Father's Day is extra special.

 Design 1

I put a lot of thought into what image to put in the center of this design.  When I saw the compass I knew it would be perfect.  Although we are all raised in different circumstances, I think that most of us have a father figure, whether it's our Dad, Grandpa, or someone else we are close to that we can look to as an example for direction and guidance in our lives--like a compass.

Eleven Color Choices

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Design 2

I'm not really sure what to say about this next design except that I hope you get my sense of humor!  My sister and I had a fun phone conversation the other day as we brainstormed with our kids  for the words for this design.  As you can imagine, they had a lot to say!

That said...A of these words may have been added for comedic effect and was not necessarily suggested by any of our kids.  I'm sure that your kids would have no reason to suggest it either. ;)

This design would be great to print for a quick card, or a fun front cover for a homemade spiral bound keepsake book with pictures, letters, and photos in it.  This is what I want to help my kids make for their Dad.  If I can get it done in time to post I'll show you how it turns out.

Six Color Choices

For Personal Use Only

Saved as a jpeg:

To download:  You must first click on the image to open it in a new window in it's highest resolution. Right click on the image and either copy and paste it into a document (to size and then print), or click on save image as to save it to your computer. You will need to size it before you print.
To size the prints: The prints look will look the best printed as an 8x10 or 4"x5" (for a card), but can be stretched to other sizes if you insert them into a document using a program like Microsoft Word/Publisher or Photo shop. Insert the image, click on it, then drag the sides of the image to the size that you want. (A 5x7 will look a bit stretched with this design.)
*You can also save the image to your computer and then use your computer's picture manager program to print it as an 8x10.
Print them on white or colored card stock, scrapbook paper, or (for the best quality) on photo paper. (Check your dollar store for photo paper, I buy packages of 8- 8x10 sheets for only $1.)

*For even more color choices, read through my tutorial on
How to recolor a subway art image.

I hope that you'll enjoy the prints and that there is a design that will be just right for your Dad, Husband, or a Father figure in your life. 

Next up...Independence Day or Summer maybe?

Today's Fabulous Find...Father's Day Subway Art

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Rub-a-dub-dub Three {Cloths} in a Tub!

The other day I found this cute little birdhouse and tin wash tub.  I needed something to put on a shelf in my bathroom, so I tied some jute around the washcloths and added a vinyl number to the tub.   

This is so in-expensive and simple to put together!

Wash Tub:  $1 from a dollar store.
Bird House:  Also from a dollar store.
Washcloths: On clearance for only .50 each. 
Vinyl number 3 and jute:  Let's say I spent fifty cents on them.
(The font is called Plantagenet Cherokee.)
Total Cost:  $4.00

I had a hard time deciding what to put on the front of the tub.  At one point I was going to put a bird... then a geometric pattern...and then finally decided on a three, because you know...Rub-a-dub-dub three {cloths} in a tub!   (Really I just like the look of the three.) 

Keep your eyes open at those dollar stores, you never know what little treasures you'll find!

Today's Fabulous Find...Dollar Store Decor

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Featuring: (2x4) Wood Block Photo Frames and Note Holders

Look at what Stephanie Lynn at Under The Table and Dreaming made!  It's amazing that she made these cute photo blocks from a 2x4! 

There's so much to love about them, including the fun patterns, how easy they are to make, and their low cost.   Go take a look at Stephanie Lynn's Photo Blocks, and then check out her other projects, she's so talented.  Her blog is one of my very favorites, I think you'll like it too!

Today's Fabulous Find...Wood Block Photo Frames and Note Holders

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A 'Berry' Fun Gift Idea with Printable Tags

In my last post, Strawberry Freezer Jam:  Less Sugar vs. Full Sugar, I compared Sure Jell's less and full sugar jam recipes to see which one I liked the best.

In this post I'll be sharing some ideas for packaging jam for gifts and 15 printable gift tags/labels (including two blank ones that can be personalized). 

  Packaging Jam for a Gift

Print a large or small tag (depending on the size of the jar) onto photo paper or heavy card stock, cut around it, tape it to the middle of the jar lid, and then screw the lid on.  It helps to hold the center down with your finger.

Wrap a ribbon around the jar ring, place a dab of glue in the middle of the ribbon to hold it in place, then overlap the ribbon ends and glue them to the ring.  If the ribbon is too wide, you can try folding it in half first before you glue it on.  You can also cut out a circle of cello wrap to place over the printed label in the center to protect it if you want. 

Wrap cello wrap around the jam and then tie the tag on with a ribbon.

Teacher Thank You
Use this tag for any and all teachers...piano, dance, church, school, etc.

 For Any Occasion 
Even an ordinary reusable plastic container looks better with some cello wrap and a ribbon. 

Simply tape or glue the labels on to any container or jar for a quick label....


...or tie a tag on with curling ribbon.

Jam straight from the freezer

One of my sisters told me about these stackable freezer jars for jam. She said she loves them because they stack and lock together and also look nice. They were out of stock when I was looking for jam containers, or I would have bought some to try.   I'm sure they would look great wrapped in cello with a purple ribbon and tag. 

Friend Thank You 
Use this tag for a friend that has helped you through a difficult time.  
I hope you like the poem, I thought really hard to come up with it.  Okay, not that hard. :)

Christmas Gift--Plan ahead
If you make jam in the fall when strawberries are in season again and a good price and if you have the freezer space, you could give jam and a loaf of bread to your neighbors and friends for Christmas.  I think that even the person who 'has everything' would really enjoy a warm slice of bread with some homemade jam.

Printable Labels and Tags
 For Personal Use Only

  • The blank tags can be personalized for any gift or occasion. 
  • Punch a hole at the top to use as a tag, or cut the round part off to use as a label.

This image is not at high resolution and may not print as clearly as the pdf version in the link.

Click here for easy 8x10 printing

This image needs to be printed as an 8x10 for the tags to be the right size for the jars.  (The large circle tag will fit a wide-mouthed canning jar lid and the small circle will fit the regular size lids.  The tags are a bit smaller than the lid.)
You can click on the link above to print it from Google Docs as an 8x10, or if you'd like to print only a few of the tags, you will need to insert the image above into an editing program (Photoshop, Microsoft Word/Publisher), size it to an 8x10 and then crop to the tag you want to print. 

To download: You must first click on the image to open it in a new window in it's highest resolution. Right click on the image and either copy and paste it into a document (to size and then print), or click on save image as to save it to your computer. You will need to size it before you print.
To size the prints:  Insert the image into a document, click on it, then using the side rulers, drag the sides of the image to the size that you want.

More Tags!
 I thought you might like some more color choices.

(The first page of labels will fit pint jars, the second page will fit quart jars.)

This image is not at high resolution and may not print as clearly as the pdf in the link.

I hope you enjoy the tags, I had fun making them! 

Today's Fabulous Find...Free Printable Jam Labels and Tags


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