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Yellow Daffodil and Paper Letters Inspire Mother's Day Photo

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on May 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

***An article by Angel, our Paws-itive Kitty***

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

One daffodil and two paper letter “M’s” from a package of die-cut letters create the most unique photo idea for Mother’s Day. (The package of letters was a treasure find from the Dollar Tree store. And the daffodil came from a lovely floral bouquet in Walmart for approximately $5.00.)

The result? The word “Mom,” spelled with the daffodil in the middle to represent the letter “O” in “MoM”. It’s a photo idea Catherine created.

You can see it at the top of this blog entry.

I hope it inspires ideas for your own photography. It’s also available as a stock image here if you’d like to use this photo for Mother’s Day, your blog, designs ideas, and more.


Angel, the Paws-itive Kitty

A Stylish Way to Hold Business Cards

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on March 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodneess Reader,

It’s furry.

The pattern looks like animal prints.

It’s sooo me! It’s sooo Catherine, too.

Catherine found a stylish-looking gift card holder at a great price. What she calls “a treasure find.” But she didn’t see a gift card holder – even though that’s what it technically is.

She saw a stylish way to hold business cards.

If you’re looking for a more fun, stylish way to hold your business cards – or if you just need a solution to keep your business cards handy – here is where you can find these stylish gift card holders.


Angel, the Paws-itive Kitty


Turning Your Childhood Toys into a Gift for a New Generation

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on May 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

If you still have toys from your childhood...

...and if you’re looking for a special purpose for them...

...then, I hope today’s tip may inspire you – or spark creative gift giving ideas – that can make another child happy.

My husband, Matt, and I both have memories from growing up (stuffed animals, toys, ornaments). We are however in the process of minimizing some of our belongings.

But we came across one childhood collection that Matt was still strongly connected to: his toy cars, trucks, and others – including some really neat farm vehicles.

Matt’s young nephew loves playing with toy vehicles. He is also familiar with the farming lifestyle (his grandparent’s own a farm).

We thought he might like some of Matt’s toy vehicle collection. And, we decided to make them a Christmas gift because we like giving thoughtful gifts to our family’s children at Christmas time. But we also like to save money.

So we sorted through Matt’s collection. Put some toy vehicles (including some farming ones) aside. Then wondered, “How do we present them?”

I knew these weren’t new toys. They needed a little cleaning. They showed some age. They didn’t come in a fancy package.

And, I believe “presentation” is important when you give gifts. I believe how you present a gift can make even the simplest gift (like older toy vehicles, in our case) even more special.

So we did something different.

We got a utility box from Dollarama. Now, that may seem odd at first. But for $3 we got a sturdy plastic utility box. It came with a handle. And I liked all that because Matt’s nephew could carry his toy vehicle collection around with him – or have a place to store them if his mom or dad needed him to tidy up his toys.

The utility box also came with orange dividers that moved in and out of slots. This meant we could customize the fit for the toy vehicles.

Here’s a closer look at the utility box...

And, here’s how it looked when I put the toy vehicles inside after adjusting some of the orange dividers:

I’m really happy with how it all turned out. And, when Matt’s nephew opened his Christmas gift – and saw his toy vehicles, he seemed to like his gift. I remember him carrying the case around with him, toys inside. He even asked his dad to return one of the toys to the box... in the spot where I had originally placed it. 

Even if Matt’s nephew only enjoyed the toys for the day – while we visited on Christmas -- it was a nice feeling to see Matt’s childhood toys now making a new generation happy.

How can this spark ideas for you?

If you have childhood toys you’d like to pass on to a new generation, here are some questions to ask yourself:

1) Out of all the children you know, who has similar interests you did? (In Matt’s case, his nephew loved toy vehicles, just like Matt).

2) Now that you know “who” might best enjoy your childhood toys, decide “when” you can give them. For example, will you give it as a birthday gift or as a Christmas gift? (We chose Christmas.)

3) And, how can you present your childhood toys in a special way? Gift boxes and gift bags are great. But, if you look beyond those, you might uncover a treasure find. In our case, a utility case held the toy vehicles perfectly.

If by chance, you know a number of different kids who might enjoy your childhood toys, certainly divide the toys up – so all can enjoy what you have to give.

My ultimate hope is, by sharing these ideas, it may spark ideas for you. If they do, may you please share them in the comment section of this blog? Thank you so much!



PS: On a little side note -- we did keep several of Matt’s toy cars from his collection. Some are on display in our movie room. (I like displaying things that are meaningful to us.) In this case, we both liked the classic TV show The Dukes of Hazzard (Though, it’s been years since I’ve watched it.) Still, the toy cars complement our display nicely. Here is our display: