Monday, April 19, 2010

Graduation Invitations

My youngest daughter has finally graduated from college! This child has never been the 'typical' girl; not interested in shopping, clothes, or bling. She graduated in Equine Science... horses, almost her only interest. She also received a minor in psychology. Hmm, can't you just see the horses stretched out on a couch in her office...?

What is typical, for her, is that she never even considered graduation invitations. Until three days before they had to be mailed! Then she mentioned to me that she hadn't ordered any. Yipes! That meant we (I say we), had to make them ourselves.

Actually, this turned out very good. I already had some linen card stock and matching envelopes. Now I needed a design and the proper wording for the inside. I hunted around the internet and found a simple design for the front that my printer could handle. Her college website offered official logos that could be downloaded at no charge.

I found various styles of wording for college invitations, and chose the one I liked best. Then I had to make sure exactly how her degree was worded, where the ceremony would take place and when. Once I had the wording in place, I decided it needed a little something extra. I used a black graphic of a running horse and put it behind the wording. It was opaque enough to see, but faint enough to easily read. It looked great!

We had a good picture of her with one of her saddles in the background on a hitching post, so we decided to use it. In my photo program I turned the picture into a black and white, then copied it onto velum. We applied the picture inside the invitations with double-sided tape; after all the printing had been done.

Her college invitations were absolutely perfect for her! Doing the invitations ourselves meant we could customize them just for her. And my unfussy girl(?) was delighted with them.

It wasn't a difficult project, but I would suggest giving yourself more than three days to do it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dr. Seuss Can be Wrong!

I loved Dr. Seuss as a child, my mother read all the books to my sister and I. So, of course, as a mom I read all the books to my daughters.

Years ago, at the age of 7, my oldest daughter's favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham. At that time the animated special of Green Eggs and Ham played on TV once a year-- she never missed it.

I had the wonderful idea one year to surprise her. When the show was over I made a special supper for her and myself of green eggs and ham (well, the eggs were green anyway- food coloring). I knew she would be delighted!

Well..... I have news for 'Sam, I Am'. She would not eat them on a box, she would not eat them with a fox. She would not eat them in a train, she would not eat them on a plane! As a matter of fact... she wailed!

By the time I finally got her to stop crying, assuring her she did not have to eat the green eggs and ham, they were a cold, soggy mess. We decided to go and get a burger and fries-- she hiccuped the entire time. Then we came home, called her dad, who was (happily for him), out of town; and went to bed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

For Mother's Day

What better way to celebrate mothers than with a Mother's Bracelet. This is the perfect way for mom to showcase her children in style. The Gingham Grasshopper offers a large selection of elegant mothers bracelets and grandmother bracelets, too.

Our selection includes Pearl Mommy Bracelets, Sterling Silver Mommy Bracelets, and a unique collection of Mother's Charm Bracelets.

All of our Mother's bracelets include the name, you choose the clasp you like and other options. You can add charms to your bracelet to personalize it.

Each bracelet is handcrafted with quality materials so your mother's bracelet will last through the years. Come see all the beautiful designs we offer and choose the one that is just right for you.