Hello and Happy Spring, Gossamer Blue fans! This is the time of year for new beginnings–blooming flowers, engagements and weddings, new babies–and it also seems like I know quite a few people these days who are buying new houses. I know all of these things happen at any time of the year, and depending on where you are in this world, perhaps you’re gearing up for autumn, not spring–hello Australia! But here in the US, the snow is melting and there will soon be that first smell of fresh cut grass, the sing-songing of chirping birds, and the familiar sight of folks tending to their gardens. And if you’re the proud owner of a new home, aren’t all of those sights and sounds even more wonderful?
With that in mind, I capitalized on the lovely house and home elements from the April kits to make a gift set for the new home buyer. The initial idea came from this Simple Stories journaling card. There was something about this darling house that made me pause as I was flipping through the cards. It very well could have been the contrast of the polka dot pattern mixed with the dark floral print because I do love that, but whatever it was, I knew I wanted to use it and the idea began to form for this ensemble.
I scoured the kits looking for all things home related. There were several pieces in the SS I Am collection, scattered throughout each kit. The Crate Paper phrase stickers from the Life Pages kit also had a couple of fitting sentiments. Phrases like ‘home sweet home’ and ‘there’s no place like home’ were exactly what I was looking for, and where I couldn’t find such tailored sayings, I created my own.
I wanted to put together a housewarming gift with a small handmade decoration and then something practical. The decoration co