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 comes in the form of this embroidery hoop, found in the Main Add-on kit. I cut down another journaling card for the backing and added a ‘happy’ sticker and the wood veneer house from the Bits & Pieces kit. For dimension, the sticker is backed with foam adhesive and the house sits atop a small pile of aqua messy thread.
The practical part comes in the form of this gift card holder. I used a pre-made pocket, also from from the B&P kit, which is just the right size for a gift card–think Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, or even the local supermarket. The pouch is already so cute that not much needs to be added. I adhered the ‘happy’ chipboard sticker to the Anthropologie gift card I put inside, which is positioned to be seen through the peek-a-boo window in the pocket, and spelled ‘h-o-m-e’ with stickers. Both of those embellishments come in the Main kit.
This set is also a friendly way to welcome a new neighbor. Switch out the gift card (or don’t) for some baked goods or a dinner invitation. New beginnings could also be the start of a beautiful friendship, right? Happy day to you!