May 19, 2007

Strawberry Delight




Hi Ladies! Thank you for the overwhelming response to my new hair cut! I have to say, it's wonderful to feel refreshed and have a new look. Your comments have made me feel so good! You're great friends.

Today's creations are a gift ensemble for a friend who got her master's degree. We had a little party for her last night and this was my gift. It was all done in a strawberry theme, which I just adore! Every year Target comes out with a summer display of delightful, whimsical plastic dishes and cups, etc. This year they have ice cream sundae and strawberry stuff. So fun! My friend is dieting and really wants to give herself the gift of losing weight by the time her birthday rolls around this fall. So I got her a cute little place setting just for her. I've given this type of gift to lots of friends and they just love it. It includes a plate, bowl, glass, place mat, cloth napkin and some paper plates and paper napkins for her little girls so they won't feel left out on the fun. Lori can fix her salads and low fat foods and dine with strawberry delight all summer long.

As I propped all of these goodies for the photo, I wished that I had all this fun stuff!! Oh wait, I do!!!! Cuz I bought this same stuff for me and the girls to have little porch picnics this summer! I am so spoiled! I'll have to post some yummy strawberry recipes soon so you can enjoy some of my favorites too!

For the stamping part: I stamped 6 delightful cards using Papertrey's Green Thumb set. Nichole's strawberries are so fun to work with. Lori can use these for thank you's for all of her graduation gifts she received. I also wheeled the gift sack and tissue with a swirly design and made a matching strawberry tag. Then added lots of curly ribbon for a finishing touch. She loved it.....and I had the cutest gift wrap there!!

On a side note......it's my birthday today! I'm 38 years young and life is good to me! I have a wonderful husband and two cute little redheads named Josey and Jordan that make life so special. They are in town right now buying my birthday gift and some ice cream for brownie sundaes tonight. My DH is taking us for a country drive later to pick a huge bucket of wild flowers. All this rain has made them bloom and they are beautiful!!! There is nothing like seeing two fiery reds running through a field to pick their mama flowers. I couldn't ask for anything more. Then I'm gonna stamp some goodies with my new Little Lady set from Papertrey! I hope you all have a blessed day too!

Tip of the day: If you're like me, you are always rushing when it comes time to wrap a gift. Go to Walmart and purchase some plain gift sacks. Stamp them, wheel them, etc and make some matching gift tags, gift cards and tissue. Fold the tissue up neatly and place inside the sack with the tag and card. Store them in a drawer with other gift wrap items. When you need a gift sack, you will have a darling little ensemble just waiting for you.

49 comments:

mueja said...

I like strawberry, thanks

asela said...

The gifts are gorgeous! Happy Birthday Have a wonderful day!!!

Jenn in GA said...

Again, no snail mail address so we can't send you birthday cards! Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned...any day that ends with brownie sundaes is a well-planned day!

pineconegirl said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like you have a wonderful day planned. Enjoy!

The strawberry set is adorable. Great work!

diane mcvey said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
The wildflowers sound heavenly, and your children are surely adorable...I have a redhead too, and a strawberry blonde (but they are all grown up now!) Have a wonderful day, and don't forget to take pictures! Your strawberry surprise for your friend is just the best! What an awesome ensemble! :)

Angie said...

Happy Birthday! Love the ensemble.

iralamija said...

WOW! this is just AWESOME!!! I Love all this!! TFS!

Have a nice day!

Bety :)

Tabbycat said...

Have a fabulous birthday. I always enjoy your blog!!!

Sherrie said...

what an eye catching ensemble of berries! Gifts are so attractive when they have a theme! She will just LOVE this!

Amy said...

WOW - that is B-E-A-utiful! Make another set real quick and send it to me! Hee hee...

Have a wonderful day!

HeyHeyPaula said...

Happy Birthday. I enjoy visiting your blog. You have such creative ideas. I love the ensemble and I'm sure your friend will too. It's such a thoughtful gift. Enjoy your special day.

Stacy S. said...

I've been a long admirer of you and your beautiful work! I just LOVE your blog and look forward to seeing your creations, but I especially enjoy your thoughts on life, house decorating, family, friendship - so enjoyable! Thanks for taking the time to share from your heart. Have an absolutely wonderful and blessed birthday!!

Stacy S.

P.S. LOVE your new haircut!!

P.P.S. Strawberries w/friends and brownie sundaes w/family - what could be better?? Enjoy!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday!

This gift is fabulous as is your tip of the day! I'm going to do that right away!!

Peggy Maier said...

This sounds like such a fun day with a delightful ending! Hope your birthday is happy & blessed!

Dottie K said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!! Love the set! So cute! I get so much useful information from your tip of day column. Never thought of stamping the tissue to match - going to do this from now on. Enjoy your day with your family.

Donna B. said...

how stinkin' cute is that?! Happy Birthday, Michelle! TFS & have a wonderful birthday weekend!

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy birthday!
What an adorable gift set!! I would love to receive this. I'm sure you friend felt extra special due to your attention to detail.
Kel

PJBstamper said...

Happy, happy b-day! I hope we have some fresh strawberries in the fridge (dh just got back from the store), otherwise, I'm gonna have to make do with a strawberry pop tart.

Lisa said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday and an even more spectacular year :)

Juile Masse said...

Such a gorgeous gift! Love how everything coordinates. Happy birthday Mish!! Hope it's great all day!!

beate said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

You look gorgeous with your new do, girlfriend! And this ensemble is wonderful. I bet your friend loved it!

Flossie's Follies said...

The card and bag are great, love fresh strawberries and what a wonderful gift for yoru firend.

Julesiana said...

Happy Birthday!!
I turn 38 this summer!
I have a small birthday set on hand like you suggested, but I think I will make a couple of more to have on hand! (I always forget about the wrap till the last minute!!)

I hope your day is wonderful!

Cheryl said...

Happy Birthday Michelle. Can't wait to hear what goodies the family picked up for you in town. Also hope you took some photos of the wildflower collection. Sounds like a good day and you are such a good friend by supporting your friend in her wt. loss efforts. She (and you too) will feel so special eating off from those strawberry plates.
Enjoy the brownie sundae. Sounds good to me.
Cheryl Sims

mimihas5 said...

The gift set that you made is gorgeous. Your friend is very lucky to have received such a beautiful gift. Love your hair too. :)

Mary

GinaP said...

ohmigosh, those strawberries are just too adorable! Love all you did here.. great job!

Ellen said...

Happiest of birthdays to you! I hope you post pictures of your flower collecting :D and your new hair cut shows off your gorgeous smile and glittery eyes. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday.......Liann (alohano-SCS)

Susan said...

This is just the cutest little gift set. I think it pushed me over the edge for ordering the Green Thumb set. I have been thinking and thinking I do I need it? With all the wonderful samples I have seen I think I do! Happy Birthday and I hope you had a great day!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday Mish-a-licious! LOVE YOU!

Joan said...

Happy Birthday!!! Gorgeous hair cut. Looks shiny and healthy and you look younger. Not sure if you wanted to look younger but you do. These strawberry items are lucsious!!

Connie said...

Have a wonderful birthday. You are young and full of life and fun! Enjoy each day! Thanks for your inspiration too!

Linda (LSN on SCS) said...

Happy Birthday to you (albeit a day late)!

What a gorgeous gift ensemble you made. I love your tip of the day too!

Linda

lexi said...

great strawberry ensemble! and a very happy birthday! :) lexi

Lynda said...

Happy, happy!! Sounds like you are going to have a great day!
Your strawberry gift set is adorable.

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to you Mish! Sounds like you have a perfect day ahead! Your strawberry set is fabulous, what a special gift!

Sherrie said...

Hey Mish, can you e-mail me your snail mail, would love to add you to my list. Thanks!

Alli said...

Get out of here! These are completely amazing. This is without doubt my favorite project that I have seen with the Papertrey sets, it is completely and utterly gorgeous. When can I expect my gift? Bwahahahahahaha! :)

Ker said...

Hi mishie!
I LOVE IT! It makes my mouth water, LITERALLY!!! Sweet as can be!

Bernadette said...

Happy B.Day Michelle hope you had a fun day! Thanks for sharing your Strawberry design, They look good enough to pick, Strawberries are my favorite fruit. Just love your Blog.

heather p said...

Happy Birthday!!! May your next year be filled with many blessings!!!

Love, Heather P

Bethany Paull said...

Totally cute stuff! I love the tag with the dotted border separating the strawberries from the stripes.

Jenny K said...

you are the queen of gift sets. awesome job and thanks for the inspiration. oh, happy belated birthday

QC said...

Sorry I'm late with your birthday wishes ~ but know I love ya! :)

Anonymous said...

Who makes the striped paper that you used? Love this gift idea.

Sue Jensen
suejensen@roadrunner.com

Lisa J. said...

This is such a darling gift set -- I think it would make a fabulous end-of-the-year teacher gift! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring creations!

Tex said...

Such sweet berries on these delightful projects, Mish!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your blog. You create beautiful projects and your tips have been super helpful to me. Can you tell me your secret to coloring your "bellas"? Are they done with markers or by watercoloring?

Juanita said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I cannot believe how far back I am in my blog reading!

These are beautiful bags and cards. I also love your tip, will I ever do it, I hope so, LOL!!! TFS.

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