A gift tag craft project.

I’ve never been a fan of buying gift tags. A couple years ago I shared a project where I used homemade stamps to make some tags. These are along the same lines but instead of trees we’ll be making snowmen! And no stamping.

Supplies:

white card stock
printer
scissors
markers
googly eyes
glue
hole punch
ribbon or string

I started with a template in Photoshop. Nothing fancy, just a circle on top of a slightly larger circle.

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I inserted my template into Microsoft word: 2 on a page, one on top of the other. I right aligned them, because there’s some folding involved up ahead. Print on card stock!

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Cut the page down the middle, so you have two half sheets with a snowman on each. Fold the sheet along the very edge of the snowman, making sure that a piece of the head and torso hit the fold. This is what will allow your snowman to open and close!

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Cut off that gray areas. Snippy snip snip!

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Now for the fun part! Punch a hole where the left eye should go and glue on a googly eye for the right eye. I drew on a carrot nose and a coal smile but you can do whatever you want. Little felt top hat, construction paper nose, make it your own.

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Tie some ribbon or string though that open eye socket.

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And attach to gifts as needed!

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If you’re making your own gift tags this holiday season please make sure to share them with me! Post to our Facebook wall, send us a tweet, or tag us on Instgram @thetragicwhale. Happy crafting!

Wednesday Whale Love!

I know I’ve been absent for a while and I was working on this elaborate post where I explained myself but then I was just kind of like, “Uhm, nah……” (Although it is saved in drafts so maybe it will make an appearance in the future.)

The holidays are just around the corner and you might need an idea or two for that special whale-lover in your life. My go-to for all things gifts is always Modcloth. Always. I spent 3 hours on my phone last night browsing gifts. And I finished my shopping weeks ago. But this whale whisk is a great idea for any chef! Quirky kitchen gadgets are always a hit.

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For the clean-freak in your life, this adorable nail brush will brighten up their bathroom & their finger nails.

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And perhaps the item I have been coveting most since I moved into my apartment, the Whale Welcome Mat.

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The perfect mat for the perfect home.

I hope everyone’s Wednesday is warm and dry! We’ve gone some kind of rain/snow mix happening outside right now and the view from my window is about as close as I’m willing to get to it :)

Whale birthday ideas

I was recently asked by Krystal to share some whale-themed birthday party ideas for her son’s first birthday. And if there are two things I love, you know they’re whales and birthday parties!

If you aren’t into crafting up a storm, your best bet might be Shindigz.com‘s Ocean Pretty Boy Party Supplies (complete with 1st birthday napkins!). They are currently sold out of the full set, but it looks like you can create your own. Pick the things you want, and the quantity, and voila: party comes to you in the mail! Plates, napkins, table cloth, centerpiece, invites, and thank you cards. AND BALLOONS!

Oh, the balloons are so cute.

If you’re on the craftier side, you might be able to make some of this stuff, and other fun things! Lollipops are always fun, and with all the different colors available for melting chocolate, you can offer a rainbow of chocolaty fun!

This mold is currently in stock on Amazon. And if you want some stick-free cake toppers, this mold might be right up your ally.

In my search, I came across this beautiful birthday set up. It’s a great place for ideas. These little decorations in particular caught my eye.

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They’d be so easy to make. You’d just need a stencil (and the internet has quite a few to choose from), a stick to tape to the back, like a lollipop stick or a toothpick, and a googly eye to doll it up. You could go as far as to add eye lashes or mustaches,  or skip the eye and make a pirate whale! Argh, you just need to draw an eye patch, matey.

And I always find Amazon, Etsy, and Pinterest great resources for ideas (those links will take you to “Whale Birthday Party” searches). If you can’t buy it or don’t want to buy it, you can score great ideas for DIY fun!

Searching through some old Wednesday Whale Love posts, I also came across these possible party ideas:

Cheese Whales! Yummy.

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Some party favors for take-home treats.

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Maybe you want some whale and octopus finger sandwiches?

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Whale noises for ambiance?

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Hope this is helpful, Krystal! Good luck with the party and let me know how it turns out!

Wednesday Whale Love

As if I didn’t think ModCloth was great enough, they have to go and stock these amazing shoes!

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I’m literally drooling over here, guys. I’ll be keeping a close eye on these babies- I can only hope they go on sale before they sell out.

I would love to hang this on my wall:

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I have a lot of slanted walls, so space is a little limited. But for this print? I would make it work.

And I think this little carpet is the only thing missing from my bathroom collection:

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I already have the toothbrush holder and the shower curtain. Plus, I could really use a little rug for in front of the sink :)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Hope you all have a great week!

Cinco de Mayo, a History

Just thought I would share with everyone the history of Cinco de Mayo, as it was explained to me at work today.

Person 1: Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo! Why does everyone keep wishing me a happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t get it!

Me: The fifth of May is a holiday in Mexico.

Person 2: Yeah! It celebrates the end of the war between the Spanish and the French.

Person 1: Oh! The Spanish-American War!

So, as I understand it, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the end of the Spanish-American War. Which was fought between Spain and France. In Mexico.

 

Also, I’ve been working on a major shop restock (here’s some draft listings waiting to become active)

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New business cards (something that mentions what I make, aha)

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and some pretty exciting changes for me! More on that as it unfolds :)

Gram turns 88, still crazy.

Today is my Gram’s birthday. She is super old (at 88) and my Great Uncle scooped her up and took her away to Ohio for a few weeks. Thanks, Uncle Frank! I called to wish her a happy birthday and this happened:

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Hey! Guess what?

This is my Dad!

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Today is his birthday. Some fun facts about my Dad:

He was born the year they started making the Lincoln Memorial Penny.

He used to fix airplanes.

He doesn’t like hot dogs.

A lot of people think they have the best Dad in the world. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. But you know what? I have the best dad for me. He is supportive of all my endeavors. He always takes my call. He cleans off my car when it snows, no matter how much snow is heaped on it. And he hugs me and tells me he loves me every day.

Happy birthday, Dad! I hope I win the gift-giving competition!



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