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Easter Craft Roundup

Easter is a day full of life…and renewal…and blessed joyfulness. Which is why it’s so much fun to make beautiful, colorful crafts to share and enjoy with loved ones on this special day.

To jumpstart your creative process, the editors at Blue Mountain culled their favorite Easter craft ideas to share just with you! These projects include dainty décor items to brighten up both your home and your tablescape. They also include fun and easy projects you can do together with your grandchildren.

Whatever your inspiration, we hope you’ll enjoy these delightful crafts that are sure to make this Easter more special than ever before!

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2. Découpage Eggs via Honestly Yum
3. Eggshell Votives via Martha Stewart
4.  Easter Egg Hunt Bags via The Purl Bee
5. Bunny Ear Headbands via Twirling Betty
6. Bunny-Stamped Easter Goodie Bags via Minted Strawberry

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What to Write in an Anniversary Card

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By definition, an anniversary marks a date that’s remembered because of a significant event. In this case, we’re highlighting a wedding anniversary, either your own or that of someone you care about.

To help celebrate this extra special occasion, you probably would want to send an anniversary card. But you really want it to speak straight from the heart—and every word needs to be both meaningful and sincere.

After you’ve finally settled on the perfect card, you then most probably will want to add your own personal note. And this is where the challenge lies. Where to begin? How to phrase your thoughts and wishes?  What exactly to include?

Blue Mountain is here to help!

First of all, it’s best to keep anything you write short and sweet.  (Think of one warm thought or feeling, one compliment about the other person, or one statement of gratitude.) It’s also important to express your feelings in your own genuine style (e.g., cute, simple, direct, romantic, corny, funny, etc.). Finally, be sure to keep the recipient clearly in mind, whether it’s a spouse, a friend, or a relative— and speak directly to them as you normally would in person.

For some great examples of what to write in an anniversary card, we’d like to share several ways to address that very special someone in your life:

For Your Own Spouse

  • To my one and only.
  • You are my endless love!
  • My heart is yours forever.
  • Thank you for another wonderful year.
  • I offer my heart to you again. And again. And again.
  • After all this time, you’re still absolutely, undeniably incredible to me.
  • My love is real because of you.
  • You make my life complete.
  • I love you not only for who you are, but for who I am when I’m with you.
  • To another year full of joy, love, and bliss.
  • Our union tells me God has blessed me with a tremendous gift.
  • I’m honored to grow old with you and to share memories of the blessed life we have together.
  • Happy anniversary to my best friend, the love of my life, and all the other titles you deserve.
  • Every year with you is sweeter than the last.
  • The longer we’re married, the more I realize I got the better end of the deal.
  • When I look into your eyes, I see a reflection of the love we’ve share and the many more happy years to come.
  • How sweet it is to be loved by you.
  • Every year that passes, I fall more and more in love with you.
  • One year down. Many, many more wonderful ones to go!
  • To the one person in this world who makes me the happiest!

For Someone Else

  • Congratulations on so many wonderful years together!
  • A wish that all your days together continue to be touched with lasting love.
  • May the cherished memories of the years you’ve shared make this anniversary a wonderful celebration indeed.
  • Wishing you a wonderful anniversary and a beautiful future with your one true love.
  • Congratulations on your anniversary and best wishes for many more wonderful years to come.
  • May you continue to be as blessed by your life together as those around you are blessed by your example of unconditional love.
  • True love stories never end.
  • To the couple who best exemplifies happily ever after.
  • May every year you share find you still more and more in love with each other.
  • Wishing you a very joyful anniversary and many more to come.
  • Happy anniversary to one of the coolest couples around!
  • Wishing you the special moments this golden day can bring, and through the years ahead of you, the best of everything!
  • May God bless you on this momentous occasion.
  • With love and best wishes for your anniversary.
  • Together may you share the things a perfect anniversary brings!
  • Wishing you all the happiness any couple could have.
  • May this be a day of tender moments, warm memories, and wonderful wishes for the future.
  • Celebrate the love that promises to bring so many more years of pure joy.
  • May your love continue to inspire others by shining brightly for years to come. Congratulations.
  • Wishing you much happiness as you continue to celebrate all the joys your marriage has brought.
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What to Write in a Thank You Card

 

We recently gave some advice on how to write a Thank You Note, and now we’re here with suggestions on what to write inside a Thank You card or eCard. You might be saying, “What’s the difference?” Although not vastly different, there are some points to take into consideration. You may want to write a bit more inside a Thank You card because there’s simply more room. Perhaps you’d like to be a bit more serious in a card… Read on for more tips and advice when writing a Thank You card.

Reflect on the person and situation you want to address. Is this someone you feel especially close to? Is the thank you for a gift or is this about a person’s generosity or thoughtfulness? If it’s the latter, remind them of how often you notice their generous spirit or willingness to do kind things.

Think about what the thank you is for. If for a gift, is it clear to you that they took time to choose it? Was their gift a reminder that you’re special to them? Is this for something nice they did for you or someone you care about? When you start answering some of these questions, it will help you develop some ideas of what to say.

Address them in a warm and personal way, thanking them for the specific gift or special thing they did. If they’re someone close to you, you can mention that you’re thankful for the gift, etc., but more than that, you’re thankful for their friendship, which you cherish all year through.

Let them know what the gift means to you. Did you eat the cookies they gave you right away or share them with your family? Did you wear the new scarf to work and everyone commented on it? Did their hospitality allow you to truly relax and enjoy yourself? Let them know that this gift has meaning for you.

You can then finish your note with a comment on how their gift or thoughtfulness makes you smile each time you think about it or let them know it added special meaning to your day.

The most important thing to remember is to be sincere…and to be yourself. Whether you go the traditional route or if funny is your thing, your appreciation will show through no matter which words you choose. So relax, and remember, too, that your note of thanks will start the year off right for both of you!

Finally, here are a few more idea starters that work well for many occasions:

  • Simply grateful for special people like you.
  • Your help was such a blessing.
  • Thankful, appreciative, grateful…that’s me because of you.
  • Thanks for all your special (caring) ways.
  • So lucky, so happy, so grateful for you.
  • Thank you for taking the time to be so thoughtful.
  • Could you have been any nicer? Don’t see how!
  • Thanks for thinking of me in such a special way.
  • Thanks…it was wonderful…just like you!
  • You’re a real sunshine-bringer!
  • You totally “out-niced” yourself!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Roundup

It’s gettin’ close to time to where you’ll be kickin’ up your heels with some good ol’ fashioned merriment and mischief. St. Patrick’s Day is all about good food, good drink, and good fun, so we wanted to gather some ideas together for you that we think are just grand.

Have a go at a few of them this year, and we bet all eyes will be smilin’!

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  1. One of our favorites from last year, this Quick Irish Soda Bread includes the free recipe card!
  2. Add some leprechaun magic with these St. Pat’s Magic Vases via Yesterday On Tuesday.
  3. This delicious, dreamy Colcannon via Simply Recipes will set your toes to tappin’.
  4. The name says it all—Bottoms UP! Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes via SprinkleBakes.
  5. Invite faith, hope, love, and luck into your home, and for all who enter, with this gorgeous Four Leaf Clover Wreath via Blue Sky Confections.
  6. A take on the traditional corned beef and cabbage, these Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders via Celebrations will win everyone’s heart.
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What to Write in Friendship Cards

What to write in a friendship card from bluemountain.com!

Casual friends come and go…but good friends last forever. So when it comes to sharing your sentiments and showing that special someone how much you appreciate their friendship, any time is the perfect time. That’s why friendship cards are especially appropriate: The whole reason to send one is no reason at all!

Maybe you just want to let them know how much they mean to you. Or to make them laugh. Or to simply put a smile on their face.  After choosing the perfect friendship card or friendship ecard, there are plenty of options you can add to give your card that one-of-a-kind feeling. Quotes and unique messaging also make great additions. See some of our favorites below:

Friendship Quotes:

  • Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. _ Albert Camus
  • One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. _ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. _ Aristotle“
  • A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” —William Shakespeare
  • “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” —Khalil Gibran
  • “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” —Douglas Pagels

Friendship Messages:

  • This card is sent with lots and lots of love to a friend who means so very much to me.
  • You’re the greatest…and I’m better because of you. Best friends forever, you and me!
  • I’m thinking of you and realizing—once again—what a special friend you are, and how incredibly lucky I am to have you in my life!
  • I thank you for your friendship, which is a truly precious gift indeed.
  • Looking forward to many, many more years of laughter, fun, and friendship—together!
  • I am genuinely blessed to have you as my friend. To many more years ahead!
  • Even though we don’t see each other often, when we talk it’s as if no time has passed at all, and I love that.
  • You listen with an open heart and are always there for me with support and a kind word.
  • I truly treasure our friendship and can’t imagine life without you in it.
  • You always manage to see the best in me even when I can’t see it for myself.
  • Thanks so much for being my lifeline during the difficult times—I couldn’t ask for a better friend than you!
  • Sending a note to you, my friend, to brighten your day as you have done for me so many times before.

 

 

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March 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from the Editor

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It’s March, and Spring is nearly here!  Yay!  Here at Blue Mountain, the spring, or vernal, equinox happens on Friday, March 20 at 6:45 PM.  We are so ready.  The equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north.  The equinox is the day of the year when light and dark are equal and balanced. (It’s said that on this day you can balance an egg on its end.)

Spring is a time of hope and renewal.  Nature is always dealing with adversity, yet continually renews itself in spring.  Even after the coldest, frostiest, most challenging winter, spring arrives.  That gives us all a reason to be optimistic.

Part of renewal is letting go of what you don’t need. Maybe you’ve been storing things you don’t use, that other people desperately need.  But spring cleaning isn’t just about getting rid of the clutter. It’s about making room for new things in your life, things that uplift your spirit, like taking a class, tending a garden, and entertaining friends.

Spring is a great time to renew old friendships that have been hibernating over the winter.  Blue Mountain has many friendship and encouragement cards designed to put you back in touch and uplift someone’s spirit.  On March 17th, we honor St. Patrick who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles.  We’ve designed a beautiful new card with an adorable Border Collie puppy, featuring a dulcimer playing an Irish classic.  Afterall, everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

We wanted to offer our friends and fans a beautiful Spring-inspired  download for your desktop background, your phone background, or even your Facebook cover image.

March Background:
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2560 x 1440 / 1680 x 1050 / 1440 x 900 / 1280 x 800Facebook Cover Photo / Phone
For help on how to install,
click here.

Happy Spring, Everyone!
Caroline
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

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Printable Love Notes

With Valentine’s Day peeking around the corner, love is most definitely in the air, and we at Blue Mountain are anxiously looking forward  to sharing warm Valentine’s Day smiles and hugs with our families, friends, and fans.

We decided it would be so much more fun to have you join in the fun with us, and so we’ve designed these wonderfully-sweet, printable Valentine’s Day love notes that you can print and leave for anyone whose day you’d like to brighten with a smile. Perfect for popping in lunches, secretly tucking in coat pockets, leaving on desks at work, or inside books for a hidden surprise. Your kids, friends, family, and sweetheart are sure to love and appreciate your thoughtful little Valentine gems. Enjoy filling your world with happiness and love!

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Click here download and print these love notes out today!

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What to Write in a Love Letter for Her – Free Printable!

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How do you love her? Are you counting all the ways? When it comes to writing a love letter for that sweet lady in your life, don’t worry about trying to sound like Shakespeare. That’s not who she loves—it’s you. Your way of looking at the world, your feelings, your emotions…you. But if you’re asking yourself, “Where do I even begin?” the answer is right here. The romance experts at Blue Mountain have compiled a list of suggestions that will help you compose the perfect Valentine’s Day love letter just for her. (Psst, don’t be surprised if she treasures it forever!)

We’re also offering a FREE printable love quote that is made for printing and framing! When you combine this framed quote and your love letter on coordinating Love Letter Stationery from BlueMountain.com, you’ll have the perfect Valentine’s Day present ready to go!

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  • Start with a piece of paper. No computer-generated letter, email, or text will do this time. For maximum impact, your love letter should really be handwritten with a pen on a piece of paper, preferably some nice stationery. (Download beautiful Love Letter Stationery for FREE right on BlueMountain.com!) Use your best penmanship and even try to add a personal touch, such as drawing a heart at the end of every line or adding a special doodle at the end of the letter.
  • Take your time. Don’t be in any rush to finish this letter. Choose a quiet spot and collect your thoughts. Picture her in your mind and think of all her endearing qualities. What makes her so special to you? Think of details rather than just a general impression.
  • Be authentic. Write simply and from the heart. Don’t use fancy words or steal a quote from a famous writer. You also don’t want to write in a voice that is different from how you ordinarily speak. (If you do, it will end up sounding forced, corny, and unoriginal.) However, it would really touch her heart if you tried to reveal a little more about the depth of your feelings for her than you have in the past.
  • Use details. This is key. You want to show more than you tell. This means, don’t just tell her how wonderful she is and that you can’t stop thinking about her. Instead, describe a situation that revealed her kind, generous nature and made you fall in love with her. (For example, when she cared for her grandmother or took in a lost puppy.)
  • Focus on her. Remember, this letter is about the things you love about her and your memories of her, not about your own qualities or romantic history. What is it about her that makes her beautiful in your eyes? What is it specifically that you love about her? How does she make you feel complete? What qualities set her apart from everyone else?
  • Don’t fret about length. A love letter does not have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, some of the sweetest love letters have been short and spontaneous. What really counts is quality, not quantity.
  • Sum it up nicely. After all is said and done, you will want to end your letter with a line that sums up your love sincerely. It’s okay to slant towards cheesiness as long as you’re completely authentic. Some closing examples include:
    • “I will love you until the end of time.”
    • “You’re my best friend and soul mate.”
    • “I can’t wait to grow old with you.”
    • “My love for you will never end.”
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Handle with Care: How to Deliver a Love Letter

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Every so often, you meet a special someone who compels you to put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) in an attempt to let them know how you truly feel. This week, we’re giving some tips on how to write a love letter specifically for him and for her, but today we’re going to focus on delivering the letter itself.

While your words can be read and re-read over and over again as a cherished keepsake, you’ve got just one chance to deliver a love letter to your sweetheart.Here are a couple love letter delivery suggestions to make the act of giving the written contents of your heart a beautiful and memorable experience.

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A Sweet Surprise. If you happen to live with the person you plan on giving a love letter to, there are some cute, creative ways to surprise them with it. If your loved one takes his or her lunch to work, sneak a love letter in next to their sandwich or fruit. (Hint: You may want to seal your letter in its own little plastic baggie to avoid getting any stains or food odors on it in case something spills!) Is your special someone an avid reader? Slip your love letter into the pages of the book they’re currently reading in lieu of a bookmark. Get creative with the ways you can offer a surprise delivery.

Enlist Your Four-Legged Friends for Help. Is your special someone an animal lover? Think about asking them to accompany you and Fido to the dog park to get in some playtime   If there’s an enclosed area to let your pet romp freely, secretly attach your love letter to your pooch’s collar and throw a stick for Fido to retrieve. When he comes bounding back, direct your dog to your special girl or guy to deliver your love letter to them.

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Send a Long Distance Message in a Bottle. If you’re involved in a long-distance relationship, it can be difficult not being able to be with your guy or girl as often as you’d like. Sending a thoughtful care package can be a wonderful romantic gesture. Instead of simply mailing your love letter as-is, you can plan a grand love letter delivery by placing your note in a beautiful bottle (picked up from a craft store or even a yard sale) and stashing your note inside. Wrap your bottle in bubble wrap and mail it in a box. They’ll never expect to find a message in a bottle inside of a much larger box. Good things can come in bigger packages!

A Scavenger Hunt for Your Sweetheart. Who says you can’t make ‘em work for it just a little bit? Design a fun scavenger hunt to guide your special someone to your letter. Your scavenger hunt can be as simple or as outrageous as you like. If you’d like to keep it simple, leave a trail of rose petals leading to your letter. For a more adventurous scavenger hunt, leave little rhyming clues around the house to guide them to the next clue until they eventually find your letter. Keep the clues simple and use them as an opportunity to create more excitement around eventually finding the note as a sweet reward.

In person. While creative ways to deliver a love letter are always wonderful, thoughtful, and appreciated, there is something truly special about handing your words (and heart) to someone in-person and seeing the look on their face as they read it.

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What to Write in a Love Letter for Him – Free Printable!

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As that sentimental, love-filled holiday we call Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re probably thinking of how to best express your romantic affection for that very special someone. How about putting your feelings into words by writing a beautiful love letter just for him? If you find your thoughts don’t always flow quite as easily as you’d like, you may find it really difficult to come up with just the right words to convey exactly how you feel. No worries. Blue Mountain is here for you!

Our lovebird experts have compiled the following steps that will help you write that perfect love letter exclusively for him. We’re also offering a FREE printable love quote that is made for printing and framing! When you combine this framed quote and your love letter on coordinating Love Letter Stationery from BlueMountain.com, you’ll have the perfect Valentine’s Day present ready to go!

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  • Find the right spot.
    You’ll want to find a nice quiet space in which to write, away from all phones, computers, and other distractions. If you’re comfortable and unhurried, your letter-writing process will be much more relaxing, enjoyable, and productive.
  • Gather your thoughts first.
    Before you put pen to paper, take your time and go over your feelings and emotions for him. Remember key moments and events you’ve shared. What makes him stand out from the others? Focus on his best qualities and some of the kind (and maybe even unexpected) things he’s done for you, like helping with the dishes or fixing a flat tire.
  • Use your own voice.
    Don’t try to imitate anyone or use words you wouldn’t ordinarily use in real life. Be conversational and write exactly what comes to mind, just the way you would say it out loud. Your own voice is the sweetest voice of all—and he knows it.
  • Choose special stationery.
    A personally handwritten letter is the best of all. No emails or texts will do this time, sorry. As luck would have it, our designers have created some FREE stationery templates you can print right from home.
  • Don’t worry about length.
    Your letter doesn’t have to be long to be better. Short and sweet is just as good as any novella.
  • Write from the heart.
    Now that you’re set, let your heart guide you. Start with the reason you decided to write him a love letter. (Use your best penmanship!) Then you can talk about:
    – How you felt the day you met him
    – How your life has changed since you met him
    – Why you fell in love with him
    – How you feel when you’re together
    – How you feel when you’re apart
    – What makes him so special
  • Sign, seal, deliver.
    Conclude with a sentimental closing, such as “With all my love,” “Forever yours,” or “Your one and only.” You can even put on your brightest red lipstick and plant a kiss next to your signature. Or lightly spritz the letter with your favorite perfume. Tuck into an envelope. Consider adding your photo, a few heart-shaped confetti, or some dried rose petals before sealing. Add a candle wax seal using a heart-shaped stamp for a nice finishing touch. Hand-address and mail in plenty of time for him to receive—and enjoy—by Valentine’s Day.

 

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