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Summer Craft Roundup: Planning a Crafternoon

It’s summer. You’ve got some extra time on your hands. And you’d love to plan a crafternoon.

“What exactly is a ‘crafternoon’?” you may be wondering if you’ve never heard the term before. Simply put, it’s an afternoon solely devoted to the joy of crafting.

In other words, it’s a time to relax, have fun, and let your creative juices flow!

This summer, take respite from the heat and activity-filled zaniness to enjoy a lazy afternoon with one of these easy-to-make home and garden décor craft projects. (Lemonade or iced tea optional—but highly recommended!)

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1. DIY Outdoor Pillows via Meet the B’s
2.  Garden Markers via Wit & Whistle
3. Drink Covers via Martha Stewart
4. Driftwood Seahorse via Creative in Chicago
5. Simple Summer Totebag via Crafting Chicks
6. Mason Jar Tiki Torches via The Frugal Homemaker

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Friendship Printable

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We love celebrating friendship! It’s so important to keep in touch with friends and remind them how grateful we are to have them in our lives. So we wanted to offer this beautiful, printable friendship quote to all of you – our friends! It’s perfect for framing and sending to a friend as a token of just how special their friendship is! Enjoy!

Click here to download, print, and frame.

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Summer Gardening

Gardens—of any and all kinds—bring both joy and tranquility to those who cultivate and grow them. Whether it’s a flower garden, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, or a purely whimsical garden, it’s a place that becomes your haven. Your sanctuary. Your masterpiece.

Of course, gardens take time and patience. You need to plan, plant, water, and weed. But you also get to enjoy every moment, watching them grow into the magnificent fruits of your labor.

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1. Vegetable Garden: Juneau Empire
2. Whimsical Garden: Gardening Gone Wild
3. Herb Garden: Persephone Magazine
4. Vegetable Garden: LLH Designs
5. Flower Garden: Architecture Art Designs
6. Herb Garden: Not Just a Housewife

 

Blue Mountain certainly appreciates the significance of lovely gardens to our readers. That’s why we love to create beautiful eCards that specifically feature a garden theme. Click here to see some enchanting examples—and then be sure to send one to someone special today. Summer gardening is one of the best ways to brighten up any ones yard.

If you already have a garden growing right now, wonderful! If not, we’d love to offer some creative examples of unique gardens you may want to consider growing yourself. Or at least to “oooh” and “aaah” over.

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Summer Inspirations – FREE Printable!

07072015_Summer_Inspirations_BLG_BMA (2)With summer underway and daylight lasting deliciously long, our souls are pulled to a familiar feeling of wonder, adventure,  and free-spiritedness. There’s just something about the sultry air that makes us want to savor favorite pastimes of bygone summers  and send our spirits soaring on quests in search of brand new ones. 07072015_Summer_Inspirations_BLG_BMA

To keep summery inspiration right at hand, we’ve collected a wonderful assortment of ideas to ignite your spirit all throughout the season. Simply print, cut them out, and place in a mason jar so you can pick one a day, a few a week, or anytime you desire a dose of inspiration.07072015_Summer_Inspirations_BLG_BMA (3)

You can also post a few on your magnet boards or refrigerator, or tape to a mirror as a reminder to feed your soul daily. There’s also a blank sheet to add your own ideas, too.

Pick a few, or challenge yourself with a friend or the grandkids to get through them all. It’s not a race; there are no have-to’s. The aim is for the season to be simple, wide open, slow, and savored.

 

 

 

 

 

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July 2015 Desktop Background & Letter from the Editor

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Life is like everything else—we get out of it what we put into it.  You can wait for an adventure to come knocking at your door, or you can go out and make one happen.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?  It doesn’t have to be base jumping or highlining, it can be as simple as taking a dance lesson, attending a music festival, joining a hiking group or embarking on a road trip.  Children have an innate sense of adventure, so pack a picnic and invite your kids and grandkids, or borrow someone else’s, and go exploring.   Now is the new never.

Summer is a great time for making new memories and revisiting old ones.  Are there elements you could add to your décor that evoke happy recollections, like wildflowers in mason jars, bowls of seashells and sea glass, wind chimes and Japanese lanterns?  Are there summertime drinks that remind you of home, like sweet tea or sangria or root beer floats?  Maybe you could you return to a favorite family vacation spot or theme park.  The Fourth of July is a perfect time to revive some childhood traditions.

On July 4th we commemorate the day in 1776 when our Declaration of Independence was signed and our freedom declared—a freedom that we continue to cherish and protect.  Parades, picnics, BBQ’s, sparklers and fireworks are all part of the fun.  And while you’re celebrating our nation’s birthday, remember all your family and friends who are celebrating theirs this summer, by sending them Blue Mountain Birthday eCards. 

We also have a brand new, beautiful desktop background for your computer phone, and even your Facebook cover image.

July 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.

Go 4th and have fun!

Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor
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4th of July Recipe Roundup

She’s a grand old flag! Ahh, that she is, and summertime couldn’t be grander than it is when we celebrate our nation’s independence. The 4th of July immediately summons memories of hot summer sun, parades, sparklers and fireworks, and bbq grills filling the air with all kinds of delicious goodness. It’s the epitome of summer celebrations, and America loves to do it proud.

Our editors at Blue Mountain wanted to give you some fun and different ideas for your holiday gathering this year, and we didn’t hold back on the red, white, and blue! Festive and delicious with a “wow” factor, these recipes spark fireworks all their own. Happy Fourth!

06292015_July_Fourth_Roundup_BLG_BMA 1. Fourth of July Firecracker Dogs via Handmade in the Heartland
2. American Flag Layer Cake via Sugarhero
3. Cheesy BBQ Bacon Jalapenos via Forgiving Martha
4. 50 Stars Barbecue Chicken via In Honor of Design
5. July 4th Layered Drinks via In Katrina’s Kitchen
6. Tortellini Kabobs via Real Women & Homes

 

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Have a blast with the grandkids this summer!

There’s no denying it. All kids love summer. And no wonder! This season usually means sunny days, free time, and lots of exciting opportunities!

Enhance the fun of these days by involving your grandkids in crafty projects that are not only creative and imaginative, but entertaining and interactive as well. It will keep them busy while also providing lucky grandparents some special one-on-one bonding time together.

Here are six of our favorite summertime craft ideas for you to do with your grandkids. Happy summer!

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Paper Plate Tambourines via Education.com

Pinwheels via Angel Street Mom

DIY Kids Binoculars via Sweet C’s Designs

Folded Paper Bracelets via Picklebums

Marshmallow Catapult via It’s Always Autumn

Driftwood Boats via Alisa Burke

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Father’s Day Coloring Pages

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Let Dad brag about the little artist in his life! Father’s Day coloring pages are the perfect keepsake for Dad or Grandpa, that lets kids exercise their creativity and give him something from the heart. Simply print out a page to color and personalize…that’s it!

Our Father’s Day printables make a sweet, thoughtful gift idea for kids who want to honor Dad or Grandpa on his special day. After coloring in images designed to make Dad smile, proud papas can display their children’s art on the refrigerator, in the garage, or on their desk at work.

With a little help from parents, siblings, and (of course) Blue Mountain, each Father’s Day coloring pages can be personalized with your own words to Dad. Show and tell him how much he means to you this Father’s Day with a colorful corner of your heart printed out to share with the #1 Dad in your life.

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” for Fathers Day

fathersdayFor the Fathers in Our Lives

Fathers Day is a wonderful time to remember the fathers and father figures in our lives. Whether they are the men we call Dad, father-in-laws, brother-in-laws, husbands, grandfathers, sons, or brothers, we look up to each of them in our own special way. Take some time to think about all the cherished moments you’ve spent with yours as you celebrate this special occasion.

Celebrate with Style

This day is more than just about remembering Dad and all that he’s done for you. It’s also about creating new memories; ones you’ll both look back on with a smile. And whether or not you’re giving your dad a gift, it will mean a lot to him to let him know how you feel in a personal message.

Memories Make the Message

So where to begin? Whether you’re writing a note, a letter, or simply adding some thoughts to a Father’s Day card, you can turn your special memories into unforgettable messages. Sometimes it’s as easy as focusing on one special moment–perhaps a trip you took together, or playing ball in the yard, or even getting that piece of advice that’s always stayed with you. It can help you personalize your message in a way that he’ll know it came from you. Or instead of one thing, perhaps it’s a combination of all the things that make him special…like his sense of humor, how he’s always been there for you, and how you’ve always looked up to him.

What to Write…

As you take some time to personalize your message, here’s the main thing to consider… nothing speaks like your own heart—whether the words are sentimental, sweet or even funny. The following ideas are included to help you start or add to your message—you can use them as they are, combine a few or just use the basic ideas to get you going.

 For Your Own Dad

(for males) Dad, you are the man I’ve always wanted to be…
(for females) Dad, I’ll always be your little girl…
For all the things you have been in my life, Dad…
You are the person I model myself after…
Dad, you put the super in hero…
You made my childhood memories the happiest they could be…
I am the (man/woman) I am today because of you…
To my friend, my mentor, my father…
Having a dad like you made growing up so much (better/sweeter/happier… 


For Any Dad

You inspire me to live life to the fullest…
It takes a special kind of man to make others smile from the heart…
Your love is as warm and bright as a sun-shiny day!
What makes your (advice/love) so special is that it comes from you!
You’ll never know how many lives you’ve touched, or how deeply your love has been felt…
You’ve been a mentor and a friend and you’ve made the/my world a better place…
My day is filled with hope and inspiration because of you…
Everyone should have someone as special as you in their lives…

For Husband

You are my knight in shining armor!
My life/Our lives would not be the same without your love…
You are my rock, my partner, my love…
For the man who helps make my/our world complete…
You fill my heart with joy, happiness and hope each and every day…
You are the compass on our life’s journey together…
You are the man of my dreams…
Lucky me/us–having you to love!

For a New Dad / Dad-to-Be

(for girls) Your new little princess is ready for her fairy-tale dad!
(for boys) Your new little sports fan is ready to cheer you on!
Love is on the way with your little one about to arrive…
Wishing you all the joy and happiness fatherhood will bring…
Your arms will be filled with a bundle of joy, and your heart will be filled with love…
Tender moments are right around the corner…
It takes a special kind of love to make a father like you…

More Messages

With warmth, love, and a special place in my heart…
Hoping you make the most of your special day…
Wishing you all the happiness you can handle on this Father’s Day…
With the fondest of memories…
With love comes laughter…
Relax, enjoy and celebrate…
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National Best Friend Day! (Free Printable)

Today is National Best Friend Day! We thought we’d celebrate with this quote – a fan favorite every time we post it. The best part is, this one is printable and framable. It’s the perfect gift to give your best friend to let them know just how special they are! Enjoy.

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