Printable Quote: Summertime

We hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and warm weather of sweet, sweet summertime! The feelings that summer bring out should be shared, so we wanted to create this printable, and framable summer quote for you. Hang it on your wall, at your desk, or give to a friend. Enjoy!

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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!)


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



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.


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.



Simply Thankful: Introducing our new page

Just one small gesture of appreciation can lead to a more positive and fulfilling life. Simply thankful is the key, and that is one of the reasons we created our brand new page, Simply Grateful: Blue Mountain’s Guide to Positive Living.  We’re so excited to share this page with you, and hopefully inspire some wonderful new ways to help you show gratitude.

04222015_Gratitude_printable_BLG_BMA Click here to print and frame this quote.

You’ll find blogs on how to help you find the perfect words to write inside a thank you card, articles teaching children and grandchildren how to show appreciation, and inspiration from heartwarming notes personally penned by famous persons of yesterday and today.

Also, we’ve all heard of a bucket list, but what about a ThankList? Share a personalized thank you with the people who helped shape you, with some help from our friends at American Greetings.

Plus, put a little extra gratitude in your day by printing and framing this beautiful quote! Keep it for yourself, or give it to someone who you’re grateful to have in your life.




December 2014 Desktop Wallpaper & Letter from the Editor


 “I will honor Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.”
_ Charles Dickens

December is here and for many of us around the country, it’s the season to be freezin’!  But we’re from hardy stock, here at Blue Mountain, and we think the best month was saved for last. December is sparkling snow, crackling fires, and frosty mornings.  It’s wonder and dreams, laughter, nostalgia, old friends, and traditions we treasure.

December brings the holidays, giving us the feeling of hope in our lives, the promise of peace in our world, but most importantly, the gift of love in our hearts.  It’s a joyful time of reaching out to those we care about and remembering that the greatest gift we can give someone is our time and attention.

We’ve pulled out all the stops for this year’s Christmas offering.  We created a beautifully rendered and richly animated show that takes place in New York’s Central Park in Charles Dickens’ time.  You can watch the horse and carriage walk over the Vine Arch Bridge and the skaters spinning on the Pond.  We brought in a special choral group to sing “The Carol of the Bells” as the choir in the Pavilion.  At the end, you can roll over the historic landmarks and learn more about them.  Our new religious card celebrates the first Christmas in Bethlehem.  We brought in an ensemble to perform an awe-inspiring version of “O Holy Night,” and have included the amazing story behind the hymn at the end of the show.  We have warm-hearted wishes for the season and light-hearted smiles, such as our talking Chihuahua, “Feliz Navidog,” and our adorable talking Penguin, “Let It Snow!”  For those of you celebrating Hanukkah, we have a fun snowman surprise for you in “It’s Hanukkah!”

We also wanted to offer our friends and fans a beautiful winter-inspired  download for your desktop background, your phone background, or even your Facebook cover image. All of us here at Blue Mountain wish you peace and joy and beautiful holiday memories to keep throughout the year.

Merry Christmas!
Caroline Leech, Senior Editor


December Background
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Letter from the Editor – Welcome November!

“November brings a harvest of memories,
reminding our hearts what matters most.”

Ah, November– when the brooding autumn skies are filled with parting birds, as we brace ourselves for the inclement weather ahead.  Many of us are moving indoors now, where our homes become cozy retreats, filled with eiderdown comforters, spiced warm cider and toasty fires.  November days are short but full, as we ready the house for the holidays and make our plans for Thanksgiving.

At Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to what matters most–not the things we’ve acquired along the way–but rather the moments, memories, and experiences shared with the people we love.  For some of us, Thanksgiving will be a bittersweet time.  As we look around our table this year, a familiar face may be missing.  We honor their memory by gathering together with grateful hearts.  We remind ourselves there are things we take for granted that others are praying for.

This year, we’ve created an especially warm collection of Thanksgiving eCards for you to spread the love and gratitude among your family and friends.   You can watch as woodland animals fill a cornucopia to the lovely music, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  We think you’ll also enjoy our hand-lettered “Three Wishes,” and you won’t want to miss our charming Golden Lab delivering your message “Across the Miles.” Want to share a smile?   Send our talking pilgrim dogs to speak what you type or check out “Where’s the Turkey?” and discover where the turkeys hide.

However you celebrate this year, may joy and love be present at your table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Caroline Leech, Senior Editor



Fall Decor Roundup

When summer days start to wane, we almost can’t wait to get started on decorating our homes and creating a cozy nest full of colorful touches of leaves, berry branches, and of course— pumpkins. As you start buying your mums and pulling out your fall candles and decorations, you might want to try some of these fall decor roundup decorating ideas that we thought were fun and creative ways  to say, “Welcome, Fall”!


  1. This has got to be the cutest way to pumpkin-up your powder room from Cranial Hiccups. 2. The “key” to fun fall decorating is easier than you think with this fun idea from Midwest Living.  3. This natural autumn centerpiece from Shelterness sets the perfect cozy tone for fall gatherings.  4. The popular “mumkin,” this one shown from Circa Dee, is a must-have for fall. 5. Create the perfect autumn atmosphere with this eye-catching leaf chandelier from Midwest Living.  6.  Adorable as gifts or centerpieces, these pumpkin jars, shown from The 36th Avenue, are simply the cutest.


Letter from the Editor – Getting Ready for October!


With the autumnal equinox on September 22nd, when day and night were of equal length, we welcomed fall and life started all over again.  Now that October is here, our gardens are bright with dahlias, camellias, echinacea, and chrysanthemums. Our recipes will be starring pumpkins, squash, apples, berries, seeds and nuts. We’re wearing our sweaters and plaid flannel, enjoying pumpkin spice lattes and farmers markets and cheering on our favorite football teams.

The days are getting shorter and the sun is lower in the sky. Nighttime is heralded by spectacular sunsets and the stars have never shone brighter. Mornings are dawning with a spectral mist hanging over the fields. As we watch all the beautiful changes taking place in nature, we are reminded that the only constant is change. We may feel a little nostalgic for autumns gone by and the people who mean so much to us. Here at Blue Mountain we have cards to honor those significant relationships and celebrate all the fun holidays in October.

Because we like autumn so much, we created a card to wish everyone a Happy Falloween. You’ll find a new postcard for Columbus Day and new eCards for Boss’s Day and Sweetest Day.  When you visit our Halloween collection, you’ll discover some extra special treats—eCards with music you’re sure to recognize, including the themes from the Andy Griffith Show and Bewitched. What better time to let your friends and family know you are thinking of them? And no matter how busy you get, remember to make some time for yourself to pause and watch the leaves turning.

Caroline Leech, Senior Editor





How to Nurture all of your Friendships


Not all friendships are created equal, but all friendships are indeed important and meaningful in their own unique, special ways.

Truth be told, there are varying levels of friendship. Some are extremely close. Some not as much, but still significant nonetheless. Although your various friendships may be different from one another, it’s still important to stay connected with each of them and to show your appreciation. After all, they have inspired, supported, encouraged, and motivated you—and perhaps even stood by your side—and probably continue to do so even today.

Blue Mountain has compiled a list of five different groups of friends you might have. We’ve also added fun ways to keep in touch with those friends in each group. Maybe you have suggestions of your own. We’d love to hear them!

Friends in this group are very few, but they’re the ones who know you best and accept you unconditionally. They’re also the ones you first turn to through the different phases of your life. To stay connected with this select group, the more personal, the better: one-on-one get-togethers, phone calls, and cards (yes, through the mail) are the nicest and most meaningful gestures.

These friends are formed from social circles that enjoy each other’s company outside the home and workplace. They enjoy getting together and having a great time, whether at each other’s homes, at outside venues, or at functions. To stay connected with this group, eCards are a good choice.

Obviously, these friends are your professional colleagues and co-workers. You’re brought together through a mutual employer, but then you just happen to click on a more personal level. You might even socialize outside of work. These friends could also accumulate if you leave one company for another. To stay connected with this group, the social network LinkedIn is a great place to gather. Coffee and lunch dates are also nicely practical.

This group of friends could have been culled from your grade school, high school, or college…or your child’s grade school, high school, or college. These individuals might include classmates, teachers, professors, coaches, mentors, other parents, etc. To stay connected with this group (through messages and photographs), blogging and social media work extremely well. You might want to consider Facebook or Twitter. Also, alumni groups and reunions are great ways to keep in touch.

These are friends you see just every once in a while. They could be meet-up groups, neighbors, members of your religious affiliation, etc. You don’t see each other regularly, but you do enjoy each other’s company and you get along well. To stay connected with this group, you may want to make more of an effort to do a planned activity together (movie, dinner, concert, art show, bowling) or share a lovely treat (bakery, flowers, vegetables from your garden, a small gift). You can also reach out and send an eCard that shows how much you value their friendship.




Top 10 Ways to Surprise & Delight your Best Friend (FREE desktop background)


Your closest and dearest friend(s) will always have a special place in your heart. And you in hers. You know each other inside and out. You’ve gone through good times and bad. You’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. And there’s no one else you’d rather call your best friend.

But times change—and life happens. You don’t get to see each other as often as you once did. You don’t keep in touch as often as you’d like. And you suddenly somehow feel that an occasional phone call just isn’t enough.

You’d like to change that now. You’d like to reach out to her in some very special way and surprise her with an act of appreciation for your deep friendship. Any ideas of how you’re going to do that?

Don’t give it another thought. Blue Mountain has done all the work for you and compiled a list of 10 fun and exciting ways to reconnect with your BFF. Pick one (or more!) and delight her today!

Compile a scrapbook or PowerPoint slideshow of the many pictures you have of you and your best friend together. If doing a video, add songs in the background that have a special meaning to you both. Don’t forget to add a personal message that will touch her heart. This will truly become a keepsake.

What did you use to like to do together? Ride bikes? Go bowling? Shop at the mall? Visit an amusement park? Have sleepovers? Recreate that exact kind of day with little notes that will remind her of your past shared memories and inside jokes.

Visit a restaurant in a city that neither of you have ever been to before. Make reservations under your nicknames. Order for each other. Giggle the night away.

Rent an old movie that was a favorite of both of yours and laugh/cry through it together. Choose either a popular TV series (like “Leave it to Beaver,” “Father Knows Best,” or “I Love Lucy”) or a classic film (like “Gone with the Wind,” “Casablanca,” or “Titanic”). If a good chick flick about female friendship is more to your liking, choose “Thelma and Louise,” “Beaches,” or “Steel Magnolias.” And don’t forget the popcorn!

Cook dinner for your best friend that would be something you both loved as kids. Think retro. Your menu could include such all-time favorites as macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, salisbury steak or meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas, chicken à la king, tuna casserole, TV dinners, deviled eggs, spinach dip in a hollowed-out bread bowl, cheese spread in a can with a nozzle plus crackers, baked Alaska, a gelatin mold, or S’mores.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a magnificent bouquet or a simple arrangement. The important thing is that your friend’s day is made that much brighter when she receives those beautiful flowers from you. You might also want to accompany them with an eCard that expresses your sentiments. For a helpful guide, here is what some flowers signify:

  • Amaryllis – splendid beauty
  • Birds of Paradise – joyfulness
  • Black-Eyed Susan – encouragement
  • Blue Violet – faithfulness
  • Carnation – pride and beauty
  • Chrysanthemum – cheerfulness in old age; fidelity
  • Gladiolus – strength of character
  • Heather – admiration
  • Lily – majesty
  • Pink carnation – gratitude
  • Yellow rose – friendship
  • Zinnia – thoughts of friends

Book an afternoon (or even a full day!) of pampering at the spa for the two of you. Choose from the variety of services offered—from manicures and pedicures, to facials, massages, and body treatments. Throw in a shampoo/style, makeup application, or lunch, too, if available. Then get ready to enjoy a truly restful and relaxing time together.

Think outside the box on this one. Maybe plant a garden together. Or go hiking (and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards). Or play in a playground. Or fly kites. Or rollerblade. Or go kayaking. Or run a race. Or…frankly, the world is your oyster.

There’s nothing that brings good friends together quite like food. Choose a class that will introduce a cuisine or technique that’s new to both of you. Then maybe schedule another evening to recreate at home what you learned in class. Don’t forget the wine! Bon appétit!

Schedule a getaway weekend just for the two of you. It can be as exotic (a trip to Paris!) or as modest (tenting in a national park) as you’d like or can afford. The important thing is that you enjoy your time together and get a chance to catch up on old times!

And now we’d like to surprise and delight YOU, our dear reader, with a free desktop background featuring one of our most popular friendship quotes. To set as your desktop background, simply click the image, and when the new window appears, right click and choose “set as background.”