Monday, March 30, 2015

Thanks A Latte -Thank You Gift Update


The "Thanks a Latte" craft I did two years ago for bosses day is my most popular pin on Pinterest and my most viewed post here on Polka Dotted Blue Jay. I have thought of countless other people who could use a "thanks a latte" and Houston suggested a graphic with options for other coffee shops - He is a fan of Coffee Bean's Iced Tea!

He whipped up a graphic in no time and even created options in green, purple, teal and red! -- Gold star for you if you can name the corresponding companies.

I just printed out a sheet of coins (there are six coins on a letter sized page) and cut one out following the black border. I used a standard hole punch to create the hole for the straw and I filled the mug with foil shreds for some sparkle. It is such a budget-friendly and quick present to put together!


I still like the idea of putting the straw through the graphic coin, but using some ribbon and tying it to a mug or creating a homemade card are great options for your thanks a latte graphic too!

Houston has uploaded the designs to his Etsy shop and we would love to see what you create with them.

Happy crafting and latte-giving, my friends!


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Monday, March 16, 2015

You Hold The Pieces Together - Thank You Gift

When you have an amazing boss, it is important to tell them they hold the pieces together.

So this is an extremely belated post. Why is it belated? I will explain what Houston and I have been up to at the end of the post. But this is my annual “Bosses day thank you gift” post.

You Hold The Pieces Together - Thank You Gift #bossesday #thankyougift

Every year I create a little quirky gift for my bosses on bosses day – it is in October every year. Write it down. You should write it down and tell your boss thank you.

So this year, my darling man came to my rescue when I needed a graphic for my bosses day present. I had a great idea but, like usual, had no way to make it a reality. Often I can find a free graphic online, but my search kept turning up void.


I drew some terrible sketches of what I was looking for and he whipped it up in less than an hour – even more impressive was that he completed it on the train ride home from work. I told you he was talented.

You Hold The Pieces Together - Thank You Gift #bossesday #thankyougift


Bosses like you hold the pieces together

That’s right… I’m cheezy and I know it.

What you need for your hold the pieces together jar:
Pieces Graphic
Color printer
White paper
Adhesive (I used a scrapbook taper runner like this one)

Once I had my graphic (you can get yours HERE), I printed and trimmed along the black border. I slapped some adhesive on the back and it was good to go. 

Fill the jar with the Reese’s Pieces and call it a day! - That is my kind of crafting.

You Hold The Pieces Together - Thank You Gift #bossesday #thankyougift


I contemplated putting a ribbon around the jar, but I really liked how simple the jar looked and I left it alone.

So now for the exciting stuff:

Houston is constantly making images for me (my blog logo, post images and everything in between). Lucky for me, he lets me pay him with kisses and chocolate chip cookies. Lucky for YOU, he is going to make all the graphics available to you as well! Hooray! He recently re-launched his website and has also opened an Etsy shop where he will make graphics like this one available for purchase.

Wait, it gets better!

He has agreed to give away a copy of the “pieces” graphic to one lucky winner! Don’t need to make one for a boss? He has created several versions for your “thank you” needs: friends, family, etc. HBL Designs has you covered, see the samples here


Thanks for supporting our dreams!



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Friday, March 13, 2015

Personalized Stationary

Remember in December when I posted about snail mail and what a great option treat is for your greeting card needs? Well I was so sad to hear that treat closed at the beginning of this month... lucky for me, and you, personalized cards can still be purchased from Shutterfly! Click here ---> Personalized Greeting Cards from Treat.

I purchased this beer-drinking print from Jessica Garvin's Etsy shop (seriously, she is amazing) and made a lovely card for our beer-loving friends the McAllisters. It turned out better than I could have imagined and I was even able to add a little photo of Houston and I to the back of the card. Cute! And it was still less expensive than if I had bought a greeting card at Target. Winning!



While I was perusing the site looking for a card format I liked I saw this darling "thank you" stationary that was customizable! -- A sparkly heart and personalized stationary? Yes, please!


Little did I know that a proposal was right around the corner and my Elise Jay stationary would be only good for a couple more months. -- But I'm not complaining!


I've enjoyed writing sweet snail mail for the last month and this stationary has been my "go-to" pick - I have to use it up before I am no longer Ms. Jay! - Then, of course, I will just have to order a new batch as Mrs. Elise Laney!


I received this merchandise in December c/o treat; this post is not sponsored but it does contain affiliate links. Thank you for making this blog possible!