Easy Thoughtfulness Note Cards for Cancer Patients

New to Patterned Pomegranate are these easy to use Cancer Ribbon Thank You Cards.

They were inspired by a conversation with a friend whose mom is a cancer survivor! She told me how the chemotherapy really drained her, but she felt like she wanted to thank those around her for helping her during her time of need.

The simple rhyme on the front of the flat card covers a variety of things that people may have done for the person so all they have to write is to and from names.

Each card is personalized to the type of cancer the recipient has:

  • Pink for Breast Cancer
  • Teal for Cervical Cancer and Ovarian Cancer
  • Light Blue for Prostate Cancer
  • Emerald for Liver Cancer
  • Dark Blue for Colon Cancer
  • Peach for Uterine Cancer
  • Black for Melenoma
  • Gold for Childhood Cancer
  • Yellow for Bladder Cancer, Bone Cancer, and Sarcoma
  • Periwinkle for Esophogeal Cancer and Stomach Cancer
  • Orange for Kidney Cancer and Leukemia
  • Burgundy for Head/Neck Cancer and Multiple Myeloma
  • Orchid for Testicular Cancer
  • Gray for Brain Cancer
  • Purple for Leiomyoscarcoma and Pancreatic Cancer
  • White for Lung Cancer
  • Lime for Lymphoma
  • Lavender for All Cancers

The word thoughtfulness in the text also matches the ribbon color.

I love that these simple thank you note cards are making someone's life a little easier during a difficult time. And they would make a great addition to a cancer care package. Find the cancer ribbon thank you cards here.

Children's Hand or Foot Print Artwork Gift

I will admit it. I have been seduced by Pinterest into trying the "EASY" salt dough ornaments with handprints. Guess what - EPIC fail on my part. Well, mostly they cracked, which wasn't so great. But remembering those little handprints is just something that every mom needs. It must be in our DNA.....

So - after the pinterest fail, I decided to capture them in a different way. I am much more comfortable with paper, so I considered many options on how to use this tried and true method in a new way. While cruising through Hobby Lobby, I ran across cardboard cake circles and an idea was born!

I picked up one package of (6) 6" round white cake board and thin ribbon to go along with the cardstock and paint I already had at home. I used patterned cardstock, with two colors of paint for the handprints (darker on the bottom).

Instructions

  • Trace circle on back side of cardstock and cut out.
  • Glue cardstock onto circle and let dry. You may want to press under a heavy book to make sure the paper stays flat.
  • Paint child's hand and print on front and let dry (repeat in additional colors for other children - optional)
  • Hot glue thin ribbon along outer edge of the cardboard circle.
  • Glue a loop at the top to hang.

And that is it. No worries of cracking dough. No epic fails with side by side pinterest comparison. Just a sweet way to remember those little fingers! As as bonus they also make a nice gift for grandparents too.

If you try it, share a picture on Instagram and tag #patternedpom and mark "I tried it" on Pinterest!

Handmade Valentines It is that time of year again...where I remember my long forgotten blog and resolve to do better this year! As my boys are getting older, I can hopefully make that happen.

So to start of this year, I will show you something new that I have added to my Etsy shop for my favorite holiday - Valentine's Day! Why is V-Day my favorite holiday? I have always viewed Valentine's Day as an opportunity to tell people in your life that you love them. Not just significant others, but everyone in your life that brings you joy. Friends, parents, grandparents,kids, anyone who touches your life.

And it is easy to do with simple gesture of kindness - it doesn't have to be extravagant -- filled with overpriced flowers and chocolates (although I NEVER turn down chocolate!). Enter the humble Valentine's Day card. Small, simple, and just a sweet expression of love. Perfect!

With my boys, we have always made our own valentines because it is a great wintertime activity. Since we enjoy it so much, I decided to add a cardmaking kit to Patterned Pomegranate this year. The kit really makes it easy to create your own handmade cards!

What's Inside

The kit includes pre-printed flat cards with cute patterns and a huge variety of cardstock shapes to add to them. All the shapes are either cut on my electronic cutter from original designs or cut by hand with punches or paper cutter. Some pieces have raised texture embossing in the shape of hearts. All of the pieces are 100% handmade - no store bought stickers or embellishments. The back has the words "Happy Valentine's Day" and "To/From" with ample space for even the earliest writers to sign their names

Instructions

Lay out the cards and the embellishments and let the kids (and you!) move the shapes around until the layout is just right. As you can see in the photo, my boys were quite intent on finding just the right pieces! When it is perfect, glue the pieces on. I recommend using any kind of scrapbooking glue pen. It makes gluing easy for small fingers (I like Zig Glue), however, any way you want to stick them on works.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a cardmaking kit and enjoy this fun winter craft with your kids today!

Another great winter project is making your own playroom wall art. Or print out a Love Sign for Valentine's Day!

Vegetables in Applesauce There is that time during the summer when you have zucchini coming out of your ears and you are on the look out for creative ways to use them. Well add this one to the rotation! Discovered by my Mom (who would put vegetables in anything she can think of), and it was found that children do not notice shredded zucchini in the applesauce.

Now at my house where I am lazy and didn't peel or seed the zucchini they noticed, but ate it anyway! Perhaps they are used to me throwing veggies in everything....I learned from the best! So whether you are just looking for ways to use zucchini or have children that refuse to eat veggies, try this new way to use them! If you make applesauce a lot, you should consider getting an Apple Peeler, Slicer & Corer. It makes fast work of the apples and kids enjoy helping!

Homemade Zucchini Applesauce

Ingredients (no measurements, just use more apples than zucchini)

Shredded zucchini (peel if desired, seed larger zucchini, use a food processor shredding attachment)
Apples (peeled if you want, cored, sliced and quartered)
Water to keep from sticking when it first starts cooking
Cinnamon (at end)

Directions:

Place apples and zucchini in a saucepan or stock pot (depending on the amount) with the water. Start cooking around medium heat to get going, then lower to low. Stir often and add water if it is too dry. Cook until desired consistancy (I prefer thick and chunky). Add cinnamon. Cool, freeze, or enjoy warm (YUM!).

I have found that the containers with zucchini tend to not last quite a long in the fridge after you thaw them, so if you don't use a lot at a time, freeze in smaller containers.

reupholtering a footstool

As you do when you have kids, you make safety a priority in your house. For us that meant exchanging a coffee table in the living room for a soft padded storage ottoman....mainly because our boys are like wild animals at times! :)

At first I wasn't wild about it, but now I am IN LOVE with storage ottomans. Blankets and pillows out of sight, but close at hand. Yes, please! Well, after 5 years of daily use our not quite so real "leather" ottoman was showing lots of distress on the most used edges. Now it was becoming a safety hazard again and the boys were trying to grab pieces off of it or out of it. Time for a solution.

The ottoman was in fine condition other than to two corners next to the couch, so I decided to try to recover the top. I figured that was a cheaper place to start than a whole new ottoman. I love bold patterns, so I decided to have a little fun with the footstool instead of trying to match the existing pleather in color and texture. I also felt that fabric may be a little easier to use (especially in the corners) for a novice in the DIY furniture business.

Under the fabric, I used a folded twin sized mattress pad (cutting out triangles where it got too bulky in the corners). I doubled it up in the area where we had the worn out edges before. It was a little puffy to start with, but after about a month of use you can't tell that side has more on it. I just used a staple gun to attach it to the underside of the lid. Easy Peasy and under $20 ($5 for 1 yard of home decor fabric with coupon, $12 twin mattress pad).

I do love how it turned out and now I know that all I need is a yard of fabric to update it again! So if you have a piece of furniture that still has good bones, just give it a little update!