Monday, May 12, 2008

Hostess Gifts

We are back from our weekend trip to attend a house party in the hills of Los Angeles. We gave two gifts to our hostess Patt.

This is a set of 15 cards featuring different photos my husband has taken of scenes in Arizona. I printed a description of each on the back and left the inside blank for her to use as greeting cards.

Part of the purpose of this weekend was a mini-reunion of some of my husband’s classmates from Balboa High School (class of 1966) in the Panama Canal Zone where their military or civilian service parents were posted. I scanned their alumni patch, printed it on fabric, and sewed it to a linen dish towel. Their school colors are red and white.

Occasions like this weekend help ground us as not many of us have a place we really can call home or have friends we’ve known before our senior year of high school. Reunions such as this provide us an anchor in our otherwise nomadic pasts.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very enjoyable getaway June. I love the photo cards you and your husband made. It looks like you print the photo right onto the card -- how do you do that?!? Now that I have a photo printer, I do print my own photos (though limited to size) but I paste mine onto the card stock. I'm amazed at the quality of hte photos by printing onto card stock instead of on photo paper. Is there a secret to getting that quality onto photostock? What gorgeous cards they make! (and no fiddling with the double sided tape).

Yet another lovely project you've created.


Pat said...

Hi June!

It sounds like you had a nice time at the mini reunion! Your photo cards are always so pretty! Do you have a special printer or special program that you use to make them? The dish towel idea is so nice. and a practical gift that I'm sure everyone was happy to receive.

Hugs, Pat

hunnybunny said...

Oh my gosh, I was born in Ancon in 1981. What a small world. The cards are amazing!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh June. As always, you're such a thoughtful, creative gift-giver!

Yummers! said...

Dear Nomad,
Naughty me has not gotten your mags. in the mail yet. Will try tomorrow after Jenny Craig.

I love the dish towels. Sooooo attractive! What a nice gift from you. The cards w/photos are a perfect match as Dub took them.

What a nice way to spend your weekend... with old friends. The best kind.
Hugs from a NEW friend!

Sarah said...

You are so thoughtful. Always.

African Kelli said...

Beautiful! You are so thoughtful Junie.
Where do you print your cards?

Gumbo Lily said...

I love photograph cards like these. They're beautiful! I make my own too. That reminds me, did your Hub take the pic of the prickly pear in bloom below?

Sounds like a nice reunion.


Junie Moon said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments about my little hostess gifts.

Gumbo Lily: no, my husband didn't take the photos in the previous post, those are pictures I took myself.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely gift. Do you print your own cards? I think you've said before. I know people get them off the net?

meg said...

What clever & thoughtful gifts; I especially love the idea of the dish towels. Would you mind if I borrowed it? My mother is heading back to Texas next month for an annual "unofficial" reunion in her tiny-little hometown & I think the remaining members would be tickled to have something like that.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

You are the best gift giver. Your gifts are always so personal and thoughtful. Hubby and I just started fooling around with out new printer....trying to get a good result on cards. The quality is pretty good but our margins are not so nice and even as yours. We are having fun with the experiments!

Jane said...

SO cute! Love that patch! The cards are very thoughtful. By chance did you get to enjoy exploring LA?

Robyn said...

Oh how I have missed this blog! It is wonderful to be back blogging! Just wanted to pop in and say hello!

P.S. June have missed you terribly! :)

a pink-bee said...

You come up with the very best ideas for gifts :)! Stunning cards !
crystal :)

Storybook Woods said...

As usal you amaze me. you always are thinking out of the box. xoxoxox Clarice