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Monday, May 21, 2018



If you've followed my blog for awhile, you know that I love to give creative gifts and parties with puns.  AH (Awesome Husband) introduced me to the power of a pun when we were first dating. Over the years they have grown on me and now almost 25 years later, I can't seem to get them out of my system. 
Recently, my mom asked me for some flower puns to put with a floral birthday bouquet she was giving a friend.  Once I got started,  I couldn't stop!  So now I have quite a list to share with you... over 60 puns!

Flower puns @michellepaigeblogs.com


Use these when you're giving flowers or a floral gift to someone. Use a pun or two to make a card. Maybe you'll find yourself hosting a flower or garden party and you need lots of puns everywhere?
Let me know how you use them.

**As I create more printables, I'll add the links to this post.



Gift giving with flowers and puns @michellepaigeblogs.com



Generic Flower Puns
Put these puns with any flowers or bouquets.
We've grown so fond of you.
Thanks a bunch!
Thank you for helping me bloom. Click here for post.
Bloom where you're planted (Welcome to the neighborhood.)
Thanks for helping me grow.  Click here for post.

Seed you later.  (Have a great summer!)
Hey bud--How's it going? (Use flower buds.)
To my best bud.
You're my bud.

Here's some color to brighten your day.
I blossom around you.
Blossoming love for you.

My love for you grows and grows.
Hope you have a sweet and flowery day.



Leaf Puns

Put these puns with any plant, leaves, or a leaf shaped gift.

You are unbe'leaf'able!   Click here for printable.
Never leaf me!
Hang in there. (hanging plant)

Don't stop beleafing!
Don't leaf me hanging!
Beleaf me, you're the best!

Beleaf it or not, it's your birthday!
Beleaf it or not, the school year is over!
Plant one on me!  Click here for printable.

Around the Home Printable Love Notes @michellepaigeblogs.com



Specific Flower Puns

Put the exact flower with the corresponding pun.

Gift giving flowers with puns @michellepaigeblogs.com




What's up, Buttercup?
What in carnation happened to you? (Welcome back.)
In all of carnation, we could never replace you.

You're looking fresh as a daisy.  (Glad you're feeling better.)
Not a daisy goes by without thinking of you.
Not a daisy goes by without missing you.
Iris you a happy day.

Iris you great success.
I really lilac you.
I lilac working with you.
I lilac being your friend.
Just a lily bit of love for you.
I love you a lily bit more each day.
You're no pansy, way to go!
I a'rose' thinking of you today.
Oh, snapdragon! I'm late for your birthday!
I love you, mum.
Just for you, mum.
For my mum.
I want to kiss you with my tu-lips.
These tu-lips are waiting for you.


Succulent and Cacti Puns
Put these puns with succulents and cacti plants.


Aloe you very much.
Aloe there!
You had me at aloe.
Just wanted to say, aloe.
Thistle will show you that you're loved.
Life would succ without you.
Pretty fly for a cacti.
I'm parched for you.
Stick with me.
I'm stuck on you.
Thanks for sticking with me.
Sorry that hurt, know that you are loved.




Herb garden idea for Mother's Day @michellepaigeblogs.com

Herb Puns  
Put these puns with the corresponding herbs.
To spice up your life.
You're a big dill.
Let's make a dill.
Dill or no dill?
For my wise and sage mentor.
Some sage advice.
I oregano it's your birthday.
No need to tell me, I oregano.
We were mint to be.
That mint so much to me, thank you.
We're mint to be together.
Thank you for your commit'mint'.
Thank you for your thyme.
I'll love you till' the end of thyme.
Wanted to add a little thyme to your day.



**I'm always collecting puns.  Please leave me a comment if you have more to add to this list.

Mother's Day Floral Bouquet @michellepaigeblogs.com

This bouquet of roses has love notes tied on the branches for mom.  Sometimes you don't need puns, just love.  Click here for post. 

These puns can be used with handmade plants and flowers as well.  
May Day Flower Craft for Kids



Ribbon Flower Craft






 
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018





Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com


Here's an easy gift for a teacher, a grad, a teen, or really anyone.  Who doesn't love a new water bottle?  My kids go crazy when someone gives them a new water bottle.  We seem to misplace them or lose them or break them all the time!
But this isn't JUST a new water bottle--it's a new water bottle filled up with gifts--how fun is that?  I made this one for my 15 year old niece and she loved it! 
The idea is simple.  Open up a new water bottle, fill it with gifts and treats and notes, add a tag and deliver.  Check it out.
Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com

I chose this misting water bottle (affiliate link) click here.
Clever water bottle gift for teachers, teens, grads, dads, anyone!  At michellepaigeblogs.com


Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com
I tied the gifts up with curling ribbon, but that's completely optional. Small 'skinny' gifts work the best. 
Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com

Rolled up cash is a perfect gift, but gift cards work, too...just bend them a little bit to make them fit.

Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com

Put in the bigger items first, then squeeze in the small items.
Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.comFill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com

Getting the gifts out of the bottle is part of the fun! 
Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com

Click here to print out a bottle tag.

Fill up a water bottle with gifts @michellepaigeblogs.com


This insulated stainless steel water bottle (affiliate link) click here went to a coach.

    

Click here to print out a bottle tag.





 
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Thursday, May 3, 2018







Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

A dear church friend was unexpectedly in the hospital for about 4 days due to a colon infection.  On day 2 of his hospital stay, I heard that he was bored, bored, bored!  I knew I wanted to visit him, but what would I bring with me?
That's when I decided he needed an Un-Bored Basket!
You know.....a basket of things to keep him busy aka 'un-bored'.



Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com



It didn't matter that my friend is in his 70's, he desperately needed a distraction to keep his mind off being stuck in a hospital bed.
He's usually a busy-body around our church...fixing things, helping people, solving problems, visiting those in need, etc. etc.

I created a simple basket of fun things that would keep him from going crazy, or at least give him a little bit of  joy in the hospital.  
By the way, this idea works for any age...just change up the items to suit each patient.




Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com



I used a basket I found at a thrift store and gathered up some fun wrapping paper, bright colored paper sacks, cardstock and curling ribbon.  Taking a gift to a hospital patient HAS to be full of bright colors and happiness, right?!  This is not the time for chic, mono-chromatic neutrals.  Take a look at some of the things I came up with.


Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

-Mini Get Well Soon Balloon
-Magic Putty
-Chocolate
-Hot Wheel
-Playing Cards
-Fruity Drink
-Crayons and Coloring Book
-Jacks
-Bubble gum
-Candy
-Helicopter toy


**All of these items can be purchased at the Dollar Store or a drug store.
Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.comFun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

I then placed each item in a colored bag and stapled on a fun little note using colored cardstock.

Some of the gifts I wrapped up in playful wrapping paper--I thought unwrapping gifts could be a nice distraction, don't you think?  Take a look at some of the items.


Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com
Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com
Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

I carried this basket into my friend's hospital room and immediately a huge smile spread across his face.
Of course I made him pose for a picture!

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com

We visited for over an hour and as I left I told him he could get into his basket whenever he was bored.
Later, I heard that the first two bags he opened were the candy ones. Unfortunately he was on a liquid only diet...oops! 
Note to self: Find out if there are any restrictions, BEFORE crafting up a basket.

Fun hospital gift basket for any age @michellepaigeblogs.com



PS- My friend Dan has quite an amazing story.  After he retired, he authored an autobiography titled, A Higher Calling- The Dan Miller Story (aff. link). He's a former Vietnam helicopter pilot and instructor that turned to professional gambling and watched his world fall apart. Thankfully his story doesn't end there. His book tells how he found God through interesting circumstances that included hearing a professional football player apologize to his wife.

 

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Monday, April 23, 2018




Take a look at what I gathered up for the college kids--STICKS!  Yes--STICK with me here, it's not that far 'out on a limb', now is it?It's time for those college students to start getting ready for finals.  AH (Awesome Husband) was back on campus for some meetings and made a few deliveries to some of our favorite students. 




Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com

Yes, I know it's a little crazy, but there's so many fun products in a stick form, and cute 'stick' sayings...that I couldn't help myself.
'Way to STICK with this!'
'You've got that STICK-to-itiveness!'
'No matter what, STICK with it!'
'STICK with it 'til the end!'
'STICK it out!'



*This post contains affiliate links.
Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com


You can easily make your own 'STICKy' care package.
Just print out these sticks, (click here) on kraft paper or card stock.
Cut around each stick.

Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com

Gather up items that are stick shapes.
I chose pretzel sticks, turkey snack sticks, Pocky sticks, gum sticks and Chap Stick.
Other items you could add: fried potato sticks, cheese sticks, bread sticks, chopsticks, cookie sticks, chocolate sticks, licorice sticks, candy sticks, etc. etc.

Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com
Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com
Tape a paper stick onto each item.

Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com

Use a box, bag or basket depending on if you're mailing your package or hand delivering.

Rolled kraft paper and natural wood fibers keep the 'woodsy' theme going.  Place in bottom of container.


Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com

Find a few 'real' sticks or branches to add in. 
Place the largest items in first.

Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com

Add in all the other items and send it off with a note of encouragement.  Every college kid needs some encouragement!


Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com


Here's some more college care package ideas for you:


College Blues                                           Survival Study Sack
College Blues-- Care package of all blue treats and printable tag.       Finals Survival Study Sack-  all orange treats and printable tag.


Brighten' Up Your Semester                        Stay Smart for Finals
Brighten up Your Semester- College Care Package- all yellow treats       Stay Smart- College Finals Care Package-  Smart foods

SNAP to it!                                         Caramel Apple Dippin' Kit
Snap to it-  you can do this!  College care package ideas.              Caramel Apple Dipping Kit for College Students @michellepaigeblogs.com

STICK with it!
Stick with it!  College finals care package ideas @michellepaigeblogs.com











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