March 7, 2011

Buckets to Build & A Free Printable . . .

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The past week has been an experiment in contrasts for me.  On the children front, it’s been a tough one.  There has been sickness at every turn. When my children are ill, everyone suffers and it has done a great job of wearing me down both physically and emotionally.

On the other hand, it has been an emotionally and spiritually rewarding week for me as I have spent some time each day focusing on a woman I might build up and encourage.  I should not be surprised that all I had to do is ask God each morning who I could help and He would let me know with a small thought, a seemingly strange coincidence or an all-out bonk on the head. I should also not be surprised that there is heartache, sorrow and loneliness out there going unnoticed and unhelped. We’ve got to change, ladies!

Recognizing other women – their struggles, their successes, their very existence – has been the little light to me in what was otherwise a crazy rough week.  In return, other women have also met my needs during  this hard time and I am so grateful for how they have helped to build my strength and confidence.

I’m excited to have three more weeks of building ahead of me. I’ve got lots of plans in the works. Yay for the month of March!

I found these darling Spring pails in the Dollar Spot at Target last week.  I thought they’d be fun to fill with some homemade cookies.  While the cookies are delicious and chocolate always makes me feel better about myself, I knew the tag attached to the pail could be key to putting a smile on another woman’s face, so I spent some time playing around on my computer and came up with a few options.

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Today, for the first time since I started blogging almost four years ago, I am pleased to share with you a free pdf printable of these “Be A Builder” gift tags.  You can find them here.

I enjoy pretending to be a graphic designer sometimes.  I hope you’ll enjoy using these tags to make other women feel happy.

Please leave a comment if you find this printable helpful and would like to see more printables of my “graphic design” in the future.  Also, if you feel so obliged, tell a friend about these printables.  Let’s start a great chain of women building up women!

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14 comments:

Apis Melliflora said...

What a pretty way to build up other women. The spring colors alone make me smile, but your labels are darling. Can't wait to hear how your buckets of gratitude (and sugary goodness) go over.

christy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the printables!! I am going to use them right away. I love things like this but DO NOT have the design skills to create them myself. I would definitely use something similar in the future as well. Thanks as always!!

MelancholySmile said...

What a great idea! Hope your kiddos feel better soon.

tktakesphotos said...

Dear Dragonfly,

You are a phenomenal builder of women. And you ARE a graphic designer. Ain't no if's, and's, or but's about it. I have proof that you are a master of design and I'm not afraid to share it.

Sincerely,

TK

Anonymous said...

I love these labels. I have taken your inspiration and have been working really hard at building up other women. It has been so rewarding. I definately will use these tags. Luv them.

AllisonK said...

what fun and thoughtful gift. You have great skills. Hoping everyone is sleeping and recovering.

brendag said...

I would like to second everyone else's comments. I LOVE,LOVE, Love the printables! You are an graphic artist in my book. I am so grateful that you are sharing the tags with us, I will us them. I have loved this month so far of looking for ways to be a builder. Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

The Queen Vee said...

Well done my talented DF.

Christa said...

I love your creativity.....you make such cute crafts. Thank you for sharing your printable with us.

squeezeme said...

Thanks builder! The tags are fabulous....and you are so high tech! It's so true, you don't have to look far or hard to find someone to express love and appreciation to. I'm still waiting for the printables for the Lego birthday party!!

gr8apey said...

You have no idea who I am...but my sister was on a mission with someone in your family in Austria?? No clue, but she linked you on her page and I visit you every once in a while. I have been looking for something to do for a couple women I visit teach that I've known almost my whole life, but who are inactive. These just struck a chord with me and I will be putting them to good use!!! Thank you sooo much for the free download! I wish I knew how to make these tags for many things....next on my list...take a class!!

Audrey Carlson said...

You have talent. Continue with the free printables! The less creative of us with put them to use and be builders with them. I've got my buckets...and I'm making a list.

Heather Lindsey said...

You are so talented! Thank you for sharing these tags and wonderful ideas with us. I have the buckets all ready to share with some special women in my life. I may have to go out and buy another batch. They are just so cute! Keep the printables coming, they are fabulous

Aiketa said...

Awesome printables!! You are suck a rockstar!
Thank you!