Festive Crafts for Fall!!

September 20, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Crafts, Fall/Autumn, Imikimi, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Ready or not, fall is creeping up on us fast!  And there is nothing more synonymous with fall than fun crafts to decorate the home!  There are so many different things you can do to decorate and craft with all the rich colors that surround us this time of year!

Now, who could think fall without thinking PUMPKINS?  And who says that pumpkins have to be carved into Jack O Lanterns? You can use all kinds of craft materials like silk flowers, glitter and paper, even canning lids to make gorgeous fall decorations you can display all season long!

Check out these fun crafts!

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Want something other than pumpkins? Here are some other ways to decorate your home to bring in the beautiful rich colors of fall:

How about decorating some glass blocks with vinyl sayings? Add some lights for a gorgeous centerpiece!

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You could even get the kids involved with these beautiful handfolded origami leaves!

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Use some of the natural elements around you to create beautiful centerpieces

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Click below to find even more amazing fun festive fall crafts for your home!

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I hope this inspires you to create some beautiful crafts for your home this fall !

Beautiful Inspirational Pictures of Autumn

September 12, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Autumn is a photographers dream season, the scenery is so beautiful and inspirational.  You can get a lot of ideas from just sitting outside and watching the leaves fall.  There are so many different colors to look at that you don’t see in the other seasons.  Leaves change to beautiful vibrant colors, fall off the trees, and lay on the ground for families to have fun playing in.

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Inspirational ideas for autumn can be taking time to reflect on the year, and thinking about what goals you want to accomplish before the year ends.  Just driving around the streets and parks,  taking in all the beautiful colors, and taking stock of your emotions.  Check out all of the beautiful reds, yellows, purples and many other colors.  Just browse on the internet to see all the beautiful autumn photo’s.

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There are two holidays in the autumn months that people really find inspirational, Halloween and Thanksgiving.  For Americans, this can be a great time to celebrate all of the autumn colors!  Holidays are a fun  time for all of us,  getting dressed up in costumes or handing out candy to the little ones, and even baking a turkey and inviting our family over to visit.  You’ll find great ideas in every aspect autumn.

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Life can be stressful at times, but during the autumn months you should take time to relax and take in all of the vibrant colors.  If you are not sure where life is going to take you next, try just gazing at the beautiful scenery for inspiration! You will be amazed at all of the ideas that will pop into your head!

Make Your Summertime Memories Last Forever With Imikimi Frames

July 16, 2013 at 10:49 am | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photo Opts, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Imikimi: Summer Time Frames

Imikimi: Summer Time Frames

Summer is in full swing and Imikimi summer frames are the perfect enhancement for all your summer fun memories. There are so many chances for memory making during the summer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the summer is party time.

Family Time

Picnics and barbecues are plentiful in the summer. What could be better than burgers on on the grill and slices of cool watermelon? Pool parties, beach days and trips to the amusement park can certainly generate tons of memorable photos.  There are carnivals and fairs and trips to your neighborhood zoo. Many families choose the summer to host annual family reunions. It’s time for photo-ops with everyone you haven’t seen all year! What better way to preserve these precious photos than with a summer Imikimi frame?

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Imikimi Picnic Frame

Vacation Time

Summer is always one of the most popular times of the year for vacations. Are you taking a Mediterranean cruise on a luxury liner or taking the sailboat out on the local lake? Maybe you’re backpacking across Europe or hiking up a nearby hillside. You can visit your local state beach or visit some exotic tropical locale. No matter where you decide to spend your vacation, you will definitely want to celebrate these images with summer Imikimi frames.

Imikimi: Family Vacation Frame

Imikimi: Family Vacation Frame

Summer Love with Imikimi Frames

Summer is one of the most romantic times of the year. Candlelit dinners alfresco and sunset walks on the beach provide picture perfect moments. From first dates to June weddings and everything in between, there are so many opportunities for a sizzling summer romance. A beautiful photo commemorating that special day or night with your loved one is something to cherish forever.

Imikimi: Summer Love Frame

Imikimi: Summer Love Frame

Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are great for getting together with family and friends. The Fourth of July and Labor Day are both  wonderful holidays to spend time with loved ones. There are fireworks and parties and picnics galore. Keep the festivities going all year when you use Imikimi frames to remember those special days.

Imikimi: Summer Holiday Frames

Imikimi: Summer Holiday Frames

Your summer is full of memorable moments you’ll never want to forget. Imikimi  Summer frames make your images unforgettable.

Happy 4th from Imikimi – Featured Top Frames

July 2, 2013 at 10:39 am | Posted in Imikimi, Photo Opts, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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July 4th is usually a day that we not only celebrate our Independence, but its usually when folks get together for a barbeque, outdoor picnic, trip to a local beach and ending the day with fireworks… This year at Ikimi we would like to help you celebrate by featuring some 4th of July inspired frames….

 
United States Fireworks
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While wearing a five finger ring representing the USA, this frame exhibits a modern day version of Uncle Sam. You can use this frame as an invitation or as a Happy 4th what’s up to entertain your viewers with your pic of choice. This is definitely a cool favorite at Imikimi.

 
Patriotic, Memorial Day, Military Fourth of July
By: hobbsca

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We can’t forget to honor those who have fought for the country. This patriotic frame is an outstanding piece to either remember a fallen solder or honor those who are away this year. What an amazing contrast and blend of the eagle and flag.

Fourth of July Baby
By: cmachao

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Not only is the frame cute but you can add  anyone’s photo not just a baby’s to add a little character and fun. What a nice frame for a baby’s first 4th! This frame is so adorable!

Independence Day
By: EARROYO

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Whether you are staying and watching the fireworks on tv, going out and enjoying a picnic or barbeque…. Make this 4th of July a memorable one with a Ikimi frame. Happy 4th to all and be safe!!!!!

The Joy of Sharing 4th of July Moments with Friends and Family

June 25, 2013 at 7:28 am | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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As the fourth of July comes into the spotlight, imikimi.com has all the frames for your pictures that will help you share the joy of the 4th of July. As the fireworks and BBQ’s start, you will want to save and share all the beloved pictures that you have taken during all the family gatherings or maybe just of you and your vision of the independence holiday. With so many choices to choose from, imikimiart has a variety of frames and designs to choose from.

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Looking for that photo FLAIR for the 4th of July?

If you are looking for the independence to choose the design for your pictures when you are sharing them on your social media sites, emailing them to friends and family, or even if you are looking to make a lasting memory with a T-shirt, coffee mug, cell phone case, or canvas print of the fun that you had, imikimi.com has all the frames and design that you need. Imikimi has all the frames to give your pictures that flair or KA-BOOM that you are looking for with your pictures.

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With all the fireworks of the holiday, you can add that same flair to your photos that you have taken on your camera or even your cell phone. The mobile available for your IPhone or iPad can help you quickly take, edit, and share your photos. Imikimi offers many different ways of capturing and holding on to those special memories that come with the holiday. Being able to take and share your photos is a vital part of sharing the memories. T-shirts, cell phone cases, coffee mugs, mouse pads, canvas prints, coasters, tote bags, Facebook covers, car tags, almost anything that you can imagine that you want to put a picture on is there to choose from, even something as small as regular digital photos starting at $.29 each.

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Crafting Away for the 4TH!

June 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Crafting for a holiday can be exciting and memorable.  Whether you want something for your kids to create or you want something to create yourself, choosing the craft is half the battle!  Here are 3 crafts aimed at different audiences; toddler, kid and adult…chose your craft and get creating!! Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/

Toddler Time

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Supplies needed

  • Red, white and blue paint
  • A disposable (or washable) cup – one for each paint color (I used an egg carton this time.)
  • A marble for each paint color
  • Paper
  • A box large enough to lay paper flat on the bottom
  • Large shirt or apron

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Directions

  1. Place a piece of paper into the bottom of the box.
  2. Put a small amount of paint into each cup.
  3. Drop a marble into the cup and roll it around to cover it in paint.
  4. Drop the paint-covered marble into the box on top of the paper and roll it around by tipping the box to create your ‘fireworks’.
  5. Repeat with a new color and continue until you feel it’s finished!

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Kid Craft Time!

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Supplies

  • Empty toilet paper tube Small coffee filter
  • Red crepe streamer Blue card stock White card stock
  • Glue/double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Star stickers
  • Pop-its or Snaps

1.  Start by fitting and gluing a coffee filter inside one end of the tube.  This sealed the one end and made a little holder, so to speak.

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2.Then wrap  and glue some red crepe paper streamer around the bottom several times.  I made cuts in it once it dried.  This made the “rocket flames”.

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3. Using a piece of blue card stock, cut it to the size of the tube and glued it into place.  Cover the glued part of the crepe paper streamer too.  The clips held it in place while it dried.

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4. It is decorated with stars and filled with pop-its.  You might call them pops, pop-its, snaps, or
snappers.

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5. I used white card stock to cut a circle, made a slit in it, and folded it around to make a cone shape. I used double sided tape to attach it to the top.

Adult Craft Time!

Now to get the creative juices flowing!!

Tie Dye Patriotic Pillow

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MATERIALS

The TULIP Tie-Dye Kit comes with everything you need but the fabric.

Includes 8 4oz bottles, 12 different color dyes, 8 pairs of gloves and 40 rubber bands

1. First read the directions.

2. When I was done reading the second thing I did was test the dyes.  I wanted to make sure I had the right color. As I tried them I labeled each bag with the name of its color for future reference and use.

At this point I was ready to create.  I mixed, inside of the bottle that came with the kit, the dyes with water according to the direction

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3. I wanted my pillow to have a rustic old look so I eye balled the stripes for the flag.  Using the tip of the bottle I traced the red ones first.

4. Then I used my finger to spread the dye.  More dye you put more even the look will be. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect so I just had fun with it.  After I was done with the red I repeated the same step for the navy blue rectangle.

5. Then all I had left was to let it dry and sew the flag to another piece of burlap to make a pillow.  I added some old metal buttons that I had to give it a little more detail.

Let the crafting begin!!

What is Father’s Day?

June 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Inspirational, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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What do you think of when Father’s Day is mentioned? Dads, of course, maybe barbecue grills, lawn mowers, and power tools. We all think of cards and food, and how most fathers on this day of the year would rather be fishing in solitude. Instead, they are smack dab in the middle of the bed, eating soggy toast made by one child while the other child spills the orange juice all over the place.

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Surprisingly, and like most things, this holiday has a history, though it is debatable as to the exact time and place of the original Father’s Day. Since there are so many theories, we’ll settle with the most repeated local history of Father’s Day in the United States.

History of Father’s Day

According to artofmanliness.com, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 after a daughter of a widower came up with the idea to honor our fathers as well as our mothers.  Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to the Mother’s Day sermon in church, and she began to wonder why fathers were not celebrated; they certainly deserve it. Her own mother passed away giving birth to her 6th child, leaving Dodd’s father to raise the children alone. He took care of all the things that both parents normally handle together.

Dodd suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death, to be the official date, but due to poor planning the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June. In 1966 the third Sunday in June was designated as the day to celebrate fathers, but it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day was recognized as an official national holiday.

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Now You Know…

So, now you know a brief history of Father’s Day. Our dads work hard to provide for their families, so don’t forget to celebrate them and honor them on this special day of the year. Happy Father’s Day!

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Fathers in History – Father Inspired Art Pieces

June 7, 2013 at 10:42 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Inspirational | Leave a comment
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Celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June, Father’s day was introduced in  the early 1900’s and the idea can be attributed to Sonora Dodd who was raised by her widowed father . She came up with the idea after a Mother’s day inspired church sermon. She took in consideration all her father had done for her and her siblings, and thought it would be a good idea that Father’s have a day to celebrate as well. Not just Mother’s. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane Washington in 1910.

Historically we have been celebrating fatherhood even before there was a designated day… Especially through art. Father’s have been an inspiration to many artists whether famous or underrated through out history. Lets take a look into our history and see what paintings were inspired by one of the greatest jobs a man can have!!!!

Dad’s Coming
1873
Winslow Home (1836-1910)

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Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and print maker and is best known for his marine inspired art. In 1873, he spent a summer in Gloucester, Massachusetts where he was inspired to paint Dad’s Coming. Here you see a fisherman’s family waiting on his return. Notice how the son is looking towards the water, waiting for his father’s return. You can feel the anticipation from the boy as he is waiting for his beloved father? Or the Mother who looks looks worried but yet remains calm for her little ones.

Come to Daddy
C19th
William Henry Midwood (1833-1888)

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William Henry Midwood, who lived and worked in London was considered a figure and genre painter. Midwood painted Come to Daddy sometime in the 19th Century. This piece is an adorable reflection of a father and daughters happiness to see one another. Almost gives off a daddy’s little girl vibe. This is a very heart warming painting.

The Four Seasons of Life Middle Age
1868
Currier and Ives

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Based in New York City from 1834-1907 and headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813–1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824–1895), Currier and Ives was an American print making firm. The Four Seasons of Life Middle Age is a hand colored lithograph which represents a father coming home to his family. Look at the wife and children’s eagerness to great the father. This image is often duplicated in today’s reality. How many of us have greeted out fathers at the door just like in lithograph?

A Heavy Burden
C19th
Arthur Hacker (1858-1919)

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Mostly known for painting religious scenes and portraits, Arthur Hacker was also heavily inspired by his travels to Spain and North America. A Heavy Burden represents a father and his two girls walking home from a long day. This beautiful painting exhibits a father as a protector, teacher and leader. Such a loving representation of many of the fathers yesteryear as well as today

These art pieces are just a few examples of father inspired art throughout history. Can you think of any timeless pieces done by historically famous or underrated artists?

Mother’s Day: Showing Mom Love

May 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Imikimi, Inspirational, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Mother’s Day began in 1908 as a way to celebrate Mom’s and what they do for society.  Although it has changed from a day of church going, family dinners and carnations to an overly commercialized celebration, one thing remains the same: Mom’s deserve to be celebrated!  Being a mom can be a thankless job, let’s be honest, no one says “thank you” for washing my clothes, cleaning the house and driving to soccer practice.  While it may be a thankless job, it is also the most rewarding and fulfilling job that anyone could have.  The joy of learning the alphabet, the super power of a kiss to heal an “ouchie” and the cuddling when they are tired are worth more than any “job” could ever pay.

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What will you do for your Mom this year? Will you make her breakfast or take her to dinner? Maybe make her a card?  The sacrifice of a Mom can not be made up with one day of gratitude, but it can make her smile and feel loved all year long.  Although the holiday has turned into a large marketing dream for certain companies, the meaning behind the day is what should remain.

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DON’T FORGET!!

Husband and father’s should take note of this day! Not just for their own Mothers but also for their wives.  When it comes to gifts and remembering to do things for the children, Moms typically take charge.  However, this is one day that the men need to step up and help out! Do something special and make it a surprise, your wife will be more than happy with whatever you do simply because you remembered her.

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Father’s Day Crafts

June 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Father’s Day is right around the corner so here are some cute fun ideas for the kids to color for Dad to make it their own the 1st picture just needs to be printed out and colored to add their own special touch:

Now the 2nd Father’s Day gift is a craft and it will take any where from 5 min to 10

What you’ll need:

  • construction paper
  • plastic container with lip
  • scissors
  • ribbon, yarn or string
  • Dads favorite candy

You will need to make a tag like the on in the picture something short sweet and fun so dad can get a laugh out of it so with your construction paper lefts get crafty and make it one gift dad will never for get. Now open the candy you picked for dad and put it in side your container almost done now when your done adding the candy put the lid on it and just add the tag with the ribbon attach the tag. :0)

Third idea for dad gets a little messy but it is something you can frame and always keep.

What you’ll need:

  • 8×10 white paper
  • your choice of paint
  • hands :0)

Ask Dad for his hand but don’t tell him why when he gives you his hand ask if its okay to paint it? If its okay paint his hand with your color paint and press it against the white 8×10 paper you have

Now go to your little before the paint dry and add his hand to the middle so its Daddy’s hand and baby’s hand and with the paint you can add names, dates, Happy Father’s Day your choice:

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