About Angela

Whose kids have the coolest Valentines, Halloween costumes and birthday parties on the planet? Angela’s. She heads up the product design team at Pear Tree, so it’s no contest, really. She lives with her husband and four kids in Tucson, Arizona. To Angela, a perfect design is timeless, and a perfect photo of her kids has them wearing matching (but not identical) clothes. She loves a well-set table, and her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving…no, Halloween…no, Thanksgiving. Does she have to pick?

DIY Easter Craft Idea: Bunny Finger Puppet

Easter Craft IdeaI love doing crafts and activities with my kids, and especially had fun doing this Easter craft idea with them, the Bunny Finger Puppet. They can pick their own colors and create their own bunny faces, then play with them when they are done. It’s an easy way to put a little fun in your Easter week!

Materials/Tools:
Pencil
Felt
Needle
Embroidery thread
ScissorsEaster Craft Idea

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Top 5 Trends in Graduation Announcements

Want the newest look and the best new ideas in graduation announcements? We’ve picked some of the top trends we’re seeing, and are ready to show you our most outstanding examples of each. Here are the top five trends in graduation announcement ideas for the Class of 2013!

Classic / Traditional
Simple designs, one or more photos, classic fonts and traditional design elements such as a crest or shield mark these graduation announcements. Most can be customized to the colors of your choice, and all will bring out the best in your grad.
Graduation Announcements & Invitations -- Favorite Photo Horizontal Graduation Announcements & Invitations -- Grad Cutout VerticalGraduation Announcements & Invitations -- Future On The Line Graduation Announcements & Invitations -- Perfect Photo

Hip / Trendy
These graduation announcement ideas are standouts in any crowd. Interactive spin cards, pop-up windows, mixed styles and fonts, and hot design elements such as washi tape make these designs memorable, each in their own way.
Graduation Announcements & Invitations -- Candid Collage Graduation Invitations -- Chevron Memories Pop UpGraduation Announcements & Invitations -- Spin A Rama Graduation Announcements -- Make Your Mark Ribbon Booklet

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Kids Classroom Card Ideas with Washi Tape

As the Director of Product Development for Pear Tree I work with designers to build the best products for our customers. When I’m working on a project for my own family I tackle it the same way. I start with the big picture then define the requirements and finally focus on the details.

Big Picture (theme): Washi tape.
Requirements –
1. My kids would be involved in assembly. (Needs to be easy to do.)
2. My oldest needs to write (in cursive) the names of his classmates. (Needs extra envelopes for potential mistakes.)
3. My daughter could not bring candy. (The “treat” needs to be flexible.)

These are the three Valentine’s Day card ideas for kids that I came up with–easy, mistake proof and flexible!

Materials/Tools:
1. Washi tape
2. Pen
3. Small paper
4. Lollipop
5. Crayons

Variation #1: Lolipop treats
Use the washi tape to add a treat to the front of the envelope and on the back to secure it closed.
Valentine's Day Card Ideas for Kids

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Chalkboard Holiday wrap with paper straw bow

DIY Gift Wrapping ideas
For the holidays, I like a well set table, a tree decorated with care, and above all, I take gift wrapping very seriously.

This year, when I was thinking of new gift wrapping ideas, I used my holiday card for inspiration.  A chalkboard background with red/white stripes with hand script in white.  To make it work I used black craft paper (that resembled a chalkboard), some striped paper straws, red jute and a white chalk pen.
Angela & Anthony
Follow along for an easy to do Christmas gift wrapping idea:

DIY Paper Straw Bow

Materials/Tools:
4 paper straws
Scissors
Jute or yarn
Glue gun
Wrapped box
Chalk pen

Step 1: Start with 4 straws, cut them each in half. Take 4 pieces from those and cut in half again. Next take the 4 largest pieces and cut a small piece off of each. The goal (see pictures) is to have 3 different length straws. 4 large, 8 medium and 4 small which is a total of 16 cut straws pieces. Then cut 6 pieces of string about 2 inches. These don’t need to be exact.
Step 1

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