I have always been fascinated by the concept of “princess” across different cultures. As some of you know, I was born and raised in the Netherlands, a country with a "real deal" royal family. I grew up celebrating Queen’s Day and watching the royal family on TV during important national events. Fast forward a few decades, I’m now a mom, raising kids on the other side of the world.
When our daughter was little, I was struck by how popular the princess themed toys are in the United States. While I have always loved our kids playing pretend games (with or without dress up), I'm not comfortable with the stereotypes that sometimes come along with the concept of “princess.” Specifically, I don’t like the helpless princess that waits until a prince comes along to rescue her from a bad situation….. This just doesn’t match my concept of “princess” and doesn’t do anything for any of our daughters as we try to raise them to be strong, capable and responsible women.
Reflecting (and yes, possibly overthinking all of this), I started pondering what the positive character traits of a princess are, or even better…. could be. What if our daughter could be a “princess," what type of person could she strive to be? I wouldn’t want her to be concerned about physical appearance. Or the brand name of her clothing. Or caving in to peer pressure just to fit in. However, these are exactly the pressures our society and media puts on our girls: to be perfect, to be sexy, to follow trends...
I decided to write down 40 ways ANY girl could feel like a princess every day. You will find that these ways don’t cost money and have a lot more to do with positive character and being a fun loving kid. I have made my “40 Ways to Feel like a Princess Every Day” a free printable (you can click on the image below to download the pdf and print). I hope you will share it with your daughter and other special girls in your life wherever they live around the world. Because it is important that they know they are special and beautiful just the way they are.
That’s right. It’s fall! While the leaves have barely begun to change color here in Oregon, I have already been designing for the holidays. I’m excited to share with you that I decided to enter a design contest organized by the print on demand company I work with, zazzle. The requirements were to create a holiday card, postage stamp, label and stickers in a coordinating design. Of course, once I got started, I couldn’t stop there! So I have a whole collection of holiday inspired products and gifts ready for Christmas! From home decor to stationery to holiday gift wrapping, I’ve got you covered!
The design I created for the holiday card contest features the words “Peace & Joy” in hand lettering surrounded by a whimsical border of little Christmas trees and red hearts. The primary colors of this design are traditional Christmas colors: red and green. All my designs are easily customized and personalized with a name or other personal details. The holiday card can be customized as well with a family photo on the back.
Thanks for checking out my holiday card contest design and “Peace & Joy” to you, even as we head into fall!
Did you notice the new website banner? I have been busy updating my website and decided to create a new banner with my popular honey bee design. I have also been busy working on a variety of illustrations (please see my Facebook page where I regularly share my illustrations and doodles), a few of which I will be publishing as products in my zazzle shop www.zazzle.com/presentsoflove*.
Two new designs I would like to share with you are “Love Camping” and “Twin Cherries with Heart Shape.” While it may seem a little late in the season to publish a camping themed collection of products, our family gets excited about camping all year around so I decided to just go for it! As always, all the products in this design collection are family and kid friendly! They can easily be customized by changing the background color or be personalized with a name.
I would love to hear what you think of these new designs or any questions you may have by leaving me a comment. Thank you!
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