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Thank God it’s Friday, eh?  We wanted to share with you something to inspire your mind with some great seasonal decorating tips from Themes N Things.  We all need a little inpiration sometimes, so we put together this 4-Page PDF of some of our favorite & simple decorating tips for the holidays from Halloween to Christmas.  Enjoy! 

Click TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ALL SEASONS 2 for PDF.  We love bringing you new products and creative ideas for all your Seasons!  We hope that you will think of us when it comes time to haunt your home or deck the halls, we’ve got you covered! 

Thank You!
Themes N Things

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2010 in Review

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 66 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 191 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 86mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 31st with 83 views. The most popular post that day was Michael Myers & Jason Voorhees Animatronic Props are here!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were themesnthings.com, search.aol.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, en.wordpress.com, and talkcraftytome.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jason voorhees, gemmy halloween light show, michael myers, michael myers animatronic, and jason voorhees animatronic.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Michael Myers & Jason Voorhees Animatronic Props are here! July 2010

2

Gemmy Halloween Light Show – Enhance your Scare Factor this year! July 2010

3

Mickey Mouse Talking Countdown to Christmas Clock July 2010

4

It’s a Halloween Prop Explosion! August 2010

5

Gemmy Specter Projector w/Sound & 6 Slides September 2010


2010 Quilt Fundraiser – Airedales A to Z

to benefit National Airedale Rescue

Click here for more information about this year’s quilt.

Fundraising Art Quilt
to benefit National Airedale Rescue

While children learn their alphabet in school with the usual help of “A” is for Apple – anyone with an Airedale in their home knows that Airedales have their own version of the “Alphabet”. 

Alphabet quilts have been created throughout history with many themes – birds, flowers, animals, babies, school blocks and scores of others.  But the ladies in the Bee felt that an Airedale’s take on an alphabet quilt would surely be very different with that great sense of humor, fun and devil-may-care attitude… so we proudly offer you a truly beautiful art quilt, made with love, pride and incredible talent!

Click on the link in the photo to learn more about how you can donate to Airedale Rescue and enter for a chance to win the quilt.

Brought to you by Themes N Things  www.themesnthings.com
Your One-Stop Shop for all your Seasonal Needs


Here’s something to make your English teacher cry…

A school crossing zone in NC. (at least I can spell it correctly) Thought this was too funny – needed to pass it along!  A road contractors worst nightmare – chalk it up to a really bad day!

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Your One-Stop Shop for all your Seasonal Needs – Find your one of a kind Halloween prop here!


Take a look at this face….innocent, or guilty?  BUSTED!  Ever wonder what your cats do when you are not looking?  We found out that Princess (AKA: Prinster, Prinny,  Acrobat, the list goes on) likes to surf the net when we’re not looking, or at least that is what it looked like.   The only thing we did not figure out is what websites she was viewing!  LOL  She always tries to act so innocent, but somehow, her face gives it all away.  “What, who me?”
No matter how many new toys she has, she always enjoys an empty box to hide in.


How often do you say the phrase….“When Pigs Fly” in a conversation?  Probably pretty often, but just when I think that I have seen it all, I got an email today that proved that Pigs do fly!  Office Playground is selling flying pigs

The Flying Pig Stress Toy is perfect for all you fans of piggies on the wing. Squeeze this squishy pig to help release the stress of a busy day. Let this cool Flying Pig stress reliever roam your desktop in search of truffles and mud holes. Tell your co-workers the day has finally come when pigs fly — oink! oink! wheeeeee!

The Little Things in Life

Posted: June 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
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It’s amazing how “The Little Things in Life” matter the most.  The feeling that overcomes you , the smile that ends up on your face, and the happiness that fills your heart.  Listed below are some of my favorite “Little Things”:  (please feel free to add your own “Little Things” to the list as well)

  1. The smell of fresh cut grass
  2. Finding the button that goes on your winter coat
  3. Taking a great photograph
  4. A Get Out of Jail Free Card in Monopoly
  5. A pair of jeans that fit
  6. A new color highlighter (and if it is scented, bonus!)
  7. Finding money in your pocket
  8. A great kiss
  9. Scratching off your instant lottery ticket & seeing that you won!
  10. A kitty purring
  11. A great boyfriend
  12. The Cleveland Browns actually winning a game
  13. A good glass of wine (Alice White Lexia is my favorite)
  14. Peanut butter (without the nuts)
  15. Getting a good price on a new Halloween Prop
  16. Chocolate (in any form, cake, brownies, cupcakes, M&M’s, icing)
  17. Finding the best pair of high heels (you never can have enough)
  18. Hot Dogs on the grill
  19. Post-it Notes
  20. Watching it snow (when you don’t have to drive in it)
  21. A loving family
  22. Getting free samples in the mail that you forgot you signed up for weeks ago
  23. An email from an old friend
  24. Getting what you want for your birthday
  25. Chips and Salsa
  26. A good steak
  27. Finding money on the ground (or finding money in the change holder at the grocery store that someone forgot – Ka Ching)
  28. Going to the Zoo & acting like a kid
  29. A day without allergies
  30. Painted toenails in the summer
  31. Christmas Songs
  32. Unwrapping Christmas presents
  33. The smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning
  34. Hitting all green lights on the road
  35. The smell of fresh cleaned sheets

The list goes on, but we can all find happiness in The Little Things in Life that matter the most. 

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Looking for a great idea to make for Father’s Day?  You can create these cute little notepads right at home with any photograph! 

Here’s what you will need:

  • Two 4″x6″ vertical photo prints
  • Assorted types of paper (lined paper, graph paper, colored paper, etc.)
  • Paper cutter or X-acto knife and ruler
  • Two binder clips or clothespins
  • White glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Stack of heavy books (optional)

STEP ONE:  TRIM PAPER TO SIZE
Take your assortment of fine papers and cut each piece 4″x6″, the same size as your prints. An X-acto knife and ruler will work, but a paper cutter is a lot easier and quicker.

Keep cutting until you have a stack of paper about 1/4″ thick.  NOTE: You can also pick up pre-cut paper from a craft store to make this project even easier to complete. 

STEP TWO:  GLUE STACK OF PAPER
Tap the stack of paper sharply on the table to even up the stack. Tap one of the short edges until it’s perfectly flush.

Clamp the stack together with binder clips to keep it nicely lined up.

Apply glue to the evened-up short edge of the stack. Smear the glue evenly over the surface with your finger.

If any glue gets on the face of the pages, just wipe it away with your finger.

STEP THREE:  GLUE IT AGAIN
Let the glue dry for about 15 minutes, then shmear another layer of glue onto the same edge. Let it sit until the glue is completely dry.

The glue layer should be nice & thick. Unclamp the stack and ruffle it to see if any pages come loose. If they do, apply another good layer of glue and let it dry.

Place a print, face out, on the top and bottom of the stack and re-clamp with the binder clips.

STEP FOUR:  MAKE A PAPER STRIP
And now… the spine!

Cut a strip of decorative paper 4″ long and about 3/4″ to 1″ wide.

Apply a thin layer layer of glue to the paper strip, smearing it over the whole surface with your fingertip.

STEP FIVE:  GLUE STRIP ONTO STACK
Glue the strip onto the spine of the notepad (um, that’s the part with the glue layer on it.)

Line the paper strip up over the center of the spine, then bend one side down so it folds over the front cover of the notepad.

Smooth the strip onto the photo with your finger, then bend the other side of the paper strip onto the back cover and smooth that down.

If excess glue gets on the face of the photos, wipe it away with your finger or a damp paper towel.

STEP SIX:  LET IT DRY
Dump a big stack of books on top of the notepad (or put the clips back on so they hold the strip in place) and let the glue dry completely.

That’s it! See? Easy!

You can even make some great Halloween pads of paper to pass out to your trick-or-treaters !


On long holiday weekends, you never know what to expect.  We go for the more quiet weekends and enjoy our time at home, but something happened to change all of that.  This all started one night, when our neighbor got cold sitting outside.  He decided to start a small fire in his grill so he could read on his patio.  As we watched him put one box after the next into the grill, the flames just shot out of the grill like crazy, then died.  As we quietly watched from our own yard…we got an idea.  “Hey, don’t we have some boxes that could be burned too?”   We scurried quickly into the house to grab whatever box we could and then hauled them next door.   To our neighbors surprise, he smiled, then shoved them into his grill… POOF went more flames instantly.  WE were hooked!  Had to go find more boxes now, and….grab our digital camera.  We started adding box after box to his grill and watched as the flames got higher and higher, not to mention hotter.  It all started off so innocently, and turned into the best photo shoot, as we viewed frame after frame (actually more than 60+ photos) and found some interesting “things” in the flames.  We saw more spooky faces than we could imagine in the flames, one right after the next.  It was kinda like those ink blot tests trying to figure out what you saw – “wait, was that a bunny? no it’s a skull, no wait…”  Who knew that spending a night at home could be so much fun with your neighbor (although we think he may need a new grill now), not to mention what a great impromto photo shoot & abstract art that we turned out.   What can you find in our photo’s?