Summer Time Celebrations and the Fingerprint Posters you need to Celebrate them

Aaah, summer time…the sun, the vacations, the fun! And think of all we have to celebrate THIS summer; most of the world is lifting COVID restrictions which means we can see each other in person this summer! We can celebrate birthdays, we can attend weddings, baby showers, and all of those other important events in life—and we get to do it IN PERSON! Woot woot!

While you’re gathering safely to celebrate, soak it in. And create a keepsake while everyone is there. If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we need to cherish our friends and family now more than ever. I’ve got lots of fun fingerprint posters that work well with any summer theme! So if you are planning a birthday, graduation party, baby shower, wedding, bridal shower, retirement party, or need a teacher appreciation gift, I’ve got options for you 🙂

Watermelons

Watermelon might as well be the mascot of summer, am I right? This is the latest addition to the offerings at MeganHStudio (also my new favorite). Have guests add their fingerprint and sign their name as a watermelon seed. Great for teacher appreciation gifts, summer birthday parties, and baby showers!

Find all the Thumbprint Watermelons here:

Sunflowers

These work great at weddings, birthday parties and a baby showers. Have friends and family add their fingerprint and sign their name to fill in the petals on the sunflower.

Check out the entire selection of Thumbprint Sunflowers:

Sunshine

Your little sunshine can add this to the room decor after everyone adds their fingerprint and signs their name as a raindrop! Great for birthday parties or to show anyone special that they are loved.

Bring on all the Fingerprint Sunshine Posters!

Pineapple

If you like pina coladas (I do!), then this one is for you—have friends and family add a fingerprint and sign their name to fill in the pineapple outline. Great for a tropical wedding, baby shower, or kids party.

Check our more ideas for these Fingerprint Pineapples:

Beehives

It’s all the BUZZ—have guests add their fingerprint and sign their name as a buzzing honey bee!

See all the Fingerprint Beehive options:

Dandelions

Not only to dandelions have some great health benefits, but they make a great fingerprint poster too! A fun addition to any birthday party or baby shower.

These work well for all kinds of events! Baby showers, birthday parties, Mothers’ Day gifts, teacher appreciation, and they’re even perfect for memorial services.

See all the Fingerprint Dandelion options:

Peaches

Sweet as a peach! Guest add their fingerprint and sign their name as leaves on this peach tree. I even have a coordinating art print for this one 😉

Get your peach themed items in the format you need:

Make sure it turns out great

Check out the resources and free downloads available to make sure your avoid a fingerprint tree fail and make sure it turns out perfectly.

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Fall Celebrations and the Fingerprint Guestbooks you need to Commemorate them

Regardless of what role COVID-19 plays in your life this Fall, there are still so many reason to celebrate; Halloween, Thanksgiving, maybe a baby shower or two, retirements, weddings, birthdays I’m sure. In whatever capacity that it is safe to gather and celebrate this Fall, create a keepsake while you’re there. It’s definitely going to be a memorable Fall season 😉

Pumpkins

Are you welcoming a little pumpkin to the family this Fall? Or do you have small Fall wedding planned? There’s a variety of pumpkin-themed designs waiting for you. Have guests add a fingerprint and sign their name as leaves on these trees or pumpkin vine. Then frame it for a keepsake!

Gender Reveal
Pumpkin Patch
Fall Wedding
Baby Shower or Birthday

Turkeys

Commemorate everyone at your Thanksgiving gathering, or celebrate your “little turkey” joining the family this Fall! Turkey-themed designs are available now!

Gobble, Gobble
Thanksgiving Baby Shower
Give Thanks
Welcome Your Little Turkey

Sunflowers

Arguably and all season flower, sunflowers around town are definitely at their peak during the Fall! These Sunflowers Designs can be used to celebrate a birthday, baby shower, or retirement. Add fingerprints in any color to make it your own!

Sunflower Central
Choose the colors to make it yours
Birthdays, Baby Showers
Retirements, Weddings

Tips and Downloads

Whatever design you go with, make sure it turns out great! Checkout the tips to avoid a fingerprint tree fail, along with some fun and helpful free downloads.

More designs are ready for you on Etsy and Amazon Handmade!

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Freebie Friday – May 8, 2020

Here’s the last one for this set, and it’s one in a million…just like “ewe”!

Formatted to print as an 8×10 art print AND an A6 fold over card! Get this week’s Freebie Friday before it’s gone! BTW, this one isn’t even available for sale in my Etsy shop yet. Talk about exclusive, right?!

Fun Facts About Sheep

  1. Domestic sheep’s wool will grow forever. Depending on the breed, sheep typically produce between 2 and 30 pounds of wool a year
  2. One pound of wool can produce 10 miles of yarn!
  3. Many early presidents raised sheep. In fact, Woodrow Wilson kept a flock at the white house during World War I to keep the grass trimmed as a cost-saving measure
  4. Sheep have rectangular pupils that allow them to have a field of vision of nearly 320 degrees
  5. In 1996, a sheep named Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from a somatic cell

Other News on MeganHStudio

As the world comes closer to overcoming this pandemic, think of the things we’ll have to celebrate! I’m here now, and I’ll be there then to help you celebrate the birthdays, babies, retirements, graduations, and the coaches and teachers with a wide selection of Fingerprint Guestbook Alternatives and art prints available.

Also, just released: VIRTUAL fingerprint tree gifts to thank your teachers this year! Since school is closed for many students, gathering everyone up to add their fingerprints to a fingerprint tree as a gift for teachers isn’t a possibility…BUT I can add VIRTUAL fingerprints! See how it works.

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Freebie Friday – May 1, 2020

I’d “Moove” Mountains for You!

This week there is another art print and A6 fold over card waiting for you to download for Freebie Friday (pun included!). Send a note to a friend, or print up an 8×10 to frame and add to your décor! Get it here before it’s even available for sale in my Etsy shop!

Fun Facts About Cows

  1. Cows are red/green colorblind…so that red cape in bull fights? I don’t know either!
  2. They can see nearly 360 degrees
  3. A cow drinks enough water every day to fill up an entire bathtub
  4. They have no upper front teeth
  5. Cows can live to be about 20 years old

Get yours here!

As the pandemic continues, there will be a new freebie here for you every Friday for a limited time! Shoot, if it last long enough, every room in your house will be outfitted with some clever puns and cute hand drawn animals. More art prints and fingerprint trees like this are available for purchase in my Etsy shop!

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @MeganHStudio to get info about the next Freebie Friday.

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Freebie Friday – April 24, 2020

This Little Piggy Stayed Home

Whether your state is still on lock down, or if you were quarantining before it was cool (Hello, Homebodies!), this little piggy is just what you need! Plus, it comes in 2 formats:

  •  an 8×10 inch art print
  •  an A6 fold over card

So whether you’re checking in on a friend with a note in the mail, or want to add a little piggy to your home decor, go check out this week’s Freebie Friday! Download it, print it, frame it, or send it!

Fun Facts about pigs

  1. Pig’s don’t actually sweat! They roll around in the mud or water to keep cool
  2. Pigs are very smart; Winston Churchill once famously said about pigs, “Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.”
  3.  An adult pig can run up to 11 mph
  4.  In Denmark, there are twice as many pigs as there are people
  5.  Pigs dream!

What’s New

I’ve been working hard on a VIRTUAL fingerprint tree option, and it’s just about ready! Stay tuned for more info!

Plus, check out the latest projects I’ve been working on along with how COVID-19 has impacted my business!

Stay safe out there!

Freebie Friday – April 3, 2020

This Freebie Friday is the real DILLO! Download it here–I know you know somebody who needs this hanging in their house!

This week, we’re continuing with another desert animal: the armadillo–not only is it a fun word to say, but they’re pretty interesting creatures!

The Real DILLO

Fun Facts About Armadillos:

  1. The name Armadillo means “little armored one”
  2. Nine-banded armadillos always have identical quadruplets; seven-banded armadillos have 8-15 identical pups at one time!
  3. The Giant Armadillo of South America regularly grows to be 5 feet in length
  4. There is a 5-inch long armadillo with a pink shell called the “Pink Fairy Armadillo”

See? They really are the real DILLO!

What’s New

Check out the latest projects from MeganHStudio, along with my plans and response to COVID-19.

Plus, check back every Friday for a new Freebie Friday download! And when you’re ready to celebrate the new babies, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, birthdays, teachers and coaches in your life, I’ll be here with the latest and greatest fingerprint guestbooks for you to choose from 🙂

On Etsy

On Amazon

FREE Downloads

Helping you avoid a fingerprint fail

Check out these helpful downloads for tips, resources, and other important additions to help ensure your fingerprint guestbook turns out beautifully. The best part, they’re all FREE (you’re welcome)!

Tips and Resources

Avoiding a Fingerprint Tree Fail

Tips for a great fingerprint guestbook

Sample Fingerprint Guestbooks

Sample Fingerprint Trees

Sample Fingerprint Balloons

Sample Fingerprint Animals (Deer, Lion, Giraffe, etc.)

Sample Fingerprint Wreaths, Plants and Fruit

Sample Dreamcatcher

Sample Fingerprint Beehives

Sample Fingerprint Donuts

Sample Goof Ups

Don’t be Frank, or Sally, or leave it unattended by the drink table, or leave your toddler alone to do it himself…

Sample Fingerprint Trees Goof Ups

Sample Fingerprint Balloons Goof Ups

Sample Fingerprint Wreaths, Plants and Fruit Goof Ups

Sample Dreamcatcher Goof Ups

Sample Fingerprint Beehive Goof Ups

Sample Fingerprint Animals (Lion, Giraffe, Deer, etc.) Goof Ups

Sample Fingerprint Donut Goof Ups

Fingerprint Test Sheets

Instruction Cards

Have you heard about the VAULT?

There are tons of fun printables for birthdays, baby showers, holidays and more in the VAULT. The best part: they’re FREE. The second-best part: they’re all hand drawn! Here’s a few popular ones:

Would you like to see more samples or resources? Let me know what you need and I’ll work on adding it!

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I just quit my day job

You know, the one with great benefits, a pension, and total job security. Quit. Done. Goodbye commute. See ya later boss. Hasta la vista parking garage. Sayonara stable pay check. Seriously–yesterday was my last day.

Is this the right move? I’m not sure. But I’m ready to find out (also…I’m terrified to find out).

I’ve always had a traditional day job. To be honest, being a “worker” is a structural part of my identity. I’ve always taken pride in the work I do, and it’s been diverse over the years; vet tech, retail, teacher, government, program specialist. In fact, there was a time where I worked my full-time government job, took night classes in a masters’ program, and taught a College Freshman English course all at the same time. I was spread thin and exhausted, but I took pride in all 3 of those things. My husband was working equally as hard, so we didn’t see much of each other but we were totally killing it (and ourselves, a little) at work. My point is, I work hard. And I love it.

Babies change everything, don’t they?

And so when I got pregnant and gave birth to our daughter in 2012, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Up until that point, my identity was wrapped up so tightly with being a “worker” that when I looked into her quiet eyes moments after she was born, feeling like I would die if I had to leave her sight for more than a minute, the thought of going back to work was enough to conquer everything I ever thought I was.

That’s where the seed was planted.

Could I quit my job? Could we make it financially? Could I retain my sanity if I lost that part of my identity?

That seed had a really long germination period. Somehow, I made it back to work after my daughter was born. We made a rudimentary plan to quit my job after our second child. But after our son was born in 2014, I looked into his eyes knowing we wouldn’t make it financially if I quit. And so my heart went cold every morning that I left for work and left my babies behind.

I don’t mean to be dramatic. I actually had it pretty good at work; I only had to go into the office 2 days a week. I did the rest of my work from home with 2 little ones running around my feet.

Identity is Complicated

Another part of my identity is a creative part. I’m happiest when I’m creating something. I’m at my best when I’m working on some sort of project. Our kids provided me with some direction for my (usually untamed) need to create. When I was pregnant with our daughter, I started to draw things for her. I drew some jungle animals for her nursery. When I look at them now, they’re absolutely terrible, btw.

For our son, I drew some woodland animals. By this point, I had practiced and learned a lot and I was able to produce things that were actually kind of cute, maybe even a little bit marketable. So in September 2014, one month before I went back to work after maternity leave with our son, I took my drawings to a print shop to scan them. I put the images into a Word document (yes—a Word document) to do some editing (if you can even call it that), printed them up on cardstock with my (terrible) photo printer, took some (terrible) pictures and posted them for sale on Etsy. That’s where MeganHStudio started. I would love to tell you that the rest is history, I was an instant success, and quit my day job the next day. I’m sure you can figure out that’s not actually how it happened.

But in 2018, pregnant with our 3rd child, I knew we could do it. We could do it. I could quit my day job. With a lot of hard work, MeganHStudio had grown to a point where it was consistently making good money. Plus, I had the full support of my husband and my parents all along. They had been telling me “you can do it” for years.

Now, I knew I could.

So I told my boss I was coming back after maternity leave when in fact, I had no intention of coming back. It’s not because I’m a liar. It’s because I didn’t want to cut ties until the very end just in case it didn’t work out.

My older kids ask me sometimes if I ever have to go back to “the office that’s far away,” and I get to tell them “no.” And when our youngest daughter was born in July 2018 I looked into her eyes with a kind of calm I’ve never felt, knowing I won’t have to leave her with a nanny all day long while I commute, work, travel, and then come home too exhausted to enjoy my kids.

Taking the Leap

I’ve gotten to a point where I’m comfortable letting go of the part of my identity that needed a day job. I’ve come to terms with that while I’ve been on maternity leave for the last few months. The hardest thing to let go of is the STABILITY of my day job. A guaranteed salary. Sick days. Vacation time. Weekends and holidays off. Other people to blame if something isn’t done right (wink). But if I got to the end of this life without taking this big step to find out if it will work, I would regret it.

And life, in many ways, is about limiting regretability: going for it; jumping in (because the water’s fine…hopefully), taking risks, trying something new.

6 years ago, I would have never guessed that we’d be paying the mortgage with fingerprint trees…but here we are. I’m scared. But I’d rather do it scared than not at all, so #HereGoesNothing!

 

 

 

^^ we don’t live at the beach, but we go to one every chance we get ^^ 🙂

Here Goes Nothing!

My name is Megan. I’m a wife and a mother of 3 kids. I’m here to share a little bit about what happens in this life and behind the scenes of my business, MeganHStudio.

A little about the business

MeganHStudio was born out of a love for my kids and a passion for creativity. It’s been an interesting journey from where it all started (officially) in 2014, although the seed had been planted long before!

Today, when people ask me what I do for work, I usually start out by asking “Do you know what a fingerprint tree is?” and then wait for a confused look.

Fingerprint Tree 101:

That’s actually most of what I sell! They make great keepsakes for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, holidays, retirement parties…just about any event where there are guests to commemorate. And it’s not just trees. There are sunflowers, pumpkin patches, reindeer, hot air balloons, wreaths, and on and on. Basically, you come up with a theme, and I bet I can come up with a fingerprint “tree” to go along with it!

With my own two hands

No matter what it is, you can bet that it was originally hand drawn by me–that’s how I roll.

Of course, I do some digital editing to add text, change colors, and re-arrange things, but at it’s core, my art work comes from my heart and my own two hands (and a billion different colors of Prismacolor colored pencils…you should see my pencil collection!). It’s not because I have anything against digital illustration and drawing–I’m just terrible at it! So I stick with what I do best and go from there…

 

Plenty more to come about my best shot at being a good mom, wife and business owner!

MeganHStudio is on Etsy and Amazon Handmade.