The Fourth of July is on its way! For the U.S., that's our Independence Day. Keep reading for 5 links to Independence Day music activities.
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Father's Day is approaching! If you're stuck on what to get the musician dad or father-figure in your life (or the harp dad!), check out the 5 ideas below.
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Don't forget, if you use my referral link to sign up for Ebates, we're both eligible for a reward AND you can earn money back on Etsy purchases!
What was your favorite gift idea in this roundup? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
And watch the YouTube channel (subscribe?) for a special Father's Day video coming up!
Mother's Day is approaching! Looking for a harp-related gift for your mom? Or for a mother-figure? Or just someone you want to give a harp gift to? The Fischarper blog's got you covered!
Read on for a roundup of some harp-related gifts! Most -- but not all -- are from the Fischarper brand. There are gifts to purchase & gifts to DIY on the list!
How about this harpist cotton tote bag from the Fischarper store for groceries or music?
Maybe she'd enjoy a harper or a harpist t-shirt.
Does your mom love her job as a harpist? How about this I Heart My Job mug from the Fischarper store?
Has your mom always wanted to learn to play the harp? Why not gift her one of these sweet Fireside Folk Harps & some cyber lessons (at the time of posting, you can get 20% off your first lesson with me!)?
I was gifted one of these cool tuning keys years ago....they have pretty tuning keys for Camac harps too!
Are you more the DIY type? Well, look no further than some Fischarper DIY projects! There's no need to spend money; you can show your love with a little bit of time.
Try your hand at this Embossed Harp Candle.
Make some DIY Treble Clef Earrings or some DIY Clay Music Earrings.
Upcycle some used harp strings with this DIY Harp Embroidery.
For the final touch, you can wrap your gift in this Stamped Harp Gift Wrap & top it off with a Harp String Bow!
Not enough ideas? Check out the Fischarper Tictail Shop & the Fischarper Blog's craft category for even more ideas!
What are you doing for Mother's Day? I'd love to see a picture of your mom & her gift on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Did you know that YouTube videos have been going live weekly on the Fischarper channel? Be sure to check the channel each "YouTubesDay" (Tuesday) & subscribe for new videos.
Here is a selection of videos from the channel. Be sure to check it out!
What kind of videos would you like to see? Do you have any song requests? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
In keeping with what seems to have become this year's holiday roundup theme, here are a few Vintage Easter postcards with music. I just found a few on Etsy that I decided to share, so here's a little bonus post this week. Enjoy!
Oh man! Isn't this vintage Estonian postcard precious with the little musical chicks? It's available from RETROisIN on Etsy.
Look at these dapper little singing chicks wearing their collars! This postcard is from lotsofpostcards on Etsy.
Anddddd.....RETROisIN has offered 25% off to readers with the code MUSIC25!
Do you have a favorite music-themed Easter card? Be sure to share it with me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
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Happy March! You know what March brings? St. Patrick's Day!
For a Valentine's-related post this year, I did an Etsy roundup of 14 Vintage Musical Valentines. Now enjoy some of my favorite vintage harp St. Patrick's Day cards!
And check the bottom for some discount codes!
How cute are these 1920s Dennison's cutout harps available from puffadonna?
Here's a sweet St. Patrick's Day card from the 1950s, available from VintageTinsel.
Here's a cool vintage postcard upcycled into a greeting card from Kay's Vintage Cards. I like how the scene is framed by the harp shape.
This puppy harper 1939 Gibson St. Patrick's Day card is adorable! It's also from puffadonna.
Many thanks to puffadonna for supplying this discount code for 15% off anything in her shop! Just use code PAPERPALOOZA1 at checkout!
What's your favorite harp St. Patrick's Day find? I'd love to see a picture on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Want some St. Patrick's Day music lesson ideas? Check this roundup of 5 St. Patrick's Day Ideas.
Apparently I didn't schedule this post ahead of time....oops! And it seems to have posted as backdated.... :/
Happy February! Vintage Valentines are just so cute to me (but some do look a little creepy too...). Anyway, with Valentine's Day approaching, enjoy these 14 vintage Valentines (because Valentine's Day is Feb. 14...so clever, huh?)!
Continue to the end of the post for some discount codes from a few of the Etsy sellers in this roundup!
3. I love clowns. Not the creepy kind, but normal clowns. :) Anyway, here's a cute glockenwspiel-playing clown & puppy valentine from Venturing Vintage. (While you're over there, look at the cute little skunk that makes an appearance in a lot of the pictures.)
9. A harp valentine! This one also unfolds, so be sure to check out the other pictures here. This one's from kinseysue as well.
10. These little bass-playing birds remind me a little of Cinderella. This valentine is from BoutiquityVintage.
Now for the coupon codes!
Use code HARP10 for 10% off any purchase of $20.00 or more at VenturingVintage!
Get free shipping (plus there's a 15% off sale at the time of posting) from thefreakfiles with code FREESHIP!
Which one is your favorite?
For Valentine-themed lesson ideas, check out last year's Valentine's Day Roundup.
If you need some printable activities, take a look at the Valentine's Day Music Bundle in the Fischarper TpT store.
Want to see more roundups? Peruse the roundup category.
Wow! A lot has happened at Fischarper Headquarters (sounds fancy, eh?) in 2017! Read below for some highlights (not in a particular order).
Music Monday was semi-retired on the blog, but it made a re-appearance here.
The blog had it's first guest post!
Fischarper hosted its first giveaway.
I played a concert that was livestreamed to my Facebook page.
YouTubesDay was introduced...weekly videos started happening on my YouTube channel!
I finally completed #100DaysOfFischarpArt.
Fischarper launched t-shirts!
Of course there were quite a few blog posts, including crafts & roundups!
The Harp Column regrammed the upcycled DIY String End Bottle project.
The free ecourse Breezing Through Bass Clef launched.
I won a prize for "24 Hours Without A Sail...it isn't safe."
The Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store was announced.
I attempted to raise funds for hurricane relief through the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store, but nothing sold during that time. That's ok!
I posted a mini-series, #KeysToMeetYou, over on Instagram.
The 3rd edition of Making Harp Lessons Exciting for Young Children is available!
I met Katherine Siochi! Stay tuned for a blog special!
The first newsletter was sent to the Fischarper email list!
A few YouTube highlights:
The blindfolded harpist challenge
Harp & fidget spinner?
What are some highlights from your 2017? Let me know in the comments, on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Can you believe Christmas is in a little over a week?
Here's a roundup of 5 quick & easy DIY gifts from the blog this year for you to make for your music-loving friends. Don't forget to take a gander at the Crafts category of the blog for even more projects!
Do you have some wooden curtain rings just waiting to become a craft project? Whip up some of these DIY Music-Themed Wreaths!
Try out some embossed candles.
Have a colleague/teacher/friend who loves her job? Make an I Heart My Job/Harpist t-shirt as a gift!
If you decide to make this DIY Foil Harp Art, it's a great excuse to start eating your Christmas candy. :)
Has your Christmas baking left you with empty extract bottles? Upcycle them into gifts using this DIY String End Bottle tutorial. It was regrammed by Harp Column too!
There you have it! If you want more ideas, head over to the Crafts category of the blog. Add an extra special touch by wrapping your gift in this Stamped Harp Gift Wrap and DIY Harp String Bow!
Need some Christmas music to enjoy as you're making these gifts? Head over to my #24DaysOfChristmasMusic & Christmas Music playlists on YouTube!
Be sure to show me your projects by tagging me (@fischarperjr) on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!
A few strings broke on my harp not too long ago (thanks, Irma! [maybe?]), and I do not enjoy changing strings! So, I thought I'd put together a little roundup of some resources that might be helpful!
This string octave chart with the staff from Sylvia Woods Harp Center could be really helpful!
So are you a string replacing wiz? Or not? Or somewhere in between?
Are there any great resources out there that I missed?
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