Monday, March 2, 2015

Couple's Shower

We used lanterns, Ball jars with hydrangeas, tree trunk "plates", and votive holders to decorate for this couple's shower.

Simple, but elegant.

Gourmet cupcakes for dessert.

In yummy flavors like Almond Joy and S'mores.


                                      We displayed them in an antique armoire,

The bride's brother handcrafted the drinks bar.

I happen to love it.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Gift Ideas

Need a Valentine's Day gift idea?

If your husband is sporty or owns a boat, this Speedo submersion sports towel is a great gift. I found this at Target.

My sweet neighbors are getting cones stuffed with Dove chocolates.

I used more of my Crate Paper Love Notes stash from Tuesday Morning to make these Valentine's Day tussie mussies.

I made this little cutie for my little cutie. Now that I have a sewing machine, this was unbelievably easy. Flipagram tutorial on my Instagram account.

Inside, I stuffed a manicure kit complete with a set of Valentine's Jamberry nails, alcohol wipes, an orange stick, and a rice pillow to heat in the microwave and apply the nails.

The planner lover in your life will love this paisley paperclip. Listed in my etsy shop.

What are you gifting this year?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Teacher Gifts

My kid's teachers are getting these for Valentine's Day. Can you guess what it is?

It is a velvet heart shaped scarf hanger! I love it. Who doesn't need a place to hang scarves? I think they are the perfect teacher gift for Valentine's Day.
And what doesn't look cuter with a ribbon and tag on it?
I found these at Tuesday Morning.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DIY Craft Room Work Table

My Christmas gift from my husband was a butcher block work table made by him and I love it. What baby wants, baby gets.

I love the painted pink porch rail spindles that he used as legs. My ten-year old painted those with yet another gallon of oops paint that we got for $7. She did a great job, didn't she?

We found the wood counter top and legs from a local salvage shop. The legs were only $1.25 each!

This is where my repurposed organizer that holds all of my embellishments lives. You can see how I made it here. I wanted a space where I could work standing up and this workbench is perfect. Now I have a spot where Project Life, my Slice machine, and other cutting tools can stay out and ready to use.

Here is a peek before I cleaned up my craft room for you. Valentines have taken over!

I think it takes great advantage of the slanted walls.

Get your craft on!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine's Memory Banner

Have you made your valentines yet?

I used Crate Paper's Love Notes collection to make these cards.
My new fringe scissors came in handy for this one.

This little chipboard heart needed a little color, so I raided my daughter's stash and found a princess paint pen. I love the aqua pearlized touch.

Doilies make valentines cuter! And mini puffy heart stickers! I used the sewing machine on this one. The mini clothespins from Target Dollar Spot were the perfect touch.

                The Slice Machine was used to cut the heart out of the center of the pink ombre paper.


A Basic Grey chipboard frame covered in more princess paint completed this one.

Mini alpha stickers worked perfectly.

Letters and hearts were cut from patterned paper to make this card.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Class Valentines

Class valentines this year are handmade, handsewn by me. Because I got a new sewing machine from my mom for Christmas.
And too much time on my hands, apparently. I made twenty-five of these.

Want to know what is in these sewn hearts?

I found tiny notebooks and mini colored gel pens from Target Dollar Spot to stuff inside. The kids simply rip them open to get the treats.
I had this cute red basket for my daughter to bring them to class in.
I would do a tutorial on how to make these, but if you have a sewing machine, you probably know how to use it much better than I do. My biggest tip is to remember to stuff the treats into the heart before sewing it all the way closed. I may or may not have forgotten once or twice.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Repurposed Organizer

 I was in a craft store awhile back and saw some organizer with feet thingys and thought they were super cute. And then I saw the price tag. 

Seventy-five dollars!!!

It didn't take long to figure out that it was basically a utensil organizer on steroids. For $75. Not gonna happen. 
So I kept my eyes open for one that I could repurpose myself. Because I need more DIY action around here. 


I found one at my sister's garage sale. I painted it light Aqua with leftover paint and added knobs for feet that I already had from my daughter's old curtains and some dresser hardware I found in Canton. Total for this refinish? $1.25!!!!
Not including all of my Valentine's goodies, of course.