birthday banner

I’ve been on a kick lately in creating birthday banners using the simplest materials.  All you will need are the following supplies: burlap, twine ( or ribbon), stencils, black acrylic paint,  pom poms ( if you wish) and glue ( I used a hot glue gun).  Cutting out the stencils was the most time consuming part but when you do it, you have them forever.  Here are some pics to show you the out come.  So simple yest so festive!

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star wars party planning

Planning a star wars party wasn’t the easiest thing.  My boys have asked me for many different themes and they always seemed easy to grasp my hands around but this one was a stopper.  I know that Star Wars is HUGE right now and I have seen many accessories around but nothing really stood out to me.  I think it has a lot to do with the colors associated with star wars.  Needless to say, I had my work cut out for me.  I could have gone to party city and picked up a cart full of star wars party decorations but that would not have been fun for me and so the journey began of finding things that would suit my style but one that would also work with the kids. The first item I picked up was a lunch box that had a dimensional printing of CP30.  I loved the shape of the tin and the old school feel of it as well.  It reminded me of the lunch boxes we used to carry as kids.  From there, I went to pinterest which is AMAZING and I continued to read about how I can make this Star wars party a huge hit.  Here are a few pictures of the favor table and the decorations…

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Spring gifts

Hello everyone and happy spring!  It’ still a bit chilly out there but that doesn’t stop us from hoping that the warm weather is around the corner.  I have been putting together some stuff that reminds me of this season and a lot of the products are scented.  It is very clear that certain scents alter your mood and it’s very true for me.  I especially love the scent of fresh cut grass, cucumber, gardenia and many more.  There is so much to celebrate around this time of year and so here are my gifts to give for any occasion.

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simple packaging

Trust me- it’s simple, affordable and adorable.  I am currently packaging these mason jars that are filled with chocolate limes ( imported from England) for multiple valentine’s day gifts.  I thought about how I should make the jars stand out a bit and it came to me, all I needed to do was to go straight to a few of my favorite things ( kraft paper, stamps, ink  and twine).  I then stamped the paper using brown ink, punched out a red paper circle for the top of the jar and stamped that using a “love” stamp and tied it with bakers twine.  It was so easy and it is amazingly presentable.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Baby gifts

I was recently asked by a friend of mine to put together a gift for a baby girl.  I thought about the things I loved when my kids were born. Coming from an educational                    background, I could NEVER have enough books especially hard covered copies.  They last longer and look better on shelves.  I loved have bibs and burp cloths on hand.  With that said, I put together a small package of a book with a bib positioned in the insert.  I then wrapped it using the colors of the bib and book- LOTS of craft punching, ribbon tying and hot gluing.  This is what I came up with.

Here is another gift but this time for a baby boy!  I just packaged a bib by Crocodile Creek, a plush “where the wild things are” and a small book.  I then cut out leaves to hot glue to the twine and there we have it- a cute and simple baby boy gift!

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