Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sew and Tell: no-sew felt gift box

 
I saw a cute felt gift box tutorial at Curbly and had to make one.


You simply print out the template and cut out your felt.  The gift box folds up and the tabs insert nicely into the slots.


Add a nice piece ribbon or embellishment and your gift is ready to go.


 The finished box measures approximately 3 inches square.


 
Perfect for a piece of jewelry or other small gift item.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Etceteras: orange and white rose potpourri


Putting out a bowl of potpourri is an instant pick-me-up. It’s pretty and it’s a natural air freshener.
Making your own potpourri is easy and eco-chic.  I made my potpourri out of oranges that were going to be thrown away and white rose petals that had dropped to the ground.

 
To make this potpourri you first need to dry the oranges. Slice the oranges into thin ¼” slices. Try to blot the juice with paper towels to speed up the drying time. Chop up a few of the slices into small pieces so that you end up with some slices and some small bits. Bake them in the oven at 150 degrees for about 6 hours. Turn them every now and then to make sure both sides are drying out.
Air dry the petals on a tray. Once dried, mix the petals with the small orange bits and orange slices in a pretty bowl. You can make potpourri out of a variety of dried fruit, cinnamon, flowers or other greenery.

And if you really want to be green, once you’re done with the potpourri, you can compost it.


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Friday, May 6, 2011

Inkling: mother’s day mini album

Here’s a last minute gift idea that you can quickly and easily create in time for Mother’s Day.

Swirl on water color paints onto water color paper. Let dry and trim the sheets to a desired size. My sheets are 3” x 4” - perfect for wallet size photos.

 
Punch holes and tie together with twine. Make sure to give the twine plenty of slack so you can open the album.

On each page, I handwrote – “date” and “age” so I could add a wallet size school photo and fill in the date and age. If you have an older child, it’s a nice timeline of photos from pre-school on up to high school. If you have a younger child, start with a few photos and send the new school picture each year.

This would make a nice gift for grandmothers, aunts or other relatives.


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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Inkling: mother’s day piñatas

Today is Cinco de Mayo and since Mother’s Day is around the corner, I made some Mother’s Day party favors that combine the two days.


These little party favors are miniature piñatas.

I made cone shaped piñatas but any shape will do. Simply create your shape out of cardstock and glue on fringed tissue paper. Fill your piñata with candies, mints or other goodies and close up with more tissue paper.
Hang your miniature piñatas from the ceiling, place them in a basket or at each place setting.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!






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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Show and Tell: mother’s day free printables

If you don’t have time to create your own Mother’s Day card, I found some great free printables that I wanted to share with you.


 A beautiful Mother’s Day card from Baca Creative.



A Mother’s Day “Quiet Please” Door Hanger from Twig and Thistle.  What a great idea!

Cute Mother’s Day printable cupcake toppers from Fresh Linen.


A fun Mother’s Day card for Dads from Poppy Talk.


A sweet printable watering can template from Tip Junkie.


Enjoy the printables. I'm off to print out a "Quiet Please" Door Hanger for myself.


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