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Monday
Oct272014

first halloween ::: mini rooster

Just added one more urban chicky to our flock. The most adorable poultry that ever was.

I adore all things chicken, so naturally when given the opportunity for a baby Halloween costume I went for the mini rooster. It's also fitting since he usually starts crowing & squawking between 5-5:30am.

He is thrilled, can't you tell?

I converted our Tula carrier for babywearing in Halloween style. A farmer and his chicken. Agh! They are THE CUTEST. Oh, how I love them so.

Enjoy your costume festivities this week!

Hat was purchased from Shop CCC, the striped leggings from Little Foot Boutique, and the "feathers" I bought from the fabric store.

Monday
Apr082013

a corsage and a boutineer

Hello! The spring weather is officially here in St. Louis! I spent too many hours just laying on my patio, basking in the +70 sunlight. It was WONDERFUL. Soon and very soon I'll have some fresh spring flowers to photograph. #soexcited

Below are a set of corsage & bout that I made for a wedding last fall. (Hoping someday I'll have photos of the event to share!)

Despite being faux flowers, I think they still offer a nice mix of texture and color. What are your thoughts? Is it possible to use fake flowers in a stylish way? Or is real the only way to go?

Wishing you a sunny week!

Tuesday
Feb262013

new etsy shop ::: festive overflow

Hello, friends! On this Tuesday I have somewhat exciting news—I've opened a NEW Etsy shop! This is the fallout of cleaning my office and having overstock of craft and party supplies. I cleaned out the closet. Literally.

This isn't meant to be shameless self promotion as much as, "Uh hello this gold confetti is gorgeous and I'd love to share some with you". Who doesn't love a giant gold paperclip? Yep, this shop is a hodge podge.

And Of course I'd love for you to share a tweet to get the word around, because I'm convinced one of you knows someone in need of awkward plastic test tubes. I'm absolutely sure of it.

Thanks so much for your support!

Thursday
Feb072013

valentine feather tag {download}

I've got a little download to share with you today. Was itching to play with a little watercolor and figured a feather tag would do the trick.

Feel free to download these feather templates and create amazing Valentine's projects with them! Perhaps a "birds of a feather" gift...or maybe "you tickle my fancy" love note? Any other ideas on what to use them for???

Thursday
Jan172013

texas cotton in a mason jar

I was given a few unique gifts this year, and one of my favorites was so simple (yet sooo pretty!). I do love cotton and mason jars (with the potential to love TX), so I might have been an easy target. But to capture a memory or a location memento—brilliant!

With a little packaging to dress it up, you have yourself an easy, thoughtful gift.

Thursday
Dec272012

glitter 2013 tutorial

Time to welcome 2013 with a little glitter!

I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas! I've been off the grid enjoying family (and snow!) in Colorado and now Wyoming. Over the next week I'll try to pop in with some of the projects I've working on.

These glitter numbers are sure to dazzle if you are planning a New Year's Eve soirée—best of all, they are SUPER EASY to make. Directions below:

1. Download the template below, print, and purchase two sheets of glitter scrapbook paper (I purchased mine at Michaels).

2. Cut out the printed numbers and then trace onto the backside of the glitter sheets. Make sure to flip the numbers as shown. Then cut along your traced lines.

That's it! No mess but lots of glam. And another addition to the many ways I've been obsessing over glitter lately.

Friday
Nov302012

joyeux noel bunting {easy diy}

Happy Friday! I've got a super quick & easy diy bunting. Perfect if you want to add a Christmas quote around your home.

1. The punch out stencils were purchased from Office Max ($3.89), depending on your quote you may need more than one set (I only used one). Then you'll just need a holepunch and string for the bunting.

2. Punch holes and thread your string through each of the letters.

3. Hang up your french "Merry Christmas" banner for all to see!

Quick. And. Done.

Any fun weekend plans??? Tomorrow is a Christmas craft brunch, followed by a 30th birthday party—what a fun day to look forward to! How about you, relaxing or parties on your agenda?

Monday
Nov192012

being generous on a budget

Last weekend I had the privilege of teaching at a short class that covered a slew of information ranging from why we should be generous to a crash course in budgets & finances. Making wise financial choices are probably most difficult right around this time of year. Giving should not be out of guilt, obligation, or to impress other people—being generous should bring us JOY. Not to mention our culture is not the least bit shy about pressuring us to be constant consumers and to spend spend spend (Black Friday marketing anyone?). The Advent Conspiracy sums it all up pretty well.

My content for the class was about creative gift giving. Below are tips for gifting with thoughtful intentionality & saving time + money this holiday season.

TIME & MONEY SAVERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Make a gift list & budget early // Know how many gifts and how much you want to spend. I've seen good reviews on using The Christmas List app for tracking your gifts.

Have a "B List" gift // Something small but thoughtful, for the people you want to give a little something (or perhaps you weren't originally planning to give them a gift…eep!). I love the idea of a cute coffee mug with a card saying "also included is a coffee date to be redeemed at a later time" etc. 

Make a large batch of cookie dough // Then freeze it in rolls to cut up and bake when needed. This will prevent extra trips to stores for prepared foods because you'll always have a go-to on hand.

Host baking/cooking party // Like a cookie exchange where every guest brings bulk of a dessert/appetizer and you swap. This gets you more variety at a lower cost, and they are pretty fun.

FREE GIFT IDEAS

Give something of yours you know they admire // Like a scarf or purse they complimented, something they have shown interest in. Use with caution—don't give away junk you don't want!

Give labor // Who wouldn't love a free handyman/cleaner/cook/babysitter for a few hours? Use your skills/availability to offer yours services as a gift, and maybe print off this adorable Gift of Time Certificate.

Give books you own/have read // Make a fun bookmark and even create a "reader basket" by adding some coffee/tea.

Repurpose what you have into something new // Example: turn old scrabble tiles into magnets or artwork.

CHEAP(ER) GIFTS

Tailor very specifically to the individual // Example: Buy lens cleaner, a lens scrunchie, or a pretty camera strap for someone who loves photography.

Buy bulk items // Like local wine/beer/etc, then dress it up with packaging.

Make gifts as a group // Where you provide part of the gift. Example: Make a "breakfast basket" that includes pancake mix, syrup, spoons, etc. But each person in the group only provides one ingredient.

TIPS FOR HANDMADE GIFTS

Utilize Pinterest // Use this as a search engine for ideas or packaging on every gift.

Start with supplies you own // If you have scrap wood/fabric/yarn, search for gifts using these supplies. You will keep costs down guaranteed.

Plan to spend around 3-5 hours per gift // Don't get carried away with crafts that take months to make, but also don't expect to have 20 gifts made in one evening.

Create gifts in bulk // If you make 15 of the same thing you will keep cost and time at a minimum.

Be wary of pretty photography // Make sure you don't end up with something that looks cheap/cheesy when you take away the skills of whoever photographed the tutorial.

Be wary of time intensive crafts/gifts // Think through every aspect of the supplies you need and how many steps are in the project. If possible, try to borrow tools (glue gun/hammer) so you don't have to purchase.

Craft party // Get a group together! This is more fun AND you will save when you share supplies with each other.

Now the fun part! I've spent time curating a board of OVER 60 "do-able" handmade gift ideas. There is a range of skill & style but most are projects I'd like to own myself, which I believe is key when you are giving gifts to people. 

I'd love to know tricks you've learned to help save time/money or your thoughts on making gifts rather than buying them! Any of my readers have helpful tips to share?

Image Sources: 1. Chalkboard Mug by Wit & Whistle // 2. Recipe Tea Towel by Hello Beautiful for Spoonflower // 3. Tiny Polaroid Magnets by Ambrosia Creative // 4. Mason Jar Oil Lamp (image by Napa Style, instructions by Heath Ashli) //

Monday
May072012

mother's day idea ::: paper ranunculus

Happy Monday! It comes so quickly, does it not?

Should you have a few hours (perhaps vegging in front of the tv) and some pretty paper—I recommend making a sweet bouquet or stem of this flower. I'm such a cool color person that this paper had me at aqua & cobalt blue. Metallic silver is a lovely bonus.

Here's to a great week, friends!

Tutorial by: D.I.Y. or Don't! (pdf pattern available here)

Wednesday
May022012

crafty fabric wrapped tree

This cutesy tree was a quick turn-around project I led last week. Handing off the project plan and supplies turned out really well I feel. It was a fun challenge to tie in the book drive with a tree. Hopefully through the title "Grow Our Library" and the book-paper leaves there isn't a huge disconnect.

Hope you're enjoying your week!

If you feel so inclined, donate a book to help St. Louis children learn to read!