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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekend's almost gone!

At least a short work week is ahead!  :)  Looking forward to having 4 days off in a row.  No plans, just looking forward to doing a bunch of nothing!

But, before that happens, I have my Do Me A Favor workshop on Tuesday night and The Club with Amy on Wednesday night.  Here's a sneek peak at the favors we will be making on Tuesday. 

A picture of the class kits for Do Me A Favor. 

Worked on some more favors for the "All But Done" collection.  This sweet little mini treat sack kit is now for sale at ETC.  Designed for the anti-crafter who believes they lack creativity to craft AND the crafter that lacks time to craft.  These kits contain all the parts and pieces to make favors so the crafter just needs to add treats {and in some cases adhesive}.  This sweet paperline is just perfect for a new arrival...solid color baker's twine varies. 

Next project: 4th of July treats for the peeps at work,  Yikes, I better get busy!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday...came and went

which means only 3 more to go until a weekend.  I LOVE my four 10 schedule, at least on Fridays {giggle}.

Putting the final touches on the baby shower decorations this past weekend.

Here's a sneak peek of what I have put together so far.  LOTS of the items are one of a kind thrifted pieces, which make this so special and unique.   Lots of old glass containers, books, vases, linens. lace and trims are mixed in with new items. 

This cute little sign welcoming a baby girl is printed on Bazzill cardstock and attached to an old thrifted clipboard adorned with with, lace, beads and trims.  A glass bird is perched on a saucer that is glued op top of a candlestick holder, making it more elegant and providing some height.  An old pewter sugar bowl is filled with plastic vintage leaves for a little touch of greenery.

One of my favorite thrifted finds is the two heavy metal letter blocks.  They are actually little banks.  I love the letters and the little animals that correspond with each of the letters.  I also love the little white wrought iron candle holder just to the left of the banks. I popped two battery operated tea lights into each of the glass domes to provide light but eliminate the mess of candle wax.

On the far right you will notice a large wooden bird cage that Jenaye bought when she worked at Nordstroms.  I think I need to elevate it a bit more, but I thought the size was so perfect.  Just to the left of the bird cage is an old fashioned prize ribbon that I made.  I found the neatest pink ribbon, that was imprinted with "IT'S A GIRL", about 10 years ago when I was in California.  And yea, it has set in my cupboard UNUSED, that is until this weekend.  Now I am so glad I bought a large roll of it.  I used that piece for the bottom.  And how cute is the little piggy bank that is white with pink polkadots, a Goodwill score. 

I love being able to pull it all together to create a large display.  Here's a close up of the center.  After making the prize ribbon loops, I added a lace center, adorned with an old earring. 

If you look closely, now that you know the ribbon has "IT'S A GIRL" imprinted in gold on it, you'll see a bit of it in the photo below.
The invitations are created, just have to print the shower details, cut them out and glue them inside the invitations I made.  They should be in the mail by Wednesday or Thursday.  :)

I seriously love celebrations and everything involved with making them come to life! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Think Pink

I am helping with a baby shower next month and wanted to create some handmade touches for the event.  After spending way too much time on Pinterest and the Internet, I decided to get to work.

Last year when sweet little Julia Jones got married, I became obsessed with the dyed coffee filters her and her sisters made.  I KNEW that someday, I too would be making these by the hundreds.

I dyed white filters pink and gray-brown.  In addition to making a variety of flowers, I also used the dyed filters and made a bunting.

A BIG thanks to Emily Jones who introduced me to the blog with her inspiration.

I have written instructions to share,  but cannot figure out how to upload the document!  In my next life I am coming back as a computer geek wizard!  I did some painful cutting and pasting, so my efforts wouldn't be a total loss! 

I loved turning jars and bottles into cute glittered vases and plain, cheap coffee filters into amazing flowers.  WARNING: can be addicting and cause lack of sleep {since you might not be able to stop creating once you start!}  Notice the moisture on the inside of the largest bottle/vase.  It needed to be rinsed and I didn't give it time to dry thoroughly.

To make diluted paint mixture, add 3-4 Tablespoons of acrylic paint to ½ cup water and mix thoroughly.  Pour into a deep glass or metal container and add 2 more cups of water, stirring until mixed.

Place individual coffee filters into diluted paint mixture.  Immerse filters into paint mixture then gently squeeze out excess liquid.

Open up filters and lay them out on a flat surface to dry.  You can also leave filters “balled up” from squeezing out excess paint and place on baking sheet and dry outside.  Here in the Arizona summer that takes about ten minutes.  Each of these methods produce a different look.  Give both a try!


Glitter, white craft glue {suitable for glass and glitter}, painters' tape, dyed coffee filters {mine are the 6-8 cup size}, skewers, floral tape jars or bottles and decorative scissors.


Vases - Place painters’ tape around the bottle to create guidelines for painting on the glue.  Add glue below the tape and sprinkle with glitter.  On another glass container, add glue between two strips of take and sprinkle with glitter.  Let dry completely before removing tape to reveal double or single glitter lines.

Flowers - Fold filter in half and half again.  Repeat twice, so you now have 3 filters.  Pinch bottom of filters together and wrap florist tape around them and the wooden skewer, wrapping down to the bottom of the skewer.  This technique is used to create the two flowers in the shortest vases.  To make a fuller flower use 4 filters.

Use decorative scissors around edges once you have folded filters in half and half again to create middle flower.

Fold one filter in half and half again, roll into a spiral.  Take second filter and repeat, only this time start spiraling around first filter.  Fold two more filters in half and half again.  Snip off SMALL tip where all layers meet.  Open up third and forth filters and push rolled spiral points down into center.  Smush to desired shape.  Pinch excess filter section and hold firmly with left hand while working wooden skewer into the center of the spiral.  Be patient and twist gently till skewer pierces all layers.  Push skewer down through hole. to position flower near top of skewer.  Wrap with florist tape as instructed above.  This technique makes flower number four - tallest one on the left.

I need to perfect flower number five before providing instructions.  I wasn’t happy with how that one turnedout  which is why I ended up making velvet ribbon leaves, adding lace, seam binding bows and a pearl.  This is the tallest flower on the right. 

I cannot wait for the baby shower.  It will be LOTS of fun!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fourth Favor

Wanted to share the last of the four favors we will be making in tomorrow night's Do Me A Favor Workshop.

This little box is constructed of Bazzill cardstock and some printed paper that makes me happy!  The little plastic treat bag is filled with lemon drops and tied shut with some coordinated seam binding.  The ADORABLE little tags are a bonus thanks to Karla and Sheryl over at

Make it a great week,

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Lazy Sunday

I love days when there isn't much to do and you can really relax!  Today has been one of those days. 

Here is what was on my kitchen table about an hour ago. 

1. The last favor I needed to photograph.  This sweet little favor is made from a mini brown paper sack, some cute coordinating printed paper from Authentique, a little sentiment from Pebbles, some lace, a Prima flower and some Bazzill cardstock.  Inside, a delectable Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate & Carmel Square. 

2. Some glittered chipboard stars to attach to the Do Me A Favor kits.  

3. The kits for Tuesday's class.  

And the view from the kitchen table.  Some mischievous little fella who was busy licking the empty glass of Pepsi that he just knocked over.   
As he and Jenaye head back to Tucson, I will get busy cleaning off all the items I brought downstairs and put on the kitchen table.  Now that will be a project! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June 1st is here?!

That means two things - 1. It's about to get H.O.T. and 2. the year is almost half over.  Honestly, neither seem possible. 

So far the weekend has been great.  I traveled over to Phoenix yesterday to a neat little place, Urban Restoration, owned by four people including none other than Jack & Cat (AKA Lesley & Mike).  I saw a photo of the MOST AMAZING 9 FOOT treasure that I just had to go see in person.  All I can say is amaZing!  It was to die for.  I plan on returning next weekend for their 2nd monthly market. 

For details about the event, go to 

The shop is beyond neat.  A huge chalkboard wall with lots of writing, wooden floors and a quaint atmosphere.  They had many many unique pieces both large and small, a cute old typewritter table with lots of charm, old doors and windows, and furniture and MUCH more!  And the prices were just as amaZing as the goods!  :)

Whipped up some more salsa and made some fruit flavored water {Strawberry Raspberry Mint}.  This girl is trying to to buy local including fruits and veggies.  Also working to get off bottled water AND diet soda before 2013 ends.  Thanks to Singh Farms and Mesa's Friday Farmers Market, I am off to a great start on my fruits and vegetables. 

Taking the last of my favors down to display at ETC this afternoon for my DO ME A FAVOR WORKSHOP this Tuesday from 6-8 pm.  If you haven't already signed up, there are still a  few spots left.  You can jingle them at 480.854.2303 to sign up!

This little box is constructed from Bazzill cardstock and one of their printed papers, it is perfect for holding a variety of treats.  The customized printwork tag is also printed on Bazzill cardstock, making it durable.

This little treat sack is adorned with a doily and some lace.  The flap and inside insert is created from printed paper from the sweet "Bundle of Joy" paper line from Echo Park.  The treat sack is mounted on two layers of coordinating Bazzill cardstock for stability. The translucent white sack allows you to peek inside at the printed paper.  Once the rub on and treats are added, this will be ready for gifting.

Well, I am off to Chipotle for a chicken salad minus the dressing and sour cream.  :)