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Welcome to My Studio!

If I could handpick items from Etsy to customize my crafty studio… it would look something like this….. Bright, bold, colorful, unique, happy!

Check out this link to see the entire treasury! 🙂

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Springy Table Place Cards

 

These vintage table place cards would be a beautiful accent to your table setting. These place cards are folded first grade flash cards, accented with a cheerful green and white flower. The brown ribbon is fastened to the flash card with a gentle hued grey metal brads.

A neat facet of these place cards is the fun that can be had with the words on the inside of the place cards. If your family/friend meals (or Holiday meals!) are like mine and lively (or perhaps yours could use a conversation starter), these place cards are perfect! Coming from a game-loving family, a game we would play with these cards would be as follows: tell a story; each person would say their own sentence (using their place card’s word), and every person around the table would build on the story. I’m sure interesting words like “microphone” and “larger” would make your meals even more memorable! As you can see from the pictures, these 40+ year old cards have been well-loved and they will continue to be useful and loved with a new life at your table setting.

 

Check them out here! 🙂

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Packaging for Etsy

Fellow Etsy sellers, this may be something you’ve pondered: “how can I creatively and inexpensively package an item for shipment once it’s been purchased?”

{To those who are not Etsy sellers, welcome to the inside scoop on being an Etsy seller! We strive to do our very creative best  for wonderful people just like you! }

As an Etsy seller, Etsy encourages us to package things creatively – that’s one of the big things about Etsy: creativity.

As an Etsy buyer, I would rather not pay extra for spiffy packaging {and I have heard oh so many Etsy buyers say the same thing}. I mean, I think cute packaging is adorable and all and definitely gives an “Ooolala” moment when unwrapping, but I’m on a tight budget {aren’t we all these days?} and as a buyer I would rather put that extra $2 toward something else. {Like my piggy bank for Starbucks.}

So there we have it, encouragement from Etsy to be creative when packaging our darling items  and then the desire to please the lovely customer who would rather not pay extra moola for extra cutesy packaging. What is the solution? Creativity and resourcefulness, my dear Watson!

To share a bit of my own experience with wrapping, I’ve attached some photos here:

Packaging with tissue paper:

Packaging with tissue paper, spiffy string and freebie

Packaging with tissue paper, spiffy string and freebie

{Please pardon the not so good lighting. This photo was not taken in a photo tent. Learn more about taking good pictures here.}

This card was wrapped in white tissue paper and tied with colorful string that coordinates with the card. As I tied the string, I tucked in some cutie patootie tags I had been working on. When I sent this package, Valentine’s Day was around the corner and I wanted to surprise my lovely buyer with a Valentiney item that was sweet and interesting like the blue and red “I love you” tags.  Tissue paper is light! Colorful fun string is light and pretty! This packaged item fit nicely into a cozy plastic bubble mailer envelope.

Packaging with a twist:

"enjoy" flash card

"enjoy" flash card

This is a vintage first grade flash card {50-60 years old}. The thick card stock has been scored for easy bending.

flash card packaging

flash card packaging

Using a decorative corner paper punch, this flash card now has a bit more personality. Etsy sellers: always include a thank you note and one or two business cards.

close up of flash card packaging

close up of flash card packaging

Carrying the nature feel of the card and the monochromatic browns of the packaging, I chose a simple twine string to fasten the flash card around the lovely sunflower card. A small metal eyelet adds a finishing touch of sophistication and professionalism to this packaging. This packaged set of sunflower cards fit nicely into a plastic bubble mailer envelope.

For more ideas and how-to’s on Etsy packaging, check out these spiffy links:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/etsypackaging/

http://etsylabslibrary.blogspot.com/2007/08/lovely-packaging.html

http://handmademarketing.org/etsy-shop-branding-handmade-promotion-packaging/

http://duhbe.com/blog/tag/etsy-packaging/

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3 Nifty Ideas from 1 Card

This card reminds me of my college days years ago when I gave my family this unique Christmas card.

I remember walking 2 miles to downtown Oak Park in the bitter cold to purchase card making supplies. {On a college budget where each credit hour was about $300 each, spending moola on card making supplies  and a Starbucks on the way was perhaps not wise.  However, my rationalization was that if I work hard (I juggled multiple jobs, carried 15+ credit hours per semester and later graduated magna cum laude), then I should play hard.} On my way downtown, I stopped by a Starbucks to warm my hands and satisfy my yearning for quality espresso and vanilla.  Finally arriving at my beloved Paper Source, I was once again amazed at the store front. The employees at this special store always put together fabulous window displays. Their talent for manipulating paper into something majestic never ceased to amaze me.  After some browsing and dawdling,  I picked up some spiffy blank note cards, envelopes and classy paper. There was a spring in my step as I wallowed through the snow and neighborhoods back to my dormitory. Sitting on the floor in my dorm room amid scattered piles of colorful paper,  I combined my new Paper Source finds, a piece of mulch and paint chips leftover from a resident assistant project.

There are a few nifty ideas that can be gathered from this one card:

Paint chips. These are usually free at your local hardware store (or wherever paint is sold).  The tree was made by using paint chips and I’m thinking about using paint chips in a triangle form {as illustrated in this card} but turning it upside down to be an ice cream cone. Hmm…a monochromatic cone and pink ice cream…little paper dots for sprinkles! Aha! There’s a new card series idea! Anywho…sorry for the tangent…. What was I talking about? Oh yeah…coordinate…

Coordinate the front page’s background to the inside space. The yellow and white polka dot paper was carried from the front page as the focal point’s backdrop into the inside of the card behind the personalized note. This personalization adds just a bit more extra oomph to the card’s personality.

Use the real thing. The trunk for the Christmas tree was found in the landscaping at my college. Just a perfect sized piece of mulch. Glue to attach. Pretty easy!

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Eye-Popping Polka Dot Themed Christmas Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping is one of my favorite things to do. Christmas wrapping is especially fun and I like to make all of my gifts’ wrapping coordinate.

This year’s recipe for themed gift wrapping is as follows:

  • brown paper (inside out grocery bags). Strips of this paper was used as ribbon, paper punched on the edges.
  • pages from a vintage dictionary (cut with an exacto knife)
  • inexpensive white wrapping paper
  • ribbon leftover from my Christmas wreath (see Pieceful Joy’s facebook page for pics)
  • homemade heart shaped gingerbread tags (painted with red and white acrylic paint).{ See Christmas recipe post for this easy recipe!}

For Dad

For Dad

Under the Tree

Under the Tree

For Mom

For Mom

For Mom

For Mom

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Christmas Recipes

Many gingerbread ornament recipes call for  molasses or a bunch or cinnamon. I found this inexpensive {and easy!!} gingerbread recipe! Using a heart cookie cutter, I painted and personalized the gingerbread into tags for some of this year’s Christmas gifts. {http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmasfun/kids.htm}

Salt Dough Ornaments

2 C. flour
1 C. salt
1 C. water

Mix salt and flour. Add in half the water, then gradually add the remaining water. Knead until the dough is smooth, this can take up to 10 minutes.

For flat dough ornaments roll out the dough on baking paper. You can also be creative and make odd shapes and wreaths (takes longer to bake.) Use cookie cutters, cut-out templates, or just use your hands.

Dust dough with flour and begin to add details to the ornaments with a toothpick, popsicle stick, and knife.

Don’t forget to use a straw to make a hole so you can hang the ornament.

Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament
Temperature: 325°F.
Time: 1 1/2 hours – or until dry

Let cool before you begin. Paint with acrylic paints. Glue on beads, buttons, or any fun accessory. Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Recently I discovered a fabulous new way to do hot chocolate {and oh my goodness! It rivals Starbucks’ hot chocolate!}.  Place stainless steel mixing bowl and whisk in freezer for 10-15 minutes. In a saucepan, heat milk. Add hot cocoa mix {easy, huh?}.  Take mixing bowl from freezer and pour 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons sugar into the mixing bowl. Whip until the mixture peaks. Pour hot chocolate into mug. Top with generous dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon or crushed peppermint {like from a peppermint or candy cane}.

 

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Deck the Halls…

…for Thanksgiving!

In this post I will be showcasing some lovely ideas/items {by my fellow Etsy sellers} and giving you some decor ideas for Thanksgiving.

  • Table place cards a a cozy accent to your Thanksgiving table – it adds a personal touch for your Thanksgiving meal’s guests. (SoftDayStudios)
  • For you fun-lovers out there, the funky  pumpkin pie magnet is sure to bring smiles to your guests faces {including the kiddos!}. (Bananamoo)
  • Carry the warm autumn colors into your “table scape” with these festive napkins! (CreativeChicsHome)
  • Dessert! Thanksgiving is not complete without a lovely dessert and these truffles would be  fabulous {a cute conversation piece, too!}. (lollidreams)
  • Last but not least, the aroma of the fall harvest candles would be a welcome scent anywhere {the living room, bathroom, kitchen, etc}. (boardwalkcandles)

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{Pumpkin Place Cards} http://www.etsy.com/listing/59605207/pumpkin-thanksgiving-place-cards?ref=sr_list_20&ga_search_query=pumpkin+table+place+card&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

{Pumpkin Pie Magnet} http://www.etsy.com/listing/62428038/pumpkin-pie-magnet-large?ref=sr_list_23&ga_search_query=thanksgiving+decorations&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

{Thanksgiving Napkins} http://www.etsy.com/listing/57737275/thanksgiving-napkins-fall-themed-cloth?ref=sr_list_15&ga_search_query=thanksgiving+napkins&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

{Pumpkin Spice Cake Truffles} http://www.etsy.com/listing/41524138/pumpkin-spice-cake-truffles?ref=sr_list_2&ga_search_query=thanksgiving&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

{Autumn Harvest Soy Candles} http://www.etsy.com/listing/61479534/autumn-harvest-layered-soy-votive?ref=sr_list_7&ga_search_query=autumn+harvest+soy+candles&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

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