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Girlishly Pink Flower Tags

Girlishly Pink Flower Tags

Width: 2 inches, height: 4 3/4 inches.

These girlishly pink tags (set of four) are hand cut from textured paper and display a delightfully detailed paper sticker. The tags’ pink paper has been slightly lightened around the edges to provide further depth and texture. The scalloped bottoms of the cute tags has been accented with small dots of soft green paint to emulate lace. A darling pink ribbon has been attached to each tag. This pink ribbon is long enough to tie onto gift wrapping. The back of the tag is blank, just waiting for you to personalize.

Girlishly Pink Tags

Girlishly Pink Flower Tags

These tags’ size and shape may provide another use after the recipient has received her special gift and girlishly pink tag….a bookmark!

Find them here!

Girlishly Pink Flower Tags

Girlishly Pink Flower Tags

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Green for Valentine’s Day

Who says that Valentine’s Day tags and cards hafta be only pink and red?Let’s think out of the box for a bit:

Why not a bright green tag? With a casual ribbed blue ribbon? And a cute cardboard heart? With two kissing love birds? Accented by a fuzzy red heart?

Why not something like this?:

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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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Need Some Gift Wrap Ideas?

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about Christmas. I enjoy mixing different kinds of ribbons and paper to make each gift’s wrapping truly one of a kind. Last year I wrapped a gift with gold and cream vintage wall paper, then tied a vintage brown velvet ribbon and a string of small plastic pearls around the gift. Truly elegant!  Here are some gift wrapping ideas for you:

Vintage scarves (e.g.like what the ladies wore in the 1960s to cover their hair) come in many different patterns. This is not only a unique choice of gift wrapping, but also an eco-friendly way to wrap gifts. You can find personality-filled scarves at garage sales, flea markets, and I’m sure there are some floating around in the “Vintage” section at www.etsy.com.

I mentioned this before, but it’s worth stressing: wall paper. Many furniture stores practically give away their wall paper samples to make room for new styles and patterns. Check out your basement or that dark corner in the garage and see if there’s a roll of wall paper lurking there – a free or inexpensive way to wrap gifts is always a plus!

Paper bags. Yes, it may sound boring, but wrapping a gift with the blank side of paper bags can be the perfect addition to a vintage or country Christmas theme. If you’re embracing a vintage Christmas, creamy ribbon or a wide band of lace with a delicate bell would be a sweet accent. If country is more of your style, a red and green checked ribbon,  twine, or Christmas tree stamps on your wrapping would be the perfect relaxed touch for a country Christmas. The grandparents would truly enjoy some pictures drawn by their grandkids – give your kiddos some crayons to draw on the brown paper.  How much does this wrapping cost? Only two words during your next grocery shopping trip: “Paper, please.”

A colorfully eclectic Christmas is always fun and gift wrap can be just as much fun if not more! Stock up on the comic section from the Sunday paper {after unwrapping the gifts there will be fun comics to read while dunking Santa’s leftover cookies in milk!}. Because these gifts’ wrapping will be soooooo colorful, ribbon and fancy tags may not be needed. However, to add an extra dash of fun and texture to the gift, add a loud colored ribbon – that would be eye catching from under the tree!

Decoupage! I was given a set of florally cardboard gift boxes. Not really my style, but I’ve allowed them to keep me company until I decided what to do with them.  Just today I have decided to give them new life by decoupaging pages from a vintage book (from  a novel or dictionary…I haven’t decided…Oh! Or from that 60 year old TLH hymnal I have lying around that I used with a previous decoupage project….). To decoupage, all you need is some Mod Podge or {slightly} watered down Elmer’s Glue. With a paint brush, paint the surface you’re decoupaging {in my case, a box}. Smooth your paper onto the surface – get out all of the bubbles! Give corners and edges extra care and once the surface is completely covered with paper and fully dry give the box an extra coat of decoupage goop {my goop of choice is mod podge.

If you have any creative gift wrapping ideas, I’d love to hear from you!

I’m still trying to decide what theme all of my gift wrapping will have this year {yes, yes, I know….I may be a bit…OCD…but I LOVE gift wrapping!} . This year’s theme may be a tan neutral wrapping {e.g. brown paper, decoupaged vintage pages on a gift box} accented by a deep red ribbon or leftover red and white polka dot ribbon from my Christmas wreath. I am working on some Christmas tags for my gifts, fashioned from vintage flash cards and paper punched with one of Martha Stewart’s fabulous paper punches.

{Will you also be using Christmas gift tags this year? Perhaps a tag from piecefuljoy.etsy.com will fit into your gift wrapping theme (or inspire a theme} for this year! http://www.etsy.com/shop/PiecefulJoy?section_id=7537658}

Snowflake Tag

Snowflake Tag

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Spiffy Gifts for Him

Is there a man in your life who is a bit tough to shop for? {Join the club!} Especially with Christmas around the corner, a list of spiffy items for him is a handy resource. Take a peek at these items and see if one or more should be on that certain someone’s Christmas list:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cdc1cae0a3b6d91a87a7c07/spiffy-gifts-for-him?ref=pr_treasury

What do people have to say about this treasury??:

“…I love manly treasuries. Fabulous!”

“Great great treasury for men!! ;)”

“I think my orange simple iPad case feels herself / himself very good in this fantastic company…”

” Awesome!!”

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