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Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is LESS than a month away!!

I LOVE Valentine’s Day! I love the pretty red, pink and white patterns that come out in stores for this lovely day.

Tired of the same ol’ same ol’ Valentine goodies I’ve made in the past, I decided to make something new this year.  These tags took quite a while to put together, but I truly adore how they came out! Made with a dash of inspiration, metallic paint, hand-cut from card stock, a few tablespoons of love,  soft white ribbon, a cup of creativity and a fun fonted stamp, voila!:

The description as read from my Etsy shop:

“These special Valentine tags are a set of 10 (ten). A textured card stock painted with metallic paint is the backdrop for the eye catching font “Be My Valentine.” Dainty dots edge the heart and a loosely tied white ribbon may be untied and then reattached to your gift. The back of the tag is decorated yet blank, just waiting for your personalization. These tags are great for so many Valentine gift! Whether they be for candy bags, a hostess gift, or a gift box label, these “Be My Valentine” tags can be yours today!”


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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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2011 is here! Happy New Year!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

~ Edith L. Pierce

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~ Mark Twain

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

~ Albert Einstein

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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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Creative Gift Wrapping

Decoupage, as mentioned in the previous blog post, is an easy {and inexpensive} way to jazz up a gift box!

Take a look at the before photo…a flowery box. The after photo is the flowery box decoupaged with pages from a vintage dictionary.

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Vintage Set of Cards {photos from a custom order}

I enthusiastically received a custom order for a set of 5 vintage inspired cards.  The following recipe yielded a set of fabulous cards:

  • a dash of gold ink
  • 6 teaspoons of type writer key stickers
  • 2 vintage image stamps
  • pages from a 50+ year old book
  • 4 cups of creativity
  • 1 cup of letters from vintage flash cards (macron included!)
  • a dash of inspiration
  • handful of textured scrapbook paper
  • a pinch of purple and light brown brads

Yield: 5 fabulous vintage inspired cards

The recipient of these lovely cards: “So, I went to my mailbox today, and I found a lovely little package waiting for me. Oh, Sarah, they are beautiful. Thank you so much. I especially love the type writer one!”

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Calling All Crafters!

Calling all fellow crafters! I’m reading this fantabulous book! I’ve only gotten to page 21, but I just couldn’t wait to share its niftiness with you.

My husband (being the supportive man he is) discovered this “Crafty Superstar” book at the library and put it on hold for me: “Sarah, I found this really neat book for you. It talks about crafts, Etsy, and craft shows. I think you’d really enjoy it.” Ever since I opened this entertaining yet informative book, I’ve had a hard time putting it down. The author’s verbiage is unique, modern and I can’t help from giggling as I read her quips.

Grace Dobush’s “Craft Superstar” is about making crafts on the side, earn extra cash and basically have it all (as you can read on the cover below).  “Whether you’re just starting to explore Etsy or are trying to take your biz to the next level, Crafty Superstar will help you get where you want to go” (p. 9). The chapters encompass the following and beyond: how a crafty crafter will succeed, business basics, tax and legal suggestions, customer service, publicity, craft shows, finding balance in life with your business, resources for supplies, etc.

Some of her suggestions I already have in practice thanks to my background in communication and public relations, but I can’t wait to read this book cover to cover. Oh my, I may hafta put this book on my Christmas list and keep it forever!! {Pssst…did you hear that mom and dad? Mother-in-law? Father-in-law? :-)} I encourage y’all to take a peek at this intriguing book! In the meantime…I’m going to read the chapter on craft shows – because I have one in less than a week!

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