The World’s Smallest Valentine

February 9, 2010 - Filed under Valentine's Day

smallest valentine The Worlds Smallest Valentine

Lea from The World’s Smallest Postal Service has a super sweet teeny tiny Valentine’s package. This “cute as a button” package is exactly that…. cute as a button. Each teeny tiny package is custom addressed, and includes a little strip of paper, saying “You are as cute as a…”. Under the teeny tiny newspaper, your valentine will find a vintage button.

- Order now while supplies last

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Sweets for your Sweet

February 2, 2010 - Filed under Valentine's Day

If ever there was a holiday that begged for sinfully sweet treats it’s Valentine’s Day! If you’re thinking about baking up something yummy for the one you love here’s some sweet inspiration…

valentine sweets Sweets for your Sweet

1. Big Kisses | 2. Cake Truffles | 3. Decorated Sugar Cookies | 4. Scrabble Cookies | 5. Mini Heart Cupcakes | 6. Red Wine Chocolate Truffles | 7. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies | 8. Raspberry & Macadamia Nanaimo Bars

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Etsy Valentine’s Card Roundup

January 29, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, Valentine's Day

Not everyone has time to make their own Valentines, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support handmade. Here are some of my favorite Valentine cards on Etsy.com.

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1. You know what I love more than Bacon? | 2. Like a fat kid love cake | 3. I love you more than Xbox | 4. Crazy bunnies in Love | 5. I love you so much… | 6. You’re the cheese to my macaroni

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7. Octopus love | 8. I (blank) You. | 9. I ♥ you | 10. blank mini note cards

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Nothing says ‘I love you’ like giving handmade

January 25, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day instead of giving into the commercial craze of the holiday, show someone you really love them, by giving them something handmade. Here’s a few simple card ideas to get you inspired, they’re quick and easy, and feel extra special cause they’re handmade!

valentine cards1 Nothing says I love you like giving handmade

Stitched Hearts | Stars & Hearts | Paper Hearts | Button Heart | Puppy Love | Love

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 - Filed under Christmas

feliz navidad1 Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad from Costa Rica. I’m taking a few days off over the holidays so posting around here will be a bit light, but we’ll be back soon with lots more crafty goodness! Happy Holidays, and thanks for reading!

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Christmas dinner place card holders

December 22, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to, Inspiration

Place card holders are a fun and festive way to glam up the table and add that personal touch. Here are a few DIY options for your holiday dinner.

place card holders Christmas dinner place card holders

Twig and Branches | Christmas Ornaments | Rustic Napkin Holders | Branch Place Card Holder | Eucalyptus Chair Tags | Pine Cone Place Card Holders | Gingerbread Cottages | Paper Tree Place Card

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Gifts from your kitchen

December 21, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

I don’t know about you, but food is one of my favorite gifts to give and to receive. It doesn’t have to be difficult to make, or use expensive ingredients, it’s just the thought and time that makes it special.

gifts from kitchen Gifts from your kitchen

1. Cocoa Candy Cane Marshmallows – There’s nothing like a hot mug of cocoa on a cold winter’s night, and what better way to make it special that with these Cocoa Candy Cane Marshmallows.

2. Cranberry Infused Vodka – For those of you who usually give a bottle of wine this time of year, why not try some infused vodka instead. This one is cranberry but you can use all sorts of things, fruit, peppers, spices, even bacon!

3. Gingerbread Caramels
– These cute cones filled with caramels make great stocking stuffers or party favors.

4. Cowgirl Cookies – This is a super easy gift that doesn’t require any cooking! Just layer the ingredients into a jar and let the recipient do all the work.

5. DIY: S’mores Kits – Another great gift that doesn’t require cooking! Just assemble the ingredients and decorate.

6. Gingersnap Palmiers
– I love the decoration on this jar as much as the contents.

7. Homemade Vanilla – This idea is just beautiful, and you can download the labels to make yours looks just as pretty.

8. Mocha Cocoa – Another idea that just involves layering ingredients

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Make your own Christmas Crackers

December 18, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

christmas crackers Make your own Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers are another tradition in my family. They are really easy to make, and since you’re doing them yourself you can make them to match your holiday table… plus I love being able to personalize the little trinkets inside.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Lightweight wrapping paper, crepe paper or tissue paper
  • Toilet paper rolls (2 per cracker, or one paper towel roll)
  • Cracker Snaps (you can buy them at craft stores like Michael’s or online here or here)
  • scotch tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Candy, toys, trinkets etc. to till it with

Here’s how to make em:

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Step 1: Layout your paper, placing one toilet paper roll in the middle. Cut the second roll in half and place one at each edge, leaving about 2 inches between the one in the middle. Use tape to attach the cracker snap lengthwise in the middle of the paper. Tape both ends, but not the middle. (you can also attach the cracker snap in the middle of the rolls, taping the ends to each of the cut rolls)

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Step 2: Start rolling the paper around the toilet paper rolls, glue it down as you go, to help keep it’s shape.

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Step 3: When you’ve rolled it all the way up, make sure the edge is sealed.

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Step 4: Pinch and twist in the paper in the gap between the middle toilet roll and one of the ends. Secure with a ribbon.

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Step 5: Fill the open end with candy, toys and trinkets

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Step 6: Secure the other end by pinching and twisting like before. Then tie with a ribbon.

And you’re done! If you want you can add additional decorations to the outside, or add the names of your guests and use as place markers at your table.

Picture Links: Making Crackers | Reindeer Crackers | Wrapping Paper Crackers | Tissue Paper Crackers

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Crafty Christmas Stockings

December 17, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

Opening stockings is one of my absolute favorite parts of the holidays. Notoriously crammed full, and usually spilling out the top, there’s just something about the little gifts, that often feel more thoughtful than the big ones. I’ve had the same stocking since I was little, but if you’re looking for a new stocking this year, try some of these creative ideas.

stockings Crafty Christmas Stockings

Knit Stocking Pattern | Striped Piece Stocking | Simple Embroidered Stockings | Recycled Sweater Stockings | Christmas Bloom Stocking | A Rebel Christmas | Babushka Christmas Stocking | Recycled Striped Stocking | Jingle Bell Stockings

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Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

December 16, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, Inspiration

gift wrap ideas1 Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

Now that you’ve made gift tags and learned how to make your own bows, it’s time to talk gift wrap!

  • Kraft paper is always a favorite of mine. Keep it simple with a beautiful ribbon , dress it up with some sequins and string, or add a few stamps for that personal touch. Kraft paper is very flexible and always adds a little handmade feel. (1, 2, 3)
  • If brown isn’t your thing, you can use any colored paper you prefer. You can buy Christmas themed stamps at your local craft store, or make your own. Just be sure to pick ink that will show up on your paper. (4, 5).
  • Try adding some elements from your own backyard. Pine cones, berry, branches and holly make great decorations and wont cost you a thing. Or fake a little nature with wood grain paper and cut out leafs.(6, 9)
  • For an alternative to stamps, try cutting out holiday shapes like this winter scene by Martha Stewart. (7)
  • Your sewing machine can also be used to help with your wrapping this holiday season. Sew cute little paper envelopes or re-usable fabric gift bags. (8, 10)
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