Bridal Shower Invitation: Tea Party

Idea:

My cousin doesn’t ask for much but when she does it is usually a brilliant idea that would only be our pleasure to help bring to fruition. She asked for a tea party bridal shower.  I’m not quite sure why but I proposed a secondary theme of vintage french linens to match.  So, off we go to design the invitations!

Inspiration:

Oh So Beautiful Paper curates gorgeous paper goods. Our version of a Tea Party Bridal Shower Invitation was inspired by two of their features. Joy’s Tea Bag Bridal Shower Invitations is featured on many paper good blogs and it’s obvious why. Our design is largely inspired by her creation for her cousin’s bridal shower with a slight french linen twist inspired by a Lucky Luxe wedding invitation.  Stay tuned for the next steps.

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Christmas Card: Packages Redux

Idea:
2014 was my third year making my own Christmas cards. Dropping a stack of finished handmade Christmas cards in the mail is rewarding but, this year I wanted my cards to be equally as whimsical but less time consuming to make.

Inspiration:
I’ve been trolling Pinterest for Christmas Card ideas since July. Loll of Stamping with Loll’s Christmas Packages Card beats them all with her simple and elegant design.

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Photo credits: My very good friend Dina

Interesting Points:

After printing and cutting all the accommodation maps and envelope liners for Michelle & Joe’s Save the Dates I had a boatload of scrap white cardstock and cotton paper.  It’s a good thing I held on to them because I was able to use the scraps for my Christmas cards.

Save the Date: Letterpress Coasters Etc Part 2 – Assembly

Instructions:
The letterpress order is submitted, all printing items are printed, all shapes are cut.  This included addressing the envelopes (whether it be hand written, printed or affixed with a label), the accommodations card, the envelope liner and the anchor.

  1. Sit back and savor the fruits of your labor. Then contact the bride and encourage her to recruit her closest family members to a night of arts and crafts a la Penny Blossom Assembly Line.
  2. Prepare all raw materials. You should already know what it takes to complete the assembly if you made prototypes. These next steps are unique to this project but I think all paper projects follow the same principals.
  3. Complete one full assembly as a demonstration to the team.
  4. Assign one person to cut the required pieces of twine to the required length.
  5. Assign one person to glue the envelope liners.
  6. Once twine is cut, re-assign the twine cutter to tie the knot and bow around the cards.
  7. Once envelope liners are glued, re-assign the liner to stuff the envelopes.

Interesting Points:

Between me, my cousin and brother, we completed steps 1-6 for 75 save the dates and also fit in pizza for dinner in just 2 hours.

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Jute Twine Succulent Planters

Idea:
I’m a sucker for cute little things so I’ll be damned if I didn’t buy a 4 ounce succulent each time I made a visit to the garden center at Lowes. My challenge is I can’t justify buying a pretty pot at anything more than the cost of the $2.95 succulent. I know. I’m cheap. It’s a real problem. But, I also can’t bear the look of the plain black plastic pot that comes with the succulent. Not to mention the black pot that absorbs heat probably isn’t very good for the succulents.

Inspiration:
I’ve seen photos of tin cans wrapped in jute Twine. Why not jute twine pots?

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Ingredients:

Jute Twine

ELMERS No-Wrinkle Rubber Cement

Embroidery Floss Acorns

Idea:
It’s looking like Christmas! Once upon a beautiful autumn day, my neighbor rang my door bell and handed me a handful of acorns with tops in tact. I didn’t follow proper procedure of baking them like I did last year so I hope they don’t go rotten. But, after pinteresting ‘acorn crafts’ and not feeling satisfied with the findings, I rummaged through my closet to find something I could use to color these acorns.
Roughly a year ago I inherited a very large collection of embroidery floss from my boyfriends aunt who unfortunately passed away. It was this box of embroidery floss that I layered out next to my acorns and came up with the idea of winding the acorns with the floss.

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TOMS Ribbon Box

Idea & Inspiration:

As you may know by now, I find it very hard to throw things away. It’s a characteristic I’ve inherited from my mother. Perhaps deep down it’s the feeling that if I throw it away now, who’s to say I will not need it again or how can I assume I can even obtain it (financially, etc) again in the future? Thus, a hoarder is born.
I received a pair of TOMS for Christmas this year and if you have a pair you might have noticed the sleek design of their box. It was this design that made it so hard for me to throw the box away. Just as I was deconstructing it to put in the recycling bin, It occurred to me that it was the perfect size to store ribbon. I compared it to the Martha Stewart ribbon boxes that Krafty Pearl gave me and what do you know … It was almost perfect!

Instructions:
Copying is the highest form of flattery right? Well, I cracked Martha Stewart’s box open and came up with my own DIY design based on MS’s box. It’s really amazing what you can make with household items you would normally think to throw away.
I outfitted the box with a slit to feed the ribbon through. To make the rod, I grabbed a pants hanger from the dry cleaner, took only the paper part and cut it down to the width of the box. Finally, the supports for the rod can be made using very thick card stock or any shoe box lying around. I cut the card stock/shoe box to fit within the box and cut slits for the rod support. It took about 4 sheets per side. As you cut 1/2 the batch remember that they need to be opposite.

Ingredients:

  • TOMS Shoe box
  • dry cleaners pants hanger rod
  • old shoe box or thick card stock

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