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Holiday Crafts: Valentine’s Day 2012

It’s February already, can you believe it?  That means Valentine’s Day isn’t far, so that’s today’s inspiration.

I love these adorable Valentines inspired cupcakes from Creature Comforts.

And the little gift bag, too! You can find more photos plus the DIY here.

Enjoy a little tea time? Try making it extra special with hearts, courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Or what about baking? And chocolate? I guess you could make them in any other flavor you wish, but why would you choose anything but chocolate? Thanks, My Baking Addiction!

Throwing a party? Or just want some setup ideas for your sweetie’s sweets? Check out Celebrations at Home.

More baking? Yes, please! This time brownie inspiration from The Sweetest Occasion.

Love this packaging from Scouts Honor Co via Poppytalk:

Aren’t these kraft, twine and fabric notecards adorable? Thanks, Fiestasy Cumples (via Pinterest).

And print out these adorable stickers to add a little flair to any gift. Thanks to Design Sponge and Twig & Thistle. You can purchase them right here!

Hubby and I don’t usually make much of Valentine’s Day, but I always appreciate lovely things and try to make something cute if nothing else.  But this year, I’m buying something that I can’t make and it has to do with one of his favorite things in the world.  But I can’t spill yet, in case he reads this!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

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Pretty Packaging: Christmas 2011

With just a few days until Christmas, I thought I would share some packaging inspiration for those of you who have not yet wrapped your gifts (better get moving!) and for those of you who just enjoy pretty packages like me.

Craft Critique

Man Made DIY

Design Sponge

Stylizmo

Whipper Berry

Decor8

Stylizmo

via Salvage Life [original source unknown]

Plus, if you missed it, here’s a peak at my Christmas gifts this year.

So here’s to happy wrapping and a blessed & Merry Christmas!

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Gift Guide 2011: Handmade + Vintage

Got gift block? Here’s a compilation of some awesome gifts you may want to receive, you may want to give, or both!  I know most of these shops have stopped shipping for Christmas delivery, but these could at least serve as ideas. Try checking out antique and collectibles stores, or small family owned boutiques and you just never know what you’ll find!

Many of these are handmade and found via Etsy and others are vintage items that are always welcome!  I’ve already put some of these on my Christmas list and I may (or may not) have already purchased a couple for friends and family! Also, many of these from Etsy are some of my “favorites.”

Coat Rack via Cantilever and Press

Lip Balm via For Strange Women

Vintage Yellow Basket via The Wanderlust

Branch Wood Spools via Carolyns Homework

Fabric Covered Pushpins via Jelly Bean Studio

Vintage Memo Holder via The Wanderlust

Nature Inspired Long Sleeve Tee via A Little Lark

Branch Wall Hook via Vermont Branch Company

Zinc Letters + Numbers via The Wanderlust

Metal Magnetic Pocket via The Wanderlust

Chalkboard Jars via The Vintage Parlor

Burlap Stocking via Home Decor Lab

Birch Bark Candle Holders via Bragging Bags

If you have any other awesome gifts you would like to add, leave a comment with the link to the item below!

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Christmas Gifts 2011

Here’s a peek at some of my Christmas gifts for this year.  Can you see the theme? Kraft paper, burlap and twine. Yes, I know.  So predictable.

But aren’t they cute? Sometimes simple really is much better.

I’m so glad I was finally able to use those adorable stamps on the gift tags.  A good friend gave them to me a while back and now I have a reason to use them.  Want in on that action? I recently saw them on Etsy from Plasticoutures.

Disclaimer: the gift for Edie is from The Wanderlust and the package I received was already so cute, I decided to leave it as is and just added the name tag.  And please, check out The Wanderlust, it’s awesome!

I hope my giftees like them as much as I do!

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Thanksgiving Recap & Looking Forward to Christmas

[photo + pie courtesy of my sister-in-law.  p.s. – it was delicious.]

I’m still recovering from the long weekend.  I feel refreshed and exhausted at the same time.  Do you ever feel that way?

We spent our Thanksgiving with family and friends and had a lovely time with awesome food! The rest of the weekend was packed with mountain bike riding, night hiking and a lot of lazy too!

How was your Thanksgiving? I hope you had a wonderful time and were blessed with some quality time with your loved ones.

And now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Christmas craziness will continue.  This year, we’re trying to keep the gift giving under control. It seems like every year we get too caught up in giving gifts. Not that giving gifts is bad, but Christmas is about so much more than presents.  Plus, I feel like we should be giving more to those who really need it and spend less time picking out the perfect 20 things to give our friends/families who probably already have tons of things. Do you agree?

So this year, I am going to be very thoughtful in the few things I give to my friends and family, because really it’s about quality, not quantity, right?

I’ll see you back here Thursday, and for now, enjoy your week!

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Pretty Packaging: Kraft

When it comes to gift giving, I can’t help but add my special rustic touch! To me, it makes any gift more meaningful knowing the love and care that went into the packaging alone.  Plus, it puts on a good first impression leading up to the actual gift.  And sometimes, the packaging can even be a gift in itself!

Our neighbors had us over for pizza one Friday night and for a small token of appreciation, I baked some breakfast scones for their family.  Since I love anything rustic, twine usually accompanies most of my gifts.  The kraft paper recipe card embellished with a lovely punch design adds the final touch.

The great thing about kraft paper is that it’s used by many companies for product packaging and most grocery stores also offer kraft paper grocery bags.  So it’s cheap and easy to find kraft paper you can repurpose into pretty packages!

Here are some other great kraft packaging ideas from around the web:

Courtesy of Amanda Rae

Courtesy of Sea Unicorn

Discovered via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Courtesy of Giver’s Log

Packaging from Trader Joe’s grocery bags

Courtesy of: a creative mint & ink and post

Discovered via postcards and pretties

What are your favorite packaging materials? Do you love kraft paper as much as I do?

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