Easy Garden Themed Hostess Gift with Jar Printable

Easy Garden Themed Hostess Gift

With May Long Weekend  just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to put together a hostess gift for one of the outdoor parties we'll be attending. After feeling cooped up inside for far too long, I'm praying the weather finally allows us to kick back outside and enjoy some much-needed sunshine! Aside from the usual bottle of wine, I find it's always nice to show up at a party with something that makes the hostess feel greatly … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Seed Packets

Saving Lupine Seeds

Throughout summer, I deadhead most of my flowers to encourage re-blooming. However, once the calendar turns to September, I allow many of them to go to seed, usually resulting in new plants popping up the next year. My lavender garden, for instance, started with one tiny plant that now fills an entire section of our front flower bed. That's what I love about these self-seeders. With that being said, there are some plants I only want a select … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Colorful Gifts for Her

Magenta Pillows- Arianna Belle

Valentine's Day is on Friday and I'm loving all the shades of pink and red I'm seeing in stores and online. Thank goodness the colors of love are bright and cheery in the midst of winter, wouldn't you say? This year I made heart-printed treat bags for my husband and son that I'm going to fill with some of their favorite things. I also plan on adding some colorful flowers to our table and making something special for dinner. Although we like to … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Treat Bags with Iron-on Transfer Printables

Valentine's Day Iron On Transfers for Treat Bags

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I thought it was the perfect time to make some treat bags. Around here, we keep it simple on February 14. With both of our birthdays being in January and the holidays having just passed, we forgo expensive gifts or dinner out. However, I do cook something special and I like to put a little something together to show my husband and son how much they mean to me. These little bags are perfect for holding … [Read more...]

All Things Christmas {December Link Party Features}

All Things Christmas- crafts, handmade gifts, recipes and more...

Are you ready for Christmas? We finished everything yesterday, except for the food preparations that can only be done at the last minute. I'm excited to unplug and spend the next little while with family and friends! Thank you to everyone who shared projects at the 3 link parties I co-hosted this month along with Shannon from AKA Design, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, and Aimee of It's Overflowing. I hope you were inspired as much … [Read more...]

Handmade Gifts and Gift Wrap Link Party

hand-stitched-snowflake-embroidery-hoop-ornament

 It's time to get the December Holiday Link Parties started! On Tuesday, I shared my West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters I made as hostess gifts for this holiday season. Since then, I've made a few more and I can't wait to give them away to a few of my friends!     My co-host for this party, Shannon from AKA Design, was busy too. Check out her adorable hand-stitched ornament. I wonder who the lucky recipient will be … [Read more...]

West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters

Shanna Murray Coasters- West Elm

A few weeks ago I was looking at West Elm's new market and came across some adorable wooden drink coasters. They reminded of the log slice ornaments I created for the One Item Project Challenge and, luckily, I happened to have some pieces of wood left over giving me the idea to create my own. Not only did we need a set for our basement family room, but I thought they'd make a perfect hostess gift as well.     Now that … [Read more...]

Swoon-worthy Handmade Gift Ideas + December Link Parties

December 2013 Holiday Link Parties

If you're following the Holiday Countdown, you're already aware I'm a fan of handmade gifts. Every year I plan on making at least one crafty item and a few sweet treats for the people on my list who have an appreciation for that sort of thing. Last year, I wrote a post on how I plan my handmade gifts, encouraging you to give it a try if you haven't already. Basically, all it really requires is doing some research and giving yourself plenty of … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Three}

One Item Project Challenge 2013

The weeks leading up to Christmas seem to be flying by, don't they? That's why I created the Holiday Countdown Planner in the first place. For the most part I'm on track this year, although heavy snow over the past two weekends means our outdoor lights are still in their storage totes downstairs. Here's hoping tomorrow or Sunday are a little better! This weekend I plan on attending two Christmas sales, Vintage With Flair and the Millarville … [Read more...]

Creative and Personalized Gift Wrapping Ideas

Button Gift Tag Supplies

Although I do purchase ready-made gift wrapping materials from time to time, most often I prefer to use rolls of solid paper, craft paper bags, and plain gift tags that I decorate while keeping in mind each person's style. You may recall the hand-printed gift wrap I made last year or the easy button gift embellishments I created quite recently. Both were a hit with the recipients. Perhaps it's the decorator in me, but how the package is wrapped is … [Read more...]

Memory Candy Jar + Handmade Gifts Link Party

Handmade Gift- DIY Memory Candy Jar

I always try to create a few handmade gifts every Christmas, especially for grandparents. Not only are they a budget-friendly alternative to purchasing gifts, they also add a personal touch that really shows someone you care. A few weeks ago, I shared how I plan for handmade gifts, including where I find inspiration, as well as the steps I take to make sure they're all ready for Christmas. This year I followed the same process, but it took me a … [Read more...]

Easy Button Gift Embellishments + Gold Necklace Giveaway!

Easy Button Gift Embellishments

Welcome to the last installment of the One Item Project Challenge. We've had a lot of fun over the past few weeks getting creative with fabric paint and gold leafing. This week I chose buttons as the craft supply we all had to work with, since most of us already have some on hand and they're relatively inexpensive. To me, there's something beautiful about buttons, no matter how intricate or simple they are.   After going through my … [Read more...]