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Mother's Day Polka Dot Vase DIY

Happy Friday friends! I have been so absent from the blog this week and for that I am sorry. I feel like everything is happening all at once right now: deadlines, family stuff, work. Do you ever feel like that? When it rains, it pours! But blogging will be back on track next week and today I have a lovely Mother's Day DIY to share with you. Of course Mother's Day is falling during this crazy time so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do for my Mom on Sunday but the good thing is that my brother and I will both get to see her, give her a big hug and thank her for all that she does for us. 

And you can't go wrong with a few flowers. Flowers for Mom is a pretty traditional gift but that doesn't mean you have to present them in a traditional manner. I came up with this project that is simple but still sweet and a lovely way to show your appreciation for your own Mom on Sunday. 



  • green bottle
  • white paint pen
  • kraft paper
  • washi tape
  • flowers
  • scissors
  • cotton twine
  • shipping tag

Recycle a used glass bottle for this project. Apple cider bottles, sparkling water bottles and wine bottles are all possibilities.

Soak the bottle in hot water for ten minutes. This will saturate the glue and label and make removal easier. After soaking, tear away the label and scrub the bottle with a washcloth to remove glue residue. Dry the bottle.

Cut out a square of kraft paper that is big enough to wrap around the bottle. 

Use the paint pen to dab on the paper, making a white polka dot pattern. Let dry.

Wrap the bottle with the polka dot kraft paper and adhere with washi tape.

Embellish with some cotton twine and a stamped shipping tag for an extra personalized detail. Fill with Mom’s favorite flowers and some water and gift to her on Mother’s Day.

This is a pretty effortless project. The materials are either recyclable or easily found at your local craft store. And even a small bouquet from your own garden can be the unique touch that Mom will love.

What are your plans for Mother's Day? How do you tell your Mom how special she is? 

Happy weekend! {especially to all you beautiful Moms out there}



Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! It's a day filled with love (and chocolates!) and I hope everyone is blessed with a lot of both. Do you have any special plans or sweet surprises? 

Today I wanted to reblog some pictures I shared last year at Valentines. I styled a love shoot for friends Brancoprata as a guest post and I couldn't help revisiting those images today. I can't believe a year has flown by! For this project I defined keywords for what love is like: fun, heartfelt, friendship, and sweetness. I then represented those words with small gifts. Fun was heart confetti, sweetness was candy hearts, and heartfelt was a little stuffed heart I made.

The idea behind the project was to focus on the things that really matter at Valentines, love and friendship and not just gift giving. It was fun coming up with the little trinkets that would represent the words. And of course I love the pink, red, and white colors. Getting something heartfelt and handmade like this would be my ideal Valentine's present. I could skip the heart-shaped box of chocolates and roses.

To each and every one of you: have a day filled with love!

See the post on Brancoprata and my original post last year for more pictures.


'I Love Your More Than' Cards DIY

Happy Friday friends! The weekend is here (almost for me, maybe it's already started for some of you). Today I have a DIY to share plus a freebie for you to print so you can do the project yourself. This project was inspired by my Mom. When we were little she would occasionally slip us little notes in our lunches. Usually it was encouragement for a big test or just a sweet reminder that she loved us. I probably didn't appreciate it as a kid but as I've grown older I know that it's just nice to hear 'I love you. I'm thinking of you' from someone.

Do you feel like letting someone know you love them? Maybe for Valentine's Day, maybe just because. I designed these mini cards that you can slip into coin envelopes and hide around the house for your loved ones to find. Hide them in their desk drawer, their lunch bag, their medicine cabinet. When found, your loved ones will definitely feel special.  

I designed the cards to have funny sayings on them like, 'I love you more than...cupcakes, Bob Dylan, Paris, chai tea, Don Draper, and my Eames chair.'

I made two templates. This template has my sayings on it. But this second template is blank so you can fill in your own 'i love you more than's. I used the Lavanderia font from the Lost Type Co-op. Lost Type has a pay-what-you-want model so you can make whatever donation (including $0) that you want to donate to the font designer.

Do you have your own special ways of saying 'I love you?' Do you already do something similar to this? Did anyone else's Mom leave them messages in their lunch as a kid?

Happy weekend everyone! Remember to think about those closest to you and to show them how much you appreciate them.


Lovely Package Gift Exchange

Happy Monday all! To start the week off right I have some more lovely packaging to share. At the end of last year I participated in Danni of Oh, Hello Friend's Lovely Package Gift Exchange. The gift exchange is such a fun idea (maybe I'll start a Crafted one this year...hmm, what do you think?) because it can connect creative bloggers from around the country. It helps introduce you to new friends and new blogs and it just helps foster this community of like-minded individuals. Now who doesn't want to be a part of a community like that? You don't need to be close in proximity to feel connected to people (thank you internet) and that's exactly why I wanted to participate myself. 

I was paired with the lovely France of Banana Fish Studio (check out her blog and say hi) and I was so happy to get to know her and send her pretty presents. She also spoiled me and sent a gift box full of treasures that I opened like a giddy school girl on Christmas Day. Thank you France so much for your thoughtful gifts. Before I sent off my presents I snapped some pictures (literally the last pictures before my camera went kaput) since the whole point of this gift exchange was to highlight the packaging. Here is what I wrapped up special for the exchange:

In emails France mentioned that she liked crochet. Now I can't actually crochet myself (hopefully I'll learn soon) but I found this beautiful vintage one in a local antique store. It was too pretty not to highlight.

When I utilize my striped bags from Whisker Graphics there isn't too much more I have to do. The bags are so cute on their own that all I need to add is some twine and a tag. Super simple packaging done right!

Fun details - stamps, gold paper clips, washi tape, glassine bags...

I found these vintage tart tins while antique shopping and filled one up with small goodies and sealed it with a clear plastic bag and some bakers twine. The tart tins would be perfect for holding small desk accessories, like paper clips or push pins. Hopefully France can repurpose it into something unique.

I found a mini mustard stapler while antiquing (on the right). Even the staples were mini. I thought it was so perfect, especially for a vintage paper lover like France. I hope she liked it.

Vintage postcard love.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these pretty packages today. I really enjoyed wrapping them up and sending them off to a new blog friend. Have a great week everyone! I have all kinds of great stuff to post in the next few days so check back in. 


Happy New Year + Happy Packaging

Hi blog friends! Happy New Year! Can you believe it's 2012 already? I had to write 1/1 yesterday and it felt so weird. But I am so excited for the new year and am happy to get back into the swing of things today with a blog post. I was oh, so neglectful in December (embarrassing) but we'll forget about that and move forward with a plethora of posts in January. Today I'm going to share with you some of my Christmas packaging and later in the week we'll be recapping my Twelve by 2012 goals (I did ok but definitely didn't accomplish all twelve). I want to set up a new mini goals list and share it with you here (you keep me motivated) so I'll be announcing that soon.

But first I have some sad news. My faithful and reliable old friend, my Nikon d40x camera, is currently experiencing some technical difficulties. I was taking some shots with it a few days ago and suddenly an error message popped up on the screen and the shutter will no longer fire. The message reads: 'Error. Press shutter release button again.' Based on some research I did, I don't think the camera is totally dead or anything but I'll need to send it into Nikon for fixing and have to pay some fee which I won't be happy about. Poor  camera! It is five years old and has taken a ton of pictures but still, I'm frustrated that I will be digital camera-less for awhile. I rely on it so much, especially with the blog. But I'll find a way to share pictures here...that's why Steve Jobs invented the iPhone I guess. Has anyone else experienced this problem with their Nikon cameras?

And now for the pretty packaging part of the post. This year wrapping mostly consisted of white paper and washi tape. Simple components yes, but I came up with a handful of different configurations to make each package feel unique and fun.

I think my favorite was this one to my brother. David has gotten into photography this year so I gave him a few different photo/camera goodies. I incorporated this old photograph into his packaging, using my label maker to write out our names. A pop of color with some washi and some bakers twine and this easy package was completed in no time.

The present on the left was for my Mom. I cut wahi tape into triangles and made garlands on her package. This is so easy to do but it has major wow factor. It would be perfect for birthday wrapping. The present on the right was for my brother. I bought the cute glasses tag at Renegade this year. It was designed by Invita Paper Studio. Find the tags here. I actually saw Adriana (the talented designer behind Invita) at two local shows and was so happy to chat with a local creative. She is super sweet and her designs are just so colorful and fun. I definitely recommend checking out her shop. 

This simple criss-cross washi was for my stepdad. 

I dug out these cute bike stamps and made a fun little package for my brother (side note: I can't believe I bought these stamps a year ago!). I'm digging the collage effect with the washi. I'll need to try that more often. 

And finally, another one for my Mom. I had to wrap it in kraft paper because of the size. I love that the design on the washi is actually illustrated buttons and then I added a few actual vintage buttons to keep up the theme. And a skeleton key with some lace is always the perfect feminine touch. 

How did your wrapping go this year? In the past I have saved wrapping until the end and then I just stick everything into bags, very uncreatively. So I was proud to actually wrap everything up this time around. And I even did it a few days ahead so the presents got to enjoy some time under the tree just looking pretty before getting ripped into. Christmas success!

Again, happy 2012 dear readers! I am so looking forward to this next year together. Cheers to pretty pictures, fun blog posts, and lovely inspiration and projects to come.