Handmade with Love VII: Wedding Edition

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As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received. Today's post is all about wedding related handmade items received! In September, before my big day, my girls at work (and a few of the guys too!) hosted a little bridal shower snack time with a few gifts. It was really sweet and actually caught me off guard in timing so I was surprised! April, a local artist and now neighborly friend, created the card for the occassion, which was a print of one of her beautiful paintings! ************************************************************************************************ Cherylin ... Continue Reading...

It’s all about the owl

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It's fall and officially the Halloween prep season! One icon that seems to still be trendy for this season, everyday home decor and all around cuteness is the owl. In honor of this wise old character, I thought I'd recap some owl related crafts that was appeared on my blog in the past. Owl costume Favorites Party "Thanks for coming" tags Pink Owl Themed Bridal Shower Owl Halloween Cupcakes Owl Wedding Shower Thank You Cards  Ho ho hoot Christmas cards Liz Urso's Owl Lizling Sharing With: Southern Institute, Craft-O-Maniac, DIY Home Sweet Home ... Continue Reading...

Bridal Shower Thank Yous: Peaches and Butterflies

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I've made Thank You card sets for family and friends when they've gotten married or had a baby. So of course, I had to handmade thank you cards for my own shower! Sorry, no step out images this time, just the beautiful final shots of these fun cards. But I can tell you that I didn't think I'd have enough full sheets of patterned paper so I cut up what I had into strips and used this wide 'Thank you" stamp to cover up the remaining section. It worked out perfectly as a background for my floating butterfly with the wire antenna accent! :) Thank You again to those who attended and for all the wonderful gifts!!! And the countdown continues....2 months from today! (supplies: Paper: Martha Stewart Crafts; Stamps: Hero Arts and Martha Stewart Crafts; Glitter: Martha Stewart ... Continue Reading...

Handmade with Love VI

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As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received. In May, I was the MOH for Allie's beautiful Virginia wedding. As part of my gift at the rehearsal dinner, Allie handmade me this card and gave me a photo book that documented our 10 years we've known each other. It was great to see the progression of our friendship, from college sophomores to the successful adults we are today, all put together in a pretty book! ************************************************************************************************ In June, Allie turned the roles around and helped host my bridal ... Continue Reading...

Vanessa’s Group Wine Gift

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In mid July, Vanessa's bridesmaids got together for a bachelorette weekend celebration in Atlantic City before her big day. As Vanesssa already got lots of lingerie gifts at her bridal shower, Sherryl, of Sweet Little Nothings, found this cute idea as a group gift for the bride. Each bridesmaid picked one hopefully upcoming reason for Vanessa and her husband Kevin to celebrate a milestone with a bottle of wine. We each bought a bottle and decorated or hung a tag to describe the reason for that bottle. I picked first baby. The few examples I saw online were meant to celebrate the news of being pregnant and basically said for the husband to sit and drink the bottle by himself while the nine months passed for the pregnant wife. What fun is that? Instead, I took the approach of a ... Continue Reading...

Guest Posting at UltimateBridesmaid.com

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Hey guys! I'm so excited to share that today I'm guest posting at The Ultimate Bridesmaid, a site guiding bridesmaids to bridal showers, bachelorette parties and the whole wedding planning/attending experience! Head over to The Ultimate Bridesmaid to learn what the July Year of Date Nights was and find tips on how to plan your own group gift! ... Continue Reading...

Year of Date Nights: June

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In April, 7 bridesmaids and I helped to host a bridal shower for Allie, my top guest poster and also my MOH! (I was hers too!). I saw this concept on a Pinterest pin from this blog and instead of pooling our money to get her a large pot set, we decided to give her and her husband the gift of time! We bought them 12 gifts, which we labeled “A Year of Date Nights”. Here’s the opening letter Allie was allowed to open at the shower, which explained her gift: "In just a few weeks, you will say “I Do.” Then a fun year of marriage is in store for you. Since finding alone time can be the hard part, We 8 bridesmaids gave you a head start. We call this gift “A year of fun dates” For you to enjoy with your chosen mate. On the first of each month, you can open the seal And that month’s ... Continue Reading...

Here Comes The BRIDES

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(supplies: Stickers: Jolee's) Yes I said more than one Bride!! As this post goes live, I'm actually down in Virginia taking part in Allie's wedding as her maid of honor! Since she got engaged, I have been having fun wedding planning for hers and even more excited when we were able to start planning together! In addition, I had been asked to be in my friend Aimee's wedding ON THE SAME DATE! Unfortunately, I have not yet possessed the power of being in both Virgina and Wisconsin at the same time, so I will have to celebrate Aimee's big day from afar. I am there in spirit!!! Congrats again to Allie & Tim AND Aimee & Micah! ... Continue Reading...