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Mirror, mirror on the wall…CRACK!

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In the midst of packing and moving, my beloved IKEA mirror cracked. Yes, it was only $19.99, but who wants to spend it twice? Isn’t she a beaut?

So, what to do with a broken mirror? Will I be resigned to 7 years bad luck?

Nope! With the help of some small dowels, hooks, fabric and foam board (I would have used wood, but I had foam around) I created this treasure for my necklace obsession.

Who Loves You Babe? Wedding Gift Printable

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So my two friends, Carrie & Stasia are getting married on Cape Cod in just a few weeks.  Note: Please no rude comments about your opinion on gay marriage…they will be denied.

They are hoping to have a wedding that’s as environmentally friendly as possible. They are even asking for gifts to be recycled, crafted or for guests to make a donation to a charity in their name. I’m a gift-giver, so I picked up some matching wine glasses at the local Goodwill and am planning on etching their initials tonight…more on that later.

As I was surfing the Blog-o-sphere I came across some cute printables and decided…”Hey, I can do that.” With the help of Discovery Education’s Puzzle Maker, Fonts for Peas, Microsoft Publisher and a color printer, I bring you Carrie & Stasia’s Wedding Print!

I love LOVE

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What can I say, I am a sucker for people in love. Not me in love, but other people in love.

My friend Adriane is getting married in less than a month and since she’s a transplant to the area a few of us Texans will be making the trip to the Mainline of Philly for the celebration. Since it was a little tricky for us to go up for the bridal shower, my friend Connie Rey & I decided to throw her our own.

I may love love, but I can’t stand bridal showers.

Games? Blah. Oooos & Ahhhs at gift opening? Eek. Sitting awkwardly with people you don’t know? Gag!

So, what to do? We thought of  hundreds of options…wine tour, nice dinner, night on the town, but finally agreed on a pottery painting party. If it got a little awkward, then each person had their own project right there to save the day.

Each person was assigned a different season and the couple can use thee plates for parties or as a decoration.

Three guests cancelled last minute, so we were a much smaller group, but we had a blast.

All in all it was a great afternoon to celebrate the bride and LOVE!

Ringing in a new year of life in gratitude

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I think most of my life my birthday has brought along a case of the blues. You see having an end of summer birthday almost always ensured that friends were out of town on the final vacation. Then, as the school year crept closer and closer it landed on the one of the first day(s) of school. My mom even left me at college on my 18th birthday where many a tear was shed.

So, the other day as I stood on the edge of  my 28th year I tried to think of how to make the transition to 29 great. As I looked back on my year, I could think of one word to describe it: G R A T I T U D E

I’ve been truly blessed in my life to be surrounded by wonderful people who have taught me so much and helped to form me into the person I am today. Have I told them lately? Do I say it enough?

Then, the moment of inspiration! Why not mark this trip around the sun by writing 29 letters of gratitude?! Words of affirmation are not my love language, but sometimes people need to know…they need to hear it.

I’ve spent the past few days engaged in this project and you know what? I think the Birthday Blues have gone away.

So, try it! Have you told someone how much they mean to you today?

Upcycle: Calendar to Gift Bag

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The year ends and that cute calendar hanging on the wall gets dumped (hopefully in the recycling bin). What if you could take 5-10 mins and give it a facelift? How about upcycling it!

I am not one to lavishly wrap gifts. I think it’s a nice touch, but seems to waste paper for something that doesn’t last so long. <Enter upcycled calendar gift bag>

Follow these simple steps to create the cutest gift bags:

Step 1: Gather your supplies

 You’ll need an old calendar, twine/ribbon, scissors, single-hole punch & glue stick.

Step 2: Remove the center staples and cut along the fold

Look at those 12 beautiful pictures!

Step 3: Choose two pictures

You need to choose pictures that are similarly aligned.

Pictures focused either right or left of center so you don’t cut off the best part.

Step 4: Stack pictures on top of each other

Step 5: Flip the pictures over and fold down the top about 1/2"

You’ve already created the top of your bag…you’re on a roll!

Step 6: Fold pictures along the left or right side (depending on what part of the picture you like the least) about 1/3 of the calendar page

This fold creates the side of the bag.

Step 7: Fold the flap you just made in half

Step 8: Fold the other side of the pages about a 1/2"

Step 9: Fold the bottoms up about 1"-1 1/2"

Yay! You’re done with all the folding!

Step 10: Separate the pages

Step 11: Place glue on the small flap of one side

Time to glue, glue, glue!

Step 12: Tuck the small flap into the side the the larger flap on the other page

Make sure to tuck the flap in all the way to make the side of the bag.

Step 13: Repeat with the other side

Ta-da! The sides are now complete!

Well look at that 🙂

Step 15: Make 4 cuts at the bottom corners up to the folds you previously made

Check out those cuts.

Step 16: Glue all the folds down to create the bottom

Step 17: Flip the bag over and press down to secure the bottom

Admire your work so far...

Step 18: Cute two equal pieces of twine or ribbon

Step 19: Hole punch two holes & thread your handles

Step 20: Enjoy!

Let’s watch a video…shall we?

HAPPY GIFTING!

What’s in a name?

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For years, I have racked my brain when the question of talents comes up. I sing…badly. I dance…with limited rhythm. I draw…stick figures. Does magnificently organizing sock drawers could as a talent?

So, what is a girl with no talent to do?

Just the other day, I was riding in the car after one of these very conversations. A friend and I were listening to a conference on tape and lo and behold the topic was CrEaTiViTy. The speaker’s message was clear; denying our creativity and talents stifle our budding creativeness that is just waiting to come out! Was the speaker talking directly to me? Did my friend set me up for this?!

So here I am, embracing the talents I do have!