Valentine’s Day DIY Inspirations

Hi!!! Are you the type who gives out little Valentines to friends, partners and or children’s class? If yes and need some fresh ideas, check out these favorites of mine!

I only do Valentines (small, tiny even) gifts for the girls. Last year I surprised them with cupcakes that my favorite baker made but usually, I just do a card, with candies, and that’s it.

This year I want to do something special again and after going through Google and Pinterest found a few that looked easy, fun and beautiful.

1. Jovie loves Macarons and when I saw this , PERFECT!! And if you’re not into Macarons, you can use Oreos or Oreos covered with white (or whatever color) chocolate. Visit Sugar and Cloth’s blog post for complete tutorial!

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2. Another one from Sugar and Cloth! Isn’t the below ADORABLE?!??!?! And in case you’re wondering, yes I am a fan of her blog :)

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3. M loves origami and we all love fortune cookies. What’s a better way to combine the two? This project below from Minted! I think the girls would love getting little messages scattered all over the living room.

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4. Do you have A LOT of loom bands? We do!! I think the craze has died down but like you, the bands are still everywhere! So, I was thinking of grabbing a few and making the girls something like what Lolly Jane did below. Both girls have given me a band and I haven’t returned the favor.

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5. And last, Sharpie marker mugs!! BUT, if you’ve ever tried this project, it can be a bit tricky. This is why you’ll love this post by Craftaholic Anonymous, all the little tricks to make this simple project a successful one!

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Ok, off to lunch I go! Hopefully one of these project inspires you to create something beautiful and memorable for those you love.

Take care! xx

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Crafting for the Holidays

Hello again!! What have you been up to lately?

We did a bit of traveling up north during the girls’ school break and I’ve been busy helping organize a Christmas fair and doing a bit of crafting for the event also. I know our stall will have lots of cards since a few of my great crafty friends have kindly said they will mail me a box of goodness, a few yarn wreaths (since I have a butt load of yarn from a local friend), tags, gift card holders, ornaments and hopefully more yarn goods since I have A LOT! I don’t have a minimum number to make and so if I get one done, then be it. Whatever profit our booth makes will go to the Brain Tumour Charity via Sophie’s Smile.

I’ve been having fun again with my craft, I guess the whole variety of things and having a purpose did it, and I cannot wait to share with everybody in a few weeks time at the fair. Unlike my blog posts, where I don’t care if anybody likes what I created, I seriously do hope that those who visits the fair will like my creations enough to buy them. I want to make a lot of money for the charity!!
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If you wish to create a star like the above, this were the tutorials I followed:

I bought my sheet music from a charity/thrift shop. I got a bit for £2. But I think the ones I bought were a bit too old for the project. There’s a lot of folding involved (although you can eliminate the pentagon folding if you use a template) and by the end, my already fragile paper was a bit more so. But, it does look so pretty!

Here are a couple photos from our trip:

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Whitby, Yorkshire, UK. The inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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The Lake District. We visited Beatrix Potter’s home while there. It was so neat and I think her home is now number one on my favorite places I’ve visited list. I felt a bit emotional walking into her home and this girl is not at all emotional!

Until next time!! Hugs!

Mini Book and Box

We have another gymnast in the house! It’s only been four weeks but Jovie seems to be enjoying it. This is her fifth attempt at organized activity (she’s quit three of them) and I haven’t seen signs of not wanting to go. In the past, it’s usually after the second session that she’ll start to balk. Besides gymnastics, Jovie also does theatre but she really doesn’t like it and only goes because we think it’s something she’ll (eventually) like. Ha ha! I know, we’re so bad!

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At gymnastics, her and her little friends have many opportunities to earn stickers. She’s been asking for a sticker book to collect all her stickers in (currently the two she’s earned are in my Filofax) and I told her that I’ll get her one. I was going to get her one but, I saw this cute little tag book on Pinterest and I thought I’d give it a go. Emma, from Gathering Beauty, also had an origami box tutorial and so I made that also. Jovie was soooooo happy to receive her little present this morning! One.Happy. Little. Girl!

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For this mini book I used a die-cut template from Stampin-Up! I think. But you can use whatever die cut, or tag, and go for it. Score the cover and then score in the middle of the book bit, staple and voila.

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The paper came from a legal pad. I think my book came out to be 2″x3″ and I just guillotine a piece of paper accordingly.

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See how tiny it is? But perfect for Jovie’s little hands! The five-years-old with a three-years-old hand :)

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And here’s my box, with help from Kate at picklebums. I need the box for Christmas goodies, thus the Christmas paper, but I figure I’d use it once for Jovie and then re-use later in a few months. Nobody will notice, right? This box was from a 6″x6″ pad. The bottom of the box I trimmed to a 5.5″x5.5″. A 5.75″x5.75″ will be ok too but it felt really tight. Give both a go on a regular piece of paper first and see which is best for you. The end product is a 2″x2″ box. An 8.5″x8.5″ paper produced a 3″x3″ and a 12″x12″ sheet made a 4″x4″ box.

Note: May want to tape, cute washi tape maybe, the center together. But I think after you put your little giftie in there, the box will hold up just fine.

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Soooooo, glad I found these two tutorials because I have a lot of pattern papers that I don’t really care to use in any of my scrapbook pages!

 

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Gift Box + Card

Gift box + card

Hey! Don’t fall off your seats but I am still here!!

I have been so busy the last few weeks. I had family over for two weeks and I spent a couple of weeks before their arrival getting rid of stuff to make room for an extra bed. I’ve also been busy with my new (finally) business. If you’re interested you can check it out: Savitri Wilder Photography. I’ve been on and off about starting, mostly off due to children duties, but now that Jovie’s in preschool 3x a week and in September going full time, I have no more reasons to not go for it. I’ve done a couple sessions here and there and so far I have enjoyed every one of them!

In between my crazy schedule, I managed to squeeze in a bit of crafting time. M had a birthday party to go to last week and I decided to give her little friend a gift card. What’s the best way to quickly package a gift card? By using WPlus9’s kraft pillow box! A bit of Damask, a star die (cause M’s friend is a gymnastics super star), a tag die, a sweet “Fresh Picked” little sentiment, twine and American Craft Thickers I got a sweet little gift ready in 5-minutes!

To make the gift sweeter, I created a matching card. Same Damask stamp, a Lacey layers and matching die, the new (oh so fab) WPlus9 Folk Art alphabet dies, a button and a twine. Also 5-minutes.

Oh, the white ink and paper are also WPlus9’s products. The ink…. DIVINE!

So in 10 minutes time I got the above set ready for Miss M to bring to her makeover party.

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Oh, this post can’t be complete without a photo of the all made up girl AND the cupcake she decorated at the party:

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Ahh… doesn’t she look all grown up? Where did that cute chubby cheek 4-yrs-old go?!?!?!

Until next time and I hope this next time won’t be so long {::SMILES}.

Christmas Day 1

Christmas Love

It’s OCTOBER! Yikes AND eeeeeeeks at the same time!! I know I’ve said this already but time is sure going by fast this year!

While I wish the days would go by slower, there are a few things that I LOVE about this time of year: Fall, Halloween, AND prepping for Christmas. Last year I got swamped for some reason and didn’t get to send many cards. So to make it up, this year not only do I want to send out some of the handmade cards I’ve made, I want to also present adorably decorated little gifties (I also have this ambitious goal of making some felt decors too) to close families and friends.

To start the goal out right, I made this little box the other night using new goodies from WPlus9. Isn’t it cute? I am not going to say what the content will be but one thing for sure: It will delight {::SMILES}. For this month’s release Dawn not only sent me stamps and dies, she also sent me these lovely boxes AND a new card stock color. I had so much fun playing with the new goodies and I have a feeling you all will too! Everything in this month’s release are not only gorgeous but very practical and functional.

Christmas Love

Don’t forget to see what the other DT members have created and do stop by Dawn’s blog to comment so that you have the opportunity to win a free set!