Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

We Love Offbeat Etsy Weddings: Mother Daughter Dances - A song list

We Love Offbeat Etsy Weddings: Mother Daughter Dances - A song list: "Go off the beaten path. Try a Mother Daughter dance at your wedding. Here are some songs you may like: Get the tissues now. &n..."

Just sharing a post I did for the Offbeat Etsy Weddings blog :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

DIY Lavender Milk Bath Pouch Favors

Not all favors are created equally.  I prefer one that can be used and I'm not too fond of your initials.  This favor is my idea of heaven!  Luxurious whole milk and lavender essential oils combine to make me one happy girl!!! Perfect for your shower.  Enjoy!

DIY Lavender Milk Bath Pouch Favors

Available at your local craft store:
3x4 inch organza drawstring pouches (these can be made in custom colors by shops)
Sealing plastic bags no wider than 4 inches
Lavender essential oil
Writing marker
Colored ink

Available at your local grocery store:
Epsom salt
Whole dried milk powder
Mixing spoon
Mixing bowl
Measuring cup

1 ½ Cup Powdered Milk
1 Cup Epsom Salts
½ Cup Cornstarch
24-30 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

This will make 10 (with a touch extra) 4 tablespoon sized portions.  This is the exact portion size for a 3x4 inch organza bag.

-Pour 1 Cup of Epsom salts into a plastic bag.  Add 24-30 drops of lavender essential oil.  Seal bag.  Mix in bag until the oil is evenly distributed into the salt.

-In your large mixing bowl combine your measured milk powder, salts and cornstarch.  Mix well.

-Measure 4 Tablespoons of your milk bath mixture into the plastic bags.  Make sure no air is left in the bags.  Set aside.

-Using your choice of colored ink rub the edges of your tags with the ink.  Allow to dry approx 5-10 minutes.

-Write your message of choice on the tags.

-Stuff organza bags with milk bath pouches and pull the drawstrings tight.

-Feed one of the drawstrings through the hole in the tag.

-Tie the drawstrings into a knot or bow.

Recently submitted to for their DIY contest.  

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Make Believe'N Giveaway on Completely Unveiled

Visit Completely Unveiled Blog for a chance to win!

One lucky couple will win five custom boutonnieres by simply commenting on Completely Unveiled's Blog.  Good luck!!!!

DIY Message Rocks

The easiest favor EVER!  You can make one for each guest with an initial or do a special message.  They can be used as paper weights or magnets.

Message rocks.

You need:

Rub on vinyl letter or images.  These can be found at your local hobby store or in the supply section of
Dish soap.
Smooth surfaced rocks.

Thats it!!!!!

Clean your rock surface with dish soap and water and let it dry.  This will make sure the surface is ready for the rub on transfer.

Cut out your transfer.

Use the included Popsicle stick and follow the rub on transfer directions.


If you want them to become magnets.....

Buy small 3/4-1 inch round magnets at your local craft/hobby store
Epoxy glue can be purchased at a craft or hardware store.

Mix epoxy per instructions (be VERY careful)
Use a small amount, about the tip of a pencil eraser and then lightly place the magnet in the epoxy.
Let dry overnight.

This DIY project has been submitted to for the DIY contest.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

DIY Toothpick Flag Wedding Favors

DIY Toothpick Flag Wedding Favors

Cardstock in your choice of color for pocket (purchase at your local super store or office supply store)
Patterned scrapbooking paper for flag and to embellish pocket (purchase at your local hobby store)
Buttons, ribbon, beads, feathers etc…to embellish pocket (purchase at your local hobby store)
Ink in a complimenting color (purchase at your local hobby store)
Toothpicks (purchase at your local grocery store)
All Purpose Glue (purchase at your local grocery store)
Scissors or a paper cutter (purchase at your local hobby store)
Ruler (purchase at your local hobby store)
Microsoft Office –Word and a home printer

In word insert one pentagon.  Extend the left hand side 20%.
Insert your initials, words, or message into the pentagon.
Copy and paste as many as you can fit on the page or as many as you need.

Cut your scrapbooking patterned paper down to an 8 ½ -11 size so you can easily print on it.
Print out your flags.
Cut out your flags.
Fold flag on flat side ½ cm from edge.
Place one bead of glue in fold.
Stick toothpick in fold and fold paper down firmly.
Set aside to dry.

Cut your colored or white card stock into 10.5 cm x 6 cm rectangles.  (I chose this size so you can make the most out of your paper)
Cut your patterned scrapbook paper into 2.5cm x 6cm rectangles.
Fold your card stock evenly 3cm from the bottom.
Glue folded card stock on each side near the edge to form a pocket.
Glue patterned paper to front of pocket
Glue any chosen embellishment to front of patterned paper.
Allow to dry.

Rub ink sponge lightly around the edges of your pockets.

Place completed (and dry) flags in their pockets and you now have toothpick favors for your wedding guests.
Another nice touch would be to print a special message from the wedding couple to the guest on the back of the pocket.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Juarez Wedding featuring the New Years Eve Bouquet

This wonderful wedding was photographed by  The Juarez's were married 1-1-11, a New Years Eve bash to start the year and their life off right.  Thank you to Summer for letting me be a part of your special day ;)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Google Picasa tutorial for Etsy shop owners

Brighten photo:
Tuning tab:
Increased fill light 10-15%
Increased highlights 5-10%
Increased shadows 5-10%
Cooled temperature 10%

Vintage Wash:
Effects tab:
Tint – choose beige tone and drag bar to change to desired tone
Film Grain option

Export image (folder on bottom of screen), Resize to 1200 pixels and name.  Etsy ready!