Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lily's Garden Party

I know Lily's First Birthday was over 5 months ago, but better late than never:-)

Birthday Girl


My mom thought that I had lost my mind when I was digging through the woods to find branches for this little project. I asked her if the final result was worth it...she didn't answer.

Yarn wrapped wreath for the front door.

My friend, Amanda, put together a Photo Movie of Lily's first year to play during the party. She even added thoughtful music...what a great gift!

Party Favors--I dressed up little flower pots that came out of the dollar bin at Target with a little burlap, ribbon and a tag.

Time, slow down!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Top 10 Ways...

With all of the birthday parties, weddings and baby showers that fill up our lives it is not always possible or appropriate to make someone a handmade gift. Here are my Top 10 Ways to Make a Store Bought Gift Feel More Personal:

10. Set a budget and stick to it. As tempting as it may be to overspend, remember that it is the thought that counts. You will feel much better about the gift if you know that you spent responsibly.

9. Buy off of the registry/list if there is one. Even though the options may not be something that you would choose or think of as important there is a reason that it is on the registry/list.

8. Stick with a theme. If you are buying more than one item sticking to a theme makes gift giving much easier. My theme in the give above is "toy".

7. Think outside of the box/bag. I love to use baskets, buckets, cans, etc. to "wrap" my gifts. When I do actually wrap the present, I like to think outside the "box" by embellishing the gift with wooden letters, clothes pins, pom-poms, etc. The dollar bin at Target is a great place to find items that will make your gift feel special.

6. Don't wait until the last minute...when you do, it shows.

5. Stick to a color scheme. Use your gift, a party invitation or season to establish a color scheme and stick to it. This will make your final product feel polished.

4. Use what you have. If you are like me you have a whole collection of scrapbook supplies...make use of what you have, spend the $$ on the gift.

3. Make your own card/tag. Put those scrapbook supplies to work again by making your own card or tag. I prefer tags because they are quick and simple.

2. Attach a gift receipt. Make returns painless for your friend by including a gift receipt.

1. Use twine, lots of twine. Twine, my friend, is your friend. Cheap, versatile and rustic...what could be better?


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Scary Cute!

Just a few little "Halloweenie" touches in Lily's room...
I used yarn to make pom-poms.

The fun ghosts were downloaded here and are in honor of her favorite Halloween word..."BOO!"

I love how each one has its own little personality.

Spooky, spider wreath.

We're having a Halloween Party for the kids this Saturday and I am super excited (and busy crafting). Have a great Monday!