Archive of ‘Make’ category

{New Find} The Mother’s List

Since most of my readers are women, many of whom are moms, I really wanted to share a new site I recently discovered: The Mother’s List. Heard of it? Well, neither had I. We are all pretty aware of Craigslist, but this site puts a personal {and womanly} touch to the act of buying and selling from listing sites. Hope it helps one of my fabulous readers purge {or find} items!

Oh, and they are also currently running a contest for a Wii and Wii Fit bundle- just a little bonus, right?!

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Decorate! Paper Pennants

It’s no secret that I love using paper pennant flags as decorations. I make pastel ones for Easter, patriotic pennant flags for the 4th of July, and most recently primary pennants to decorate a circus themed party. Here are a few images of my most recent paper pennant flags that I made for Halloween decor.

A few sheets of solid black and orange card stock, ribbon, and a few scrap-booking embellishments (dots and rub on letters) is all it took to make these DIY paper pennant flags!

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You Gotta Love this Photo Booth!

Having a photo booth for parties is one of my new favorite ideas! Not hat it’s a new idea per-say, but it is not one that I had done before. Recently having set one up for a child’s circus party, I got to see first hand the pure FUN this brought to the event. Setting up a cool photo booth is really simple and the experience {not to mention the great photos} is well worth it! I recently spotted this photo booth over at Style Me Pretty that was set up during this whimsical wedding. A bright fabric backdrop + a chalkboard = my NEW favorite version of the photo booth idea!

Yes, that last shot is the father of the bride, too fun! Next time you are planning a birthday party, anniversary party, reunion, wedding, or really any party at all- set up a photo booth. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

photography by Jeremy Lawson {simply gorgeous work!}

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Colorful Fun! Centerpiece for Kids Table

Whether you need a centerpiece for a kids table at a wedding, birthday party, or a formal dinner party, this idea will be perfectly fitting. Combining colorful flowers for decor and crayons and markers to keep their little hands busy, this centerpiece will serve double duty; provide decoration and offer little ones an activity.

Remember the childhood fun of turning white carnations and daisies onto blue and green blooms? A day or two before you need the centerpiece, cut a few white flowers and place them in a vase of water colored with food dye. This is also a fun “experiment” to get your kids involved in. Then, use any bud vases and small glass dishes you have on had to put your kid table centerpiece together. Group flower vases in the middle and small glass bowls or glasses around filled with crayons and markers. You can put blank paper at each place setting for their masterpieces or {my favorite} cover the table itself with butcher paper they can doodle directly on!

This would also be a great centerpeice idea for an Art Party. Check out this article for more ideas on throwing an Artsy Partsy.

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Not Flowers Again! Try Giving a “Practical” Moving Gift

It seems that the more people you know, the more often you are buying cards and presents. For each friend or family member we have, we add a wide selection of special gift-giving occasions such as Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, getting married, having a baby, going to college, or moving into a new home. Some holidays like baby showers are designed for the gift giver to offer practical gifts that can be used for that purpose. Other special occasions like weddings make it easy for us to buy practical gifts with registries that tell us exactly what our friends would like the most. Then there are those “unusual special occasions” that we never know what to buy. You know which ones I am talking about, the ones that you usually end up giving the “old flower” standby. My latest quandary is what to give someone who is moving. (other then flowers!)

  • Moving to college?
  • Moving because they are getting married?
  • Moving because they bought a new house?
  • Moving because they are having another child?
  • A realtor giving a gift to a person who bought from them?

So that led me on a search to find a very thoughtful yet practical present to give to someone who was moving. My idea stemmed from being practical. I though, hmmm what do they need? After all, we give baby clothes to people having a baby (because they need them), so why not give moving boxes to people who are moving, right? That was my “aha” moment. Moving boxes…practical……thoughtful….and simple.

Why not give moving boxes and moving supplies to someone who is moving? Not particularly impressive, but oh so needed and appreciated. I came across a fabulous web site that offers moving boxes and moving supplies in a “moving kit.” You click on the size of home you have and they recommend the right number of moving boxes and supplies with FREE SHIPPING. Yes, free- very cool if I say so myself. For example, for only $88, you can buy all the moving boxes and moving supplies a person needs to move a 2 bedroom home or apartment. All of the sizes are there, if you need a larger size or a smaller one. Then, have them shipped right to the recipient’s door.Thoughtful and simple. I know if I was moving, I would totally appreciate this gift.

Go to http://www.movingboxdelivery.com for more information.

Flowers are nice, but remember, sometimes practical gifts are the most appreciated. Have you ever given or received something “practical” as a gift?

Try this gift out and be sure and let me know how your friends and family like it! I’m sold on this idea. Some times it’s the little things, you know?

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Clever Table Top Decor

Want to create a unique and trendy table top- but want to skip all the fuss? Check out these three fresh ideas for decorating your table top place settings.

Use individual beverage containers as a centerpiece. Gather colorful drinks like lemonade bottles, juice boxes, or soda cans. Place a few drinks and place them in the center of the table on a serving platter where guests can reach and grab them for themselves.

This is a great table setting idea, especially for a children’s table. Chalkboard place mats, chalk and an eraser will keep them entertained throughout the entire meal.

I love the idea of using items that you already have on hand to decorate your table top. Above are limes transformed into place card holders- though you could use any type of fruit like lemons or even apples.

See more trendy ways to dress up your table over at Real Simple.

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