I’m really old school when it comes to thank you notes. I don’t think anything beats getting a letter in the mail. In this week’s tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make personalized stationary. My favorite place to shop for the supplies is Papersource, they have a wide range of blank cards and envelopes in a so many different colors. I would say my personal brand is classic with a touch of edge, so I go for black envelopes and white flat note cards. What’s represents your personal brand?
As I mentioned in my DIY nursery art video I have a lot of friends expecting babies before the end of the year and attended the first shower this past weekend. I saw that the mom-to-be posted on Facebook that one of the first things she is going to have after the baby comes is a Moscow Mule. I thought to put together a little care package for her with all the ingredients she would need to make the drink. It’s a super simple idea – just wrap the ingredients in a plastic bag, tie with a ribbon, and make a tag that has the drink recipe on it (I created the tag in a word doc). I know it was a baby shower but the mom-to-be deserves a little something too!
- Blue Mason Jars – I stocked up on the limited edition blue mason jars. These blue beauties have multi-uses as vases, drinking cups, infusing alcohol (see #8), etc.
- Drink Tub – The tub makes it easy for guests to serve themselves.
- Pitcher – I prefer this stainless steel pitcher over a glass one, never have to worry about it breaking.
- Large Wood Cutting Board – Another multi-use item in my kitchen. I recently bought one of these and have used it as a serving piece for appetizers, part of a bar setup and as a center piece on a table.
- Ikat Bowls – Add a pop of color to the table with these bowls.
- Ice Cream Attachment – This KitchenAid attachment has been on my wish list for awhile now. I have a bunch of recipes saved for the day when I actually get one.
- Kraft Paper – If you haven’t noticed I like to use kraft paper a lot. It’s a inexpensive material with endless uses.
- Jalapeno Infused Tequila – I’m attempting to make my own version this weekend. I’ll post the recipe on the blog soon!
- Myspace – I’m still trying to figure out the new Myspace interface but still digging it. Here are the songs I have on repeat this summer.
Keeping with the theme on trying to make weddings greener and not having a lot of paper waste, I really like the idea of doing “double duty” escort cards. The concept is to combine your escort cards and favors into one takeaway. These also work well for groomsmen or bridesmaids gifts, favors at bridal showers or name cards at dinner parties. Check out the video for additional ideas and have you subscribe to the YouTube channel yet? A new video posts every Friday!
Can you believe it’s June 1st already? I know I say this every year but I really mean it, time is flying by! Summer is rolling in and outdoor entertaining is ramping up. To keep things simple, I wanted to share some ideas on easy ways to style your summer event with Kraft paper. The best thing about Kraft paper is that it has multiple uses, is inexpensive (I picked up my roll at the Dollar Store), easy to clean-up and recyclable. Check out the video for different uses which include wrapping wine bottles with your menus, creating custom napkin ring holders or a painted table runner.
Get more inspiration and places to purchase kraft items by checking out my Pinterest board.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day! I definitely took advantage of the long weekend, soaked up some sun and did a whole lot of nothing. It was some much needed downtime and a good recharge but now it’s back to work (thank goodness it is a short week, right!?!).
As a continuation of my Summer Wedding DIY series, I’ll show you how to create a no sew bow. These are great styling accessories for your bridal party, ring bearer, flower girl or other wedding decor. You can create a no sew bow in just 6 easy steps. Head over to my Pinterest board for more ideas on how to incorporate bows into your event.
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How to create a no sew bow:
- Cut a piece of ribbon 12.5 inches long (this will make a bow about 6 inches long).
- Cut another piece of ribbon 3 inches long.
- Take your 12.5 inch long piece of fabric, fold the ends together and secure with a drop of hot glue.
- Take your 3 inch long piece of fabric, fold in the sides and secure with a drop of hot glue.
- Pinch together the middle of the larger piece of ribbon to form the bow.
- Glue the smaller piece of fabric around the middle.
Bow shoes via Martha Stewart Weddings
Bow Necklace via BHLDN
Bow Hair Accessory via Pinterest