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brown paper packages: October 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

{Purse Set - Giveaway!}

This is a purse set that I am making for my friends as a Christmas gift. It is super fun and super easy. It includes a two-year calendar/planner, a personalized notebook, and a fun brag book made with badge holders which are the perfect size for wallet-size photos. Since it is hooked with a ring, you can buy more badge holders if you need more room for pictures.

The instructions are simple. Just choose the paper that you want to use for embellishing, and trace and cut to size. Use a good adhesive to stick it all on, and you are good to go. I added ribbon book marks to the calendar and the notebook. If you do this, just make sure you glue the ribbon on before you put the paper on.

I have a real problem over-buying things like calendars, notebooks, papers...lets face it, I have a problem over-buying everything. Today, you benefit from my office supply hoarding problem. I have made 2 extra purse sets, and I am having a giveaway! To enter, post a comment on this blog entry by Sunday (11/1). I will draw the winner on Monday morning and post the 2 lucky winners here (I will personalize with the letter of your choice).

Kierste - surprise :)! Yours will be in the mail as soon as you tell me if you would like the brown or red set.

What you will need: A composition book, a pocket calendar with a clear plastic cover (Michaels - dollar bin), a pack of Badge Holders (office supply store or walmart), scrapbook paper and embellishments.


Monday, October 26, 2009

{EASY chalkboard frames}

I had the ugliest frame in history, sitting up in my craft room. It had moved with us more times than I can count, and it was finally time to change it into something I loved. I also still had my trusty can of chalkboard spray paint, and wondered why I couldn't just spray the glass with the spray paint. So, I tried it, and what do you know? It turned out beautifully. This really might be the simplest (and cheapest!) way of all to create an adorable chalkboard--in any size you want!

I had several other frames that needed a little face lift, so I made this one for a table in my family room:

and this one to hang on my pantry door (pizza is for dinner tonight!):


-frame, with glass intact
-chalkboard spray paint
-spray paint, color of choice (for frame)


-Lay out a large piece of cardboard. Place frame and glass on it, several feet apart.

-Spray frame desired color, let dry.

-Following directions on can (I used Rustoleum), spray entire sheet of glass. You don't want to tape it off, there isn't enough of a margin that won't show on he front side when you're finished. Let dry.

-That's it, really!!! Just insert your glass back in the frame, and you're ready to go!

You can use any size of frame for this project---big or small. So, start searching your basements, attics, and thrift stores!

Other ideas for framed chalkboards:

-personal chalkboards for your kids...great for traveling, or to keep in the car
-hung above a guest can write messages to your guests
-stick them in your church bag...perfect for keeping small ones quiet

Thursday, October 22, 2009

{framed burlap quotes}

I've been inspired. Burlap has always intrigued me, and after seeing several darling projects floating around, I came up with this idea yesterday. As soon as my cute husband got home, I was off to JoAnn's for supplies. I stayed up way too late last night finishing these, but I'm so glad I did! And can I say, so simple??!! I love that!
Here's what I did:



-frame of choice, with glass

-craft paint

-foam stamps


-Remove backing from frame. Use it as a template to trace the amount of burlap you need for that size of frame. Cut it out. Make any adjustments necessary, after placing it in frame to confirm it is the proper size.

-Fray edges of burlap slightly, by pulling out a couple of strands on each of the four sides.

-Place burlap on wax paper, or other surface that can get paint on it. Carefully mark with a pencil where you want your saying to go.

-Using your finger as a brush, dip it in the paint and carefully add paint to your foam stamp. You do not want an excess of paint, or it will smudge easily.

-Stamp desired word. Let dry.

-Place in frame, and replace backing.


There are so many options!! I made ones that say "spooky", "fall", "joy", "family", and our last name. You could do your child's name for their room, a teacher's name, "r+k" (substitute your own letters) would be adorable in a master bedroom, and of course any holiday words you can think of.
You could also use any other type of fabric--I'm thinking toile would be fun, or even holiday fabrics.

I hope you like it! This is a fast, easy, and adorable way to add some extra holiday decorations into your collection.

Monday, October 19, 2009

{pie in a jar}

I was sifting through some old links in my favorites, when I stumbled across this fabulous idea from Not Martha!. HOW perfect for Thanksgiving, using a leaf cutout instead of a heart? Of course it's just right for Valentine's Day, or any other special occasion too. Totally adorable. I can't wait to try it!

**UPDATE**: That link does not seem to be working, so you can find another recipe for Pie in a Jar at Our Best Bites. Click HERE.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

{antiqued pumpkins}

I wanted to do something different for my front-porch pumpkins this year, and I remembered all the white pumpkins that I have seen all over the place!! So, I took out my trusty Rustoleum white spray paint, favorite stain (Minwax...Provincial), and of course, some ribbon. I love when I can finish projects with things I have around the house!

After I had finished them, I discovered these pumpkins, done by Shanty2chic, using pumpkins they purchased. I love that idea too...since you can use them again.


-white spray paint
-dark stain
-soft, lint-free cloth or towel
-painters tpe


-Tape off the stem with painters tape.
-Spray pumpkin with paint, let dry.
-Using the cloth, carefully cover the pumpkin with the stain. Don't rub too hard---the paint will come off easily. If some comes off, that's okay--it adds to the distressed look. You just don't want too much coming off. Let dry.
-Remove tape, add ribbon!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

{personalized treat buckets}

When I was thinking about how I could jazz up my girls' Halloween buckets, (I'm always looking for a good reason to use ribbon), when I stumbled across some empty ice cream buckets. It was meant to be! They are sturdy, have great handles, and are the perfect size for all those Halloween treats.

How fun to also make one that says "treats", and use it for the container used to pass out treats at your door!

I LOVE the way they turned out, and it cost me around $4 to do both of them (not including the buckets).

Trick-or-treat Bucket

  • empty ice cream bucket, with a handle
  • felt (I used 2 of the felt squares you can buy at Michael's, etc. for each bucket)
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon, about 5-6 yards per bucket
  • foam stamps
  • craft paint


1. Using the hot glue gun, apply the felt to the bucket. Trim where necessary.

2. Add ribbon to the top and bottom of the bucket, covering up the felt edges, and the top rim.

3. Tie ribbons along the handle.

4. Stamp desired name on the front.

There you have it--the most adorable treat buckets ever!

Other fabulous ideas?
  • Valentine's Day bucket
  • Easter basket
  • organizing toys, art supplies, etc.

Happy Halloween!

*See this project featured on HERE!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


My girls wanted to be butterflies for Halloween this year, and I wanted to come up with a costume that could easily be re-used. I decided to make tutus, which added to black leotards and tights, wings, and antennae, make the perfect butterfly!
These are so adorable on little girls, and are NO SEW. They can easily be made in one evening--it took me a little over an hour to make one. They are adorable on infants, toddlers, and little girls--they work for any age.


-tulle (Measure your child from their waist to as long as you want the skirt. You will need to double that for the length of strips, and then as much tulle as you want to make a full/less full skirt)
-1 inch elastic


-Cut the tulle into 3-4 inch strips. You can make them thinner, but I like the way they look a little thicker. They need to be DOUBLE the length you want the skirt to be.
-Cut the elastic the width of your child's waist, plus an inch or inch and a half.
-Using a needle and thread or machine, sew the ends of the elastic together, overlapping them just a little bit. Trim those ends if necessary.
-Taking your strips of tulle, tie them (using a knot) on to the elastic right at the middle of the strip, so there are two strands of tulle hanging down.
-Repeat all the way around the elastic. If you are using more than one color, decide ahead of time what you want the pattern to be. I used 4 yards of pink, and 1 yard of black per skirt, so I tied 4 strips of pink, then 1 of black.
-Embellish as desired, with ribbon, flowers, etc. Some fun color combinations are brown and pink, black and pink, 2-3 shades of pink, orange and black (fun for Halloween!), green and pink, or even rainbow colored.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

{glass tile pendants}

A good friend of mine found this idea here (click for tutorial), and showed me how to make them (she made the black and white pendant pictured above). What a perfect gift idea! The possibilities really are endless, and HOW adorable! They are also versatile--little girls and big girls alike will love them. Now I just need to make one for every outfit...