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brown paper packages: November 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

{burlap ornaments}

It's that time again! We cut down our tree yesterday, and today was the tree-trimming party. What fun we had, on both accounts. Now it feels like Christmas!

Every year I like to add a few homemade ornaments to the tree, and this year I made two different kinds. One was more of a makeover (see the next post), and the other was a continuation of my love for burlap, foam stamps, and all things monogrammed. I love love love how they turned out!

Burlap Ornaments


-foam stamps
-craft paint
-hole punch


-Cut your burlap into desired shape. I traced a cornmeal container (the perfect size!), and it worked well.

-Punch hole in the top of the circle, being careful not to get too close to the edge.

-Apply paint to the foam stamp (I use my finger--it's easier to control the amount of paint), then press gently but firmly onto the burlap. Let dry.

-Thread ribbon through the hole, and add any other embellishments you wish. (I added two ribbons, and a small safety pin.)

-Thread the jute through the hole, making as big of a loop as you would like. Tie in a knot at the top.
-Hang on your tree! Super cute!!

My bff also saw THESE on another them!

{dollar store ornament makeover}

Can I tell you how much I love the dollar store? It is a treasure trove to be sure, and I love finding things there that I can re-do or makeover.

I love having cute tree ornaments, but I just can't make myself spend a fortune to buy them. So, when I discovered these berry ornaments at the dollar store, I immediately saw their potential. (I'm also crazy about berries...)

They started out with too much fake greenery/pine stuff at the top, and I knew they would be much cuter without it. Add a little ribbon (my solution to a lot of things...), and voila!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

{free Christmas photo cards}

My good friend Erica passed this deal on to me, and I'm so glad she did! 50 free photo cards and envelopes were just delivered to my home today, and I love how they turned out. The offer ends November 30th, so check it out today.

for the link, and enjoy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

{oreo turkeys}

I saw this darling idea on my friend Jewel's clever! This would be the perfect afternoon activity with your preschoolers. LOVE them!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

{easy garland banners}

I have always wanted to make a cute banner for my mantel, but since I don't have a cricut, I really never gave it a try. When I saw THIS at The Girl Creative, I knew I wanted to give it a shot.

I decided to make one that could be up the whole winter (since it lasts long time here, lol), and I LOVE how it turned out!

It really is super simple, and can be done with only a few items.


-scrapbook paper (double-sided not necessary, but I prefer it...for coordinating, and for layering & matting)
-cardstock for layering, if desired
-your printer :)
-double stick tape
-a round object for tracing
-paper trimmer


-I started in MS Word, and used different fonts for each letter of the word I wanted to spell. I sized them between 150 and 200, depending on the font.

-Print your letters on desired paper.

-I decided to mix and match circles and squares. I traced a glass for the smaller circle, and a cornmeal container for the larger circle. The larger squares are 4.25 inches, and the inside squares were 3.5 and 3 inches respectively.

-Using double stick tape, adhere the top layer to the bottom layer.

-Punch holes in the sides of each piece. Tie several pieces of ribbon to connect the pieces together.

-Tie a longer piece of ribbon to the very outside edges of the first and last letters. This is how you will hang it, so make sure it's as long as you need it to be.

-You can use curtain clips to hang them, or just a good old-fashioned knot around a nail...whatever works for your space!

LOVE these...birthdays, welcome, holidays, even over a bed in a child's many ways to use them!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

{creating christmas blog fest}

I LOVE Christmas. I look forward to each and every part of it, and then I savor every moment, wishing that the time would pass just a little bit slower.
So much of the enjoyment for me comes in the creating and the preparing, and I love making things for my friends and family.

So, who better to get ideas from than YOU, my fellow bloggers!!

The girls at The Girl Creative have something fabulous cooked up for 5 whole days during the month of December. We know that there there is so much talent out there, and we would love you to share your creative goodness with us.

During the week of December 7th through December 11th, we are hosting our first EVER...

Creating Christmas Blog Fest.

Each day there will be a new category for you to link up to. Your posts don't have to be from this year. They can be last year's posts. You will get the chance to share your favorite posts from Christmas Recipes to Holiday Traditions to Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas to Handmade Gifts to Showing Off your Christmas Tree!

The Girl Creative

So, grab our button, post it on your blog, and share it with your readers. Let's join together for a wonderful week of Creating Christmas!

Monday, November 16, 2009

{flour sack dishtowels}

When I started seeing adorably fabric-enhanced dishtowels, I knew I wanted to try it. I also knew exactly what I would use...flour sack dishtowels. They are one of my favorite things...and who can resist something with that name?
They are inexpensive...around $5 for 4 of them, and I just used leftover ribbon (another favorite thing...jumbo ric rac) and fabric scraps for a darling and cheap project. SO cute!
Now that I've made this one, I can't wait to get started on some holiday ones. Can you just picture red & cream ticking? LOVE it.
These would also make GREAT neighbor, friend, and family gifts, while not breaking the bank.

Since I am not a seamstress in any sense of the word (I can sew a straight line, and that's about it), I don't really know how to give any directions. But, basically I hemmed my material, sewed it onto the towel, then added the ribbon. It took me less than 15 minutes!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

{chore charts}

I LOVE this idea for chore charts, seen HERE at The Creative Crate.
My girls are really into being independent right now, and having their own stuff. This would be perfect for them, since they could each have one! GREAT idea!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

{creative party party}

My friend Lei is a master party-thrower, amongst her many other talents. She is incredibly creative, and always has the most fun ideas. Her latest success was a cooking party, given for her 5 year old son's birthday. You HAVE to go check it out here!

She features a yummy menu, including salad-on-stick:

Adorable favors...

Clever centerpiece and table setting...

and more!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

{decorative clothespins}

I was inspired while reading my new issue of Country Living, which is exactly what I was hoping would happen. I had been mulling around some Thanksgiving placard ideas, when this came to me...and I love it. With a little Mod Podge and scrapbook paper or fabric, you can transform the humdrum into the adorable! There are so many things you can do with them, and here are just a few.


I can't wait to use these on our Thanksgiving table! I plan to tie ribbon around the napkins, then clip these on.


I love displaying Christmas cards by hanging them with clothespins on a piece of jute or twine, then stringing it across a mantel or window. This will just spice it up a little--so cute!


Just add a magnet to the back, and voila! You've got a darling way to jazz up your magnet board, or refrigerator.


-scrapbook paper (or fabric)
-Mod Podge


-Trace your clothespin onto the back of your scrapbook paper, then cut out.
-Using a foam brush, brush the Mod Podge onto the clothespin, then place the scrapbook paper over it. Add another layer of Mod Podge on top. Let dry.
-If desired, add a magnet to the back.

That's it! How simple!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

{trash to treasure}

My friend let me in on her secret. There is a fabulous Habitat Restore here in the town where we live, and it is filled with treasures galore. I can't believe I lived here for 7 years without knowing about it! While there for the first time, I found a table that would be perfect in one corner of my family room. It was a typical wood color, with rounded sides, but I knew I could easily fix both of those things. So, I bought it! I am thrilled with the results...definitely worth the $20 I spent.


This is after I started priming, but you can see where I cut the rounded sides much better already. I have re-finished many pieces of furniture, but this one turned out to be one of my favorites. One thing did keep? The hardware. LOVE it!

Monday, November 2, 2009

{monogrammed boards}

We have been working to finish a large room in our basement for about 7 months now, and hallelujah, it's almost done. We still have to paint trim, put up baseboards, and finish the ceiling, but of course I have already started decorating. There is one larger wall that I needed to fill up, and my super talented friend gave me a great idea. She used actual wooden frames purchased from a craft store for hers, but I decided to change mine up a little bit, and make them out of MDF. That's one of the greatest things about can take a great idea and make it your own.
I love how it turned out, and it was just the right size for the space. Stay tuned for what will go underneath them...


-MDF, cut into desired size. Most large hardware/home improvement stores should do this for you. I made mine 18 inches square, because I wanted a large 3 inch border.
-spray paint
-12x12 piece of scrapbook paper, per board
-double stick tape
-wooden letters
-hot glue gun


1. Paint boards. Let dry, then sand edges as desired. Wipe dust off, and let dry.

2. Apply double stick tape to wrong side of scrapbook paper, and place directly in the center of your board. You could also easily use Mod Podge for this project--I decided not to for a couple of reasons, but mostly because the tape allows me to remove the paper easily from the board if I ever want to change the paper out. (For some crazy reason I like to change things around occasionally!)

3. Using the hot glue gun, apply hot glue to the back of the letter, then place squarely on the paper. Be VERY sure you have it where you want it before you put it down--you will not be able to remove it. Let dry completely.


You can make these any size you would like to, and to fit any space. Who doesn't love a monogram? Think how adorable they would be over a child's bed, or even on an easel in a family room or living room. Hmmmm. I might have to do that.


{and the winners are...}

Dawn who said, "These will make great Christmas presents - thanks for the great idea!" and Kim who said, "This is adorable. Your blog is the best!!"

Congratulations ladies! Please email me your address and the letter you want me to personalize with at snipsnailsandme{at}gmail{dot}com. You can also include your preference for color if you would like. (red or brown)

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