I decided to have some fun with my Mother's Day gift wrapping. Have you seen these wonderful new paper and fabric flowers from Prima?
I am totally in love with them! The colors are so pretty and the detail is amazing! The fabric ones really remind me of vintage millinery flowers...
Anyway, I thought they would be the perfect thing for dressing up my Mother's Day packages. I began by wrapping my gifts with some pretty pink flocked paper. It's actually scrapbook paper, but it looks like vintage wallpaper!
I added some vintage seam binding ribbon...
Then I just started embellishing my gift boxes with the pretty Prima flowers.
This was so fun!
And I really like how they turned out.
I may have gone a little overboard...one simple flower would look lovely as well. And I could totally see using these to decorate a simple box of candy. What an easy way to make a gift a little more special!
Now, a few bits of news....
I must apologize for my lack of posting lately, but I have been super busy working away on my new on-line shop. I am really hoping to have it up and running early this summer, but there is still much to do. I plan to have lots of vintage finds, craft supplies, and pretty things for you and your home, so please stay tuned...
I also wanted to assure you all that I have not abandoned Target Tuesdays - it's just that I didn't find anything too spectacular in the store these last few weeks. But, Target Tuesday will definitely be back!
Like many of you, I have a major affinity for ribbon.
I just can't seem to get enough of it, but I find storing it can be a huge challenge.
Despite many attempts to tame my rolls with pins and tape, I found they often unraveled and ended up in a tangled mess. Luckily, I finally came up with a really good storage solution. I found this old cubby of sorts at an antique shop a few years ago.
I think it may have originally been designed to hold cassettes (8-track tapes?). You can often find inexpensive ones at yard sales, but I've also seen them listed for sale on eBay.
I gave my cubby a light sanding and then painted it a shabby white. It's the perfect thing for storing all my rolls of ribbon - especially my vintage seam binding...
Yes, it's really Tuesday today. :-) And I found these pretty lavender flip-flops at Target for only $2.50!
Such a beautiful, pale color...they are really pretty just the way they are.
But, I was thinking they would be even prettier if I added a little bling. Last summer, I showed you how I made really simple floral flip flops, but today I am going to show you how I make "bejeweled" ones.
Here's what you'll need if you want to make some, too:
* a pair of inexpensive flip flops (you can also find super cheap ones at Old Navy)
*a STRONG jewelry glue (like E6000)
* a set of "jewels" (try using broken vintage jewelry, a pair of new earrings, etc...)
*jewelry pliers (optional)
This is probably one of the easiest projects you will ever do, but the results are pretty spectacular! My "jewels" consisted of some inexpensive, huge rhinestone earrings.
To begin, I removed the earring backings and the parts of the earrings that I didn't want to use in my design...
Then, I literally just glued the jewels to the top of my flip flops in a pleasing pattern and let them dry completely.
Just be sure to use a strong, good quality jewelry glue if you want your jewels to stay put.
So easy! And don't they look pretty?
Bejeweled flip flops are "hot" this season and designer versions are selling for upwards of $200...but these only cost about $8 to make! Now, I'm off to get a pedicure so I can actually wear them...
Hi everyone! I hope everybody had a wonderful Spring Break. We sure did, although I think I now may need a vacation to recover from my vacation! :-) We did so many great things and I have lots to share - including some fabulous antiquing finds. But today, I want to show you one of my all-time favorite shops...Paper Source.
Paper Source is truly a visual treat for the eyes. Walls and walls of wrapping paper by the sheet...many handmade.
They also have reasonably priced satin ribbons in every color imaginable...
And an incredible, well-edited selection of stamps and inks.
Lots of beautiful note-cards and stationary - many from smaller, up-and-coming stationary designers.