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Yesterday I shared my first spring tablescape and to celebrate Easter I crafted these cute bunny candy pouches filled with jelly beans for the Mr. and me and added them to the table.

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In addition to celebrating Easter, today marks my 1000th blog post.  While I can’t believe I’ve written that many blog post I can tell you that after four years of blogging I still love sharing my passions, tips and ideas with you, and look forward to many more blog post ahead.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading along, sharing your comments and for inspiring me in more ways than you know.

Happy Easter!  I hope you day is filled with love, faith and all things beautiful.

Shelly

 

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Hello there!  I’m back from my trip to DC and getting back in the swing of work and blogging.  My trip was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to share the photos with you.  While I’m sorting through photos and doing laundry, I thought I’d bring you a few quick and easy Easter décor ideas since the big day is this Sunday.

I don’t do much decorating for Easter but I do like to have a touch of the holiday on my dining table. Ideas like these are super easy and quick to pull together and will definitely welcome Easter morning in style.

Paint, stickers or a little decoupage work and you can create a fun assortment of designer Easter eggs.  I love the idea of creating a mix that matches your décor and not a traditional mix of pastels.

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Blue and White Eggs

If you’re hosting Easter breakfast or dinner, this is an easy way to decorate the table. Use your paper shredder to create a bundle of paper that can be formed into the shape of a nest and then add a letter sticker to the outside of a plastic Easter egg.  Cute and simple.

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Monogram Egg

Looking for an Easter centerpiece idea?  How about combining glass candlesticks, paper flowers and plastic eggs to create these cute Easter egg flowers.

Tip:   If you don’t already own clear glass candlesticks, head to Dollar General where you’ll find different styles and sizes.

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Easter Egg Flowers

 I started collecting mis-matched egg cups and thing this would be a really great way to put them to use.  Use decorative craft scissors to scallop the edge of cupcake liners to get the look of flower petals.

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Candy Filled Egg Cups

Flowers are a must for Easter and the simple addition of plastic eggs to line the vase or container will turn your stems into a pretty Easter arrangement.  What’s also great about this is that come Monday all you have to do is remove the eggs and enjoy the flowers for the rest of the week.

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Egg Filled Flower Vase

And since I love cloches so much, this décor idea is right up my alley.

Tip:  If you can’t find nest at this late date, create a nest with twig branches you pick from the yard or buy at the craft store.

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Nest in Cloche

When it comes to last-minute holiday decorating, I love ideas that are quick, easy and yield beautiful results.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share the highlights of my DC trip and to show you my Easter tablescape.

Shelly

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I almost always accent my gift with ribbon and 9 times out of 10 I add a ribbon bow.  That’s it until I got crafty and made my own paper bow.

Now I’m loving the idea of wrapping all my gifts with handmade paper bows.

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I love to give gifts and when I can give something that is unique and unexpected that makes gift giving even more fun for me.

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This gift is going to my brother who recently moved from Kentucky to Washington DC and is without some key household items that can make life easier.  One of those items is a sewing kit.

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As a professional who is on the go constantly and doesn’t always have time to run to the cleaners or an alterations person, I thought it would be nice to make him a sewing kit for when he needs to mend a hem or sew on a button in a hurry.

And of course I had to do a little crafting to make his sewing kit uniquely his.

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I painted the top of a wood box, purchased at Hobby Lobby, in a stripe pattern.  I used different shades of grey and added white to keep the look masculine.  The base of the box is solid grey.

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Once painted I used the Mark Montano by Craffiti Direct Vintage Scissors stamps and created a label for the top of the box. The ABC stamp set was used to spell out the words.

When I was all done decorating the box I filled it with essential sewing supplies like pins, needles, thread, buttons and stitch witchery.

Easy as pie–I had a uniquely crafted sewing kit to give to my brother.

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There are so many creative ways to use stamps when crafting so head over to the Craffiti Direct website and check out the full line of stamps.

To see all the Mark Montano stamp designs head here. 

Happy Crafting!

Shelly

Products Used (click on photo to buy):

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Decorative scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby
Sewing supplies from Wal-Mart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As I child I loved to write.  There was just something about having a big fat No. 2 pencil in my hand and a thick pad of lined paper.  I loved to practice writing my alphabet like the school books showed but what really intrigued me was making my letters fancy.  It seems at a young age I found a love for hand lettering.

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Over the years I would hand letter a card or the address on an envelope but I had really gotten away from practicing what I loved.  So recently I picked up the pencil again and started scripting.

Making gift tags is something I really enjoy and here are a few I’ve made.

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Getting back into the art of hand lettering is like riding a bike.  You don’t ever lose the skill but it takes a minute to remember the techniques and to strengthen your body to enjoy the ride.  Boy is my right hand sore.

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I feel like I’m back in the saddle again with my hand lettering so look forward to me sharing a few more projects with you throughout the year.

Cheers to a great weekend and embracing the things that bring you joy.

Shelly

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I’ve been in a crafting mood lately and this project is right up my alley.  It combines my love of crafting with my love for gifting and giftwrap.

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One of the items I love to gift (and get) most are candles.  Often times I buy my candle gifts at HomeGoods or TJMaxx because they usually have a variety to select from and the price is right.  The only downside is that many of their candles don’t come in boxes which means you have to come up with your own packaging.

I have several friends with birthdays in April so the other day I headed to HomeGoods in search of a candle and found this one.  The glass jar was really pretty and classic but I knew to give it as a gift I would need to put it in to some kind of gift packaging.

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I decided to make a pretty custom gift box.  This is a pretty simple project and the box becomes an added gift that the recipient can use as décor in their home.

To create the gift box I used a  few crafting supplies and clear stamps from CraffitiDirect,  including one of the new sets from expert crafter Mark Montano .

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Supplies Used:

Hinged Wood Box
Mark Montano Vintage Nature stamp set from Craffiti Direct
Thank You Flowers stamp set from Craffiti Direct
Sticker Paper
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Walnut Stain
Prima Markers
American Crafts Glitter Tape
Drawer Knob from Hobby Lobby

I knew I wanted to add a handle to my box so before I got started with the paper design, I drilled a hole in the lid of the box to fit a decorative knob I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

To cover  each side of my wood box, I stamped five sheets of 4″ x 6″ sticker paper using the Thank You Flowers Stamp and the Mark Montano Vintage Nature set.  Once stamped and colored in using Prima markers, I placed the sticker paper to the top and sides of my box and then cut off the excess paper.

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The box had a hinged lid so I used my exatco blade to cut the paper between the opening and around the back hinges.

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To finish the edges and add more dimension I used glitter tape to frame each side of the box.

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And as an extra touch I covered the front and back of  a couple of small matchboxes with stamped sticker paper using one of the beautiful butterfly image from the Vintage Nature stamp set.

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I’m addicted to decorative match books now!

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Each side of the box has a different design layout so it is really unique.

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Creating your own decorative gift wrap is an easy way to personalize any gift you give.  I hope you enjoyed the project and hope that it inspired you to get crafty!

Shelly

 

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I consider myself to be creative and I love making things by hand but I am not a skilled craftsman by any stretch of the imagination. A skilled Craftsman is an individual that can turn a palette of paint into a beautiful oil painting or can carve a piece of wood into a magnificent piece of furniture.

One of my favorite forms for craftsmanship is handmade pottery and not long ago I discovered a very talented pottery craftsman that I wanted to share with you.

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Happy Friday!  I hope your week was great and that your weekend is filled with sunshine and good times.

My weekend is going to be jammed packed. Tomorrow I’ve got a couple of marketing projects to complete for companies I work with, I’ve got blog post to write for next week and I’ve got to get all my ducks in a row for the Design Bloggers Conference which is just days away.  Despite all that I’m looking forward to Sunday evening and the Oscars.  I of course watch the Oscars first for the fashion, second for the jewelry and third to see if my favorite movie wins the big award.  My husband reluctantly watches because I ask him to but this year I’m giving him even more incentive.

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