DIY Greetings Cards

On OCTOBER 12 – OCTOBER 13 I’ll be selling my handmade, one-of-a-kind greeting cards at the Fredericksburg Fall Home and Craft Show.  I am SUPER excited and can’t wait to share my little babies with everyone in the area. Here’s just a few of 100+ cards you might see at the show….

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DIY Tissue Holder

I am a very emotional person.  And I always lose it when a bride walks down the aisle and as much as I know I am going to cry, I never seem to have enough tissues.  So, for my wedding, I wanted to make sure there were little tissue packets for guests to take.  I scoured the internet for different DIY ideas and came across one for a fabric tissue holder.  I thought this would be the perfect for the guests and a neat take away that every woman could use in their purse, car, or in a diaper bag. 

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You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Tape Measure/Ruler
  • Thread
  • Fabric

Here is the tutorial from Two Brown Birds : DIY Tissue Holder with Pattern

I went to Joann’s and pick up contrasting prints and I also used scraps that I had.  I made around 40 (for 140 guests and had a few left over) and spend around $5-$7.  I picked up a few boxes of tissues from the dollar store and inserted four folded tissues in each holder.  I also recommend making a sign by the tissues so people realize what they are.  Something like : For your happy tears, For those tears of joy, or For when you boo hoo as they say I do.

Look for Less: NYFW Street Style

Today’s LOOK FOR LESS is brought from the street styles found during New York Fashion Week. This just shows how you can easily recreate a high fashion, expensive look with more affordable pieces. The Oxblood leather is perfect for fall months, especially when paired with a sexy pair of t-strap pumps!

Look for Less: NYFW Street Style

DIY Art Deco Headpiece

The past couple weeks have been so busy, we haven’t really gotten to post any DIY posts.  Now I have time to post a few DIYs I did for the wedding.  This DIY I actually made for my bridal portraits.  Since these were for fun, I wanted to create a few fun headpieces to wear for variety.  I am constantly looking at different sites, like Etsy, for ideas.  That is when I came across the beauty.  An art deco tulle headpiece with crystal embellishments.  The price tag… $500.  I simply could not and would not ever pay that much for something made of tulle and rhinestones.  So, if you can buy, DIY.  Tulle is next to nothing (about $3.00/yard, I bought 1/2 yard and didn’t use most of it) and I bought the rhinestones in 3 different sizes at Michael’s for under $10 total.

Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece

 WillowMoone – $500

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Tulle
  • Glue ( I used E6000)
  • Rhinestones (I used 5mm, 7mm, 10mm)
  • Paper plate
  • Cardboard
  • Toothpick
  • Patience

I don’t have the step by step pictures, but, it really is not too difficult.  I first cut the size of the tulle; I made it 2 ply by folding over the tulle and started the design from the folded over bottom.  Once the tulle is folded in half (hotdog or hamburger will work) then take the fold and place it across you forehead.  Then wrap the tulle around the circumference of you head and gather it in the back with a rubber band or ponytail holder.  Once it is secured.  cut it so that there is enough to still rubber band and fold under (inside the “cap).  This is how the rubber band and excess tulle will be hidden in the back.  After the size is cut, take out the rubber band and unfold the tulle.  This is where you can be creative with you design.  I laid out the rhinestones where I wanted them first to get a visual and to know how many rhinestones would need to fit and the I glued.  Before gluing, be sure to put cardboard between the tulle and whatever surface you are gluing on.  Pour out a little glue onto the paper plate and use the toothpick to transfer the glue onto the rhinestones and then stick.  Note:  When you have place the rhinestone, do not pick up and try to move because the glue does not dry completely clear.  As you are working through the project, pick up the tulle headpiece from time to time.  Tulle does have pores for the glue to go through and can get stuck to the cardboard if not removed periodically.  Once all the rhinestones are glued on, let the piece dry for an hour or so before wearing.

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Looks pretty darn close and you can save yourself about $485.

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You can check out this post to see how I turned my grandmother’s bracelet into a fun, one of a kind head piece.

Holy Grail of Bacon

WARNING: If you’re a vegetarian and the sight of bacon makes you sick, LEAVE THIS WEBSITE NOW. 

 

 

 

But, if you love any and everything that is Bacon (like myself), take a look at some of the strangest and coolest bacon products out there.

 

Holy Grail of Bacon

I think it’s completely hilarious and a little absurd that there are bacon products ranging from actual, edible bacon, to chapsticks and SWEATSHIRTS with BACON PATTERNS.  It makes my obsession with bacon even grander and it also reassures me that I’m not the only one with a bacon obsession.  Why do I love bacon so much?  Well, gee, I don’t know.  Maybe because it’s only the greatest taste on Earth.  And you don’t even need to add anything. NOTHING at all.  Whether I’m eating way too many pieces of bacon by itself, dipped in syrup, on a BLT sanwich, or as a delicious accessory to my Bloody Mary, bacon has proved to me time after time just how unstoppable it is.  This is the only food I will never replace in my diet.  I simply do not care how salty and fattening it is.  It is bacon and it makes me happy. 

Check out these links to some other bizarre yet brilliant bacon products:

Bacon Candle

Bacon Alarm Clock

Massage Oil (LMAO)

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Oh, and shame on you if you missed National Bacon Day on August 31st…shame on you.