Fall Fest Fun

It’s been awhile since Molly, Tami and I have all been together at a boutique and the Craft Fair at our local Fall Fest was a perfect place for us to work (and hang out) together!  Our community hosts a festival every year, but this is the first year in many years that they included a Craft Fair.

Molly picked me up in the morning and I knew it was going to be such a fun day.  The weather was perfect…not quite “fall”…but still gorgeous.  Tami joined us at the park and we unloaded everything.  There were other vendors already setting up their booths…we even knew a couple of them already which was super fun!

I really enjoyed setting up our booth.  We had a 10 x 10 covered area and it gave us the freedom to change up our normal set up. We added an extra table on the side which gave us more space to display our products. Here’s what our set-up looked like.

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We had lots of people come through our booth and it was great getting to know people in our neighborhood.  It’s amazing that I live in California, but live in a small town where everyone knows each other…I really love this community!

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It was also encouraging to meet so many believers…such a blessing!  For all of you who dropped by, it was so great to see you!

We even had the 3rd place winner of the Chili Cook-off drop by…Hi, Lisa!

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During the Festival, I was able to sneak away a couple times and shop the other booths.  There was a really a great selection of vendors. I wish I would have taken more pics…still trying to get a handle on this blogging thing!

I really loved Scrappy Girl Handmades which was right next to us.  I always appreciate handmade sewn items.  I am crafty in many ways, but sewing is not one of them!  Kristen had the cutest little girl pillowcase dresses.  Of course I had to get one for my niece!  I also scooped up a bib for our little guy waiting in China…love the turtles!  You can check out her shop on Etsy at scrappygirlhandmades.etsy.com.

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Another booth I loved was Little Happy Baby.  I have met Virginia a couple times and have always enjoyed talking with her. She is so super sweet.  She and her friend Heidi had tons of adorable baby burp cloths and binky clips.  Their stuff was adorable!  I was looking through the burp cloths and sharing with Virginia how we had just received a referral for a little one in China…she immediately insisted that she give me a set of the burp cloths as a gift!  Then Heidi threw in a binky clip!  I was so blessed by their generosity and their shared joy in my news of our baby boy!  I simply adore the nautical fabric on the burp cloths!

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Late in the day, Molly’s kiddos dropped by the booth.  Tami had made the three of us ladies the most adorable aprons (check out her tutorials:  HERE and HERE ) and she had made a smaller version for Lucy.  So sweet, right?

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Here is her brother Colin looking cool:

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With the constant stream of visitors to our booth and the lovely breeze, the day just flew by.  I really enjoyed the event and loved spending time with Molly and Tami.  They are such dear friends and any time I get to spend with them is always a blessing.

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It was a great start to the Christmas boutique season!


It’s a Girl Thing

Last month my sister had a sweet baby girl named Caylah.  As I write this I am on board a flight to Ohio to go meet my niece for the very first time!  Yay!  I cannot wait to hold her!  Isn’t she adorable?

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My sister also has a 2 year old son named Jayden.  Cole cannot wait to see and play with his cousin this week!  I love living in California, but it is difficult being so far away from family.  Thankfully we have been able to make it back to Ohio at least two times a year.

Here is a pic of the two them last year during our visit:

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In preparing to go on our trip, I wanted to make a special gift for my new niece.  It is so fun to have a little girl in the family!  I called my sister and asked her what she needed.  She mentioned having lots of elastic headbands for Caylah and needing a way to store them.  I decided to make something functional as well as decorative (shocking, right?  I will decorate anything….seriously).

I started with a basic 8×10 canvas.  You can buy these for a couple bucks at your local craft store.

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I then took some light blue and green acrylic paint and swiped them across the canvas with a sponge brush (get those brushes when Michaels has them 25/$1.00).

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I added a little bit of water to help blend the colors.  I just kept playing with it until I came up with the look I wanted.

Next came picking out some paper.  When my sister had Jayden, she decorated the nursery in an “under the sea” theme and now Caylah is in that room.  I had purchased some paper for a banner I made for Jayden’s shower 2 years ago and had some leftover which was perfect to use now (and girly actually!).

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I used two strips of the paper and used Modge Podge to adhere them (don’t you love how the dolphin and octopus have bows?  Too cute!)

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I then took some coordinating pink paper and used my Cricut to cut out the letters of Caylah’s name.  I used my Under the Sea Cricut cartridge which has an awesome nautical font…the perfect touch!  I love how the pink “pops” off of the blue and green background!

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After adhering everything down with Modge Podge, I did 3 more coats on top of everything.  The bottle said to add coats every 15- 20 minutes.  I then let it dry for a couple hours.  The Modge Podge sealed everything down and gave it a nice finish.

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When everything was dry I went through my ribbon stash and found some cute ribbons that matched well.  I hot glued one pattern around the outside of the canvas.  This framed the piece and also hid some of my drip marks :).

In order to accommodate all of Caylah’s headbands, I used three small screw hooks on the bottom.  I figured she will also collect barrettes and bows when she gets more hair, so I added some long strands of ribbon in 2 different patterns for them and hot glued them to the back.

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I love the finished product!  I will recommend to Danielle that she use Command Adhesive Velcro to adhere it to the wall…that stuff is amazing.  The nice thing too, is that the canvas is super light, so if (when) Caylah decides to tug on those ribbons, it won’t hurt her if it falls down (it’ll just make a mess of hair things for my sister to clean up!).

I really hope that my sister likes my gift!  I am so proud of my sister and I love her so much.  She went through a lot to have children and I am so thankful to see how God has blessed her and her husband with 2 beautiful children!

Have you had to come up with a baby gift recently?  Do you do homemade or is a gift card more your style?  I would love to hear your thoughts!



Here’s a pic of me giving Danielle her gift!  Love my sis!

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Tag It!

Recently when I was wandering through my local Hobby Lobby trying to find supplies for VBS crafts, I found myself in the scrapbook paper aisle and saw this:

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All specialty paper was 50% off, so this sheet cost a buck.  I didn’t know what I was going to make, but I loved that I could buy a sheet of canvas… so into my cart it went!

I have a friend who is a missionary to Spain that is visiting in the area currently and loves crafty stuff.  She has mentioned that it is difficult to find craft supplies and decorative items where she lives.  She has also mentioned that they have very little space in their suitcases to bring anything home with them.  I want to give her a gift to take home, but it has to take up hardly any space.  Hmmmm…

In the meantime, I was working on painting some bins in my laundry room that I had scored at a garage sale for a couple bucks.  They were green and blue when I bought them and I gave them a coat of gray paint to update them.  They needed a little something more and my mind went to the canvas sheet I bought.  I created tags for the bins and then placed them on a shelf in the laundry room.  Perfect!

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Then I thought I could make some tags for my friend!  They don’t take up space (practically weightless) and add the vintage cottage feel that I know she likes.

To make her tags I first got out my Lawn Fawn Stamps and dies that my friend Kelly (co-owner of Lawn Fawn) recently gave me to try out.  They actually are a Christmas set, but I think they work any time of year!  The cool thing about Lawn Fawn is they have always had amazing stamp sets, but now they are selling dies that work with the sets.  The dies are thin metal and they work in my Cuttlebug machine (or any other die machine).  These particular sets should start arriving in stores at the end of the month.

*** If you don’t have a die machine with dies, no worries.  It does make the work go faster, but you could totally trace a tag and cut it out by hand.  I also tested a hole punch with the canvas, and it worked just fine too! ***

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If you have never used dies, here’s a quick tutorial:

1. Cut the canvas to fit into machine.

2. Lay die on cutting boards (included with machine…with the Cuttlebug I have plate C down first and plate A on top of it).

3. Place another board on top (also included with machine…use board B).

4. Roll through machine.

5. Cut out as many as you need (I did 5 of each of the 2 sizes)

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Next I punched out the circles included in die set (#1), cut out enough for all my canvas tags (#2) and then glued the circles on with liquid glue.

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For the next step I used Stazon ink which won’t run on fabric (#1), put a stamp on acrylic block (#2) and then stamped the image onto the tag (#3).  I also stamped numbers on the small set of tags and letters (first initials of my friend’s family members) on the bigger tags.  You can use any stamps for this or even use a Sharpie!  Ooh, maybe even stencils with paint would work!

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After adding baker’s twine, here’s what I had:

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Pretty cute, I think!  I tried the tags in different spots in my house to give some ideas on how they can be used.  Here in my living room:

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And here in my bedroom:

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I think they add a warm cottage feel…I hope my friend likes them!   The finishing touch was to put them in a paper bag and staple it shut with a stamped paper tag!

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These tags were super easy to make and they add a special touch when hung on a hook or basket.  I got at least 15 tags out of the sheet I bought for $1 and all the other supplies I used I already had on hand!

I hope my friend likes these…I also kinda hope she hasn’t just read this and spoiled the surprise!

What are some simple gift ideas you’ve given to friends?  I would love for you to share!