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Valentine’s Day Friendship Bracelet DIY

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Cambria Grace

While there are plenty of gift ideas for your honey out there right now, we thought it’d be nice to show off this cute Valentine’s Day (or any day!) gift for your girlfriends. Not only are these friendship bracelets the perfect way to perk up a friend’s day — they’re also a perfect add-on gift for your bridesmaids. Thank you so much to Cambria Grace for capturing this tutorial, and Lauren of Lauren Wells Events for sharing her tips!

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bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

From Lauren of Lauren Wells Events: I have always loved sending my girlfriends Valentines. They appreciate pink and glitter and xoxo’s way more than my husband does, and it’s always fun to let your friends know you are thinking of them. This year, I decided to make some old school friendship bracelets. They are the perfect snow day activity, and so simple to make. Not to mention all the colors you can choose from!

For this project, you will need:
-Embroidery Thread
-Scissors
-Clipboard (optional, but helpful!)

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

Classic Chevron DIY
1. Cut 5 colors of embroidery thread 60-70″ in length, then fold in half and tie a knot. You should have 10 strings total, 2 of each color.

2. Secure the knot down (we used a clipboard, but you can use tape or a safety pin, too), and separate the 5 colors to each side. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.

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3. Starting with the thread on the far left (in this case, green), cross it over the thread next to it (blue) in the shape of a 4. Holding the blue thread taut, pull the green thread tight and secure into a knot. Repeat, so the same knot is tied twice.

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4. Using the same green thread, move to the next thread (red), and repeat the same knot twice.
5. Repeat two knots on the pink thread, and then two knots on the gold thread, until the green thread is now in the middle.

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6. Repeat the entire process on the right side, beginning with the outer most green thread once again. Rather than making a 4 shape, cross the thread over in a P shape. Then, tie each knot.
7. Once you have reached the middle, tie the two green threads together, again knotting twice. Your first row is done!
8. Repeat the steps above, using the new outer thread each time (the second row will now be blue), and you will see the classic chevron pattern emerge a few rows down!
9. Once the bracelet is long enough, separate the extra thread into two braids, and tie around the knot to secure.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

Heart DIY
The heart DIY is almost the same as the chevron, so once you have mastered that, this one will be a cinch.

1. Select 2 colors, and cut 2 60-70″ pieces of each. Fold in half, and secure with a knot. You should have 4 pieces of each color, 8 strands total.
2. Secure the knot down, and separate to each side, alternating colors. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

3. Make the first two rows the same as you made the classic chevron. We will call these the “classic rows.”
4. For the third row, take the thread that is second in from the left. Make a “P” as you would on the right side, and knot twice. Then, take the thread you just knotted on, and complete the row as you normally would, with figure “4” knots.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

5. Repeat on the right side, taking the thread that is second in from the right, and making a “4” knot on the outer thread, knotting twice. Complete the row as you normally would with “P” knots, and knot the two strands in the middle once they meet. We will call this a “heart row.”
6. For the fourth row, repeat steps 4-5, making another “heart row.”
7. Alternate two classic rows, with two heart rows. Once the bracelet is long enough, you can braid the ends, and tie it on! Friendship bracelet success.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/


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Winter Bridal Shower Ideas + DIY Personalized Mugs

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Cambria Grace

Cozying up with some warm apple cider + doughnut holes and getting your craft on with your besties – doesn’t it sound like a fun bridal shower idea for a winter bride? Lauren Wells Events and Krissy of Pollen Floral Design recently threw such an event at Fenway West Elm captured by Cambria Grace Photography, where they taught their guests how to make some supremely cute mugs and flower arrangements. The best part? These hand-decorated mugs and plates would double as amazing bridesmaid or bridal shower gifts!

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From the stylist, Lauren Wells: Krissy Price from Pollen Floral Design and I hosted a styling workshop at West Elm a few weeks back. I styled the table, and in lieu of “placecards,” personalized each person’s plate with a porcelain pen, writing why I was thankful for them. Krissy designed the flowers for the table as well. We then showed everyone how to bring two of those DIYs to life – the floral centerpiece, and DIY porcelain mugs. It is the perfect season for steaming cups of cocoa and hot, spiced teas, and I thought these mugs would make a thoughtful (and inexpensive!) gift for the holidays.


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For this project, you will need:
-plain porcelain mug
-porcelain pens (we used these)
-carbon paper (optional)

Instructions:
1. Make sure your mug is clean and completely dry, and make sure your pens are fully shaken and blotted.

2. Get creative, and start drawing! You can freehand it (as shown in the images), or you can use carbon paper to trace a monogram or other detailed image. (If using carbon paper, just tape the carbon side to the mug, and the image you want to trace on top, face up. Use a pencil or another sharp point to trace over the image, and then remove the carbon paper. Trace over the carbon lines with a porcelain pen. The first time you place your mug in a dishwasher, the remainder of the carbon will wash off)

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3. Once you are done, let sit for 24 hours.
4. Bake as directed on the pen (bake temperatures and times vary based on pen brand).
5. Let sit 72 hours, then place in the dishwasher.


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Fill up that mug with your favorite hot drink, and enjoy!

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Shoot Location: Boston, MA / Photography: Cambria Grace Photography / Event Design, Styling and Porcelain Mug DIY: Lauren Wells Events / Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design / Venue: West Elm Fenway / Donuts: Union Square Donuts

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

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Custom cutting boards are the perfect host and hostess or newlywed gift. Today Annie of Anniemade is going to show us how to make a monogrammed cutting board. You can use any font or design you’d like with the help of transfer paper and a wood burning tool. Yes folks, time to dust off your wood burning project memories from school for this preppy chic gift!

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

Gifts for the kitchen are always a great choice for the bride and groom, and there’s nothing like a truly personalized gift. Today, we’re so happy to share with you how to take an ordinary registry item like a wood cutting board, and with just one inexpensive tool, turn it into a lifetime keepsake for the newlyweds!

Here’s what you need:

– Wood Cutting Board (ours come in a set of 3 from here)
– Wood Burning Pen with multiple nibs (ours from here; also sold at craft stores)
– Graphite Transfer Paper (used this one)
– Pencil with eraser
– Painter’s Tape
– Ruffled Cutting Board with Monogram Editable PDF Template (Download editable honeycomb monogram or Download editable monogram only for different size boards)

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

Using your template (you can download ours Download editable honeycomb monogram orDownload editable monogram only), print on a regular sheet of paper and trim according to the size of your cutting board. Tape the printed pattern and monogram sheet (facing upwards) to your cutting board with painter’s tape.

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board
DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

Slide a piece of graphite paper beneath, between the wood and the design, with the graphite (darker) side facing down and tape down the edges. This paper is essentially a giant colored pencil so as you press down, it will leave a trail of marks that are just as erasable as a pencil – perfect for tracing and transferring designs. Using your pencil, trace and press down firmly over each line and letter until you’ve gone over the entire paper. Once completed, remove both the graphite paper and the printed pattern.

You’ll see the design on the cutting board, ready to trace over with your wood-burning pen.

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

Time to trace the design with a wood burning tool. We used a multi-nibbed tool and used a flat angled nib for all the straight lines in this design. If using the same pen we used, allow it to pre-heat for 4-5 minutes and test the pen and different burning strokes on a scrap piece of wood to get used to it. When ready, carefully guide the pen over the wood, tracing over the graphite lines you created. The longer you hold the pen in place, the darker and bolder the line will be. The whole board took me about 20-30 minutes to do it but the straight lines were very easy to trace.

Erase the blue lines and wash your cutting board before using and you’re done!

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

View detailed step-by-step images

Check back next week for part II!

Project exclusively made for Ruffled. Anniemade is currently accepting bookings for custom wedding paper goods and projects.

Wedding Weekend Essentials + Giveaway!

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Last week we shared 5 different ways to incorporate scent on your wedding day, and today we’re back with a giveaway! You’re probably familiar with Cashmere Mist, a delish floral scent, that combines the essences of Moroccan Jasmine, Lily of the Valley and bergamot, against a warm background of Sandalwood, Amber and Musk. Well, Donna Karan offers gift sets that can be your bridesmaids or maid of honor special thank you package, or your own pampering box of goodies.

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Here’s another little something to make you smell and feel good – Donna Karan is giving away 4 gift sets for Ruffled readers! This exclusive gift is a 1.7oz Cashmere Mist EDP and 3.4oz Body Lotion set with an SRP of $78 and value of $100. How great would that be as a little gift to yourself or to share with your bridesmaids? To enter, head on over to the Donna Karan site, then leave a comment below about what your absolute wedding weekend essentials would be- whether a stunning rehearsal dinner dress or maybe lovely lingerie? The giveaway winners will be announced in this post on June 24th.

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Take a little time to check out our Cashmere Mist Pinterest board here, and the new Her Scent app that Donna Karan just launched on Facebook here. It’s a fun and helpful interactive quiz that reveals your fragrance personality and which Donna Karan fragrances are a match for you.

We’re super excited to announce the 4 winners of the exclusive Cashmere Mist giveaway…

Josh with comment 51

Kelly with comment 23

Susanne with comment 36

Barb with comment 22

… Congratulations everyone! We’ll contact you soon with more details.

Gift Box Ideas: For Moms

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You can’t go wrong with a spa gift basket. We think it would make a great little gift to mom and mom-in-law, though I can’t think of any lady who wouldn’t want one! Michelle Edgemont created a sweet package that is easy enough to make for all of the ladies in your life who deserve a little pampering.

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Clockwise: metal brocade basket from Container Store, lavender + vanilla candle from Yankee Candle, mercury glass votive from West Elm, hand cream from Burt’s Bees, bubble bath from Philosophy, madras satin ribbon from Midori

From Michelle Edgemont: this gift package was created for that hard working mom in your life. For either a small thank you to your mom on your wedding day or a special just because gift for your best new mom friend, any one in need of some relaxation will appreciate a spa themed gift. Treat her to a little bit of spa paradise with some luxurious bubble bath. A nice smelling candle in a pretty, metallic votive holder will give just a bit of sparkle to her bathroom. Finish the spa gift with a tub of thick, body or hand crème. To package her special treats I used a fabric basket and real aspen wood shred as filler.

gift basket ideas
gift basket ideas

Sponsored Post: Zankyou Wedding Registries

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As someone who has felt limited by store-specific wedding registries, there’s something about universal gift registries I find appealing. Zankyou is a service that allows you to add items to your registry from innumerable sources, or to get that extra bit of help in planning your dream honeymoon! Best of all, Zankyou‘s rates are some of the lowest on the market.

Zankyou is an online cash wedding registry service that provides freedom and flexibility to couples. List the gifts of your dreams, get your guests to contribute and Zankyou will transfer the cash to your regular bank account.

Ideal for couples who have everything, those planning a honeymoon, those who don’t want to be carrying physical items from one side of the country to the next and those who want to combine lots of different gifts, including experiences that you can’t register for at a department store!

Zankyou is available in 6 languages – designed for couples with guests coming from abroad. Zankyou’s rates are also among the lowest on the market. The service can even be free if your guest pays for the handling fee. For more info on Zankyou’s competitive advantages, press, and why you should register with Zankyou, you can check out 6 reasons for choosing Zankyou.

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Groomstars

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While we love paying attention to all things bridal, we hate to see grooms and groomsmen fall by the wayside. Because of this, we have a very special spot in our hearts for our sponsor, Groomstars. No matter if you’re searching for a gift for your soon-to-be-husband or his father, shopping for the men in your bridal party couldn’t be any simpler!

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Groomstars is the premier online luxury source for high end personalized wedding gifts. Whether it’s a gift for the groom, groomsmen, best man, or father of the bride or groom, Groomstars has a large selection of unique gifts that allow you to select the perfect item for each individual.

Our Calling all Grooms promotion for gifts for groomsmen is going on right now, and we are extending it through September! Every month, Groomstars will be giving away a $1,000 gift certificate to one lucky winner. All you have to do is sign up and complete the profile for a chance to win!

DIY Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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We may have saved the tastiest project for last! Without a doubt, the most challenging aspect of this DIY wedding favor will be keeping yourself from licking spoonfuls straight out of the bowl. Just think about it: what doesn’t taste better with Nutella? And better yet, without hydrogenated oils? We’re sure your guests will feel the same way, and we can’t imagine a more scrumptious parting gift!

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole almonds, raw
1 1/3 cup hazelnuts, raw
1 3/4 cup milk
7/8 cup powdered milk
3 tablespoons mild-flavored honey
pinch of salt
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
5 ounces milk chocolates chips

The original recipe was created by David Lebovitz and found via A Wooden Nest. The Chocolate-Hazelnut Paste will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, we used fat free milk and fat free powdered milk, and the recipe turned out just as delish. The original recipe mentions it lasts a week. Our experiment was still good for two weeks, and chances are, you will eat it all before you know it.

Preparation:
1. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet, keeping the almond separate, and toast the nuts at 350ºF, stirring a few times, for 10 to 15 minutes, until the hazelnuts are browned.

2. While they are roasting, warm the whole milk and powdered milk in a small saucepan with the honey and salt just until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.

3. In a clean, dry bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, or in a microwave oven, melt the chocolates together until smooth.

4. Once the nuts are well-toasted, remove them from oven and use a spatula to place the warm hazelnuts in a clean tea towel, then fold them inside the towel and rub them vigorously to remove any loose skins. We didn’t worry too much about removing the skins completely. At the end, it won’t make any difference.

vintage diy nutella wedding favors

vintage diy nutella wedding favors

vintage diy nutella wedding favors

5. In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts and almonds until they’re as fine as possible. You may not be able to get them completely smooth, depending on your food processor. After 5 minutes in the food processor you will notice the creamy consistency – that’s what you want.

vintage diy nutella wedding favors

6. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Add milk mixture and chocolate with the nut paste. Mix well. Pour your warm Nutella in a Ziploc bag, seal and cut a small piece of one corner. Slowly squeeze onto your containers so it doesn’t spill on edges of the jars. This will help you speed up filling your containers faster than using a funnel) and it’s a lot less messy… This recipe makes 4 wedding favors using 8 ounce jars, and do I even need to say how much your guests will love you for these? Serve with fresh bread or crackers, and a mini milk bottle.

Zankyou

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When I was registering for gifts, I remember thinking that I wish I could register at 100 different stores so that my husband and I could get the variety of useful items we knew we wanted and not feel limited by the constraints of one or two stores. Well, the modern world has finally caught up to our needs, because one of our sponsors, Zankyou, provides an amazing registry service that’s much like registering at way more than 100 stores. With Zankyou, the world is your registry oyster because your guests’ cash donations can be contributed to nearly anything in the world. You can register for fancy meals, honeymoon excursions, espresso machines, travel, you name it! You can even use your Zankyou registry to make donations to your favorite charity.

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From Kristen of Zankyou: Zankyou is the ultimate flexible, international, and eco-friendly cash wedding registry. Couples can create the registry of their dreams, adding absolutely anything to their wish list. Include your honeymoon, household items, a dream project, new home or charitable donation, and your guests can make contributions toward the things you really want. Zankyou was established in 2007 in Europe, and more than 2.5 million couples have used our site to plan their weddings. Our outstanding service arrived in the U.S. in 2010, and we’re now the fastest-growing wedding registry in the country.

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Zankyou has the lowest rates on the market. We charge just 2.85% per transaction, while other cash wedding registries charge 7-10%. The best part? You can defer this small handling fee to your guests, making our service absolutely free! Zankyou transfers your funds directly to your bank account at your request, and there’s no limit to the amount of transfers you can receive.

In addition to our registry service, couples can create a free wedding webpage with unlimited photos and video, a guest list, seating chart, RSVP option and more. Our privacy settings and online features are second to none. Over at our blog, we keep couples up-to-date on the latest wedding trends, and our online experts answer your questions in our online forum. Zankyou is the next generation of gift giving. After all, your future together doesn’t have limitations – why should your wedding registry?

Just perusing through Zankyou’s online magazine, I found a lot of good tips and articles. It’s a really impressive site with much more than just registry options, so head on over and check it out!

Wendy Mink Jewelry

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Wendy Mink Jewelry doesn’t have your typical bridal jewelry line, but rather they have a versatile collection that you can wear on future dates with your husband or parties to come. I also wanted to point out that they are selling these darling birdcage earrings to benefit Red Cross Haiti Earthquake relief:

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And below are my personal favorites: how fun would these necklaces be as bridesmaid gifts? And since we were talking about pearls earlier today, the chunky necklace on the right is the perfect combination of traditional and modern…

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DIY Drink Boxes for Groomsmen

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I hope you enjoyed your holidays as much as I did! I will be prepping for 2010 this week, so posting will be slightly lighter than usual. I spotted these do-it-yourself gifts for guys over at the talented photographer Victor Sizemore’s blog and I instantly thought of how wonderful it would be to give these as groomsmen gifts. These drink boxes are unique for each friend, and each has instructions and ingredients carefully packaged as well as their names hand stamped on the box top, sealed with a sticker.

Do-it-yourself groomsmen wedding gifts
Do-it-yourself groomsmen wedding gifts
Do-it-yourself groomsmen wedding gifts

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Accessories

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Closing our bridesmaid gift idea roundup is accessories in a broad range of styles and tastes. Tomorrow we resume our real wedding inspiration features and don’t forget to vote for your favorite couple to win free wedding photography by the talented Caroline Ghetes. Today is the last day to vote and with nearly 900 entries, the competition is tough so every vote counts now! Click HERE to cast your vote.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Accessories

1. Reusable grocery bag with pouch, Baggu bag; 2. Cozy and delicate inifinity scarf by Infinity scarf Carly Sophia; 3. Mustache pocket mirror by Barrel of Monkeys; 4. Mini pouch clasp purse by Emen Gee Designs; 5. Love Shall Conquer All tee shirt from Forever21 (shhh don’t tell anyone!); 6. Flower headband, Greyluster

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Necklaces

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I could make a whole week long series of gift ideas on jewelry, specially on necklaces. It was very hard to pick 6, but it was nevertheless fun to research.

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Bag Tote Stuffers Necklaces under $30

Clockwise:

1. Vintage doily lace necklace by Tree & Kimball; 2. Compass necklace on a sterling silver chain Riyzedesignz; 3. Blue quartz glass briolette and bird necklace on a gold plated chain by Oceanne; 4. Skeleton key and lock necklace Tryst by Kerry; 5. Hot air balloon necklace, Oh Hello Friend; 6. Sterling silver initial id charm Chain0

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Beauty

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Continuing with our bridesmaid gift ideas roundup, here is a few beauty picks:

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Beauty Products under $20 on a Budget

1. Peach bath foam by Sabon NYC; 2. Solid perfume by Shanghaijava Ananas Imperial; 3. Breath of Fresh Air toner by Lush; 4. Lip Gloss from Victoria’s Secret; 5. Dry shampoo Sephora; 6. Hand cream C.O Bigelow

Next up is necklaces. You will fall in love with this one!

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Earrings

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Continuing with our bridesmaid gift idea series, earrings were the most fun yet overwhelming category to choose from! It includes a sterling silver and freshwater pearl earrings, which is a steal for $10!

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Earrings under $25

1. Crystal droplet earrings by GetNoticed; 2. Pear earrings, Polished Two; 3. Hoop coral carved flower and glass beads, Mykonos; 4. Amber and antique brass earrings by Voleur de Bijoux; 5. Glisten earrings by Wiyomu; 6. Freshwater pearls on sterling silver, kgarnerdesigns

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Paper Goods

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Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and extended 4-day weekend for those here in the U.S! Today it will be all about the bridesmaids…I’ve compiled a series of gifts ideas and gift bag stuffers for your bridesmaids, and for anyone who is looking for ideas for holiday gifts as well. All picks are under $20, and you will be surprised at how many wonderful, mostly handmade items you will find!

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Paper Goods

Clockwise:

1. Set of 5 Bicycle folded notecards with lined envelopes, Paper Lovely Press; 2. Poppies Letterpress notepad, Delphine; 3. Enjoy and Thanks notecard set, Duet Letterpress; 4. Birdcage letterpress thank you cards, Lovely Pieces Design; 5. Thank you notecards set of 6, Linda & Harriett; 6. Sitcky notes box set, Julia Rothman for Anthropologie

Check back in a few to see part II of this series!

Freebie Fridays: Free Printable 2009 Desk Calendar

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The free monograms offer has officially ended, but not to worry! I made this freebie for you to keep track of your plans and bring some color to your office desk. The calendar pages will fit into any cd jewel case (just flip it inside out to make a stand). Just print, cut on the guidelines et voila! You can also use decorative paper (wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper…anything you like) to mat the pages and pin them on a board.

Download free printable 2009 desk calendar.

Enjoy your weekend!

DIY Tuesdays: Homemade Sugar Scrub

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If you love natural cosmetics like I do, you will love this sugar scrub recipe. My skin felt so silky I had to share with you. I used on my face and body and it worked wonders!

I adapted this recipe by adding grapeseed oil, a natural antioxidant and moisturizer.

What you will need:

– 25% Vegetable Glycerin (or coconut oil)

– 25% Grapeseed oil (optional)

– 50% white sugar

– one or two drops of essential oil (I personally love pink grapefuit)

– Glass or plastic container (I bought mine at Walmart, but there’s a similar one here)

– ribbon, to decorate

Mix them together until you get a pasty texture. I also created a label in Photoshop for the scrub to complete the packaging:

Download Sugar Scrub label.pdf (this label is 2.5″x1.75, and it needs to be printed on full sheet label sheet).

Download Sugar Scrub Label Avery size.pdf (this one is 2″x4″ and is compatible for Avery labels).

If you do not have Adobe Reader yet, you can download it for free here.