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Identification Labels

Don't lose your belongings!

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I had a housemate once who lost her phone on a long distance bus trip. The main bus depot was in Chicago, and we lived in Champagne-Urbana, about two hours away, so she called them to retrieve it. But her phone's battery had died and the phone body was so nondescript that she couldn't prove to the employees in charge of lost and found that they, indeed, had her phone. Inspired by this misadventure, I immediately slapped an address label on my phone. It was just my name and street address, enough … [Read more...]

Froebel Star Garland

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Once and a while you get to go to one of those parties that is just extra special, and extra special parties deserve extra special decorations. I was thinking about Snow Ball, a folk dancing Christmas ball held one snowy night, in December up in a cozy remote lodge in the mountains when I decided to make this star garland; but this idea can be used for practically any celebration and is a beautiful addition to any decoration scheme. To make the garland I used: • Long strips of paper with a … [Read more...]

Easy Envelope Embellishments

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A brief glance at my blog posts here so far would reveal my love of mailing things. So it's no surprise that I am super excited about the new line of invitations being offered by My Own Labels, for what do you do with invitations but mail them! One thing that I find very exciting about mailing letters is making the outside of the envelope look as beautiful as possible. I want my letter to be the first that the receiver opens- top of the mail pile. I want the envelope to be so eye catching, … [Read more...]

DIY Spring Greeting Cards

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Spring is coming and I am pretty excited about it! I have lived in many different places and when people ask me if Portland is really that rainy, I joke that Portland has only two seasons: "Raining" and "Not Raining". And spring in Portland usually falls firmly in the "Raining" part of the year. So to mark the very happy occasion of new things, new gardens, new plants, new life and a new season in general I decided to make up a simple flower card to send with spring greetings to friends. I … [Read more...]

DIY Art Coasters

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A favor idea for your next party: add your own art coasters! This is a neat idea for a party or get together for children or adults. Order some coasters, supply pens and then watch the creativity flow. At the end of the party you can round them up and perhaps take a few photos to share with all the party goers- or send them home with guests as a reminder of the time they spent with you. Sometimes being asked to be creative on the spot can be daunting. To aid guests who might feel a little shy … [Read more...]

Birthday Cupcake Toppers

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My Dad's birthday was just this last week and he is turning fifty-five. As much as I would like to bake a cake that could hold 55 candles, help light all those candles and help eat all that cake, it really isn't practical. Thinking about ways that I could decorate his cake, celebrate his age and not set the house on fire I stumbled upon a My Own Labels solution. I created a very nifty sticker- with my Dad's picture on it. Sticking one sticker one side of a wooden skewer (a birthday candle or a … [Read more...]

DIY Valentine Cards

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Ah, February- when the weather is dark and dreary (and very wet if you live in Portland). What better way to cheer up the gloom than crafting at home with a cup of tea or even better with chocolate and a good friend? These handmade valentines were a blast to make and very easy. Supplies: • MOL labels, of your favorite styles and shapes with valentine words. I used Bible verses, but lines from poems ("Red is the Rose", "Shall I compare Thee...", "Roses are Red...") or classic valentine … [Read more...]

Bride Ale

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Did you know that back in the day- way, way back in the day- before their wedding, brides would brew a special batch of beer to sell? This was to raise funds for her and her husband's new life together. We still have traditions like these, money dances at wedding receptions and money trees on which wedding guests can clip paper money for the couples use. But there is no need for this bridal beer to fade into the past. I am not much of a beer brewer but I thought it would be neat to apply … [Read more...]

Hot Chocolate Mix

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Nothing beats curling up in your favorite chair with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book on these cold winter days. Surprisingly, nothing beats homemade hot chocolate mix. It is very easy to make up and you can tweak the flavor of the drink so that it is just as you like it. When paired with marshmallows, this mix makes a wonderful holiday gift. I chose a jar that could be used again and again after the chocolate mix was gone. I found them at Sur La Table (about $3 for a .2 liter jar). … [Read more...]

Bookmark Place Cards

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These bookmarks double as wedding reception place cards and then after the wedding as book markers. Simply find a beautiful paper of respectable thickness and of a color to match the label and your wedding colors. It is nice if the paper can stand up on it’s own. Order a label shape number 04 in your favorite style. Then enlist the help of mothers, sisters or friends with really nice handwriting to put your guests names on their very own keepsake from your wedding. If you wish to make these … [Read more...]

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