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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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:… 

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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… 

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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…. 

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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… 

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