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Easter Gift: Carrot Snack Bags

A simple tutorial for an Easter gift your kids will love.

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As Easter approaches, I find myself once again trying to come up with healthy alternatives to candy to fill the kids’ baskets. I try to limit the amount of sugar I give them, and holidays are no exception. I have seen many alternatives to this idea while browsing Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try. What makes this treat bag unique is the type of bag that I used. You can purchase treat bags already shaped and colored to look like carrots and fill them with anything you'd … [Read more...]

DIY Easter Gift Bags

We love this tutorial for a colorful hand-doodled Easter gift.

How to make DIY Easter gift bags for your friends and family

I love celebrating holidays and getting inspired to make something new each year. For Easter this year, I decided to make gift bags decorated with my own art doodles. I plan to fill them up with candy and strategically (and secretly) leave them for my friends and family to find. I hope these little surprises will brighten their day! Easter Gift Bags Supplies: • Muslin gift bags (I ordered mine online from Celestial Gifts on Etsy) • Fabric markers • Personalized favor … [Read more...]

Passover Bookmarks

A fantastic way to 'be on the same page' for Pesach (Passover) Seder.

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A fantastic way to be “on the same page” for the Pesach (Passover) Seder! This year, as we host a community Seder, I thought it would be a warm welcome to give each guest a take home favor that they can use at the seder as well as after! A beautiful bookmark made from a sunny spring colored label and cardstock, which will be used throughout the night as we experience the exodus from Egypt. Meaningful traditions and customs will inspire guests as everyone reads from, and follows along … [Read more...]

April Fools! “Doughnut Seeds”

A simple DIY gift idea for April Fools.

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My husband asked me to help him pick the perfect prank to play on his coworkers for April Fools this year - something appropriate for the office and not too mean - so I went searching and found the best idea at Spoonful.com: Doughnut Seeds! And while I love the idea of using a real seed packet, I wanted to find a way to show off the "seeds" so people would get the joke without having to open the package. That's why I chose cellophane bags (medium sized) for packaging, because you can see … [Read more...]

Bedikas Chometz Kit

A DIY favor idea for Passover.

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Pesach (Passover) brings so many childhood memories of late night Seders, friends and family, and of course the wonderful flavors that go along with this Holiday, celebrated this year on April 14 - 22. One of the many components to Pesach is the initial search for “Chometz” (leavened bread) once the house has been cleaned thoroughly to make sure there are no leavened particles in the house (always a big job with little kids running around!). These D.I.Y Chometz Kits are great favors … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit

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My Mother-in-Law loves to sew. It's inspiring what she can make with a sewing machine and some creativity. Given that her four children have showed no interest in her passion, she warmly (and hopeful, maybe?) prepared a large sewing kit as a gift for me one birthday. There were so many mysterious items in the kit, ones that I had never seen before, and sadly that I have never had need to use. There were things, however, that I have found endlessly useful such as thread, scissors, needles, … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Garden Rocks

A simple springtime gift for gardeners.

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Now that it's warmer outside and the days are longer, I've been itching to get started on my vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the weather here in the Portland area hasn't been cooperating lately. We've had tons of rain and wind, so I'm getting creative with indoor-friendly gardening activities in order to feel like I'm actually accomplishing something. Truth is, I've been wanting to paint rocks to use as garden markers for years now, and this rainy weather has given me the perfect excuse … [Read more...]

Wildflower Seed Favors

The perfect favor idea for springtime gatherings.

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What better way to head into spring than by hosting a flower arranging class! There is something so soothing, nurturing and creative about experimenting with the many colors of blossoms, petals, stems, and foliage. To me, it is like a blank canvas, awaiting the rich and vibrant hues and textures, ultimately making a masterpiece. In connection to this flower arranging workshop, I will utilize this opportunity to share thoughts about “Nurturing From Within” and “Blossoming from the … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Wooden Spoons

A cute and simple craft idea for bridal shower favors!

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I found this cute idea from The Gilded Hare, and I’ve been dying to try it for a special occasion. My friends Ana and Theo are getting married in spring, and I’m providing the bridal shower favors to thank everyone for celebrating the bride! What You Need: Assorted Wooden Spoons Painters Tape Spray Paint Food-Safe Clear Sealant (I used Bull's Eye Shellac) Method: Decide on your design. For Ana’s bridal shower, I wanted to use something that fit well with their … [Read more...]

DIY Bath and Massage Oil

A simple, homemade gift idea.

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is still wintery enough to abuse the skin, so I decided to make myself a batch of bath and massage oil to help protect myself from the elements. I originally came across this idea from one of my favorite beauty blogs, Be Beautiful, and I liked it so much that I decided to make up another batch for a friend of mine who has an upcoming birthday this weekend. To make my bath and massage oil, I just filled my small bottles with sweet almond oil and … [Read more...]