Category Archives: Gifting

Thank You Gifts

Give a gift that counts.  It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense.  Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B.  When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5.  We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals.  I start thinking about gift a month before school ends.  That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.

 

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We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give.  I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99.  I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue &  used a close pin for the tea bag.

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Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.

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I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.

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I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.

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Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together.  I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag.  Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!

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I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”.  This was for the Gym teacher!

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I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.

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I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.

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I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.

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On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.

Just use what you have!

Be creative!

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Fabulous DIY

Gift giving is one of my most favorite things Ever!  I just love doing it, always have and I love getting gifts, well….when they are thoughtful.  If you’re going to Give, then make it good.  Just giving a gift is not good enough, make the gift count.  It doesn’t have to be expensive if the gift is special.  Here is one of the gifts I gave this year.

Start with this. . . .

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To make this . . . .

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I start with thinking about the person I’m giving this gift to…what is their style?  Funky, country, earthy, rock n roll, etc.  Keeping in mind your friends’ style and home decor while you shop for your frame.  Also, the photo must be fabulous. . .a photo that makes you smile because of what is happening, the place and the people.  Determine if the photo fits the frame well.  Don’t put a sleek looking black and white photo in a pine frame.  Do what makes sense.

Supplies you’ll need:  glitter glue, super glue, letter or words, accents and tons of rhinestones.

The process:  make sure you have some time on your hands, and don’t forget to start this project early to account for drying time.  I layout the larger items along the frame first.  The lettering may need spray painting, but if you buy pre-painted letters then you’re all set.   Super glue works the best to glue the rhinestones on and I alternate colors and sizes.  Once those are all down and dried, go back and fill in the left over spaces with glitter glue.  You may want to add smaller rhinestones in these smaller areas as well.  On a scale of DIY projects this one is pretty simple, yet so chic and awesome!

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Made the birthday girl H*A*P*P*Y ! ! ! ! !

Giving a thoughtful gift actually in turn gives back to the gift giver.  It’s very rewarding for someone to enjoy a DIY gift that you created yourself.  It can be as simple as a poem that you wrote and added in an embellished frame!  Or a hand drawn picture or you’re own art.  I love quotes, so why not frame an amazing quote in a beautiful complimentary embellished frame!  Go For It!  Think, Plan and Do!  Happy DIY-ing!

Holiday Gift Guide *Etsy*

When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade.  When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art.  There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.

white birch bark journal or guest book handmade - wood book -  rustic  woodland winter wedding gift - grey gray blue  - ready to ship

Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry

Leather Candle Wrap with Layered Wooden Crosses Encrusted in Swarovski Crystals

Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs

Linen napkin set of 8 for Christmas day gift finds - gray white green or red natural linen fabric 18x18

Linen Napkins by Pillow Link

Drops Gold Necklace- Leather Necklace- Statement Necklace- Pearls Pendant- Fashion Jewelry- Hand made Jewelry- FREE SHIPPING

Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery

Gold Zag Tray

Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere

Original Watercolor Painting- Birch Tree Painting "Skeleton Birches"
Original Watercolor painting by Pine Tree Art
Organic Hand knit Wool Blanket by Good Bye 1979
Bear Country Yarn Bowl
Ceramic Bowl by Inaeent
Crystal Cascade stained glass panel window
Crystal Stained Glass Panel by Barbara Stained Glass
OMBRE DUCK EGG blue antler geometric contemporary modern chevron arrow painted decorative stripe bone taxidermy decor art piece
Ombre painted antler by Zoo K Shop
18x18 Wolf Brown Black Faux Fur Decorative Pillow Set 2pcs.
Faux Wolf fur Pillows (set 2)  by Salvani

Tips on giving the perfect gifts

I’ve found that if you can plan for creating or finding the perfect gift to give it is so much more meaningful than picking up that last minute gift.  Here are things to think about when you want to give the perfect gift.

1.  Think about the personality of your friend.  Are they more fun, serious, foodie, athletic, country…etc.  Don’t shop for yourself, think about what they would like.

2.  Start early.  Give yourself enough time to either make or find a meaningful gift.

3.  You could get one large gift or a collection of smaller gifts.  For example if you want to give a pamper theme gift, then why not put together a local handmade soap, bath bomb, mixed with lotion, cuticle cream and nail polish, nail files, and so much more.  I would place all these items wrapped in tissue in a pretty toiletry bag, which is wrapped in a box.  I would tie it all off with a pretty ribbon and ornament that gives a clue as to the theme.

4.  Find something they don’t already have…who wants one more candle if they already have the perfect one?  Think outside the box.  If your friend enjoys jewelry and they have a lot already, then give them a special glass monogram box that they can place their special jewelry in, even better if you add a piece of jewelry!

5.  Spend within your budget.  You don’t have to break the bank to give a great gift.  Some of my favorite gifts to give have been meaningful photos in a frame, framed computer made art, photo books and home baked goods.

6.  Be creative when it comes to your gifts…if you can make it then add something store bought that pairs well with your gift.  For example, I made a sign on my computer and printed it myself and spent my money on the frame.

7.  For me the gift is the entire package, meaning the gift, wrapping and card~ they must all be fabulous and meaningful.  Don’t skimp on the delivery of the gift.  There is nothing more tacky than getting a great gift in a random gift bag.  If you have a theme gift then make sure there is a common thread through the entire experience.

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Party Cards

If you are planning a wedding, shower or any party and want to welcome cards, create an inviting place for your guests to place them.  Cards are always welcome in my book.  You never know what you’ll find inside a card!

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I used a store bought box that is made to look like a vintage suitcase.  You can use just about anything to hold cards, but make sure you can keep it open for your guests.

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I made the ‘cards’ mini banner on a vintage local map, glitter glue and glued it onto a pretty ribbon.

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The suitcase was a tad big, so I added a small bud vase, lined with tissue draped an old doily off the corner for added interest.

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The doily was white, but I made a tea bath and soaked it for a couple of days.

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A couple of the guest who couldn’t make the party, mailed cards, so I went ahead and added them before the party.

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I love real flowers, but using a silk flower is just as inviting and pretty.

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Gifting A little something

At the end of each school year I like to give the staff at my kid’s school gifts.  Maine is all about the beach and simple yet quality living.  It doesn’t take much to give a thoughtful gift.  I like to put a few small things together with a note and ribbon.  For me the overall usefulness is more important than just giving something to give it.

In the past the gifts have been about plants and entertaining so I wanted to do something different this year and I thought about how much everyone is ready to pamper themselves.

Here is what I came up with:  washcloth, Trader Joe’s soaps and lip gloss.

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I chose colorful washcloths for summer.

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I use a lot of different ribbons.  Use good ribbons.

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If you are going to give more than five gifts, don’t feel like you have to break the bank.

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I like using fine papers, stamps, patterned scissors and colorful marks to hand write gift tags.  After your “Thank You” statement make sure to include something clever about the gift, in this case….”Time to Pamper”.

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The staff was pleased with their smart gifts.  For the guys, you could place in a razor instead of a lip gloss.  Be creative, have fun with the gifts you give and remember not to deliver gifts on the last day….it’s too crazy, I always deliver a few days ahead of time.

Happy Gifting

Flower Pot Dirt Cake

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Giving gifts is one of my absolute favorite all time things to do….especially when they are much deserved.  A close friend, teacher, and of course any special person who enhances my life would be surprised and happy to get one of these fun gifts.

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This time of the year is so fun because everything is blooming and bright.  I saw my girl, Ree Drummond, aka “The Pioneer Woman” make these on her show and knew I had to make these this year for all the special ladies for Mother’s day.

Flower in a clay pot ‘dessert’ or dirt cakes

What you’ll need:  smallest clay pots, straws, fresh flowers, cake mix, pudding, chocolate cookies, wax paper, & ribbon

Line pots with wax paper & place cake mix in cupcake tins.

Place a cupcake or two in pot and put a straw down the middle.  Cut straw down.

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Place pudding carefully on top and around the straw.  Then sprinkle ground up chocolate cookies over the pudding.

Add ribbon around the pot and insert a cut flower into the straw.

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What I love about this gift is that when you first arrive, the women think it’s so cute and so nice, and then you get to tell them they can eat it!!! So fun!! I love a surprise!  Who wouldn’t want to get a dirt cake?  So far the response has been great!

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Decorating with Etsy

Etsy is such a mecca of talented artisans who construct quality handcrafted goods.  I of course am drawn to the home items!  Here are some of the top goods any one would be proud to display in their home.

Teal Corner Dahlia on Gray and White Bella Porte Print Pillow 14 X 14 -Flower Pillow--NEW PRINT-
Dahlia 14×14 Pillow by bedbuggs
Wood Art -  Skinny Rectangles - 12 x 12 - greens, blues, grays, browns and white
Wood Art 12×12 by moderntextures
PEONIES and PAISLEY Print
Peonies and Paisley Print by Annechovie
Live Edge Wood Chandelier with Antique bulbs and Quartz Crystals
Wood Chandelier with Antique bulbs and Quartz Crystals by urbanchandy
Nesting Bowl Set, Rustic Primitive Pottery , Scrunchy Crude Tableware, Hobbitware Nested Bowls
Rustic Nesting Bowls by bazketmakr
Reclaimed Wood Colorful Sunburst Mirror Art Wreath MADE TO ORDER
Reclaimed Wood Sunburst Mirror by FallenWalnut
grey cable knit blanket
Cable Knit Blanket by CraftArtStudio
KITCHEN CHALKBOARD For Sale Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Red Furniture Red Framed Chalk board  Baroque Home Office Organizer
Chalkboard by Revivedvintage
upcycled wood wall hanging,  mason jar candle, vase, metal flower, rustic, shabby chic
Upcycled wood and mason jar wall hanging by EnchantingGardenArt
Huge 50x100 Canvas Blanket - Furniture Throw - Beach Outdoors Camping Picnic - Choose from over 600 Fabrics
Canvas Blanket by CanvasCarnival
Mid-Century Reclaimed Dresser or Television Stand (NYC LOCAL PICKUP only)
Reclaimed Stand by AllNewVintage
Barn Doors in Reclaimed Wood - Tracks Included
Reclaimed wood for indoor Barn Doors by DancingGrains
Tuscan Sky Hand Blown Glass Bowl in Turquoise and Terracotta
Hand Blown glass bowl by corporanglass
Live Edge Cats Cradle Barstool
Wood & Metal Stools by popcelona

Handmade Valentine Cards

For me Valentine’s Day is really about my girlfriends…married or not, I think this holiday is the perfect time to recognize your friendships.

Giving something handmade is so very special.  It shows that you’ll take time out of your busy life to make something special!  What better way to show a friend how much you care for them.

My Handmade Valentine Cards

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Tips on making your own cards

  1.  Be creative with your papers-use gift wrap, textured paper, cardstock…go for it

2.  Load up the layers…like with all good design, there are several layers to add depth, interest and style

3.  Use stamps and different color ink pads

4.  Find some fun stickers, but limit yourself, so doesn’t end up looking cheap

5.  Add some shine with rhinestones and glitter glue

5.  Use finer tip sharpie markers

6.  Ribbons & Lace add so much

7.  Make sure you have supplies:  scissors, decorative scissors, glue & a hole punch

8.  Don’t make your cards all the same.  Think about who you are giving your card to and let their personality inspire you.

9.  If you are going to mail your card then make sure the envelope is cute as well…pink or red and add a nice sticker next to their name.  Don’t forget to use a colorful marker.

10.  Give your self time.  The layers of glue need to dry sometimes over night.  Ink needs to dry as well.  Give yourself weeks that way you can run to the store to pick up one more thing to add!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Gifting the way I like

DSC_0005Giving a gift is one of my most favorite things ever, and for me the wrapping or presentation is just as important as the gift your giving.  If you’re giving a thoughtful gift, don’t stop there, continue to make sure the wrapping is just as stunning as the gift.  Using a bag and shoving your great gift inside is tacky.  Don’t do it, unless the bag is just as good as the gift.  I admit I picked up some fun snarky lady bags that have a fun saying on them, which only works because I am giving a gag gift (wine glass that fits an entire bottle of wine)!

In order to prepare for your wrapping you must do a few things first.  Think about who and what you are giving, I even think as far as where I giving the gift.  I wouldn’t give a glass bowl filled with goodies at a restaurant, but in their home or workplace is fine.

Items to make sure you have:

1.  Pretty paper and different colors

2.  Various ribbons- sassy, classy, and pretty in all different colors

3.  Natural twine or ribbon

4.  Various tags or small cards

5.  Stickers or sticky rhinestones

6.  flat ornaments

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