Hello, everyone! I hope you're doing well! It's been a busy past week here in my little studio! Blog posts, creating, and...a craft show!! I'll post about that later ;) We all know Mother's Day is coming up on May 8th, so if you haven't gotten anything for your mom or grandmothers, I've got some ideas for you!
Item #1 is from LaLaCrystal
This family tree bracelet would be a really cute gift for moms and grandmothers. It is made of tarnish resistant matte gold over brass with two gold plated, personalized leaf charms on a 14K gold filled chain. You can also get a silver finish if that's your mom or grandmother's favorite. For the leaves, you can put the initials of each child or the initials of grandchildren or great-grandchildren. This bracelet comes with two leaves, but you can get more for it here. You also have a choice in the size, so make sure you add that in your notes to the buyer along with the color and initials. This would be a great memory keeper!
Item #2 is from TaylorSigns
If your mom or grandmother likes to cook or bake, then this would be an awesome addition to her kitchen. I'm sure many of us have memories of our mothers and grandmothers cooking up so scrumptious goodies for us! Everything always tasted so GOOD--probably because it was made with love :) This particular sign is completely custom made. Each piece has routered edges, painted in your chosen color (the back is unpainted), contains a keyhole on the back for mounting, and has professional vinyl lettering. You have three colors to choose for the sign: (1) the back and (2&3) graphics colors. Make sure you pick colors that will go with her kitchen to make it even more special!
Item #3 is from LittleFlowerSoapCo
What mom/grandmother doesn't enjoy pampering time? If your mom or grandmother is one that does enjoy pampering, I'd consider this box of goodies. It's like bringing the spa to your mom/grandmother's home! Each box comes with a soap, lip balm, bath salt, muscle rescue balm, and skin rescue balm--all of which are tied up inside with navy grosgrain ribbon and gift tag. The soap is made from coconut oil and olive oil and comes in one of three scents: Lavender Lemongrass, Rosemary Lemon Mint, or Tea Tree Lime Almond. There are seven lip balms available: Lavender, Almond, Vanilla, Pina Colada, Raspberry, Tangerine, and Peppermint. These stay put on the lips and contain no sugar that might make one want to lick her lips. (Remember the days of Lip Smackers?) For the bath salt, you can pick the pink grapefruit (a blend of Himalayan pink salt, Epsom Salt, baking soda and pink grapefruit essential oil) or Lavender (a blend of Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Baking Soda and Lavender Essential oil), but you have to make a note of it at checkout. Definitely a great option!
Item #4 is from rebeccaplotnick
Another great idea for a gift would be a photographer's print that you could frame. These kinds of things are always in houses I've been into. I think they add a bit of charm to the room they're put in. This particular photo stood out to me because of the colors. Now, I'm not a fan of pink, but the orange wall behind the bicycle actually tones the level of pinkness down to a more tolerable level for me. The positioning of the bicycle within the photo makes it really stand out and draw your attention. You can get this in several sizes: 8x10 through 30x45, but make sure you can get a frame that's that size or have one custom made.
Item #5 is from ORTUPESKimonoRobes
I saw this robe, and my first thought was, "I think that's Amy Butler fabric!" I'm a freak for her fabrics because they're always so colorful and just gorgeous in general! I need a drool bucket when I find these fabrics. Anyway, a robe might be a great idea for your mom or grandmother (pretty much any female on the planet), especially if she wants to change out of work clothes and just relax. These kimono robes come in different lengths, but I'm a fan of the shorter one. If you'd like, you can also have a flannel liner added. There is also an option for sleeve length, but I like the 3/4 sleeve because I don't like having to constantly push up my sleeves. It does ask for measurements when ordering, I'd suggest trying to find out even though the robe isn't meant to be form fitting. If it were me, I'd find out measurements by looking at clothing or getting my sibling to do it--You have to be a little covert when it's a gift!
That's all for today, my friends! I hope you've gotten some great ideas for mother's day (or any day celebrating the influential ladies in your life--maybe you have an idea for yourself!). If you're a mom or grandmother, enjoy your day because you definitely deserve it!!
As always, make sure to visit your favorite handmade site(s) and show some artists/makers some love!
Until next time,
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Hello, everyone! How are you?!? I hope all is well. Are you enjoying the wedding series? I really hope so, but today is the last edition! What's the ending to all the wedding planning? Happily ever after, yes, but in this case, it's the RECEPTION! It's celebration time. If you don't know where to start, I've got some ideas for you! Just make sure you make it a night to remember! Let's go!
Item #1 is from PaperSprouts
Yes, I know, I know. I may be a slight bit succulent crazy (maybe a bit more than slightly). Hear me out before you judge though. These are paper succulents--not just any paper succulents--seed paper succulents. That's right! They're eco-friendly, which is a definite plus. I have a vision with these--I can imagine having a wall full of these. Start in one corner of the wall and have it all filled in and then space them out to where they trickle off at the other corner (upper left/lower right or upper right/lower left). Would that not be gorgeous to walk in and see?! These paper succulents have been inked by hand to mimic real plants (and they do a great job). The ink is water based, so it doesn't harm the seeds. Now, I bet you're wondering what seeds are in them. These have the following seeds: Clarkia, Catchfly, Bird's Eye, Snapdragon, English Daisy, Black-eyed Susan, and Sweet Alyssum. Great way to bring back the honey bees...with wildflowers from wedding decor!
Item #2 is from WoodwordDesignStudio
Let's talk cake! I'm sure you're dying to taste that cake you sampled months ago again, but what about the topper? Don't like the traditional bride and groom couple or monogram? This is definitely for you! I like this because it's different. These toppers are hand drawn and made from 1/8 inch birch wood. It's about 6.375 x 7.5 inches in size (not including the stem). The stem is sealed in a food-safe protective coating (no worries about poisoning!). Another neat detail is that you have a choice of the color--natural wood, metallic gold, rose gold, or silver. Definitely a must have!
Item #3 is from CreativePapier
If you're having a large wedding with a sit-down reception, you're going to need table numbers so guests know where they will be seated (you've already planned this out--not to worry). I really like the font used for these and that the number and word were used. It's all in the details! If it were me, I'd probably use a pick and put it into the centerpiece (if it's not too large). The paper is a letter size, and the number is 4 x 6 inches. The instant download comes with black numbers and lettering that you can print at home or take to a professional printer. If you want another color, you'll have to send a message for a custom order and wait for the designer to make the changes. That's no problem though!
Item #4 is from TheBlushingBride89
Now, you know every table needs a beautiful centerpiece, and these are rather unique. I'm really loving these! First, I like that the flowers look real but are artificial and can be used as decor afterward (and your guests or bridal party can take one home if they wish). I almost feel that having real flowers everywhere is sort of a waste. I can understand the bride's bouquet being real, but I don't see the point of having real ones on all the doors, all the tables, all the chairs, etc. Don't get me wrong, I do like a nice bouquet of flowers every now and again at home :) Another detail I absolutely love is the filling. Look really close. See that? Yes! Those are popcorn kernels!!! I never would've thought about using them, but they really make great visual interest. These are also the perfect size because you can see across the table and won't have to be leaning side to side to talk to someone! Each centerpiece comes in a quart-size mason jar, with a burlap bow. If you have a different color scheme or want a different filler, you also have the option of a custom order.
Item #5 is from TheLovelyGlassJar
I love that burlap is such a natural fabric and that it's simplicity exudes elegance. These are table runners, but there are other table goodies available. This particular runner has an Italian theme to it with "tabella no. 1" hand-stenciled onto it, but this can be left off if you request it. The runner will cover a 6 foot round table and have a 2 foot overhang. Need more? Message the maker, and she will be more than happy to work with you!
Item #6 is from UnSempliceSi
Normally, I'm not a girly girl when it comes to sparkly, glittery things. In fact, I hate glitter. Hey, you have to understand where I'm coming from---you don't get rid of glitter once you break it out. You'll be finding it for years. Enough about my relationship with glitter. I saw this sequined table cloth, and my little jaw dropped. It's gorgeous. I love the neutral tone because it's not taking away from anything else. I could see this used on the table for the cake or the table the bride and groom will be seated at. An extra special touch, I guess. These are handmade and are available in a variety of sizes--you can get table cloths or table runners--and colors.
Item #7 is from SouthernJamsandJelly
Yes, I know...it's another favor after the paper succulent, but I think this would be something cute that would add the finishing touch to your reception. I,personally, don't know anyone who doesn't like jam or jelly, but maybe that's because I'm a southern girl. The jam comes in 4 oz mason jars (the listing is for 100) with a custom label and raffia ribbon of your choice. There are several flavors to choose from, so don't panic! You've got a choice of peach, pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, guava, vanilla bean, lavender, etc. You can even combine the flavors. I'm in awe here...Aloha Peach, Fire Island, Pina Colada, Carrot Cake...oh my! These are freshly made and sent directly to you. Order before April 30th and get $18 off! Brides! Book early and get an early booking discount!
I hope you all have enjoyed the wedding series and have gotten some neat ideas along the way! I do have something to say though about all the things you'll be bombarded with when planning a wedding--Everyone is always looking for new ideas and trends for their wedding, but in the end, it comes down to what makes you happy..the things you like as a couple. That's what is important--creating something you both will love for years to come.
As always, head over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists/makers some love and make sure to tune in next week for another edition of Weekly Wednesday!
Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing well and are set for this week's Weekly Wednesday! Are you ready for "The Big Day?" Oh, I get it...you need ideas! And that's what I've got for you today in the 4th edition of the wedding series. Remember, this isn't an all encompassing list--I could've made this a longer post, yes, but I didn't want to overwhelm you with so many different things and end up boring you. So...who wants to get started? I DO! See what I did there? Huh? Ok...enough with the puns.
Item #1 is from TheMagnoliaJewelry
We all know that the bridesmaids aren't supposed to draw more attention than the bride, but no one wants to feel like they've been dressed to actually look ugly (even though some images prove otherwise). These ladies have agreed to be in your wedding and spent their time and hard-earned money to be there for you on your special day, so why not give them something gorgeous that unifies you all? I think that these blingy earrings will be something any bridesmaid would enjoy wearing. These beauties are cubic zirconias with diamond-like faceting in 18k white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold plating. They are 10 mm across--so, smaller than a dime. What necklaces and earrings to match? The link takes you to the page where you can purchase the full set!
Item #2 is from vintagestampjewels
Now, the groomsmen need a little something if the bridesmaids are sporting gorgeous earrings. I think these cufflinks would do the trick. They're very simple in shape and design, and I love that they have that matte look to them. They are made from 16mm sterling silver (slightly smaller than a dime), and include handstamped details. This would also make a good gift for father of the bride or father of the groom. If you're giving it to your groomsmen, I personally wouldn't put the wedding date and my and my man's initial's on there...I just don't like it, but that's me. I'd be more likely to have their first initial stamped on one and their last initial on the other. It just seems more classy. However, I could see having a pair done for the father of the bride and father of the groom just like the image.
Item #3 is from Singing Slowly
If you're getting hair, makeup, and nails done, do you want to have to pull a shirt off over your head? Nope. Nope. Nope. I'd end up covering the shirt with makeup and probably succeed in pulling my hair down. Since you probably will have your hair and makeup done at the location of the wedding, why not have a nice robe for yourself and your bridesmaids? It's something luxurious and something that can be worn after the wedding as the perfect lounge accent. The haiku sleeve is inspired by turn-of-the-century costumes that accentuate hand movements, so you'll have a bold, open sleeve cuff. These are knee length, come with a sash, and are made from flowy fabric. Live your dream of spinning around in something flowy and feeling like Cinderella (in a robe, not a ball gown haha). The listing is for a set of 8 robes, but if you need fewer or more, just contact the maker.
Item #4 is from Eucca
I've got a thing for succulents. Can you tell? After the succulent-themed bridal shower post, you didn't know?!?! This bouquet is absolutely gorgeous! It's a great mix of soft "blooms" and harsher succulents--very yin and yang; perfectly balanced. With this bouquet, you get a mix of succulents, sola wood flowers, and some dried blooms. If you're like me and have no clue what sola wood flowers are, cut it out by googling them--you'll be impressed (I was!). Ivory satin ribbon is used to wrap this beautiful arrangement. And...if you want to, you can take the succulents out and plant them!
Item #5 is from EndGrainWoodShoppe
I've seen a lot of different ways to deal with the rings, and this is by far the most unique one I've seen. This is what's called a tree ring box. These are made out of reclaimed wood from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California--pine, fir, or redwood. I love that the artist behind these pieces is being ecologically responsible and not cutting into trees. Each box is about 2 inches tall and anywhere from 2.5-3.5 inches across. It's a very nice size, but I bet it got really frustrating trying to find the exact size for these--I say this because here in TN, it'd take me forever to find several pieces within the size range I'd need, so hopefully, it's a bit easier out in California (Can you tell I've never been?) The maker sands, cuts, and oils each box to bring out it's unique features and will also brand your box with initials. This particular artist is the original maker of these, so show your support!
That's all I have for today, everyone. I hope it's given you some ideas or at least set you on an idea path! Make sure to like, comment, and share, and then head on over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists/makers some love.
Until next time,
Hello, everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday and are ready for this week's weekly roundup! Today, continuing with the wedding series, I've got some great ideas for putting together a bridal shower! You'll also notice a theme here--succulents, mint, coral, and gold--I couldn't help myself. This is a big event in addition to the big day, so I picked some things that I think would make it stand out as well!
Item #1 is from KirraReynaDesigns
Originally, I started off with a different invitation, but I changed my mind when I stumbled across an idea (Pinterest) that used succulents. This resonated a bit more with me for some reason. What I really like about this design is the option to print it yourself or let the maker print it for you! All you do is provide the information and then a proof is sent to you. I'm really liking the color combination here as well as the variation in the font styles. The illustration itself is just gorgeous with the cacti, succulents, and roses. The maker's shop is full of beautiful designs and matching coordinates, so make sure to check her out!
Item #2 is from rosiedaydesign
Something I though would be cute to include in the invitation would be a recipe card. I say include it with the invitation because it gives the receiver of the invitation time to pick a recipe to share instead of putting them on the spot at the shower to write it down when they probably don't have it memorized. I only have one recipe that I can recall from memory, so I'm sure others out there are the same :) Having recipe cards allows the bride to start building her recipe stash with tried and true recipes from those she cares about. This is also another printable that you can print any number of times--quite useful if your head count keeps changing!
Item #3 is from IchabodsImagination
Banners are really trendy right now as is burlap, so you're definitely set with this piece and it matches the color scheme of this post (mint, coral, and gold). The letters and hearts are painted on the burlap giving the banner a nice texture. This banner is 50 inches long and has extra twine on each end for hanging/tying.
Item #4 is from iDoTags
I thought this would be something neat if you were having a brunch shower...Mimosas!!! I personally haven't seen this before, but I haven't been invited to very many bridal showers either (I'm not a hermit, but I am an introvert, so a lot of people perceived me as odd, so that might be why). Mimosas are quite tasty, but make sure you have something for those that don't drink any alcohol.
Item #5 is from TheLittleThingsEV
This garland is really cute and would look very nice draped around the banner or around the room. It's something different from the norm (balloons). You can hang it lengthwise, vertical, diagonal, or any direction you choose! The listing is for one yard, so make sure you know your dimensions. There are also different sizes of the circles available--1, 1.25, 1.5, and 2 inch diameters. The ones in the image are 1.5 inch coral and mint circles and 1.25 inch gold glitter circles. Check out the listing for the sizes available because the sizing is different with the coral and mint vs the gold glitter.
Item #6 is from ConfettiGirls
You always need a little something to decorate the tables with, and I thought these confetti circles would be something to add a little glitz and glamour to the table in addition to some sort of centerpiece. These pieces are half an inch in diameter, but you can get them in a larger 1.25-inch size as well!
Item #7 is from LaFleurSucculente
Normally, you don't have to do favors for the bridal shower, but I see that it's becoming more popular now than in previous years, so I thought, "why not?" To go with the invitation, I think these succulents would be wonderful favors for attendees! A little plant not easily killed. The maker sells these as collections in sets of 20, 2-inch pots and are hand picked to ensure the best quality and assortment. The plants are shipped semi-bare root with care instructions in a 100% recycled material. Make sure you unpack the box right away to make sure there is not damage and to get them some water so they adjust. Also note that these are frost tender and should not be shipped to areas with daytime temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (they do have heat packs available if these are your desired plant though!)
A lot of planning goes into bridal showers, so don't think it's as easy as getting these items and then you're done. No, siree! You've also got a TON of tiny details to consider as well. For those, make sure you check out sites like The Knot, Real Simple, and MarthaStewartWeddings.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you've gotten some ideas for throwing a bridal shower! Please feel free to share, pin, or tweet this to your friends, and tune in next week for another edition to the wedding series!
Until next time,
Hello, Hello, Everyone! I hope you're all doing well and are reading for another tutorial. This time we're actually making a necklace! Make sure you've done the tassel tutorial for this one first--you can find that here. I was inspired by Anthropologie's Lalia Tassel Necklace, but as pretty much anyone knows, their stuff is expensive. This one is $68, but I don't have that to spend on one necklace, so I thought, "why not make one similar?" And why not share a tutorial with everyone! (You'll see the original below.)
The photo above shows the supplies you'll need, but I'll list them as well:
You don't have to use the same beads that I used. You can make it your own and still keep it the same style.
First, lay out the beads. I started with 6 of the Russian jade beads and put the faceted spacers in between. You'll have 6 Russian jade beads on both sides.
Next, add 3 rectangular beads to each side and alternate with the faceted spacer beads.
Take 6 crystal beads for each side and alternate with faceted spacers. Make sure you end both sides with a spacer bead. Don't worry, it looks good. I have a thing about not meeting with two of the same bead, so I was a little leary at first.
Get your tassel you made in the tutorial and get ready to bead!
Go ahead and start stringing the beads on for one side. Be careful not to flip the tray. I've done it before, but luckily not this time. You can go ahead and add the beads to both sides, but I find it easier to get one side done (in this case) before starting the second side because the wire isn't going to move. Other ways of attaching the tassel will require you to string all of the beads at once.
Go ahead and add the crimp bead.
....and the jump ring.
While making sure the jump ring stays above the crimp bead, thread the wire through the crimp bead again. This forms a loop.
Tighten the wire while keeping a firm grip on both the jump ring and the wire end. You want a small loop but not a teeny tiny one.
Get your crimping tool and crimp. Use the slot closest to you first and then the second. You can see this on your tool, but the way I'm holding it in the picture makes it hard to see. This is probably one of the most frustrating parts of making jewelry for me because I always mess up and break at least two crimp beads before I get it like I want it to be.
Trim off any excess wire. You don't want to leave a large amount as you'll be threading the extra back down into the beads. The back threading can happen now or later.
Grab you chain nose pliers and pick up your crimp bead cover. Keep it like this or you'll be trying to take it off if you don't close it just right (Goldilocks form). Yes, I just referenced Goldilocks.
After you've achieved the perfect closure of the crimp bead cover, thread the extra wire down the beads if you haven't already done so.
Go ahead and repeat the same thing on the opposite side. Open the jump rings to add the chain and carefully close them back.
And, voila! You've got an Anthropologie-style necklace! That wasn't too bad was it? Saving $68 has never been easier!
Share, comment, and pin if you'd like and enjoy wearing your new piece!
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.