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DIY Shaded String Lights

Wowzers.  Time to hit the season’s bargain bins for more string lights!  Amazing what some simple Christmas lights with vellum shades can do to a room, no?  I think the idea would translate wonderfully to weddings as well.   Get the tutorial here and the template here, from The Martha.  Then enlist some of your crafty bridesmaids for a fun do-it-together session.

December 9, 2008   1 Comment

Printable Canning Labels

Free download for your gifts in a jar, courtesy of A Sonoma Garden.   This would be great if you’re planning on favors-cum-seating cards.  Then set up a la this lovely table inspiration pic from chelsea fuss*.  The red gingham is just the perfect touch to this summer-garden tablescape, wouldn’t you say?

December 8, 2008   2 Comments

Motif: Silhouettes

I am admittedly silhouette-obsessed. Ever since we got them as souvenirs from our trip to Paris three years ago, I was hooked (and don’t get me started on the opening credits to Mad Men, hehe).  I just love their charm and how they fit right into both traditional and modern settings.

I only got as far as incorporating them in our Thank You cards (below), but I totally would have used them as our main motif had I been thinking creatively enough (or if only the photo inspiration above came during my planning, haha!).

Silhouettes are no longer only made the old-fashioned way either.  Of course, you can always go to Montmartre or to Disneyland and get your portraits hand-done by paper cut and silhouette artists.  Or get them online from artist Karl Johnson and others from Etsy.  But since I know you haven’t OD’ed on DIY projects just yet, here’s a few goodies for you:

  • Tutorials: here and here on how to make your own silhouettes (the latter, you’d have to scan and digitize to use on your paperie).

Can you see these two with the blue Victorian frame here?

Someone please use them so I may live vicariously through you!  Still not convinced?  Well then, I shall leave you with this. ;-)

{ image credits: 1, 2, 4 }

December 7, 2008   3 Comments

Part 4: Free Printable Labels and Tags

Certainly not to be outdone, here’s a cheery set of gift tag freebies from Martha Stewart.  Okay, that’s it for me this week, folks.  I’ll post some more next week.  In the meantime, don’t forget to check other labels from our archives.  Have a great weekend!

December 5, 2008   2 Comments

Part 3: Free Printable Labels and Tags

For your handmade goodies and favors, courtesy of Sew, Mama, Sew! Click here to download Set 1 and Set 2. Please take note: I’ve linked to the blog posts (and not directly to the downloads) so you might have to scroll down the page a bit for the PDFs.  I just wanna make sure you can leave the creators some blog-love.  I’m sure a little thanks for all these yummies goes a long way :-)

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December 5, 2008   1 Comment