DIY Bow Tie out of a Necktie

DIY Bow Tie

I don’t think I am the only one who has ever searched far and wide for a nice necktie and matching bow ties for my husband and little men for a wedding or other special occasion. It just seems like a no-brainer to me. But then I thought to myself, if I purchase a necktie for my husband, and a matching one for my boys, I can work some diy magic to turn that necktie into two adorable bow ties. Being that it’s almost Father’s Day, I figured I would share this clever idea with you.  You can find the complete step by step project over at Good & Well Life.

Camp Birthday Party Theme

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I have never been to camp, so this camp themed birthday party was more for me than for my son. Visit the Creative Shop for these customizable Camp Themed Party items.

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One of my favorite things from the party were these homemade bandana favor bags.  I know how to use my sewing machine just enough to be slightly dangerous!  It’s a start.

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The kids loved earning activity badges (stickers) after each activity and placing them on their cards.

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Sugar frosting bullseye stickers on top of the chocolate covered oreos to match the hunting station.

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Don’t worry.  The custom matchstick boxes are for edible cracker sticks.

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The kids had fun making these crayon sticks to use for their scavenger hunt checklist.

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I love how these homemade silk screen shirts turned out.

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And the best part…the whole Camp Nate party theme graphics are available for custom order.

Gatsby Roaring 20s Inspired Invitation

Gatsby Roaring 20s Invitation

Gatsby Roaring 20s Invitation

Gatsby Roaring 20s Invitation

Vintage Newspaper Invitation

I had a wonderful time designing this Gatsby or Roaring 20s inspired invitation for the San Francisco Auxiliary for Children’s 61st Annual Jewel Ball benefiting the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. The invitation package also features an informational insert inspired by an old newspaper. I also love the feather patterned invitation backer (can also be used as an envelope liner).

It’s not too late to help this organization reach their fundraising goals. To purchase tickets to this Roaring 20s Gala on November 9th, preview and bid on auction items, learn more about how to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win the SF Giants Luxury Suite for 12 people (one game, preferred parking included), or to make a donation, visit sfjewelball.org.

Kids Art Home Decor

Kids Art Home Decor

Supporting my little girl’s love of art doesn’t mean that our refrigerator is covered in kids art or that we have tons of artwork in our keepsake box. Instead, we scan them all from our home printer, and save them to her personal usb drive (so, technically, we can throw them in the recycle bin guilt free and still keep an organized archive). We have also provided some empty frames in the homeschool area for her to hang artwork deemed by her as “special”.

Kids Art Home Decor

A few weeks ago, she created a special work of art that I knew would make a perfect home decor piece for our family room. I took her geode (rock art) and had it enlarged to 24×36 inches for under $25 at Vivyx Printing, a poster and large format printing company. I loved watching her look of pride when she saw her enlarged art piece hanging up.

Since this won’t be the last piece of art that she creates for our home, I am already starting to get ideas of other ways to incorporate her work. I love the idea of the kids art tea towels shown by Heather of Setting For Four, and the kids art duvet cover made by Jen of A Thousand Words.

Airmail Wedding Favors

Airmail Envelope Wedding Favor

While out shopping for clothes hangers with my husband, I spotted these Coppenrath Traveller Cookies on Tour, and got way too excited. Each cookie is imprinted with a different city, making them perfect for a travel themed party, tea, or wedding. I could see these cute little vintage airmail envelope cookie favors that I made as wedding escort or place cards, with each table being a different destination. At $2.00 per bag (each bag has about 40 cookies) at Big Lots, this is definitely a high impact, low cost project. I also enjoyed eating the cookies as much as looking at them. They are mildly sweet, crisp, and available in vanilla, and toffee (shown above).

Airmail Envelope Wedding Favors

Coppenrath Traveller Cookies on Tour