(Used in this project: Collar Labels, Circle Tags, Round Coasters and Free Printable Cupcake Wrappers in Lil' Bug style.) Life can get busy with family, friends, work, community all vying for time. Nevertheless, when a little person enters the world, it's a good time to slow down and celebrate his arrival. The ceremony will be lost on the new babe, but the joy and happiness that surrounds the family and friends is that certain kind of special that can breathe new energy into days that pass … [Read more...]
(Used in this project: Circle Labels and Scallop Tags in Kashmir style.) Whether your feet contend with high heels, hard floors, and long days or get a workout in runners and gardening clogs, they deserve a little pampering, right? When I come in from the garden in my very favorite gardening flip flops I'm sure to leave a dirt trail behind me. But even after a hot shower and a quick sweep, my feet still ache from the pounding they just took. I made up a herbal foot soak just to pamper my … [Read more...]
(Used in this project: Oval Labels in Morocco style and Free Printable Polkadot Cupcake Wrappers.) Always looking for new experiences and crafty creations, lately I’ve been really enthused about building my skills in decorating cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. When I saw these simple and beautiful Edible Button Cupcakes over at Sweet Lavendar Bake Shoppe, I couldn’t wait to try them myself. However, there were some intimidating ingredients that I wasn’t sure about. Christina makes them … [Read more...]
The My Own Labels staff recently gathered at a local watering hole to celebrate the anticipated arrival of our newest member. It wasn't by any means your typical "baby shower." Of course, us Portlanders always have to do things a little differently, don't we? We all met after work at the Beech Street Parlor, which is actually an old Portland home that has been transformed into a cozy little bar with antique couches and bold wallpaper in every room. But that wasn't the only thing that set this … [Read more...]
(Used in this project: Small Diamond Tags and Rectangle Labels in Swiss Dots style with Large Gift Boxes.) Rub-a-dub-dub, these little bags of tea get steeped in your tub! Given how much my friend's newborn loves her bath time, I thought it was the perfect theme for a baby shower. While baby Simone and mom got a gift basket full of bath time goodies (like these Homemade Bath Fizzies) all the lovely ladies who attended the shower also walked away with a box containing three Lavender Oatmeal … [Read more...]
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When I was a little girl, I loved sugar cubes. My brother and I loved to suck on them until the sugar started to dissolve and the cubes began to cave in, and there was little left but a few juicy shreds of crystals to crush in the mouth and then savor the sweet syrup that remained. When we adopted our son Nick from Russia, sugar cubes were one of the special treats that he adored. We made sure to serve them at dinner parties so he could have one or two as a treat. This is how to make goodies … [Read more...]
I first saw these cupcakes on Martha Stewart and knew they would make the sweetest treats for a bug-themed baby shower. The candy butterfly is the star of this cupcake, so you can make any kind of cake that you like. My favorite is lemon buttermilk, but you could even use a box of Betty Crocker cake mix if you want to save time. What You Need: • Cupcakes- use your favorite scratch recipe or follow box instructions for baking • Frosting- make your own or buy it at the store • Red food … [Read more...]