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How to make a gift bow with a Bowdabra

How to make a gift bow tutorial

During the month of January we celebrate 7 birthdays in our family. Between family members and close friends that are like family we have a month full of parties and a whole lot of gift giving. While my husband likes to throw gifts in a bag and write a name on it with a Sharpie (ugh, I cringe every time I see that) I tend to love wrapping gifts. I like any excuse to add a big bow to gift packages. From birthdays to the holidays, I’m always excited to pull out some ribbon and tie a beautiful on top!

How to make a gift bow tutorial

I recently had the opportunity to try the Bowdabra bow making tool from Consumer Crafts. I’ve come across this tool in the craft store before but I wasn’t sure what it was like. Now I can’t see myself making a bow without it! The Bowdabra makes it easy to whip up a big, bouncy bow in just a few minutes.

Bowdabra tutorialHow to make a gift bow with a Bowdabra

2 inch wide wired ribbon
bow wire

The Bowdabra tool came with a thin wired string that makes it easy to secure your bow in place. To make a bow take a piece of the string and fold it in half. You want it long enough to reach the width of the Bowdabra tool.

Bowdabra bow tutorial

Insert the string between the slits of the tool and start adding your ribbon inside. If you’re using single sided ribbon lay your ribbon face down then twist on the second loop. Repeat this process until you’ve made all of the loops.

how to make a bow


I like to make 6 loops (3 on each side) then one smaller loop for the center.

how to make a bow with bowdabra

Once your loops are made press the wand into the Bowdabra tool and cinch the ribbon together. Then tie the wired string through the loop and pull tightly. I like to tie it 1-2 more times to ensure the bow is tied in place correctly.

tying a bow

Then snip off the extra string and fluff out the ribbon loops. I seriously adore this tool! It’s made it easy for me to whip up bows in a hurry and I may or may not have gotten carried away with my ribbon stash. I also may or may not have a bag full of bows waiting to be added to gift boxes. My husband also may or may not think I’m crazy but I consider it being prepared for all the gift giving we’ll be doing this month. I also think my planning will hopefully keep him from pulling out the Sharpie and looking for a gift tag to match the bow instead. :)

How to make a gift bow

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Crayon Box Valentines

One of my favorite things about having a die cutting machine is that I can usually whip up small gifts for the kids for every holiday and special events. As I mentioned before my mother always made holidays a big deal for my sisters and I. OK let’s face it, she still gives us small gifts on special holidays. I’m pretty sure I asked my mom to stop when I turned 18 but I don’t think she got the memo. HA! Who am I kidding? I don’t think I’ll be able to stop once my kids turn 18. The thought of them growing up scares me and turns me into one emotional mama so I’m going to pretend they’re going to stay this little awhile longer by creating new memories with activities to do for every holiday as long as possible. With the help of my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette double-sided adhesive I made the kids Crayon Box Valentines to give them on Thursday.

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

We plan to spend the day making crafts and going on a Valentine scavenger hunt, so I thought the crayons would be a fun gift for them. Its something sweet, simple, and practical. Its also a non-candy Valentine idea that I’m sure I’ll continue to reuse for years to come.

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

If you don’t have a die cutting machine you can use a crayon box as a template to trace onto thick cardstock. Then glue the sides together (you’ll be able to see the left and right side tabs overlapped where they were glued). Also note that the Crayon Box Valentines I made held 8 crayons, not 24 like a standard crayon box. You can find smaller 8 pack crayon boxes or make them with the 24 pack at most stores.

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

1. To make the crayon box valentines cut your box out of cardstock.

DIY Crayon Box Valentine

2. I then cut various decorative heart shapes out of the Silhouette double-sided adhesive. Again you could buy the double-sided adhesive and trace your shapes or use a punch to cut the shapes out.

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

3. Remove the top layer and add glitter.

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

4. Use the brush that comes in the kit to remove the excess glitter.

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

5. Then glue your tabs together to close your crayon box. Now it’s ready to be filled with colorful crayons!

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

This is a great non-candy valentine idea that can also be used as a birthday gift or party favors.

DIY Crayon Box Valentines

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DIY Crayon Box Valentines


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Disclosure: I received Silhouette products to review, as always all opinions are my own.

Handmade Spa Gift

handmade spa gift

A handmade spa gift is perfect for a friend, teacher, and even a new mom. Sometimes I find myself in need of a quick gift that doesn’t require a lot of supplies to make. With a few beauty products found around the house I recently made a spa gift that a friend can enjoy at home.

handmade spa gift

I had several dollar containers left over from my craft organizati0n project that I’m glad I kept for easy handmade gifts. These blue containers came from Target and are perfect for organizing craft and beauty supplies or as small gift baskets.

There’s a special person who I wish I could spend more time with, especially visiting the salon together like we used to when we were younger. Gahhh that makes me sound old. She works full time and has been under a lot of stress lately. Since our schedules often conflict its been difficult trying to sneak in a pedicure session together. So instead I made her a small gift to use at home after a long day at work.

I found these small jars at Hobby Lobby and filled them beauty products to help my friend pamper herself at home. The jars are filled with Dove Body wash, handmade lavender bath salts, and brown sugar scrub (both of which I’ll share recipes for soon).

Dove Body Wash

I was recently asked to be a Dove Ambassador and try their new and improved body wash formula. Have you tried it yet? Dove has combined their mildest cleansers with NutriumMoisture, all 100% natural moisturizers to help keep your skin smooth and nourished. Two of my children have sensitive skin so its always been a priority to find products that are mild and help nourish their dry skin. Dove body wash is perfect for our family because is mild enough for those with skin sensitivities and it creates a rich lather that you don’t typically see in mild formulas. You can learn more about the new Dove body wash and keep up with the latest news by visiting Dove on Facebook.

spa gift

I really like how soft my skin feels after using the body wash. It feels like the high priced products they use at the salon without the outrageous price tag. I’m hoping my friend loves her spa gift as well (oh and that she isn’t reading this since I can’t give it to her until Friday..HA! ).


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I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dove and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas & S’mores Valentine Gift

Valentine's Day Ideas

S’mores are a Summer time favorite but with pink marshmallow hearts a s’mores gift is perfect for Valentine’s day. This s’mores treat gift box makes a great Valentine gift for a teacher, friend, or as a surprise for the kids. Today I’m also sharing with you some of my favorite Valentine’s Day treat ideas that don’t require a die cutting machine!

Valentine's Day Ideas

To make the s’mores valentine gift I used the treat carrier I shared last Summer. Its currently out of stock from Lifestyle Crafts, but if you don’t have a die cutting machine there are plenty of other options to make a s’mores gift. A few ideas is to repurpose a food box and mod podge it with scrapbook paper or you could place everything in a mason jar, add a doily to the lid, and tie it with bakers twine for a sweet and simple gift jar.

To make the s’mores gift you will need:

clear plastic bags

bakers twine

scrapbook paper

marshmallow hearts

graham crackers

Hershey’s candy bars

S'mores gift ideas

Adding scrapbook paper to clear bags is a fun way to embellish treats for every occasion. I’m a bit of a scrapbook paper lover so I’m always looking for ways to use my ever growing supply. For the marshmallow bags I trimmed the scrapbook paper down to size then added washi tape to close the bag. Oh and how cute are those small marshmallow hearts? Last year I used them for my mini heart brownies, so I was happy to find them again this year.

S'mores Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day treat ideas that don’t require a die cutting machine here are some of my favorites:

Valentine's Day Ideas

Candy Bottle Gift Set via Lolly Jane

Valentine's Day Ideas

 Marshmallow Treat Bags with doily tags

Valentine's Day Ideas

Owl Treat Boxes via Clean & Scentsible

Valentine's Day crafts



Sour cream treat containers



Valentine's Day Ideas

Cookies in a jar with free printable via eighteen25

 creative valentine's day ideas


 I’ll be back soon with another Valentine’s Day project..can you tell I adore the holiday? :) This weekend I’m also sharing my CHA experience. Be sure to check back to get a peak at some amazing new craft products!


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Stitched Gift Tags & Celebrate Crate Giveaway

Stitched Gift Tags

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow? I’ll admit that I was one of those last minute shoppers at the mall this weekend. I don’t know what I was thinking waiting until the weekend before Christmas but hopefully I’ll be a little more organized next year. Speaking of gifts I still have a few left to wrap which happens to be my favorite part! Over the weekend I made a few stitched gift tags to compliment my kraft paper gift wrap. Stitched Gift Tags

Last month I saw someone on instagram post a picture of a box full of fun baking supplies. I read in the comments that it was Celebrations new monthly crate subscription. Well imagine my surprise when I received an email recently asking me if I was interested in reviewing Decembers’ crate. I love trying new crafting supplies and was really excited to see what was inside.

Celebrate Crate

The Celebrate Crate is a monthly subscription filled with inspirational ideas and supplies to help you celebrate a special event, holiday, and everyday. Every month you receive a box filled with crafting, baking, or party supplies along with a card to scan to receive creative project ideas to make with your supplies.

The crate subscription is $20 a month with shipping already included! I love the idea of getting a box full of surprise items every month! You can learn more and sign up for the Celebrate Crate here.


The December crate includes:

Sew Easy stitch piercer and foam mat

45 yards of twine from The Twinery

6  white notecards with envelopes

12 white gifts tags with twine ties

Plus $50 in gift certificates!


I’ve been wanting to try the Sew Easy tool for awhile now so I was excited to make stitched gift tags. The way it works is you run the piercer along your paper then sew with the twine. You can switch out the piercer with a variety of creative patterned piercers.

Sew Easy Piercer

My tags were  a little bare so I used a couple of Christmas stamps to give them some life.

Stitched Gift Tags

My favorite is the the tag above. I love the red glitter and twine!

Stitched and stamped Gift Tags

The ink I used for the snowflake stamp was a little dull but the rhinestones helped brighten them up a bit.

Stitched adn stamped Gift Tags


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Peppermint Tea Mug Gift

Tea mug gift set

We are starting to have some cold weather here in California. I’m sure its not nearly as cold as other places around the US but highs of 40-50s is pretty cold around here. That means I’ve been cuddling on the couch with a hot cup of tea a lot more than usual. I mentioned awhile back how this is my “me” time and it really is how I enjoy spending my time to relax. I often find myself drinking a big cup of tea with a good book or catching up on my favorite blogs. Last night I watched an old favorite Christmas movie with a warm blanket, comfy socks, and a big cup of tea. It was the perfect evening!

Tea mug gift set

I also recently invited my best friend to come over to enjoy a cup of tea and to make a few ornaments. Whats better than great friends, tea, and crafting?

I found these plain white mugs at Walmart for $1.75 and knew they would be perfect for holiday gifts. We bought a few for my small gathering and a couple to giveaway as gifts. Another great find was this Bigelow peppermint tea pack. Holidays + cold weather + peppermint tea = bliss!

Peppermint Tea

With a small amount of washi tape I shaped two candy canes into a heart then added a tea packet to each one inside a mug. The white and red pom pom trim was a cute way to dress up the mugs. I plan to wrap a couple in cellophane to giveaway. This peppermint tea mug gift is the perfect gift for a tea lover and you could even add a gift card inside as well.

Mug gift ideas

Christmas Party Ideas

The tablescape for our small gathering was simple, made up of holiday decor from around the house. The tablecloth is disposable which was a great idea since we had the kids decorate their own edible Christmas trees. They were a big hit! All it takes to make edible Christmas trees is a sugar cone, frosting, and candy for decorations. The kids had a blast making them!

Christmas Party Ideas for kids

While the kids enjoyed hot cocoa we enjoyed the Bigelow peppermint tea with snowball cookies. Tea pairs well with cookies, right? :)

tea party ideas

Have you tried peppermint tea? This was my first time trying it but I have a feeling its going to replace my lemon flavored tea during the winter months. It has a nice smooth minty taste and reminds me of the wonderful smells that the holiday season has to offer. To learn more about Bigelow tea visit them on facebook and twitter.

Tea mug gift set

What is your favorite flavor of tea? What else am I missing out on!?

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Gift Wrapping on a Budget

Brown Paper Package

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

“Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things”

Its no secret that I adore pretty gift wrap. I know some people dread wrapping gifts, I am not one of them! However I’m in sort of a complex with my style lately. Metallics are fun and bright, but kraft paper is classic with a shabby feel. I adore both styles and chose to combine them for a shabby chic modern look this Christmas.

While I like beautiful gift wrap I don’t like spending a fortune on it. I recently read in a magazine that dollar stores are the best place to buy gift wrap, saving you about 60%. I was also recently challenged to go to Dollar General with a $10 gift card in hand to select gift wrap items. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite the selection of paper, tags, boxes, and even ornaments to use as gift toppers. I tried to stick to my ten dollar budget but I ended up picking up a few extra things that I just had to have.

Here is a break down of what I purchased: Mesh Ribbon $2.25 Glitter Bows $1.50 Glitter Star $1 white boxes $1 large white boxes $2 mini snowflakes $1 Gold glitter ribbon $1 silver glitter ribbon $1 Silver foil wrapping paper $3 Kraft paper $1 The mesh ribbon is my favorite! I picked up a roll of this to use with the kraft paper and really like the contrast it gives.

Silver and gold combined are big this year so this is my metallic gift for my sister.

With the small box I used the kraft paper with the silver glitter ribbon and gold glitter star ornament. Ornaments make a great gift topper and usually you can find 2-3 in a pack.

I was able to find all of my gift wrapping essentials at Dollar General and still have plenty of supplies for neighbor gifts. For more gift wrap ideas visit the Dollar General Gift Center and Dollar General on Facebook.


So I have a question for YOU…

Do you use different wrapping paper for gifts from “Santa” or leave them unwrapped?

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Life of Pi Inspired Gift

Gift Basket Ideas

When I began working on my gift list a few weeks ago the first person I thought about buying a gift for is my sister in law. She recently passed the California bar and I wanted to give her a gift to congratulate her. Since she lives in San Francisco there isn’t a chance I’ll see her before Christmas so I decided to save the gift for her.

Gift Basket Ideas

One of her favorite stores is World Market, its where she recently found a beautiful set of chairs for her new apartment. I plan to visit her place soon and I can’t wait for you to see everything she’s been working on. She even made a new headboard that I love! So while browsing through the store a few weeks ago I saw the Life of Pi items displayed at the front of the store. I knew right away I had to see if they had anything I could get her. My sister in law has a unique style. She’s traveled all over the world and loves bright colors and patterns. To name a few she studied abroad in Africa while in college then lived in Mongolia for three years in the peace corps. I really think this is where her unique cultural style comes from.

Here is what I’m including in her gift basket. I thought the items below reminded me of the Life of Pi movie and my sister in laws style.

Gift ideas

I love this lotus candle holder made in India. I really like the rustic feel of it paired with the red and gold candle.

Red and Gold Candle

The last time my sister in law was in town she noticed this colorful stacked mug set in a World Market newspaper ad. I knew as soon as I saw it in store that I wanted to get it for her.

Stacked Colorful Coffee Mugs

I adore the glitter elephant ornament! She could remove the string and use it on her table top decor.

Glitter Elephant Ornament

Have you watched the Life of Pi movie or read the book? Its about an boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another a fearsome Bengal tiger. I plan to pick up the book over Christmas vacation then watch the movie.

World Market is currently hosting a Life of Pi Sweepstakes.

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