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toffee magazine

today’s little sponsor welcome is for toffee magazine. have you heard about it? it’s the oh-so-delicious publication from nancy over at wolf and willow, and each magazine is packed full of pretty things and sugary goodness. with blogger interviews (you might recognize someone on p. 16, wink wink), diy how-to’s, recipes, 24 pages of craft tutorials and 10 pages of printable papers for crafts of all sorts, it’s definitely worthy of a thorough browsing. trust me!

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the moutain

April 20, 2011

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yesterday i had the pure joy of discovering the mountain (via altmix) by terje sorgjerd. filmed just earlier this month on spain’s highest mountian, the views are nothing less than breathtaking. i’ve never seen the milky way galaxy this way before, and his time lapse movies come together in an absolute brilliant way. after seeing this video, i explored many of his others and none of them disappoint. from the aurora borealis to the market in bangkok. i think you’ll enjoy exploring his world today: facebook, twitter, vimeo.

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native vermont

April 19, 2011

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native vermont

today i’m loving native vermont. the scenes that these muted colors paint make me just want to plan a visit.

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funny folks

April 19, 2011

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Aled Lewis's
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i needed a good laugh this morning, so finding aled lewis’s work on my stroll around blogland (found via august empress) this morning was just perfect! i think each one of his hilarious prints cracks me up more than the last. you can see more of his work in his gallery and on flickr. have fun browsing!

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jewelry for sale

hey lovelies! we’re still downsizing, and next on the list is jewelry! head on over to our garage sale to see 24 pieces of jewelry, all under $8. xox!

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peaceful purples

April 18, 2011

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purple pleasures

hello, friends! happy monday. :) did you have a good weekend? we were busied by trying to get things ready for the move, and had several people dropping in to look at and pick up some of our furniture. it feels kind of funny to see it go out the door! we were also sure to make time for a few friends, we are going to miss so many of them once we move! we are a wee bit overwhelmed with our to do list- but i think we’ll be able to pull it all together.

so just in case you’re having a hectic monday (i hope you’re not!), i thought a few peaceful purples might help soothe and relax you. take a deep breath.. do you feel better?

images from polly eltes, originally discovered on lovely clusters.

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DIY Upcycled Gift Bows

April 18, 2011


As a paper crafter, I have so many left over paper scraps that I try to find a purpose for every piece. Gift wrap bows are one of my favorite ways to upcycle paper – it can be anything from scraps, to newspaper, to magazine pages and food packaging. Here are three ideas for saving would-be trash and making something beautiful out of it:

1. Spiral roses

Take a pretty page from an already-read magazine. With sharp scissors, cut a spiral shape into the page: use almost a full page for larger roses, and a quarter-page for smaller roses.

Next, tightly coil the paper spiral, and tape it together at the bottom. Use double-sided tape, or roll tape into itself, adhere to the bottom of the rose, and stick onto a present.

2. Classic gift bows

Using newspaper, magazine pages, scrapbooking paper, or hand-stamped paper (like mine), cut out 10 strips of paper – each strip 1/2″ wide, and lengths as follows: three 8″ strips; three 6″ strips; three 4″ strips; one 1.5″ inch strip. Loop each end of each strip in towards the middle, making a figure-eight, and stapling shut. For the smallest piece, make a simple loop and staple or tape shut.

Group the figure-eights by size, and staple the layers together. Next, glue the single round piece into the smallest star, the small star into the medium star, and the medium star into the largest star. Place a piece of double-stick tape onto the bottom, and attach to a wrapped gift. Beautiful!

3. Starburst gift bows

This one is probably my favorite. Simple take a colorful magazine page, and cut in half lengthwise. Cut this half page into fringe, about 1/8″ wide, and stopping about 1/2″ before the end of the page, for a nice base.

Roll the fringed magazine page in on itself; tape shut with scotch tape. Use your fingers to pull the fringe outward, all around. Tape a small piece of paper to the bottom of the bow, and double-stick tape the bow to a gift.

And that’s all there is to it! Three unique ways to save trees – and look good doing it.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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shop sale!

April 15, 2011

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shop sale!
hello, friends! i’ve got a little special treat for you today- a big sale in both of my shops! since we’re moving in two weeks (ahh!) i’m trying to cut down on my inventory a bit. what does that mean for you? you get to enjoy some sweet deals!

take 30% off storewide, both of my etsy shops, home to roost and the kitchen roost now through next friday, april 22nd. just enter the code “30OFF” at checkout!

let me know if you have any questions!

friday round up:

 
-make sure to stop by our virtual garage sale! i’ll be adding several more items today and this weekend.

-check out where we’ll be moving to and a little bit about the surrounding area.

-hungry? make this delicious recipe for oatmeal scones!

happy weekend! xxo, bonnie

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