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DIY Organic Lip Balm

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ORGANIC LIP BALM

Melt all ingredients in a double boiler. You can use a metal bowl and small pan of water if you do not have one. Whisk as everything melts. Be careful to not overheat and remove once the beeswax has become liquid. Pour into tubes or pots using a plastic funnel.  Allow to cool and cap when filled. Add your custom labels. (see below)

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Simply download the labels onto your computer. Install the free font Quicksand Bold and open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat. You can change the flavor if you need and add your own “made by” and ingredients list. Print these onto a full sheet label paper and trim rounds with a 1.5 inch circle punch and the squares with a craft knife.

Important note: When printing the PDF make sure you print FULL SIZE rather than the default FIT PAGE. This will make your labels too small. Enjoy your silky lips!

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**A special thank you to Lia Griffith for this fun tutorial

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Easy Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

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This is my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting recipe and it always gets insanely rave reviews. It couldn’t be easier to make – it takes less than 10 minutes – and is absolutely delicious. Not only is it great as a filling, but if you need a frosting for cupcakes, this is perfect for both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. Buttery, sweet, light and fluffy – everything the best buttercream should be (and maybe more).

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NOTE: I know that vanilla beans can be expensive so if you opt not to use the vanilla bean called for in this recipe, you will want to increase the amount of vanilla extract to 1 Tablespoon.

You can make this and refrigerate it for up to two weeks. When you are ready to use it, allow it to come to room temperature and then re-whip it in your stand mixer to lighten it up.

Now run off and whip up something to slather this on. Or just make a batch and eat it with a spoon. I allow, and I won’t tell.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar (10 ounces)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Using a paring knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into butter and beat mixture at medium-high speed to combine, about 15 seconds.

2. Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully incorporated, about 30 seconds; scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 20 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.

** RECIPE SOURCE: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

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Honor Loved Ones With Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

 Q.  I am getting married in a few months and would like to honor my mother who died of breast cancer a few years ago. I do not want to set up a memory table with her photos or place a rose on an empty chair for her as that would make me sad. Any ideas?

Also, do you have any ideas for inexpensive thank you gifts I could give to the children and teenagers who participate in my wedding. I need gifts for both male and females in the age range of 4 to 17.  My budget is tight. Any suggestions?

Q. Congratulations on your wedding. Honoring your mother is a wonderful idea. Since your mom had breast cancer you could have your bridesmaids all wear breast cancer awareness bracelets in her memory.

These bracelets do not need to be expensive to be meaningful. I just did a quick  search and found this cute handmade Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet from Cape Cord Paracord which would be perfect for your wedding.

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In your wedding program you can mention the bracelets are being worn in Loving Memory of your mom.

Bracelets are not just for the bridal party. They can also be great gifts for the younger males and females in your wedding party, such as, your ushers, flower girls, and, ring bearers.

You can also give small tokens of appreciation to anyone that has helped make your wedding day special.

Here are some fun handmade paracord bracelets I found on Etsy

 image                                           Teenage Ninja Turtle 

image                                           Sea Glass Beach Bracelet

image                                 Autism Awareness Puzzle Bracelet

image                                          Cross Survival Bracelet

image                                             Minnie Mouse Bracelet

image                                                Steampunk Bracelet

image                                           Men’s Biker Survival Bracelet



*** You can see the entire Cape Cord Paracord Collection Here

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DIY: Gold Leaf Cement Pots

What you will need:

  • cement mix
  • water
  • disposable bowl or bucket for mixing
  • disposable cup
  • paint stirrer
  • containers for molds
  • gold leaf kit
  • mask and gloves

Mix 4 parts cement with 1 part water in a bowl. It doesn’t need to be exact, as long as the mix has a good consistency. Not to liquid, not too thick. Like making a cake! I noticed it was a bit easier for me to mix with a bit more water than what they recommend in the instructions, and it was fine. I used juice cartons and 1 quart milk cartons to achieve the square shape, but I’ve seen other pots using bundt cake molds, so options are endless :)

Grease your containers: the inside of the larger ones and the exterior of the small ones that will serve as the opening. I dabbed cooking oil on a paper towel to grease the containers. Have something to add weight handy in the smaller containers to hold them in place. I stacked paint sample bottles in the milk cartons, but you can use rocks or anything else you have around your house.

Pour the mix in the larger containers and pound them on the ground to release any air bubbles. I noticed that as long as the mix is homogenous, the pots will have a smooth solid surface. The mix should go 1/3 or half way to the rim – keeping in mind that once you add the smaller container in, the cement mix will rise up. Add in the smaller containers in the middle, with weights to hold them down in place.

After about 10-15 min they will be rock solid! Peel the containers out and let your cement pots cure overnight. 

For drainage, drill holes at the bottom of the pots.

To add gold leaf designs, create different geometric shapes on the pots and mark them with masking tape. Brush adhesive, and layer the gold leaf. Let it dry for an hour, then brush off excess gold leaf and add sealant. Once it’s dry, you can remove the tape and add your plants, adding a layer of gravel at the bottom of your pots before adding soil.

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DIY Lip Exfoliator Sweet Enough To Eat

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Simply mix, apply to lips in a circular motion, and wipe this tasty concoction off with a tissue for completely kissable lips. Easy as pie, right? Well, it’s surely as sweet! 

Lip Care 101:

Why exfoliate your lips?

It’s going to make lipstick go on with a nice smooth and even texture. Exfoliating the top layer of the skin before applying lipstick exposes a new soft surface, and it hydrates at the same time. Exfoliating now, as we head into cooler months, is especially important because your skin tends to be drier during the winter.

Is natural always better?

Nothing beats mixing something special at home, but it depends on the person and the products they use. Folks can have different reactions to different ingredients, even if they’re natural. There are some great synthetic ingredients out there that are not irritating and non-clogging, though — you just have to choose a product line that uses reputably sourced ingredients. Also, when making your own concoctions, remember that they don’t last as long since they lack preservatives, so make small batches, and note smell and texture.

Any more tips for keeping ‘em kissable throughout the year?

Keep a hydrating lip balm by your bed at night and put it on right before you go to sleep. Look for something non-petroleum based. Shea butter- or cocoa butter-based is your best bet. Also, whenever you find a product you like that has SPF in it, go for it! It can be a tough thing to find, but fortunately, just putting color on your lips blocks the sun a bit by itself. Think of red lipstick as a semi-block from the sun!

Best overall beauty tip:

There really are no rules! You can make anything work with the right style and confidence.

** NOTE: The cute vintage style measuring spoon shown in this tutorial is available at ModCloth

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Wedding Dates To Avoid In 2014, 2015 and 2016

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Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.

Personally Significant Days

Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.

Holiday Weekends

Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one would be. However, costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you’re looking to marry around Valentine’s Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you’ve got your heart set on red roses — they’ll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they’d prefer not to miss.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of January 18-20, 2014
Weekend of January 17-19, 2015
Weekend of January 16-18, 2016

Presidents’ Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of February 15-17, 2014
Weekend of February 14-16, 2015
Weekend of February 13-15, 2016

Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) 
Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself, do you want your anniversary to fall the same weekend as Mother’s Day when (or if) you become a mom?
Weekend of May 10-11, 2014
Weekend of May 9-10, 2015
Weekend of May 7-8, 2016

Memorial Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of May 24-26, 2014
Weekend of May 23-25, 2015
Weekend of May 28-30, 2016

Father’s Day (always a Sunday) 
Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids. 
Weekend of June 14-15, 2014
Weekend of June 20-21, 2015
Weekend of June 18-19, 2016

Independence Day 
Friday, July 4, 2014
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Monday, July 4, 2016

Labor Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of August 30-September 1, 2014
Weekend of September 5-7, 2015
Weekend of September 3-5, 2016

Numerically Quirky Dates

4/10/2014 (a palindrome) falls on a Thursday 
12/13/14 falls on a Saturday
5/5/15 falls on a Tuesday 
5/10/15 falls on a Sunday 
5/15/15 falls on a Friday
6/16/16 falls on a Thursday
6/10/2016 (a palindrome) falls on a Friday

Columbus Day (always a Monday) 
Weekend of October 11-13, 2014
Weekend of October 10-12, 2015
Weekend of October 8-10, 2016

Halloween 
Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Friday, October 31, 2014
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Monday, October 31, 2016

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday) 
November 27, 2014
November 26, 2015
November 24, 2016

New Year’s Eve 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Religious and Cultural Holidays

Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you’re allowed to marry at these times.

Palm Sunday 
April 13, 2014
March 29, 2015
March 20, 2016

Easter Sunday 
April 20, 2014
April 5, 2015
March 27, 2016

Passover (begins at sunset the night before) 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, April 22, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before) 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before) 
Thursday, September 25, 2014, until nightfall on Friday, September 26, 2014
Monday, September 14, 2015, until nightfall on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before) 
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hanukkah (begins at sunset) 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 7, 2015, until nightfall on Monday, December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas 
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Kwanzaa 
Friday, December 26, 2014, until Thursday, January 1, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015, until Friday, January 1, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017

Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on how each family observes) 
Monday, July 28, 2014, until Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Friday, July 17, 2015, until Saturday, July 18, 2015
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes) 
Saturday, October 4, 2014, until Sunday, October 5, 2014
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, until Thursday, September 24, 2015
Monday, September 12, 2016, until Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ram Navami 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, April 15, 2016

Krishna Janmashtami 
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Days of Remembrance

We’re talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful — it’s up to you to decide.

Patriot Day 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Friday, September 11, 2015
Sunday, September 11, 2016

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Monday, December 7, 2015
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Major Sporting Events

If you’re die-hard sports fans — or if you’re worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game — avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict.

Super Bowl Sunday 
February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ
February 1, 2015, in Glendale, AZ
February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA

Final Four During March Madness 
Saturday, April 5, 2014, and Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, TX
Saturday, April 4, 2015, and Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis
Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX

Unlucky Dates

If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.

The Ides of March 
For ancient Romans, an “ides” was simply a date that marked the middle of the month — until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, “Beware the Ides of March” has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Friday the 13th 
The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Code of Hammurabi doesn’t include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as many as 3 millennia old. And it wasn’t until a successful novel titled Friday the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.
June 13, 2014
February 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
November 13, 2015
May 13, 2016

Leap Years 
Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event — from getting married to baptizing a child — in a leap year would bring bad luck.
Next Leap Year: 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016

(Source: zazzle.com)

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Summer Of Blooms

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Summer is a wonderful time for flowers, yet many gardens start to look bare of color or simply wilt when the summer heat strikes. That’s because gardeners often plant for a spring flush. Those flowers that bloom in spring fade off by summer because the extra heat does not suit them.

Yet there are many beautiful blooms that come into their own with that extra summer heat, so adding these to your planting will keep your garden looking a riot of color throughout summer. 

I recently ordered some seed discs to plant in my outside planters. 

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A seed disc is packed with a variety of seeds, and the paper pulp that surrounds them allows for easy - low maintenance germination. Simply place the disc in your container, cover with 1” of soil, then water. It’s that easy!

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Seed discs can save you time. They are much easier to use than handling and sowing small and fiddly seeds and because the seeds are pre-spaced out for you, there is a lot less thinning out of seedlings to do, meaning you save more time and waste fewer seeds  

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With a little planning you can have beautiful blooms that come into their own with that extra summer heat. Seed discs are available for both annual and perennials. Both annuals and perennials bloom beautifully in the summer heat so choose some of each. (Seed discs are available on  Amazon or Etsy).

Annuals must be planted every year as their name suggests. They are usually only good for one season, so require a bit more work. But occasionally you will get an annual to come up the second year. Sunflowers, cosmos, salvia and marigolds are favorite annuals for summer flowers. Snow in summer; coxcomb and the globe amaranth are three less common flowers that thrive in the heat of summer, while angelonia, perilla and the sun coleus also make good choices.

Perennials are those plants that last for more than one season. Some last for two years, while other types last for several years - or are permanent. If you choose perennials with a long blooming season you will get more enjoyment out of them. Not all perennials are as showy as annuals, but some, like azaleas are a mass of bloom, albeit for a short period of a few weeks.

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Longer blooming perennials include Astilbe, purple coneflower, Gaillardia, Rudbeckia and various daylilies - but there are many more. Many times you can cut perennials back after the first bloom and they will bloom again. Tradescantia, perennial geraniums, salvias and veronicas will do this.

If you have a fence or trellis to cover, you could add some of those fantastic flowering vines for lush summer flowers. Black-eyed Susie with its cheerful orange flowers and jet black eyes will brighten up any garden, while the blue/mauve trumpets of the morning glory vine add a lovely blue haze. The night blooming moonflower will fill your garden with a glorious fragrance - there are many more to delight the heart of every gardener.

***  For more information on ordering Custom Seed Discs please visit Natural Vibrant Bliss or Amazon

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DIY: HOW TO MAKE A PEONY BOUQUET

If you consider yourself a novice at working with flowers but you’d like to learn how make a bouquet for your wedding (you can do it!!) there are two tips I can give you:


1) Make your bouquet in a vase first. This will make it much easier for you to manage and will allow you to step back and see how you’re liking it.

2) Choose a big bloom to make up the majority of your bouquet and then just a few smaller bits to bring some life and personality into the equation. Tree peonies, like the ones we used above, are definitely more expensive and harder to get but they are so amazing on their own that you don’t have to do much of anything else to them to make a beautiful bouquet. They will make your job SO much easier!

(Source: zazzle.com)

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Combining A Bridal And Baby Shower

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Q.  My sister is getting married soon and is having a baby a few weeks later so she wants me (the Matron of Honor) to plan a combined bridal / baby shower. Since most of her friends are college students on tight budgets she wants the shower to be a simple “baby blanet and toy shower”.  Have you ever heard of such a thing? What do you think?  Is this party doable?  Any ideas for unique baby gifts?

A. Yes. It is a little out of the ordinary, but putting together a combination bridal and baby shower can definitely be done with style and grace. A combination shower is a nice alternative to having two separate parties very close together. And the bride will be delighted to get to celebrate two happy occasions at once.

Other than the gifts, a combined bridal and baby shower won’t really be all that different than any other shower. Instead of a strong theme décor, decorate with vibrant fresh flowers as it will work equally well for a baby or bridal shower. Some nice finger foods, a white cake, and you are all set.

I like your sister’s idea of hosting a “blanket and toy theme” party. A theme party will clear up some confusion for guests on whether to give bridal or baby gifts. The blanket / toy theme tells the guests the bride wants baby gifts rather than toasters. 

A baby gift does not need to be boring. Etsy shops, such as, Paff Toys  offers some really cute handmade educational toys and blankets.

 Here are a few cute handmade ideas…..

image                                     Personalized Baby Pacifer Holder

    image                                               Baby Soft Development Rattle Ball

image                        Red and White Polka Dot Mushroom Rattle

image                                        Bunny Baby Security Blanket 

                       image                                                                         Turquoise Doe Soft Toy

image                            Red And White Handmade Baby Comforter   


** A Special Thank You to Paff Toys for allowing us to use their photos. You can see more of the Patt Toy line Here.   

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A Quick Fix: DIY Dry Shampoo

Simply mix together the ingredients listed in the graphic above, stirring rigorously for about 3-4 minutes. Then, shake directly onto roots, or place in hands and rub into the root area. Brush to blend, distributing it evenly before styling as usual.”

You’ll have great-smelling hair and fabulous volume! It’s a great foundation for some of those amazing vintage, teased styles you’ve been coveting.

Tips:

  • Use organic ingredients if you can.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons cocoa powder for dark hair.
  • Feel free to substitute in any kind of essential oil you’d like for scent.
  • Crush in any lumps the oil may have created with a pestle or back of a spoon.
  • Vintage glass shakers or squeeze bottles work perfect for storing.

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A Cupboard Full Of Handmade Ceramics

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Anyone who knows me well, knows I am addicted to anything handmade. This is especially true in my kitchen. I’m in the process of making and collecting the perfect supply of handmade dishes. Someday soon I’d like to have a cupboard full of only handmade ceramics

For me, it’s all about the connection I feel with that piece of pottery. Sometimes it sticks out right away, and by looks alone we’re instantly connected. Or maybe I have to hold it for a while and realize how great it feels in my hands.

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Sometimes I find myself reaching to the back of my cupboard for a specific bowl over all of the others, just because it seems like a good match for my mood. A bowl can do that to me. How about you?

image                          Asymmetrical Ceramic Baby Blue Bowl Set

In my reflective moments, I find myself lost in thought when I’m using dishes that have been made by hand. I imagine this piece of pottery as it started out, just a wet lump of clay. And then I usually smile to myself, because I’m just so darn impressed by what clay and people can do!

image                                        Ceramic Bowl And Spoon

image                           Ceramic Kitchen Vessel With Turquoise Glaze

The perfect kitchen cupboard opens wide and offers the eye a small private ceramics gallery, full of mismatched dishes made by all different people, with a story connecting to each piece. 

image                                      Handmade Ceramic Bowls

Functionality and beauty are two non-negotiables on the insides of my kitchen cupboards!

Ceramic dishes would be a cherished gift for a wedding or bridal shower.  Here is a fun ceramic ring dish any bride will love….

image                                                   Ceramic Ring Dish

*** A very special Thank You to Simone Ceramics for allowing us to use their photos. 

You can view the entire Simone Ceramics Collection here

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HOW TO FAKE CALLIGRAPHY

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Expertly done calligraphy is truly an art-form. So before we begin, truth be told that our few tips on how to fake calligraphy are not going to teach you how to master the art or give you a highly skilled hand.

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Before you begin, you’ll need to find a good pen to use. Any pen that has thick ink will work, but it’s all personal preference. Don’t be afraid to test a few different pens out before settling on one. I like to use the Micron 05 pen.

You don’t need to have the nicest handwriting in the world in order to fake calligraphy. If you don’t like your handwriting, just practice! Look up different styles that you like online, and emulate them. No need to copy or trace anyone else’s writing, just use it as inspiration. Note how the letters are formed and how they connect to one another. Research different techniques, find the right pen for you, and waste a lot of paper.

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Feel free to use as many loops and swirls as you like. Add them on to the end of your words, or onto your capital letters. Whatever you do, let it flow naturally.

Traditional calligraphy pens give different strokes with varying thicknesses. So, the goal is to create this variation in thickness on your own. In order to do this, draw a line next to the longest stroke of each letter, and just fill the space in with your pen. It can take some time to do multiple letters in this way, but the outcome definitely looks nice! And again, as long as you keep practicing, you’ll find what works best for you. 

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Get Hooked On Crochet Jewelry

Like most women, I’m constantly on the hunt for unique accessories, and that especially applies to jewelry. When I browse stores for new jewelry, everything starts to look the same to me. Didn’t I just see that necklace somewhere else? Doesn’t my friend own this bracelet? It’s hard to be one-of-a-kind with mass produced store bought jewelry.

That is why I enjoy shopping online at Etsy where everything is handmade. I recently found some unique crochet jewelry on an Etsy shop called Nakkashe, which would be fun for bridesmaid gifts. Here are a few of my favorite pieces……

image                                             Crochet Red Rose Necklace

image                                     Purple Orchid Crochet Lace Earrings

image                         Red & Black Daisy Crochet Wrap Necklace

image                                       White Crocheted Beaded Choker

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** You can see more of the Nakkashe Crotchted Collection here. I love the fact their jewelry arrives in a special gift wrap box. Makes gift giving easy!

image                                            Pink Crochet Hoop Earrings

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SPARKLING DESSERT SHOOTERS

Cupcakes and macarons are the standard fare of showers, but they’ve been done far too many times. Break away from the tradition and serve your guests with something more unconventional, sophisticated, and easy to eat. We love these dessert shooters ranging from rich chocolate mousse to creamy banana pudding to sweet strawberry shortcake, all completed with a delicate silver spoon. They’re the perfect individual treats for everyone’s tastes! Which dessert shooter is your favorite?

CREAMY BANANA PUDDING

 RICH CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

SWEET STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

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