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stitchable stationery

I have a confession to make: I'm addicted to stitchable stationery. Last week, I visited the Renwick Gallery (the Smithsonian's craft museum) with my mom and aunt who were in town for the weekend. I picked up a package of Sublime Stitching's Stitchable Stationery in the museum's gift shop, and for the past day, I have been furiously stitching away. 
I love the look of floss on paper, and I'm excited to come up with a few stationery designs of my own. In the meantime, I'll be sending these cards to my pen pals and including them in birthday packages.
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etsy favorites in red

DIY Embroidery Card Kit by Curious Doodles

Cherry Bomb Headband with Wool Felt by Lou and Lee
Coral Ampersand by OhHi
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happy valentine's day!

In preparation for today's holiday, last weekend my husband (he's caught the crafting bug!) and I made a set of valentines from construction paper, doilies, and Elmer's glue using this tutorial from Avie Designs.
The valentines were super easy to make, and I was really happy with how they turned out.
I also used some of the leftover doily scraps to decorate Valentine's Day presents.
To celebrate today, we ate cupcakes from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop--my favorite bakery in town--and chocolate-covered strawberries from the Godiva kiosk in the mall. Did you do anything special for the holiday? 
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salty oat web cards!

I've always been a big fan of Avie Designs (I have a growing collection of the company's stationery), so when I started looking for a "business card" for this blog--to hand out to fellow crafters and to include in swap and gift packages--the Atlanta-based company was my first choice. Not only does Avie Designs do custom invitations, bookplates, and traditional business cards, but they also do web cards--mini business cards which feature only web addresses. 

I loved the simple design, reasonable price, and small size (each one is 2.68 x 1.25 inches) of the web cards, so I browsed through the available designs and selected three. I love each card and have already started including them in packages.
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handmade gift tags

For Christmas, birthday, and just-for-fun presents, I decided to make some gift tags. 
Using an old calendar featuring panoramic views of Big Sur, I got to work tracing an actual tag onto the back of each calendar image. I cut each tag out by hand, and using my trusty three-hole puncher, punched holes into the top of each one.  
I have to admit, this project took forever. In hindsight, I probably could have saved time (and avoided hand pain) by purchasing a tag puncher. Maybe next time...
Check out the tags in action here and here.
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