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Quick Birthday Banner and Free Printables

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This week was my employee Brian’s birthday. I like to make a big deal about this kind of thing because we are like a little family here in Paradise. I love free printables and of course Pinterest has a wealth of ideas, inspiration and sites with free materials perfect for any occasion. The color printer in my office died so I am just left with black and white but the chalkboard look is so chic and Brian is all about chic! You can find these cute banner letters at www.shanty-2-chic.com
You can find the Happy Birthday printable sign and many others from www.iheartnaptime.net
Get this adorable card and other free printables from www.caravanshoppe.com

Turn any occasion into a celebration with just a little crafty decoration.

Happy crafting!

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Tomorrow, Jeff and I will be going to his parents’ house to celebrate Thanksgiving. I wanted to bring a little something as a thank you for hosting and was going to pick up a bottle of wine, but found out that our Target doesn’t in fact  sell wine. Sad day. So instead I picked up two bottles of sparkling cider for $5. Well, you know those felt leaves I made last week? I got out my hot glue gun and made little necklaces for the bottles. So now I have a small gift for my mother-in-law, and one for my own mother when Jeff and I visit my parents on Friday.

I used  three felt leaves, a small leaf button and some red ribbon.

Only the top leaf is embroidered with leaf veins so that saved a lot of time.

I think I like the brown leaf necklace the best because I hot glued the ribbon all the way in the back. Also, the bottle looks more fall-ish instead of pink.

It was a very quick project to dress up a small gift, but I think my mom and mother-in-law will appreciate the thought. I think little personal touches mean the most.

Right now, I am so thankful for family, paid days off, glue guns and Sleepless in Seattle. I am also thankful that you have taken the time to read this. Whether you are with family, friends or complete strangers working overnight in retail, I wish you a truly wonderful Thanksgiving.

Give thanks and give crafts.

 

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Free Vintage Labels & Other Things

My first stab at blogging…

Cute free vintage labels you can fill in and print out! click here

I’m putting my first label on a jar filled with sand. I wrote  “Valentine’s Day Weekend 2009 Kill Devil Hills, NC” and others I made say things like “Handmade by Crafty Cara” or “A Crafty Cara Creation” – I thought that was clever (haha)

Also, I am in the mood for spring and I was trying to find ideas to brighten up my apartment. I found a few photos online of really cute and fresh flower arrangements that I thought I’d share.

And one more thing I think is really adorable and has got me collecting jars of all sorts is this cute favor idea (I’m pretty sure I found this on theknot.com)!

And just so you know I’m getting pretty obsessed with this website.

I guess that’s it for now… look for more soon from Crafty Cara.