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I’ll be seeing you, little Roux…

e1e0ab72ae5eacb75051b3d731aef287 Ill be seeing you, little Roux...Sorry for the radio silence around here this week friends, we experienced an incredible loss in our little family last week! For the past month and a half our little Roux has been struggling with cardiomyopathy. He has been on meds to keep his chest from filling with fluid, but a little over a week ago the medications just couldn’t keep bailing him out enough and we ended up having to put him down. It was the hardest decision that we have ever had to make, but we know it was the right decision for him.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Roux, he was the most brilliant amazing cat I have ever known! He was a wonderful model and my mom and I had so much fun with photographing him that we created and self published a kid’s book about him. You can see more about that here. It always amazed us how such a small cat could be larger than life in so many ways!

We don’t have children yet, so our pets are like our babies, our fur children. We have loved and lost some amazing cats in our lifetime. You never really stop missing them completely, you just get used to them not being physically present. We’ve always said Roux and Beau are my heart. This loss feels all the more sad since we weren’t ready to say goodbye. Roux was not quite ten. We’ve lost two amazing cats way before we felt it was their time. Some cats are just so fantastic, so wonderful, that they are like Mary Poppins in a way. They come into your life and make things better, teach you how to love a little deeper, teach you how to love life even more than you already do, and then when they feel like their job is done, they move on to another family, to fill another heart. My heart and my home feel quite empty at the moment, but I am filled with so much gratitude to have been able to spend the last nine years with my little bear!

Some of my favorite things about Roux were the little things that made his personality so cute. He was the happiest purringest cat ever. You could look at him and say his name and he would instantly start purring. He loved going to work with me every day and loved having his photo taken by my mom so much he would go sit on the backdrop in our studio and wait to be photographed. He had the most veracious appetite and although his favorite thing was turkey, he’d eat anything including watermelon, peaches, olives. Whatever I was eating, he wanted some. He loved stuffed animals and would play fetch with his stuffed puppy. He was prissy and so talkative. He loved to perch on the skinniest part of my sisters leg. He purred all the time and he was like a velcro cat. Always wanted to be with you. If he couldn’t be on my lap when I was sewing, he’d be content to curl up next to my foot under the table. The thing I am going to miss the most is having him as my cuddle buddy at night! For the last nine years I have gone to sleep and woken up almost every night with a cat in my armpit and his little chin on my shoulder. In the end we were blessed. We were loved by an extraordinary cat. Roux was love, pure love in a tiny little cat suit.

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To my little Roux, I will always love you, always miss you, always keep you in my heart! You were my baby, my kitty love, and one of the best friends I’ve ever had. You’ve made me laugh, comforted me, made me happy, made every one of my days sweeter. You were better than the best!

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I am going to be taking a few more days off from blogging. I need to take a little break, but I promise I will be back very soon. Thank you all for your support and love!

 

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- January 12th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It has been pretty cold here the last week! I realize that cold for us southerners is like a tiny drop in a bucket for some of my northern friends, but for me it has been freezing! I have heard we may get snow this week sometime, which I would be quite excited about. If it’s going to be really cold, I’d at least like a nice pretty snow. Since my mind has been on snow, I thought I would share a little collection of some of my favorite wintery white finds with you inspired by snow queens. It was really hard to narrow it down this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Vintage Earrings Milk Glass Rhinestone Clip On Mid Century Circa 1960s Pear Teardrop Baguette Lozenge Cabochons Hand Prong Set Rhodium Plate from Patty’s Porcelain ETC

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Vintage 1950s White Hand Crochet Lace Collar from Revival Vintage Boutique

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1950′s Mr. Spencer Off White 3″ High Heels Pumps from Nora Barry’s

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High End Vintage Necklace, White Glass Stones & Jonquil Yellow Chatons, Silver Tone Rhinestone Necklace Choker, Winter White Jewelry from Accessory Avenue Boutique

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1950s Wool Waffle Sweater // Winter White // Vintage 1950s Cardigan // Medium from Thrifty Vintage Kitten

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1950s White & black rhinestone butterfly cat eye sunglasses from Veramode

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Silk Petal Beret. Vintage Wedding Hat. // ONE SIZE. // Off White. Knit Beanie, 50s Swim Cap. // Winter Bridal Headpiece. Hair Cover from Salvato Collection

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Vintage 1950′s White Beaded Purse Filigree Frame from Salvage Life

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1950s, Tacoma Washington / silky faux Persian lambswool / satin lined, gold rimmed buttons / Mid Century Winter / small medium from Artistry Vintage

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1950s hat set/ 50s angora knit hat and scarf from Shop KLAD

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Vintage 1950′s “SNOW QUEEN” Full Circle Skirt Sparkly Silver White Peter Pan Collar Dress XS / Small from It’s Darling Vintage

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Vintage off-white gloves, mid-century, short, brushed nylon, hand stitched and embroidered, size medium, 6 1/2, wedding, bridal, lovely from Costume Consortium 

Aren’t they all so beautiful! I love winter whites! I love them all! Really loving the clothing! My favorites on Etsy are always public, so you can always see more of my favorite items in my profile. I hope you enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage lovelies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Etsy Love- Ten Awesome 2015 Calendars

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week and looking forward to the weekend! I have been looking for a calendar for my kitchen and my craft room for a while now. There are so many amazing calendars on Etsy, so I thought I would share ten of my favorites with you all this week. It was hard to narrow down my list, since there are so so many! Here are just a few of my faves:

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2015 Calendar | 3D Landscape Desk Calendar made of Paper | DIY Printable A4 size template files | Instant digital download by Sky Goodies

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2015 CALENDAR- Master of Literature – Instant Download – A4 size 8.27 × 11.7 inches by Mrs Peggotty Arts

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2015 Cat Calendar- Wall Calendar- Cat Body Calendar- In Olive by Jamie Shelman

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Wildflower Wreath 2015 Calendar Poster, Wall Calendar by Just Another Day

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Woodberry 2015 Calendar of woodland animals by Sheri McCulley

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2015 Calendar, 5 x 7 or 4 x 6 Desk calendar love photography girly pastel coral print nursery decor retro paris decor french decor~ by Caroline Mint

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Instant Download Digital 2015 Calendar Shabby Chic 2015 Calendar Digital Wall Calendar Printable Desk Calendar Digital 2015 Calendar by One Stop Digital

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2015 Calendar – Vintage Gift Wrap Designs – by Writeables

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2015 Food Calendar Illustrated/Desk/Kitchen by Vicki Smith Art

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New Year’s Sale – 20% OFF! – 2015 Calendar – Personable Pachyderms Elephant Calendar by Oh Me Oh My Oh

Aren’t they fantastic! I love them all, so now I have to narrow it down. Do you all have a favorite? I hope you all have enjoyed my round up of calendars and have maybe found one or two for your home too! Be sure to check out the wonderful shops that all these calendars came from, you’ll love them! I’ll be back soon with more Etsy favorites. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Get Organized in 2015 Ten Free Printables!

This past year just flew by! I can’t believe we are already well into January of 2015! It’s the beginning of a new year, new goals, a fresh beginning. It’s time to get organized! There are so many amazing blogs and artists out there sharing their organizational tips! I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite printables I have found to help us get organized in 2015. Yay!

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Printable New Years Resolutions by Thirty Handmade Days

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Printable Budget Binder by Thirty Handmade Days

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Assorted Labels Printable by Salt and Paper

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Free Printable Grocery List by Hello, Cuteness!

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Free Organizing Printables from DIY Home Sweet Home

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Toy Label Organization by The Handmade Home

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Deep Cleaning Checklist by Cornerstone Confessions

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New Years Resolutions Printable by Live Laugh Rowe

Aren’t they awesome! I have been printing some of the planners and the goal list, and I know they are going to come in handy! I hope you all can find a few in here to help you out. Be sure to check out these wonderful blogs that they came from as well! I will be back next month with a Valentine’s round up. Can’t wait! Until then….

Happy 2015!

Fit Bit Flex Band Bracelet Revamp

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3 DSC 1195 Fit Bit Flex Band Bracelet RevampHey everyone! I‘m not typically big on New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like to beat myself up too much if I don’t pull through with it. I set little goals all the time and a few big goals here and there. One of my goals I started working on last year was becoming a more fit and healthier person. I have a Fit Bit Flex tracker and I love it! I used to wear it every day to keep myself aware of my activity and calorie levels. Then I started wearing it only when I exercise and using the app as a food tracker. One of the reasons I stopped wearing it all the time was that I felt it was rather ugly. I slipped a bit over the holidays like I usually do, and I realized how much wearing my band keeps me accountable. So, I thought I would try torestyle a couple of my bands to make them a little more my style. Here’s my how-to:

What You Need:

*Fit Bit Flex Bands

*Studs, Gems, Charms, etc…

*E6000

*Eyelet punch (optional)

Instructions:

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I had a few extra bands to work with, so I did a couple of different styles. I used a large brass charm used in leather bracelet making that I got from Michael’s for my first band. I wrapped a little twine around the ends and glued it to the top of my old band with some E6000. With my navy blue band, I glued some iron on brass pyramid studs to the band all the way around with some E6000. For the aqua band I used the screw back silver conical studs. What I did was punch 3/16″ holes into the band with my eyelet punch. Then I took the top of the studs and pushed them up through the holes. I did not end up needing the backs since they fit snugly into the rubber of the bracelet. You can add on or glue any studs or gems you like onto your bands. Get creative with it and make it fit your style!

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So I love how these turned out and I will definitely be wearing my Flex more now! My favorite one is the navy with the brass pyramid studs! It stacks well with other bracelets and I like the extra styling without the chunk of the other studded one. I think I may try one with gems if I end up getting another pack of bands. I still have one plain band that I wear to work out in. So, if you have a Flex or another type of fitness tracker and have some extra bands, try giving them a little facelift! I think you’ll love it! It’s a fun mix of style and health! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- January 5th

Happy January everyone! Can you believe it’s 2015! We are definitely getting into the wintry weather here this week. I have been so cold, all I want to do is cuddle up under my blankets with some tea! So, this week I thought I would share some of my most favorite vintage blankets and throws with you all to kick off 2015 with some warmth and cheeriness! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Vintage Kantha Quilt Blanket Throw Made With Vintage Cotton Saree Wholesale Lot 5pc from Labhanshi

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Vintage Patchwork Quilt – Feedsack Fabric – Circle Quilt Pattern – Lap Throw Quilt – Vintage Blanket from Kolorize

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Holiday Sale – Quilted Rose Comforter – Yellow Blue Duvet – Unused – New Old Stock Bed Coverlet – Twin Full from Cat Nap Cottage

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1940s Cotton Blend Camp Blanket Unused w/ Original Tag from Cornermouse House

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Large, Vintage, crocheted Afghan, with ruffled edge, orange and cream colored, striped afghan, Vintage Bedding, Vintage blanket from 1194 Main Street

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Vintagee crochet afghan, rainbow baby blanket, small square blanket colorful stripes from Stephie D

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Vintage Striped Crocheted Afghan / Chunky Vintage Throw in Bold Colors / Vintage Blue Striped Afghan from Amelia Bedelia Vintage

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20% OFF NEW YEARS sale Vintage crochet granny square white floral blanket // white floral blanket // Afghan / white checkered quilt / knit b from Beige Vintage Co.

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Large Flannel Vintage Roses Baby Blanket from Creations by K Designs

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Vintage 1940s Pink and Cream Plaid Wool Camp/Picnic Blanket with Satin Edges from Last Prize Vintage

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Vintage Grey Wool Camp Blanket from The Weekend Shop

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1930′s Art Deco Baby Beacon Blanket Pictorial Pink / Blue Church Arrow Design from Many a Moon Vintage

Aren’t they amazing! My family can tell you, I am a blanket hoarder! There are so many amazing blankie finds in Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops, you are sure to find one to snuggle up with yourself this winter! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Happy 2015!!!

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Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the happiest of days in the coming year! Let’s make 2015 the best year yet!

Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place Cards

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01 DSC 1150 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsHappy New Year’s Eve everyone! We are taking it easy this year and just having a nice dinner at home. Before the year comes to a close I thought I’d share one more easy diy with you all. I always like to use place cards and set the table nicely when we have special dinners. I wanted something more than just a simple paper place card. So, I thought it would be fun to use a little airplane bottle of liquor as a name tag. Check out the easy how to:

Here’s What You Need:

*Little Bottles of Liquor

*Chalkboard Paint

*Ribbon

*Painters tape or washi tape

*Chalk

*Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions:

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08 DSC 1136 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsThis diy is super simple! The first thing you need to do is clean the label off your bottle. Peel the label off. If it doesn’t come off clean use a little goof off or soap and hot water. Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. Then you need to paint your bottle. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Black Chalkboard Paint. You paint it on in layers and let it dry thoroughly in between coats. If you want something faster you can use the spray paint chalkboard paint by rustoleum. Wrap the top of the bottle or lid with painters tape or washi tape. Paint your bottle and let it dry. Peel off the tape on the top. Once the paint it good and dry, gently rub a little chalk over the bottle to prime it. Gently wipe the chalk off the bottle. Now you can gently write the name on the front of your bottle and the type of liquor on the back. Finish it off by tying a little sparkly ribbon around the top.

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03 DSC 1144 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsThis diy is so simple and fun to make for a grown up party! I mean it’s not just a name card, it’s your own personalized tiny bottle of booze, what’s not to love? I don’t drink, but my hubby and the rest of the family absolutely love these! I realize it’s a little late to make these for your New Year’s Eve parties this year, but there is always next year. Or you can use this idea for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, etc. Give it a try sometime! I hope you all have a wonderfully fun and safe New Year’s Eve! See you next year!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 30th

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and got to spend lots of great time with the ones you love the most! New Year’s Eve is coming up tomorrow and I thought it would be fun to share a little collection of vintage items perfect for a New Year’s party! There are so many lovely party finds and beautiful dresses and such in Etsy’s many wonderful vintage shops! Here are my favorites for this week:

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Vintage Cocktail Shaker illustration page Alice and Martin Provensen whiskey sour party wall decor for framing – Free U.S. shipping from Arcanium Antiques

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SALE Vintage shoes, pink leather heels, champagne gold silver metallic, wedding, Almalfi, Italy, 8 from Roselein Rarities 

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Goldleaf Champagne Glasses – Set of 7 1950′s Mid-Century Vintage VTG from Rue 78 Vintage

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New Years Sale / 1950s Fleur Champagne silk dynasty dress / 50s oldstock from Croatia Vintage

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Carolee Champagne Brut Bottle Swarovski Crystal Black Enamel Brooch Pin from Kansas City Treasures

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French vintage ice bucket. French vintage champagne bucket . Handle in stainless metal 1950s. Seau à glace. Vintage ice bucket.from Passe Simple

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Lucite box purse vintage 1950′s, Charles S. Kahn, clear and champagne satin-finish DuPont acrylic plastic, carved top and handle from Costume Consortium

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1950s vintage earrings : Circle of light from No Carnations

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New Years Eve Retro Party – 45 lp Auld Lang Syne, Should Old Acquaintance, Guy Lombardo 1959 record from Ribbons and Glass

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VINTAGE Lithographed TIN NOISEMAKER Toys, New Year’s Eve Party, 1950′s Retro from Frankie Steinz 

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SALE — 1960s Asian Oriental Sequin Silk Jacket Beige Off White Evening Wedding Prom Sparkly Glittery from Old Used Stuff

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Vintage New Years Eve Cards, Game Cards, Candle, Holly, Clock, 1950′s from Caffeinated Squirrel

Aren’t they all just fabulous! I love all of them! That dress is just to die for and the leucite purse. Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

My Christmas Gift Wrapping for 2014!

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01 DSC 1124 My Christmas Gift Wrapping for 2014!Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you all are having a fabulous day! I just finished my holiday wrapping and I thought I’d share it with you guys. I’ve also added a little how to on how to make covered buttons. This is the first year in a while that I have used printed Christmas paper. I usually use kraft paper, but this year there were some beautiful wrapping papers that I just could not resist! One of my staples when gift wrapping is yarn, and I also grab up ribbon at Michael’s when it’s on super sale. I think yarn or ribbons look so much nicer than stick on paper bows. Another fun way to spruce up a package is to add a piece of a Christmas floral pick. You can tape them on or tie them in with the ribbon or yarn.

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20 DSC 1108 My Christmas Gift Wrapping for 2014!One of my favorite embellishments I used this year was covered buttons. These are really simple to make and they are super cute to add to a gift! You need the fabric covered button kits you can find at JoAnns or some local Walmart stores. You also need fabric scraps. I used Christmas fabrics and some vintage tablecloth remnants as well as some vintage images I had printed on fabric. Follow the instructions on the package. You basically cut out your fabric circles using the template on the back. Then you place your fabric face down into the rubber cup, then press the button top face down into the fabric. Fold the excess fabric into the back of the button. Lay the back of the button with the shank facing up and then press the whole thing together by pressing the plastic presser onto the whole thing and pressing down into the rubber cap firmly. Then you can pop out your button and tie it to a package.

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The other thing I like to add to my packages is sweet tags. I always use free printables from the internet. I used tags by She Wears Many Hats, Sonya DeHart, and The Sum of All Crafts. There are all kinds of amazing printable tags out there. If you want to find even more check out my Printables board on Pinterest Here.

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02 DSC 1120 My Christmas Gift Wrapping for 2014!I am super happy with how my holiday wrapping turned out this year! It’s one of those things I look forward to every year! How do you guys like to embellish your packages? Any favorite tags this year? Thanks you all for letting me share my Christmas wrapping with you all! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas Eve!