Monday, August 24, 2015

Taking Notes

If you look W-A-Y B-A-C-K in the recess of my kitchen cupboard there's a pile of abandoned festive napkins.  Designs for every special occasion or season imaginable, from Halloween to the Fourth of July.   For birthdays,  anniversaries and  everything in between.  If I wasn't so smitten with the new fanciful prints that sway me into purchasing them, I might use up the plethora in my stash.  My excuse....I may not have enough napkins for any upcoming event!  Which really is only a problem if I planned on entertaining several banquets at one time!  We'll, I'm here to save the stray designer napkin from a terrible fate... of being used for that quick clean up of a common spill.

We're  winding  down the summer and winding up the  holiday season.

What you'll need~Glad Press'n Seal

along with over sized (scored & folded) index cards or blank stationary cards
This is the basic technique, which we'll be creating a few items with, but you'll find so many more uses.... placards, tags, monograms and invitations.

Each pack of napkins is labeled with the number of ply's,
which comes in quite handy when you start separating each layer.

Separate each
 napkin layer.


Cover your index card with the Press'n Seal sticky side down.

 With the palm of your hand smooth  out any wrinkles to release any air bubbles.


Place the single ply (napkin) print side up over the card that's been covered with the Press'n Seal
Smooth out any remaining wrinkles.

 Optional Step
The napkins that have three ply's usually have a layer with  faded print, it can be used on the  inside of the card (writing surface).

Use parchment paper to protect your iron and work table.I cover my table with a heatproof pad before laying down the parchment.
You can reuse the parchment paper over and over again.

Press with high heat and no steam iron.
Let cool, then trim off the excess.
Fold and repress with the iron, creating the crisp crease fold.

**if you get a spot that didn't fuse, lift it back up while hot and insert a little  scrap of Press'n Seal over the area, reposition your napkin and re-iron.**

Stationary cards completed in just a couple steps.The cards have a wonderful linen feel, smooth to the touch.

I would recommend using either a napkin with bold colors and or  a booklet with a lighter print cover.

 To avoid the red book cover from showing through
I applied two individual napkin layers & the Press n Seal.

There are several inexpensive notebooks that don't have much appeal on their own, but can be transformed into a lovely pocket journal.

This poor notepad had a run in with a stubborn label that couldn't be removed without pulling half the cover off.
It was a mess!!

Now it's a notepad with a beautiful purpose.
This method would be a fun way to decorate and personalize a school notebook.
I prefer the texture of the napkins untreated because it has the feel of fabric.
A coat or two of Mod Podge can be applied for added strength and durability.

This French(tin) postcard pocket was ideal for holding a few stationary cards.
It has an adorable cupid surrounded with romantic french writing.
There's a printed post card on the reverse side

I placed my Parisian Pocket on the night table of the guest room
 (pen included).
My friends and family can use them to jot down notes to family at home or make a list of sights they'd like to see while in town.

I like to surprise my company as they leave 
with a lil' gift of cards and tags wrapped up with a ribbon.  Either in a cello bag or a box to match.
Let me know in the comments what you'll be creating with you napkins.

XO Sara

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My neighbors.......

my friends, for over 27 years!

Here's the gate that connects our (back) yards together
the path that leads me to their (back) door.

This sign greets me at each visit as I enter their yard.
We have traveled this path back and forth through many seasons of our lives.
Come rain, snow or sunshine.

(that's my back yard in the background)

Cinnamon streusel bread +

Butter cream frosting =

a delectable loaf of tastiness for my back door friends.

Along with party napkins, I have a plethora of cellophane bags too.
They come in handy for packaging an assortment of gifts.
I thought you'd might like to see how I spruce them up.
I start with.....
coffee filters, they're ideal for packaging baked goods,
they're absorbent with a charming ruffly touch .
The tan filters matched my kitchen themed tissue paper.

I've got all three designs of Goose Berry Patch tissue: Christmas, Garden and Kitchen prints,
(my all time favorites).
To my disappointment the tissue and matching bags have been discontinued from the GBP line, if anyone has any connections...
I would love it if they'd bring it back.

I cut a strip long enough to wrap from top to bottom.
Covering only the front and back, leaving the sides exposed, for a tiny hint at the surprise inside.

To dye the tags, dip or spritz with brewed tea.
Sprinkle cinnamon over damp tags , let dry.
Once again, the impatient one that I am...they went into the oven for a quick dry.
When they completely dried, I sprinkled a few drops of extract.
Some of my tags were scented with vanilla extract the others with cinnamon.
I change the extract to match the flavor of the confection inside.
Lemon, orange, coconut and almond extracts are the scents I use the most in scenting the goodies gift tags.

Jot a note or recipe.

Tie with jute twine.

Reach into your collection of......Napkins, laces, ribbons or handkerchiefs, these are all simple elegant options.
Using fabric napkins or vintage hankies is giving a gift wrapped in a gift.

Dried or candied fruit slices can be used as charms with the tags.

Teas and candied fruit can be given during any season,
served up hot or cold.
I drop a few slices in the cello bag with the tea.
The candied lemon and orange slices are wonderful when they're infused with the tea.
Throughout the summer......sun tea is always brewing on my patio.

A swatch of lace, candied fruit and a little flower makes your cellophane bag into an elegant gift.

An easy and inexpensive way to personalize your ribbon is simple to achieve with rubber stamps.
You choose the caption, ribbon and color of ink, then stamp away.

I've missed you! 

I've been busy tending to my kitty who's recovering from major surgery.  I'll be back soon with all new posts!

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Every now and again I'll go through my archives and rediscover a few projects worth reposting.
 Especially for new friends who may have missed the post it's first time around.  

Let's get crackin'
Party Favor!

We'll be using toilet or paper towel rolls.
Cut the paper towel rolls in half, matching the length of the toilet rolls.
You'll need three or four strips of (2 1/2-3 inch wide) patriotic themed (wired) ribbon or scrap booking paper.
Starting at the bottom, glue ribbon around roll leaving a smidge of over lap to conceal the raw edge.

Tuck raw edge in.

Wrap and hot glue second strip, continuing to tuck in raw edges.

        Glue last strip leaving a large overlap.

Tie a bundle of patriotic tinsel trimmings together.
For a spiral effect... I wrapped a few strands of wire tinsel around a pencil.

Slip tinsel bundle into the firecracker opening, tie securely with (patriotic themed)                    ribbon or bakers twine.

Turn the bottom over and fill with goodies,
candies, confetti, poppers, etc.

To close the bottom opening glue a strip of                    fabric then trim off the excess.
        The weight of the contents will allow                the firecrackers to stand on there own.

Patriotic Fan Embellishment
1. Cut the pleats from a cupcake liner.
2. Sew a gathering stitch along the top of the pleat.
3. Draw thread in until a round fan is formed, tie knot and glue closed.
Star fans coordinate with the vintage postcard.  


I sprayed painted wood stars and used them as bases for my firecrackers.

Here are a few images that can be used as scrap booking paper and vintage postcards for this project.

Vintage postcards

I hope you have a star spangle 4th of July!