A Clean Love Story

It was hard not to go a little crazy walking up and down the cleaning supplies aisle at Target.  Everything I saw became part of this love story.   This is the tag I made for the front of the laundry basket which held all of the cleaning products.  It made a practical and perfect bridal shower gift for our darling niece, Chelsea.A Clean Love Story Here’s what went into my basket, but you’ll be amazed at how easy it will be to personalize your own story with useful things you find.Clean Love Story Basket Contents Tuck it all inside and voila!  You have a CASCADE of cleaning products for the bride (and groom).DSCN6650 DSCN6655

A Little “Dough”

What Teenager doesn’t need a little extra “dough” for his birthday?   Instead of putting a few bills in a boring card, we made the cash a little more creative.  DSCN6663All we needed was a medium sized pizza box (Thanks Pizza Hut!), a 12″ square of foam insulation (cut round and then sanded smooth to look like a pizza crust), Twenty-Five bucks, and a thumb tack!DSCN6656These half sheet labels were easy to make and stick on the top of the box, and the inside.DSCN6659 DSCN6662Any way you slice it, this gift is a “pizz-a heaven!”


Tools for a Happy Marriage…

Tools for a Happy Marriage

This bridal shower gift is not only handy for newlyweds moving into a new place…but it gives the couple great advice at the same time.   All it takes is a trip to the hardware store to walk down the aisles and let your creativity flow!   Here’s what our “Tools for a Happy Marriage” gift contains:

You know the DRILL–always LEVEL with one another:  Drill, Level

Share all of your heart WRENCHing moments with him:  Wrench Set

Make him feel like a STUD:  Stud finder

When things get HOT, be like GLUE, and always STICK together:  Glue gun

Don’t get HUNG up on little problems:  Picture hanging kit

No matter how you SLICE it, you’ll always be the LIGHT of his life:   Exacto knife, flashlight

HAMMER out AWL of your problems:  Hammer, Awl

Sup-PLIER with constant compliments:  Pliers

Let her off the HOOK if she doesn’t always MEASURE up:  Picture hanging hooks, Measuring tape

Make her feel like she’s a CUT above the rest:  Box cutter or scissors

Always have a BIT of DRIVE to improve yourself:  Screwdriver Set

You’ll have this marriage thing NAILED in no time at all!:  Nails, tacks,

Pop it all in a tool box and shrink wrap it….and the newlyweds are all set!

Tools for a Happy Marriage Tag

Mr. Clean

Mr. Clean Collage


It’s always interesting to me that when we are invited to a bridal shower and given a shower gift “assignment,” it often involves cooking, laundry, cleaning.   As a pseudo-feminist, I sometimes get a little animated about accepting that the new bride is the only partner who will be doing these chores!   What about the new groom?  Sure,  I’ve been spoiled by having a hubby that cleans and cooks as much (or more?) than me.    So when I got assigned to bring a cleaning gift to my niece’s bridal shower, I put a bit of a twist on it that I’m sure has endeared me to her cute husband, Troy, forever…


Mr. Clean Gift Tag

Everything I Need to Know About Marriage…I Learned in the Kitchen

Everything I Need To Know Tag and Photo
I am notorious for using a lot of puns, which can get ridiculously silly and far fetched…This bridal shower gift was no exception.  But it was a hit, and totally hysterical to prepare.  Most of the ideas I came up with as I wandered up and down the kitchen implement aisles at Target, (laughing and chuckling by myself, I might add) locating all the things a new bride needs to work in a kitchen of her own.  A 3 x 3 pegboard, some wire ties and delightfully “pun-ny” tags, and the gift was done.


Strainer Spatula  Pizza Cutter WhiskMeasuring Spoons Kitchen TimerMeasuring CupsFly SwatterIce Cream ScoopGrill Starter  Cheese Grater Blender bottleCan Opener  TurnerApple Slicer Wooden Spoons  Vegetable Peeler  Rolling PinServing Spoon

And there you have it….a kitchen gadget board with good advice for ALL of us!

Perfect Pairs

Perfect Pairs Bucket Label

We’ve got another family wedding approaching soon, and that means BRIDAL SHOWER!  We haven’t even met Tyson  yet, but Nicole’s family has told us all about him, and it sounds like they are a match made in heaven……a perfect pair!

So we were inspired to make a shower gift that reflects a lot of “Perfect Pairs.” With a little help from Pinterest and a trip to Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond, we were ready to shower Nicole with all kinds of gifts that go together…just like her and Tyson.


First, we bought a tote…we chose “pear” green, and printed “Perfect Pairs…inspired by Nicole and Tyson” on a full sheet label to apply to the front of the tote.


We used glossy laser labels to print all of the stick-on labels pairs.  To match the  green tote and Nicole’s red kitchen, we chose the Kiss Kiss Collection from Studio Flergs as our clip art graphics.

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Next…we started matching and wrapping up our Perfect Pairs, tying ribbons, bagging in cellophane, and applying the labels…..    Some of our perfect pairs were pancakes and syrup, cake and frosting…

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Milk (flavor beads) and cookies, Hugs and Kisses……

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…..chips and clips, peanut butter and jelly…..

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….pen and paper (a menu planning and grocery shopping pad), macaroni & cheese….


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….salt and pepper (in snazzy grinder/mill), spoons and fork….

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….cheese and crackers (aka Ritz Bits!), oil and vinegar…

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and a paring knife and cutting board.    I also made this sign to go with it…I loved the message when I saw it several years ago, and thought it made a perfect accompaniment to the Perfect Pairs basket.


I painted a 6″ x 12″ wood a charcoal black and let it dry.


I typed the sign using “Old Press” font (slightly eroded and distressed, but still legible).  I made the background charcoal and the lettering off white, then trimmed it to within 1/16″ of the size of the wood piece and mod podged it to the wood.


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Here’s the tote, all loaded up and ready for the shower!  Nicole and Tyson….we are excited for you and really believe you are the PERFECT PAIR!


DIY Wedding Sign

I was asked to make a sign for my cousin’s wedding, and here is what I came up with!1014387_10201626783295343_705056203_n

First, I cut my wood into 2 foot strips.


Then I stained the wood. I did about three coats.


I used thin strips of wood and staples to attach all the pieces together.


Then the fun part began! I used Silhouette stencil vinyl for the phrase “Happily Ever After Begins Here”. I cut the stencil and used a popsicle stick to make sure it was stuck to the wood. I lightly dabbed on the paint.


Be sure to peel the stencil off while the paint is still wet.


I cut a heart out of felt to attach the burlap roses to.


I followed THIS tutorial for making burlap roses. Then I hot glued the roses to the felt heart.


I hot glued the heart to the sign and was finished! Pretty easy and pretty cute!