doily dreamcatcher d.i.y.

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My current obsession is dream-catchers. To be more specific, making my own. There are so many beautiful hand-made versions on Pinterest, and here is my first try. Initially created by the Ojibwe people with a willow hoop and woven net, dreamcatcher’s were meant to filter out bad dreams and let only good ones into the minds of children. When sun rises, the bad dreams disappear. I had a dreamcatcher hanging from my bedroom window as a child, and now I do again. I also think these would make great gifts. The strings could be decorated with items that represent your interests, or you could use traditional decorations such as owl or eagle feathers which represent breath or air, wisdom and courage. Continue reading

groomsmen gifting

It’s nice to live with someone who understands my joy of crafting, and enjoys taking on some d.i.y. projects himself. My husband gladly put together these beautiful wooden gift boxes for his groomsmen himself – I am so proud! He stained wooden craft boxes from Michaels and filled them with a unique bottle of their favourite kind of spirit, an engraved cigar holder, and the boutonniere and socks they were to wear as part of our wedding party.

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bridesmaid gifting

My bridesmaids are amazing. They have been uber sweet in planning and organizing an amazing bridal shower and stagette for me this summer, not to mention were amazingly helpful during our entire wedding weekend, so I of course wanted to put something special together for each of them to show my thanks. Instead of going with some of the more obvious choices such as initialed jewelry or clutches, I opted to put together a box of treasures for my best girls. I began with a white modern lacquer storage box from Chapters. These are handy as they can be used for jewelry storage or a number of things afterwards. I think found some items which I thought the girls would like, including a Royal Apothic roll on fragrance, and a funky washi tape from Spruce Collective, a wonderfully scented Voluspa candle from Chapters, and a unique handmade piece of jewelry from Brick & Mortar Living. I placed the items on some vintage fabric napkins, added a vintage plexi initial on top of the lid, and tied it all together with a ribbon. Lastly I inserted a sweet note expressing my love and thanks to them for being so awesome. Each box encapsulated some key elements of my style and personality. I hope they liked their vintage, yet modern and fragrant, hand-assembled treasure box.

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