End Of An Era

End Of An Era(Top Row: 1, 2, 3, 4, Bottom Row: 1, 2, 3, 4)

On this little corner of the web, I’ve written nearly 600 posts over the past (almost) three years. Blogging has been a fun and fulfilling hobby for me. It has kept my creative spark alive during times when my day job was not fulfilling my creative needs. It has allowed me to practice and improve my photography. It has helped me keep my writing skills fresh during my time as a stay at home mom. It has helped me explore and refine my personal style. Despite all of the joy I’ve derived from keeping this blog, my heart has been telling me that it is time to end this project of mine.

I would like to say a huge thank you to you, my wonderful readers, for your kindness and encouraging feedback throughout my blogging journey. I am grateful for you! If you’d like to keep up with me elsewhere on the web, you can find me on Pinterest and Flickr, and as always, you can reach me via email at kimbercrafts (at) gmail (dot) com.

DIY Flower Girl Basket

DIY Flower Girl Basket

My sister-in-law recently got married, and my daughter had the honor of being the flower girl in her wedding! Being only 15 months old, there wasn’t much expectation as to how she made her way down the aisle, but I held her hand most of the way and she did great!

DIY Flower Girl Basket

I was asked to put together a little basket for her to hold during the procession. Some suggested elements based on the wedding’s theme were a natural fiber or wicker basket, white and purple flowers, shiny gold ribbons, and cream lace. I found most of my supplies at Michael’s, and used hot glue to assemble everything, with a little bit of wire for added support.

DIY Flower Girl Basket

I’m really happy with how it came out, and Blair looked darn cute carrying it, if I do say so myself! I didn’t manage to get a good photo of her with the basket, but I can’t wait to see the photos the pro photographer took during the ceremony!

Kraft Paper & Lace Gift Wrap Idea

Kraft Paper & Lace Gift Wrap Idea

One of my favorite things about giving gifts is the opportunity to dress up the exterior of the package. Brown kraft paper is one of my favorite materials to use for gift wrapping. It is so versatile, and can be adapted to fit any occasion!

Kraft Paper & Lace Gift Wrap Idea

I found this beautiful floral printed kraft paper at the dollar store of all places, but you can achieve a similar look by stamping onto plain brown paper (or even onto a recycled paper shopping bag). To embellish this package, I wrapped some extra wide lace around the middle of the box, and secured it on the underside with a dab of glue. I then tied a thin silver ribbon around the center, and attached a silver-rimmed adhesive tag with a small pearl heart embellishment glued on. I think adding a monogram using a stamp, stencil, or sticker would be a wonderful way to personalize a package!

Kraft Paper & Lace Gift Wrap Idea

When it comes to gift wrap, what kinds of materials do you like to use? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Kraft Paper & Lace Gift Wrap Idea

Painted Christmas Banner

Painted Christmas Banner

After making a festive Halloween bunting earlier this year, I instantly started brainstorming a similar project for Christmas. Inspiration struck when I came across a package of four chipboard journal pages for a mere 25 cents at Michael’s! The holes meant for binder rings were perfect for stringing together a banner!

Painted Christmas Banner

I used a stencil as a guide to trace the phrase I wanted on my chipboard pieces in pencil, then filled them in with gold acrylic paint using a small paintbrush. This allowed me to tweak the shape of the letters a bit. I glued a strip of red and gold polka dotted ribbon at the bottom of each chipboard piece, wrapping the ends around the back so no frayed edges were visible.

Painted Christmas Banner

To further embellish this little display, I used thin pieces of wire to attach little Christmas trinkets (a mini wreath, a glitter bow, and a jingle bell) in between each letter. I love the extra holiday oomph these add!

Painted Christmas Banner

You can see how I used my bird clothesline to display my Christmas cards last year here.

Painted Christmas Banner

Gold

Perhaps it’s a little cliche, but when the Christmas season rolls around, I simply can’t get enough of the color gold. Whether it’s in my home decor, my wardrobe, or a part of my crafty projects, this metallic hue has been abundant! Here are some snapshots from my life lately.

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I spray painted two plastic elk toys I bought at a garage sale gold, and set them in a bottle brush tree forest as part of my winter decor.

Gold

I took advantage of some Cyber Monday promotions from a few Etsy sellers and indie businesses and picked up some pretty new baubles. Necklaces are from Nestled (left) and ShopHollyDolly (right), chevron cuff from Moorea Seal.

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Collecting supplies for a very special project.

Gold

My favorite nail color of the moment, OPI’s Glitzerland. I nabbed this color for under $4 on eBay!

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A paper mache star ornament that is currently sitting on my living room bookshelf – thrifted for 49 cents!

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A sneak peek at my latest Christmas decor project. More photos and details to come soon!