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DIY Wedding Garter

Hello Everyone!

As mentioned in my previous post, I got married. It was a very small, very intimate wedding. It felt a lot more like an elopement since we kept it quiet and only told the 10 people who joined us that morning. Everyone else found out afterward, either through personal messaging or via facebook.

We really didn’t do much for the ceremony. We got married outside at the top of a mountain, so we left the decorations up to mother nature. The bouquet was made by the pastor’s wife. She really didn’t like my idea of making it the night before. And to be honest, the bouquet she made was 100 times better than the one I would have had to whip up the night before.

We didn’t send invitations, but we did send thank you cards to the people who missioned it out to Milton, and hiked up the trails to the awesome lookout point we had selected. The thank you cards were a DIY project which I managed to complete 2 days before the ceremony. I also managed to put together a very small hair piece and a bridal garter (which I forgot about and never got to use, now my niece uses it as a headband).

bridal garter DIYI took to pinterest before attempting to make one. I looked at various pics for inspiration. I knew I didn’t want the very popular lace band – I wanted something different. I had one problem though…all my things were already packed and all my boxes were already on route to Nova Scotia. So I worked with the very few materials I had left in my last-minute bags. This particular one was my inspiration (it is 100 times sweeter than the one I created! It is just lovely!)

The fabric for the flower came from a christening gown I had found at goodwill a while ago. I didn’t pack it since I had it on my “donate” pile. I followed a tutorial from The Polka Dot Closet for the flower. I ended up making 3 flowers. I figured I might as well just use up the piece I had cut up from the gown. One of the flowers was used in my hair clip. As you can see, I did not use sheer fabric on my flower. I quickly decided and convinced myself I would survive and be ok with using just one type of fabric.

Bridal garter DIYI wanted some pink on the garter and decided to make a tiny little pink bow. I had a tiny little heart from a necklace I quickly deconstructed and sewed it onto the pink bow. The flower centre came from Michaels. Thank goodness I hadn’t packed the items that were never put away in my craft room! (See the pink one in the above picture? I ended up using that one in my hair clip)

romantic garter At first I was very apprehensive about using just regular old elastic for the band. I didn’t want a lace band, but I wanted something a little bit prettier. After 2+ hours of not working on this project, I decided the elastic would just have to do. I convinced myself it would look just as good as the inspiration if I added some pearls!

I went a little wild and decided to add a bit of the chain from the necklace. It works great I think because it is dainty and not chunky at all! In order to get the right length of elastic, I simply wrapped it around my thigh and made sure it fit snug before cutting it. I then sewed up the two ends together making sure the elastic did not get twisted up. Then I put on the elastic band and decided where the pearls and chain would go. I also sewed those onto the elastic. Finally I sewed on the bow and the flower. Making sure both items covered any stitches from the previous step.

romantic garterI am quite happy with the way it turned out, even though I forgot to wear it! (It was a hectic day – We had the ceremony, then a small reception @ a restaurant, then drove mom & brother to airport, then packed up car and started road trip to Nova Scotia). Maybe I’ll wear it for our 1 year anniversary…if I ever get it back from my niece! She loves it! She looks like a little 1920’s girl! It’s really sweet on her.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you liked this little project!


It’s Valentine’s Day: Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Hello Everyone!

Love is in the air! I had completely forgotten about Valentine’s day. I woke up and did my devotional as usual. Then all of a sudden, a call. No one EVER calls me at 6 a.m. It was the dude. The call lasted a good 20 seconds since he was just getting ready to leave for work. The thought of calling was quite nice since we wont get to see each other today…unless one of us decides to take a 3-hour flight. It’s not going to happen. But regardless, it is valentine’s day!! In Peru, Feb. 14th is referred to as the Day of Love and Friendship. So today is the day to show extra love to the people and pets who matter most!

I am not usually a last-minute type of person, so I already sent my Valentine’s day gift to the dude about two weeks ago. I had forgotten about it until he told me he received it this week. I would’ve forgotten to send it since I finished it during the Christmas holidays, but thankfully I had set a reminder on my cellphone 🙂 Hopefully I can be this organized once we’re actually together. But in case I’m not (I am just baking Jake & Oso’s valentine’s day cookies), I have come up with a list of last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas!


  • State Fair Funnel Cake – Not only does this seem like a super easy treat to whip up, but it can easily be adapted into a vegan recipe. Bonus!
  • Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies – This recipe may seem complicated but it actually comes together quite easily. Remember though, to leave enough time – at least 1 hour – to refrigerate the dough!
  • Strawberry Nutella Stacked French Toast – This one is for all the Nutella lovers out there! I love Nutella. I’ve been known to eat it like ice cream, all I need is a spoon. The dude doesn’t like Nutella at all, but one year, he stuck a jar of Nutella in my stocking – that’s how I knew he was a keeper! 😉


There is a plethora of tutorials for handmade cards and gifts out there, and by out there I mean Pinterest. It is through Pinterest that I found The Dating Divas. They have some sweet ideas! Here’s a couple:

  • Step Card Tutorial – Do not be intimidated! The instructions are clear and the finished product is awesome! Plus, you can finish it in no time – I think it took me about 1 hour to get it done!
  • Library Checkout Card – This is good for those of us who remember specific dates. Actually, I didn’t remember specifics until I made this. I knew the dude remembered, so I kinda got the info out of him without him realizing I didn’t know the answers. He loved this library card! Oh, and you can print your own library card and pocket from How to Nest for Less!
  • Paper Basket – I love this cute little basket! Kristen from Down Home Inspiration created it to hold mini muffins. I just made this last night for my sister. She’s not the type to bake or craft anything. She would rather just buy something. However, she does like to spend a little bit more time on presentation/packaging. She bought her boyfriend a couple of smaller things (protein bars, gum, cool pens etc) to give him this morning. Then she filled out the pockets of the basket with all the things she bought. She texted me to tell me he loved it all!


And if you’re not into baking or crafting, then this website might just be for you! You can write your story with Storybird and then either order it as a book to have forever or e-mail it to whoever you want. I have yet to try out Storybird, but it has great reviews! AND you can write a story about anything and anyone! I am thinking of doing this for each one of my siblings – we have experienced some unforgettable moments in our lives that should be written about. I might even do it for mother’s day just because my mom is awesome!

Have a happy Valentine’s day everyone and a lovely weekend!!

I hope you all spend the day with the ones you love!

DIY: Math Notebook



These past few days have been a bit busy for me, but I still managed to finish up a few projects! My 3-year old niece has started school; she only goes for a couple of hours per day but she still loves it. In order to keep her busy throughout the day, I created some homework for her. She LOVES homework.

I picked up a couple of lined 80-page notebooks from Walmart a few weeks ago. They had some good deals during back-to-school sales. I got the notebooks at $0.10 each! Awesome right?!

Math NotebookAs you can see, I decorated the front of each notebook with scrapbooking paper. I picked up the ‘Art’ notebook at Value Village earlier this summer. I got a bundle of colourful and printer papers + 4 notebooks for $0.99; not bad huh?! To finish off the covers, I sprayed them with Krylon Low Odour Clear Finish. I figured since the notebooks were going to be handled by a 3-year old, they should be kid-proof and dirty-hands proof. I think they’re ok. My sister has already wiped off strawberry yogurt from one of them.

Since I wanted to use sharpie markers in this notebook and I knew my niece would be using colourful markers, I decided on gluing every two pages together to make one page. Every number got about 3 to 4 pages of activities, with an additional 3-4 review pages after #3, #6 and #10. I will be starting another book with numbers 10 to 20 plus a review of 1-10. I might have to use a 120-page notebook this time around.

These are some of the pages from the math notebook!

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I used some of my stamps in this notebook. It seemed like a better idea instead of just drawing shapes. Although I’m sure my niece would have enjoyed counting circles too! Plus, my niece is already familiar with her shapes. I made her a shapes and colours notebook when she was 2 years old.

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These pages are by far my favourite!!! [I got to do more stamping!]. Here’s a downloadable link to the Zoo Counting image to the left. It is in pdf format…hopefully someone out there can use it! And here is another link to the Monkey Numbers image on the right – also in pdf format.

If anyone out there wants more pdf print-outs pls let me know!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Mini File Folder Journals

Hi everyone!

I just recently joined a swap on Your Paper Pantry (an online scrapbooking+ community) and the challenge was to create three little journals (4″x6″) using file folders. Well, I LOVE notebooks!! I like making lists and whatnot so this was an awesome opportunity; I just had to do it. And I did.

TheMini File Folder Journalsse little darlings did not take very long to make. The theme for the notebooks was left up to us, so I decided to just have some fun with it. I created a pretty, girly one, a more country looking one, and a vintage one. I challenged myself to use my paper & fabric scraps, and also products that I have not used in a LONG time. I had bought the white frame in the picture a while ago. It came in a pack with oIMAG1672ther white chipboard frames, yet I had not even opened the package. The flower was bought in mid-April of LAST YEAR; the stamp…who knows!? I also had some left over brown chipboard stickers which I used to decorate the cover of my “mason jar-country inspired” journal. I did not have a mason jar die or stamp so I had to improvise and draw one out. It turned out GREAT (I think)! The floral “frame” around “MEMORIES” was bought a while ago. They are acVintage inside pagestually tile stickers…I think they look pretty awesome on my vintage journal cover.

The inside pages are not only plain lined paper; I also used dictionary paper to make pockets, old envelopes, dolies, card blanks, etc. I like having little pockets in my notebooks – sometimes I read an interesting article or I find a picture that inspires me – pockets are perfect for placing those pieces of papeIMAG1675r without the headache that comes when you cant remember where you placed that magazine article/recipe, etc.

I used Kraft envelopes from regular incoming mail to make pockets. I also did quite a bit of hand sewing to make sure my pockets would stay in place. I wanted them to be strong enough just in case the lady who gets them wants to really put them to use. I inclIMAG1673uded some tags inside the pockets as well as my info aka my name. A few tags were held together with paper clips – my other secret obsession…Paper clips are very useful and they are not very bulky at all which makes them perfect for these types of journals or even project life layouts.

I hope the recipient of my little journals is able to enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. I’ve already collected more products to make a few more for my mom and sisters. They saw them and they wanted them. They’re super cute and small enough to fit inside a purse!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you want to be a part of swaps like this one, then check out Your Paper Pantry!!

Enjoy your day! ShabbyPrincess_Plentiful_StringBow2