Yearly Archives: 2007

A Dramatic Mobile Centerpiece

A Dramatic Mobile CenterpieceI recently stumbled across this photo of a hand-crafted mobile made from some branches, silver wire and paper that’s been cut into star shapes. This idea is so fresh and unique and would add a lot of drama to a holiday table. A New Years Eve party would be a perfect setting for it. There are also many different ways to add flair: Spray paint the branches gold or silver, use colored or patterned paper, or use different shapes for the hanging ornaments.

See the full-size photo here.

Christmas Clearance on Holiday Card

evie s. holiday cardThe Christmas Deer card by evie s. is half off of the original price right now for post-Christmas liquidation. This offer is valid while supplies last, so take advantage of this great deal! This is a terrific way to get stocked up on next years holiday greeting cards.

Say your seasons greetings in style with an Evie S. card this Christmas. Printed in quality 2-color offset on card stock. A gray deer and red bulb on a light gray background. Blank inside, Card size is 4.5 x 6.25, Comes with corresponding envelope in Red, Set of 6 cards and 6 envelopes or Single Card and 1 Envelope

$12.00 Set / $3.00 Single Now $6.00 Set / $1.50 Single
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Hand Painted Porcelain

Hand painted porcelainI hope everyone had a pleasant holiday filled with joy, love, and giving! I’m happy to be getting back in the groove of things but still enjoying an easy pace before the New Year hits.

I tried out this craft from Martha Stewart Living and wanted to share the results. These salt and pepper shakers were painted for my mother to match her other red table accessories. We used them for our Christmas Eve dinner, and they fit in nicely with the festive theme. They were plain white porcelain shakers from Pottery Barn, but really any kind will do as long as the surface is smooth. It is such a fun and easy project, and I hope to make myself some hand painted porcelain to enjoy on my holiday table next year.

See the full-size photo here.

eBay Beauty: Vintage Noritake Salt Pepper Shakers

Vintage Noritake Salt and Pepper ShakersBeauty can certainly be found on eBay in these Vintage Noritake Salt Pepper Shakers. These caught my eye because of the gold (I’m really into gold right now) flower design on the silky smooth opalescent surface. So elegant and beautiful.

Gift Tags Galore

For those last minute gift wrappers needing a boost of inspiration, here are some great gift tag ideas and designs.

From left to right:

Handmade gift tags from Krystal Lamoureux [ Via freshlyblended ] // Pattern Gift Tags by Elfrida [ Via freshlyblended ] // Long Skinny Gift Tags from Hammerpress

Gift Tags Galore

Free PDF Download: Christmas Tree Decoration

Paper Christmas TreeAre you looking for some cheap and easy table decorations for your Christmas Eve dinner? evie s. has created a free downloadable graphic Christmas tree that you can easily print out on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. These paper trees are so festive and such a great craft to make! And I love how simple they are. They would also look great among a miniature wintry Christmas village, like this one or this one.

Just download the PDF using the link below and simply cut around the pattern and fold where indicated. We recommend using a medium weight card stock to help it stand on its own.

Paper Christmas Tree from evie s. – PDF Download
Size: 187kb

You can see full-size photos of the tree here.

Remembering the Forgotten Art of Dioramas

Paper Diorama KitsRemember making dioramas in elementary school? I do, and I loved created a mini three dimensional world of my own creation. Imagine my happiness when I found these fancy Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kits. Pictured is a depiction of The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Mine were never this beautiful, but I’m tempted to try my hand at it again.

Tatebanko is the forgotten Japanese art of creating amazing dioramas and scenic perspectives from paper. Tatebanko was popular and widely admired from the 17th century (Edo period) to the early 20th century.

Available from Brooklyn 5 and 10 for a mere $10. The kits feature metallic accents and step by step instructions.

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One Way to Give Back this Christmas

Lovely IndiaPart of the goal with evie s. is to be able to incorporate ways of giving back to global causes. One thing close to my heart is children. The needy, the suffering, the hungry and homeless kids around the world who need hope and care. All profits from the Lovely India card in the evie s. collection go to help build an orphanage in India that will be home to some of these precious kids. This would make a great last minute gift, as you are not only giving something practical, but you are also helping kids half way around the world…and that is a beautiful thing.

Old-School Gift Wrap from Funnel Paper Goods

Funnel Paper GoodsI love this gift wrap from Funnel Paper Goods. Their original printed patterns are inspired by thoughts of ancient, vinyl-padded patio furniture, well-worn flannel pj’s and musty books intended to dress-up the event of Christmas. With designs named “Uncle Bob’s Pajamas” and “Dottie’s Decor,” the patterns are whimsical and unique. It’s also a nice departure from the busy and brightly patterned paper you see everywhere. You can purchase them on their website for $12 each.

Christmas Gift Wrap Inspiration

Photo courtesy of Danielle ThompsonScouring the web for the most creative and beautiful gift wrap ideas, I’ve found 3 great genres of style and design to choose from.

  1. Colorful Vintage [ Via Creature Comforts ]
  2. Simple & Elegant
  3. Graphic Black & White

I also love this DIY idea for gift tags.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Thompson.