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LOVEly Candles

These candles from Martha Stewart would make a great centerpiece for Valentine's Day or a wonderful gift.  I was actually thinking you could make candles like this for many different occasions.  All you need are different shaped punches.  How about bunnies for Easter or spiders for Halloween?  The wax sheets come in many colors.  Have fun!

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Tools and Materials
Chopsticks
Blow-dryer
Heart-shaped craft punches in various sizes
Sheet wax
Pillar candle

Candle How-To:
1. Punch hearts from a sheet of wax using heart-shaped craft punches.

2. While holding a single wax heart with chopsticks, heat the pillar candle and wax heart using a blow-dryer (this will soften the wax heart, causing it to adhere to the candle).

3. Repeat this process until you have attached the desired number of hearts to the candle.

Resources
Sheet wax is available at mannlakeltd.com. Heart-shaped craft punches are available on marthastewartcrafts.com.


30th Birthday Centerpieces

Well I think I have decided what to do for the centerpieces of the 30th Birthday I'm helping with.  All of you had such great ideas and I've gone back and forth trying to decide!  Thanks so much for sharing them with me.

With the rustic decor of the venue I've decided to go with Manzanita Centerpieces from HostessBlog  I love how you can dress them up any way you please.  I would like to hang crystals from them and 30s.  Does anyone have any ideas what I would construct the 30s from?  I also want to place tea lights around the bases so that the crystals and 30s catch the light. 

I ordered three sandblasted Manzanita 18" branches from BloomsandBranches, their prices seemed the most reasonable.  I hope they are pretty and come in one piece! 

Here are is a pic of what I hope mine turns out like with the addition of the 30s!

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Butterfly Craze

I love butterflies!  Probably more than most people and I've noticed they are being used everywhere!  To decorate adult rooms, kids rooms, cakes, parties, etc. They are so pretty and delicate, why not use them everywhere?  They would also be lovely at bridal and baby showers.  Here are some great examples of how you can decorate with butterflies this Spring:

Floral Arrangements

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Cake Decorations

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Pillows

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Bedding

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And Parties (from HostessBlog)

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Please click on the links for the where and how to.  These are just a few ideas, I hope they inspire you!


Cute Idea

Here is an easy Valentine's Day craft idea from AllYou.com:

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Make a Valentine's Day canister

Tell someone you care with a sweet Valentine's Day treat.

1. Pick up small metal paint cans and plastic canisters of various sizes (available at craft and organization stores). Using two tablespoons, shape a few balls of store bought or home made chocolate chip cookie dough into different sizes (measure the opening of the containers to get a rough idea of what size cookie you'll need).

2. Bake according to recipe and let cool. Once cookies have cooled, try placing in canisters to find which size works best -- you'll want them to fit snugly inside without being forced.

3. Once you've determined which size cookie fits, use it as a guide to measure out remaining dough. Bake cookies, and allow to cool completely before stacking.

4. To decorate tins, cut festive pink, red and white wrapping or craft paper nto heart shapes of various sizes and adhere to tins with glue or double-sided tape. Decorate tin tops with more heart-shaped paper or gift tags.


My Mosaic Wine Bottles

I had so much fun making these!  I didn't cut a whole in the bottom because the cord barely shows coming out of the top.  I think they turned out pretty well, what do you think?

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For my crafty friends you can find out how to make these here.  For my not so crafty friends I think I'm going to put these up on HostessJo.com if you'd like to order one.  Or you can email me at joanna@hostessjo.com.  I can do pretty much any colors.


Crafty Wine Bottle

For my wine tasting party I've been trying to think of some ways to decorate to go along with the wine theme.  I was going to make a couple of those wine bottles with the lights in them then I saw this spin on the traditional style that is even better!

Mosaic Style

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Isn't this so pretty?  This one was made for Christmas but the marbles come in all colors.  You don't have to worry about the cord and lights showing through.  I love how it casts the colors all over.  If you'd like to make one yourself, check out this article.  Well I'm off to gather my supplies!

(photo from ehow.com)


"Apple" Shower Centerpiece Inspiration

I'm searching and searching for a unique centerpiece idea for the Apple Shower I am planning.  I would love to incorporate Apple Blossoms, I'm afraid they will bloom before May though.  Does anyone know anything about Apple Trees and when they bloom?  Or if I can purchase Apple Blossoms from a florist?

Here are a couple of cute centerpiece ideas from ehow.com:

I like how this one is smaller. For the area we are working with it would fit great.

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This one is a bit more formal but still beautiful.

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Ok, I'm back on the hunt...