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give crafty 2011 : handmade gift workshop

A few of my favorite things: weekending, crafting, and entertaining.  Combine all 3 and you pretty much have the recipe for my ideal day. Nothing makes my heart more happy than a warm house filled with crafty girls, yummy food, and amazing creative projects!  The weekend before Christmas, I had the honor of hosting a fabulous handmade gift-making party with my friend Amanda.  We spent the day chatting and creating with 20 amazing local girls–both old and new friends!  Methinks that whoever is on the receiving end of these fabulous projects will have one happy Christmas. Prepare for complete pretty pastel overload…

At the front door, we welcomed guests with sparkly nametags hanging on a tinsel tree. The happy hostesses (below)
Peppermint cake pops & pistachio macarons(above right)from Cocoa & Fig–our favorite bakery! Finished projects: Vintage tin ornament (below left) & Stenciled doily canvas bag (below right)
Lovely supplis to decorate our vintage tins from the Gilded Bee! Glittered clothespins (below left) & busy gift wrappers (below right)
Pretty cupcake wrapper bows!  So addictive to make!
And the best part of all: Sending each lovely lady home with a SWAG bag (Stuff We All Get)–goodies donated by our kind sponsors!  (See source list below!) Amanda designed the Be Crafty graphic on the bags–isn’t she wildly talented? We are already busy planning our next party in March 2012…NEST CRAFTY…where we will get busy making crafty things for our homes! Stay tuned for details & registration.
{My only regret was having not taken even more pics!  Not pictured: fabric paper clip book marks & pretty ribbon luggage tags.}

Okay, so by now I’m sure you’re probably dying to find out where we got all of these pretty supplies!  The overwhelming response & contributions from our sponsors pretty much rocked our world…We had almost as many sponsors as guests!! The next time you are shopping for crafty supplies, please pay them a visit!

Annabel Gray
– pretty packaging supplies
Berry & Rabbit – kraft envelopes, mini clothespins
California Craft – glassine bags, stickers, tags
From Soul – unique picnic boxes, wooden (glitter) spoons
JR Crown – paper goods & handmade stickers
Little Miss Moustache – bias tapes (for fabric bunting banner)
Mary Beth Hale – vintage rick rack, wooden spools of thread
Merrigoround & Me – bias tapes
Paper & Present – twine, doilies, heart stickers, twist ties
Run Ellie Run – pretty packaging materials
Sweet Kaity – pink striped treat bags, pink paper straws
Sugar B Supplies – pretty glassine bags
The Gilded Bee – beautiful emphemera, paper flowers, tags, etc.
The PathLess Traveled – star punch garland, twine
The Petite Package – pretty packaging supplies
The Twinery – twine
Wrap Works – pretty packaging supplies
Twine & Tape – glassine & kraft bags, twine, and more lovely materials

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  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 9:45 am

    Courtney Henson - Oh Jessica, I’m swooning here at all the loveliness of this party! I only wish I could have been there! And I love that you are already planning one for March…you (and your friend) have some serious talent!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Emily Steffen - AWE! :) Looked like so much fun, bummer that I missed it! :) Can’t wait for next year’s event so that I can get in on it!:) HAPPY NEW YEAR friends! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Katie m - Aaaahhh…so.so.gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Sharon - Looks like SO much fun. So lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Meredith Olson - Thank you for such a fun crafting party, Jessica and Amanda! Looking forward to crafting with you again at your March party! Lovely photos. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    Sarah T - Such a fantastic crafting event you put on!!! Thanks for hosting:) Look forward to the next one as well!ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    brittany barney - this is amazing!!! looks like such a fun party!!! where are you living now?? i would love to come to the next one!!! i am so happy for you and your husband, that you guys are doing the photography together!!! what an amazing adventure! i am so jealous!!! your pics are amazing, i am so impressed!!! you are so great, i love your blog! so inspired.ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    NEST CRAFTY! | Jeff Loves Jessica - [...] in December, my friend Amanda & I hosted GIVE CRAFTY, a creative workshop sharing our love of handmade gifts with 20 local women.  Ever since the [...]ReplyCancel

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