Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Honeymoon Basket

What do you give a to-wed couple who has all the usual housewares and doesn’t want anything? I recently had this dilemma. One of my closest friends, Erin, is getting married in June. She didn’t want the usual house stuff; she has a house and all the fillings already. So then what do I give her? Lingerie? Overdone. Booze? Uncreative. Money? Expected. The one thing she was interested in? Contributions toward her honeymoon. Perfect!


Honeymoon Gift Basket: chuck full of items for the couple on their honeymoon. Erin and her fiancé are going to Jamaica so I loaded them up with beach necessities and other fun vacation items.

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Items I included:

1. Fedora – to keep the bride stylin’
2. Sippy cups – mason jar style! Perfect for drinks by the pool or on the beach.
3. Beach towels
4. Ibuprofen – for mornings after hehe
5. Hand sanitizer – I can’t help it, I’m a nurse
6. Tums – also for mornings after, but also for all that delectable food they’ll be eating
7. Waterproof camera – skinny dipping pictures optional
8. Gum – to keep that breath fresh!
9. Chapstick with SPF – to keep those lips ready for kisses!
10. KY – self explanatory! Keep it PG people, this is a family friendly blog.
11. After Sun lotion/ Aloe – to ease skin after days in the sun
12. Sunscreen – to prevent sunburns that could ruin the trip!
13. Luggage Tags

I bought all of this stuff at Target, Homegoods, or online on Amazon. I think I might also add a bottle of champagne or a handful of nips. You can really get creative with the stuff you include! I went pretty practical and functional, but you could definitely add more romantic things or joke gifts.




Best wishes to my great friends Erin and Bill on your coming nuptials! Can’t wait for the big day!

Thanks for stopping by!
Bridget XOXO

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cheery Pillow Covers

Last year I kicked off Spring crafting with some pillow covers to rejuvenate my living room after a serious Winter (remember that 30 inch snow storm?). This year, I started with a Spring wreath. Alas, I still love to change up my pillow covers when my décor needs a little oomph. And after such a long Winter this year (ok, every year), I will do whatever it takes to coax Spring out from hiding.


I gave my go-to envelope cover a revamp by moving the opening to the side instead of the back of the pillow. This allowed me to use TWO awesome prints. And two good things are always better than one… right? Right. I really haven’t used zippers too much for my pillow covers so far, probably because I change them so frequently, but feel free to use a zipper closure instead if you want a more polished look.

What you will need:
- 2 different fabrics
- The Usual Suspects: sewing machine, scissors, thread, ruler

1. Know the size of your pillow – mine are all 16”x16”. You will want to cut your fabric rectangles an inch bigger than the size of your pillow; I cut my fabric into two 18” x 21” rectangles (enough for one end to overlap). Remember to cut off those selvedges too!


2. Once your rectangles are cut, you can begin sewing. Start by sewing a seam on one of the short edges of both rectangles.


3. Lay one side of your pillow cover right side up. Fold back the seam edge a couple of inches until the whole width is 18 inches (making a square). Use a ruler to help you.


4. Lay your second fabric right side down on top of the first fabric, matching up the unfinished edges. In this picture, the left, top and bottom.


Then, fold under the finished edge. The top fabric will sandwich your first fold


5. Pin and sew the three unfinished edges; all but the folded edge.



6. Turn right side out and press. (I skipped the press, I was way too excited!) Slide onto your pillow and fluff.



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I love the bright, busy flowers, but y’all know I’m a sucker for gold dots (remember these? Gold Dot Mugs). I love not having to decide!

Hope you find a little Spring inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
Bridget XOXO