Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Homemade Christmas Gift

I worked on a few projects this weekend, mainly spray painting stuff, this plate, and of course laundry? What? Laundry isn't a project in your house? Oh lucky you. It's my weekend project every weekend.

Anyway back to the project you're here for, I have seen these beautiful monogrammed plates in magazines, catologs, even boutiques but never seen it in my house becasue the price tag that comes with them isn't as pretty as the plates. Then I was browsing through some of my favorite crafting blogs and Beth at The Stories of A to Z posted the very plates I had seen in a DIYP post. I knew this would be great to make for gifts for teachers, neighbors, co workers, etc. 

Cost for the whole thing was less than $20 and I made 10, so that's $2 a gift, not too shabby!
Many are probably like me and look to do a few homemade type Christmas gifts every year to compliment the store bought ones.  My reasons are many.
1.  I love doing crafts
2.  It is cost effective
3.  I like putting extra thought and effort into a gift
4.  It usually builds memories with those I do them for
5.  It usually results in a funny story with the one I'm crafting with.

I bought chargers from Hobby Lobby, gathered various Christmas stickers and rub on's and printed out each person's last name initial. 
Note: Do not opt for the fancy font, it takes FOREVER to cut it out, go for the more simple font.  If my mom is reading this she's probably saying "How the heck do you know it takes forever? I'm the one that cut them all out"?  Yes that's true but I had to sit there and watch her do it and it took forever watching her do that.

Next just modge podged the cut out initials to the plate then modge podged the stickers of choice.  I tried to match stickers to personalities or home decor colors or fav Christmas themes.  Once it was dry I modge podged the whole thing, waited for that to dry then outlined each inital with glitter glue. 
Needless to say these were a huge hit and everyone had a fit over their plate.  Have fun making one for your loved ones.

Show Me if you make some for yourself.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

TWOC - Parties

 We have a few parties each year we go to, company parties, family parties, and a friend or 2 that does annual parties.  It's my "dream" and goal to start hosting my own annual party but at the moment we live an hour from everyone we know so it's just not feasible.  Hopefully next year I'll be able to start this tradition when we move closer to town and when I do start I want to do an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.   Have you ever been to one?  I haven't but they look so fun.  I found this one at a fun blog so you can check it out for all the details. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party I would search high and low to find the most gaudy, loud, awful ugly sweater ever and wear it with pride.  Thankfully I probably wouldn't have to search too hard, I am in TX and women here seem to love those ugly Christmas Sweaters. :)  I found a few for your enjoyment.

What do you do for Holiday parties?

A Great Success

Well we had the Craft Show this past weekend, it was the first for Texas Monkey Boutique and I think it was a huge success.  My cousin Crala and Jason and I went in together and had a blast.  They have a T-Shirt buisness called Trendsetter Graphics and do the cutest bling stuff.  Anyways wanted to post some pics of our set up and thank all that came out to support us.  I can't wait to do another one!!

We had many vendors with so many different shopping options, all local business owners and friends.  I of course kept buying stuff with the money I was making but that's just part of the fun uh?  I got lots of repeat customers, some custom orders, and made lots of new friends.  I nearly sold out of my hats and necklaces and small bows so need to restock that but hey I'm quite ok with that.  Looking to do one in the Spring so if you know of any coming up in the DFW area please let me know. 

This is the set up with back middle and right side.

This is Back Middle and Left side, you can see the picture frames and home made note cards on the table.

This is the Right Side with hats, necklaces and binky holders

Blackcat Bling Onesie and Tutu with Matching bow and bowband

Groesbeck Bling Onesie and Tutu with Match Bow Set

Santa Princess Set

Santa Baby Tutu Dress


Pony Streamers

Bow Holders

Lots and Lots of Hair Bows

Bottle Cap, Scrabble and Glass Tile Necklaces

Binky Holders


My Sign

Skull Princess Set

Bumble Bee Set

The Vana's, Crala and Myself


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mexia Mistletoe Market

This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is the Annual Merry Christmas Mistletoe Market in Mexia, TX.  If you are in the area please come down and see Texas Monkey Boutique make it's craft booth debut. 

Browse and shop and get everything you need for you and your family and friends. Don't believe me?

Have an upcoming baby shower to attend? Custom order Diaper Cakes, Bow Baskets, onesies and more.

Have a home party and need a hostess gift? Custom made thank you cards, note cards, & Picture Frames

Have a baby who keeps losing the pacifier? Custom made Adorable Binky Holders

Have a sporting event or family gathering? Custom made t-shirts, hoodies, ear muffs, and more

Have a little monkey who loves to dress up? Hair Bows, hats, clips, tutus, wands, and more

Have no storage for all of those bows? Custom Made Bow Holders

Have friends to buy for but a low budget? Bottle Cap, Glass Tile, Scrabble Tile Necklaces.

All the accessories, gifts, and fun in one booth. Stop by and see us, register to win an awesome prize and enjoy the shopping. Hope to see you there.
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