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Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Edible Gold Leaf Champagne

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

Looking for that special cocktail to wow your holiday party guests? Try the Golden Barbotage—a perfect choice for New Years Eve festivities. The Golden Barbotage is an adaptation of the classic Barbotage cocktail. Our version is simply dressed up with edible gold leaf

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7 Lovely Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

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Put your creative side to use with eco-friendly gift wrapping.

Opting for eco-friendly gift wrapping is a beautiful way to honor Mother Earth--and show off your creative talents. The following are only a few options for green giving. There are so many ways to adorn your gifts in conscious style. Simply use your imagination--How can old containers be repurposed and made pretty? Also, when necessary, seek out earth-conscious companies that produce fine papers made from recycled and sustainable materials. 

1.Wrap Gifts with Fabric

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Save scraps of cloth from sewing projects or head down to your local sewing or craft store and pick out some festive prints. Cloth is a gift itself because it can be repurposed a number of ways. It can be turned into pieces for a quilt, part of a reusable shopping bag, napkins, or even a rag! 

2. Gift with Reusable Shopping Bags

While we're on the topic of reusable shopping bags, why not share gifts in a decorative reusable shopping bag or cloth tote (again, another gift itself)? If you're efficient with a sewing machine, totes are pretty easy to whip up. You can choose from a variety of patterns here

3. Decorate Gift Packages with Backyard Findings

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 Explore the great outdoors (or just your backyard) in search of pretty, natural findings to decorate your gifts. Delicate twigs, small pinecones, and sprigs of holly and berries make eye-catching additions. 

4. Go Black and White and Re(use)d All Over

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Newspapers and magazines make playful and inexpensive green wrapping options.  Simply find a visually interesting page (the comics section is always a good choice), layer over another piece of newspaper (since newspaper tends to tear easily), and go to town! Tie off with yarn, ribbon, or baker's twine. 

5. Seek Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Paper Printed with Soy Ink

This cute paper by the Green Field Paper company is made from 100% recycled materials and printed with soy ink.  Soy inks are a smart green option because but they only release a minimal amount of volatile organic compounds into our atmosphere during the printing process. Soy is also a renewable resource while petroleum, the base of most conventional ink, is nonrenewable—and not very friendly to the atmosphere. Soy ink comes in vivid, long-lasting colors, and paper companies may not need to use as much ink to produce stunning graphics (like these adorable dogs!). 

6. Use Banana Fiber Paper 

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Banana fiber is created with stems leftover from a banana harvest. The paper has an organic texture that lends it an earthy yet sophisticated feel. Perfect for understated (but high-impact) gift wrapping. 

7. Get Adventurous with Old Maps 

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Save your old atlases for some fun gift wrapping. While any page will make for interesting packaging, consider the recipient of your gift--Where have you travelled together? Where is she originally from?  Choose your map paper accordingly for extra thoughtful wrapping :)

Photos: Erika G via Flickr, Martha Stewart, ohsohappytogether via Flickr, Green Field Paper Company, eCrater, Eric Christensen via Flickr, 

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DIY Holiday Decorations with Vintage Jewelry

Posted on December 03, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

The holiday season is a wonderful time to get crafty. Sharing crafts (and decorating duties) with family and loved ones can make for special memories. It's especially fun to gather folks around and make an event of it.

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Eco-Friendly Jewlery: DIY Spoon Rings

Posted on September 17, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

Spoon rings are special because they provide an opportunity to make something beautiful out of something we no longer use.

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9 Tips for Traveling with Jewelry

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Mary Hood | 1 Comment

Who doesn’t want to show off their favorite necklace or ring while traveling? The following tips will show you how to keep your jewelry safe and organized whether you’re jet setting to Paris or road tripping to Grandma’s.

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DIY Wooden Jewelry Box

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Mary Hood | 1 Comment

DIY Jewelry BoxIt’s true—some DIY projects look phenomenal, but many of them can instill fear in even the craftiest among us. So many steps! We promise that you don’t need a master's of fine arts to nail this one-minute project. (Yes, you can accomplish this in about a minute!)

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DIY Jewelry Hair Pieces

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

For women—and men!—hair is an outlet for self-expression. Whether we like to keep things minimal or try bold and creative styles, there are endless ways to say a little something about ourselves with our hair style. Wearing a hair accessory, for one, can elevate your look instantly—especially if said hair add-on is made with your favorite style of jewelry.

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