I must be on some sort of printable kick! This is my second week in a row posting a tutorial with some variety of free printable. I have to admit that it’s really fun! This week’s post is also in honor back to school season for the Blogging Business Artisan’s August challenge. I’ll admit that this isn’t the most sophisticated way to create a little notebook (or the most sewing machine friendly…), but it’s a lot of fun and a great way to make custom little notebooks for doodling, notes, and reminders. I don’t know about y’all, but I love carrying a little notebook around in my purse to jot down ideas and lists.
Why wouldn’t you want a colorful flower garland? It’s great for weddings, showers, parties, or even just home decor (wouldn’t it look super cute draped around a fireplace in spring or summer?). It can be a little time-consuming to make a lot of, but it makes up for this by being easy and inexpensive. I cut several garland’s worth of flowers by hand before purchasing a Silhouette machine, so this tutorial includes free downloadable PDF and Silhouette files for the two sizes of plumaria flower. Grab your colored cardstock and let’s get going!
Oh, and just in case you are wondering – yes, this is part of my DIY wedding tutorial series. I used these garlands to create a wedding arch. I also made way, way more flowers than I ultimately used because I had this idea about fitting the weighted flowerpot supports with additional flowers. Instead, it was so windy that my cousins ended up using large chunks of cement to hold the arch in place! Ah, well. The flowers still looked nice. =)
I used to work with a complete germaphobe. I mean, this guy would carry a bottle of hand sanitizer from his belt loop with a carabiner. No joke. He would constantly point out things at meetings and gatherings that he thought were reprehensible and unsanitary, and sometimes he had a point. A few people grabbing chips from the same bowl, picking up ice, or inadvertently touching half the flatware in a cup while getting what they needed would make him cringe and complain for days. Growing up, I saw my parents plan carefully for dinners and gatherings to help ensure food and utensils remained ‘uncontaminated,’ and I have a minor in hospitality and tourism management (with one class, in particular, that stressed food safety and made us get our ServSafe certification), so all these experiences led me to think carefully about how to set up the buffet at our self-catered wedding reception.
One of the things I absolutely knew I needed to avoid was sticking forks and knives in a communal jar, and I also knew loose napkins would fly away in the breeze. Making up these silverware packets ahead of time solved both problems for me! The flatware was neatly, cleanly contained and easy for people to pick up without stalling the food line, and the napkins avoided being blown all over the ground. Although making up 50+ of these packets seemed like a daunting task, I realized it was easy to streamline the process and was able to knock them out pretty quickly. The leftovers are working hard, too – I’ve been putting them in with Papi Chulo’s lunch so he can have chocolate pudding! These silverware packets are ideal for a DIY reception, backyard party, a picnic, or even just a regular weekday lunch. I hope you enjoy the idea and can put it to use!
We missed most of the hurricane(s) during the past week, but wind and rain have been on my mind quite a bit recently! Because of that, this week’s Etsy treasury is called Stormy Weather.