Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DIY: Mag Bags

 I recently participated in my second art/craft show. (The first one was 7 years ago.) There are so many little things you have to do to prepare for a craft show. I'd forgotten how many little things. One of those small details I realized I'd forgotten about were bags for customer purchases. 
So at the last minute I made some bags from magazines. I thought they were so simple & cute. They are easy to make & perfect for such an occasion if you have small items that you can package up for your customers.

• pages from magazines
• scissors
• glue stick
• decorative scissors (optional)

To make the bags, simply tear out two pages from a magazine & glue three sides together.
If your pages adhere together all wonky, or if you have torn edges (which, most likely, you will have) then use your scissors to straighten the edges.
Optional: use your decorative scissors to create a fancy edge on the top flap.

 Tuck the items inside &, if you'd like, seal with a piece of washi tape.

Another quick idea: manually feed brown paper lunch bags through your printer!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


I wrote this post as part of a paid promotion with Columbia Center Mall. 
The opinions in this post are my own.
Here's a fact: most moms think about themselves last.
Here's another fact: sometimes I want to be first.
(But I will never admit that or say it out loud or ever really pursue making that a reality. In fact, I almost backspaced that whole sentence.)

Which is why it was fun to take my mother out this weekend for some mother-daughter fun where it was all about us
Columbia Center (a Simon Mall) invited women of all ages to come out for an evening of fun on Friday, May 8th. The event was called Indulge, & it was themed around fashion & beauty–& fun!

Mom & I got there just several minutes after it started. The registration line was fairly lengthy, but it didn't take too terribly long to get to the head of the line where we received our wristbands (only 500 were given away) & instructions:
Step 1: Wear this wristband at all times.
Step 2. Have fun, girlfriend! 

Mom & I wandered the mall, privy to special discounts & offers in 25 shops. We tried on clothes, entered numerous drawings for prizes, & played games to win even more prizes. (The kind of games where EVERYONE is a winner. My favorite kind.)  We received tons of giveaways like full-size bottles of lotion, pearl earrings, perfume samples, candy, tea, & more!  We got a hand massage from Bath & Body Works & a cat-eye makeover from The Body Shop. (*meow*) We made a jar of bath sugar scrub to take home.  ("One of my fave things of the evening!" said this crafty girl.) We sampled smoothies & mochas & energy drinks & popcorn & cheesecake & pretzels & cinnamon rolls. (Holy yumminess, Batman. Tiger popcorn at Carmelcorn is AMAZING. It's caramel covered cheese corn. Sounds gross. Tastes non-gross.)
There was live music playing the whole time & an energy of ladies abuzz throughout. 

“Held right before Mother’s Day, Indulge events create a perfect opportunity for Moms - who always think of others first - to focus on themselves and enjoy a social evening of fashion, food and fun.” —Jordan Young, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Columbia Center.

There was so much to do that we didn't even get to it all. Looking back, I wished we would have taken the time to get our pics taken at the photo booth they had set up. And we forgot to enter the drawing for the diamond necklace & diamond earrings from Weisfield Jewelers. Because I'm SURE we would have won those.

I will definitely attend again. If you get the chance to go next year, be sure to grab your mom or some girlfriends—& get there early.  (Some shops ran out of giveaways before the night was over. *sad face*)

Now for the fun part...
I get to give away a $100 Simon Mall VISA gift card! 
(Gift card is good wherever VISA debit cards are accepted.)
Enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog post, answering this question:

If you could do one special thing for YOURSELF, what would that be?
>>>>*Please leave your email addy too, so I can contact you if you win!*<<<<
Winner will be chosen Monday, May 18th!
For a list of Simon Malls, click HERE.
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