Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou quote to live by

Celebrated American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, beloved for her inspirational thoughts, is in my thoughts today.

This is one of her best-known quotes. Words to live by. Pass it on.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Backyard entertaining inspiration using my free printables

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt

Summer is fast approaching and my family has been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks getting the backyard ready for summer entertaining. The weather was so beautiful this past weekend and I was able to take advantage of the patio space to shot a few pictures of the {free} printables that I recently created for Creative Bag. I can totally see using these printable for an outdoor gathering this summer. I designed a printable for the paper bows in yellow a little while ago for Weddingbells magazine. You can find the paper bow bunting project online and in the Spring/Summer 2014 Weddingbells magazine which is still on news stands. At the end of this post I will give you the purple paper bow printable. 

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt

I made lemon-lime water and served it in mason jars for a casual afternoon gathering in the backyard. I love these light purple paper straws and they match the purple baker's twine that I used to tie the chalkboard circles to the glasses. The chalkboard circles are sold in kits to make bunting but I think that they work great as drink labels.

Plain white paper bags were filled with kettle chips. I thought that this would look nicer than setting out a bowl of chips. Everyone would get a bag of their own and the clothespins at the top
would keep them fresher. My printable tag could be personalized with each guest's name on the flip side. 

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt

You can find the download for my chalkboard mason jar flowers on the Creative Bag blog post here.

ranunculus photos by Lorrie Everitt

I fell in love with ranunculus after seeing them in so many wedding photos on Pinterest and had to plant some in containers in our backyard. Here's a few of the pictures that I shot of my planters this weekend.

ranunculus photos by Lorrie Everitt

These flowers come in so many beautiful colours ... it was difficult to pick just one or two so I bought them all!

ranunculus photos by Lorrie Everitt

Gerber daisy have been a favourite of mine since I was a young girl. My bridesmaids carried long stemmed peach coloured gerber daisies as their bouquets almost 30 years ago. I filled two large containers with gerber daisies in our backyard this summer ...  

gerber daisy photos by Lorrie Everitt

Okay summer ... I'm ready! Bring it on. 

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt

And now here is the download for the pretty paper bows!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Our burlap Christmas stockings ... a quickie tutorial to make your own!

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

After almost 20 years, I finally decided to make Christmas stockings for my whole family. Not that my children did not have stockings for the past 19 years. I designed and quilted three large "sacks" that featured appliqued images of Santa the first year my oldest daughter was born. I made one for my daughter, one for my husband and one for me.  By the time my next child was born, almost 6 years later, my husband and I decided to stop buying presents for each other and my handmade stocking/sack became my youngest daughter's stocking. I never displayed our stocking as part of our Christmas decor ... they only came out the night before Christmas along with the special plate and mug that we used for Santa's treats.

A couple of weeks ago, after seeing so many magazines and blogs with stockings hung on fireplaces, I could not resist the urge to have stocking that I could use just for Christmas decorating. So I bought four plain burlap stocking from Creative Bag. I already had the lace ribbon and wood letters. I picked up the four beaded snowflakes from Creative Bag ... I think they were the last four and I was so happy they had four left because I had my eye on them for a while but just didn't know what I would do with them. 

Here's what I did:
burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

1. Gather your supplies - burlap stocking, lace ribbon, ornaments, wood or metal letters, baker's twine, thread in colour to match the stocking and a needle. 
2. I sewed two rows of lace ribbon to the cuff on my stocking. You add as much or little lace as you want ... there is no right or wrong way to do it. 
3. Embellish each stock to personalize. I used wood letters stained brown for each of our family members. First I sewed the beaded snowflake ornament to the stocking. Note that I sewed the ornament with the hanging element facing downward so I could attach the wooden letter to it with the baker's twine.

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's another close up of one of the stockings. Santa will not be filling these stockings. Ever. They are just for me.

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio
This is the project that inspired me to make my family Christmas stockings. I originally purchased one burlap stocking to use for a baby gift. One of our friends' daughter was expecting her first child early December and I thought that it would be cute to package the baby's gift in a stocking. Since we didn't know if it was a girl or a boy when I was giving the gift, I left the burlap stocking plain and just added a gift tag and spoon ornament that I made for the baby's first Christmas. 

The spoon was a vintage silver baby spoon. I hammered it flat and engraved the numbers "2013" using metal stamps and a hammer. The bird charm is a metal scrapbooking piece that I have had for a few years and I tied a vintage green velvet ribbon to the handle. My wonderful hubby help me by drilling the hole so I could add a jump ring and piece of twine for hanging. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

In my last blog post I showed you how to create your own chalkboard bunting using canvas banners, chalkboard paint and chalk markers. Today I'm going to give you the {free} download for the "twenty thirteen" graphics I used on my holiday bunting. 

I added my twenty thirteen chalkboard bunting to one of my fireplace mantle displays by tying it onto an antique frame. I used lots of white satin ribbon and wrapped it around the frame for a very casual look. 

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

I really dislike the fireplace mantle in our living room. It's on my list to change ... someday. I painted three antique frames in decorator's white to match our fireplace and leaned them against the wall for my display. I think that the style of the frames compliment the (ugly little) wood molding on the fireplace.

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

My mantle was pretty simple to pull together ... three white vintage frames (only one was decorated with bunting and a special ornament), pre-lit garland, burlap ribbon and a large letter "E".

As I was creating the download for the "twenty thirteen" graphics I was thinking that this bunting would be great for a New Years Eve party ... so I add "fourteen"! You can see my tutorial for making the chalkboard bunting on this post.

If you make a "twenty fourteen" bunting to use for a New Year Eve's party please let me know! I'd love to see pictures!

Friday, November 22, 2013

chalkboard bunting tutorial and free "Mr. & Mrs." download

chalkboard bunting tutorial by Lorrie Everitt |

Chalkboard + Love = Wedding {bunting}

Planning a wedding and looking for some diy ideas to personalize your special day? Here's a fun little project that you can make in an afternoon. Turn plain canvas bunting into a chalkboard bunting using Martha Stewart's chalkboard paint. Here's how I created mine ... 
chalkboard bunting tutorial by Lorrie Everitt |

Gather your supplies: 3 canvas or linen banners, Martha Stewart’sblack multi-surface chalkboard acrylic craft paint, foam brush, chalk, chalkboard marker, white tracing paper, ribbon or twine, paint brush optional.

Note: my template download was created to fit a large triangle canvas bunting shape - you may need to adjust the size of the template to fit your canvas bunting.

Step 1. Paint both sides of each canvas banner with two or three coats of black chalkboard paint. Allow to dry completely at least 1 hour between coats.

Step 2. Allow paint to cure completely at least 24 hours. Condition chalkboard canvas by lightly rubbing chalk over the surface and wipe with a soft, dry cloth to remove chalk.

Step 3. Download file for type and print out on regular paper. Cut out triangular shapes and place the type templates over each banner. Place tracing paper between the template and canvas banner. Trace the lettering with a pencil.

Step 4. Use a chalk marker to retrace the lettering on each banner. Chalk markers are available in a variety of different sizes. I wanted my chalk lettering to look like calligraphy so I used used a paint brush to apply the liquid chalk. Simply create a “puddle” of chalk liquid by pressing down on the chalkmarker on a smooth surface. You can see my tutorial to do this here.

Step 5. Tie ribbon or twine of your choice to each triangle to create the bunting.

The reason that I like to use chalk markers is that it can be removed with water if you make a mistake while you are working. Once the ink is dry it will not rub off when you touch it.

Download the template here.

Looking for more diy bunting ideas for your wedding? Check out this post from Weddingbells! It features four more of my diy bunting projects.

Maybe you are not planning a wedding  but love the idea of chalkboard bunting? Here's another idea for the chalkboard bunting!
chalkboard bunting tutorial by Lorrie Everitt |
I designed this bunting to use in a photograph with my daughters for our holiday cards. It is going to be hanging on the fireplace mantle in our family room very soon! 
I will share the template for the words "twenty thirteen" in my next post if you are interested. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Yummy candy kabobs you can create yourself for party treats or favors

create candy kabobs with or for the kids | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Looking for a fun little treat to make with or for your kids? How about some candy kabobs? 

I created these using striped paper straws, bamboo skewers and candies that I picked up at the Dollar Store and The Bulk Barn. They are super easy to make so little (and big) helpers will want to get in on the action. Of course your helpers will want to eat up any left over candies so clean up will be a breeze!

Here's how I made mine:
tutorial: create easy candy kabobs with or for the kids | Lorrie Everitt Studio
Gather your supplies: bamboo skewers with ball end, paper straws, assorted soft candies.

Step one -  Cut the paper straws to the length you want to cover the bamboo skewer keeping in mine that you can only add candy to the exposed bamboo skewer. If you don't want to add a lot of candies like mine ... cut your straws into 3" pieces.

Step two - I folded two pieces of ribbon candy as shown above. I added them one piece at a time by inserting the skewer into the middle of the folded candy.

Step three - I finished by adding two candies at the top to completely cover the bamboo skewer.

Make as many of these as you please and present them in a glass container so that everyone can see the striped straws. 

If you are thinking about using these as party favors for guests to take home ... you can find some packaging ideas and my free download for candy bag headers on the Creative Bag Blog in this post and this post.

free download and packaging ideas for candy kabobs | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? Interested in winning a prize package of diy products to create a bunch of canvas gift bags for Christmas that I have personally put together? 
Then check out this post for all of the details! I'm hosting a "Pin It To Win" contest over at Creative Bag this week.
Pin it to Win contest at Creative Bag

You have until end of the day on October 27th, 2013 to enter.

Good luck and I hope that you have a creative weekend!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Chalkboard inspired party supplies from Just Pretty Parties

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This is the front of my new business card for Just Pretty Parties.

I love making tissue paper tassel garlands and the colours on this one are so happy. I would love to design a whole party around this colour story ... now I just need to come up with (another) reason to entertain! If you love diy parties you have to check out some of the new listing recently added to my Just Pretty Parties Etsy shop.

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |

 I found that the shipping prices on Etsy can be difficult to manage for multiple items so I decided to create a bunch of "supplies in a box" listings with some of my favourite items. Of course they all seem to have chalkboard related products included in them because, frankly, I think that chalkboard labels and signs are a party must have.

I know that when you first look at the prices of the listings some of them look a little expensive ...  they vary from $46 to $102 ... BUT if you check out the individual prices for EACH item in the kit (you can see most of them at you will see that the prices are really amazing and you are getting a lot of great products!! For example, the package of 36 chalk labels are $3.99, the 25 paper straws are $3.99 and Ranger ink pad is only $5.99 just to name a few. And because I packaged these in boxes and kept the contents under a certain weight, you save a bundle on shipping this way too. 

Here's a few more of the kits I have listed: 
 diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This green and white kit comes in other colour options as well. I just loved the mini take out boxes and built the whole party idea around them. 

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This kit is great for anytime of year and for anyone who likes classic black, white and kraft packaging supplies. A few of the items in this kit have just recently been discontinued by our suppliers so I will only be able to create this exact listing once ... but I know that there will always be more new kraft, black and white products arriving!

diy party supplies from Just Pretty Parties |
This last kit contains so many of my favourite supplies - crochet lace ribbon in two widths, vintage shaped chalkboard labels and chalkboard signs on stands, new linen drawstring bags and an oh so cute mason jar stamp. The little "thank you - hugs and kisses" note cards are ones that I designed for Creative Bag a while ago and are printed on a nice thick kraft stock .. they still make me smile every time I look at them.

There are a few more kits with different colours and themes that you can check out in the shop.
I only priced out shipping rates to Canada for these items but they can easily be shipped to the USA as well!

************************ UPDATED POST**************************

Since writing this post I have CLOSED my Just Pretty Parties Etsy Shop!

Thanks to everyone who purchased items from my shop either through Etsy or contacting me and picking up at the Toronto Creative Bag store.  Although I had a great response to products listed in my Etsy shop, the shop was taking up more time than I was able to dedicate to it. Most of the products that I listed are still available at Creative Bag. Contact me for more details if you can't find something online or in the stores.