Inspired Artist: Andrea Cobb

Hello lovelies!  Thanks for coming by for a visit on this fine Monday.  There are a couple things I’m really excited to share with you this week, and I’m so glad you’re here today.
To start off the week – check out the bright and cheerful pieces by artist Andrea Cobb (found via loving/living/small blog).  Prints are available for purchase, just click here for a price list and then contact Andrea for further info.

1 + 1 = A Simple Gift 2 Give

Try this little idea for Mother’s Day or the next time you need a quick gift for your child’s teacher, your grandmother, secretary, etc.

1. Use this easy Tissue Paper Flower tutorial from Martha Stewart – adapt the pattern size and colors to compliment your mug.
2. Pick up an artsy coffee mug such as this Lines & Circles Mug from GoodShapeDesign, fill it with tissue paper flowers… and you’re done!  Cute, right!

Over the weekend you might like to take a moment to browse through some of the amazing and inspirational photos found on flickr.
These are a few of my recent personal favorites.  Follow the links to view the full sized images and see more from each artist.

1. bird, 2. Domino Magazine, 3. Memo, 4. Josefines toy……, 5. photo-a-day #114 april 23 spring flower, 6. little gift, 7. “Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.”, 8. Untitled, 9. cozy.corner

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
xox
Ez

Pink + Orange + Birds + Flowers = Perfection

Loving these bright playful colors and patterns!

{FIND IT}

xox Ez

D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps


Packaging says so much about a product… and while we might all love the look of beautifully paper-wrapped soap (generally found in chic boutiques and swanky salons), not many of us want to spend a load of cash for one bar (pretty as it may be).  So I’ve come up with a quick fix (others before me have probably done the same)… Easy D.I.Y. Paper Wrapped Soaps with free printable labels!

I put together this simple little tutorial with Mother’s Day in mind, but you could utilize it any time.  Be creative!  I’m thinking favors for bridesmaids, housewarmings, baby showers, etc.  Give just one beautifully wrapped bar alone, or a set of your favorites.  Try tucking one inside a basket with other soothing items for a friend who needs a kind little pick-me-up.  However you choose to make and use ‘em… have fun!

For the free download, as well as written and photo directions…

Project Time:
Around 15 minutes or less.

SUPPLIES:
-Rectangular bar of soap
-Decorative paper
-Ruler
-Cutting tool
-Double sided tape – permanent strength.
-Ribbon (optional)
-Labels Download free-oval-round-labels.pdf

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Purchase a bar (or more if you’d like) of your favorite soap.  A bar of French milled soap,(such as the one I used) cost less than $4 at Trader Joe’s (the packaging wasn’t very cute, but it smells amazing).  Select the decorative paper that you’d like.  For this project I used papers from Martha Stewart’s crafting paper… but you can use any piece that you like as long as it is big enough, and not too thick (or flimsy).
  2. Measure your soap bar: Length, width, and height.  The length of your paper needs to equal 2 x width + 2 x height + an extra two inches or more of excess (you can trim or tuck it later if needed).  The width of your paper will equal 1 x width + 2 x height.
  3. Cut your paper to the correct size.  You can use scissors, a craft knife, paper cutter… whichever is easiest for you.
  4. Place your bar in the center of your prepared paper and begin creasing around it where each measurement falls (it’s easiest to start with the two longest sides (as shown).  This process will create nice sharp lines for you to work with and will give your finished package a really clean professional look.  Feel free to move the bar if it gets in your way.
  5. Once you have all your edges creased, place your bar back in the center (now you have a little grid to follow, courtesy of your crease work).  Note how the excess paper folds over one side of your bar (see image), and also to the under side of the end flap (this will give a nice seamless edge when closed).  Seal your package closed with double sided tape.
  6. Fold in your end flaps as shown in the photo (just like wrapping a present) and seal closed with double sided tape.  Be sure that your flaps close towards the bottom side (the side you just closed in the previous step).
  7. Once all sides are secured, print out the free labels I created for this project (there are 9 labels in three colors – grey, aqua, and peach)…I left them blank so that you can write your own message.  Wrap a band of complimentary ribbon around your bar and affix with double sided tape and then do the same with your label.
  8. All done!  You did it!

If you’d like to share the printable on your blog (hurray), please be sure to link to this post directly and do not host the actual download on your site. Thanks so much! I encourage creative personal use of all my printables and projects. The design/concept is for non-commercial use. xox Ez