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The Ultimate Wedding Décor

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Happy National Wedding Month! To commemorate this special time, I thought I’d share my favorite wedding décor ideas.

A wedding is one of the most momentous times in a person’s life, and ensuring the wedding décor is unique and personalized can really help the day feel that much more special.

No matter what essence or theme you are trying to bring to your wedding, I have options for you!

Sign Holders

These wedding sign holders are carefully handmade out of hard maple wood. Each wooden circle is sanded and smooth to the touch, ready to be painted or stained with your color of choice to match your theme. These holders are a great way to display your wedding signs or table numbers!

Cupcake Stands

My wooden cake stands allow you to feature your cake and/or your cupcakesall while saving you valuable table space! They make an eye-catching centerpiece for any wedding. I left them unfinished, so you can paint or stain them in a color that matches the rest of your décor!

Napkin Rings

My hand-painted, napkin ring holders will add a finishing touch to your rustic-themed wedding. Set your wedding reception tables in style!

These wedding décor items are sure to add a personal touch to your wedding. Want some more craft and décor ideas? Browse my shop today!

How My Donut Stands Ended Up At J-Lo’s House!

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2019 is already off to a great start! The Executive Pastry Chef of the Chica has been using my stands to display her renowned Churro Towers. The chef herself, Sara Mae, sent me the sweetest note about how much of a hit the stands are! 

“Hello Shyla and Happy New Year! I purchased some adorable doughnut stands from you about 2 months ago and absolutely love them!!! I am The Executive Pastry Chef at Chica inside the Venetian, and I am using them to display my Churro Tower which has become such a huge hit! I even have guests asking about the stands!” 

In addition to her amazing praise and feedback, Sara let me in on a fun fact. She recently sent some of my stands to Chef Lorena Garcia to use for Christmas Brunch at Jennifer Lopez’s home. Lorena ended up leaving them there, which means something I hand crafted is at J-Lo’s home right now! The year has already brought so many delightful surprises, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. 

Check out these mouth watering photos of Sara’s Churro Towers. If you are visiting Las Vegas soon, be sure to dine at Chica! Make a reservation here. 

Birthday Wooden Party Favor Ideas For Your Kiddos

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Kid birthday parties can be so much fun! Deciding on the theme, decorations and activities make the days leading up to the event seem like part of the celebration itself.

However, even the simplest party requires planning. The sooner you start organizing, the earlier the excitement begins and the fewer details you’ll have to work out on the day itself.

No matter what theme you choose, all kids love taking party favors home as a keepsake from the festivities. Here are a few wooden party favors that can be gifted as-is, or decorated with your finishing touch to commemorate the special occasion.

Yo-yo’s

Yo-yo’s are a traditional toy that never goes out of style. Choose from an assorted variety of themed yo-yo’s, including character-based and monogrammed, or select all of the same theme so kids don’t have to compete with each other.

I also offer unfinished wooden yo yos. You can paint these and adorn with your own party theme. You can even use the unfinished wooden yo-yos to create a party craft activity for the kids to paint and take home as a souvenir.

Rolling Pins

If you want to host a crafty-themed party to entertain the little ones, these 7″ unfinished wooden rolling pins make for a great paint-and-take party favor.

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Flip Flop Tops

These red flip flop tops are a fun toy to play with at the party, and the children will surely want to take one home. Use as part of the party theme for children to play with during the day, and gift one to each guest as a party favor to play with later.

Finishing Supplies

Kids love to have their own bag of goodies as a keepsake souvenir. If you are giving small items as favors, our small organza bags come in various colors to match your party theme. Our wooden tags are perfect for handwriting the birthday child’s name, date or any other special message to remember. Choose from our wood circle birthday tags or wood heart-shaped tags to write a message to your guests.

These fun, yet simple party favors are sure to please a young crowd — and no batteries or tech are required!

Endless Possibilities with These Multipurpose Wooden Bowls

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These small wooden bowls are versatile, and with a bit of creativity, you can use them all over the house. Each unfinished bowl is 2-1/2″ wide x 1-1/8″ tall, and bulk pricing options are available. Whether you want to buy one for a specific use, or stock up to design matching décor throughout your home, there are a variety of uses for these simple, wooden bowls.

Kitchen

Do you like to set your ingredients and spices out before you start cooking? Use your wooden spice bowls to get ready to cook your yummy recipe. Do you have a blog where you take pictures of your ingredients? These are a great way to display your spices or condiments. These unfinished wood bowls are chemical free, and best for dry ingredients. If you do need to clean your mini bowls, you can do so by wiping them out with a damp cloth. You can also seal your bowl with a food grade oil.

For the Kids

Add these mini wooden bowls to your child’s kitchen play set for imaginative play. These small wooden bowls are also great for teaching instruction and sorting games. Finish each bowl in a specific color and teach kids how to sort colors, shapes and sizes.

Around the House

These are the perfect little bowls for sorting a rainbow of handheld items, such as:

  • Flowers
  • Wooden acorns
  • Jewelry
  • Keys
  • Loose change
  • Candy
  • Earbuds

Crafting Corner

Last but not least, these wooden bowls can hold endless supplies that you would want to keep within easy reach as you work on your craft projects, including:

  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Gemstones
  • Rhinestones
  • Sewing notions

Your DIY wooden bowls will arrive unfinished and ready for your creative touch. Use your crafty side by either painting your wood bowl, stamping them or burning them. In this video, Martha Stewart shows you how to transform wooden bowls into beautiful gifts.

Use your imagination to explore your own decorative ideas!

Fun Stocking Stuffers for Young Children

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Christmas is a magical time of year for both children and those young at heart. But playing the role of Santa’s helper can sometimes feel like quite a financial burden. However, stocking stuffers and gifts don’t necessarily need to break the piggy bank!

Here are 3 fun stocking stuffer ideas for the little ones on your list.

Baby Rings

There are so many uses for these smooth maple wooden rings. They are perfect for baby teethers, baby’s first ornaments, ring toss, or holiday craft activities with the kids. These rings come in 6 sizes, from 1.5” all the way up to 3”, making them an easy choice for multipurpose DIY holiday craft projects.

Miniature Bowling Game

Little ones will love this miniature bowling set of ten wooden 3-3/4″ bowling pins. Line them up on your floor or table, roll the solid wooden 2″ ball towards your bowling pins and see how many pins your little one can knock down- YAY! Choose from 4 different sizes–1.5″ to 5″ in height.

This educational bowling game teaches hand-eye coordination and counting. I selected a 2″ ball for three reasons:

  1. It doesn’t pose as a choking hazard.
  2. It’s heavy enough to knock the wooden bowling pins over
  3. It’s a great size for small hands!

Note: Decorated pins shown as an example for illustration purposes only.

Ball-In-Cup

Ball-in-cup is a timeless game for children (and adults who are feeling nostalgic). It is a perfect game to play at birthday parties, give as a stocking stuffer or to keep your child busy while traveling. This unfinished wooden game comes hand painted or ready for you to paint (as shown in the picture above).

Shopping for others, especially your children and grandchildren, is always fun. Keep the fun going by remembering you can also save money by supplementing their stockings with these fun and personalized DIY gifts.

Oh what fun it is to give the best stocking stuffers this holiday season!

3 Thanksgiving DIY Crafts The Whole Family Will Enjoy

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so I thought I’d share some adorable Thanksgiving DIY crafts to get you in the holiday spirit. These DIY projects result in great decor and centerpieces for your holiday dinner. Happy Crafting!

Little Wooden Pilgrims

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These wooden figures are ready to come to life with a little paint and your imagination. They make the ultimate Thanksgiving DIY crafts! Fashion them into pilgrims for kids play or put on display. You can use your creativity and have fun with the colors and setup!

Wooden Acorns

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These wooden acorns are a fall favorite and make the perfect Thanksgiving DIY crafts. I can think of no better Thanksgiving centerpiece! You can also get your child in on the holiday decorating by having them help stain or paint them. Add some glitter for extra flair! After painting, add to a glass bowl and show off you acorn creations to all of your guests!

Wooden Cupcake Stands

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Now for dessert! Display your yummy Thanksgiving goodies on a wooden tiered cupcake stand. It makes an eye catching centerpiece to any holiday function. Have the entire family join in on the fun by painting or staining it in the color of your choice.

My Guide to Starting an Online Business

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When I started my Etsy shop in 2009, I was like many first-time entrepreneurs—just trying to find a way to monetize what I love to do. Since then, I have come to learn the ins and outs of starting a business. If you are starting an online business, I know it can seem like a daunting task. But don’t let that scare you away! Here are some tips that I believe will put you on the right path.

Sell desirable products or services.

First, you must establish the product you wish to sell. What is your passion that you’d love to turn into a job? Discover customer needs within that passion. Your target audience are people looking for your type of products/ services, which serve as a solution to their problem. For me, I love to create decor and crafts. There are plenty of event planners and parents who are looking for my type of productsi.e. my products serve as a solution to their decorating problems. Maybe your passion is travel? Look into travel blogging. Baking? Look into an online bakery. Find a need within your passion and fill it.

It’s all in the wording.

Increase a potential customer’s interest in your product through content. Here are a few tips:

  1. Think of catchy language and a consistent brand voice that will speak to your target audience.
  2. Clearly articulate why they will benefit from your product.
  3. Include reviews and testimonials to establish a good reputation.
  4. Be unique.
  5. Address any possible concerns right away.  

The goal is to write copy that lets your audience know how much the product or service will help them. It is best to look at it from the customer’s point of view.

Product photos matter.

Be sure to develop quality images of your product. Factors to consider include natural lighting, consistent branding and key product points such as measurements. Good imagery can be the reason someone clicks the ‘Buy Now’ button, so don’t overlook its importance!

Design an easy-to-use website.

While you may have to hire out for this one, it is worth it. In this tech age of impatience and instant gratification, it is essential to have a fast, user-friendly site when starting an online business. User-friendly sites keep it simple with the fonts and background, and are easy to maneuver. If need be, resort to an expert web developer for their opinions and recommendations.

Establish yourself as an expert.

When starting an online business, becoming known as an expert in your field will help draw in more clientele. This includes creating expert content, such as blogs and videos. Utilizing social media and SEO (again, you may have to consult with a pro) will help promote this content and drive more traffic to your website.

Four Benefits of DIY Crafting

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Believe it or not, there are so many benefits to DIY crafting. Every project offers a chance to learn, explore and build confidence! The list of benefits goes on and on, but today I am going to focus on my top four. Let’s dive in!

Save Money

So many wedding, holiday and birthday decorations are very overpriced. By tackling projects yourself, you can save money! Not to mention you have the luxury of personalizing them to match your taste, which is so much more than any store can provide.

Stay Sharp

Instead of resorting to watching tv, DIY crafting forces you to learn something new as you work with your hands and brain. In addition, there is a sense of accomplishment that comes from making something with your own two hands. After all, human beings have opposable thumbs for a reason. People learn faster from “hands-on” experiences than they do watching someone else do something.

Develop New Circles

DIY crafting keeps the friend talk interesting. You’ll be able to share with them your successes and failures, as well as some presents from your triumphant crafting sessions. In addition, DIY crafting may introduce you to a new circle. Crafting groups share ideas and advice, and act as a necessary support system when it comes to your new hobby.

Create a Deeper Connection

As you start to make things with your own two hands, you will view them differently. A sense of pride and connection will develop when seeing your work everyday. They will become not just objects, but special trophies that signify your hard work. You may develop a deeper appreciation for things, now knowing how challenging and time-consuming it can be to make them.

4 Fall DIY Craft Ideas

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Fall is finally here! This season is not only an excuse for pumpkin spice lattes, but for awesome fall DIY crafts as well. DIY crafting is the perfect indoor activity to partake in during this cooler weather. I’ve rounded up four fall DIY craft ideas that will surely be great additions to your fall décor. Go ahead and gather some loved ones, pass out the apple cider and get to it. Happy Crafting!

Wooden Acorns

An obvious addition to this list, these unfinished wooden acorns have a variety of uses. Paint or stain your acorns to put on display for your fall décor or play a fall-themed sorting/ counting game with your child. Whatever the use, they will get you and your whole family into the fall spirit!

Wooden Bowls

The great thing about DIY wooden crafts is that you can decorate for any occasion. So why not really get into the season and create some festive fall bowls? Use your crafty side and paint, stamp or burn your bowls. Opt for leafy patterns and fall colors.

Bonus: Use your bowls to hold yummy pumpkin seeds!  

Wooden Square Tiles

These wooden square tiles offer you a chance to get creative. The possibilities are really endless for this fall DIY craft! Paint, stamp or burn your tiles to create a fall-themed piece. Place a magnet on the back and spruce up your fridge! Other ideas include fall pendants, wall décor, kids crafting and more.  

Wine Stoppers

Though this isn’t technically a craft activity, I couldn’t leave it out. And who could say no to these fall wine stoppers? The ultimate fall décor for wine lovers, these vibrant images are sealed with several layers of protective top coat sealer and are insured to last. They fit both red and white wine bottles. Choose from 30 images to complete your fall-themed décor!

Four Christmas DIY Ideas To Ring In The Holidays

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It is never too early to start your Christmas planning! What better way to ring in the holiday season than with some unique DIY holiday décor? I’ve rounded up four of my favorite christmas diy ideas that will add to the festivities in a more personalized way. Happy Crafting!  

Christmas DIY Wooden Trees

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These small wooden trees are a great craft project to do with the whole family this holiday season. Paint and personalize them to create some adorable Christmas DIY tree ornaments and/ or additions to your miniature village. Each wooden tree is smooth to the touch and ready for your creative imagination.

Wooden Snowmen

Whether you are envisioning Frosty the Snowman or Olaf from Frozen, these wooden snowmen are just what you need! They are perfect for winter scenes, ornaments, stamping, wood burning, gift tags and more. Just add your own unique flair, and you’ve got the perfect addition to your Christmas DIY décor.  

Frozen Yo-Yos

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I can’t think of a more festive holiday craft for your child than these Frozen yo-yos. Each yo-yo is handmade with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, creating an awesome festive spin on the beloved toy. They make the perfect party favor or stocking stuffer for the holiday season.

Christmas Wine Stoppers

Christmas isn’t just for the kids. These vibrant Christmas wine stoppers are sure to make an impression on your wine lover over the holidays. Pair it with their favorite bottle of wine and you have a perfect personalized gift! They also are the ideal size for stocking stuffers. The images are covered with many protective top layers, and can withstand many uses this holiday season.