Handmade Parties

Washi Tape-Decorated Beer Bottle Holder


For our beer-loving friends, Nick and I love to put together a custom selected offering of favorite beers for the lucky recipient. However, it’s always a challenge trying to wrap these tasty gift; we recycle all of our cardboard carriers and they’re always branded to a specific brand or brewery. While selecting a collection of beers to present to a pal of ours recently I realized it was time to invest in a stash of plain kraft bottle holders to use for situations just like this.

You can find many cardboard carrier options online, but I really like these 4-pack holders available on Amazon.


I love the kraft paper because it’s just waiting to be decorated in washi tape! (At least that’s what I like to think…) The plain cardboard can be stamped, painted, taped… you name it. I added lines of diagonal washi tape on this particular gift. Try decorating the sides, adding matching gift tags, etc. It’s all up to you and what you think the thirsty recipient will love most.

Recipe: Greeting Cards and Holiday Beverages

Photo courtesy of LilyAndVal.com.

Photo courtesy of LilyAndVal.com.

Pair a holiday drink with a holiday greeting card? Sounds like a perfect partnership to me! If you’re not familiar with Lily & Val, now’s a great time to get acquainted.

Valerie McKeehan is the force behind Lily & Val and a lover of chalkboard art. Her artwork is illustrated by hand and then photographed to create a digital product for you to enjoy. From greeting cards to keepsake recipe journals, her shop offers up a little bit of everything for the paper lover.

Earlier this month Val shared her drink-and-card combination on her blog by way of a holiday Wassail paired with a charming matching greeting card. (There’s even a coordinating art print!) What’s a Wassail? It’s a mulled cider drink that can be made with or without spirits. Try making it yourself thanks to this recipe from Val:

Holiday Wassail Recipe by Lily & Val


  • 4 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 4 cups of Orange juice
  • 4 cups of Apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 inches of ginger, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons of whole cloves


  • Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker on low to medium heat for 6-8 hours, or on a stove over medium heat.
  • Scoop out clove and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Make sure to check out all of Lily & Val’s offerings over on her website, like this charming New Year’s 2016 digital print, as well as her blog.

Painting and Sipping with Scratchpad Cellars and Plutonium Paint


I love lots of things. A delicious glass of wine and the chance to craft are very high on that list of loved things. So you can imagine how excited I was when the teams at Scratchpad Cellars and Plutonium Paint asked me if I’d like to try my hand at creating my own one-of-a-kind wine label with spray paint. (Obviously, I said yes.) Here’s a little background on each company. (more…)

How-To: Fall Harvest Vase Wraps


It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.

If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)