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DH and I are going to a little dinner party tonight and I wanted to bring a hostess gift.  The go-to is not very imaginative – I go to the liquor store and ask someone there for a nice, popular red wine (I don’t drink so I have NO idea what to buy).  However, our hosts have just announced that they are expecting a baby so I don’t want to give alcohol as a gift.

We debated getting some sparkling cider etc. but the ones I’ve had just taste like carbonated apple juice so I wasn’t too keen on that idea.  A trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond last night did little to inspire me so I decided to make some cards and package them up nicely as a gift.

I used MME Miss Caroline papers to create a birthday, baby, thank you and “could be for anything” card.  I decorated the inside but left the inside blank so our hosts can write their own message inside.

Here they are:


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Once I made the cards, I was going to create a cardstock folder to package them up in but decided to slip them into a glassine bag and decorate the front with some hand-dyed seam binding, a doily and some Prima roses that I’ve had for a while…I also quickly decorated a clothespin to use as a fastener.  Handy things those wooden clothespins!

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…and here’s a close up of the detail on the packaging:

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I was tempted to distress the doily and the tag but the cards are not distressed/shabby so I resisted the urge.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday – I’m off to visit the beagles at and donated some dog food, soft treats for the senior beagles and a dog bed in honour of my cousin’s birthday this week.