packaging your crafts book

I’ve had this book since spring time, waiting until I started up blogging in order to share. It’s my first time being published in a real book and I’m thrilled to the moon. Viola of Chewing the Cud put this book together on how small businesses can package up their goods, a.k.a “Packaging Your Crafts.” You’ll find me on three pages in this book — two of my gift wrapping ideas plus one of my rubber stamps. My husband picked up a copy for me and I’m thinking I’m going to have to pick up a spare. I’m that excited.

packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book

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touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie

This week’s gift wrap idea is bringing a bit of the outdoors in. I have these rosemary bushes growing alongside our house by the sidewalk that the city planted and they have not been taken care of. At all. They are half dead and I’m looking forward to reviving them. I was happy to find out it was rosemary. My desire to secretly get rid of them in the middle of night died and was replaced with a desire to bring them back to their glory days.

To recreate this gift wrapping, take a large piece of white paper. Grab some black paint, preferably in a bottle that you can squeeze small amounts out at a time. Find something that has a circular bottom. I chose another bottle of paint for this. Apply paint around the bottom of your circular find, but only on the edges. Then dab onto the paper and repeat until you get a nice pattern going. Let the paint fully dry.

Next, dab glue dots in a circle on the inside of each of your paint circles. Sprinkle a mix of fine gold glitter and chunky white glitter over the glue and let dry. Then use that sheet of paper to wrap your gift.

Once wrapped, wind some jute around the package and tie into a bow right down the middle. Add sprigs of rosemary with the buds still attached and a bright yellow corrugated gift tag (that’s coming to the shop real soon!). And you’re done!

touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie
touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie
touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie
touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie

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concrete jewelry

round necklace | painted concrete studs | concrete hair pins | concrete ring | gold edged concrete earrings | concrete cube necklace | concrete cuff links | raw concrete studs

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Okay, that’s it. I might want to start being a food styler now. A couple weeks ago I had to share the pin-worthy photos (and recipes) of Molly Yeh — and this week I have to share those from Eva Kosmas Flores. She’s a contributor for the next issue of Little Details Magazine and it was only when I was presented with the next issue to look over and finalize that I realized that she’s local to where I live. Talk about a small world! It’s wonderful to have such wonderful talent nearby.

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All photos via Eva Kosmas Flores’ blog.

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sean flanigan // custom card by anastasia marie

This custom card was created to thank Sean Flanigan of Fist Full of Bolts for being a great supporter. What were the requirements? We needed to somehow show Tacoma, Washington, the fact that he works at Fist Full of Bolts, as well as his love for the Tacoma Tigers. So we grouped them all together. Why not? Cut from 12 pieces of paper plus his logo printed on a T-shirt, Sean was born in paper.

sean flanigan // custom card by anastasia marie
sean flanigan // custom card by anastasia marie
sean flanigan // custom card by anastasia marie

See more of my custom cards here.

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