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DIY: Stamp a Muslin Bag

It’s so easy to personalize cotton bags for your next party! I’ll show you how!

Supplies:
Muslin or Cotton Bags (etsy or amazon )
Craft Ink
Rubber Stamp (I’m using this wedding Initials Stamp)
Scrap Paper & Scrap Fabric
Iron

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

Once you have all your supplies gathered, You’ll want to test your stamp on a scrap piece of paper. Gently ink your stamp and made a test print on the paper, just so you can get a feel for how it stamps and how much pressure you want to apply. Once you are comfortable stamping on the paper. It’s time to grab your bag.

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

If your bag is really wrinkly, you may want to give it a quick press with the iron, so that you have a smooth stamping surface. Lay your bag on a hard surface. Ink your stamp up once again (not too much ink!) and then line your stamp up where you want it hovering over the bag. you want to stamp straight up and down and gently press your stamp onto the bag and then lift the stamp off. You don’t need to rock your stamp, or put your full body weight into it. If you find you are did not use enough pressure on your first bag, you can run your finger over the stamp when it is placed on the bag for a little added pressure.

In order to make your newly stamped image permanent, the next step is to heart set your bag. I like to put a little scrap of fabric on top of the bag, and then press the iron on that scrap fabric. This will heat set your design, as well as make your bag super flat if it wasn’t already.

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

It’s really is just that simple! Have fun and happy stamping! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will happily help you out!

DIY Tutorial! Learn how to stamp a cotton favor bag! With a few simple supplies you can create a personalized favor bag!

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My favorite Holiday Pandora Stations

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Tis the season to put on a little music and start wrapping those gifts, baking those cookies or just sit by the fire and read a great book! I love to listen to some christmas music while I’m working ( especially when I am designing holiday items in the middle of July!) So here are a few of my favorite pandora stations to get you in the Holiday Spirit!

Rockin’ Holidays Radio – A classic station with a mix of new and old rockin’ Holiday Songs

Indie Holidays – Dashboard. Belle & Sebastian, She and Him ( holiday music for the hipster soul)

The Waitresses – My all time favorite Christmas song!

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Classic up beat classics like the Beach Boys & Dean Martin

What Christmas Means to Me – A little Motown Christmas with the Jackson 5 & Stevie Wonder

Holly Jolly Christmas – A little Bing Crosby anyone?

 

Etsy Goes Public! And I was there!

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I was so honored that Etsy invited me to help celebrate the launch of their IPO (initial public offering) when they started trading last week on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Honored, isn’t even the right word. more like shocked! I have been a seller on etsy since 2008 with my shop Peppersprouts, and I opened the chattypress on etsy 3 years later in 2011, but i never thought they would invite me to be part of something so big!

I drove down from Massachusetts on Wednesday evening, had dinner at etsy headquarters in Brooklyn ( and waved to my old apartment fro the BQE) and then spent the night in Times Square, which is really weird if you have ever lived in New York before.

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In the morning I took part in the bell ringing ceremony at the NASDAQ in Times Square, and got to meet so many amazing sellers, and members of the etsy team! It was a little surreal and so much fun. There was also a market set up in belly of times square, where many of my fellow sellers were able to sell their handmade and vintage goods! It was just incredible.

I truly am thankful and honored to be a part of this occasion, and once in a lifetime moment. I hope this new chapter of etsy makes the best kind of history.

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