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BFF Birthday Gift Box

Today is my childhood best friend’s birthday! Kelsey turns 25 and now is oh-ficially a member of the “25 and older” club. She was really dreading the big two-five, but I have a feeling it’ll grow on her. I decided to put her together a little gift box of sorts. Nothing special, just tiny gifts from the heart, i.e., the best kind.

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What’s inside?

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Kelsey recently learned how to crochet and I have been trying to pick up the skill as well. Knitting is going well, but crocheting, in many ways, is a whole ‘nother ball game. One of Shelton’s work friends is an avid crocheter and a couple weeks ago she gave me a ton of yarn. I thought the little skeins of cotton yarn were too cute for words!

I also had another go-around with my foil stamper and it was the best stamping session yet. I finished Kelsey’s note cards in no time!

I like how the pink ribbon makes a “k.” I’m all about subtleties.

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Thanks to some supplies from The Plaid Barn and scrapbooking paper, I made this little pendant. I have a lot of epoxy dots from The Plaid Barn, and aspirations to start an Etsy store just full of epoxy creations. But of course all the supplies sit neatly on my desk. One day, maybe.

Birthday Gift Box | sweetandsavorylife.com

Birthday Gift Box | sweetandsavorylife.com

This paper envelope was in one of my previous Birchboxes and I saved it just for an occasion like this. A little stamping action, glue, sparklies and boom! Cute packaging.

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All tucked safely inside – and hopefully it made it to the birthday girl in the same condition. I just love sending care packages. It’s pretty much my favorite thing ever.

Happy Birthday, Kelsey!


Across the Pond: CD Swap (FREE downloads included!)

I have a lovely blogger friend named Janey who hails from the United Kingdom. Last summer we met through a blog we both follow and participated in a CD Swap! It was a fun little project where everyone who wanted to participate commented on one post and was then matched up with another person. Somehow, Janey and I were put together, and it’s been one of my favorite things to ever happen via the internet.

For our first swap, we decided to make fun, summer-y playlists for one another. After sending and receiving our packages, we started following each other on Twitter and kept in touch. We decided to do another swap (this time on our own) and I jumped at the opportunity. I love creative challenges like this–especially ones that combine design, care packaging and music. For our second swap, we upped the ante a bit and pledged to make two playlists: Love/Hate songs and then Christmas music!

Simple designs for the CD cover art – DOWNLOAD YOURS BELOW!

Listen to my Love/Hate playlist here.

Listen to my Merry Everything playlist here.

Earlier this fall I taught myself how to quill. It’s not for everyone, but I find it incredibly relaxing! Janey had a birthday recently, so I decided to send her a little gift.

This is a ring I made using supplies from The Plaid Barn and scrapbooking paper! Fun, easy project. I hope Janey got to make a wish on her birthday, and that it comes true…

In return, here is what Janey sent me:

How fancy are these stamps! Of course in the UK the mail is royal :)

Janey really outdid herself! I totally felt like a little kid opening her package. My favorite thing are the comments she provides on her song choices. They really make me smile.

And just in case you were wondering… the real way to my heart has always been through stickers. I am a reformed Lisa Frank addict.

Click here to read Janey’s post about our swap!



 Want to make your own playlists for a friend? Download my CD cover art and make it your own!



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