Get into Spring with flirty skirts and warm layers

by Alicia Fischer, Communications @ Our Hands For Hope

Spring is finally upon us, although it’s felt like it for quite a while here in California. To celebrate the official arrival of one of our favorite times of year, we’ve put together an outfit that still has some winter style but with shorter lengths and a couple pops of color to ease us into the season.

So instead of staying bundled up, switch to shorter layers like flirty skirts and lighter sweaters that are easy to take off when it’s warm, but can still keep you from getting cold if there’s a breeze.

Check out our newest choice of outfit for spring, featuring our Tina shrug.

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Black Godet Flippy Skirt by TopShop, Tina Shrug by Our Hands For Hope, H&M Jersey top, Raspy Platform Bootie by Steve Madden, Nordstrom,  Exalted Necklace by Nasty Gal, Baker Round Bracelet Watch by Marc Jacobs

DIY Lavender Sachet

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Lavender is ready to harvest and sachets make great gifts.
They are simple to make and have a practical purpose.
What you need:
Computer Printer Fabric. It’s one of the most fun materials to use. You can draw anything and transfer it to fabric instantly.
White cotton, cheese cloth, ribbons and lavender are the basic essentials for this project.
You can use any drawing or design. I sketched out our bird logo in black and white with a sharpie pen, then scanned it into the computer.
My hubbie colored it in with his Bamboo sketching pad, adding color and dimension to the design.
Notice the great ribbon I found AFTER the design was done.
How cool is that?

Print your finished art onto Computer Printer Fabric cotton following manufacturers instructions. There are lots of brands available now.
I choose the June Tailor brand.
The cotton is a great weight and light enough to allow the scent of the lavender to pass through without any of the seeds falling out.
Lay out your printing to maximize your design on the fabric.
I did mine at 16 vignettes per page.
Print and heat set with a hot iron.
Cut out your printed design into squares with pinking sheers 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.
Also cut:
2 Cotton squares 4″ x 4″
1 Cheesecloth square 3″x 3″
1 Open weave ribbon 4″
1 Decorative ribbon 6″
Layer the complete top layer only.
Leaving off one 4″ x 4″ cotton square and the 6″ decorative ribbon.
Stitch around the edge 1/8″ in to hold all layers together. See where the pin is.
Now lay completed sachet top, on top of the back 4″ x 4″.
Stitch around three sides at 1/2″ leaving the top edge undone.Pour in 1 tablespoon of fresh lavender.
Cloves or cinnamon sticks would be a great alternatives.
Tuck the decorative 6″ ribbon into the top leaving a loop to hang.
I allowed the ribbon to just fall to the back to give the back side some interest.
Stitch across the top through all layers.
This is a perfect, inexpensive gift for any occasion.
Wrap three to five together with a beautiful ribbon as a complete presentation.
These would make great gifts for wedding party favors, birthday party’s, house warming, or just plan fun.

Too cute DIY bracelets.

We found this great DIY and thought, “Wow, now that’s pretty stinkin’ cute!”

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 Found it here; http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-easy-summer-bracelet/

 

Event: Spring Birthday

April showers bring May flowers and that is just what can happen for a late spring birthday.

Create table centerpieces from giant, yellow gerbera daisies and pinwheels suspended in red and white striped popcorn containers.

Add 1″ white stickers to red tablecloths for a fun polka dot effect.

Wrap all gifts is bold, and bright colorful paper.

Tie bold colored balloons to every chair.

Dress in your bright blue dress, accent with those to die for shoes and slip on your alpaca hand-knit sweater.

Now rest assured your gift, the one with the Cuddle Gram logo is going to be the perfect gift!
A snuggly, cuddly, hand knit alpaca throw, that will be a reminder of a big hug from you.
And just think, a child in a barrio tonight is staying warm too.

Every time a Cuddle Gram is sold, Our Hands For Hope, LLC will gift a warm cuddly blanket to a child in need on your behalf.