i’ve always been a huge fan of the thank you note! whenever someone goes out of their way for me, or does something special, i take pleasure in being grateful and having an excuse to pull out my fancy stationary and sit down to craft a note. on the flip side, there have been times that i haven’t received a thank you card after a shower or wedding gift, and i really haven’t forgotten this! (probably a little petty of me, but i take this thing a tad seriously, clearly).
a personal note makes an impression that an email just can’t. i for one, love receiving them – who doesn’t love getting a personal piece of mail these days? can we also agree that these gold confetti cards match my branding perfectly? when i branded myself two years ago, i truly had no clue that kate spade was doing the same with the gold dots. i swear.
so, what is the etiquette of a thank you note? we’ve all sat down to write one, and thought: “what do i write?”. we want to make it personal and thoughtful, while getting the message across. here are my tips to striking the right chord each and every time:
allow me to preface this by saying i don’t craft, and i don’t diy. i always find that craft projects are tedious, and expensive once you shell out for all the necessary supplies. plus, you always end up getting carried away and buying far too much – you obviously always need more martha stewart glitter… or is that just me? i was inspired by this post, and knew that, because of my obsession with all things gold, and gold gilded (remember my diy business cards? wait… i thought i don’t diy…), along with my upcoming thanksgiving dinner, these had to happen. how great is the texture the foil gives?
i got all the supplies at michaels, including the gold foil. i would say to do 6 pumpkins, it cost me about $20, including tools, stamps and those little gift tags. i did however, have plenty of supplies leftover for another few pumpkins at least. basically, it’s very affordable. the process totally fun, easy, albeit a tad messy, and you do need patience to lay the gold foil just so. a little tip: micheals always has those 50% off coupons – get them with the iphone app or online to save, save, save)
gold leafing, liquid adhesive, foam brush, alphabet stamps (they aren’t pictured but are just little singular letter stamps), gift tags
- using the liquid adhesive (this one came in a ‘starter pack’ with the gold foil), and the foam brush, paint on the glue over the top of the pumpkin and the stem. i freehanded the edge because i like the rustic look, instead of taping off a crisp line.
- let the adhesive get tacky – the package said to wait 40mins, but the glue was tacky in about 5-10mins.
- simply lay the gold leaf over the pumpkin and gingerly press and pat it down with your fingers, getting into all those little ridges of the pumpkin. this takes a little finesse. once you have it placed, rub off the excess gold, almost polishing it with your fingertips to ensure there is no loose foil.
- stamp the gift tags, and tie the string around the pumpkin stem to place on your guest spot at the table.
turning your iphone (or android) into a point-and-shoot camera is the easiest it’s ever been. raw photos captured by your phone can be turned into little personalized pieces of art with a few apps and clicks. these apps are starting to replace photoshop… at least on the go. i’ve nailed down my fave five that i use regularly – instagram not included.
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so, i’m not the biggest bookworm. whenever i have spare time, i relax watching my fave trashy shows, hello housewives! every new year, i resolve to get better at picking up a good book, and every year, i have a stack sitting on my bedside table collecting dust. i didn’t even finish 50 shades of gray, as titillating as it’s been described. does this make me a book expert, heck no. however, i do know which books have made the biggest impact in my life and they are books every woman in her 20′s should be reading. each of these have impacted my perspective and behavior in a positive way, from getting the douchy guys out of my life, to giving me perspective during a rough time, to detaching from my ego (something that is still a work in progress). see any of your faves on my list? do you have a book that changed your life that i absolutely must know about?
white nails are my favorite summer nail trend; i’ve been wearing them almost exclusively all summer-long. like anything else in white, the shade is unforgiving; it’s notoriously difficult to apply – it can look streaky, chalky and show imperfections easily. well, i just happen to have the perfect formula that will avoid all of that nonsense!