Declaration Boutique

Last weekend I got to escape.  Originally, Lincoln and I were going to drive to my grandparents’ house in Florida to surprise my Grandpa for his 90th birthday.  But when I heard that they were sick and not up for company, Loo and I decided to detour down to my parents’ house in Saint Augustine, FL instead.  An impromptu trip, but the first time in years that I’d been there without children following me around!

I’ve always loved it down there…it’s the oldest city in the US, and the history is so interesting…not to mention the quaint shops, yummy food and festive holiday decor.  The ever-popular St. George Street is where we usually visit with the kids, poking our heads in shops {because Heaven forbid we actually bring our three little bulls inside!}, and searching for pirates {yes~the town has many people dressed in character…some are paid, and some are, uh, volunteers!}.

Pirates are everywhere in Saint Augustine, Florida

But since this particular trip, I only had Lincoln {and he was perfectly happy to hand with GP while us ladies shopped!}, so MomMom, Loo and I visited the other side of Saint Augustine, called “Uptown”…the northern part of San Marco Avenue/A1A.  Lots of cute little boutique and antique shops, and the famous LuLi’s Cupcakes {with their Bacon cupcakes and Frosting Shots!}.

But out of all the shops we went in, my favorite was behind a tiny door in a cluster of three shops on the corner of San Marcos and Pine.  Declaration Boutique.

Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, Florida

You walk in the door and have to walk down a corridor lined with an arrangement or greeting cards, scarves, and tea towels. But when the hallway opened up into the main shop…my senses were in full overload from the smells of chocolate and coffee, the sounds of Christmas music, and the wonderful clutter of knick-knacky goodness.

Buttons from Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, Florida

The shop was filled with eclectic eye-candy…but arranged into almost little shops within the store.  In the center of the room was a display of note cards, bookmarks and necklaces.  Santa, if you are reading, I liked the reindeer necklace the best!

Necklaces from Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, Florida

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Along one wall is an airy display of screen-printed tea towels, framed by strings of cupcake liners.

Creative Decoration at Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, Florida

Tea Towel Collection from Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, Florida

Tucked in a corner is locally made sweets.  The chocolate smell as you pass by makes you instantly requiring a snack!

Candy and Chocolate display from Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, Florida

I’m just in love with the way that this shop is set up.  Each little area is it’s own adorable little booth, completely appropriate for the gems it’s selling. It’s like being at a craft fair all in one room!

A variety of children's and nursery items in a cute display at Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, Florida

And of course the obligatory children’s corner {but always my favorite!}.

And as you head back toward the door, you pass by the checkout counter, which is {in my OCD opinion}, just as beautiful as the rest of the store!
Declaration Boutique in Saint Augustine, FloridaI could have spend hours there!  “I want that, and that, and that…”  If you ever visit Saint Augustine, stop by Declaration Boutique… and pick me up a necklace!

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Just FYI, I did not receive any sort of payment or discount for writing this post….just loved the little shop!

{A Handmade Holiday} Easy Gift Ideas

As you know, we are teaching not one, but two Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University courses this year.  And we are attempting to pay off our house early and save up for a new car.  So.  Needless to say, not only are we watching every penny, but we are teaching all of our FPU “students” to do the same thing.  And everyone knows that Christmas gifts are about giving from the heart….not just stuff.

So, I thought maybe I’d share some of my research with you for some of my gift giving ideas this Christmas.  I was looking for handmade items that don’t cost much and don’t take a ton of time to make, but will make the recipient smile and appreciate the time it took to think of them.  Please do me a favor and click on the source below each picture to go to that individual’s website to see the tutorials and more information.  And as always, if you are going to pin anything, please pin from the source’s website, not mine. Thanks!

7 Ideas for a Handmade Holiday from Palmettos and Pigtails

I actually had the kids make a version of this wreath a couple of years ago for grandparents.  I didn’t even use a wreath form {as the site suggests}, but just glued the paper circles to each other.  BIG hit!  Really, anything with your kids’ cute mugs on it will be a hit with grandparents!!


The next tutorial is a little more involved, but something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do.  I love “old” looking signs with Bible verses or old hymns on them.

Source: Saved By Love Creations

For the Little in your life, this is the perfect “busy box” for car rides or doctor’s office waiting rooms.  And all it is, is photos printed on magnet paper and an old Altoid tin!

Source: Palmettos and Pigtails

Everyone can use a new monogrammed door hanger.  And this one is so easy and cheap, anyone could make it.  Swap out the ribbon and it could be great for spring, fall or Christmas.

Source: Design, Dining, and Diapers

This next one is one is perfect for the coffee/tea lover in your life…and if you can draw dots, you can make it!

Source: A Beautiful Mess

And if you are looking to revamp a bigger {and/or uglier} gift that you perhaps got at a yardsale, check out this tutorial for spray painting plastic and covering with fabric and vinyl for a new-to-you look.

Source: Caroline’s Crafty Corner

And finally, here’s my tutorial from last Christmas for a Canvas heart garland….great for on the tree at Christmas, or as mantle decoration at Valentine’s Day….or any day!  Does require some very simple sewing!

7 Ideas for a Handmade Holiday-Holiday Heart Garland from Palmettos and Pigtails

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Hopefully I gave you some ideas to make for your family and friends this Christmas!

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Last Minute Idea: Father’s Day Interview

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Need a last minute Father’s Day gift from your kiddos?

Look what I made! {Daddies don’t look!}

I’d seen many versions of this floating around on Pinterest, but decided I wanted to make my own.

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Click on the picture or here for your own copy!

What do you have planned for Father’s Day?  Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

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New Stuff in My Etsy Shop (And a Coupon)!!

Another shameless plug for my Etsy shop!  In addition to a couple of new burpcloth patterns, I’ve added some headbands too!  And I’ve started making a little doodad which I call a Door Husher.  I literally could not think of a better name.  Please, please help me name the things!!  This little thingy has been a lifesaver in our house.  It allows me to sneak in and out of Amelia’s room without having to turn her squeaky knob, or loudly latch the door.  It’s made out of a thick fabric, and has elastic on either side that goes around the doorknobs.  The fabric sits on top of the latch, and prevents the door from latching…making it easy for me to just gently (and quietly) push open her door.  Comes in very handy too, when I have my hands full and I can just bump the door with whatever is free and it will open!

Here are the new fabric choices for the Door Hushers and for the burp cloths….these make great gifts for new moms!!

Here is the new burpcloth pack….it’s named Magnolia.  And I was so happy to send one to my new baby cousin Cameron, who was born a couple of weeks ago in GA!!

I also sent Cameron’s mom, Heather, a new headband…hopefully it makes her feel pretty and feminine!  The best thing about thm is that they are completely interchangeable…they can fit on any headband, and look great on moms and kids alike.  I just love these…I wear one almost every day!

These are just a few of the choices I have up for sale….check out my Etsy Shop to see the rest!  And remember, I can make custom orders for any of my items, so if you have a specific fabric, color or team you’d like me to feature, just let me know!

Thanks for visiting!  (Tell your friends!!)  Oh, and because you stuck with me til the end of my post, use the coupon code SPRING on your order for 10% off!  Offer good for a limited time…so hurry!

A Little Bit of Love

Usually, Valentine’s Day isn’t so big of a deal in our house.  I’d like to think that we are pretty good at showing our love on a daily basis….so usually Dave and I just go out to dinner…maybe a glass of wine.  This year, though, thanks to Pinterest and a big sale at Michael’s, I had lots of inspiration!!

 Found this idea here…took a toilet paper roll and used it to stamp hearts on butcher paper to serve as wrapping paper.

Found this idea on pinterest, and did it myself….but her idea was a little more sophisticated!

I’m a firm believer in telling my family I love them multiple times a day, but heart-shaped peppermint patties also are an excellent way to spread some Valentine’s Day cheer!

Inspiration and recipe found from here …however I modified it a little and took my own pics!

Here’s how I made them:

P.S.- You’ll also need a couple of unsweetened baking squares of chocolate.

Combine 3oz of cream cheese, 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract and 1/2 tsp of red food coloring until creamy.  Slowly add between 2 and 2 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar….I added it 1/2 cup at a time to prevent the powder from going everywhere!  Add the sugar until the consistency of the mixture is slightly crumbly.

Scoop out the crumbles and form them all into a ball…they will stick together once you start working it with your hands…..then flatten it into about 1/2 inch thick disk.  Use a cookie cutter to cut out your patties.

Place your patties (separated by parchment paper to prevent sticking) in an airtight container and stick them in the fridge for about 1/2 hour to firm up.  Jayna and I used this time to clean up a little!

Then, cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  I originally used cookie racks and foil-both of which FAILED (so disregard that aspect of the following pictures!).  Just use a cookie sheet (or other flat surface that will fit in your fridge) and parchment paper for easy removal.

Dump half a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a couple of unsweetened chocolate baking squares into a deep, microwaveable container.  I used a big coffee mug.

Microwave the chocolate for about 30 seconds and stir to mix until all the chocolate is melted.  If it’s too thick….add a little vegetable oil.  It should drip off of a spoon pretty easily.

Here comes the messy part….

Use a spoon and tongs to completely cover each patty, gently tapping the tongs against the side of the mug to get any excess chocolate off of the patty.  Carefully place the patty onto the parchment papered cookie sheet.  Use a toothpick to spread chocolate over any exposed parts of the peppermint patty.  If you’d like, use a shaker and sprinkles to decorate your peppermint patties.

When your cookie sheet is filled, stick it in the fridge to help the chocolate solidify.  Then store your patties in an airtight container with parchment paper in between each layer.  Keep them in the fridge (although, if your house is like mine….they won’t last too long!!)

If you know of a better way to get the chocolate to coat them, PLEASE leave me a comment.  These were super easy to make, but I’ll admit the chocolate coating was messy and a bit annoying.  But then I tasted them, and it made it all worth the trouble!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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