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Pretty Tags and a Super Quick Favor! :)

I hope you all are having a relaxing pre-Superbowl Sunday morning and are preparing your stomachs for a greasy feast this afternoon. I know I am! I have decided to start stepping up my Etsy shop packaging game in the next few weeks so I thought I would share a little sneak peek of some of the fun! The pink and red tags are so festive for this month of LOVE. I also have a pretty blue/green set that will be perfect for spring! :)

On an unrelated note, it is that time of year again… the Apartment Therapy Homies!AThomies2013

Last year we came in 99th place with 25 votes, which isn’t too shabby considering this little blog was only a couple months old! The best part of the whole thing was that we gained a lot of new readers through the contest so that is our goal again! If you like what you read around here, would you be wonderful enough to take 10 seconds to vote for Our Cozy Cubbyhole? You only have to vote once but have to sign up or log in to Apartment Therapy to do so (don’t worry- it is totally free and they don’t send you any spam!). We would be so so so very grateful! You guys are seriously the BEST.

Enjoy your Superbowl eats (oh, and the game. I’ll be wearing my Giants shirt while weeping) and thanks again for all of your love and support!

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Two Little Monday Details

First things first, I am so so so happy to announce the winner of the signed Nate Berkus book giveaway:

Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove

Congratulations Kristen! She will be receiving an autographed copy of “The Things That Matter” via super fun snail mail this week. However, just because the rest of you didn’t win doesn’t mean you should forget about this book. Go pick up a copy or visit the library because it is worth the read.

The next order of business is to remind you that I am joining a fun link-up party over at Decor and the Dog called Dare To DIY!In order to share my DIY holiday adventures, I will be attempting to join in each week with a new project. My “Be Thankful” project was Friday’s DIY “I Am Thankful For You” cards. So head on over to the link partyand check out some awesome DIY Thanksgiving ideas.

I Am Thankful For You!

During the Turkey Day season, it is so easy to get wrapped up in making sure the house is decorated, the dinner is prepped, and travel plans are in place. But sometimes we just need to take a minute and really think about what we are thankful for (just like they used to make us do in elementary school, remember?). While there are a lot of things in my life that I am grateful for, the first one is the group of people with which I surround myself.

So I thought it would be fun to tell them how much I appreciate them with some handmade cards!

This DIY card is super easy! Here are the basic steps:

I Am Thankful For You Card

White card stock – either flat or fold over
Custom Stamp Setting Kit – I got mine from Michaels a while back
Ink pad
Pen or marker – I used a Sharpie pen (super fine Sharpie markers)
Artificial fall leaves
Glue gun (pre-heated)

1. Using the stamp setting kit, spell out “I AM THANKFUL FOR” backwards (haha seems like simple logic but I learned that the hard way!) and stamp onto the upper-middle part of the left side of the card stock.

2. Write the word “YOU” under the stamp in cursive with your pen or marker.

3. With a hot glue gun, run a thin line of glue along the back of the card stock (about an inch or so from the bottom) and glue on your ribbon, leaving plenty of room on either side for the front side and tying the bow.

4. Flip the card over and run a thin line of glue along the bottom left side of the card, all the way from where the ribbon folds around the side of the card to where you would like the bow to be. Keeping the ribbon taut, start from the fold over on the left side and press the ribbon down.  Repeat this step on the right side, gluing only to the bow location.

5. Tie a bow with the remaining ribbon and trim the ends to size. Use a lighter to quickly seal the edges if the ribbon is fraying.

6. Run a thin line of glue down the center vein of the leaf and glue it to the card stock, slipping the stem under the bow as you go. Add thin lines or dots of glue to the underside of the leaf to keep the sides of it attached to the paper.

7. Finally, add a dot of glue under the bow and press it down to keep everything in place.

Add a little message to the back (or inside if you used a fold over card stock) of the card and send it off to someone you love. I know I would be so blown away to receive this wonderful sentiment via snail mail!

Here is one for all of you: my loyal blog readers.  I am thankful for YOU!

P.S. On Monday I will be sharing this craft with Dare to DIY: Be Thankful hosted by Decor and the Dog. Make sure to stop back and check out lots of other Thanksgiving DIYs!

P.P.S. Don’t forget to enter the signed Nate Berkus book giveaway!
Today is the very LAST day to enter! :)