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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Product Review: Eco-Friendly Coffee Cup Sleeve from Beyond Quilts

A lot of Etsy shop owners and companies contact me to do product reviews, and I usually turn them down, because I don't have the time to promote giveaways at the moment. However, I wanted to feature the products in my Holiday Gift Guides.

I browsed through hundreds of Etsy shops and was drawn to Beyond Quilts because of the vast amount of products and fabric choices available. Owner and crafter Carolyn Pavlovic kindly agreed to send me a sample for review, and she let me pick exactly what I wanted!

My first choice was her Eco-friendly Coffee Cup Sleeve. I've been wanting one for a while now, and she has so many different fabric options. I'm usually very picky, but I couldn't even decide, so I asked her to just send me any of the modern styles.

She sent me the one pictured on the right. I totally love it! I imediately noticed how professionaly-made it is. It can be tricky ordering off handmade sites like Etsy. There is a huge difference between homemade and handmade. To me handmade is something of quality, made by an expert. This coffee-cup sleeve (and the gorgeous book mark she also sent) were absolutely high-quality pieces to the degree that I would order anything from Beyond Quilts with confidence.

When I asked Carolyn how she got started, it's no wonder how she is so skilled. She has been doing this for a long time.
Q: How did you get started selling handmade?

A: I have been making things with my hands since elementary school and got started about 10 years ago selling handmade items to friends when they began asking for me to make gifts for their friends. Then other friends and my daughters said "You should have your own shop online." I had no idea how to do it, so my web-savvy daughters set it up for me. I forced myself to learn how to upload pictures in May of 2010 and haven't looked back since. My sales are almost three times what they were a year ago for the entire year. Yippee!!




If you haven't gotten an order in at Beyond Quilts by December 17th, you can pay an extra fee for rushed shipping so your gift will arrive in time for Christmas. There are lots of items to choose from that are ready to ship. Click here to shop.

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated for this review. I was provided with a product for review. All of the opinions above are my own.

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