Introducing: That Darling Boutique

On Friday I teased about a big announcement. I’ve been holding my breath all weekend, excited to tell you: I’ve gone and done it! I’ve opened my very own Etsy shop. I’m happy to introduce my new baby, MY store: That Darling Boutique.

I am open for business and am selling handmade ribbon pennant banners, high chair banners, tie banners, name banners, as well as all sorts of invites and other party stationary available for digital download. 

I’m full of fear, excitement, anxiety, and joy! This has been a long time coming. It’s something I’ve talked about for at least 4 years, but my fear of failure and the fear of starting always got the best of me.

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Earlier this summer I hosted my brother in law’s girlfriend’s baby shower. I know that most people roll their eyes at showers – at the tedious decorations, the details, the food, the silly games, the ceremony of opening gifts, but I love them.

I believe we should always jump on the chance to celebrating with loved ones. And regarding showers; I believe that supporting other women as they enter a new chapter in their lives should only be met with grace and joy. 

So, when I was asked to do the decorations for my soon to be niece’s shower I jumped on it! I couldn’t wait to pick out a theme and get started crafting.

It’s relaxing for me, creating something beautiful with my hands. I find pleasure in knowing that although this decor will only be temporary, the smile it may bring to the guest’s face or the added unique burst of color it will add to a fun celebration makes it all worthwhile. 

So I decided to open up a shop. To share my lovely custom designs with everyone.

Each piece is made with love and each piece can be custom-made. I soon hope to receive messages like, “I’m throwing a whale themed party, can you help me out?” Are you that person that is too busy to handle the details of a party you are hosting or just don’t know where to begin? Let me help!

In the meantime I’ve been working away on creating a variety of banners. My living room is full of ribbon and it just makes me smile!

Life is always worth celebrating! Whether it’s a birthday, retirement or graduation party, bridal or baby shower, or simply a fun summer get together, why not make it extra special? Why waste your money on vinyl or cheap paper decorations when you can get a quality custom-made piece (that you could also use again and again?) for just a little bit more money? 

Please check out and share my shop

And also follow along on Facebook.

I’m offering 15% off any order for my “Grand Opening” with the code “celebrate15” until August 15.

Thank you so much for your support!

How To Remove Christmas Tree Sap From Your Hands

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I’m going to keep this short and sweet today. One, it’s Friday and Two, it’s been one hell of a week. 

So yes, the Christmas tree. The centerpiece of everyone’s holiday decor. So festive, so traditional, so full of SAP!

Anyone that has gotten hands on with a Christmas tree knows that sap is horrible to remove. First is the initial sap attach you get while lugging the tree into your house. Followed by more sap while stringing the lights and even more sap when you to decorate the tree. The Christmas tree sap can’t be avoided. 

It’s all over you palms, in between your fingers, under your nails, and up your arms.

Think of this scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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Soap and hot water will not cut it. 

Know what works like a charm every time? BUTTER.

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Yep, the kind you cook with. Cut a sliver off a stick of butter and rub it all over your hands and arms and then wash with warm water and soap. You will be sap free after an application or two.  

The more you know!

Tissue Paper Tassel Garland Tutorial

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Tissue Paper Tassel Garlands – the ones taking over Etsy and blogland, are a great way to add a  little extra charm and whimsy to any holiday or event are so simple and CHEAP to make at home! You can customize it to any size and color and they easily mix in with other decor. 

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I’m here to share a tutorial, perfect for any party, bridal or baby shower, or holiday decor. These garlands are everywhere these days and I never knew how easy it was to make my own.

Awhile back I decided to make a garland for my best friend’s bridal shower that I hosted earlier in May. Just for curiosity sake I did a basic search on Etsy to see how much it would be to buy one. As soon as I saw that they would cost me around $30.00 I knew there was no turning back. I was going to make my own! I was not going to pay over $15 for something made out of tissue paper and something that would potentially arrive to me bent or torn.

Making my own was the only way to go! Here is the one I made for the shower on display at the Mimosa Bar! It got rave reviews and many people just assumed it was purchased. 

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That way I could pick out the perfect colors as well and make it exactly how I wanted it to look. I created a video as I know I learn best visually, especially on small scale paper projects. Please be in touch below in the comments if you have any questions!  

What you will need:


tools needed

  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • String/Twine/Ribbon/Cord to string the tassels on to be hung from.


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Some Tips:

  • Make sure to cut all of your strands in the same width.
  • Use the ruler to hold up the already cut tassels so they are out of your way. 

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  •  After rolling up the tasselled paper you have to twist the middle part. (this section was hard to see on the video). Simply twist the paper and wrap the twisted portion around itself until it forms a loop. Then secure the loop together with hot glue.
  • The metallic paper looks AWESOME but is extremely hard to cut. It easily tears on its own, almost instantly (think of a thin pretzel or chip bag that tears open down the side after you rip it open). What I did to make it easier: tape the top and sides of the paper down as I was cutting the strips.
  • Evenly measure out the distance between the tassels on the cord.

If you make your own, I’d love to see pictures of your garlands! Please share on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram with #ablatasselgarland


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This post was originally published as a guest post on Mr. Thomas and Me
xoxo Katie