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The Look for Less: Kelly Wearstler Gordian Weave Fabric

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I have had a major crush on Kelly Wearstler’s Gordian Weave fabric for awhile now.  It is such a classic look, and in real life, the fabric is incredible.  It is weighty, luxurious, and the embroidery is beautifully done.

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Of course, that is probably why it is $400 a yard.  (Update:  I did find it here for $326.40 a yard from this Etsy seller.)  It comes in three colorways, but the Ivory on Walnut is my fave.

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I search Ebay every once in awhile for a remnant, and Shannon had it on her site this past summer.  (no, I didn’t get it, boo)   But on a quick little stop at Childress Fabrics in Dallas (for DFW folks, I went to the Midway Road one) last week, I spotted this beauty.

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$21.95 a yard in all of its navy glory!  They had it in tangerine orange, too.

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The fabric was called “Looped”, I believe, and a little more searching through Childress’ giant warehouse led me to the discovery of these more neutral colorways.

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Can you believe it?!  The fabric is not as luxurious as the Kelly Wearstler, but for the look and $300+ savings, you can look past that, right?

Have you made any awesome “Look for Less” discoveries lately?

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DIY Tutorial: Easter/Spring Carrot Candy Gift or Party Favor

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I have a fun, easy little tutorial for you today!  It would make adorable spring party favors, take-home gifts for your Easter lunch/dinner guests, cute teacher gifts, or any fun springtime reason you can imagine to make them and give them away.

Here’s what you need:

* cone shaped clear cellophane bags

*  green decorative gift filler

*  scissors

*  green duck tape

*  orange candy (I used orange M&M’s and orange jelly beans purchased from the candy store in the mall – 2 lbs. made about 2 dozen carrots.)

*  double stick tape

Optional Items:

*  cute tags

*  basket

*  brown decorative gift filler

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1.  Make your life easier and cut off about four inches from your cellophane cone bag.  It makes it more simple to scoop the candy in.

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2.  Cut about a three inch strip of duck tape and then cut it in half.  If you snip it a little bit, you can usually tear it the rest of the way – it tears pretty straight.  I set it aside by sticking one end to the edge of my table so I could get to it easily.

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3.  Take your scoop and fill your bag to the desired volume.  I used about a half cup to three fourths a cup of candy for each carrot.  Twist the top tightly.

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4.  Take your half strip of duck tape and roll it carefully around the twisted part of the cellophane bag.

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5.  Snip the excess cellophane off the top of your carrot.

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6.  Use your fingers to make sure the candy gets as far to the bottom of the tip as it can.  Don’t push too hard though, or you’ll split your bag open.  (I lost one due to this mistake.)

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7.  Take a tiny piece of double stick tape and fold it in half.  Place it as close to the tip of your carrot as you can.

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8.  Fold the tip up to create a clean tip of the carrot.  (that extra cellophane hanging down is just not as cute)

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9.  Take the other half of your duck tape and lay it color side down on the table.  Taking a small bunch of green decorative gift filler, press the ends of it onto your duck tape.

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10.  Carefully wrap it around the top of your carrot, starting at one end and rolling and pressing until you get to the end of the strip.

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11.  Admire your crafty work.

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12.  If desired, you can add a little tag to your carrot, using twine or any ribbon you have on hand.

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To be extra cute, you could place brown gift filler in a basket and insert the carrot candy with their tops up so the guests/gift recipients can pick their own carrot out of your crop.

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Kids may like offering these nifty gifties to their teachers this way.

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By the way, kids really enjoy making these candy carrots.

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Gotta love cute and easy!

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How could you use this idea?

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