Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 2011 Brown Bag: THE Brown Bags --the contents, a mini tutorial, and a printable

I've told you all about the October 2011 Brown Bag night.  We talked about the decorations and set up, the people, the food, the prizes, and even how to make the Simple Bows.  

But we haven't talked about THE actual Brown Bags.  
So let's hit it!

Each Brown Bag contained the following:

1. Business card/ coupon for 30% off a photoshoot with Belle Photography
2. A (super basic) instruction card on how to make the Simple Bows
    (Made from old cereal boxes.)
3. A flyer for the upcoming November Brown Bag  (yippee!)
4. Business card for Each Peach Boutique
5. Business card for Sew Much Ado
6. Free exam and consultation for Lane Ave Chiropractic 
    (I love my chiropractor, what can I say?)
7. Adoption cards from Richard and Emily
   (see their adoption profile)
8. Cookies for the husbands (printable below)
9. Business cards with a sample button from my shop, From The Red Kitchen
11. My personal business cards
12. Brown Bag clothespins (printed by hand--tutorial below)
13. A Simple Bow
      (Actually, everybody went home with two--one they made and one made by someone else.)

There's something really fun about getting lots of little samples, business cards, and goodies all bundled up for friends to take home.  I loved the way my little sample cards turned out--such a fun assortment of natural tones and bright colors.

I also had fun decorating the "Brown Bag" clothespins and playing around with a fun new customizeable stamping tool I bought a couple months ago after reading this post.

Should you ever have any desire to print on clothespins, 
here's a quick how-to:

You'll need a pack of clothespins (I buy mine at the dollar store), and this customizeable stamping set (I bought mine at Staples).

Step 1
Arrange the letters backwards of how you want them to read on the clothespin.

Step 2
Insert the ink pad into the stamp and test it out on a piece of paper.

Step 3
Stamp onto your clothespin.

And you're done!

Some of my clothespins turned out better than others.
They all looked fine right after I stamped them, but the ink started to bleed on some of them after they had been sitting for a little while.

Through trial and error, I found that they turned out better if I pressed the stamp onto the clothespin just long for all the letters to be clear, but no longer (i.e. quick stamps here, people).
Also, I didn't re-ink in between each clothespin.  It was just too much ink and that's part of what made some of them bleed.

If you do this yourself, just play around with it a little.  You'll get the hang of it.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions though.  :)

And, last but not least, I also had fun packaging up some goodies for each guest to take home to her husband.

I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies ahead of time.
Since I made the cookies slightly smaller than normal (Shh!  Don't tell the husbands!), one batch made 60 cookies, enough for each husband to have two.

Or enough for the ladies to sneak one on the way home and still have something to give her husband.  :)

I made these kind of as an afterthought, but I'm glad I did.
Several of the women told me that their husbands appreciated the cookies.

Apparently some kids don't go down to sleep so well when their moms are off partying and making bows.
Apparently cookies help make up for a miserable night with just dad.
My genuine thanks to all the husbands and dads who took over for the night so we could party.  :)

Should any of you have a similar need to keep your friends' husbands happy so you ladies can party, you're welcome to use the free printable of my cookie tags below.

Here's a quick how-to for the tags:

  • Print PDF (below)
  • Cut tags using a 2" circle punch
  • Use an 1/8" hole punch to punch the little hole at the top of the tag
  • Insert string and tie onto cookies.

Please note that this printable is for personal use only.

Cookie Tags Printable (for Your Husband So He'Ll Let You Keep Coming!) - Made by Katie Lewis - Copyright 20...

All in all, it was a bit of work getting the bags together.
But it was fun work.
I had a great time testing out new methods and using fun new tools.
I'm really happy with how the bags turned out.

What do you think?


Kathy Haynie said...

Very cute. Love the cookies for the dads idea. Love ALL of it!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Fun little bags. I LOVE your business cards with the buttons. And seeing those cookies makes me want to make some, but I PROMISED myself I was going to actually pull the sewing machine out and do some sewing today. The kids are asleep. Seth's room is vacuumed for the first time in I'm out to pull out the sewing machine...and maybe grab a little handful of chocolate chips.

Lisa Lou said...

Haha! I LOVE the cookie idea! Where did Bryan and Olivia go during all of this? Hopefully he got some cookies too! I want to see him sporting a bow tie to his next shindig.

Allison said...

Haha...I totally didn't even read the tag that clearly says "for your husband" so I thought they were for me and ate them both :) The sure were yummy! Maybe next time I will actually pay attention to the tag...

Kendra said...

Wow. This was a ton of work. Props to you! Looks great!

Julia said...

The event was so enjoyable. You sure did put a lot of work into it all! Great job, it was fun. I have been making bows for my nieces out of all my scrap fabric and mailing them out. Anson also has accumulated a fine collection of bow ties :)

Swedie said...

I have a tip for stamping on your clothespins without having the ink bleed. It requires an extra step. Mix Elmers school glue with water: 2 parts glue to 1 part water (give or take a little). Use your finger - or if you're doing a whole bunch, a sponge brush - to paint a light coat of glue mix on the side you're stamping. Let dry before stamping, and no more bleeding! I like how you attach the bow to the bag!