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Moving Ideas!

So it’s only been… what… almost 6 months since we moved??  Better late than never, right?!?!?  I really wanted to pass on some of the tips and tricks I picked up while moving.  Granted, we were moving 10 minutes away not cross-country, so we weren’t forced to be suuuuuuuuper organized. But I do love how everything turned out!  It really did go super well!
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I based much of my moving plans on these two inspirations on Pinterest.
Moving inspirations from Pinterest
Moving inspirations from Pinterest
Also… Let’s be honest… a few months before we moved, my favorite Emily moved.  I totally watched her and ripped everything off.  It’s the story of my life!
I had everything in a 3 ring binder notebook that I carried around with me as I was packing to record what was in which box.  A couple page protector sleeves in it was nice for storing the labels.  Makes them easier to find the room you’re packing in.  I got 3 colors… One color for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one for the garage.  So I had 3 page protectors and kept each colored labels in each one.
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 I *LOVED* how easy this routine made it for everyone helping us move !  (I was 8.5 months pregnant at the time, so all the friends who helped us move were absolute lifesavers!!)  Everyone automatically knew which level/area each box went at a glance by simply looking at the color of the label.
I started packing non-essentials and stuff I didn’t use much asap.  The sooner you start so you’re not packing EVERYTHING all at once the better!
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The labels I ordered were from Amazon… They make life SO much easier to have preprinted.  I printed the sheets off then packed away.  So simple!!!!
I have found that they don’t necessarily stay on the best all on their own… So just to make sure they stay on the box a small piece of packing tape is a good fix.  Unless you have an Emma in your house who likes peel off any labels.  Then 2 large pieces of tape covering the whole label is in order.  Ha!  It kinda defeats the whole purpose if your kiddo rips all the labels off all the boxes.
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 I hate moving (I want to live and die in this house!) but having a game plan helps i.m.m.e.n.s.e.l.y!!!  It made me feel like I was approaching a challenge that I could conquer!
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And bonus!  Here are free printables for my moving notebook and my labels… If you can use them, AWESOME!!!!
 If you found this post, you’re probably moving… So good luck with that!  Hope it goes super well for you!!!

Retail Ideas:

So Handsome Man and I went on a spontaneous baby-less date a few weeks ago… (thanks to a mom-in-law and dad-in-law in town who are down with babysitting on a whim!)



As we were walking downtown, I noticed this display in one of the closed shops along the way.  (Excuse the cel-phone-picture-taken-in-the-dark! 😉 )


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Loved how inexpensive and “wow-ee” this display is!

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Fun, right?

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Saw these reclaimed barn-wood boxes at Sears too at another unrelated shopping trip…

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So versatile and usable for retail!

Thinking I might make some for the Shop.

(Master’s Hand Candle Co & Gift Shop)

…Or even here at home!

Roundup of Christmas Ideas

So I was looking through my Christmas Pinterest Board before decorating… And I forgot how much awesome Christmas ideas I’ve pinned!  It’s awesome!


So I thought I’d put together a round up of my 20+ favorite Christmas ideas!  Enjoy!!!



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I love the concept of wrapping and stacking faux gifts, candles and hanging garland.  Lovely!

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Love this cutesy idea from Handcrafted Parties!

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CUTE idea by Inspired By Charm!  I kinda LOVE this!  It’s definitely on my next year’s to-do list!

Making some bigger ones would be awesome too!!

Outdoors perhaps?  Drill holes and stick lights through them?  Could be adorable!

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Cool idea by May This Journey!!  Cut a small “x” into the Ping pong balls, and pop them over the bulbs.

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DIY Sea Glass Ornaments by Sand & Sisal.  Super pretty!

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This is kinda awesome too for a beach-y tree by Sand & Sisal!

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Awesome glittered skates tutorial by The Magic Brush!  Jennifer is pretty awesome!

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Ha! Adorable idea by Serendipity Patchwork!

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So pretty!  Use a simple string of beads to hang ornaments!

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I like this simple inexpensive idea!

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Isn’t this some kinda awesome?  Place cards would be fantastic!

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Cute door decoration idea by SAS interiors.

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Good ‘ol epsom salts, Modge Podge and Dollar Store candleholders!

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Simple garland idea by Not So Random Stuff.  

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Love this idea by Tutto Bella.  Turn mints into a serving tray! After your party, break and keep in a candy jar! Great idea for a plate of cookies you don’t have to get back. Love this for delivering Christmas cookies.

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Robin @ Heart of Wisdom had a great idea!  Using a coffee filter to make a snowflake… Already in a circle, gives the 3D effect when open.

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Love this idea from Organize and Decorate Everything.  Glittered bottles – tape off where you want glitter, add mod podge, peel off tape and let dry = beautiful!

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My Home My Style showed off this cute idea… Wrap wire around foam cone to make trees!

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Ha!  This makes me laugh!

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Dandelions and Dust Bunnies used this brilliant idea to fill vases with ornaments!

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And to top it all off…. A little redneck Christmas cheer for you! 😉

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Retail Designs….

Another part of me is Master’s Hand Candle Co. & Gift Shop!

About 4 years ago, my mom and I opened the storefront in Tekamah, Nebraska.  After marrying Handsome Man, I moved to Lincoln and she has been running it ever since.   And admittedly it’s a little depressing because she’s not only surviving since I left, she’s THRIVING!!  I console myself with the fact that she had 6 new employees hired after I left.  I’ll just assume it took 6 people to replace me!!! lol!!


Anyway… a few times a year, I go up to help rearrange the shop for the next season.  Because of that, I’m constantly on the lookout for cute retail display ideas.  When Mom and I went to market, I took lots of pictures.  These are some of my favorite displays and why I love them.


The window backdrop… the all-white Christmas….The old wooden buffet….   Adore how it all works together so beautifully!


LOVE this built-in cottage shanty!  Would LOVE to build one of these in the corner of our shop for the antiques.  Keep it all together in one very adorable spot!


Simple but so. stinking. cool!    Brilliant.

Some frosted glass spray….  a few plastic snowflakes…


Put the snowflakes on the glass, and spray over it.  Remove the snowflakes and taaa-daaa!  Love!


This simply made me laugh!   🙂


Love the use of displaying Christmas ornaments on garlands!


Big bowls or platters with monochromatic ornaments…. They were SO pretty!!


Check out the riser.  It would be so easy to make!  1x’s covered with cedar shakes and painted white.  Love!


This is a crummy picture….  But what a difference 12 inches makes!  That table and whole display is on a 12 in riser.  I brings everything just that much closer to eye level and it was a great shopping height.


You can’t tell as well in pictures… But all those wires from the ceiling are actually super long icicle lights.  We used them for our wedding and they were s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g.

They crammed 5 trees together… Did each tree in a different yet sparkly color… and had those lovely drippy lights coming down from the ceiling and throughout the trees.  Pretty!!!


They made an arch that began and ended in great big urns.  This one was loaded with grape lights and tons of winery ornaments.  Pretty awesome in person!


This one you’ve got to see to get the full effect.  It was 3 sizes of wreaths stacked one on top of the other. (Looked like an upside down pyramid when it was hanging)   So pretty and if you hang it within arms reach, it would be a great way to retail ornaments without putting them on the usual tree.


Again…. The corner garlands were a great way to retail ornaments.


How about a switch into spring displays for a sec? So we all know I’m a sucker for branches… But what a great way to retail those happy flowers!


Back to Christmas….  They backed all their poinsettias on this tree with loops of ribbon.  It really made the flowers pop!


This is one half the tree…..


This was the other half…   They were separated by a door.  It enabled them to decorate 1 tree with 2 different styles/colors.  So freaking cool!


Another example….  As you can see… A door changes everything!!!!


Interesting….  A good way to effectively display a lot of jewelry…  Wouldn’t want to do a whole wall like this…. But in smaller quantities….  Hmmmm…


Pretty much drooling over this cupboard.  The color…. the chippy-ness….  Adore.



And that sums up our trip last March to the Minneapolis Market.


Of course I didn’t elaborate on the whole backing up into another car thing….   Totally my fault.  Didn’t do anything to our vehicles.  Scared me to death.  And he was like the nicest guy ever.  Still don’t want to talk about it.   😉