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“Wrapped in Bows” with Ruffles and Stuff

October 20th, 2012

I was beyond thrilled to find this fantastic tutorial for making a Bow Scarf on one of my fave blogs “Ruffles and Stuff“. Check Check Check it out!!

I’m definitely ready to make these for each of my nieces this Christmas as well as my little Lola bug. Can’t wait to get cracking on this adorable project! Had to share – don’t forget to bookmark her blog it’s full of awesome posts and ideas. XO - Daria

Merry Christmas From My Family to Yours

December 22nd, 2011

Dear Boutique Cafe Readers, thank you all for a wonderful fun-filled year! I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Festival of Traditions & Tutorials – thank you to each of our special guests for making it happen! I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and Holidays filled with the love of family & friends. I know many of you are rushing around getting the last minute things done on your checklists, don’t forget to take a moment to soak in what really counts when you gather (and give yourselves a pat on the back!).

May you all feel the joy of the season, and your cups of couture will be overflowing with creativity in the New Year! From my family to yours I wish you the happiest holiday. XOXO - Daria

Day 9: An Anthro Inspired Festive Banner with Lizzy Anne

December 20th, 2011

Today we are featuring an amazing project from my talented sister-in-law Elizabeth. Liz has a wonderful blog, be sure to check it out Lizzy Anne here>>

“I try to be true to myself in any holiday decorating. Keeping my personality even in the face of Christmas glitter. I fell in love with a banner at Anthropologie. But did not fall in love with the price tag! Every year I feel like I have to decorate before I start on my other Christmas projects. So this year I did this one for myself before anything. A treat to me for all the hard work I’m about to embark on to pull off Christmas once again. It has been the perfect touch at our front entry and I love walking past it everyday! Merry Christmas to me! You can give yourself this gift too! Here is what you need.” – Liz

Supplies Needed:
-15 Sheets of Felt various colour ( you might want to buy a couple extra to allow for matching options)
-Cross stitch Thread ( I bought this huge pack at Walmart for $10 ‘craft thread’)
-Yarn 3 colors
-Needle
-Printed Letters I used Arial in Bold and outline size 160
-Sewing machine
-Mat and Cutter
-Safety Pin
-Elastic band

Make your cuts. You should be able to get 2-3triangles out of each sheet with salvage
You will need 2 triangles per letter in the banner.

Save your salvages. If you only need 2 out of the color, stop cutting. The Salvage will be used for your letters and circle details.

Next print your letters, cut and trace them onto the felt salvages. Then cut out. Use any extra felt to cut out free hand circles of various sizes.

Line up 2 triangles of the same color. Sew ¼’ seam around all edges. Center and pin letter of contrasting color and sew as close to edge as you can.

Use your floss (craft thread) and needle to do a blanket stitch around the triangle. I doubled my thread for a thicker detail. Pick a thread of a contrasting color yet again for this look. Repeat on your circles as well. This part is what takes the most time, but the look is so worth it!!

For the braids use your colored yarn. I chose a variegated to save on money and still get a variety of color. Cut your full length of both Merry and Christmas and enough to hang, about 4.5 m. I used 2 length per section of the braid for a total of 6 strands. Tie ends in a knot and put a safety pin through the knot. Attach to carpet or somewhere you can anchor it.

Before braiding wrap up each section and put a rubber band around to make it easy to manage and easy to pull more length as you braid. Braid, braid, braid! Then repeat with second color way.

Voila!!

Now your ready to string your banner. Take your cream Yarn on a tapestry Needle and pull through the top portion of each triangle. This is also the time to randomly string your circles on between letters. To attach the braided portion you will need to cut small slits at the bottom portion of the triangles through only the back layer and feed through. If you use the safety pin at one end, it’s easier to pull through.

Once you have everything spaced how you like on the strands of yarn, pull your top and bottom strands together at the swag you are happy with. Do a simple slip knot to attach the strands, as well as create a loop to hang it from. You can either trim or let the ends dangle like I did. YOU DID IT It’s beautiful! Hang it and feel the Christmas spirit! Of course you could spell anything for any occasion in any color way and it’s sure to light up your day!

At the end of it you have this incredibly festive banner to love for years to come! Enjoy and Merry Christmas to you all!

Day 7: Boutique Cafe’s Holiday Music Show – Podcast REWIND

December 19th, 2011

Holiday Music ShowIT’S BACK!! I’m reposting our original podcast filled with Christmas Music. This was such a popular show, play it while you are wrapping up those gifts and enjoy! We wanted to give our listeners a little gift this year, so we’ve compiled some of the best podsafe Holiday music and rolled it into one Big Boutique Cafe Holiday Music Show. Hosted by Daria, all of the music played in our Holiday Show can be found on the Podsafe Music Network. Boutique Cafe loves to support independant musical artists, and we think you’ll find a little bit of everything in our first Holiday Music extravaganza.
Podsafe Artists All Wrapped Up in a Boutique Cafe Bow are : Natalie Brown, Gidgets Ga Ga, Beatrice Ericsson, Geoff Smith, Joel Kopischke, Jill Parr, Tresa Street, Ayla Brown, Larry Seyer


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Day 6: Chelsea Andersen’s Big Soft Ginger Cookies

December 17th, 2011

Big Soft Ginger Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

You can find more great recipes on my blog:

www.pinkfigdesign.blogspot.com

Under the Pink Fig Recipe Collection Tab on the right side bar.

Here is the link to the cookie recipe on my blog:

http://pinkfigdesign.blogspot.com/2008/12/on-first-day-of-christmas-my-true-love.html

Day 5 – The ModKid Patty Young Ornament Tree!

December 16th, 2011

“Daria, Thanks so much for asking us to be a part of your special Christmas blog. We created a really awesome pink tree for our studio a couple of weeks ago and we have gotten so many questions as to how we made it that I thought this would be the perfect project to share. Since my assistant, Emalee, was the mastermind behind this fun and crafty project I will let her tell you—in her own words—how the tree came about. Enjoy the tutorial and several pictures I captured on assembly day. As you will see, we had lots of “helping hands” in the form of a group of local college students from the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising.” :) Patty Young

Instructions by Emalee Grambo. Photography by Patty Young.

Our pink tree, while a fun experience, was definitely a group effort to put together. So find your friends and neighbors to help you put this beauty up.
For starters, you will need some sort of small round object for the tip top of your tree. Being a sewing studio, we had plenty of sewing embroidery hoops lying around and we chose one that was 4” in diameter. Anything similar to this will work great. Just be sure there is no chance whatever you choose can crack… the first item we used—a clear plastic plate—cracked when we tried to put the tree up. This tree ends up heavier than you think.

You will also need:
1 Hula Hoop (at least 3-feet wide)
Colored duct tape or spray paint to cover the Hula Hoop if you wish
Clear fishing line (a bit on the stronger side)
180 shatterproof ornaments in glittery pinks (or the color of your choice)
Clear tape and a hot glue gun to reinforce areas of your tree

We decided we wanted our tree to be about 10 feet tall with ornaments placed every 6.5”. So:

1. Mark your hula hoop and embroidery hoop with ten evenly spaced marks around the circumference.
2. Cut 10 strands of fishing line at 12 feet each.
3. Starting at one end, measure a foot and mark with a permanent marker. From this point measure every 6.5 inches and mark with a permanent marker. About a foot should remain at this other end as well. This will allow room to tie each strand to the top and bottom hoop. All 10 of your fishing line strands should be marked in this way.
4. Proceed to string your ornaments onto each strand and tie three knots at each mark you made. On 5 of the strands, leave the very last mark empty. On the other 5 strands, leave the second to last mark empty. These will be the “top” of the strands. This will keep the very top of the tree from getting too congested. If you have the space, spread each completed strand on your floor to keep it from tangling up with one another. (Trust me on this!)
5. Once you have all ten done, spread them out as best you can in a circle around the object you have for the tippy top of the tree.
6. Tie the top of each strand, alternating between strands with the last mark empty or the second to last mark empty, to each mark on your tippy top tree piece. From four evenly spaced marks on this tippy top piece string fishing line to create a loop to hang your tree.
7. Now this is where you will need all the helping hands you can find. Have each person grab two strands as you lift the center of your tree up. If you don’t recruit these lovely friends, you will be spending the majority of your afternoon untangling these ten strands and your pretty pink tree won’t be looking pretty anymore.
8. Once you have your tree hung, you can proceed to tie each end to your hula hoop where marked. We found it most helpful to place the hula hoop onto a flat surface at the level where we wanted our tree to fall and then tie each end to the hoop.




Day 4: Glamorous Stocking Tutorial with The Domestic Diva!

December 15th, 2011

Lisa’s Christmas Confessions:

Christmas Confession #1: I’ve never let my kids decorate MY tree. They can put their handmade ornaments on their smaller trees in their room. I know, I’m a bad mother.

Christmas Confession #2: Even though your Santa may wear a RED suit, mine doesn’t. I loathe RED. There is not a speck of RED (or Christmas Green) in my house during the holidays or any other time. My Santas have Gold, Cream, White, Silver, and Aqua robes…LOL!

Christmas Confession #3: I like getting Christmas cards with pictures of your adorable kids. Except the ones that include those annual summaries of their overachievements.

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas! Lisa – The Domestic Diva’s Disasters Blog

Lisa’s Glamorous Lined Christmas Stocking Tutorial


Materials Needed:


  • 1/2 yard outer fabric
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • 1 yard fusible interfacing
  • Sewing Thread

Print out a template or trace an existing Christmas Stocking.


Stocking Templates:


Tipnut’s Stocking Template


Martha Stewart Hankerchief Stocking Template


Martha Stewart Quilt Stocking Template


Martha Stewart Remnant Stocking Template


About.com Stocking Template


Woman’s Day Stocking Template

Fuse interfacing to the back of both your outer fabric and your lining fabric..

Layer both outer fabric and lining fabric right sides together. Trace template and cut out layers.

Sew one top of outer fabric to one top of lining fabric. Repeat with second outer fabric and lining fabric.

With right sides together, place outer fabric/lining piece on top of other outer fabric/lining piece. Sew together …

leaving a 3 inch opening on the lining (for turning).

Clip your curves.

Turn right side out and press.

Stitch Lining Opening closed.

Stuff lining inside outer fabric. Fold over lining to outside to create a self-cuff.

Make Cuff

Measure the circumference of the top of the stocking (mine is 16 inches) and add 1 inch to that measurement. Now take that measurement (for me it’s 17 inches) to cut the width of the cuff fabric with a height of 7 inches. My cuff fabric is 17 inches by 7 inches. You following this?

Fuse interfacing to the back of your cuff fabric.

Fold in half width-wise, right sides together.

Now fold height wise.

Stitch through all four layers of raw unfolded side. Turn right side out. You now have a cuff with the a raw bottom edge

Line up raw edge of cuff with finished edge of stocking. Stitch or serge.

To make a loop to hang your stocking, cut and interface a 2” x 10” piece of fabric.

Fold fabric in half lengthwise and stitch to conceal raw edges.

Fold finished loop in half right sides together. Stitch or serge together bottom edge.

Attach loop to inside cuff seam. Stitch.

Fold cuff to outside of stocking, add a fancy crystal brooch, and hang your stocking!

Day 3: Monogrammed Cranberry Ornament from Young Crafty Wife

December 13th, 2011

Martha, is a gorgeous Young Crafty Wife with a fun blog always brimming with great DIY ideas. She also has an Etsy shop that houses some of her fabulous creations. I’m very privileged enough to call her family, when I married Nathan I got Martha in the deal! She’s a darling cousin and I adore her creativity! Thanks so much Martha for your Ornament tutorial – XO Daria

Monogrammed Cranberry Ornament

You will need: – Some “Cranberries” I used little red foam vase fillers – Glue Gun – A Letter – Burlap – Wire

1. Glue the Cranberries around the boarder of you letter.
2. Continue to fill in the rest of the letter.

3. Make your burlap bow – above is how I made mine

4. Glue your bow right on top!

5. Take your wire making a little hook and glue it to the back as close to the centre as possible

6. Hang it on your tree!

I didn’t have a Christmas tree so I display it on – so my lovely barren tree outside our apartment will have to do! Merry Christmas!

Day 2: The Dessert Darling shares her FAVE Cookie!

December 13th, 2011

The Dessert Darling’s Favorite Holiday Cookie!
While I critique and review desserts at DessertDarling.com, I’ve long since given up on baking to leave it to the pros. That said, there is one holiday treat for which I must roll up my sleeves and get down and dirty with lots and lots of men. Gingerbread Men, that is.

This recipe was passed down from my Grandmother who’s ancestors used to run a bakery in Germany.

My little frosted men might look unassuming in their simplicity, but I assure you they are extremely delicious, addictive, and make for a wonderful family tradition!

RECIPE:

5 cups sifted flour1 cup shortening
1 tsp. salt1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg1 egg well beaten
3 tsp cinnamon1 cup light molasses
1/2 tsp ground cloves1/3 cup water
1 tsp ginger1/8 tsp baking soda

Sift 1 cup of the flour with salt, spices, and baking soda. Cream shortening. Add sugar gradually to shortening beating till light and fluffy. Add egg and slightly warmed molasses. Stir in water. Add remaingin flour 1 cup at a time till dough is soft and moist. Chill for 6-8 hours. Roll about a quarter of it and cut with cookie cutters. Continue. Put on lightly greased cookie tray and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool and then ice with mixture of confectioners sugar and water beaten till smooth and colored with food coloring if you want to be creative.. Raisins can be used as decoration.



Jenny Alden Barth critiques and reviews desserts at www.DessertDarling.com with a 5-cherry rating system to guide you to the very best. She eats the good, the, bad, and the ugly so that you don’t have to.~

Day 1: Mom’s Traditional Popcorn Wreaths

December 12th, 2011

In kicking off our Boutique Cafe Festival of Traditions and Tutorials, I asked my Mom Sharon to share her recipe for popcorn wreaths. This is something we have made my whole life, and each year I know Mom will be making these. It’s always so heartwarming to see and smell the delightful traditions in my Mom’s kitchen each year. I love having a list of favourite things that she makes, and knowing that when I come home they are waiting for us to snack on. Thanks so much Mom for sharing your recipe and for all the beautiful Christmas’s you have given me over the years. Love, Daria

Hi this is Daria’s Mom. One of our family’s favourite Christmas traditions is making popcorn wreaths to give away to friends and neighbors (and teachers). It is an easy treat to make and tastes yummy!

I use an angel food cake pan to get the shape of a wreath, and then I also form my own candy cane shapes, which are also fun. If you want to be creative you could do star shapes or whatever else you can think of to make this fun and interesting. Our children still look forward to this tradition and now we are passing along to our grandchildren. Hope you enjoy as much as we do.


Here’s the recipe (I do up several batches)

Pop 1 ½ cups of popcorn (remove all unpopped kernels).

Syrup:
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
½ cup marjarine
1 pinch salt
Bring to a boil while constantly stirring. (Burns easily, watch closely)
Cook to almost soft ball stage in cold water. Remove from stove and add 1 tsp. Vanilla.
Pour over popcorn. Mix well.
Pour syrupy popcorn into well sprayed angel food or bundt pan. Press and leave about a minute to take form.
Remove from pan and decorate with jube jubes, and/or Christmas candies of all sorts.

Note: Prior to preparing the recipe I cut out cardboard squares big enough to hold the popcorn wreath, or rectangular ones to hold the candy cane shapes. Cover the cardboard with tinfoil and you are ready to go. Makes it easy to deliver your decorated treat!

Two New Christmas Printables – a Gift for YOU!

November 25th, 2011

A NEW GIFT FOR YOU: Maggie from Boutique Graphics has teamed up with Boutique Cafe again this year to create two new original Holiday printables as our Christmas gift to you!!

These sweet sayings are Free for you to download and print off at your local print shop (or at home on your printer). Put them into a cute frame and place them around the house to make your holiday festive and bright. These make an easy and affordable gift for someone you love as well. We’d love to see pictures of where you place your prints and how you display them, post a link to your blog if you share them – (*remember good things come to those who share…).

We have two NEW Holiday designs available for 2011:

“Joy Love Peace Believe Christmas” in a classy and beautiful tree formation

and the playful and frolic filled:

“Have yourself a Merry little Christmas”

Each download is available in 3 sizes (4×6,5×7,8×10)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.

With much love,
Daria, Maggie and the entire Boutique Cafe Team

FREE DOWNLOADS
Click to download the sizes you wish
“Joy Love Peace Believe Christmas” Tree

4X6
5×7
8×10

Click to download the sizes you wish
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

4×6
5×7
8×10

**Last Year’s Free Printables are still available for download here >>

Free Christmas Printables – a Gift from Boutique Cafe

November 22nd, 2011

A GIFT FOR YOU: As a little Holiday treat for our readership we commissioned the talents of Maggie from Boutique Graphics to create some original Holiday prints as our Christmas gift to you!!

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cupchristmas

These sweet sayings are Free for you to download and print off at your local print shop (or at home on your printer). Put them into a cute frame and place them around the house to make your holiday festive and bright. We’d love to see pictures of where you place your prints and how you display them, post a link to your blog if you share them – (*remember good things come to those who share…).

We have two Holly Jolly designs available:

“All is Calm, All is Bright”

and as a nod to our own tagline:

“A Little Cup of Christmas”

Each download is available in 4 sizes (4×6,5×7, 8×10, 11×14)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.

With much love,
Daria and the entire Boutique Cafe Team

FREE DOWNLOADS
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“All is Calm, All is Bright”
(colors are Turquoise and red)
4X6
5×7
8×10
11×14

cup.gif.jpeg Click to download the sizes you wish
“A Little Cup of Christmas”

4×6
5×7
8×10
11×14

DIY Nests for Your Christmas Owl Buddies – Tutorial

December 22nd, 2010

For Christmas this year I wanted to gift my “oodles” of darling nieces and nephews with something handmade from me. I decided to use the Owl Pattern from my friends Kim and Kris at www.thediydish.com to make my owl buddies. Then I created a little nest for each owl to sit in, now they can set them on their dressers and have a little bed for their owls to nap in.

Merry Christmas xoxo Daria

What is needed for this project:
Small wreath from Michaels or your local craft store
glue gun
glue sticks
feather boa (if desired)
wood strips/filler (could use paper raffia)
styrofoam eggs (not required but I had some lying around the house)

Boutique Cafe Holiday Homes Tour

December 14th, 2010

Enjoy a trip through the homes and traditions of friends in our very own Boutique Community. This episode will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, and ready to decorate like crazy. Thanks so much to those who participated by sending in their pictures. This idea makes me feel like Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (minus the accent)!! It’s a fun little holiday jaunt into the homes of some very creative gals who give so much year-round to their families and community. We hope you feel inspired by the Christmas decor, so cozy up with your hot cocoa and visit the homes of some of our closest friends.

Holiday Homes Included in this episode:
Chelsea – Vintage Chic (Free!! Pillow tutorial on her blog>>)
Patty – Mod Kid Boutique
Emily – georgietees
Liz – LizzyAnne
Lisa – The Domestic Diva(TUTORIALS: Make Tulle Garland, Bow Tutorial, Scents of the Season, Gift Wrapping Tutorial)
Catherine – our “Muirhead Family” Tree
Daria – Boutique Cafe


Don’t miss out on the incredible shopping deals still available in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide>>

Free Holiday Prints – A GIFT from Boutique Cafe!

December 8th, 2010

A GIFT FOR YOU: As a little Holiday treat for our readership we commissioned the talents of Maggie from Boutique Graphics to create some original Holiday prints as our Christmas gift to you!!

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cupchristmas

These sweet sayings are Free for you to download and print off at your local print shop (or at home on your printer). Put them into a cute frame and place them around the house to make your holiday festive and bright. We’d love to see pictures of where you place your prints and how you display them, post a link to your blog if you share them – (*remember good things come to those who share…).

We have two Holly Jolly designs available:

“All is Calm, All is Bright”

and as a nod to our own tagline:

“A Little Cup of Christmas”

Each download is available in 4 sizes (4×6,5×7, 8×10, 11×14)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.

With much love,
Daria and the entire Boutique Cafe Team

FREE DOWNLOADS
calmbright.gif.jpeg Click to download the sizes you wish
“All is Calm, All is Bright”
(colors are Turquoise and red)
4X6
5×7
8×10
11×14

cup.gif.jpeg Click to download the sizes you wish
“A Little Cup of Christmas”

4×6
5×7
8×10
11×14

Big Holiday Giveaway – Get Involved!

December 1st, 2010

santadariasml Shop Owners, Vendors, Designers: We’re putting together our 2010 Christmas Podcast and would love to offer a spectacular Giveaway Package to coincide with the show.

If your business would like to contribute prizes to our Boutique Cafe Holiday Giveaway pls contact Daria (daria@boutiquecafe.com) (**Prizes considered must be value of $25 or more, we require a picture of the item and a link to your shop). Promotion on Boutique Cafe in our Holiday Show Post will be provided for your business of course!! :)

HO HO HO!! – Santa Daria

BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY SHOPPING WITH BOUTIQUE CAFE – Starts now!!

November 25th, 2010

Black-Friday-With-BC HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY - Ready! Set! Get Clickin’ – it’s time to shop and save with our Black Friday and Holiday Gift Guide merchants. We know you’ll find beautiful gifts for your family and friends. Please take a brief moment to Tweet this post on Twitter or share with your friends. Let’s keep everyone inside where it’s warm to shop today. Go Go Go!!

Our Boutique Cafe Holiday Gift Guide – Promos and Discounts for BLACK FRIDAY:

Rosa Dolce Designs: Promo Code “BCHGG” for 25% off!
Glow Baby: 20% off your order with Promo Code “boutique”
Hip Fabric: “BC10” for 10% off your entire purchase (excludes shipping)
Girly Things Online: 10% Off your order! Use promo code “LAUNCH10”
Jilly bo Billy: Promo “Holiday20” for 20% off the already reduced prices!
ggrightsize.com: Free Shipping! Promo Code “33139” til Dec.31/2010
Margarita Bloom: 10% Off! With Promo Code “MBLUV”
Lola and Clementine beautiful fabrics on sale now!
Kickboard USA!: 15% Off! With promo code “BOUTIQUECAFE”
You Can Make This: 10% off your order with promo code “BoutiqueCafe”
Apple Pie Accessories: Get 10% off by using code “BoutiqueCafe” when ordering
My Lucky Wish: 20% off purchase. Enter Promo Code “BCHOLIDAY”
Bugalug:15% off for BC readers with Promo Code: BC15
Amy Michelle Go Totes: Chic and Classy Line on Sale through Dec.31st!
Boutique Graphics: 10% off using code “CAFE”
Olive & Ollie: 10% Off with Code “holiday10” at Check out
KIOKKO Bebe Couture: 20% Off your order. Use Promo “BOUTIQUECAFE”
Above All Fabric: Use Code “CAFE” for 15% off your order!!
Laurie’s Gifts: Visit for special holiday offers!
Fabric Shoppe: Great Prices on Fresh Designer Fabrics, Shipped Daily
Jewelry for Gifts: All jewelry comes to you in a beautiful foil gift box perfect for gift giving!
Boutique Cafe: $5.00 Off a Boutique Cafe Ad “MARKET” ad placement! Use Code “HOHOHO” with Paypal payment

The Magnificent Two Dollar Black Friday/Cyber Monday Listings:

MamiGirl Boutique:20% off Sale Friday Only in her Etsy Shop! Use code “THANKFUL” at Etsy cart checkout

Dizzlepop: BOGO / buy one get one 1/2 off my snappy coffee cozies through December 3!

Receiving Cuddles: All Custom orders for a Loved Blankie will get a matching Travel Blankie FREE! (*All orders for Christmas that require shipping MUST be in before the end of November)

Young Crafty Wife: 15% off code in my Etsy store, use “Blackfriday” in checkout!

Made-2-Matche: 27.99 deco set sale for boys and girls (We also have a frequent flyer program that allows you to earn free customs.)

M2MBoutique: We have a 10% off coupon “m2mbooutique” is the coupon code

Jilly bo Billy: Everything is 50-80% off, PLUS FREE Shipping Canada and US. Sale ends Sat midnight PST

Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony: 15% Off Purchase in my store. Check-out code “BCAFE15”, valid until Sunday Nov 28

Studio Lara: One Day BLACK FRIDAY SALE on select items!

The Nutmeg Tree: 30% off Baby Outerwear 25% off Crochet Ballet Slippers 20% off Ornaments!! AND best of all… FREE SHIPPING through Cyber Monday Nov. 29th!

Fun PersonaliTees: Use coupon code “20OFF” when you checkout at our Etsy store and you will receive 20% off your purchase all day Friday!

Fat Quarter Shop:20% OFF your order at the Fat Quarter Shop! Use code “blackfriday” during checkout before midnight Monday, November 29, 2010.

Fabric Hound: 40% off most reg priced merch- BF40 displayed in listings, 10% gift card for yourself when you buy (buy $100 GC, get $10), orders of $100+ get 10% off stackable coupon for later…Shop now!

Sweet Girl Boutique: 15% off with Promo Code “BLACK15”

So Fun Fabrics: All books are 15% off, all patterns are 25% off and all Moda pre-cuts are 25% off! Most fabric has been marked down to $6, $6.50 or $7 a yard. Sale prices are as marked – no promo code to bother with! Shop our Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

Fashionable Fabrics: Modern Designer Fabrics and Sewing Patterns at some of the best pricing on the internet plus 5% off everything in the shop till Dec 2nd. Use code “boutiquecafe5”

Ri Lala: Thanksgiving SALE from 11/26-11/28. I am giving a 20% off entire purchase use code: THANKS20 FREE shipping on purchases over $100 (after discount, shipping amount will be refunded through paypal) and FREE gift with your purchase

Details by Des: Use Promo Code “BLACKFRIDAY15” to save 15% on all purchases made today.

Servane Barrau Designs:10% 20% 40% off select items Black Friday – see site for all the savings!

Kiokko Bebe Couture: Enjoy 40% off entire order with code “BLACKFRIDAY” (valid until Nov 29th )

Little Bits by Lisa:20% discount on all purchases made from my website or Etsy and Ebay stores on Through Cyber Monday. However, hair accessories shown on my website are not included in this sale. Once your purchase and payment and have posted, your 20% discount will be refunded.

***MORE Promos and Discounts coming in throughout the day – keep checking back! (to include your shops promo discount for Black Friday contact daria@boutiquecafe.com)

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Our Boutique Cafe Holiday Wish List – pt.1

November 23rd, 2010

It’s those last precious weeks before Christmas, and now is perfect opportunity to scour the BC Holiday Gift Guide for sweet gift ideas. Each week we’ll share a sampling of the goodness from our own Guide that you’ll want to check out for your family and friends!

For all our current specials visit our Gift Guide for promos and discounts, to spoil the kiddos and save too!
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Boutique Cafe Holiday Wish List

Let’s Fill up those stockings and Save together!



*Personalized and Perfect My Lucky Wish offers so many great gifts, especially the Citrus Slice Lunchbox Stationary set! An indulgence any gal would enjoy. Gift enclosures, luggage tags, note cards and more – all in personalized Polkadots. We love it! (**TIP: use our promo code “BCHOLIDAY” for 20% at My Lucky Wish this holiday season).


*Tote It! Pamper your Princess The gorgeous totes from Amy Michelle will pamper any fashion savvy mom. Fill them to the brim with all your baby gear, and still look like a million bucks! (Their “Chic” and “Classic” lines are on sale throughout December).


*For the Love of Fabric make it a Handmade Holiday snag the cutest fabrics from Fabric Shoppe on Etsy. (Great prices on fresh designer fabrics)


Kick It with a Kickboard!

*Make them Giddy! Kickboard USA will help you spoil them this holiday Kickboards and Scooters and g-Bikes Oh My! (Use our Promo Code “BOUTIQUECAFE” for 15% off)


*Dress ‘Em Up! Boutique Brands galore can be found for boys & girls at Jilly bo Billy Boutique including this adorable Misha Lulu red skirt! **grab our promo code “Holiday20” for 20% off the already reduced prices! WOW!

*A Brilliant GUIDE book to getting him or her exactly the RIGHT size, and RIGHT gift! These pocket sized shopping guides assist you in picking the perfect gift. This is so smart, a must have. (Use Promo Code “33139” for Free Shipping through Dec. 31/2010


If your company is interested in joining our popular Gift Guide, simply email daria@boutiquecafe.com and we’ll send you all the information you need.

**please feel welcome to grab this logo and link to our gift guide on your site. We love you for sharing!

Stuff Your Stockings – and Share it too

October 25th, 2010

If you love our reviews, podcasts and community here’s a quick and easy way to say you care about Boutique Cafe. Please fly our banner in your sidebar or on your websites for our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. By doing so you are supporting not only Boutique Cafe but oodles of mom-owned businesses, small businesses and family geared shops this season. Once you’ve done that, pat yourself on the back because well…you’re awesome!!

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide

September 29th, 2010

Our Annual Holiday Gift Guide is just about ready to make it’s Grand Appearance once again! We love hosting this guide each holiday shopping season for our eager shoppers as well as offering this venue to sell for our outstanding friends in business. If you have a shop or website that would like to be included in the Gift Guide this year please email me directly at: daria@boutiquecafe.com for details and put “Holiday Gift Guide” in the subject line.

We make inclusion easy, affordable and fun for small business owners! After all, that’s what we love more than anything at Boutique Cafe, helping businesses get noticed and doing so shouldn’t cost a fortune. We’re here to help and we love supporting you. :)

Let’s make it an outstanding year once again! – Daria

Boutique Cafe Holiday Episode – PLUS Zhu Zhu Pet Giveaway!

December 22nd, 2009

We’re celebrating the holidays a little differently this year at Boutique Cafe, my new baby Lola Olivia was born on Dec. 10th and isn’t sleeping at night. Needless to say I had to find a creative way of bringing the holiday spirit to our viewers, while including some extra help from a few special friends to pull it all together. What I came up with was a wandering through various homes in our very own Boutique Community!!

This idea makes me feel like Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (minus the accent)!! It’s a fun little holiday jaunt into the homes of some very creative gals who give so much year-round to their families and community. We hope you feel inspired by the Christmas decor, so cozy up with your hot cocoa and visit the homes of some of our closest friends.

Holiday Homes Included in this episode:
Chelsea – Vintage Chic (Free!! Pillow tutorial on her blog>>)
Patty – Mod Kid Boutique
Emily – georgietees
Liz – LizzyAnne
Lisa – The Domestic Diva(TUTORIALS: Make Tulle Garland, Bow Tutorial, Scents of the Season, Gift Wrapping Tutorial)
Catherine – our “Muirhead Family” Tree
Daria – Boutique Cafe


Don’t miss out on the incredible shopping deals in our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide>>

Happy Holidays with love from Boutique Cafe! See you in the New Year!
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*** Giveaway! Boutique Cafe wants to make your holiday extra merry by giving away two (2) Zhu Zhu Pets to two Very Lucky BC readers!
Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway; please leave a separate comment for each:
• Leave a comment in our shownotes for this episode telling us your favorite holiday tradition!
• Become a fan of Boutique Cafe on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you joined.
• Follow Boutique Cafe on Twitter (@BoutiqueCafe) and leave a comment telling is you’re our newest follower.
• Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
• Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the two winners from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: December 26, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

** Click button below to view video coverage, or view it on our YouTube channel right here>>

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Holiday Tips with The Diva – Bow Tutorial

December 22nd, 2009

QUICK BOW TUTORIAL with Lisa Carroccio (The Domestic Diva)

Here’s a quick & easy Bowdabra Tutorial

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Get out your junky craft scissors and some florist wire. Cut a piece about 12 inches long.

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Place the wire through the center of the Bowdabra.

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Leaving 12_ for the tail of the bow, cinch ribbon between the holder.

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Make a loop and twist it away from you…then place in between the holder.

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Make as many loops as you want as long as you have the same amount of loops on each side. I usually do 6 or 8 loops in total.

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Cut the ribbon leaving another 12 inch ribbon tall.

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Cross the wire and twist tightly. Then fluff your bow.

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And if you don’t dovetail the ends of the ribbon, everyone will think you are an amateur…
Fold the ribbon end in half lengthwise (do not crease it). Cut across at an angle to form the dovetail end.

Holiday Tips with The Diva – Scents of The Season

December 18th, 2009

Article by: Lisa Carroccio The Domestic Diva

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Nothing puts you in the holiday mood more than the smell of Christmas. Since Christmas scents are usually limited to Pine-Sol™ pine, sugar cookie and country kitchen apple scents, I started making my own. Combine the following:
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
10 cloves
1 tablespoon Allspice
3 cinnamon sticks
Add two cups of water and simmer (low flame) on your stovetop. The smell fills your house! Occasionally add more water as it evaporates.

What’s NEW At YouCanMakeThis?

October 14th, 2009

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Our good friends at YOUCANMAKETHIS have so many sweet NEW ebooks to make your fall and holiday season a hit! Don’t miss out on a jump start on those Christmas projects, now is the time to get planning. YouCanMakeThis has an incredible collection of everything you need to start your projects off right.

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Now Accepting Reservations for our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide!

October 9th, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide It’s truly our busiest time of year at Boutique Cafe, and we just can’t wait! It’s time to start promoting all the holiday deals, discounts and shops that will make your Holiday Magical, but planning your holiday sales starts months in advance. Here’s how to reserve your ad space in our fabulous 2009 edition of the Boutique Cafe Holiday Gift Guide.

At Boutique Cafe, we’re excited to offer our popular 2009 version of our Holiday Gift Guide for your online shops, websites and stores to take part in! The savings guide will go live on Oct. 31th – Jan. 1st 2010!! We’re excited to showcase those sellers who will offer special deals to our readership, afterall saving some $$$ is a gift to us all this year.

To reserve your ad space simply send us an email to daria@boutiquecafe.com and in the subject line please put “Holiday Guide Reservation”. We’ll send you further details on how you can take part and create a holiday selling season to remember!!

Origami Christmas Ornaments

October 9th, 2009

il_430xN.91845784 I know I’m crazy, but I’m already thinking Christmas. Likely because it’s already snowing and cold where I live, or maybe because our baby is due around Christmas time and I know that I need to plan ahead now or I’ll be waddling through the malls at the last minute.

I found these cool Origami Christmas Baubles on Etsy today and just had to share. What a fantastic idea and cute too! These ones are made by SnowdropsAndDaisies and you can view them here>>

BerriPOP Sample Sale Anna Applique Holiday

September 2nd, 2009

Holiday Christmas Cutie! This sweet applique wrap dress and jeans are so scrumptious for your little lady this upcoming holiday season. Blu*Moon*Design is having a sample sale, and this set is available in a size 2T (worn only for pictures).

Snag this set on eBay here >>

Babycape–the superhero of winter coats!

January 6th, 2009

We all love a good superhero. My current personal favorite is Ming-Ming from WonderPets. (Can you tell who’s in charge of the TV lately?) But what does a superhero have to do with outerwear? If you’ve ever struggled to secure your little one in her car seat complete with winter coat or even slightly less bulky pullover sweater you know it often requires superpowers to adjust a five-point harness without compromising safety. Never fear! Babycapes are here!

BabycapesBabycapes were created by two moms, who faced the similar struggle of trying to get their busy baby girls into car seats with bulky winter coats. The Babycape has a generous front opening with three snaps so it’s easy on/easy off and allows you access to harness straps. It has a cozy hood and openings in the sides for little arms, but the pièce de résistance is its back opening with a single snap. When open it lets you easliy slip your child into a stroller, car seat or front carrier without removing the Babycape, and when closed it makes the perfect outdoor cover-up.

Olivia and I were able to test the pink Minky Sherpa Suede Babycape during the Christmas holiday. I couldn’t wait to see if it were as easy to use as it appeared, but I was even more interested to find out if it would keep her warm even in frigid weather. I will admit it took us a few tries to get the hang of the Babycape. (Perhaps if I’d watched the instructional video on the website like any smart person would do, I’d have got it the first time!) Our first attempt we put it on her in the house, slipped her arms through the arm holes and quickly realized we had to take her arms out in order to get her arms under the harness straps. Then we put her arms back through and adjusted the cape around here. Olivia, who isn’t the best traveler anyway, was a bit flustered by the time we were done and none too happy.

BabycapesWhen we tried it again and left her arms under the cape she got a bit frustrated having her arms covered, but at least it was easier to get her in the car seat! And even in 20-degree weather she stayed toasty until the car’s heater took over. Because we had a bit of a struggle the first few times using the Babycape I almost gave up, but when we tried it today, Olivia and I both seemed to finally get it! She kept her arms under the cape until I had her in the car seat. I of course didn’t realize until now the generous front opening was for me to use to adjust the harness straps. I was flipping the cape up to secure her, which she thought meant it was time to pull the Babycape completely off!

Now we’re becoming seasoned pros at the Babycape thing and I am slowly falling deeply in love with it. It really is a much safer alternative to a big winter coat and it is less hassle than a coat and blanket, which is what we were using (and the blanket was always just as cold as the car!). The Babycape is to die for when it comes to style and design and it is super soft to boot. Today I caught Olivia turning to look up into her hood and smiling at who knows what. (I think she was smiling because she too had fallen in love with her Babycape.)

BabycapesI love that the moms behind Babycapes are just as interested in making sure your child is safe as they are in telling you about their product. They’ve dedicated an entire page of their site to safety information complete with a safety video and links to sites with more information about car seat safety. When a company is as concerned about your child as you are, you can rest easy knowing their product was designed with your child’s safety and comfort in mind.

Babycapes are custom made and assembled in the U.S.A. They come in a wonderful array of luxurious, machine-washable fabrics such as Marshmallow Minky, Minky Sherpa Suede (love how that rolls off the tongue) and Minky Cuddle. And because one size fits newborn to preschooler, you won’t have to purchase a new coat year after year. Those Babycape moms have thought of everything—talk about superheroes!

The weather is still frightful, at least in my neck of the woods, and Babycapes will come in handy for a few months yet. I suggest you pick one up now, especially since they’re on sale through January 31st. Considering Babycapes last a good 3-4 years, that’s less than $30 a year…a heck of a lot cheaper than your typical winter coat and a heck of a lot safer in a car seat. Comic books and movies will tell you, the superhero is always a safe bet!—Emily

*** Giveaway! Babycapes is giving away one Babycape, winner’s choice! Please leave a comment telling us your favorite Babycape (color and style); include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 14, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Leah F., the winner of the Babycape giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

12 Days of Christmas – Season 4 pt.2

December 18th, 2008

It's SEASON 4 NEW EPISODE We’re back for our FOURTH straight year of our popular Holiday Shows! In our SECOND holly jolly installment Daria interviews designers and momprenuers including Dawn of My Princess Closet, Kim of You Can Make This.com, and Lisa Otto with both Creative Writing Studios and also Boutique UP! Daily

Pinkalicious Books to Bed Set This episode is full of Spectacular Giveaways including: A Pinkalicious Books to Bed set from My Princess Closet(Which was featured on “The View” this morning!!), 2 $50 eBook Bundles from You Can Make This.com, and 3 Kimberbell Doll patterns from You Can Make This.com!! We’ll draw the winners on Dec. 22nd! Good luck Everyone and Happy Holidays from Boutique Cafe.

**Due to family emergency this will be our last 12 Days holiday show. I express my sincere apologies, and thank you for your understanding as I leave town to handle some personal issues. I hope you love the Holiday Shows and we’ll be posting winners shortly. Merry Christmas my dear friends! – Daria


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Exquisite Holiday Twirl

December 18th, 2008

This is just so striking, I’d love it for myself!! Available on Etsy from Kustom Kids – HBTM
Listing Includes:
-EXTRA FULL TWIRL SKIRT
-REVERSABLE JACKET
-SHIRRED BACK RUFFLED TOP

Get as many pieces as you like to create a wonderful mix and match mini wardrobe that will be festive for the holidays and long after. The extra full twirl skirt has a stripwork effect to the fabric. The white peasant top has a softly shirred back and layeres of eyelet lace across the little tummy area. The jacket is reversable and the petti skirt is about half the fullness of a regular petti.

PLEASE NOTE: MINI PETTI SKIRT shown is NOT included but can be added for an additional $45

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