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Valentine Photo Booth – how I did it!

January 28th, 2013

On the weekend I was able to pull together a Valentine Themed Photo booth for the youth dance at our church. The teens LOVED it, so I’m sharing this tutorial today because it was so much fun to do, and you can do it too.

I ran to Michael’s and purchased a red trifold cardboard, the kind your kids use for class projects. Then I set out to decorate it. I cut out some XOXO’s on my silhouette machine, and hot glued on glittery hearts. Then threw a cute dollar store garland on for some dimension. Just place on a small table, drape on a Valentine table cloth and you’re good to go.

The props were so much fun to make. I used some good quality cardstock and cut out the shapes I wanted on my silhouette cameo. I ended up cutting out moustaches, big kissy lips, glasses, etc. and I also found some cute little fuzzy hearts on sticks at the dollar store and used them too. In my craft storage I had a package of adorable pink paper straws with polkadots, I used hot glue to add the shapes so they could hold the props and strike a pose!

The real magic was in using my Instax Mini camera so the kids instantly had their pictures. We put them up on the wall for all to see and giggle at, and at the end of the dance they each took their picture home. With teenagers sometimes they feel self conscious when asked to pose for a picture, but as soon as they saw the props they were all in and it gave them a way to play dress up.

It was so much fun, I would do this again in a heartbeat and plan on doing this for my little kids closer to Valentine’s Day with their friends. If you create your own photo booth for Valentine’s Day I’d love to see it, be sure to leave a link in the comments. – XOXO Daria

Boutique Custom Valentine Listings

January 24th, 2013

Looking for an adorable unique outfit for your child this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps they have a fun event at school, or a Valentine’s Day Bash at a friends house. Look no further than the amazing handmade boutique designers in our community. What are you waiting for? Sneak on over to the eBay listings right now and view hundreds of boutique clothing items for the upcoming day of hearts!

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Pinned for Valentine's Day

January 26th, 2012

If you’re searching for the perfect Valentine Card ideas and cute themed crafts for February 14th don’t miss out on my Pinterest board! I’ve been collecting the best links and ideas for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to follow cialis soft tabs me on Pinterest, and if you’ll please let me know your username I’d LOVE to follow your pins as well.

For Valentine’s Day this year let’s get pinned together. – XO Daria

Pinterest Valentine’s Day Board

Girl’s World Valentine’s Day + Giveaway!!

January 23rd, 2012

Jennifer Paganelli and I have teamed up to bring you some fun Valentine Day Ideas using her “Girls World” book and patterns. If you’re thinking that a sewing project is in order for your special little girl for Valentine’s Day Jennifer has put together a beautiful book filled with 21 sewing projects for little girls. Utilizing your own sense of style and choices of fabrics you can make and remake these projects to suit any season, including Valentine’s Day.

What I love about Girl’s World is how Jennifer has designed patterns for every aspect of a girls world – fashion, accessories, decor…it’s all in here! Published by Chronicle Books, it’s a gorgeous feast for the eyes and is guaranteed to get those creative juices flowing just by cracking the spine. All patterns are enclosed and ready to go, inside the inner front cover pocket. The rest is an indulgent glimpse into the beautiful world of a little girl, and how you can recreate that in your own homes.

Now to Valentine’s Day – I would love to suggest a few projects that would be great bets to create for Cupid Day.

Sophie Glittered Apron

This simple tulle apron, would make a darling project for your little girl’s Valentine’s Day. Surprise her by creating this tulle apron with glitter ribbon. Then have her wear it over a sweet solid dress, the apron will totally jazz it up and look amazing! Don’t forget that you can always embellish with a simple heart pocket for a cute Valentine’s effect.

Gigi Ruffled Pillow
Check out the Gigi ruffled pillow! Isn’t it gorgeous as a throw pillow for a bed, or as an accent pillow? Perfect for the little girl who loves to cuddle up on her bed and tell you about the cute little boy she likes at school.

Valentine’s Day Banner
Project No.21 in the book is a Happy Birthday banner, but this project is so versatile you can easily work your magic and create a Valentine’s Day banner in a snap. Using pre-made felt letters you can mix it up and create a banner for any occasion or any name in your family!

Chloe Paper Doll Overnight Bag
This overnight sack is such a sweet way to say I love You to your little girl. If slumber parties are on the horizon, this would be a darling unique present that she can take along and know how much you love her. So sweet!

There is so much more that I can’t show you in one post (memory boards, pin wheels, canopy’s and dresses), you’ll have to run out and grab a copy to cherish. You can pick one up on Amazon.com too!

*** Giveaway! Jennifer Paganelli is giving one winner a copy of her book “Girls World”!!

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 one you do:
• “Like” Sis Boom on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did.
• Visit Sisboom.com and leave a comment telling us what inspires you most from Jennifers collection of fabrics, patterns and books.
• Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
• Post in the SisBoom Facebook group and tell them you saw the review on Boutique Cafe!

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: Feb 3rd, 2012 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Shirley Clark for your Tweet:

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Tweeted the giveaway.
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You have WON the Jennifer Paganelli book Girl’s World! I have emailed you instructions for claiming your prize. Enjoy – this book is wonderful!

Thanks everyone for entering – more giveaways are coming so keep entering!

DIY Valentine Cards

January 4th, 2012

I’m sitting here today listening to Foster The People’s album Torches, it’s so amazing I love it!! Check it out if you haven’t yet.

Being the Mom of 5 children I have a goal this year to get ahead of the ball and plan better for my kids events. Project #1 is Valentine’s Day - Last year I was snapping these pictures before school on Valentine’s Day itself and rushing to get the cards printed and ready before the kids got home at lunch to take them back for their friends. I seriously had my glue gun plugged into my minivan and was hot glueing heart shaped lollipops onto their cards in the Costco parking lot! People were stopping and laughing, I was a sight to be sure! Thankfully I managed to finish the cards and they were a Huge Hit at their school. This year I want to plan ahead better so I can involve them in the card making for their friends, and I don’t look like a maniac with a glue gun in public again. :)

Last Year’s Valentine Cards – 2011
Snap your pics, edit in Photoshop and add some cute text, I had them printed at Costco on photo paper, then hot glued a heart shaped lollipop into their hand on the image. Supercute right?!



My Valentine plans this year are being greatly influenced by Pinterest. I have an awesome board with Valentine ideas ready to share. I think we’ll be doing the Moustache Cards this year with my boys. Let me know what you are doing and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for inspiration and fun all year long!

How sexy is your chocolate?

February 9th, 2011

If you’re Vosges Haut-Chocolate, then very, very sexy.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Although most women love chocolate and wouldn’t mind being given chocolate, it is seen as kind of a cop-out come Valentine’s Day…that is, unless you are being handed a box of handcrafted, beautifully and uniquely created aphrodisiacs disguised as gourmet chocolate truffles.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Katrina Markoff, chocolatier and owner of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, ensures only the highest quality ingredients are used in Vosges’ exotic truffles. In fact she personally chooses every spice, flower and chocolate and “utilizes the original methods of French confectionery artistry which she learned during her training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.” She has worked in France, Spain, Italy, Southeast Asia and Australia, so her haut-chocolats have “worldly inspirations. ... The infusions of rare spices and flowers combined with premium chocolate give a delicate balance of flavor, leaving you with a layered and lingering sensation of spice and chocolate, a true haut-chocolat experience.”

Vosges Haut-ChocolatJust in time for Valentine’s Day, Vosges Haut-Chocolat has launched the new Luxe Sweet Coquette Truffle Collection:

Inside our Sweet Coquette Collection a dossier of aphrodisiac truffles and folklore await. For centuries, anxious suitors, emperors and queens have sipped many substances in the hopes of wooing a reluctant lover or arousing desire. This petite box features four powerful parfums—from oysters to mamajuana to pistachios—to inspire a memorable evening.

Vosges sent me the Luxe Sweet Coquette Truffle Collection along with the Mini Valentine’s Day Candy Bar Library.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Now, Nathan and I hadn’t read what truffles were featured in the collection before embarking on this whole exotic-truffle-as-aphrodisiac experience. (And yes, I suggest enjoying these with your Valentine—think of it as foreplay to foreplay.) We simply educated ourselves on how to eat Vosges chocolate (though the directions for the Luxe Sweet Coquette collection are a bit more, shall I say, sexy)...

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

...and then picked one to give it a go. We started with the one featuring the small rose petal nestled on the top of the truffle; it was my first experience eating something with a rose flavor, but I kind of liked what is a romantic scent infused into a decadent dessert. The chocolate had a nice snap and the ganache was extremely smooth and creamy. (I found out this is the Bronte, which features Sicilian pistachio paste, rose water and 45% deep milk chocolate.)

I went solo for the second taste test (Nathan had a cold and no sense of smell, hence no sense of taste) and tried the white chocolate truffle brushed with pearl dust. Though I’m not usually a white chocolate lover, Vosges truffles are so unique, I had to give it a shot. Nice aroma, nice snap and a creamy center—with what I said to Nathan was a “fishy” aftertaste. Come to find out, this is Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s newest truffle: the Kumamoto featuring “a seducing combination of Kumamoto oyster-infused cream, white chocolate and edible pearl dust.” I’m all for aphrodisiacs, but not being one for seafood, I’d have to find another truffle to “pique carnal pleasure.”

The collection also includes the Edith (Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Champagne, crushed rosebud tea and 65% dark chocolate) and the Mamajuana (craft spirit infused with rum and secret spices, 65% dark chocolate and chamomile). By the way, I guess the chamomile after smelling the Mamajuana truffle. These beauties are wonderful fragrant! Though I didn’t enjoy the Kumamoto, I did appreciate its unique flavor as I did the Bronte. Of course, if you truly experience Vosges’ Luxe Sweet Coquette Collection as they’re meant to be experienced, you’ll discover it’s not just about the haut-chocolates.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat has a wonderful assortment of Valentine’s Day gifts including vegan, gluten-free and champagne-paired gift sets.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Their Mini Valentine’s Day Candy Bar Library is another treasure they sent for review, but the truffles were so rich I couldn’t take another bite. And that statement right there tells you Vosges Haut-Chocolat is some pretty serious—and sexy—chocolate.—Emily

Join Boutique Cafe on Facebook

February 8th, 2011

Crafters, Small Business Owners, Designers and Moms : Have you joined our Boutique Cafe group on Facebook yet? We’re having so much fun together this week sharing great Valentine’s Day DIY links and craft ideas. Screen shot 2011-02-08 at 8.43.15 PM

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FREE {Valentine Card} Downloads

January 21st, 2011

With Valentine’s Day approaching and so much {LOVE} in the air, we wanted to share our love for you by offering a cool FREE Valentine downloadable. Thankfully my dear friend Maggie from Boutique Graphics/Bliss Photography was totally game, and she has created some GORGEOUS valentine card templates that you can customize in photoshop with your sweet children’s faces. Imagine the fun of sharing these beautiful customized cards with their classmates this year! Please take a moment to comment and thank Maggie for her generosity in creating these cards and offering them for FREE for our Boutique Cafe readers – we sure love her!

If you have questions on how to use these files, there is information in the zip package once you download. You can also ask a question in our comments section and we’ll help you out. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! – XOXO Daria

Free Downloads:

Click to download the PINK version
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Click to download the BLUE version
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It’s Not too Late to shop Valentine

January 12th, 2009

It’s not too late!! That special Valentine’s Day dream outfit can still be ordered in time for your child’s favorite “Love-ly” holiday. You’ll find hundreds of Valentine themed custom and handmade listings on eBay by searching “Boutique Valentine”.

Not only can you indulge in a unique handmade creation, but you can feel spectacular knowing that you are supporting WAHM’s! Now, that is sure to give you a lovin’ feelin.

Search “Boutique Custom Valentine” for hundreds of items now >>

Show #85 – Valentine’s Day XOXO

February 14th, 2008

Valentine Show Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Boutique Cafe! In today’s special episode we feature loads of Boutique News, The Gals from Runaway Design podcast.

Boutique News includes:
Marvellous Mouse Designs
Almost Amy
Adagio Bleu Studios new members (123 Mojo and ACherishedChild)
Bon Ami
News on the The Etsy “Blackout” launch >
Brassy Apple

We also have our Valentine Love Notes from YOU our listeners. Have a Lovely day everyone! XOXO
Podsafe music – Collin Raye “All I Can Do Is Love You”.

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Valentine Lovin’ On The Way!

February 12th, 2008


Hello and happy Wednesday! This past week I have had several emails sent in to me, asking if we would be doing another Valentine “Love Note” type of show. Our Valentine’s shows are always very popular and fun. How could I deny you? My sweet listeners!

Here’s how it’s going to work:

If you would like to leave a brief message for the one you adore, simply call our Boutique Cafe Voicemail line at 815550-2434 and leave a brief 10-20 second message for your darling. (message must be received by dinner time Wednesday (that’s today) in order to be included)

-This will be a FREE service, I will include your message in my Valentines Day podcast. Be sure to have your sweetheart listen in.

**when recording speak clearly and identify yourself. Have fun and thanks for sharing your loving thoughts on Boutique Cafe this holiday. (once our voicemail box is full we won’t be accepting more messages, so record yours right away!)

Custom Valentine

January 1st, 2008

That special Valentine’s Day dream outfit can still be ordered in time for your child’s favorite “Love-ly” holiday. You’ll find hundreds of Valentine themed custom and handmade listings on eBay by searching “Boutique Valentine”.

Not only can you indulge in a unique handmade creation, but you can feel spectacular knowing that you are supporting WAHM’s!

Click here to start shopping and bidding >>

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