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Rock Paper Scissors Pull-down Print – Gritty City Goods  |  Golden Cactus Tunic – Simka Sol  |  Born a Bad Seed Tshirt – Born a Bad Seed  |  Deer Pillow – Laura Frisk  |  Wooden Doily – uncommon  |  Vintage Brass Monkey Business Card Holder – The White Pepper  |  Purple Dahlia Invitation Suite – Citrus Press Co.

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Ikat Blanket Scarf – DeBrosse  |  Rivers of America Poster – The Far Woods  |  Moonstone Deco Ring – datter  |  Girl & Dog Embroidered Illustration – Sarah Walton  |  Little Monster Wool Pennant – Strawberry Moth  |  Ice Cream Truck – Des Enfantillages  |  Tabletop Pine Forest – 2of2  |  Ceramic Hand Bowl – SCULPTUREinDESIGN

Custom Box Generator

Crafters, gifters, makers of awesome things: this post is for you.

My harddrive is not an organized place. I have saved so many templates, project ideas & patterns that it’s generally easier to re-download the original file than it is to sift through the ever-increasing mass of mis-labeled files. (How many IMG_786812_G7s.jpg files can one girl have?!)  So, yeah. I’ve spent too much time searching for gift box templates.

I was overjoyed when I stumbled across this online box template maker! Choose from 3 designs, type in your own dimensions, and a PDF template will be generated for you. Once you download the file, you can print it out on decorative card stock or use it as a dieline for your latest packaging project. Design nerd bonus: the PDF is editable, so you can drop it straight into Illustrator for even more fun!

Peach Festival 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Easy Light Box DIY

Product photography is a weird kind of beast. Until now I’ve been using natural sunlight to photograph my bow ties, which makes the process slow & tedious. You have to wait for the perfect time of day (not too much sun, not too little) and factor in nature’s little work-killers: rain/wind/mosquitos. I’ve been wanting to build a light box, but every tutorial I found seemed time-consuming or a little too expensive. Then I came across this tutorial on jyoseph.com & thought, “Ok, now this will work!”

With a few pieces of foam board, a couple of clamp light & 20 minutes, I had a great new light box & have already saved a ton of time on photography. Here’s an unedited photo from yesterday’s session:

I cannot stress how easy this light box is to build. The full tutorial is available here.

Fox & Brie Preview

Later this week we’re premiering a new batch of handcrafted bow ties & neckties, including a brand new women’s line. We’re so excited, we decided to offer you guys a little preview! Everything will be available for purchase in the Fox & Brie Shop on Friday. A huge thanks to our beautiful friend & model, Ainslea.

Umber Houndstooth Ascot Bow Tie

 

Prismatic Plaid Bow Tie

 

Sepia Chambray Ascot

 

Statesman Plaid Club Tie

 

Mustard Chambray Ascot

 

Full preview & preordering will begin tomorrow!

DIY Gift Boxes and Tags

If you’ve ever spent hours making homemade gifts only to throw them into a plain box or bag, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Nice packaging is a real game-changer, turning your brown paper bag of goodies into a beautifully presented gift of love. Make ’em say “WOW!” with these easy tutorials. Print them on card stock and follow the included cutting and folding directions.

BOXES

BON BON BOX

PILLOW BOX

TAKEOUT BOX

FLOWER BOX

FAVOR BOX

GIFT TAGS

ANIMAL TAGS by BadBird

A LITTLE SOMETHING TAGS by Smitten

 

HOMEMADE TAGS by Funky Time

 

VINTAGE APOTHECARY LABLES

BIRTHDAY PRINTABLE by Elephant Shoe