Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Love Tags...

And I also love Pinterest. Is anyone with me? Alyssa, I know you are. It is a little mindless. Look. Love. Repin. But such beautiful mindlessness! I think it could qualify for a new form of meditation for those of us who are inclined to think this sort of thing is meditative (many would not appreciate...but they are out biking or working on their cars, etc.) 

I am making a few gifts. I always have thought "packaging is all." And of course, we must have tags with packages. Thus, we seek out Handmade Gift Tag inspiration on Pinterest. Here are some of my favorites...


Here we have a little simple but effective. Vintage buttons on supply tags from the paper store, a little scalloping on the bottom. Maybe we could use some Jenni Bowlin button copies! So cheerful!


Embellies taken to the max...springy and summery...or one that will even cheer up another rainy day in Minnesota.


Here is an ethical question for you. Am I stealing if I take paint chips from the store and I am not really painting?


Well, I confess. I did. 

On to birds. How I love them. I am trying to make lovely bird tags. After seeing some of the Birdsong tags from Karla Nathan's retreat, I am a little intimidated.


Ah, a lovely sewn bird tag...but I do not have courage to sew on paper yet. Help me, someone!!!!


We are getting closer. I love to cook tags. I dip them in my secret mixture of strong coffee and Haitian vanilla...yum! They smells wonderful, though they are a little wavey and wonky. My family thinks I am baking cookies. Sorry. 

One of these days, I will show you what I have come up with. I tend to have more of the Factory Type Worker style in crafting. I have 500 cooked tags ready to go and I then I get a little lost stamping the same nest on 300 of them. Still,  it is good Physical Therapy and someday you, too, may find a little package in your mailbox. 

Until then, I am heading back to Pinterest. Anyone want to join me?

P. S. Oh dear. I thought I made it clear that I got these from Pinterest. I apologize! Back to the drawing board. I will go get individual credits for the ones on here! 


  1. Oh my, you have been a busy bee.....and it's all so cheerful and lovely. The amazing tag with the bird and lace, etc...gorgeous!! and the coffee and vanilla mix, how funny that the family thinks you are baking...well, probably not funny to them!!

    thinking of you and Jud.....hugs
    xox Rella

  2. I love the button tags..they are so cute and yummy looking..like you could eat them! As for the others they just are GOR-GEOUS (say it sing song like Oprah) : )

  3. It's good to see you making cheery lovely things that elevate your energy :) I mailed you something today just because.
    Love, Colette xox

  4. Cute Tags Missy, all of them!
    As for Sewing on Paper,,,,Easy Peasy! You need to put your Machine on the Largest Stitch (basting) and your tension on it's Loose-ist. and you simply cannot Reverse....It IS fun and Easy! Did I send you something I stiched in Paper-Can't remember! Try it,,,you love it!

    Hugs and Love,

  5. Suz it is wonderful to see you in the creative spirit of beautiful handmade pieces of art. I love them all and each one is unique and special. Your coffee and vanilla cooked tags sound intriguing. It is no different sewing on paper than on fabric. Slightly longer stitch length and just sew. You will love it. Blessings my dear...

  6. You definitely have the best items pinned on your Pinterest! I use vanilla to stain as well and I agree it smells good enough to eat!


  7. Found you!! perhaps it was Blogger!! it's been up to all sorts of late!
    Love your tags, totally gorgeous! as for the paint chips, I imagine most people dump them anyway so I think you can feel good about your recycling!! Mx

  8. I love Pinterest and I love tags, too- I even have a Pinterest board called "Tagging Along"

  9. I just love your tags!!! Coffee and vanilla are two of my most favorite things ~ so do show and tell how you do your tags ~ fascinating!!! This is a fabulous post Suz!

    The other reason I popped over here was to say how sorry I am for the loss of your friend. Just read on Jud's CB site. Sending you hugs and kindest thoughts today my dear heart. <3

  10. Wow! Those tags are inspiring me, too! I'm doing Karla's tag swap -- whee!! Pintrest sounds like fun...or another way to spend way too much time online! About the paint chips ethical question: I always wonder about that, too: will the paint company be annoyed you're taking their stock, or happy you're doing more advertising for them? Hmmmm.

  11. These are all such lovely tags! I just started on pinterest recently and never thought to use it this way...oh the possibilities! XO

  12. I am with you............I LOVE TAGs! I have given tags instead of cards for years.......they just make a package look special.

    We are okay in Oklahoma. It hit really close and kind of scary! We drove around last night in the path it took and it is so sad to see the destruction. Mother Nature can play games that are not so fun! Thanks for being concerned.

  13. What cute and inspiring photos!
    My favorite might be the paint-chip bookmarks. :)

    So glad I found you through the “All Kinds of Artists” Artist blog hop!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

    Mary C. Nasser

  14. so colorful and cheery and inspiring...but that's how you roll Mz Suz!!!

    thanks for sharing these with us...I had to put my fingers in my ears and sing LA LA LA so I don't get caught up in any new fun in my fav computer chair...I am falling down terribly on keeping up with blog friends...wondering HOW I ever managed!

    Hugs to you Dear One!

  15. Suz, I would loooove to smell your wonderful tags. And I'm betting each and every one of them is simply gorgeous. Don't be afraid to sew on paper. You will be amazed at how easy and fun it is. I was told to use a different needle when using paper, it dulls the needle, so you won't want to use it on material. Go for it!!

  16. I love Pinterest! I could get lost on there all day long...
    I love your idea about cooking the tags - although smelling those delicious fragrances would make me hungry!

  17. 'Wonky' is wonderful. It makes them look loved. I love your factory style as I tend to do the same thing. All blessings to you!

  18. Ok ~ never heard of Pinterest and now I am going to have to google it ~ I am imagining that it is like flickr?
    Great images!