Printable Treat Bag Toppers . Freebies (Giveaway)

Printable Treat Bag Toppers

You can use these free printable treat bag toppers and some quick hand-embellishment using only a pencil and a bit of paint or an ink pad. I created this little freebie as part of the Bakery Because campaign with Rich Products. The premise of their little movement is “Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious.” You can do something special for someone without having to spend hours in the kitchen, just by packaging up store-bought baked goods in a fun, new way. And in the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been financially compensated for this post, but it’s all my sparkly, calligraphy idea!


Sometime when we get in a hurry and get caught up in hustle and bustle of everyday, we forget to let the people closest to us know how important they are. It’s all too easy to take someone for granted, so it’s really important to make a concerted effort to show your appreciation. I decided to make a little something for my hubby. He works like crazy without ever complaining, but he always knows how to relax when it counts. He can always tell when I’m getting anxious or frazzled, and he can snap me out of it. He’s also been incredibly patient lately with the chaos of launching my shop, taking on several freelance projects, and having my first booth at a craft show. You guys, Andrei even helped me make hundreds of ponytail holders and stamped hundreds of tags for my products with very little complaint. Very little. ;) If you’re reading this, Andrei, I love you tons and am SO grateful for you!

Scroll through the images to see how I put together these little treat bags, and then you can just click to download the printable bag toppers. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a $25 gift card!

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Field + Foundry Baltimore Dinner Party

Field + Foundry Baltimore Dinner

The Field + Foundry Baltimore Dinner on September 20 was an absolute blast. When Melissa and Laicie of Field + Foundry asked me to design signage for the gathering, I jumped at the chance. These gals know how to throw a party, and I definitely wanted in on that! They gathered up a handful of Baltimore-area creatives for an incredible family-style dinner prepared by Mark Heeley and Dough Uprising. Oh, and the presenters for the evening, Robbi and Matthew of Bobbledy Books and Idiots’Books, brought a gin-cured smoked salmon that they brought back with them from Alaska. No big deal.

This was such a wonderful group to spend an evening with, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet all these wonderful people. Even though most of us didn’t know each other before the event, it felt more like dinner with old friends than any kind of networking event. Since moving to DC I’ve been immersed in this wonderful creative community, and I don’t think it’ll ever get old. There’s something so satisfying about being able to talk about blogs, social media, lettering, and all other aspects of this part of my life without feeling like a total alien. Any bloggers out there who know what I mean?? Yeah. Exactly.

And of course there had to a fun DIY component, right? Laicie led a little workshop on how to make your own cocktail bitters. It was really neat and ended up feeling like a chemistry project. Oh, and that incredible-looking pasta dish up there? Lacie’s hubby Mark created the entree, a campanelle pasta with fresh burrata cheese, lemon, and garlic. And you can find the recipe right here on A Thousand Threads, Laicie’s pretty blog.

Reema Desai took all these gorgeous photos. And since you already know how beautiful her work is, you should probably go follow her on Instagram because her feed is even more knockout-gorgeous.

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Justin Best . Follow the Leader

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Today I have a fun new kind of Follow the Leader post. I approached Justin Best when I saw this breathtaking photo and the lovely An Atlas to Follow lyrics in the caption. I asked him if I could overlay it with my calligraphy, and he was totally on board!

I got to meet Justin when we were invited to a private tour of the United States Capitol building a few weeks ago. His smile is infectious, and you immediately feel like you’ve known him for ages. All his photos are wonderful. He manages to capture a person’s perfect moment in a portrait or frame the great outdoors just so, and the common theme among them all is his love of the world around him.

Justin is a huge part of the Instagram community not only in the DC area, but really everywhere. He’s taken over the El Camino Travel Instagram feed this week, too. See? I told you he’s a big deal!