DIY Engraved Ornament Tutorial

DIY Engraved Ornament Gift Tutorial from Unexpected Elegance

 Another day, another craft!  I thought I would show you how easy it is to engrave.  I’m making a personalized ornament for some friends, so all I needed was a metal ornament and diamond-tipped electric engraver pen.  You can get this tool from a home improvement store and are around $8-$20. 1.  Use a pencil […]

Bookmark Gift Tutorial

Bookmark Tutorial from Unexpected Elegance

I am continuing the series on handmade gifts this week.  Today I want to show you what I made as part of the favor baskets for the Teacher Themed Party. A personalized bookmark, is one of the easiest gifts to make…I know, my kids make them ALL the time!  But, this has a little bit […]

Personalized Mug Warmer Gift Tutorial

Mug Warmer from Unexpected Elegance

These next few weeks, I am doing a series of tutorials and ideas for handmade gifts.  Most of these are are super simple and affordable. Today, I am showing you how to make a “no-knit” mug warmer. What you will need is an old  adult sweater, scrap of fabric, button, needle, twine, and a mug. […]

Handmade Gift for the Photographer

DIY Camera Strap Tutorial from Unexpected Elegance

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and gifts!  Handmade personalized gifts are ALMOST always a good idea.  {There are some exceptions to this rule…don’t paint them a picture if you’ve never painted in your life!!} In the next few weeks, I am putting together a series of tutorials for items […]

Sophisticated Teaching Themed Party

Table decor for Teacher Themed party

On Saturday I hosted a party for two close friends.  They were celebrating the launch of their new website The Curriculum Corner with friends, family, and co-workers.  The site is designed to give free resources to teachers for grades K-3rd, so we decided to use all the things you associate with teaching for our theme…apples, […]

GIVEAWAY!!! {entertaining}

Unexpected Elegance Fall Giveaway

It’s definitely past time for a giveaway!!  It’s been months since I’ve done one and I’ve hit a few milestones, so I thought we could celebrate them…what do ya think? (1.) My 3 year blog anniversary has long come and gone.  (2.) I’ve hit 800 Facebook followers. (3.)  I’ve finally achieved my goal of being […]

Fall Porch 2012

Fall outdoor vignette

 Yesterday, I finally got around to decorating my front porch.  It’s taken me a lot longer this year, but I haven’t had the time to really even think about my house until now  Things have slowed down SOME, but next week I’m hosting a party for some friends who just started their own business.  It […]