Saturday, July 8, 2006

birthday bash

I have lots to show you. I was going to wait until after the birthday bash but it's just too good to wait. Ann and Linda, avert your eyes so you don't ruin the surprise.



These are what I'm calling "birthday rings". I am going to offer them online with adorable packaging. Luckily, though, they arrived just in time for me to share with the two birthday girls.



I made one of these for each of us...sort of scrapbooking in a jar.



I included a few truly vintage tags and fun embellishments and we'll add mementos from the weekend, like maybe extinguished birthday candles, a wine label, and other little things to remind us of the fun weekend.

And this...



is what I made for my friend Ann's birthday present. Maybe you remember my post about this money book back in December when I made one for my mother.





The secret to making this is to use hot glue (and plenty of it!) to make a sort of pad of the stack of dollar bills. It doesn't hurt the money one little bit and the recipient can just tear off a buck when she needs it.

If you want complete instructions, leave your email address in a comment. Remember that I'm going to be away most of this week, okay?

86 comments:

Jamie said...

Amy - These are Great gifts!! I would love for you to send me the instructions for the money book if you have a chance... jnwalker76@yahoo.com

Lauren said...

Fantastic! I would also love the instructions!! lauren@nestingwithstyle.com I also love the jar, that is a super idea.

Cindy said...

What wonderful gifts! It would be wonderful to have the directions to this fantastic money book.

cynthia.holzhauer@gmail.com

amy rue said...

Everything looks so perfect; your friends will be in love!


Have a Wonderful time!

Heidi said...

Thanks for sharing! I saw the money book when you posted it in December and made one for a graduation gift this spring--it was a HUGE hit!

What a fun weekend is in store for you! :)

♥ joleen ♥ said...

WOW! I'm loving it all. I LOVE that money book idea! I'd love directions to keep.. joleenieweenie AT hotmail DOT com. Thanks! :)

Knit Chick said...

The money book is a fantastic idea - but it won't work for us canadians... our smallest bill is the 5$ (our 1 and 2 dollars are both coins!) Great idea tho!

tara said...

Adorable! I would love instructions!
BlondeChickenBoutique@gmail.com.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Amy- you must be the sweetest,most thoughtful friend ever! I am sure the will be just giddy over the gifts. please send me instructions for the money book when you get the chance :) thanks! clmfrommd@mchsi.com

paige knudsen said...

absolutely precious!!
love all the little treasures.
add me too!
paige
daniel.knudsen@comcast.net

Carrie said...

Scrapbooking in a Jar! Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

I would also love the instructions. jillpettis@kc.rr.com.

Thanks!

Lori said...

I'd love the instructions! Darling in everyway!!!

Soj4@cox.net

crazycatladymel said...

I would love to receive the directions! If you ever post them online, I would also love to share that post in my "crafty fun friday" collection!

crazycatladymel@gmail.com

marsha said...

You never cease to INSPIRE me!
I would so appreciate the instructions.
mowrose@aol.com

Denial Renae said...

I would love the instructions for the money book! denial_renae@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Oh Amy! How adorable! I would love if you could send me the instructions! Thanks for sharing such precious idea!
-mabelle
whimsyandstarsstudio@yahoo.com
http://www.whimsyandstarsstudio.com

teresa said...

oh you KNOW i love that book of bills!! And the adorable poem that goes with it. And the preciously perfect birthday jar. Oh, Amy Poo, you rock!!

Leonie said...

The money book is a great gift idea, I would love the instructions please when you have time.
Thank you
Leonie
alandl@iprimus.com.au

Jenny said...

Wow -- lucky friends! I would love the instructions on the money book:

snowkissed5@yahoo.com

Thanks!

sjdecorates said...

I am always inspired by your blogs, which reflect your generous spirit and great creativity. I am a friend of Frou-frou Holly's. I'd love the instructions for the bill book if you get a chance.....I'm at suzanne@joffrions.net
Thanks so much!!!

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful idea!!
I would love to have the instructions!
Thanks in Advance

srojas63@hotmail.com

Emma said...

Fabulous! I would love instructions. Thanks, Amy.

Anonymous said...

Amy, This is such a great idea. What a fun time you all must have. Enjoy every moment of your weekend. Add me to the fan club for the money book. Laurie dalahodson@msn.com

Liz said...

i would love directions for those adorable money books. thanks.
liz
clairesmama@hotmail.com

k8tykat said...

thank for offering instructions, it's such a *cute* idea. thanks!

kerry[at]k8tykat[dot]com

Pam said...

Amy- you are amazing! What thoughtful gifts you have made for your friends, and how fortunate they are to have you as a personal friend. I pop in on you everyday to see how you have expressed your fun and creative spirit in everything that you do, and it's rubbing off on me! I would love to get the cash book instructions so I can make one too. myblisstwo@aol.com

Pamela Jane said...

From another Amy fan, another pretty-please request for instructions: pkeravuori@aol.com. Love your imaginative approach to "capture life, create art."

Angela Dasner said...

What a clever idea. Would love the instructions for the money book. The jar is quite fantastic too.

Thanks for sharing!

passioncook@yahoo.com

the pumpkin cupcake queen said...

Love the money book! Please send instructions!
awilson@utech.net

Kidzkatz said...

Oooh! Count me in...I'd like instructions too. :) What a great gift, for young & old alike. Clever! katzinbaskets@yahoo

Anonymous said...

i would also love the instructions. Thank you.

mccammon5@cox.net

alisa said...

Adorable!! I would love the instructions for that!! abowden77@hotmail.com

Crafty P said...

I'm all over this. Great idea! Love it!

cmcostain@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

There isn't anything I can say
that hasn't been said.
Love the birthday rings.
Love the jar.
Love the money book.
Please add me to the list for
the instructions.
dodie@ec-ruffolo.com

AnastasiaC said...

That money book is such a cool clever idea
no $1.00 notes in Australia - what a shame

Lauren said...

Wonderful ideas! One of my dear friends birthday is coming up, and I'm going to borrow your ideas for her gift. So, I'd love the instructions for the money book too! lelliott@nc.rr.com
Thanks!!

Joan said...

Please email the instructions!

Many thanks!
jellisy@cox.net

deb said...

how fun! I'd love instructions... debdamboise@comcast.net

LisaW said...

I would love these directions! I was first turned on to your blog when I saw your post (the book just like this one) on Teresa McFaddens blog last winter. I check back often.

Thanks!

Mama Urchin said...

I'd loce the how-to also, what a great way to give money as a gift! mamaurchin@gmail.com

Laurie said...

I'd like the instructions, please!

laurie@oldschoolacres.com

Anonymous said...

That is such a great idea! You're so clever and creative! I would love to learn how to make a money book, too! Can you send me instructions, please!
Thank you!

turtles1717@hotmail.com

Jen said...

Hi Amy - What a fantastic idea! If you are still willing to provide the instructions for the money book, that would be great.....simplygigidesigns@gmail.com Have a wonderful vacation! - Jen

Julie G. said...

Oh my, what a wonderful book to have, put me in that group to receive the directions: tabbytribe@earthlink.net

Lindsay said...

oh me too pretty please with sugar on top?

Lindsay said...

oh i guess my email address would be helpful!

lindsaymc @ gmaildotcom

norththreads said...

This is fantastic Amy, & id luv instuctions!! Great jars
norththreads@hotmail.com

robin w said...

Amy - I LOVE this idea! Great for the friend who's hard to buy for! I would love to have the instructions, when you have a chance to send them. Enjoy all of your creative ideas!
Thanks!
woodworthks@sbcglobal.net

crimsoncat05 said...

I would love the instructions for your money book! And now, I need to go back to your blog and do some more reading, since I stumbled across here- I hope your girl's weekend was fun! Jennifer jenn05042005@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy

I would love the instructions also. renee@pmpartners.com.au

Thank you so much

Peggy Willoughby said...

Hi! Love this! Please email me instructions at margaret.willoughby@dartmouth.edu

bev said...

Juat found your blog (thanks MO) and love all your creative STUFF! Would love the directions for the stacked $$. THANKS!

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the instructions!

Anonymous said...

The book is so adorable! If you get a moment could you send me the instructions?

waipahurx@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to get the instructions for the money book, please !! It is a great idea.
kati.kahlin@orebroll.se

Anonymous said...

Please send instructions for the cash stash book.
kathy
shp5tx@cox.net

pat sloan said...

I'd also love the instructions for the $$ book

quilter.pat@verizon.net

Denise said...

What a great idea! I would love the directions too. And your friend's house is wonderful.

DML410@earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

please, oh please, send me instructions!!! your memory jars and money book are "fantabulous" as my seven year old likes to say. your friend's house is beautiful.
mblaisen@comcast.net

karlanee said...

I'd love to have the instructions.
karla.neese@cox.net

Anonymous said...

Love the money book and would love the directions! Your work is so inspiring! Thank you - Cheryl - cahkch@aol.com

Anonymous said...

i love the sweet gifts! i'd love to have the instructions too! thank you so much! heather
cactusgirls@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Oh Amy... I love it!! Please send me the instructions for the money book when you catch your breath and unpack from your trip. Thanks! Korie at korie@wewillalwayshaveparis.com

blissful said...

michelle said...
I have watched your site for a long time and it just gets better and better. Love the memory jars and the pictures. Please send the directions for the money packet. Keep up the great work...michelle@blissfultimes.com

~~~Drama Queen's Mom~~~ said...

Oh I would love to make these for Christmas gifts! Will you share we me or am I too late?

walkingok@aol.com

thanks either way. I am enjoying your blog for the fist time. loved the pics so far.

shirley said...

What an awesome idea!! Please, I would love a copy of the instuctions. Hope you all have a fab time!!

Anonymous said...

I would love the info on the money stack too please! How creative! spottylover@yahoo.com

Tracy said...

i'm hoping i'm not to late to the party here. i would also love the instructions for your money book. thanks so much :-)

dogfaeriex5 said...

can you send my intructions..sorry i am late!

dogfaeriex5@yahoo.com

thnx~kim

Natalie said...

I'd love the instructions too. Thanks! xavierknits at yahoo dot com

Cheryl said...

Oh this is great!!! My friend's birthday is coming up and I would love to make one like this for her. Please email me the instructions for it.
ccmiyashiro@aol.com

rani said...

this is fabulous!!!! catching up on you journal!!! here is my addy for the instructions please!!!
ranisjourney@yahoo.com thanks!

Anonymous said...

Sooo cute! I would love directions to the money book. Reading your blog makes me happy, thanks for all the great photos and stories you share with us all. birdie610@comcast.net

Serena said...

Found your blog via Alicia - love your camping setup. I'd definitely live there for awehile. Love the money book idea too! Can you send me the instructions please?! craftyresearcher at gmail dot com. Thanks!!! I'll definitely be adding your blog to my reading list!

Anonymous said...

So inspiring! Would love, love, love the instructions for the $ book!

kristenbertrand@msn.com

Melissa Pride said...

Would you send me the instructions for the
darling "money book"? What a neat gift.
Thanks,
Melissa

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and what fun it is. LOVE this money book - such a cute idea. I'd love to have instructions if you're still offering. Thanks so much.

grammalarson@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love the money stash idea. Would love instructions. Thank you.
cribbo23@hotmail.com.

MommaKay said...

I love stumbling across such beautiful blogs by such creative women! if you are still offering, please send me instructions for the money book.

Thanks

Ann said...

Yes, please..I would love the instructions for the money book too!
Thanks so much, ( so much more fun than a gift card)!

Ann said...

Oops, forgot my email addy:
dotursx4@comcast.net

angie said...

just discovered your blog full of eye-candy today. if it is not too late, i would love the instructions for the money book. thank you!
angiechadwell@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I just know your blog and i love it! Im from Mexico and i´d like you send me the instructions of this gift, please. I liked very much... you are an excellent designer! My email is nydiasr@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Can I please have the complete instructions??? My 6 yr old will just love this!! jpierce@baylandsfcu.org

Sara Smith said...

Adorable!! I would love the instructions for that!! abowden77@hotmail.com