Unique Discoveries and Tips at Scott’s Antique Market with Eddie Ross

atlanta_expo_eddie_ross4Two of our buyers, Shari and Paul, were in Atlanta, Georgia looking for new products for our customers. While they were in Atlanta they were lucky enough to have some time to stop by Scott’s Antique Market, where they were able to spend time, learning shopping tips from Eddie Ross! You may remember Eddie from the HGTV blog post where he showed us how to make ornaments using old shirts. atlanta_expo_eddie_rossRoss, led the group on an amazing tour, through the antique market, looking at previously selected booths. The first stop was furniture, both upholstered and wood could be seen. During this time Ross showed how one could take a piece, restore it and paint it, and by doing so create a unique accent that no one else will have.
As they progressed from booth to booth, many items were passed, each with their own unique suggestions by Ross. For example, why not take old vintage linens, napkins…etc and mix them with new items. Doing this you can create a unique look by accenting the old with the new. Even better, what if you have a vintage rug that has seen better days? It was suggested one could use the undamaged parts to make pillows or even frame it for a unique piece of art.
Another favorite booth was Haute, who specializes in trim and fabric. These too can be turned into pillows or used for covering small objects. atlanta_expo_eddie_ross2However, by far the most fascinating booth was the “silver booth”, which included Tiffany Flatware and other vintage items. One piece in particular was astounding, a Tiffany Dessert Set, placed within the 1800’s, was priced at $49,000! And another was priced at $100,000! The booth could only be described by one word, decadent!
After the day was winded down, and after listening to many of Ross’s information tips, it is safe to say we are addicted to both Eddie Ross and Scott’s Antique Market. We can’t wait to do it all again, and hope you enjoy mixing and matching the old with the new to create a style you can call your own!atlanta_expo_eddie_ross3

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DIY Cat Toys Using Basic Craft Supplies

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Cats love to play with little toys that shake, rattle, or smell great. Creating toys that mimic the shape of movement of a cat’s favorite prey is a great way to engage their interest, and help them get some exercise as well. You can make a sweet treat for your favorite feline using these ideas.

cat_toysGrow Catnip: One of the easiest ways to please your cat is to grow your own catnip! Select a small plastic container to start your seeds, plant, and watch your catnip grow in just a few weeks! Catnip looks just like grass, and like grass, it will continue to grow if you trim it regularly. Once your catnip is established, you can transfer it to another pot, like any of our planters and tubs that suit your particular decor. Your cat will adore the scent of fresh catnip, and you can trim and dry the blades to use in your own handmade cat toys. Drying increases the potency. so your cat will be sure to love her new toys if they are stuffed with freshly dried catnip!

cat_toys3Fabric Mice: Use scrap fabric to quickly whip up a batch of mice for your favorite feline. Cut two teardrop shaped pieces for each mouse, and sew together, leaving an area for turning. Stuff with catnip and a jingle bell if desired. You can use white fabric or felt for the ears, and even add a cute yarn tail (you can also try adding a jingle bell at the end of the tail if you wanted instead of stuffing it on the inside) as pictured. These mice are small enough for kitty to carry around. so don’t be surprised if you find them all over the house!

cat_toys5Knitted and Felted Mice: Don’t want to sew? Make your own knitted mice from wool yarn, and then toss them into the washer to felt. With a small amount of scrap yarn and catnip you can create your feline friend a catnip mouse. Stuff them with catnip when dry, and present to your cat. These are fast and easy to make (search for free patterns online such as Mollie’s Blog of Stuff), and very durable! Photo copyright Mollie’s Blog of Stuff. 2008

cat_toys6Dangly Toys: Cat adore little items like feathers, pom-poms and bells, but these items can pose a hazard to your pet if they are too small. Instead of simply handing a few feathers over to your cat, assemble your own dangler toy with a few simple craft supplies. Paint a 3/16″ x 12″ long unfinished wood dowel, and use flexible wire (remember the higher the gauge the thinner and more flexible the wire will be) or ribbon to attach pom poms, feathers, and other items such as jingle bells. Another idea for the “string” part of the dangler would be to use a small section of a marabou feather boa of your choice. Consider using yarn pom poms to add heft, and a few long marabou feathers to attract your cat’s interest.

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Valentine’s Day Craft Project – Valentine Paper Mache Mailbox

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Every Valentines Day, kids can be seen exchanging cards, featuring their favorite cartoon and singer idols or even showing their creative side and making their own. However, what are they to collect them in? Your child can create their own mailbox for all those lovely little love letters! This mailbox is super easy to make and would be perfect for the little ones school parties. These paper mache mailboxes are perfect solution for storing all those Valentines and special treats. Your child can use a variety of items to create their own special and unique Valentines mailbox. Your child can decorate their plain old paper mache mailbox with fun foamie craft items like sport, conversation heart, fun and funky stickers, or heart shaped foamies. You can also use glitter to add a little glitz and glam. You may also want to consider scrapbooking embellishments such as ribbon, tags, and stickers. To help create a critter mailbox you could cut out shapes using foamie sheets, use googly eyes, and even use pipe cleaners for the antennas! Your child can simply paint the mailbox with Apple Barrel acrylic paints of your choice or cover with decorative paper (trace each part of the mailbox, cut and then glue onto the box…with adult supervision of course) and your child can begin creating their master piece!
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When working, be sure to let your child let them do the majority of the work. Otherwise, you won’t be able to take pride in what they’ve created. Involving the whole family to help create your child’s mailbox can quickly become a fun night, filled with fun and laughter. You may even want to consider sneaking in your own Valentine in the box before your child heads off to school. Later, they will be reminded how much they are loved. Being loved on Valentine’s Day is cool… even if it is just by your mom!

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Craft Project – Loopy Chenille Bunny and Carrot

bunny_carrot_loopy_chenilleHow cute is this loopy chenille bunny and carrot!? This little loopy chenille bunny is really easy to make and takes no time at all. Loopy chenille adds a plush feel to any project and is intertwined with wire that is easy to bend to create wonderful craft projects.

Things you will need:
1 Hank – White Loopy Chenille
1 Hank – Orange Loopy Chenille
1 Hank – Emerald Green Loopy Chenille
1 Hank – Pink Loopy Chenille
1 – 3″ Styrofoam Egg
1 – 4-3/4″ Styrofoam Egg
1 – 4″ x 12″ Styrofoam Cone
2 – 1-1/2″ White Pom Poms
1 – 1/2″ Pink Pom Pom
2 – 25mm Googly Eyes
1 – Craft Stick
Green Bumpy Pipe Cleaners
Floral U Pins
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Ribbon and Flowers as Desired

Things to do:
1. To start your loopy chenille bunny and carrot, we will start making the carrot first. Take the styrofoam cone and wrap the orange loopy chenille around the cone starting at the point and work your way up. Leave about a 1/2″ of cone for the green loopy chenille in the next step. Secure the orange loopy chenille with hot glue and floral pins.
2. Finish the styrofoam cone up with the emerald green loopy chenille, covering the entire top of the styrofoam carrot and secure with floral pins.
3. Place and secure the green bumpy chenille stems where desired on the top of the loopy chenille carrot. Secure with hot glue.
3. To cover up the bumpy chenille stems and to add a little bit more dimension, cut a 6″ strip of emerald green loopy chenille and wind into a circle. Secure to the wide, flat end of the styrofoam cone with floral pins.
4. To start the bunny, cut a 32″ strip of white loopy chenille and wrap the 3″ styrofoam egg. Secure with hot glue and floral pins. Place the craft into the bottom of the head and glue. This will later be used to attach the head to the body.
5. To create the bunny’s body, cut 2 yards of white loopy chenille and wrap around the 4-3/4″ styrofoam egg. Secure the loopy chenille to the styrofoam egg with floral pins and hot glue.
6. Attach the head and body together with a dab of hot glue to the top of the bunny’s body and push the craft stick that is attached to the head through the top of the body. Let cool.
7. To create the bunny’s ears, cut two- 8″ strips of white loopy chenille and fold them in half. Secure to the top of the head with hot glue and floral pins.
8. Cut two- 3″ strips of pink loopy chenille and place in the middle of the white loopy chenille ears. Secure with hot glue.
9. Cut two- 18″ strips of white loopy chenille to make the bunny’s legs. Fold the white loopy chenille strips in half and twist once, creating little bunny feet and legs. Attach the two loopy chenille legs with floral pins towards the bottom of the bunny’s body.
10. Cut another two- 18″ strips from the white loopy chenille to make the bunny’s arms. Fold the white loopy chenille strips in half and twist once, creating bunny paws and arms. Attach the arms with floral pins and hot glue.
11. Glue on googly eyes, the two white pom poms for the muzzle and finally the pink pom pom for the bunny’s nose. Cut a 12″ strip of white loopy chenille and wind the loopy chenille strip into a ball. Attach to the back of the bunny at the bottom for the bunny’s tail with hot glue and floral pins.
12. Add a dab of hot glue here and there on the side of the carrot to attach the bunny, press the bunny against the carrot until the glue has cooled. Secure the arms and legs to the carrot with hot glue and floral pins.
13. Finally, adorn your bunny with ribbon of your choice and attach a ribbon on the top of the carrot to hang your beloved bunny!

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DIY Primitive Decor – Primitive Chamber Candle Decoration

primitive_chamber_candle_holderAre you looking for a primitive decor project? Are you looking for a simple DIY primitive gift? Create your own inexpensive primitive decor! Primitive decor is very popular and can be seen in stores everywhere. This small rusty tin chamber candle holder with wood candle would be perfect for when you want a small inexpensive primitive gift, or other country primitive decor!

Materials Needed:
Rusty Tin Heart Chamber Candle Holder
1/2″ Unfinished Wood Dowel Rod
2ply Natural Jute
Folk Art Down Home Brown Antiquing Medium
Paint Brush and Accessories
Weldbond Universal Glue
General Use Scissors
An Old Rag

Instructions:
1. First cut a 2-1/2″ piece from one unfinished wood dowel rod to form the wood candle.
2. Next, take your paint brush and brush the Down Home Brown antiquing medium onto the piece of unfinished wood dowel rod and then immediately wipe off with a rag. If you want a darker candle simply apply another coat of the Down Home Brown antiquing medium .
3. Once the “candle” has dried, cut a piece of the 2ply natural jute with your general use scissors and tie a knot to the bottom. Trim off the excess jute below the knot. Clip the piece of jute above the knot to approx 3/4″ (this will be your flame of the candle)
4. Take your Weldbond Universal glue and glue the jute flame to the top of the wood candle piece. Your candle is now done and may be inserted into the rusty tin heart chamber candle holder.

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DIY Bath Bombs Using Acrylic Fillable Ornaments

Why pay up to $5.00 each for bath bombs when you can make your own? Bath bombs are fast and easy to make and you can customize the ingredients and scent to get a perfect bath every time!
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Things you need: ( Makes approx. 4 round or 6 heart shaped bombs)

Dry Ingredients:
4 cups baking soda
2 cups citric acid *
2 cups Epsom salt

Wet ingredients:
2 tbsp olive or other oil
Witch Hazel
Soap Expressions fragrance oil of your choice
Food coloring (optional)

Equipment:
70mm Clear Plastic Acrylic Fillable Ball Ornament** or 80mm Clear Plastic Acrylic Fillable Heart Ornament**
Large mixing bowl
Empty spray bottle

Things to do:
1. Pour the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together thoroughly.
2. Add fragrance oil, a few drops at a time, until you are happy with the amount of scent. For a batch this size, a teaspoon or so of skin safe fragrance oil like Soap Expressions is a good choice. You can also use essential oils, as long as they are skin safe.
3. If you are using food coloring, add a few drops to the mixture and blend it in with the spoon. You can use your hands if you prefer.
4. Pour the witch hazel into the spray bottle, and spray it onto the bath bomb mixture. Spray a very small amount at a time. if the mixture starts foaming, you are using too much. Use the spoon or your hands to blend in the with hazel, a few spritzes at a time.
5. Pick up a handful of the mixture and squeeze it in your hands. It is ready to mold when it holds together like a clump of damp sand or snow.
6. Quickly pack some of the mixture into both halves of an acrylic fillable ball ornament or acrylic fillable . Press it in firmly, and squeeze the halves together with firm pressure.
7. Carefully remove the piece from the mold, and place it on a wire rack to dry.
8. Your bath bombs should harden up and dry in about a day or so, depending on how much witch hazel you used, and how humid your home is.
9. To use, simply drop one finished bomb in a tub of water. Relax and enjoy!

bath_bombs2Project Notes:
Bath bombs make a great gift. you can wrap a single large bomb in colorful tissue, or place a few in an organza gift bag for a thoughtful, handmade present. You can vary the scent and color of your finished bath bombs by using different fragrance oils and colors. just be sure any product you use is skin safe.

*Citric acid can be found in the canning section of some grocery stores, in health food stores, or online. If you can’t find citric acid, you can replace it with a mixture of half cornstarch and half baking soda. your bombs will still work, they just won’t fizz when you drop them in the tub!

**Acrylic fillable ornaments do not usually create perfect balls. Acrylic fillable ornaments usually leave the imprint of the seams once the bomb is finished. If you are striving for the perfect and flawless bath bomb then maybe using candy molds.

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Craft Project – Loopy Chenille Bunny Candy Holder

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Loopy chenille is great for projects. Loopy chenille is soft and plush like with wire so that you are able bend and form as you please. This loopy chenille bunny candy holder is super easy to make and can be used for more than just candy. This loopy chenille bunny would be perfect for a gift from the Easter bunny or you could even use this bunny for a baby shower!
Things You’ll Need:
1 Hank – Mint Jumbo Loopy Chenille (or color of your choice)
1 Hank – Pink Jumbo Loopy Chenille
1 Hank – White Jumbo Loopy Chenille
2 – 15mm Googly Eyes
1 – 3/4″ Pink Pom Pom
1 – 3″ Styrofoam Ball
1 – 110mm Acrylic Ball Fillable Ornament
Floral U Pins
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Gun Sticks

Things to Do:
1. Begin by wrapping the styrofoam ball with the mint loopy chenille. Secure the loopy chenille with floral u pins.
2. Cut two-9″ strips from the mint loopy chenille. Fold the two loopy chenille strips in half and secure to the top of the head for ears.
3. Cut two-3″ strips from the pink loopy chenille for the inside of the bunny’s ear. Secure the pink loopy chenille with hot glue.
4. Cut two-3″ strips from the white loopy chenille. Wind the white loopy chenille strips in a circle for the muzzle. Glue the white loopy chenille muzzle onto the bunny head.
5. Glue on the pink pom pom for the nose and glue on the googly eyes.
6. Fill the acrylic ball ornament with candy or whatever else you may have in mind for this bunny holder. ***You may need to secure the acrylic fillable ball ornament with a small amount of hot glue on the sides if you fill it up or if the candy is heavy.
6. Next, cut two-11″ strips from the mint loopy chenille. Fold the two loopy chenille strips in half and glue to the bottom of the acrylic fillable ball ornament for the bunny’s feet. Cut two-4″ strips from the pink loopy chenille for the inside of the bunny’s feet. Secure the pink loopy chenille with hot glue.
7. Finally, cut two-9″ strips from the mint loopy chenille and fold them in half for the bunny’s arms. Secure the loopy chenille arms to the acrylic fillable ball ornament with hot glue.

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It’s a Hoot! Felt Owls from Styrofoam Balls

felt_owlsInspired from Your Best Handmade Creations” on Martha Stewart and Not Just a Mommy, these chubby felt owls are a hoot and easy to make after all the cutting! These felt owls could be made around the colors of your themed party. You could use pastels or gender specific colors for a baby shower. You could also choose specific colors for a birthday or even a holiday such as Valentine’s Day!

Things you need:
2 – 4″ Styrofoam Balls
4 – 25mm Googly Eyes
Felt sheets – colors of your choice
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Owl One Template
Owl Two Template

Things to do for Owl One:
1. Flatten your styrofoam ball by gently pressing against a table’s surface. This will be helpful later, to keep the owl from rolling.
2. Print out the Owl One Template. Cut out each piece. Begin by tracing and cutting out your feathers (this is number 3 in the owl one template) from your felt squares. You may want to cut out two different colors of feathers, depending on the owl you may have in mind. Glue the felt feathers onto the styrofoam ball, starting from the bottom and go up. Stagger and glue on the feathers on top of one another until you have almost reached the the top of the styrofoam ball. Since owl two does not have a head covering, cover the entire styrofoam ball with feathers. One color should be used for the front of the owl and the other color should be used as the backside of the owl.
3. To make owl one’s face cut out shapes 1, 2, and 5 from the owl one template in felt of your choice. To make the beak of the owl, cut a feather out of brown felt. Place and glue the small eye piece (#2) onto the larger eye piece (#1). Glue on the googly eyes and brown felt feather nose with a dab of hot glue. Next, glue the cone shape (#5) over the glued felt eye pieces. Be sure that the point of the felt cone is aligned with the middle of the eyes as pictured. Do not round off the corners of the felt cone yet. This will come later.
4. To make the ears of the owl, trace and cut out two triangles (#4) from brown felt. Pinch the two corners of the brown felt triangles and hot glue together. Here comes the tricky part of putting together your owl… you have to glue the felt ears onto the styrofoam body first. You will have to figure out the placement of the owl’s face, then glue on the ears. After you have glued on the ears, hot glue the front of the face onto the styrofoam body. Gently wrap the remaining part of the felt cone shape around the styrofoam ball and round out the corners as needed before gluing.

Things to do for Owl Two:
1. Flatten your styrofoam ball by gently pressing against a table’s surface. This will be helpful later, to keep the owl from rolling.
2. Print out Owl Two Template. Cut out each piece. Begin by tracing and cutting out your feathers (this is number 3 in the owl two template) from your felt squares. You may want to cut out two different colors of feathers, depending on the owl you may have in mind. Glue the felt feathers onto the styrofoam ball, starting from the bottom and go up. Stagger and glue on the feathers on top of one another. Since owl two does not have a head covering, cover the entire styrofoam ball with feathers. One color should be used for the front of the owl and the other color should be used as the backside of the owl.
3. To make the eyes for your owl, cut out two of the large circles (#1) and cut two of the smaller circles (#2) from felt of your choice. Glue the smaller circles on top of the larger circles once you like the placement. Then hot glue the two googly eyes onto the smaller circles. Cut a brown feather (#3) for the beak.
4. To make the ears of the owl, trace and cut out two triangles (#4) from brown felt. Pinch the two corners of the brown felt triangles and hot glue together. Place and glue the ears onto the owl. This will be your guide for the rest of the owl’s face. Place and glue the beak onto the owl. Finally, glue on the eyes with hot glue.

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DIY Wedding Decorations – Doily Flower Wedding Garland

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Things you will need:
4-1/2″ Paper Doilies
Butcher’s Twine
Decorative Paper
Gold Foil Seals (1/2″ diameter)
Scissors
Heart Shaped Craft Punch
Tiny Hole Punch
A Pencil

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Things to do:
1. To make the gold seal strand, cut your desired length from the butcher’s twine and tie a knot at each end. Begin at one end of the twine and stick two gold seal’s together, back to back, making sure the twine is running between them. Repeat this process about every 3″ or 4″ until you reach the opposite end.
2. Using your heart craft punch, punch out about 25-30 hearts for a 6ft garland from a sheet of decorative paper. Punch a small hole in each heart on the top right or left side using the tiny paper punch. Cut your desired length from the butcher’s twine and tie a knot at one end. Take one of the punched out hearts and thread the twine through. Slide the heart all the way down, meeting the knot at the end. Tie another knot about 3″ to 4″ from the first heart and thread another heart through. Repeat this process until you have reach the other end of the twine and tie a final knot at the end.
3. Hold your pencil eraser side up in the center of your paper doily. Slow push the paper doily towards the pencil point. Keeping the doily pinched, slowly remove the doily from the end of the pencil. Fold the edges outward a bit, creating petals. Repeat this process until you have enough paper doily flowers for the garland ( 12 flowers is enough for a 6 foot garland).
4. Cut your desired length from the butcher’s twine and tie a knot at one end. Tie another knot about 4″ to 5″ up from the beginning knot. Keep this knot really loose, leave the knot opening to about a 1/2″ wide. Take one of your paper doily flowers and slip the loose knot over the point of the flower. Pull the knot tightly closed, tie another knot to secure the paper doily flower. Continue this process, placing paper doily flowers about every 4″ to 5″ along the twine until you have reached the other end and tie a final knot at the end.
5. To join your garlands, it is best to wait until you have ready to hang them as they can easily get tangled together. You can keep them from getting tangled up until you are ready to use them by wrapping them around a paper towel tube or cardboard scrap. To join them, carefully take one or two of each strand and knot the grouping at both ends. Use these beautiful garlands to trim table, mantles, or even windows!

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DIY Wedding Invitations – Message in a Bottle

“Love washes in like the tide, soothing the parched sand”
wedding_message_ina_bottleAre you planning a destination wedding? Are you in the need of a fun and unique invitation? If you are a bride that wants nothing but sand in between your toes as you walk down the aisle way and the sound of ocean waves crashing in your ears then we have got the perfect idea for invitations. You can create DIY invitations, messages in a bottle! All you need for this unique wedding invite is glass message bottles, small seashells, ribbon or natural raffia, uncoated printing paper, an oil scent of your choice (optional) and sealing wax (optional). Of course you can add your own embellishments and make them with your own personality in mind but this is just for the basic idea.

1. Before you print out your invites you may want to test a few pieces of paper for the correct size to ensure that they will fit in your glass message bottles. To make your paper look authentically old and worn out you will want to tea dye your paper. Print out everything you would like to have printed on your invitations before you begin the tea dyeing process. If you wish to hand write on your invitations you should do this after you have tea dyed your paper. Please make sure that your paper is uncoated. To learn how to tea dye paper click here!
2. Once you have printed out and tea dyed your paper it is now time to make sure that your guest are able to get out your invitations out of the glass message bottle without any frustrations. To ensure this you could try attaching a pull mechanism on the center of your invite. You can use ribbon or even natural raffia. You can glue or hole punch a hole and loop your thread through. To make your guest can retrieve your invites worry-free you should also roll your invitations tightly and tie it off with your choice of ribbon or natural raffia. This is to make sure the invitations will not expand, making it nearly impossible to recover, once it has been placed inside the glass message bottle.
3. Now that your invites are inserted into the glass message bottles, it’s time to be creative and have a little fun! You can now insert your sand. A little can go a long way, an inch is enough. You can of course play around with the amount but if you are planning to ship these, remember more sand equals more shipping cost.
4. After you have figured out the right amount of sand it’s now time to add some small seashells and your invites. When you place your invites in the glass message bottles make sure your pull thread is outside the bottle before placing the cork, so that your guest can retrieve their messages with ease. You can of course add personal touches like making a custom label for your bottles, you could also add a tropical scent to the bottom of the cork (the part that will go inside the glass message bottle) by adding a few drops of oil scent. Make sure the oil scent that you choose is not too overwhelming. You could also leave the bottle and cork as is or you could seal the glass message bottles by using sealing wax.
5. If you plan on shipping your glass message bottle invites to your guest, you should make sure that you find a tough, heavy duty container when mailing them out. You should also use plenty of decorative packing material like natural raffia to cushion your glass message bottles.
You are now ready to send out your message in a bottle invites!

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You can also use this same concept for beach or tropical themed parties and events!
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