Alas, attending was not in the cards for me (not the Visa, not the American Express, not the debit card...). However, I was asked to contribute something creative for the auction to benefit breast cancer research, so a little part of my creative spark is there!
This is what I sent:
Here's a closer look. It's filled with handmade layered flowers, ribbon, and paper lace, with a couple handfuls of buttons thrown in for good measure. Of course, the goodies don't actually dispense from the machine, but it makes a cute package, don't you think?
I bought a couple of these little gumball machines on clearance at Target a while back. I had the bright idea to fill them with buttons and findings so I could crank out a handful of fun 'page candy' while scrapbooking, but instead I usually found myself taking the whole thing apart so I could get to that one button near the side that was exactly what I needed. Guess the random thing wasn't really working for me. I'm more of a search by color kind of girl, so I replaced the buttons with Jelly Bellies instead.
Got a crafty friend on your holiday list? Fill any kind of jar with handmade embellies and fun bits & pieces of scrappy "page candy" for a super cute gift!