I like to live on the edge… I’m a last minute gift wrapper. Raise your coffee mug if you’re done shopping. Take a sip if you’re done wrapping!
Even though I’m a last minute gift wrapper, I still enjoy every detail that goes into wrapping each gift. My go-to formula is plain wrapping paper, like Kraft paper or something simple like stripes. Then I dress each gift up with some ribbon. Glittery ribbon, let’s be honest. I always try to create a unique gift tag. I just hate resorting to using scraps of wrapping paper folded in half. We’ve all done it. I’m not proud.
One year I made individual chalkboard gift tags, those were quite a hit! They did take some time to cure, so this year I decided to make something a little simpler out of glitter scrapbook paper.
Clearly world’s easiest DIY gift tag. All you need is the gift-tag looking hole punch which you can find at your local craft store. I bought mine at Michaels. I also bought about 10 sheets of glittery scrapbook paper over Black Friday weekend, which were seriously a steal. I think each sheet ranges from $.99 to $1.99, totally worth making these adorable gift tags.
I crafted two varieties, a bronze and a gold. On the back I stamped “TO” and “LOVE”, punched a hole at the top and strung some baker’s twine for easy use when attaching to each gift.
In preparing for last weekend’s pop-up shop, I sold packages of 10 tags. Let me tell you, everyone LOVED them. You can get so creative with what scrapbook paper you choose as well. I almost bought the faux snake skin paper. Almost.
What special touch do you put on your holiday gift wrapping? Do share!
Happy weekend friends! It’s a rare Saturday post today, but it’s all because of a mighty fun collaboration with a business I adore. Tiny Prints asked me to host a DIY on their blog in exchange for some holiday cards. I immediately said “YES!”, for two reasons of course – one, the opportunity (duh) and two, it was a slim chance I was going to get my butt in gear and put together (let’s be real here, pay for) a holiday card. Now that we’re in full saving-every-penny-for-the-baby mode, some of the traditions I love, like sending holiday cards, have to be sacrificed. Again, this is what happens when two accountants get married!
Thank goodness for Tiny Prints! They made my holiday card dreams come true, AND we were able to coordinate a pregnancy announcement with them as well. As my husband would say, “double whammy!”.
Let’s get to the fun part. The DIY I’m sharing over on Tiny Prints blog is a super easy, 6 step tutorial on how to make your own faux fur stocking.
Hop on over to Tiny Prints to get the full step-by-step! And I bet you didn’t know, there is a whole plethora of DIYs from so many bloggers you already know. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and have a little Saturday reading
Happy Saturday everyone!
TGIF! YAY we made it thru another week! Boy, where has the time gone? I put my head down at work, looked up and now we’re less than 2 weeks to Christmas?! UGH. And please forgive me for being a bad blogger, Christmas is my favorite time to craft, but this season has been straight up nuts.
I’m still shopping for Christmas gifts, which has led me to some pretty amazing picks for this weeks faves. OK so maybe they’re all on my wish list, so what?
// ONE I seriously need this darling horse lamp in my future nursery, whether it’s a boy or girl (we find out in a week! WOOT!) // TWO ah dang it! I’m totally kicking myself for donating my old ratty globe. This chalkboard painted globe… man, it’s just so perfect. // THREE someone has taken color blocked utensils to a whole new level with these serving spoons, my goodness they’re so good // FOUR I think this blue buffalo check scarf is for dudes, but that wouldn’t stop me from sportin’ it with any shirt that covers my pregnant belly // FIVE Tory Burch is speaking my love language with these metallic boots, do you think I could get away with a DIY version? Ok you’re right, probably not.
Well, have a fantastic weekend everyone! Oh, and just for fun check back tomorrow (yes Saturday!) for a peek at our holiday card! It’s kinda cute, not gonna lie
There are only 17 days until Christmas. 17! I’ve been in the holiday spirit for a couple months, since we started The Home Depot Holiday Challenge (back in October!). We moved shortly after, which means we had to take down and box up our holiday decor before we were ready. We’re still settling in to our current spot, not 100% unpacking since the plan is to move to our next spot in a few months before I pop out an infant. With that said, we haven’t totally decked the halls quite yet, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on holiday decor!
The last couple weeks I’ve been sewing, gluing and glittering like mad preparing for a pop-up shop I participated in this weekend. I’d like to say I definitely turned my booth into a mini living room full of Christmas cheer.
I decked out two mini flocked trees in German glass glitter ornaments. Flocked trees and glitter ornaments are a must have for the holidays if you ask me. It’s so easy to turn a plain glass ornament into something special. Here and here are two easy tutorials that I posted the last two seasons. Customize your ornaments has never been so easy!
Every year I like to make one big Christmas craft. This year I decided to make some fab stockings from remnant pieces of fabric from my (absurdly large) fabric stash. It’s a fun way to add some whimsy to your fireplace or mantel. And of course! I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon
Fresh greenery in the form of garland and wreaths are also a must for holiday decor. For the pop-up shop I shared a booth with my girlfriend who is quite the talented florist. She hand made these gorgeous wreaths! Crazy, right? I totally soaked up their beauty in my holiday space all weekend.
My husband and I are absolutely ready for the holidays, however this year we’re just spreading the cheer in different ways than we’re used to, which includes this darling little booth.
Hop around today (and the rest of this week) by checking out the festive spaces of these fiercely talented ladies!
First off, happy Monday! It’s December (and still in the 70′s here in Cali – ugh), the turkey feasting has ended and I’m seriously ready to fast for the next 23 days, you know, until we feast again
Now that we’re in full holiday mode, my blog buddy Kristin is hosting an adorable round-up of 15 stylish ornament collections curated by 15 stylish bloggers. She’s so sweet to include me. Go check out the entire round-up, you’re going to fall in love with many, if not all of the collections!
NEXT, I’m doing something I’ve never done before… I’m going to be a vendor at a local pop-up shop! And not just any pop-up shop, it’s for the holidays, so expect loads of glittered ornaments, garlands, pillows, stockings, and gold things of course. If you’re in the Bay Area this weekend, you should definitely swing by the Handcraft Studio School in Emeryville, I’ll be there, as well as a handful of other local talented artisans!
I’ll be crafting all week, and I plan to have some new holiday craft tutorials to share after all this crafty mayhem
You know what’s amazing? YOU. YOU are ALL amazing! What a fun day yesterday, first sharing some big news, then reading all your positive and encouraging comments. I’m so elated and humbled. Thank you, seriously, for being the best readers around
It should start to make some sense now why we moved out of our loft. We moved to save money, to put ourselves in the best financial position before bringing a baby into the world. Right now we’re temporarily living at our old house, then we plan to move into our own place right when I’m about to pop! It’s going to be a fun challenge, and time is going to fly by so I’ve decided to embrace the spaces we have for the time being and put my personal touch on them. It will help me enjoy living in the moment rather than impatiently waiting until we move out.
I started working on the spare bedroom, which I get to use as a workspace (woot!).
Lots of gold, as to be expected I’m still loving the black, white, gold and navy blue palette, so I hung some navy blue velvet curtains. This marks another remarkable thing about this blog – one sweet reader sent these curtains to me after I mentioned my longing for the navy blue Sanela Ikea curtain, (which are sadly no longer available). She had never used them, so we struck a deal and now they’re happily hanging in my workroom!
Did I ever tell you the story about my mirrored Parson’s desk? One of my close girlfriends found it on Craigslist for me (awesome friend right?!). I guess one of the managers at West Elm was selling her hoarded collection of pieces that pretty much never been used. My girlfriend negotiated the desk down to $120. $120!!! This desk is no longer available, (you can buy the console here) but the desk used to sell for over $700. NUTS!
Corner by corner, our space is slowly coming together. Knowing me I’ll probably shift things around a bit until I’m happy. I plan to paint that campaign cabinet soon. Those poor oxidized pulls and brackets need new life!
WE. ARE. PREGNANT!!!!!!
I’ve been dying to share the news for weeks! And before you ask, no we didn’t make a honeymoon baby!
To all you mothers out there, I’m SO FREAKIN’ stoked to soon be in the motherhood club. When I was a kid, I remember thinking all I ever wanted was a family of my own. It’s so surreal to have finally reached this point where I’m making that dream come true. What’s even more tear jerking is my husband wants kids as much, if not more, than I do. We’re the ultimate team right now, and (prepare yourself, I’m about to get super gushy), I love him and he’s going to be just the most amazing dad ever.
Oh, and don’t worry, I’m not going to turn the blog into “brittanyMakes babies” or whatever. Honestly, I don’t expect much to change here on the ‘ol blog, maybe just a few baby bump updates and nursery focused DIY’s and such.
Anyway, we’re ecstatic, and I’m just so happy to share the news Happy Monday!
This week’s “Friday Faves” is inspired by my submission to The Home Depot Holiday Challenge! For those of you unfamiliar with the Holiday Challenge, Home Depot gathers a bunch of talented bloggers as early as mid-summer, then sends them a mystery box (more like 4 mystery boxes!) full of holiday decor goodies, then asks each blogger to decorate a space in their home. I chose to decorate our bedroom. ”Your bedroom?!” you might ask? Well, you’ll just have to read the whole post to find out the reasons behind our decision
// ONE Striped Duvet Cover – PotteryBarn Teen // TWO Original bulldog painting – Sasha Lynn// THREE Frosted Spruce Christmas Tree – The Home Depot // FOUR 12″ disco ball – vintage, similar found here or here// FIVE Martha Stewart gold mix ornaments – The Home Depot // SIX Zebra hide rug – vintage, but similar one found here or here // SEVEN Polka dot sheets & shams – PotteryBarn Teen
After you grab all these items, all you need is a stunning blue wall as your backdrop! Check out this post for more sources from our gallery wall.
Have a great weekend everyone!
It’s official! My Home Depot Holiday Challenge is live! I had such a blast working with The Home Depot and decorating (a few months early) for the holidays. It totally put us in the spirit early this year, we’ve been drinking hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies ever since
Go on, get some inspiration and check the full post over on the Apron Blog.
// ONE I bet you’ve never seen a paper pendant light so exquisite, or maybe you have, but this one rocks my world. Hard. I have to find a space for it, I just have to! // TWO How could you not want these salt and pepper shakers? They’re only $30! Not bad especially since they look very Kate Spade-esque. // THREE I’m the worst at putting my jewelry away at the end of the day. I’m sure if I had this darling gold leaf jewelry box I’d be sure to cram every necklace and bracelet I own into that sucker every day! // FOUR I’m a big fan of watercolor, especially when it’s on textiles and home accents such as this geometric brushstroke pillow // FIVE O.M.G. behold world’s most perfect snood/cowl/infinity scarf, in the most fabulous pattern of leopard.
Have a great weekend everyone! Crossing my fingers I get to catch up on my backlog of projects