Archive | December, 2014

DIY Picture Frame with a Unique Twist

29 Dec

I couldn’t post this until after Christmas because I didn’t want to spoil the surprise! Check out this DIY picture frame with a unique twist! I was inspired by this post to create my own photo frame as a gift, but I wanted the option and flexibility to keep changing out the photos without all the hassle. So I decided to use 2″ blocks and a very cute custom breakfast dish tray as a frame! Now this frame can also be used as a tray to bring breakfast in bed! I bought this adorable tray from Sue via Etsy! She was extremely accommodating and her product is BEAUTIFUL! Definitely check out her store!

I think the most tedious about this project was just finding the right photos and hand cutting all of them to the right size! Check this out! It’s definitely a good thing I’m such an Instagram addict, because this size ended up being perfect for Instagram photos! Now this is a perfect gift that stands on its own on a book shelf or next to other frames!

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DIY Mason Jar Gifts!

27 Dec

On a budget or just don’t know what to get a friend or a family member that already has it all? What about a homemade gift that’s from the heart? Especially when it comes to food, even those who have it all would still love it! Sorry I had to post this after Christmas, I couldn’t spoil the surprise that I made these for some of my friends by blogging about it! It was super simple and only took a few hours.

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Here are some helpful tips!

1. Make a paper funnel to help you pour all your ingredients perfectly into your mason jar and not all over your kitchen floor!

2. Plan ahead of time and trial and error to see what color combination you want to see in the jars!

3. Line up your ingredients on your kitchen counter so it’s easier to put into mason jars, instead of scrambling around for the right ingredients.

->> Ingredients <<-

1/3 cups brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup + 1 tbsp flour

1/2 cups oats

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cranberries

 

->> Order of ingredients<<-

**If you want your mason jar to end up the same order as pictured below, this is the order I poured!

1. baking power, baking soda, salt, flour

2. brown sugar, cinnamon

3. dried cranberries

4. oats

5. white chocolate chips

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I also made little printable booklets to send with the mason jars so my friends know how to bake the cookies. Along with that, I also provided ways they can reuse this mason jar after the cookies are baked! I’ve attached a downloadable pdf version of my booklet here. (Click on the image below and the pdf will download!) Hope this was helpful! Happy Holidays!

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12 Days of Christmas Swap Reveal

25 Dec

Back in November, I signed up for a 12 Days of Christmas Blogger swap box, where I rekindled with an old blogger friend, Angie from MySoCalledChaos. I’ve met Angie previously from another blog swap box, so it was nice to be able to reconnect with her again. For more details regarding the 12 Days of Christmas or interested in signing up for next year, check it out here. The premise is literally as the title states, we get to know another blogger that we’re assigned to and we send them a package with 12 gifts to countdown to Christmas! It’s seriously the cutest idea ever! Check out what Angie sent me! You can see what I sent her at her blog.

I love that she took the time to hand make some of this stuff! I literally was counting down the days so I could see what next she had stored for me!

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Holiday Packaging Favorites + Free Printables!

19 Dec

Have your Christmas gifts, but procrastinating to wrap them? Check out these free gift tag printables to help you along the way! Simply click on the image and it’ll direct you to where you can download the free printables! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Sources: DarbySmart | Love vs. Design  | MStetson

And now for some gift wrapping inspirations!

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^^ By adding contrast with ribbon and an intricate snowflake, it makes your gift look so sophisticated!

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^^ Using simple kraft paper and adding a little accessory such as a papercut ornament, keeps it easy and simple!

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^^ Make your gift more holiday and organic by tying pinecones and evergreen leaves! Add an extra spritz of evergreen scents to complete the holiday look!

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^^ Or simply just master your bow tying skills and complete any gift with a perfectly tied bow!

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Weekend Project: Nutcracker Tree Skirt!

15 Dec

So this weekend, I took on a project that I thought was going to take less than an hour… ended up being about 2-3 hours long. I’ve been looking everywhere for a nutcracker tree skirt, but the only ones I found were either super retro/ ugly or just didn’t exist! So I decided to do something about it… make my own! Unfortunately, I got a little carried away while I was making this, so I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of my step-by-step tutorial… but here is a few pictures of the finalized product! I got all my materials at Joann Fabrics and with coupons and everything, this was approx $25.

->>The materials <<-

->> Fleece fabric (1/4 yard) of every color you want- I got blue, white, green, mustard yellow and brown

->> 1 1/4 yard of red fleece or velvet fabric

->> Gold Trim – 4 yards (I got the ones you measure- you could also buy the whole spool if needed)

->> Hot glue and hot glue gun

->> Sharp scissors

This is what I used as a guide to measure the red circle skirt;

and this is what I used as a visual to free hand cut my nutcrackers and trees! Hope this helps!

 

What do you guys think?!

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DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament

12 Dec

As Christmas is getting closer and closer, I started prepping for an Ugly Christmas Sweater party I’m having two weeks from now, so I decided to come up with a project for my guests to work on while they’re here instead of just standing around drinking! Michaels is doing a great sale currently on all their stickers and Christmas related products, so I definitely went a little overboard and stocked up! There are also a lot of these things at the Dollar Store, so I would highly recommend checking that out first before splurging at Michaels!

->> Materials <<-

Candy cane stickers, christmas tree stickers, snow flake stickers

Sparkly jewel stickers

Scissors

Fabric Glue/ Super Glue or Hot Glue

glitter pom poms of various sizes

sequins

felt sheets with variety of colors

Glitter foam sheets

Pipe cleaners

Small hanger paperclips or make your own using this tutorial

And small bells

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 ->> Instructions <<-

1) First, decide what color you want your ugly sweater to be – and cut two size squares measuring4 inches x 4 inches (it depends on how big you want your sweater ornament to be at the end)

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2) Then cut a sweater shape out of both the felt sheets- I just freehand cut this. But if you want to print a sweater template here to trace and cut, it’s also available from that link!

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3) Then I used fabric glue to glue the sweater together. But I didn’t have time to wait for it to dry- so I ended up using hot glue to make it quicker. If time allows, fabric glue will work fine on this felt.

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4) From there, you can start decorating it! The first one I made was a moose head with a jingle bell red nose! To see some ideas for how to decorate and what to put on your sweater- check this out.

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->> Final Results <<-

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What do you guys think?!

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New PaperCut Products!

9 Dec

Not sure if I mentioned this yet since I’ve been busy this past weekend from The Cream City Creatives Art Fair at Turner Hall in Milwaukee!

Check out some of the holiday products and order them in time for Christmas! Just click on the image and it’ll take you directly to my Etsy shop!

->>Holiday Mitten Garland <<-

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->> Get Organized Planners!<<-

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->> School Spirit Calendars – Marquette & UW Badgers<<-

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->> Holiday Cards <<-

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Gift Ideas: For the Foodies

8 Dec

As mentioned from last week’s post, I’m going to be posting my favorite finds for different demographics as Christmas is closer and closer!  This week, we’re going to feature top gift ideas for your Techy friends and loved ones! ((Click the picture and it’ll link to where it’s sold online or in stores!)) Hope this makes your holiday shopping easier and more enjoyable to spread the Christmas cheer!

 Price Range: $10-20

Moonstruck Dark Chocolate  – $9
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Fig – Ricota Caramels – $8 (for a box of 12)

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Price Range: $20-30

Bar10der The Ultimate Tool – $29.99 A zester, muddler, reamer, channel knife, jigger, stirrer, strainer, corkscrew, bottle opener, and knife—all in one.

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nThe Herb Garden (6) – $28

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Recipe Cards + Recipe Box – $37

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Complete Cheeseboard Gift Basket- $34.99
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Price Range: $40 – 50

iPad Stand $39.95

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 Molecular Gastronomy Kit $49: Experiment and play with your food!

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Price Range: $50+

The Smoking Gun $99.95

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What do you guys think? What’s your favorite?

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Gift Ideas: For the hostess with the mostess

4 Dec

I personally love shopping, especially holiday shopping that relates to Christmas. But I’m sure many out there would disagree with me, saying that it’s a chaotic time to be shopping, when people are shoving around the mall to get the “best deals” or waiting in line a week in advance to be the “first in line”. I think as long as you have a solid plan on what to get and know exactly where to get it, your shopping experience will be much smoother!

As Christmas is slowly approaching, I’m going to start posting a gathered list of “best presents” (in my opinion anyway), price ranges and location on where to get them for all demographics((Click the picture and it’ll link to where it’s sold online or in stores!)), starting this week’s with Gifts for your friend of family who’s the “hostess with the mostess”. Hope this makes your holiday shopping easier and more enjoyable to spread the Christmas cheer!

 Price Range: $10-20

Rachet Mill – $19.95 (to grind spices!)

 

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 Randomonium Board Game – $19.95

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Price Range: $20-30

Himalyan Salt Plank – $29.99

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Global Spice Kit – $24.95
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Price Range: $40 – 50

Cheese Platter $49.99 (click the image to see where you can get it!)
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 Oven-to-Table Au Gratins – $39.95

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Price Range: $50+

 

Build your own Gift Mitt – Price varies- you get to select what you want inside it!

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Fondue Set – $99.95

 

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What do you guys think? What’s your favorite?

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