November 21st, 2012 § § permalink
Confession of a wrap-aholic: Sometimes I spend more on gift wrapping materials than I do the actual gift… don’t judge me for this, I just want you to have pretty things.
Be honest though, do you not reach for the craziest wrapped present under the tree first? So do I, which is why I’ve compiled a not-so-short list of my favorite recent gift wrap DIY’s, products, and inspirations to make sure that your gift is the one everyone is itching to open.
1 adorned glitter clothespin DIY by Creature Comforts // 2 knit gift tags printable DIY by Eat Drink Chic // 3 clutch gift wrap from Leela Purse $4.00 // 4 leaf and twine gift wrap DIY by Chelsea Fuss // 5 rustic gift wrap DIY by Grey Likes Nesting on Style Me Pretty
6 kids art as gift wrap DIY by Martha Stewart // 7 star gift topper inspiration by Blank Goods // 8 gift wrap pom collection by Potter + Butler, $15.00 // 9 paper button gift toppers by Blank Goods, $2.00 // 10 pom pom wrapping paper by Anthropologie, $18.00 // 11 polka dot storage box set by Urban Outfitters, $20.00 // 12 ombre wrapping sheets by Rifle Paper Co., $8.50 //
13 glitter dipped pom pom DIY by Sugar & Cloth // 14 studded paper and leather gift tag DIY by Whimseybox // 15 holiday flag gift wrap by FIg. 2 Design Stuio, $12.00 // 16 holiday mail stripes printable DIY by Eat Drink Chic // 17 tinsel bow gift wrap DIY by Whimseybox
November 20th, 2012 § § permalink
I hope you’re getting your holiday crafting boots ready, my friends, because I’ve got lots of cute DIY’s planned for you. I thought I’d let you in on my recent best-kept-crafting-secret discovery that I like to call Consumer Crafts, reason being, it’s insanely inexpensive! Seriously, you could decorate your whole neighborhood. These are my favorite items for your home this holiday season–
1- Acrylic pom poms 100, $1.17 // 2- Martha Stewart twine 36 yds, $4.67 // 3- Grapevine heart garland 5ft, $3.97 //4- 18 in. pinewood tree, $3.97 // 5- 5lbs. of pine cones, $4.97 // 6- 12in. Paper mache letters, $2.27 // 7- Gold curling ribbon 100 yds, $1.77 // 8- Cinnamon sticks 1lb, $5.97 // 9- 15ft. Mini ming pine garland, $1.97
Follow Consumer Crafts for (even cheaper) black friday deals-
Crafts Unleashed blog (for inspiration)
*This post was sponsored by Blueprint Social and Consumer Crafts, opinions listed are my own.
November 19th, 2012 § § permalink
Thank you so, so much to everyone that came out for the craft night at Langford Market! It was a total blast (plus there were mini cupcakes, so how could it not be?)! I absolutely loved getting to meet regular S+C readers, it made my whole month, I can’t wait to do it again. For those of you not so close to Houston, how about I swap you a craft night teaching for a plane ticket and cute place to stay(seriously)? Deal. Until then, maybe I should start doing video DIY’s so you can join the fun, what do you think?
Thank you Langford Rice Village ladies for being such wonderful hostesses, you’re the best!
November 16th, 2012 § § permalink
Honestly, where did November go?! I swear I just blinked for a second and now it’s Thanksgiving! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good excuse to stuff myself on turkey, dressing, and as much pie as the next person, but I’m just a little astonished (and way, way underprepared). Luckily, I have a token last minute Thanksgiving recipe or two, and one of them happens to involve snacking on chocolate covered strawberry turkeys (would you really expect any less from me?)…
- Melting chocolate
- Candy corn
- Fudge stripe cookies (cut into halves)
- Wax paper
- White royal icing (optional)
Cut the tops off of the strawberries, making sure that you cut the “back” flat so that the tail stands upright. Dip a few strawberries in chocolate and place them on wax paper. Once the chocolate is almost dry (but still sticky), press a half of a fudge stripe cookie onto the back to make the feathers, then press a candy corn on the tip to make the beaks. If you have any excess chocolate on the side of the turkeys, use a butter knife to cut it off. That’s all you have to do! You can put eyes on them with royal icing, but I like to keep it simple, especially since they never last long.
Not only are these perfect for snacking on throughout Thanksgiving (and the few days before and after, ughm..), but they also make really cute hostess gifts!
November 15th, 2012 § § permalink
It’s officially scarf weather. Even by Texas standards they’re welcomed with open arms instead of the judgmental stares from people that don’t share my fall weather love affair year-round. So, I thought I’d share my no-sew infinity scarf tutorial that I made for this craft wars post.
- T-shirt (the larger the shirt, the bigger the scarf)
- Foam pouncer
- All-surface paint
Lay your t-shirt flat, taping down the edges. Cut a line straight across just above the bottom hem and just below the sleeves or the armpit. This will form the actual scarf so try and make the cut edges as smooth as possible. A rotary cutter will give you the best result but it isn’t necessary.
Dip your pouncer in the paint color of your choice and start dotting.
Stamp your first row spaced however you’d like, then make the next row alternated from the first. Repeat this until one whole side of the scarf is patterned.
You can wear it two ways, one long loop, or loop it around twice for a short, fuller scarf!