Archive for November, 2010



A Glittered Christmas Village

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I love when I come across something so stunning it literally takes my breath away! This glittered Christmas village by Livy of A Field Journal did just that. I caught a glimpse of her work while browsing for holiday crafts and had to see more.

Made from cereal boxes, bottle-brush trees and glitter it seems fairly doable. Luckily for us, Livy has shared a few of her techniques and links for creating your very own!



TapeSwell Giveaway!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Hello friends! I hope you’re all doing well and to my pals state side; Happy belated Thanksgiving! To start the week, I want to introduce our newest sponsor and announce another giveaway!

TapeSwell has the cutest decorative tapes around! As someone that sees wrapping almost as important as the gift itself, I’m a huge fan! There is something to be said for a well wrapped gift or package that makes the unwrapping experience that much sweeter.

TapeSwell has loads of prints to choose from and many that are perfect just for the holidays. Additionally, they’ve just released a short clip with 7 tips for how to ship your holiday gifts which I know will come in handy for a lot of you this season.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will win a two rolls of tape along with 4″ heavy duty white tape dispenser (seen above) which holds two 2″ rolls!

To enter: Please visit TapeSwell to see all the decorative tapes, then return here and leave a comment with your favorite tape. Be sure to include your email address along with your first name and last initial. Only one entry per person please.

Giveaway ends Monday, December 6th at 10pm PST. One winner will be randomly selected from the comments and announced Friday, December 10th. Best of luck everyone!



Printable Wrapping Paper from Mae

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I love making my own wrapping paper, it’s such a great way to add a personal touch to any present. If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own, I noticed that Mae, the Australian decal company, is offering a selection of free downloadable designs. Available in two sizes and all insanely sweet, what are you waiting for?! Head on over!

I’m taking the rest of the week off take some much needed rest and relaxation, have a great Thanksgiving if you’re in the states and if you aren’t I’m sorry you have two more days of work 🙂



Magnetic Holiday Advent Calendar DIY

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

UPDATE: Wow, and I thought I was being so clever, Martha beat me to it by a whole year! Check out her version!

The long Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect opportunity to get started on some of those Christmas crafts you’ve got planned. I started a little early this year so that I could share this little project with you and I hope you enjoy.

Some of my fondest holiday memories from childhood were around the advent calendar. My grandfather would mail us one every year and I can remember how excited we were every day to open the tiny doors to see the surprise inside! Typically chocolate but sometimes a small trinket or toy.

This project is a new take on the traditional advent calendar and one that will easily last for years. With just a few basic supplies, theses metal storage tins transform into a fun holiday count down. Cheers!

MATERIALS
• 25 Small 41 mm Metal Tins with Glass Tops
Available through Packaging Specialties order by phone at 206.762.0540
and online at Polymer Clay Express
• Advent Calendar Downloadable PDF (See Below)
• Magnetic Sheets (Available at Office Supply Stores)
• Craft Glue or Strong Double-Sided Tape
• X-Acto Knife
• Bone Folder
• 1 4/8″ Craft Punch (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Begin by  downloading and printing the Advent Calendar PDF. With an x-acto knife, trim out along black lines. Once circles are trimmed, cut inwards making small slits along outer rim. Be sure to cut only to the edge of the color. This will aid in fitting the rounds inside the lids.

2. With the inside of the lid facing up, place number on top, face down and press into place. Secure by rubbing the pointy end along the inside edge of the tin top.

3. To make them magnetic, cut circular shape slightly smaller than the tin from magnetic sheeting. This can be done with either a craft punch or x-acto knife. Glue to bottom of tin, making sure not to glue magnetic side (the dark side).

4. Fill tins with small candies, toys, cute paper clips, whatever will fit and your family will enjoy!

5. Arrange magnets on fridge or any other magnetic surface. Place in rectangular numerical order, in the shape of a tree, or arrange them randomly for added hunting fun. The possibilities are endless so have fun!

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Better Homes & Gardens Contest Wrap Up

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


My four completed Better Homes & Garden’s projects

As many of you know, I and three other bloggers were featured in the October issue of Better Homes & Garden’s magazine. We competed in a four part contest where we each had to submit a project based on a fall theme. At stake, a full page feature in the 2011 fall issue.

The competition was amazing and it was so inspiring to see how we each interpreted the challenges. The other bloggers competeing were Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely, Elizabeth Owen of Mabel’s House, and Suzonne Stirling of Urban comfort. We just got word on the final tally of votes so I thought I’d share the results.

For the first round, we each had to create a Halloween mask using a simple plastic mask form as the base. I created a peacock inspired frock and made the feathers entirely out of paper. Sadly, my mask was not well received and I came in 4th place.


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Butterfly Mask by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Earthly Girl mask by Making It Lovely, 3rd Place: Fairy mask by Urban comfort, 4th Place: Peacock mask by Twig & Thistle

For round two we had to make a home decor item using real or fake leaves. I took ordinary floral leaves and spray painted them different shades of purple to create a gradated decorative wreath. I did better in this round and came in second place.


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Phone Tree by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Purple Wreath by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Leaf Table Runner by Urban comfort, 4th Place: Leaf Napkin Ring by Making It Lovely

The task for round three was to create another home decor item but with pumpkins this time. This was my favorite project of the bunch and I made glittered candle holders from foam pumpkins. Came in second again!


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Pumpkin Placecards by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Glittering Pumpkins by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Hole-Filled Pumkins by Making It Lovely, 4th Place: Fabric Pumpkin Leaves by Urban comfort

The fourth and final round proved to be the most difficult for me. We were tasked with decorating an outdoor space for fall or Halloween. My address pumpkin was my favorite part and I came in second once again.


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Silhouette Door by Making It Lovely, 2nd Place: Fall Decor by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Trick-or-Treat by Mabel’s House, 4th Place: Swag and Lanterns by

This was an incredible experience for me and I’m so glad I got to share it with everyone. Thank you again to all that voted for me and cheered me on. This was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. The timeline was insane and I was shocked at how incredibly time consuming and difficult each of the projects were. From trying to come up with something I hadn’t seen before, to executing and then photographing each step, it was quite the undertaking!

I’m glad I had the opportunity though and I’m thrilled that I was able to compete with such talented ladies. Congratulations to Elizabeth Owen of Mabel’s House for the BIG win! I’m disappointed that I never made it into first place but at least I’m consistent and stayed in 2nd place after the first round. I’ll definitely be looking for Elizabeth’s feature come next October!