Sunday, December 21, 2014

DIY Christmas Gifts

It’s almost here!  Christmas is just 4 days away!!  I  am looking forward to some down time with the family. 
Today I am sharing with you a few DIY gifts I’ve given this season.
The first gift is wine.  This makes a great hostess gift for all those parties this time of year.  I put these together for some of my customers.
Wine Wrapping
Obviously, I didn’t make the wine…LOL.  The wrapping here was easy.   I simply cut scrapbook paper to wrap the bottle securing with washi tape to the back.  I cut the tag out of the same paper.  The hole was punched with a 2” hole punch.  Super easy and you have a nice tag to write a message on.
The second gift is another that I put together for a few of my customers.  I love nail polish and often times I am complimented on my nail polish colors and thought this would be perfect gift.
Mistle Toes 2 
This was an idea I got from Pinterest.  The original source is from Ivy in the Bay.  That is where you can find the free printable tag. 
A few tips:
Print the tag on cardstock. Use the non-plastic snow if you can find it because otherwise it clings to the bag.  Also, using a piece of cardstock in the bottom of the bag with a dot of hot glue, this helps the polish and lotion stand up straight.
The third gift was my favorite!  I made Body Butter, Body Scrub, and Face Scrub.  These are all natural and organic and I had fun learning about what oils to use to make these. 
This was another idea I found on Pinterest.  The original pin was from the website  Lia Griffith, Handcraft Your Home.  Happy to report this was a very successful Pinterest find.   The free printable labels were great and the instructions to make the lotions were superb and easy to understand.  I encourage you to check out the original source here if you wish to give them a try. 
I was pretty much sold when I saw them packaged in Weck Jars which are my favorite. 
Lotions
I wrapped these a few different ways.  The first in a small basket with tissue paper. Lotions wrapping basket
The small face scrubs with a ribbon and decorative tag.
face scrubs
The body butter and body scrub stacked with a ribbon and tag tied around them.
Body Scrub
I can’t say that any of these DIY gifts are great money savers but it was nice to make and put a handmade touch on them all. 
Please be sure to visit the original sources.
Have you guys been making any gifts this year?  I’d love to see them if you want to share them with me on Facebook.

April

Sunday, December 7, 2014

DIY Glitter Garland

Hey Guys!  Hope you are all having a good weekend!  We have been pretty lazy over here and we are soaking it up before the Christmas madness begins.  Today I am sharing with  you my Merry Christmas glitter garland.
Merry Christmas Glitter Garland

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hometalk

Hey Guys!  Hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend.  I know not everyone is off work over the Thanksgiving Holiday, bless all of you in retail.  I was remembering this weekend when I used to work at Belk and how crazy Black Friday was, pretty sure that is why I am not a fan. 

Tonight I wanted to share with you a fantastic resource for DIY Home and Garden Ideas, Hometalk.  

Hometalk contacted me about curating a Vintage Sign  board after seeing my Vintage Bick’s Pickles Sign.  I was happy to help because I love Hometalk!  If you are not familiar basically Hometalk is website dedicated to home and garden projects.  It is a lot like Pinterest in that you can clip your favorite projects to boards to save them, that is just what I did with the vintage signs I loved.

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These signs are so cute and creative! I think my favorite is repurposing the church attendance sign but I also love the Mistletoe and Farmers Market signs.  You can find all of these on Hometalk  on my clipped vintage sign board!  Click the picture above or this LINK.

There is so much inspiration to be found on Hometalk and the best thing is you can ask questions to those that post their projects.  So unlike Pinterest, where you often find a dead link to the original source, with Hometalk you can ask the original poster. 

Also if you are a blogger it is a great resource to share your projects.

So go check it out and let me know what you think!!

Have a great week everyone!

 

April

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas Cotton Wreaths

Hi guys!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I bet most of you are burning off all those calories with some Black Friday shopping!  Not me, I will be avoiding those crowds! 
Today I am sharing with you my second craft in the Countdown to Christmas Craft Series, my Christmas Cotton Wreaths.  I love to add natural elements into my décor when possible and cotton is just so pretty.  I remember my Mom used to have this beautiful cotton wreath in our kitchen, it was there for the longest time and brings back good memories.  I personally love using cotton in my Christmas décor so I wanted to incorporate it into some wreaths that I could use inside.
Cotton Wreath
This project was another easy one that really didn’t take much time.  You will need a few supplies, grapevine wreaths, cotton, floral berries and greenery stems.  You may also want hot glue and small garden clippers to trim up the wreaths and shape them a bit better.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Tree Terrarium

Hey guys!  Today I share with you the  first project in my Christmas Craft Series, my Christmas Terrariums.  These are super easy to make and you are going to want one!
Christmas Forest
This is a simple and easy craft that takes little time, you just need a few supplies. 
Ingredients