Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tut Tuesday: DIY Gift Wrap

November 29, 2011

Nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit more than gift wrapping. I mean it. I could sit and wrap for hours. And talk to myself. I don’t even need to talk to a real person. I’m happily content just talking to myself and wrapping some gifts. (Can you see how badly I need friends?)

I am so picky when it comes to wrapping paper. Some are too loud, boring, ugg, etc. So I prefer to make my own. The wrapping above is so easy it hurts. You just use some paper, some ink, some stamps, and some bows. That’s it! Directions below:

Supplies: assorted wrapping paper (i lurve kraft paper for wrapping), ink/paint in varying colors, stamps, cotton muslin drawstring bags, and round sponge paint brushes

*Excellent news – the stamps I used are from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s Arts & Crafts and they are currently 40% off at both stores. Get your bums over to one of these locations and stock up!


Cover your stamp in ink and stamp in any pattern you like.

I was thinking of carving a tree stamp, but then the easier option presented itself…. 

This elk is the bomb. I can’t stop staring.

Take the large circle sponge and dip it in paint. Dab in random places on your paper. 

Use the medium sponge and connect the dots.

And then add the finishing touch with the littlest guy.

These cotton muslin drawstring bags are perfect for gift cards, jewelry, money… You name it! And they are super easy to stamp.

Add some tags…

And some bows…


And a silver tinsel tree and you’re in business. These are all gifts to me! Just kidding. I have a few friends in my life that these lovelies will be going to. Luckily. :)

Recipe: Cranberry Holiday Punch

November 23, 2011

In need of a drink for tomorrow’s festivities? Look no further. This is better than the turkey. OK, I took that one step too far. This is ALMOST better than the turkey. And it is so pretty just sitting there. Enjoy!

Cranberry Holiday Punch


1 12oz can frozen limeade

1 12oz can frozen lemonade

1 64oz jug cranberry juice cocktail, chilled

1 c sugar

1 2-liter bottle of sprite, chilled

Combine first four ingredients in a large container and stir. Pour ½ the mixture into a large pitcher and top off with Sprite. Float fresh cranberries at the top.

* To keep cold, fill ice trays with Sprite before hand and freeze. Use in glasses to keep drink cold without diluting.

** Add fresh cranberries to ice trays. Top off with Sprite and freeze. What do you get? Festive ice cubes!

Tut Tuesday: Pine Cone Chandelier (mobile?)

November 22, 2011

It’s Turkey Week. I just love Thanksgiving and I feel like this pine cone chandelier would be perfect over any table setting. Complete with feathers and pine cones, it’s exactly what anyone needs for a little Thanksgiving spirit. Directions below:

Supplies: pine cones, large & medium embroidery hoops, an assortment of feathers, glitter, hot glue (not pictured), white thread, glitter, white spray paint, and scissors

Start off by spraying the pine cones.

Sprinkle them with glitter while the paint is still wet.

So prettay.

Tie the embroidery hoops together. I did this by wrapping both hoops with the thread with the desired space in between. This can be tricky so be patient and go slowly.

Wrap in at least four different spots to secure tightly. The hoops should be painted white, but I chose to leave them natural so you can see where to tie.

Wrap some of the thread around the tip of each feather tying a knot while leaving a tail that is 12 inches or longer. 

Cut different lengths of thread and tie a knot at one end. Place some hot glue on the bottom of each pine cone and place the thread inside it. This was the easiest way to get the cones to hang straight.

Start tying the feathers and cones to the inner and outer hoops. I did not measure out what cones should hang at what lengths. It’s better to hang them at random. Trust me. 

Blam. A pretty chandelier to hang over your table. If you choose to make one, which you should, please link up so I can stop by and check it out!

Happy Turkey Week!

Fresh Find Friday

November 18, 2011

I am so happy it’s Friday. We’ve got some fun plans this weekend including going to the movies, yard work, crafty time, and actual WORK…meh. Before I go, I wanted to share some really fun DIYs so read below for all the goods!

photo by The BBB Craft Sisters via Design*Sponge

This is a great DIY to help get your cards in order before the holiday season!

Imagephoto by 100 layer cake

Let’s make these shortbread favors as holiday gifts for our neighbors, shall we?

IMG_3625photo by You Are My Fave

Oh. My. Goodness. I think we all need a plaid moose. This just screams holiday. Get your cardboard animal trophy here

photo by Chris Loves Julia

My friend, Julia, has an amazing blog where she shares all her tips and tricks for revamping your home. I think this is my absolute favorite DIY of hers. She seriously builds a lampshade from scratch. So talented. So talented. Make sure you check her out because she has tons of pics and her daughter, Greta, is adorable. :)

photos by Modern Parents Messy Kids

Look how cute this is? I’m thinking of some easy nursery art. Not for me. For some friends. 

*Enjoy your weekend*

Recipe: Cinnamon & Sugar Toasted Almonds

November 17, 2011

Welp, you guys. I made these last weekend and they have pretty much taken over my life. When you make these, and I beg you to, your house will smell so delish it will hurt. They’re a little time consuming (only 1 hour and 20 min.), so make them while watching a movie. Maybe you should make them this week while you catch up on the Twilight films before the 4th one comes out on Friday. Oh! Make them and then bring them to the movie with you! I don’t care if you think those movies are cheesy. They are. But they’re still fun to watch.

Cinnamon & Sugar Toasted Almonds


9 c. raw almonds

3 egg whites

3 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. water

1 ½  c. white sugar

1 ½ c. brown sugar

3 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Cover two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium- sized bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, and salt and set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add vanilla and water and beat a little more. Add almonds and toss until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon mixture over almonds and toss.

Divide almonds evenly among cookie sheets. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 1 hour and 15-20 minutes stirring every 20 minutes. 

**Try not to devour too quickly… you’ll burn your tongue. :)

***Click here to view photos from the shower these made an appearance at.

Did I overdo it on the birds? I do not think so.

November 16, 2011

Hey friendly friends! Just threw a shower last Saturday and I wanted to share some of the photos with you. It was for one of my best friends, Ashley, who just happens to be the cutest/most stylish/sweetest pregnant woman you ever met. We picked out an invitation via Paper Culture and then just rolled with the punches after that. I created a board and pinned lots of inspiration to help me decorate and I had a lot of fun planning this one.


le invite. I blocked out all of the information for privacy’s sake!


Menu: spinach & apple salad with raspberry vinaigrette, mayo & parmesan rolls, caramel apple bites, chocolate & vanilla bluebird cupcakes with toasted coconut & cream cheese frosting, & cranberry holiday punch







I’m not kidding. These bottles were seriously my favorite thing.




These birds were so fun to make. I almost didn’t want to eat one.



Remember when I made these?





I’m not a HUGE fan of games at baby showers, but this one helps the gift opening be more enjoyable for every guest. We played baby bingo and the winner won a Sprinkles cupcake mix and spatula. 



The girl did good.


Ashley and her super cute sister, Stacie. These girls are seriously twins. They are so close it’s adorable. 



My puppy, Tagg, was exhausted from all the work he put in. I am now offering private lessons on perfect posture. Email me if you’re interested.

Cinnamon & sugar toasted almonds as favors. DIY for these little gems here. Check back here tomorrow for the recipe. You’re going to make these. If you don’t, I feel sorry for you. They strengthened my marriage. :)

Me and preggers. She’s due in one month. I think pregnancy suits her. Actually, anything suits her. Congrats to Ash! She’s going to be the world’s greatest mom. Seriously. I’m going to have to post pics of baby girl’s nursery. It’s just too amazing.

all images by Macquel Martin

Tut Tuesday: Cone-shaped party favors

November 15, 2011

“THEY WERE CONES!!!”  – Sammy from The Wedding Singer

Do you know what I love? Party favors. I love EASY party favors. Actually, I like the hard-to-make ones too, but there’s a time and a place for that. Below is a little tut for some cone-shaped favors. Check out the instructions below.

Supplies: colored cardstock, pencil, scissors, calligraphy ink & pen, and some tape (or hot glue if you have some handy)

First, trace a 1/4 circle around the corner of a piece of cardstock. 

Cut it out…

I chose to write the word “enjoy!” on the front of the cone in gold ink, but you can really write anything you like. These would make great place cards with names on them.

Fold two sides up and towards each other.

Seal them with tape. 

**This is where the hot glue comes in. The tape works fine because you don’t see the back of the cones, but hot glue looks neater. 

I bagged up some cinnamon & sugar toasted almonds (check back later in the week for the recipe) in cellophane and tied it with some rafia.

Bada-bing, bada-boom. Some sweet cones for your sweet friends.


Fresh Find Friday

November 11, 2011

photo by Alisa Burke via Lovely Indeed

I am currently loving the colors above. They are so bright and cheery and kind of make me miss summer.

copyright-2009-ljfkodf photo by Katherine Maries via The Sweetest Occasion

This packaging is simply beautiful. I love twine. And red and white. It’s perfect.

Cheese1titlephoto by Jen Altman of Nectar

Sometimes a girl just needs some cheesy pasta. Are you pickin’ up what I’m layin’ down? I love carbs. I was raised on them and I’m happy ashamed to say that they make an appearance at almost every one of my meals…

I’ve got a crazy weekend coming up. Lots of good things have happened this week and I can’t wait to tell you more about them next time.

Happy weekend!

so happy i could burst

November 10, 2011

You know when you have some really great news and you have to tell someone or you’ll die? Because it’s so great? Well, I’m there, people.

I recently had the opportunity to meet Melanie of You Are My Fave and we’re going to put our heads together with a few others and crank out some pretty exciting stuff for Christmas. It was super fun getting to know her and let me just say that the girl makes a mean loaf of bread. And she has some way cute ideas. I hope I can keep up! Head on over to her blog and try not to drool too much over what you are about to behold. You’ll lose hours. HOURS, I tell you!

Stay tuned for all of the Christmas goodness!!!

Happy Thursday!