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Your holiday all wrapped up- DIY style

DIY

Lila from All Things Purdy is on the blog today with one of her favorite Christmas traditions- wrapping paper DIY!

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas holidays is to paint my own wrapping paper. Everyone loves it and if you have children they can all contribute to the creativity. The good thing is that there is no right or wrong, it is all about being unique.”

Materials:
Brown paper
Acrylic paints
Small Paintbrush
Stamps

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Instructions:
Measure approximately how much paper you need for the box you are wrapping. Use tape to hold down the paper from rolling back and makes it easier to paint and stamp.

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If using stamps, use the paintbrush to spread the paint into a thin layer so that you can dip the stamp without getting blogs of paint on the stamp. Stamp away.

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If using a paintbrush to design your paper get creative. Draw dots, stars, or snowflakes. The kids love this part!!

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Once you are happy with your design let the paper sit for 15 mins to allow the paint to fully dry.

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Afterwards wrap your present. Can’t wait to see what designs you come up with!!

fSee more from Lila on her Instagram.

 

Hot Chocolate on a Saturday with Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

DIY, Interviews

Today we are chatting over a cup of yummy hot chocolate with Melanie from You Are My Fave.

You Are My Fave is an amazing blog full of crafts, DIY’s, party ideas, interior design and, my favorite, fave finds :)  You can’t look through her blog without being totally inspired to run off to do a project of your own.  (You’ve very likely seen her work featured on sites such as Martha Stewart, Apartment Therapy, Fossil, Etsy, Daily Candy, Rachael Ray, Design Sponge, Oh Happy Day, and A Cup of Jo… we’re telling ya, this girl has good stuff) ;)  So, sit back and get to know her a little bit and scroll to the bottom for one of her “fave’s”!

Coffee or tea: hot chocolate
Social media makes: me happy some days and crazy on other days
I’m inspired by: great use of color, lovely packaging, women entrepreneurs, the branding from Kate Spade and JCrew, cake
Childhood is: magic
 The place where I create is: the kitchen table
I’m coveting: an original painting from Yanyang Pan 
 My playlist: NPR (I’m becoming my parents)
 I aspire to: contentment
 Introvert or extrovert: introvert
 I am currently working on: the nursery for my baby girl 
LETTER BAG TOPPERS ARE MY FAVE by: Melanie Blodgett
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I try to make all the projects I feature here very doable, and these mini clothespin toppers definitely fall in that category. They take less than five minutes and can be customized as gift toppers/party favors/place cards/unnecessary chip clips.

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All you need are mini clothespins, plastic letters (check the scrapbooking section, these are Recollections brand from Michaels), and a hot glue gun. Simply adhere the letters on the clothespins and top your bag. Effortless party style.

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Coffee Break with Jessica Rousseau of Wall & Woven

Artists, DIY, Interviews

I am personally a huge fan of woven textiles as wall art, so I am happy to have a coffee break with Jessica Rousseau of Wall & Woven. Jessica is a girl after my own heart, with her love of midcentury furnishings, textiles, and coffee :)

We are going to start today with this awesome DIY from Jessica… isn’t it the cutest??  Then scroll to the bottom for a little behind the scenes coffee break!

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DIY…

What You Need:
Yarn
Stick / dowel
Cardboard Box
Scissors
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Step One:
Cut slits About half of an inch apart across the top and bottom rim of the box.
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Step Two:
Grab either a piece of yarn or string and loop it around each peg you created on the Box. Tying each end off with a loop as well. This creates what is called the Warp of the weaving.
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Step Three:
Grab your strand of yarn and loop the yarn under and over the Warp. You can do this with as many colors of yarn you like. * Make sure you tuck the yarn tails to the back of the weaving.
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Step Four:
When you have reached the end of your weaving carefully slide it off the box. While keeping the top and bottom Warp loops intact.
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Step Five:
Slide the wooden stick or dowel through the top warp loops, and tie off all your loose yarn bits on the back of your weaving.
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Step Six:
Tie some tassels to the bottom of each Warp loop.
Hang and enjoy!
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Now, let’s meet Jessica!!

Coffee or tea: Coffee, I need it to wake up most mornings.

Social media makes: me meet new people and makes me feel connected.

I’m inspired by: Vintage fabrics, things I find at flea markets and books.

Childhood is: gone but not forgotten.

The place where I create is: Home. A cozy 2 bedroom walk up apartment In Toronto.

I’m coveting: Mid century modern furniture..ALWAYS!  It is an obsession

My playlist: A pretty eclectic mix that changes quite often, some staples: Feist, Beck, Spoon, and a recent favorite.. James Blake.

I aspire to: be a good role model for my daughter Luella and to continue to make art.

Introvert or extrovert: Mostly Introverted

I am currently working on: New wall hangings. I don’t get much time during the day, so time is precious!

-Leslie

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Coffee Break with Heather Riley of Georgia Blue, a new give away & a winner of TGO!

Designers, DIY, Giveaways, Interviews

Congratulations to our TGO winner- Amy Bean! Just email us your address and we will get it right out to you :)

We get to hit a triple with Heather Riley of Georgia Blue today- an interview, a DIY and a give away!

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First up- a little behind the scenes look at Heather (the creator of all the adorable Georgia Blue accessories)…
Coffee or tea: coffee please… two sugar and lots of cream
Social media makes: a bit overwhelmed yet happy … ive met so many creative inspiring mama’s just like me…
I’m inspired by: my babies… cant sit still always creating something…
Childhood is: filled with laughter
 The place where I create is: my home with many little hands creating by my side….
 I’m coveting: a hut on the beach… toes in sand and not a care in the world… although I hate seafood…?
 My playlist: at the moment frozen… thanks to miss Georgia… I really love all music…
 I aspire to: enjoy each and every moment….
 Introvert or extrovert: introvert… would rather cuddle with a movie and take out..
 I am currently working on: knitwear for winter…
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Do you want to make one of her pieces for yourself?  She not only sent us these lovely Daisy Headbands… she sent us a little ‘how-to’ so that you can make them at home for your littles ones!
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And for those of you that just aren’t the DIY type, we are giving away these two headbands!  Just enter our Punchtab below for your chance to win.  Thank you Georgia Blue for adding a bit of whimsy and fun to our day :)