Christmas is such a wonderfully festive time! Certainly not a time to be stressed out. I know it may seem like there’s a lot to do – dinners, holiday parties, gifts for family, friends, co-workers, prepping the home, decorating etc.
But just remember that those things should be FUN, no one is (I hope) forcing you to do any of it. It’s up to you to choose what to partake in. Now, if you do choose to participate and plan on gifting to large crowds, let me make your life easier by introducing 2 words – GIFT BASKETS.
I never realized how easy, effective, and cheap these can be. Read more
I’ve been looking for a way to organize my jewelry, in particular my bracelets, which were usually all piled up together in one box or another. I wanted a bracelet holder which would allow me to see the bracelets that I have, keep them organized, and easily accessible. I’ve seen generic bracelet holders (usually just black) at various craft stores, and decided why not just make my own?
I had all of the ingredients already laying around in my place, and I suspect you do too. All you need is:
Beauty in the most unexpected places brings a smile to your face. If you use binder clips, whether at the office or at home, decorate them with Wahi Tape for a fun pop of colour that is sure to brighten your notes!
Here’s what you need to know:Washi Tape is the best and with it you can craft anything!!! Thanks to the magic of twitter Prairie Charms reached out to me to participate in their blogger challenge, and I am so happy to do so! Just so you know the Washi Tape came in beautiful packaging, but I was far too eager to open the package to take any pictures of it, so you’ll just have to trust me on that – it was fab! And on another beautiful note Prairie Charms strives to make a difference by donating 25% of profits to Make-A-Wish, and you know how much I love companies that do good, which made me even more excited to participate in this challenge! I know you must already be falling in love with Prairie Charms, especially if you’ve checked their website. Now, before you get too worried thinking that Prairie Charms is located in the U.K. and there must be no way for you to get your hands on it (like I did) – worry not! They ship internationally, and their prices are great. Read more
Today’s a big DIY day. I picked up some really lovely wrapping paper shortly after Christmas. Even though this paper wasn’t at all Christmas-y stores were getting rid of it all so I scored! Now I know that typically the only thing we use wrapping paper for is to wrap presents but since I had way too much on hand I thought I’d come up with some new uses!
1) As a shelf liner!
I used the silver chevron roll to line my jewelry dresser. It covered up some scuffs and added a lot of fun!
It’s nearly the end of the year, and aside from gift-buying this is also the time we all turn into Martha Stewart and begin to bake cookies, and create Pinterest worthy crafts. Anything homemade takes time to make and create and therefore is special. I truly think that it’s much easier to go out and buy something semi-generic than it is to find time to sit down and put thought into creating something unique -whether for yourself or a gift for someone else. Needless to say the opportunity cost of your time may be high, but the materials necessary to create your beautiful projects can also add up. So I’d like to share a few quick tips on how to create sentimental gifts and thingamajigs while remaining within your budget. Read more
Every year for Christmas at work we have a girls’ gift exchange where you have to either make or bake a gift for the entire team of girls. As you can imagine you need to get creative and original and of course watch your wallet. The girls I work with are insanely creative so I thought I`d share some of the crafts with you to give you a few ideas for lovely hand-made gifts anyone on your list is sure to appreciate!
I`ve mentioned the beauty of DIY before, but let me just add that a pack of plain ornaments and a case of mason jars can go a long way in creating pro looking beautiful gifts!
1. Garlic, Rosemary and thyme olive oil:
This is such a lovely idea! Not only does it look beautiful but it`s a very useful gift. It can be used as a drizzle or a dip, and the little gorgeous bottles can be found at Michael`s
TIP: Make sure to get a spout/funnel to help you pour the oil into the bottles:
I love Christmas! Even though it’s cold it feels so cozy and festive. The spirit of giving seems to prevail and random acts of kindness become more prominent. It reminds me of a simpler time – when my parents took days off work to spend time with us during the Christmas holidays. To me Christmas is about family – whether you celebrate Christmas or not this time of year is truly magical.
There can of course be a lot of pressure around this time as well – to get all the right gifts, not to forget anyone, to decorate your house, to get a beautiful tree etc. Not only is it a lot to do but the costs quickly add up, and many of us want to be able to donate our time or money to charity too. So how do you keep it in check?
Have a budget in mind before you begin to shop. There are a lot of options, and if you comparison shop or simply don’t buy on impulse you’ll save yourselves a lot of money. Know what your budget is and how you plan to allocate it. For example when it comes to Christmas trees there is such a range in prices! Some people might be ok spending $200 on a tree, some might think $50 is the true value. Personally, I found a beautiful 6 foot pre-lit Christmas tree at Wal-Mart for $20! I feel pretty good spending $20 on this baby!
I’m going to save your life (and your $$$) just a little bit right now. This was huge for me! Apparently you can take off shellac by yourself at home. All you will need is tinfoil, cotton pads, nail polish remover and scissors.
DO NOT just peel the nail polish off. By peeling it off you are removing the top layer of your nail along with the shellac, causing your nails to be brittle. Trust me, I’ve done it! It takes a long time for them to grow strong again. Instead, here’s what you do:
1. Cut the tinfoil into strips and the cotton pads into quarters
2. Put a nail polish remover soaked piece of cotton on your nail, and wrap it with a strip of tinfoil
*TIP: Don’t make the strips too short, you want them longer enough to wrap around your finger tightly.
3. In the salons they use Acetone, which is just a more concentrated grade of nail polish remover. Since what you and I have at home is not as strong, we need to keep this concoction on our nails longer. I kept mine on for about 25 min.
4. After 25 min remove tinfoil and scrape off the nail polish. At this point it should be soft and come off quite easily.
Then this will happen:
File the surface of your nails, and apply moisturizer. Trim your nails as you like and you should be good to go!