Archive for ‘just DIY.’

December 22, 2010

Quirky, downloadable holiday freebies

It’s so close to Christmas! As a gift from me to you, blog readers, I thought you might like this roundup of free, downloadable, and quirky holiday cheer. Enjoy!

First up: whimsical holiday tags from Amy Moss at Eat Drink Chic. Download here.

Free downloadable holiday gift tags

Next: Pig and angel gift tags (set 1) and a set of trees, birds, and other critters (set 2), both by Camilla Engman. Download here and here.

Free downloadable holiday gift tags

Don’t forget this sweet holiday card from Grace & Co.:

Free downloadable holiday card

And lastly, one of my own creations: a banner to remind you to stay jolly this holiday season. I put mine up on the bookshelves beside our tree, although I think it’d be great strung up between stockings on the mantel. (Please ignore my messy bookshelves; they’ve turned into a storage spot for all sorts of odds and ends.) Download here.

Stay Jolly banner: decor for holiday events

November 11, 2010

Brown paper packages tied up with string…

And twine. And ribbon. Paper accents. Stamps. And sparkly things. Burlap and lace. AHHHH!

Anthropologie gift wrap

Gift Wrap from Anthropologie

Yep, I’m already talking about Christmas gifts. Not really so much about what I want, and not really about what I’m getting for other folks either. I just want to talk about what I’m wrapping those gifts in. Nevermind that it’s not yet Thanksgiving. And that I haven’t actually purchased anything yet (that’s what this weekend is for).

I blame Anthropologie for getting me all giddy again over pretty things (which isn’t such a bad thing, except for my wallet). Somehow they sneakily got my email address and have been bombarding me daily with beautiful things I need to buy. (This is probably also why my posts have been all about Anthropologie lately.) Usually they email me beautiful photos of skinny models in clothes that don’t match, but today was something special that I’ve never seen Anthropologie do: gift wrapping!

I can practically hear my sisters saying, “Who gets excited over gift wrapping?” Well, this girl.

Gift wrap from Anthropologie

Gift wrap from Anthropologie

All this fun wrapping reminded me of the sweetest post I saw on the subject of gift wrapping last year, from Grey Likes Weddings on Style Me Pretty.

Image from Style Me Pretty


Okay, you guys KNOW how I feel about neutrals. And I’ve been planning on making a burlap table runner, so now I’ve got something to do with the scraps. I’m sold.

So how do you get this look? Well, blog readers, I did a little research and found links to three DIY projects for you. (Goodness, I’m turning into the DIY queen–I had two projects featured on Ruffled Blog recently! More on that closer to the new year.) The first craft project is pictured above, on the left side of the middle row: that adorable pom pom. You can find directions to make it here.

Next, you can find instructions to make that paper medallion in the middle of the top row here (Style Me Pretty calls them pinwheels, but that’s a little misleading if you ask me). Use buttons, a brooch, paper, vintage coins, pretty much anything to accent the center of these paper medallions.

Paper medallions or pinwheels

And lastly, this DIY project comes comes straight from Grey Likes Weddings, but isn’t pictured above. It’s a wine bottle wrap, made from the sleeve of an old sweater!

Wine bottle wraps

Image from Style Me Pretty

Part of me cringes at the idea of cutting up a sweater, even if I don’t wear it anymore (it could always be donated!). But oh well. Are any of you planning on doing something fun to wrap your gifts? Send me photos!

September 30, 2010

Kickass 80s bash? I don’t mind if I do.

Whew! Things are finally slowing down…well, enough for me to update you on what’s been going on. I was in Daytona last weekend for the SIBA trade show for work, and then we went to see Renee Fleming perform on Monday evening. I’m only just now recovering from overdoing it. I really need my weekends.

Okay, on to the good stuff. In case you didn’t know, Kelaine and her fiance are getting married in TWO weeks. Yep, two weeks. That’s two weeks for me to finish creating her awesome 80s veil for her bachelorette party, the tags for her favors (which are done…I just need to resize them and print), the “just married” banner for her cake table, and the mad libs cards for the reception. EEK! Think I can get it done? You betcha.

But before I get into all that, I figured I’d share what Jon and I were working on last week, before the busy trip to Daytona: K&P’s joint bachelor/bachelorette invitations.

These two didn’t want the typical bachelor/bachelorette party (and I don’t blame them!). They just want to go out and have fun with friends before the wedding festivities start. So we decided we’d have a great dinner and head out to 80s night at a dueling piano bar…in costume.

And what better way to celebrate a kickass 80s bash than with a mixed tape? Well, in this case, CD.

The real invitation, with all the details, was inside the CD case. I tried to use tacky, 80s-inspired fonts and graphics, although I eventually gave up on the latter because–let’s face it–the 80s were ugly.

Jon was a major help–he made the playlist and burned all the CDs (and saved me so much time). THANK YOU JON!

Hopefully everyone who received these invitations enjoyed rocking out to some Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Billy Idol…all the greats. I am soooooo looking forward to celebrating this day with K&P!