Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

12 Days of Gift Wrapping: Earrings and Brooches

Raid your jewelry box for a little bling on your presents! I have a few orphaned earrings that would make fun embellishments for the fashionistas in my life.

Dig through a stash of jewelry for single earrings or old brooches.

Dig through a stash of jewelry for single earrings or old brooches.

An old brooches can dress up a gift.

An old brooches can dress up a gift.

You don't have to throw away single earrings or old holiday pins. Put it on a gift!

You don’t have to throw away single earrings or old holiday pins. Put it on a gift!

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12 Days of Gift Wrapping: Paper Medallions, Paper Bows and Pinwheels

Once in a while, I run out of gift bows (and I don’t feel like running out to the store for the bag o’ bows). I’m probably not the only one… and what’s a gift without a bow or something fun? If you need a gift topper, check out some really cool tutorials and make your own!

Gift wrapping paper scraps, papercrafting scraps, and magazines are great resources for making your own gift toppers!

Gift wrapping paper scraps, papercrafting scraps, and magazines are great resources for making your own gift toppers!

A paper bow tutorial can be found at the end of this linked post.

Rosettes, or paper medallions, are so fun too! I make mine like this paper medallion tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous.

Pinwheels are timeless… check out the pinwheel tutorial on instructables.com. I make my pinwheels with 3″ to 5″ squares, and then use a pom pom, stickers, buttons, or rhinestones in the center. Use a variety of sizes as gift toppers.

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12 Days of Gift Wrapping: Scrap Fabric

Here’s how you could use some scrap fabric in gift wrapping!

Gift wrapping with fabric as ribbon

Selvedges make a cool ribbon substitute.

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Instead of ribbon, maybe you have some left over selvedges (the edges of a bolt, or cut, of fabric). Or you can take scraps and sew them directly onto paper tags in the shape of a tree, star, stack of presents… anything seasonal.

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Mugshot Monday: Winter

Our last prompt of the year from A Year in the Life of An Art Journal. Hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season! You can bet my family has, despite someone me getting sick. Never fails, with all the crowds, late nights… someone’s bound to catch a bug. But, all is good. Nothing a little tea and sleep can’t fix.

Mugshot Monday: 12/30/2013

It’s been a great 2013, and I think I did what I set out to do, more living… less wishing and more making things happen. The website continues to change with hopes for great craft, food, and idea sharing, more timely postings, and not so much self-inflicted pressure.

12/24/2013: Waiting for Santa
From my home to yours, wishes for a craftful, wonderful, blessed 2014.

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Mugshot Monday: Before Christmas

Mugshot Monday: 12/23/2013

I don’t think there’s much to say here except that I’m behind in just about everything. Is it really Christmas in two days?

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12 Days of Gift Wrapping: Cupcake liners and doilies

12 Days of Gift Wrapping: If you don't have ribbon

Something useful for those mismatched cupcake liners and extra doilies you might have hanging around in your kitchen drawers. Just wrap your gift with plain, solid paper (I used brown craft paper), wrap some ribbon, layer a doily and cupcake liner, then secure with coordinating bakers twine.

This is super cute used with brown paper bags, too.

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