I'm going to use this platform to declare this: advent calendars are kinda the best. They capture all the excitement building in the hearts and minds of children and they temper it by delivering it in small doses the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Growing up, the method my parents employed was a drug store calendar filled with tiny poor-quality milk chocolates that my brother and I retrieved by poking our fingers through a small perforated...
One of my favorite things about the festive season is the lead up to the big day; there’s so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the countdown to Christmas. This is why advent calendars are right up my alley and this year I finally got around to hand-making one, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Best of all, being a printable calendar, it’s easy to set one up for your own holiday celebrations - click through to see how!
Are you ready for a crazy-quick sewing project? I'm calling this the "half hour half apron" because it's one of the fastest sewing projects I think I've ever completed. Honestly, if I busted out a few more of these half aprons, I believe I could get my time down to 15 minutes. No sweat. My point is, this half apron is a breeze to make. This is a perfect project for beginner sewers. Plus, who doesn't need an adorable handmade apron in their kitchen?
I've gotta say, I feel a little bad for the groomsmen in a wedding. You want to say thanks for being here for us today, but there are so few ideas out there when compared to gifts for bridesmaids. Have no fear! Whether you're a bride or groom shopping for the men in your wedding party, these 10 budget-friendly groomsmen gifts are sure to be appreciated.
Mother's Day is just around the corner (it's on Sunday the 14th - don't forget!). If you're anything like me, the holiday has crept up on you. There are so many different things to celebrate about our mamas (and grandmothers, spouses, and mother-figures), but what it ultimately comes down to is telling her you're thankful for her. Whether that means making her breakfast, bringing her flowers, or sending her a note in the mail, these (free!) Mother's Day printables can help you get the job done.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to start making plans. Nothing screams Valentine's Day quite like conversation hearts. They're colorful, they're graphic, and they say something (sorta) meaningful in ten characters or less. But, they taste kinda icky, so this year, I'm combing the classic conversation heart with something we all actually want to eat: chocolate.
Giving cash this Christmas? (We still think it's better than a gift card.) Instead of just sticking the bills in a card, how about festively folding them into a Christmas money tree shape? With this simple technique, you’ll have the whole project done in less than five minutes.
I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I set up...
I write this next sentence every year, and every year I believe it more: if buying gifts could be my full time job, I would be the happiest person on the planet.
I love everything about gift giving. The rituals, the sentiments, the experience of finding the perfect thing for the perfect person. It's a total thrill and my total Kryptonite.
This holiday season, we partnered with Minted to create a set of gifts perfect for the people you love most. Your man, your woman, your boo, your bestie, your bae. They're all accounted for in this collection.
So, grab your warm beverage of choice, settle in under your coziest blanket, and have a look at these gorgeous gifts.
Whether you're crafty by nature, or prefer to buy your gifts for your friends and loved ones, this gift guide is all about the handmade gift! We've rounded up 25 of the best that can be bought but are still handmade! It's a win-win for all!
This year, all my Christmas decor is leaning towards the paper-y and the handmade. So, when all my Christmas presents ended up getting wrapped in brown craft paper and old books, I knew the leftover red and green gift tag stickers at the bottom of my wrapping paper organizer wouldn't do.
So, I came up with this easy way to create leaf-shaped newsprint gift tags for free! And free is a lot better than the $4.00 apiece they're asking at West Elm. Here's how:
It's that time of year... when you start getting invitations for holiday parties and get-togethers. Which means you'll need some small gifts to thank the hostess for having you. Here are ten of our favorite easy DIY hostess gifts.
If you're searching for the perfect handmade (and last minute!) gift for mom, this is it. I'd want these beautiful bowls as a gift even if it weren't Mother's Day! Bonus: the kids can help!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but have no fear my fellow procrastinators - there's still time to make something fantastic for your loved ones. Keep reading to check out ten of our favorite last minute DIY Valentine's Day gift ideas.
It's my belief that everyone should have a piece of marble something in their home. Countertops, furniture, something! This is the perfect way to introduce a friend to the world of marble and it doubles as a DIY gift that takes seconds to make!
We're kicking off holiday gift guides today with some DIY gift ideas for the men in your life. I swear, guys always seem a little bit more tricky to make gifts for, but these homemade gift projects are too cool not to try. So, here are fourteen of my favorite awesome gifts to make for men this holiday season.
I hate to admit it, but I'm always searching for a gift for dad at the last minute. I start scheming up ideas weeks before Father's Day, but for some reason, I just can't get it together! Luckily, there are tons of DIY projects that you can whip up the weekend of!
Need a DIY gift idea for Father's Day? Try this easy, leather camera strap. And make one for yourself too, while you're at it.
If you're feeling like 2014 just sneaked up on you like I am, you might be feeling a little unprepared. I don't even have a calendar! What do you do for someone like me?!