Waxed Paper Transfer Towel

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It might be the week of Christmas, but we’re not slowing down quite yet (we’re saving that for Wednesday).  Just in time for the weeks’ festivities, we’ve made a few custom tea towels to bring to the people in our family who are hosting the holiday as a sweet little hostess gift.

I decided on using the ‘Joyeux Noel’ simply because I was listening to my french lesson yesterday and was inspired to use the phrase somewhere.  I surrounded both the monogram and the Joyeux Noel with some laurel leaves to give them a festive feel.  I used the same monogram on my custom printed napkins as well!

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These towels are super super simple and just use wax paper as a way to transfer the ink onto the plain muslin towels – there is no special iron-on material or anything like that.  I have the graphics and all letters of the alphabet for you to download for the project too! Here is the easy tutorial!  [Read more…]

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Handmade Holiday: No Sew Leather Clutch

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We are really getting down to the wire here, but in my mind, this is the most fun time of the holiday season when creativity and resourcefulness take center stage when trying to really pinpoint the perfect gift for someone special.  My favorite part of the gift giving is really when someone opens a gift and they LOVE it. Isn’t that the best feeling?

This gift is designed for an easy, two material way to show someone that you love them enough to hand make them something.  This is a gift I’m planning on giving to my sister and I know she will not only love it, but be so proud that it was made for her.

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I love working with leather, which is a total throwback to my corporate days working with leather goods in the retail industry, but there is something deep inside of me that just loves the texture, the grain, and the smell of leather. I bought a few beautiful metallic skins from Florence, Italy a few years ago and I’ve been doing projects with them ever since (a full skin lasts me that long!).  You don’t have to be a leather buyer, though.  There are loads of wonderful resources that I use in the U.S. who offer fabulous quality skins for crafting.  Tandy Leather Factory is one of them and ACS on Etsy is another good one.  Although a good hide will cost between $50-100 they are fairly large and you can use them on lots of projects.

This clutch was a challenge to myself to make a beautiful no-sew style.  There is one piece of leather and some ribbon involved… that’s it!

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Although it’s a super easy project, there are a fair amount of photos to follow (just so that you all can get the most detailed tutorial!)  [Read more…]

Birch Cottage Christmas Ornament

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What is it about all things mini that makes me get all excited?  I love mini anything!  I was inspired the other day by the adorable mini house luminaries

I saw on Remodelaholic and thought… “I want mini houses in my house”.  It was a deep thought, I know.

So, I had these birch sheets that I’d purchased from a local nursery (the tree kind, not the kid kind) and although I was planning to make ornaments with them to share with you guys, the luminary idea sparked in me the desire to make mini house ornaments.

 

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The mini birch houses are way more practical than the typical gingerbread, and still have all the charm.  I made a few for our tree (to be revealed on Monday!) and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

Since the birch sheets can be cut with scissors, it’s really the only ‘special’ thing you need.  I used a hot glue gun to bind it all together and a little piece of twine with which to hang it! On to the Step-by-Step!  [Read more…]

DIY Luxe Fur Pom Throw

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I have loved all of the fur pom throws I’ve seen around the webs over the past year or so and have always loved how girly and lavish they feel.  Pom poms are awesome on their own, but in fur they really shine.  I’ve always wanted to try and make one of these throws and I thought this time of year was the best to give it a try and give it to someone really deserving of a unique and elegant gift.

I couldn’t be more excited to share this DIY holiday gift with you guys. Granted, I didn’t ‘make’ the body of the blanket, but making existing things better and more beautiful is almost just as good as making something from scratch (in my mind at least).

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The other options in the market are crazy pricey (like, over $150), but my version is under $30.  Thats enough of a savings to make one for a gift and one to keep! (keep!  keep!)

Here’s how we did it!  [Read more…]

How to: Turn an Unscented Candle into a Holiday Scented One

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I love a good holiday scent – specifically anything Christmas Tree related – spruce, fir, whathaveyou. I find, however, that with the bajillion of candles that I have in this house, there is just no need to add more.  So I’ve developed a little trick to turn the plain votives that I use so much into scented candles.

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Years ago, I bought a Balsam & Cedar home fragrance oil for about $5, but realized that burning it straight was a little overwhelming, so that is when I developed this little trick.  I simply add the oil to drugstore epsom salt and surround a plain glass votive with the salt. Then, when the plain candle burns, it warms the salt, giving off a much more subtle scent than just the straight oil in an oil burner.

Not only do you use less oil, but then you don’t have to buy a burner!  I’ve told you guys how many of my DIYs stem from being super cheap! See the step by step photo directions below.  [Read more…]