Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Decorating

With a new year vastly approaching, and winter in full gear, there are still plenty of ways to add some style to your home this season!

Area Rugs


Area rugs can add comfort and texture to any living room. Opt for a fluffy one for the colder months. It's even suggested to layer them for added visual appeal!



To bring minimal and modern characteristics to an area, you could add a glittered branch or two. Try placing one in a vase to bring together drapery and other similar styled decor.

Ready for Snow Vignette


This is a great idea to welcome anyone to the door! All you need are some lovely snow-related items, such as an old sled and snow skates. Pull it together by using an outdoor plant, and even add a "Let it Snow" plaque!

Simple Bedroom Additions


If you have windows in your bedroom, you could add some inexpensive snowflake decals to them, which will give that winter feel in a subtle way. Another simple idea is to frame some black and white images to bring the look together.

Don't let too much time go by, add some of these great ideas to your home this season!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gift Wrapping Tips

Some of us will be doing a little (or a lot) of last-minute gift wrapping. There are a few things to keep in mind when you're cutting, folding, and taping!

1. Get some decent quality wrapping paper so the corners won't rip 

2. Always wrap on a flat surface

3. (Optional) Use double sided tape when folding the sides down to make things easier and make your gifts look cleaner

4. Always bear in mind who the receiver will be, and match it to their liking

5. Get creative!

Here's a quick tutorial video to help you learn the ways!
So that's basically it! Now all you have to do is... Presents

Friday, December 19, 2014

DIY Holiday Gifts

Hey everyone! You all like to get crafty from time to time right? Well, now is the best time! Here are a few DIY holiday gift ideas you can try for yourself!

Picture Monogram

So here's what you need for a gift that a family member will love. Find a wooden letter, like the ones that you can find at Hobby Lobby or Also pick up some mod podge, which is an adhesive and a sealant, so it's very handy to have around for projects. The regular kind for sticking the pictures on, and the glossy type is recommended for finishing this project. You'll also need your pictures, scissors, an exacto knife, and black paint (optional). Lay the pictures out, cover them with adhesive, then stick them in place. Once dry, flip over the letter and use the exacto knife to trim off the edges of the pictures. Then apply two layers of the gloss coat (letting it dry in between), and you're done!

Chocolate Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups
Yes, something this good actually exists. Here's a preview of what's in this chocolatey-peanutbuttery deliciousness:
  • 2 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Once you've gathered up everything you need for these delectable morsels of goodness, simply follow the directions laid out on to make them! How could anyone not like these things??

Monogrammed Hand Towel

This one is great because it can be personalized for anyone. Basically, you will need to get or create a stencil, so that you can lay it on top of the towel and then apply two coats of washable fabric paint with a medium sized brush, then let dry a couple of hours. Simple and elegant.

Coffee Candle

Nothing like the smell of coffee in the morning... or evening, or whenever!
  • Small paper coffee cup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons used coffee grounds
  • Paper towel
  • 1 cup wax candle remnants
  • Candle wick
  • Scissors
  • Small saucepan
  • Small metal or glass mixing bowl
Start by adding a cup of candle remnants to a small metal pan. You'll want to have a saucepan filled halfway with water, directly underneath to create a double boiler. It'll take about 5 minutes until the wax melts. Then, make sure the coffee cup is clean, and place the wick on the bottom, followed by covering the bottom with coffee grounds (after you've squeezed any moisture out of them). Pour about half of the melted wax, letting it dry for about 20 minutes. Distribute some more coffee grounds, followed by the rest of the re-melted wax. Let it dry for about an hour, and then cut away the cup to reveal the coffee candle!  

Hopefully you won't have too many last-minute gifts to give this year, but now you'll have a little bit of inspiration to make your own this weekend. And hey, who doesn't appreciate a hand-made gift?

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Days of Christmas

It's time for that classic countdown! Here are 12 things you can do during the 12 days of Christmas to make it an awesome holiday.