Thursday, December 19, 2013
Here's a super easy way to be festive- throw on a holiday-themed hair piece!
I'm going to show you how to make three really quickly, and then give you the opportunity to have one for yourself!
All of the ribbon (and the floral picks) came from Hobby Lobby. You'll recall that this is the same ribbon from the STOCKING DIY. Other than that you'll need a glue gun and the hair attachment of your choice. I used a clip and a headband. The giveaways will be barrettes/clips. I used both a wired and non-wire ribbon so you can see the difference in how it sits. The wired is more flexible and shape-able, but also looks funky if someone bumps it. The non-wired isn't as dramatic.
I'd LOVE to give you a free bow for Christmas! If you'd like one, just comment below or on the Facebook page telling me if you'd like the striped or sweater ribbon. I'll pick two winners.
Less than one week til Christmas! Have a fantastic day! All the best, and as always, thanks for reading.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
However- we're trying to be a little more eco-friendly, and that has inspired some major changes!
We all know, based on my LIVING ON LESS series that I have no shame in re-using a bag someone else has given us. I think in general all gift bags should be re-gifted until they're falling apart.
But what happens next?
My goal is to send as little as possible to the landfill, so here's a post to hopefully inspire you to rethink how you wrap as well.
For starters- let's talk about paper. Most Christmas wrapping paper is heavily foiled and dyed, making it totally un-compostable and at times, not even recyclable. I found this paper at Hobby Lobby, it is very standard and has the same feel as paper bags from the grocery store. The dye is minimal. I am positive it is easily recyclable and possibly compostable. BUT- there are several companies I discovered during this search that sell 100% compostable paper! That's the most eco-friendly option. Here are a few, OF THE EARTH, SWEET ORGANICS + NATURALS and BUYGREEN.
Additionally, you may consider wrapping presents in fabric in the Japanese style, Furoshiki. The fabric can be part of the gift or reused. The link takes you to a site where you can both buy the cloth and see all kinds of techniques for how wrap.
I have an aunt who sewed a series of pillowcase-like bags to use for wrapping presents in each year. Lastly, if you want to buy pre made versions, Hobby Lobby has really cute burlap (even though my hatred for burlap is well documented) bags with "Merry Christmas" stamped on them in red. They're pretty huge, too.
My goal is to buy up a bunch of Christmas fabric after it goes on sale next week and go all out Furoshiki from now on. Maybe for fabric I don't take back, I'll include a pattern for the appropriate amount of fabric needed to wrap the gift :)
More to come this week, including DIY gifts and cute Christmas-themed accessories!
All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
It'll go really quickly.
If you made a WREATH this year, you may have found yourself with a ton of extra floral picks. I really love them and find a zillion uses for them outside of wreaths, so I'm going to share a few with you today.
There are some more that will pop up throughout the remainder of the series, but they fit into other categories so you won't see them here :)
I hope you're getting your list all crossed off for Christmas! We have just a few more presents to buy, but so many more blogs to post!
Have a great day. All the best, and as always, thanks for reading.
Monday, December 9, 2013
This is a very easy project and a great opportunity for you to bust out your sewing machine. I know in this day and age a LOT of my friends own sewing machines but haven't actually used them. This won't take you very long and it's super easy. The zipper method we're using today isn't technically correct, but for the purpose of this project it definitely works. The goal is to create a lovely little present for yourself or someone on your list!
If I were to do this again (and I already have the fabric picked out...) I would use a reversible zipper and make it full length. That would not only increase versatility but it would also make the project a lot easier than the half zip. So you can keep that in mind :)
blind stitched the sides together.
I hope you're ready for a great week! All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!