01/03 DIY

DIY Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray- Guest Post at meganquint.com

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray with Jewelry

Hi, guys!  Today’s post is over at meganquint.com.  Megan invited me to do a guest post at her fashion and lifestyle blog and I thought this jewelry tray would be something both fashion lovers and DIY’ers would enjoy :).  Head on over to see the tutorial and make sure to look around and see why I love Megan’s style!



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01/01 Life

Happy New Year from…

Chicago Skyline

Chicago!  My first home.

It was five degrees when I took this picture.  I haven’t felt this cold in years.  My boyfriend and I were trying to go to the Shedd Aquarium but unknowingly came on the day of the week when admission is regularly discounted.  There were probably about 300 people in line waiting OUTSIDE to get in.  No thank you.  We cut our losses and snapped this photo instead :P.

So I’ve been freezing my butt off all week, having a great time seeing family and old friends, and thought I’d pop my head in on the blog to wish you all a Happy New Year!  No New Year’s projects or resolutions to share, but just here to send you my love for an amazing start to your 2014, hopefully with family and loved ones by your side :).

I do have a fun and exciting new post coming up this Friday.  See you all then!

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12/26 DIY

A Touch of Evergreen

Evergreen on a shelf

This probably won’t be the last time I tell a story that starts like this.  I was walking by the trash  outside on the sidewalk and something caught my eye.  To clarify, it wasn’t my intention to look around in the trash, but I just happened to catch a glimpse of this green treasure.


Someone had tossed out these branches from their Christmas tree.  Shame set in as I stood from a distance, my legs locked, unable to look away from the branches, thinking about what if someone was watching me at that moment and wondering why I was staring at the trash.  I acted fast and swiped the branches, making my getaway quick before I’d have one too many witnesses.

I’m here to report that my mission was successful and I regret nothing at all.

Evergreen in a vase

This bronze vase had been sitting empty since I got it and it was the first thing I thought of when I brought the branches home.  I cut off the smaller pieces and made this adorable mini arrangement.  That still left a lot more to be done with, so I took the rest and stuck them into a white pitcher.

Evergreen with ornaments

They were screaming for some ornaments, so I hung up these gold and white ones from the dollar store that I never ended up using this year… until now!  I’m perfectly okay with ornaments after Christmas.  In fact, I will probably be keeping my Christmas decorations out through January because I’m not ready to let go of them.  This holiday season just went by too fast!

Are you keeping your Christmas decorations up or have you already started putting them away?  At what point is it considered keeping them out too long?  I’m hoping you can agree that at least January is ok :P.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!


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12/22 DIY

Simple Christmas Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping

Wrapping gifts is probably the funnest part of gift giving for me, so I thought I’d share how I wrapped some gifts for Christmas.  I wanted to wait until after I gave these gifts before putting them up on here, so we’re in the clear now ;).   At best, I hope it serves as some inspiration for your own, last minute gift wrapping.

You can see I kept my wrapping very simple this year.  Maybe it’s because I generally love keeping things simple, and maybe it’s because I didn’t have a lot of time.  Which one was it?  A little bit of both, but regardless I’m really loving the way all the wrapping turned out.

Gold deer gift wrapping

Ok, all except for this one.  I love the gold deer wrapping paper, but the oddly shaped object turned out to make for a really awkward and slightly sloppy wrapping job.  I struggled with this one and don’t even remember how I did it.  Still, I love the combination of the gold with the green ribbon and will be wrapping some remaining gifts for family members this way.  Those gifts are in boxes, which will be much easier to wrap, thankfully.

Polka dot wrapping

This I love.  It’s my favorite and I have a feeling it might be your favorite, too.  The polka dot craft wrapping paper first made an appearance on my Thanksgiving table and I’m SO glad I got it, especially since I wasn’t even thinking about using it for wrapping at that time.  The polka dot ribbon was a must and I love how it looks with the larger polka dots on the wrapping paper.

Cylindrical boxes

I came across these cylindrical boxes at Target and couldn’t leave without them.  They are so cute and chic, and most of all, re-usable.  Me and decorative boxes, guys.  I love them.  I cut out the gift tags from some card stock I had and tied them on with green ribbon.  I didn’t do anything to the gold polka dot tags, but for the other ones I applied a strip of black and white washi tape at the bottom.

I got a few of these boxes for my friends, the white ones for the girls and the black ones for the guys.  Want to see what I put inside?

Gift for the girls

For the girls, I monogrammed cups using the same method here but used silkscreen stencils this time around.  I filled each cup with shredded tissue paper and gold foil (a wonderful dollar store find, by the way) and on top of it put a bottle of nail polish tied with the same polka dot ribbon from before.

For the boys…
Mini spirits

I filled their boxes with an assortment of mini “spirits”.  Aren’t they adorable??  I know y’all love that Jager.

Hope you guys enjoyed this.  I really enjoyed wrapping and gifting it all :).

Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!


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12/19 DIY

10 Simple DIY Christmas Decor and Gift Ideas by Homey Oh My!

10 Simple DIY Christmas Decor and Gift IdeasHow is Christmas already less than a week away??  When does this happen???

Though I’m excited for the festivities ahead, I’m also sad that this holiday season will soon be over.  I thought I’d put together a list of all my Christmas DIYs not only as some last minute inspiration for your viewing convenience, but also just to have one, last, collective look on how I’ve decorated for this holiday.  I’m slowing down to enjoy the days passed through looking back on the projects I’ve put up on this blog.  I hope you enjoy it as well!

DIY mercury votive candle holders with ribbon

Mercury Glass Votive Candle Holders


Fabric lid boxes tied with ribbon

Fabric Lid Boxes


Monogrammed cup

Monogrammed Cup


DIY Gold Vinyl Coasters

Gold Vinyl Coasters


Gold Leaf Holiday CardsGold Leaf Cards


DIY Rhinestone Polka Dot Ornaments

Rhinestone Polka Dot Ornaments


DIY Painted Bowls

Painted Bowls


DIY Striped Mercury Glass Vase

Striped Mercury Glass Vase


DIY Clay Ornaments

Clay Ornaments

 Washi tape boxes with bow

Washi Tape Boxes


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12/16 DIY

DIY Washi Tape Boxes

DIY Washi Tape Boxes

I love boxes.  Really.  They’re one of the best ways you can decorate your space while adding the functionality of storage.  And if not for your own use, they’re so practical for re-usable gift wrapping that I think anyone would enjoy receiving.

The idea behind these boxes is very similar to the fabric lid boxes I previously did.  I spray painted the boxes gold and decorated the lids, this time with Washi tape.

Washi tape

How cute is this Washi tape???  You can get it here (affiliate link).  I covered the lids with the Washi tape and lined up each row so that the tape pattern stayed consistent.  Then I cut off most of the excess, leaving just a little bit to tape down over the edge.

Washi tape on side

I had to apply two rows of Washi tape around the sides of the lids and wrap the excess tape over the bottom edge.

Washi tape box lid

It turned out so much better than I expected!  I thought the tape edges would look obvious but I think the pattern especially helps hide where they are.  They’re barely noticeable.

Washi tape boxes with bow

Didn’t I tell ya decorated boxes make great gift wrapping?  I’m so in love with the geometric design on the Washi tape.  What do you think of it?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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