I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging over the next few days so if we don’t meet again Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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It’s that time of year again… the time where you realize that you didn’t get everything done that you wanted to do before Christmas (okay, I did get one project done). So in true fatalistic spirit here is a round up of the Christmas crafts I wish I would have done a month ago. Perhaps next year?
Did you get to do any Christmas crafts this year? Or maybe you are satisfied with just looking and not attempting?
This weekend I hosted 1/5th of a progressive dinner. It was a lot of fun and since I was going to four other houses I decided to make hostess gifts. A few weeks ago I pinned a DIY jarred stovetop scent recipe (here’s the link) and it’s been in my brain since, so I decided to give it a go.
Last night I did a sort of juvenile thing. I wrapped my front door with Christmas wrapping paper. Yes, it is a bit of dorm room look but I’m all about low cost decorating around here.
I started by putting tape rolls all over the door.
Apparently, Christmas is around the corner, but I haven’t bought one gift. So if you are like me and are going to be doing a lot of very last minute shopping then this list is for you. This gift guide is great for those people in your life that love their spaces and get excited about home decor. So without further ado:
From left to right
Young House Love’s book. I just got this and I love it. If you don’t know them already, John and Sherry have an awesome blog and this is their first book. It is chock full of DIY ideas that are nearly all cheap and cool.
Throw pillows. Seriously, a person that likes interior design can never have too many throw pillows so it’s a great ‘go-to’ gift. This pillow is from the Mudhut line at Target and is only $19.99.
Interior design lovers love random tchotchkes so this mercury glass hour glass would be right up their alley. This one is from Pier One and it’s $19.95.
Row 1 and the last one in Row 2
These three images in the top right hand corner are all dinner napkins. Dinner napkins are totally unnecessary but there are so many cool designs and they are fun gift (especially appropriate as a hostess gift!). The three shown here are from the Boho Boutique at Target (here, here, and here) for $19.99 for four napkins.
This gold dahlia shaped candle holder from CB2 is awesome. Enough said.
I love this glass water bottle. I have plain ones from IKEA that I love, but these with the typography are super fun. It is $9.99 from Target and it would also make an awesome hostess gift (on a separate note, I need to throw a party so that I can get hostess gifts… does anybody give hostess gifts anymore? I never do but I should, right?).
Who doesn’t need a glass female head? The answer? No one doesn’t need one (huh?).
This is an adorable bird tea light holder from CB2 that is only $7.95!
This is a bright green acrylic chain that I’ve been thinking about all day. Do you not understand why someone would want this? Just trust me, someone who is into interior design will get it. Also, it’s from Nate Berkus’ Target collection, so you can totally name drop that one.
This is no ordinary stationary… wait for it… it’s Carolina Herrera. Yep, the classiest lady ever made stationary for Target. Go get it.
You can never go wrong with a picture frame, especially if it’s this cool zig zag bone one from Nate Berkus’ Target collection.
Though pricier than the other items on this list, these owl speakers from West Elm are completely adorable. For $49.99 you can amplify your iphone and have a super cool ceramic statue for your house.
Home by Novogratz is a new design book from the Novogratz family. They are famous designers that have a great TV show that I used to watch when I had cable (that sound you just heard was a teeny tiny violin playing).
This is also my Christmas list if you’re interested to know haha. Happy Christmas shopping!
Do you have the whole Christmas decorating thing down? Or are you, like me, just doing what you can with what you’ve got?
As I mentioned here, I got a Christmas tree and I managed to scrounge up enough ornaments to make it look relatively decorated. Side note: there are about 10 ‘real’ ornaments on there, the rest I either made, or are gift tags that I used as faux ornaments. I was all proud of myself when I got done but then a saw this:
Do you also feel the need to rant about useless subjects? I have to constantly check myself from getting riled up about silly issues.
As I shared in this post, I had a small tree that has served it’s purpose well for the past few Christmases. This year, since I won’t be going out of town for the holidays and since I have my own house I knew I wanted to get a bigger tree. The one I had was like 2′ or something so I thought a 4-5′ would be a good improvement. Then I got stuck because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to get a real or fake tree… Here is the mental chart I made:
REAL TREE: pretty, expensive, you have to buy a new one every year, hard for me to carry in and out of the house, messy?, better for the environment
FAKE TREE: very bad for the environment, cheesy?, ugly (sometimes), suburban, you have to store it, you only have to buy it once, expensive, lots of color options
After this internal battle I finally decided, I wanted a real tree that was 4-5′ tall… well, turns out it didn’t matter what I wanted because one night my Dad showed up at my house with a 7′ fake tree. Here’s the thing about my parents, they just love me too much. Seriously, they just want to buy me everything and it’s so annoying. No, I’m joking, it’s awesome because I’m kinda broke so I totally take any freebies people hand out. Anyway, he found one on clearance and just bought it on a whim. Thankfully, I like the tree! It is a fake 7′ tree which is basically the opposite of what I had decided I wanted but you know what, life’s short and I don’t really care because it will be up for three weeks a year.
Two things happened this week:
1) I found a tub of paperclips that I’ve had since middle school.
2) I started putting ornaments on my tree and had about 20 with no hooks.
These two occurrences + laziness + frugalness =
Have you done this before? Also, my tree is up! I’ll post about it tomorrow.
I am not super crafty. I enjoy doing crafts but it is a lot of work to gather all the right materials and then to make the whole craft come together. But last Christmas I actually did a craft that was easy, attractive, and affordable – yay!
1) 3″ Styrofoam Wreaths – I bought a pack of 20 for $15.00 from here.
So that is my craftiness of last year. I don’t think I’ll be doing any Christmas crafts this year. I think I’m more of an every other year kind of Christmas crafty gal.
You should totally do this craft because it is easy, cute, and cheap (about $1.50 per ornament, $15 for the bigger wreath).