Posts Tagged ‘christmas’


A Basket of Packages / Merry Christmas

So it’s the eve of Christmas Eve and I’m snuggled up in North Carolina, drinking apple cider and sitting by a fire. Just kidding. It’s only 8am – I’m hardly awake! But still, it’s been pretty magical up here so far.

I’ll be out for next few days and will pop back in before the new year with a couple of things. You know I can’t stay away long.

I hope you have a very happy holiday! And a very merry Christmas.

Be back soon!


*image by Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch


DIY // ombre glitter ornaments

I had so many other holiday DIYs on my list this year, I didn’t get around to making as many ornaments this year as I would have liked. *Though a few of you suggested that these would make good ornaments (and I agree). But I did make one. And it involves glitter…

These ombre glitter ornaments were made for iVillage’s 30 Days of HoliDIY and I’ve had them hanging on the wall since November. They look good in a cluster. I finally moved them to the tree the other day but if your tree is filled limb to limb with ornaments already, they would make cool gift toppers too. Or try the hanging wall art thing. You just need a nail.

ombre glitter ornaments tutorial

Full tutorial and more photos right here on iVillage.

Modeling by Amanda Toman // Concept, styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff


Last Minute Gifts // for the ladies

I know, I know. You had every intention of finishing up your Christmas shopping early this year, but for what ever reason, it just didn’t happen that way.

It’s okay. No need to stress!

I’ve rounded up the coolest Amazon items I could find to help you pick out some last minute gifts for friends and family. And they’re all Amazon Prime! So I’m really making it even easier for you to get all those presents to your doorstep with time to spare.

Last Minute Gifts for the Ladies

  1. Herschel Supply Co. Dollarton, Brown, One Size
  2. bkr® bottle
  3. The Kinfolk Table book
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch
  5. Kate Spade New York “Sailor’s Knot” Ring
  6. Deborah Lippmann Glitter Nail Lacquer

Last Minute Gifts for the Home

Last Minute Gifts for the Home

  1. Block Table, Light Grey
  2. Geo Thermo Pot/Flask
  3. Urbio Wide Mouth Wall Planters
  4. DwellStudio Draper Stripe Throw

Last Minute Gifts for Guys

Last Minute Gifts for the Fellas

  1. Only NY: Uptown Wildlife Shirt
  2. Herschel Supply Co. Computer Sleeve 11″ 
  3. Fujifilm X-M1 16MP Compact System Digital Camera
  4. Goldcoast Complete Longboard
  5. Cronotime Desk Clock by Pio Manzù
  6. Vans Mens Sneaker

Last Minute Gifts for the Kitchen

Last Minute Gifts for the Kitchen

  1. Kobenstyle 2qt. Saucepan in Red
  2. Iittala Sarpaneva 3-Quart Cast Iron Casserole
  3. Bormioli Rocco Aquaria Jug with Blue Lid
  4. Joseph Joseph Nest Set
  5. Sagaform Stoneware Storage Container with Acacia Lid
  6. Peeler Vegetable Peeler, Coral
  7. Sagaform POP Stoneware Teapot

Okay. So that’s the list: 23 gifts for pretty much everyone on your list. Everything you see in this post is Amazon Prime, so if you have a prime account, you can still get free super-saver shipping if you order by this Sunday the 22nd. And you can do one-day shipping for Christmas delivery up until Monday the 23rd.

For even more gift ideas, be sure to check out last year’s last minute Amazon gift guide as well.

P.S. Today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway is from my friend Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. Enter to win Walnut Society doll & necklace right here. Perfect for those of you with kiddos.


5 DIY Ways to Wrap Gifts for Guys

There are plenty of DIY ideas out there for wrapping presents thoughtfully (and beautiful) for the holidays. But almost everything I’ve seen this year is best suited for a woman. So what about the guys? I know those giant yarn pom pom toppers are pretty, but is it a good match for those macho men you know? Maybe not. 

So keeping the opposite sex in mind, I came up with 5 semi-manly DIY wrapping ideas for you to try with your holidays presents this year. And honestly, I wouldn’t mind receiving a few packages wrapped up like this myself. So I’d say they’re pretty unisex, if you want to get technical about it.

Here are 5 DIY ways to wrap packages for the men in your life…

DIY wrapping idea // leather bow

1. Letterpress + Leather: Wrap small gifts in tissue paper, loosely (it doesn’t have to be super neat – the messiness makes it kind of cool). Then wrap a leather cord around the entire present twice and double knot. Add a letterpress gift tag (mine is from a card from last year that I cut into a smaller tag shape). Done.

DIY wrapping idea //  newspaper with neon string and pinecone

2. Newspaper + Neon: Use a black and white newspaper page to wrap, just as you would normal wrapping paper. Add a neon string, wrapped around several times and before tying into a bow or double knotting, add a pinecone, to ‘man it up’ a little bit.

DIY wrapping idea //  guys gifts

3. Calendar Boy: If you already have your calendar for 2014 or have saved any old ones, use the first page (that doesn’t have a month on it) as wrapping paper. These are great for wrapping presents, especially if your calendar was a big one, like mine. This is the calendar I used one of the pages from, in case you’re wondering.

DIY wrapping idea // simple wrapping with pine sprig

4. Spotted + Dotted: Wrapped in dotted kraft paper, add a tree sprig, tag, and black tape. This one if probably the most feminine of the five, but I still think it works in the man category. I mean come on, there is a black X on it.

DIY wrapping idea // hand drawn designs

5. Drawn Out: Using a metallic paint pen, draw simples lines (or something more complicated) on a large piece of scrap paper. Wrap it up and tape on a tag. Good to go.

And here are a few more photos, just for fun…

closeup of wrapping ideas for guys

5 DIY wrapping idea for men

gifts for guys: Christmas wrapping paper DIYs

a basket full of (holiday) goodies

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Do you have a favorite? How will you be wrapping your man’s gifts this year? I’m curious.

P.S. Be sure to check out today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway with Gloria of Little White Whale. She is giving away a $150 gift certificate to Danni’s shop, Oh Hello Friend. Enter to win that giveaway here.



I feel like I’ve already done a bunch of holiday decor projects this year, but I had a wall that needed a little something and was in the mood for one more project. Unfortunately, my wallet was not. So I gathered up some supplies that I already had in the house and created this removable wall art custom decals DIY. *If you don’t have these items on-hand already, this project will still only set you back about $15.


The full tutorial is right here on Curbly.

But before you click over,  I thought it was worth mentioning that I’ve been dying to use that copper contact paper for almost a year now. Yep, I’ve had it that long – was just waiting for the perfect project… Thought you would appreciate my craziness… Do you ever do that? Hold on to something for eternity until the ‘perfect’ project makes it’s way into your head?

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. Be sure to check out the most recent 24 Merry Days giveaways…Melanie from You Are My Fave is giving away a $250 gift certificate to Land of Nod and Audrey from This Little Street (who is the smarty who dreamed up 24 Merry Days in the first place) is giving away a pair of Swedish Hasbeens!