DIY Gold Confetti Gift Tags

DIY gold confetti gift tags -- a Paper Source knockoff

DIY gold confetti gift tags -- a Paper Source knockoff

Recently I was shopping for my holiday gift-wrap, which is honestly one of my Christmas season highlights. I have the habit of filling up my online shopping cart to the brim, and then later paring it down to be a more manageable price. Some things I feel are totally worth the cost, like glossy satin ribbon. Other things just don’t make the cut.

Gold confetti gift tags for less -- do it yourself!

Dried Bouquet Ornaments

Dried Bouquet Ornaments-- perfect for dried wedding flowers

Dried Bouquet Ornaments-- perfect for dried wedding flowers

After planning a wedding, particularly a DIY-heavy wedding, you have so many items and keepsakes left over. I tried my best to get rid of things ASAP, but I still have a bunch of items left to sell, donate, or keep.

Dried wedding bouquet -- what to do with it?

Immediately after the wedding, I hung my bouquet upside-down to dry out. I didn’t really have any concrete plans, but I just decided to give myself the option to keep my wedding flowers. Although pretty, I didn’t feel like putting the dried flowers into a shadow box, since it’s not really my style. Instead, I’ve decided to create Christmas ornaments that I can enjoy every year in December.

Advent Calendar with Mini Boxes

DIY Advent calendar with mini boxes

DIY Advent calendar with mini boxes

As you may know, I really love the holiday season. Right now I am gearing up for Christmas and already imagining how we’ll decorate and re-arrange after Thanksgiving (I prefer to wait until after Turkey Day to do any real decorating). Anything that spreads the holiday excitement around is something I’m all about, which is why I decided to create an advent calendar for George this year.

Favor boxes by Celebrate it from Michaels in black

String and Screw Wooden Tree Slice Ornament

Wooden tree slice ornament -- with screws and string

Wooden tree slice ornament -- with screws and string

I have really loved the recent projects made with string looped around strategically-placed nails. I’ve been planning on making something for outside of our apartment door, but the idea of creating a wooden ornament seemed so much more appealing. This wooden disk could be used as an ornament, gift tag, or just some cool art for the wall.

Two wood slices for crafting

First, I started with small wooden tree segments. I don’t have any trees to cut down myself, so I just purchased a couple disks from my local craft store.

My guide to surviving cold weather

Guide to surviving cold weather -- clothes to wear and body products to use

This past weekend I was a cold weather coach for my brother’s girlfriend. She has just moved from California to Boston, and is terrified of her first New England winter. Answering questions about when it’s appropriate to wear a hood (whenever you’re cold, but definitely November – February), and what to do with your hair (let it go—the wind will make it a mess regardless), inspired me to share my top tips for surviving winter weather.

Guide to surviving cold weather -- clothes to wear and body products to use

Not all gear is created equal
Even though I usually advocate being frugal, sometimes it’s just not worth losing your toes to frostbite. Since I’ve lived in the Northeast my entire life, I have a wide wardrobe to cover all seasons. But when it gets really cold, certain garments always come out on top.

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