Wrapping Week 2014: Magic wands

It seems like every year for Wrapping Week, I plan and buy supplies for four ideas and then end up making the last one pretty last minute, pieced together from the scraps and bits left behind by the first four presents of the week. Some years it works out better than others, but I think it’s probably good to stretch those creative muscles sometimes…

Wrapping Week 2014: It’s Sharpie time!

I love wrapping presents, and I can get almost as jazzed about the outside of a pretty package as a I can about what’s on the inside, but I know not everyone wants to spend a precious Saturday in December trying to construct the perfect paper bow or wrapping yarn just so. There are trees to trim, there’s snow to play with, and there’s…

Wrapping Week 2014: Finger paint Frosty!

Holidays have always been a big deal in our house, but now that we have a 3-year-old who’s hitting her holiday-loving stride, it only feels fitting to kick things up a notch. This year for Halloween, we visited a pumpkin patch, where Beany picked out a teeny tiny pumpkin she named Spookley. After a decorative paint job (Beany couldn’t bear the thought of carving…

Wrapping Week 2014: Paper and yarn

I’ve talked before about my high school days as a Mod Podge-wielding miscreant. Just kidding, just kidding! I was super well behaved, but I did slap Mod Podge on just about anything that didn’t move. Anyway, my friends and I did tons of scrapbooking back then — like the hard copy, paper-and-sticker-embellishments kind — and though my physical scrapbooking has gone the way of…

Wrapping Week 2014: Vintage-inspired photo tags

I know I should probably save my favorite wrapping idea of the week for the end, but I love this one so much I had to share it first. Paper, pretty ribbon and a few photos. That’s all you need! So I call these tags “vintage inspired,” but honestly, they’re pretty much Taylor Swift inspired (heeey!). I bought her newest CD at Target a…

‘Tis the season — for Wrapping Week!

There are only 19 days left until Christmas! Wahoo! And do you know what that means? I have a pile of gifts in need of some love and wrapping paper. I bet you do, too! So in keeping with holiday tradition, Wrapping Week 2014 is coming soon! Starting Monday, I’ll have five days of fun wrapping ideas headed your way, sure to get those humdrum…

Halloween Kitty 1

Boy and girl shared nursery: Blue + pink = happy

Beany’s nursery in our North Carolina apartment was a labor of love in a major way. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted the room to look like, and I spent months choosing fabric, sewing pillows and curtains, picking out furniture and putting it all together. Even with the mile-long to-do list, we had the room up and running at least…

Super Simple Toddler-Friendly Valentines

This toddler-friendly Valentine’s Day craft really is easy enough to warrant zero tutorial for how to make it, but Beany had such a good time with her piles of pink hearts the other day, I thought I’d share our super simple project. Basically, you just cut out a gazillion hearts of different sizes, supply your kiddo with some tape and crayons and then let…

Wrapping Week 2013: O Tannenbaum

Well, we started the week with Beany’s favorite wrapping project, and we’re ending the week with Jared’s, though I’m not sure whether it’s his favorite because he loves how it looks or because he had a hand in the process. I originally planned to break pencils into small pieces, glue those together to make the tree shape and then wrap that in twine. Of…

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