No money for a grandfather clock? Just draw one on the wall like this image from Molly Stern’s house tour on Apartment Therapy. It’s a playful and fun way to display a clock.
Happy New Year!
2012 was a humdinger of a year for my family, but when it gets down to naming what specifically happened, things can get blurry. So in 2013, I’m going to do this project I heard about on Facebook: a New Year’s jar.
Every time something good happens, you write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then at the end of the year, you go through the jar and remember all the good things that happened.
Sounds fun, don’t you think?
Here are 5 Cool Gift Wrap Ideas for Christmas, many of which are useful if you’re running low on wrapping paper:
Use a paper bag and the last of the wrapping paper to make a gift bag.
Country Living shows you how to dress up a package wrapped in newspaper with this cool blossom topper.
Wrap a package in a brown paper bag and dress it up with a typographic name cut out of newspaper.
Santa Claus Belt! I wish I’d seen this earlier. I had red paper exactly like that.
Out of bows? Draw them on instead. I am doing this one next year when I send presents in the mail.
Here are three cool Christmas decoration ideas I came upon:
Magnet Ornaments. Glue magnets to the back of ornaments for a festive kitchen decoration.
Wow. There had better be something good in that box.
This week I have a pile of present to wrap and put in the mail, and a load more to buy. You’re probably in a similar situation. Here’s a round-up of past posts that cover everything from making your own bows to how to get the best deals on shipping:
I love these Book Illustration Cubbies. They are inexpensive IKEA cubbies that have been covered with illustrations from an old copy of Blueberries for Sal, thanks to the help of Modge Podge. A great design detail, and good organization too.
I’m going to take the rest of the week off, so I’m going to leave you with this round-up of pumpkin carving inspiration. Blogging will resume on Monday, November 5.
If, like me, you have a lot of jewelry, check out this Full-Length Mirror Jewelry Cabinet. It’s an attractive, space-saving device that doubles as a jewelry box and a mirror. And it even locks.
The only downside is there doesn’t seem to be room for ring boxes and the like, but otherwise, this is a great way to organize your jewelry.
The mirror–which is actually 3/4 length, not full-length–comes in cherry, distressed oak, and white. $249.
Check out these adorable Halloween Party additions: Milk Ghosts made from Zephyrhills Aquapod water bottles. From the site:
I was literally staring at my Zephyrhills Aquapod water bottle, lightbulb! I ripped the bottle wrap and cap plastic and voila, the shape of a ghost somewhat. I cut out pieces of black cardstock to make the eyes and mouth, filled them with milk and displayed a black and white straw!
And these ghosts don’t have to just hold milk. You can paint the outside with white paint and fill with any kind of delicious beverage you like.