DIY Recycled Gift Wrap (Video!)

Wrapping Paper Tutorial using a Whole Foods BagChristmas is coming oh-so quickly, and today I’m excited to share a fun DIY gift wrap tutorial with you! I recently became aware that most gift wrap is not recyclable, and I wanted to come up with a beautiful way to present gifts that can still be recycled. I came up with this super cute gold polka dotted paper, and it’s so easy to make! All you need is an old grocery bag (I used Whole Foods which is a great size,) and a metallic gold paint pen. You can really customize this paper to be your own unique style, and I love that it’s made from a recycled material and can be recycled again– plus it’s just so pretty!

Grab your crafting supplies and Christmas gifts, and let’s get wrapping!

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Favorite Winter Accessories

Anthropologie X BaubleBar Seastone Earrings

As the winter season approaches, I’ve found myself drawn to certain accessories in blue, grey, and cream colors. I love adding extra accessories in the winter to play up the layered looks I usually end up wearing, and today I want to share a few current favorites– two cold weather pieces, and some jewelry. These pieces compliment my simple wardrobe perfectly, and I love the interest they add to a look.

Let’s talk icy tones and a touch of sparkle!

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Kitchen Chair Makeover

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When I decided I was going to move into an apartment for this school year, I knew I was going to need to source out some furniture. My mom and I went “garage-saleing” (technical term 😉 ) several times over the summer, and I was able to find some great pieces. At one sale I found two cute kitchen chairs. I loved the shape, but wasn’t crazy about the finish and thought they might lend themselves well to a fun coat of paint. I bought them for $5 each, and tried to come up with the perfect color to paint them.

A minty aqua blue came to mind, and I headed to the hardware store in search of the perfect paint. My mom and I came across an interesting paint and primer spray paint combination in the perfect color, so I decided to give it a try. I love how easy the paint was to use, and I also love the finished look of the chairs!

They bring a little bit of color and fun into our dining space which always brightens up my day. There’s still tons to do around here to make it more homey, but I think these chairs were a good start. 🙂

Do you have any furniture in fun colors? Have you ever redone or painted an old piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

Sewing Project: My About Time Dress

Mary About Time DressAbout Time DressHey everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been missing around the blog this week! I’ve been planning to post everyday, but things keep getting in the way! In any case, today I have a sewing project to share! Mary About Time Grey Dress Mary About Time Lace DressDress with lace sleevesVintage Inspired Midi Dress

Dress: Made by me.

Shoes: DSW.

Lipstick: Clinique’s Melon Pop.

Last year around this time, I saw the movie About Time for the first time, and it quickly became one of my favorite films. One thing that I love about it is Mary’s (Rachel McAdams’) wardrobe throughout the movie. It’s vintage inspired, and oh so cute. Her grey dress with lace sleeves was one of my favorites, so I decided to sew my own version of it!

I chose a charcoal grey linen for the main part of the dress, and a cream stretch lace for the sleeves. Vogue’s V9100 had the right shape for the dress, and even included the all important pockets. I cut the sleeves in a standard pattern, and they worked perfectly. Sewing for this project was quick and easy, and I love the finished result!

Here I’ve paired it with my blush vintage inspired heels from Crown Vintage. I actually bought a pair of black t-strap heels inspired by the shoes Mary wears with this dress, but decided it was a little early in the year to wear them in these photos. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing my latest sewing project! Have you made anything lately? I’d love to hear about it!

Summer Knitting

summer-knitting-3 summer-knittingI love knitting, but come summertime, it doesn’t always feel like the most seasonally appropriate activity. This year, however, I’ve started a project that I feel is still doable in spite of the hot weather. I’m working on a fun bright colored pair of socks! I had this pretty aqua yarn in my stash, and came across the perfect pattern for it in an issue of Mollie Makes. The bright color and the compact size of the project make it perfect for this time of year. It’s perfect for curling up with in the evenings, and I’m excited to finish the socks. I think the small size keeps it from feeling to warm and stuffy for toasty summer nights.

This pattern is really fun to stitch up! The entire back of the socks continues in a ribbed pattern which keeps things interesting, and I love the french knot polka dots that are added in the end. I’ll be sure to report back when I finish these!

You can find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Are you guys working on any fun projects right now? Do you knit? If so, do you keep it up in the summer? Thanks so much for visiting today, and have a great Monday!