If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I love Christmas! Christmas in July is just another excuse for my Christmas spirit to come out even earlier. In fact, I’m literally watching a Hallmark Christmas movie while I write this. This project didn’t take long and it used supplies that were already in the house. Plus, can you ever have too many Christmas ornaments? The options are endless for what you write on them. I’ve seen everything from names to fun holiday words (like what was done below).
I want to hear from you! Would you put a name or what holiday word would you put?
I haven’t posted for a while but it’s been such a wonderful month in our house. Exactly a month ago today, I went from girlfriend to fiancée! That’s right, your girl is marrying her best friend and I CANNOT wait. With all of the fun events leading up to the wedding, you know there will be some DIY projects. Make sure to stay tuned and follow the blog to see all of the updates.
These pallet coasters were so fun to make and I might be a little biased but they are super cute. The best part about them is that you can change up what they say or have on them to fit you better. My mom went with a holiday stamp and I went with stamping some personalized phrases.
Ah Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to decorate our little apartment with all different shades of pink and red hearts galore. This cute little button sign was inspired by a button wreath sign I saw scrolling through Pinterest and thought, “That would be a perfect craft for Valentine’s Day”! While putting my new Valentine’s decoration up in our apartment, the history buff in me started to wonder how the heart became a symbol of love and why does this universal heart shape look different than say a human heart?
First off, thanks to TIME I found out that prior to the 13th and 14th centuries, the heart was used for only decorative reasons. The symbolism began to grow as romantic love began to take shape in the medieval period. The connection between love and the heart was more religious than romantic at the beginning. Eric Jager, a medieval literature professor at UCLA, said that “at that time period people thought of hearts as books of memory, a place where God’s commands are written, and feelings for the beloved were somehow written on your heart.” There were stories imagining “female saints whose hearts are said to be cut open after their death, and inside their hearts are inscriptions indicating their love for God or Jesus.”
So the heart shaped does tie back to actual hearts everyone! Even if it is a little bit of a dark history. The article later goes on to express that cardiologist Carlos Machado says that the familiar heart shape we recognize today does somewhat resemble the human heart in an echocardiograms but even more so the look of a bird or reptile heart. I highly recommend reading the whole article! The link is below.
Halloween has just ended and that means Christmas is knocking. With my LOVE of Christmas, I am more than happy to answer! We have seen these cute gnomes for a while now and finally decided to give them a go ourselves tonight. I am SO happy that we did. After we finished, they were so cute that we wanted to name them. We are taking suggestions so comment below with your ideas! Make sure it’s Christmasy though! Continue reading to find out how our gnomes came to life.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET BOYFRIEND! It was his birthday over this last weekend, and I wanted to spoil him as much as he spoils me every day. With gift giving holidays, one of my favorite items to give isn’t an item at all. I love giving the gift of time together. Over the years we have seen comedians, musicals, and gone on trips. This year the gift was a trip and I wanted to wrap it in a cute way! Plus if I gave him an envelope, I’m pretty sure he could make a guess what it was. This little luggage gift box was the perfect solution! Do you wrap gifts in creative ways? Comment below with your gift wrap ideas!
This past week, one of my great friends came over to the apartment and we did a girls night. I don’t remember the last time I painted instead of carved a pumpkin and it was a blast! We talked and laughed as we made up some gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (shout out to Trader Joe’s for the mix!), popped open a bottle of champagne for mimosas, and painted. She is an amazing artist, so while she did a portrait of Edward Scissorhands on her pumpkin, I decided to make a fun cartoon vampire mouth.
Comment below with what you will paint on your pumpkin this year for Halloween!
“If you like Pina Colada’s, and getting caught in the rain” I sang this on repeat in my head as I made this sign for the apartment. Even that first line makes me sing as I read along, anyone else? For me, that song screams summer and let’s be honest, Pina Colada’s are summer in a cup. I felt inspired by the Pina Colada I had on vacation last weekend poolside. With the sign being for the apartment, I also wanted to make it a little shout out to love. A walked into the local craft store looking to combine love and pineapples (ironically the same combination for the delicious beverage) and stumbled upon the walnut pallet sign. The hanger was meant to have the sign be horizontal but I knew by turning it vertical I could make a cute pineapple and include my quote. I gathered the other supplies needed and when I got home, quickly began to sketch out the pineapple outline. Wait… where is my Pina Colada while I do this project? Oh well, HELLO SUMMER!