Last-Minute DIY Gifts for Kids

December 19, 2012

Wish I could say I was completely done with Christmas preparations, but in my rush to check things off, I always find there is a teacher aide, or neighbor, or school bus driver that I had almost overlooked. And photobooks for family — whoops, late start on that. Procrastination is like a familiar¬†friend.

Ryan and I barely finished rounding up a few presents and stocking stuffers for the kids (Lego Hero Factory sets and a rock tumbler will be dropped off by “Santa”) and I will be working on a couple of homemade presents with the boys to gift to one another. Just in case you’d like a couple of easy projects, I shared a shrink film charm DIY over at HelloBee and wrote up a step-by-step process on making your own crayons at SheKnows.

Miu Miu Style Wrapping + DIY Glitter Labels

November 14, 2011

I think many a blogger/designer/fashionista was stunned when these glitter Miu Miu booties from the fall 2011 collection debuted a while back. So far, I’ve seen painted nails and a cake inspired by these amazing shoes. The silver and gold glitter screams holiday and cheer to me, and so felt inspired to experiment with some packaging ideas.

I had some gray, round Paper Source labels on hand that I coated with spray mount, then sprinkled with gold Martha Stewart Fine Glitter. I did the spraying and sprinkling in a very large paper shopping bag to keep the mess in check. So that my round labels would be easier to pull off, I went ahead and removed the ‘negative’ label area.

And I punched these silver medallions out of silver glitter scrapbook paper and tied off with velvet ribbon.

White Christmas Afternoon

December 27, 2010

The lustre of midday to objects below

December 8, 2010

Lights, stars, hot cocoa, an awareness/cognizance among all to be kinder and more charitable…these are just few things that make December so wonderful.

So I got mildly cultural for this year’s Relief Society Christmas dinner by bringing some cucinta (steamed rice cakes topped with coconut) and made a parol, a traditional Filipino star lantern. I was smart by ordering the cucinta from a Filipino bakery. With the lantern, I was dumb (I was so dumb. I was really dumb…for reals) and made it from scratch, thus spending hours and hours. But I’m happy with how it turned out and can check that project off my life’s to-do-list!

Our Last Travel of the Year

December 30, 2008

Destination: Mesa, AZ
For: Todd and Kristy’s wedding
Total hours logged on the road: 16!