Monthly Archives: December 2010

Free New Years Eve Printables

With New Years Eve right around the corner – okay, one day away – the blogsosphere is on fire with free printables.  I’d probably incorporate several of the ideas below if I had any intentions to decorate for the holiday.  Call me Scrooge, but all this partying has tired me right out.

I love, love, love this tabletop from The Finer Things.  Isn’t her table beautiful?

Image here.

The colors are fantastic but what really makes this table creative is the beautiful clock decoration.  And great news!  She’s giving the clock printable away for free!  Visit her here for the download!

Download here.

If a classic damask print is calling your name, look no further than the Catch My Party blog where the owner of the Paper Dolls Shoppe is giving away her beautiful collection of  printables for free!  Her collection includes an a.m.a.z.i.n.g. banner and these adorable labels below.

Downloads available here.

(Pssst…once upon a time I was featured on the Catch My Party Blog and it pretty much made me feel like a celebrity.  You can see me bask in all my glory here.)

Finally, if you feel like giving back a little this season, consider visiting The Giving Madam, who designed these New Years Eve free printables to raise awareness for military families.

Download this and many more here.

I wish I had the energy to throw some glamorous bash, but I just don’t have it in me.  Are you throwing a party? If so, can I live vicariously through you?


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No. 10: Wear a red dress somewhere.

Three months ago I debuted my 30 Before 30 List – 30 things I wanted to accomplish before I turn 30 in August 2012.   With the holiday season upon us, I thought my Christmas work party was the perfect time to cross off no. 10 – wear a red dress somewhere.

I felt so womanly!

Have you ever worn a red dress?  (Or am I the only one afraid of color?)


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Tip Jar: Perk Up Your Stocking Display

All month I had sad, lifeless stockings hanging from the mantel.  (Hey! We finally have a mantel!)


Enter Grandma Judd’s wisdom:  Stuff each stocking with a crunched-up piece of newspaper (or two) to make the stocking hang better.


How do you hang your stockings?


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DIY Wine Gift Bag and Wrapping

A bottle of wine is a good gift for friends and family.  I recently purchased the wine below for my boss for Christmas.

Very clever, no?  (I promise this is an appropriate gift for my boss.)

Wine bags are a dime a dozen and I wanted to wrap mine with a little flair.  First I cut ordinary scrapbook paper in perfect triangles.

With a hole puncher and some ribbon, I threaded the triangles together in a string long enough to wrap around the top of the bottle.  Voila! Instant bunting.

Shortly after my bunting idea came to fruition, I found this excellent tutorial for a DIY recycled sweater gift bag.  How seasonal!

Find the tutorial here.

How do you spruce up your wine bottles?

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Christmas Theme for DIY Tile Coasters

I love the DIY tile coasters I’ve made for my friends and family this year.  (See my tutorial here.)  But I hadn’t considered all of the fun ways you could use them at Christmas – even as Christmas decor!

Our friends over at Primitive and Proper used chip letters to spell “JOY” for some 3D dimension to her tiles.  The word ideas are endless for cute (and easily changeable) decor.

Image found here.

Visit Primitive and Proper here to see how she did it.


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Free Christmas Printables

You simply shouldn’t miss all the free holiday printables in Blogland right now.  Click below for free gift tags, dinner menus, labels and more!

West Elm

Click here to download these examples and many more from West Elm!

How Does She Blog

Request the beautiful gift tags and gift boxes download by emailing the How Does She blog here.

Alannah Rose Blog

This fantastic treat tag is available (for free, people!) here.

Crafts and Such Blog

These tags, originally created for the blogger’s child lunch boxes, would be great as gift tags, too.

Visit Crafts and Such here for the download.

Craftily Ever After

Download the spin on the trendy World War II poster here.

Today’s Fabulous Finds

This subway art for the holidays available here.

At Second Street

Love this banner on a hearth!  Banner available here.

Just Devine Style

Christmas tree print available for download here.

Whisker Graphics

Holiday garland available here.

A Little Lovely Blog

Download available by subscribing to the blog here.

I Love It All

Love the font on these gift tag!  Download them here.

Sparkling Events

More than just labels available here.


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Christmas Gift Ideas (for anyone!)

There are only 12 days of Christmas shopping left and every day counts.  I hope I’ve helped you with my gift ideas for her, for him, and for the fam, but if not there are many gender-neutral gifts for that special someone.  Heed the list below for great gifting success this holiday season!

Pointing bookmark: I don’t have much tolerance for reading books these days, but I’d use this bookmark if I did.  In the past, I’d fold the corner of the page all the way to the paragraph I was reading.  In hindsight, that probably wasn’t good for the book – at least the creators of this bookmark must think so. Use the finger to keep track of the last line you read.  Available here.

Golden Ticket iPhone Case: Everyone loves Willy Wonka!  Whenever Doug or I find something we’ve been looking for we bust into the “I’ve got the golden ticket” song.  With this phone case you can actually have a beautiful golden ticket and a golden day every day.  Available here.

Tea Tumbler: Steep your tea on the go with the removable strainer in this glass mug.  Definitely handy for late-running mornings. (Oooh – It’s pretty, too.)  Available here.

Air Plant: These cute little plants don’t root in soil!  If indoors, they need to be submerged in water for 2-3 hours every two weeks.  That’s easy enough for office living! Available here.

Lunch Bag: A subtle message can go a long way in the office environment.  Protect your grub from food-prowling co-workers by purchasing here.

Fish Eye Camera: See the world differently!  Capture that Kodak moment with this fish eye lens camera, which produces circular pictures from its 170 degree view.  Available here.

Car Seat Warmer: Give a warm tush this Christmas!  There’s no need to buy a new car just to get heated seats.  Plug into your cigarette lighter and heat your bottom and back with 60 watts of warmth.  Available here.


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