Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 46

When I see these beautiful hand-sculpted decorative spoons from Charity Elise, I can't help but imagine the bright, whimsical, and colorful kitchen that you might find them in! Each one is uniquely colored & textured and intriguingly adorable.

Schildi the tortoise of Baden, Germany was rescued and hand-crafted this awesome prosthetic leg by veterinarian Dr. Panagiotis Azmanis - from his daughter's own Lego parts! I love stories that inspire me to use my powers of creation to do something good, and this one is especially heart-warming!

Photo by Christoph Veeser via NY Daily News

This week I am crazily in love with the works of Brooke Weeber! Her portfolio consists of beautiful nature-inspired pieces and surreal works that instill an incredible range of emotions.

This shirt is so, so gorgeous! Handmade by Rabia Lockwood of Ginny & Jude Designs, the 'Riders at Dawn' blouse looks soft, silky, and almost ethereal.

Photo by Lyndal Irons

This mountain wall mural is simply amazing! Designed by Pam Lostracco and inspired by the infinite mountain ranges seen in her travels through Thailand and Laos, you can view photos of the step-by-step process at her blog.

Thanks for stopping in for today's unintentionally-mountain-inspired edition of Tuesday Treasures! If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to check out previous issues of Tuesday Treasures right here. See you next year!

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Warm Wishes from Brittanibus!

Hey, folks! I hope your holidays have brought you much joy, gratitude, and humbleness this year! Luckily, Brad and I are fortunate enough to have some time off for the holidays, which we've been able to spend celebrating with our friends and family, figuring out wedding details for next year, and enjoying our Christmas presents (as well as each other's company, of course!). Last Friday, we had a get-together with some close friends, had a few drinks, and exchanged a few small gifts.

As great as a gift-giver as I believed myself to be, I have to say my friend Ben really showed me up by surprising me with a a Crop-A-Dile and a cute little carrying case! I honestly had a hard time not punching holes and adding grommets to every little thing!

On Christmas Eve, we exchanged gifts with Brad's family, who were amazing enough to bless us with a remote-control car-starter! They also got me a brand new sewing & crafting desk! The real surprise, however, was revealed when I opened a card to find a picture of a Nikon DSLR and a note that it would be arriving in 7-10 days! It still isn't here yet, of course, but I'm so incredibly excited for all the photo ideas I already have and all of the visual content I'll be able to provide for the blog! I really never expected anything like it, and am so incredibly thankful of Brad, his family, and his brother Alex for going in on such an amazing gift.

We then spent Christmas morning exchanging gifts at my mom's house and enjoying the awesome breakfast that she prepared for us. I loved seeing my niece, Maddy, open her presents, and my mom really seemed to enjoy the handmade clock I made for her! The gift was inspired by this tutorial from Serendipity & Spice, but I spiced up the language a little bit, 'cause my mom's just spunky like that...

This weekend, we amped up the excitement even further by checking out a potential wedding venue! We absolutely adored the beautiful venue and all the features, but what really impressed me were all the menu options! Without giving away any spoilers, I can definitely say that our guests are going to be having some very happy bellies if we decide to select this place, however at this time nothing is set in stone and we are still open to checking out a few other venues with the dwindling time we have left. I also finished my wedding dress sketch, which literally took me months to decide on.

Having finally assembled my new crafty desk and acquired all this space, I can honestly say that I can see myself spending the remainder of my vacation getting some much-needed blogging and long-overdue projects done, not to mention finding a few things to pop some grommets into! I'm so inspired and excited that I already have so many DIY ideas in mind and I can't wait to share them with you all!

Oh, and for you folks that signed up for my newsletter, please know that it's still in the works, but you will be receiving an update in your inbox promptly into the new year! If you'd haven't signed up yet and would like to before the first issue is released, you can subscribe in the signup form in my right sidebar from any page on the blog, or using the one below! As always, thanks for reading, and be sure to stop in on Tuesday for the very last issue of Tuesday Treasures this year! See you soon!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 45

Hey, folks! My first discovery in this week's Tuesday Treasures are these white owl buttons by Brenda of Phydeaux Designs. Handmade from polymer clay, these pretties would look amazing crafted into a pair of earrings or cardigan clips!

These wooden teardrop plugs from Omerica Organic are just plain gorgeous! I sure wouldn't mind a pair of these in a 00g, if you happen to be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping! ;)

I really love these wintry prints by artist Martynas Pavilonis! The bear is adorable, and really looks to be watching over the snowy homestead and giving it a nice warm hug! That bunny, on the other hand, is a great combination of creepy and cute that makes me really unsure of his motives.

This adorable antlered hood is just too cute! You can find this pattern to knit one of your own at Two of Wands!

I am so, so in love with this bedroom. This is but one of many beautifully-decorated interiors in the house of Émilie and Greg, just on the outskirts of Paris. The triangles on the wall make me think of golden raindrops or cute little fir trees, and that matching bedspread is just plain gorgeous! Click the image below to see more photos of this interesting abode, or check out Émilie's original art at her Etsy shop, MilieO!

Thanks for stopping in for Tuesday Treasures this week! If this is your first time reading, be sure to check out previous issues right here! See you next week!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

How to Have a Green Christmas

It's truly a joyous time of year, and the holidays have the wonderful effect of picking up our spirits and reminding us to be generous and kind to one another, and to really seize any opportunity to pay it forward! On the flip side, all of the excited gift-giving and classic traditions can be incredibly wasteful in a vast number of ways, and it's everyone's responsibility to keep these careless habits in check and attempt to reduce our carbon footprint during the festive season as well as throughout the whole year! Here are a few tips to make your holidays a little greener, and to help you give back to Mother Earth this year!

First off, avoid buying new decorations whenever possible. I tend to find myself getting a little extra spendy during the holidays on decorations and pretty things for the home. By committing to buying only second-hand, we can exponentially cut down on the amount of waste that we'll be throwing out in the years to come.

Once you've decked the halls for the holidays, consider donating or selling any unused decorations, rather than going through the trouble of packing them up and storing them away for another year. Not only would you help the environment by making sure that they're getting reused, but you'll also cut down on clutter and perhaps get some extra cash out of the deal!

Buy reusable shopping bags, then actually use them. I know I went through waaay too many plastic bags this year from Christmas shopping alone, when I could have easily planned ahead and brought my reusable bag. Plus, once you get through the holiday shopping, you'll see how easy it is to carry the habit all year long!

Give, give, give! Be sure to take some time during the holiday season to go through your used items and donate any excess or unwanted clothes and shoes to thrift stores or homeless shelters! Remember that it is the season of generosity and kindness, and to give whatever you can to those in need.

Opt for homemade gifts whenever possible. This is a great way to reuse materials you may already have on hand. Plus, so much of our holiday waste comes from all that plastic packaging! Kill two wasteful birds with one really big eco-friendly stone.

If you're really annoyed by all that unnecessary packaging, consumerism, and over-consumption, then you can pledge to join 1 Million Women in a No-Waste Festive Season! It may seem incredibly difficult, but I love that they remind you on their website that "you don't have to do it all, just do the best you can!" So don't stress too much to try and be the greenest, but every little bit really helps.

Don't buy wrapping paper! Every year, billions of rolls of wrapping paper are purchased just to be ripped up and thrown out. I don't actually have the statistics on that, I'm just using hyperbole here. Anyway, why buy something you're just going to throw away, when you could be wrapping your gifts in newspaper, magazine clippings, or paper bags? If you say it's because brown paper bags aren't decorative enough, then you're just not being creative.

CC image courtesy of Chiot's Run

Bust out the fine china! You may be tempted to crack open the plastic-ware or a pack of styrofoam if you find yourself too overwhelmed to consider the cleanup during the holiday season. Try to inspire the rest of your household to help out too, and remember to really grind in the environmental guilt trip when it comes time to wash the dishes!

Save energy by using LED lights in your decor, and only turn them on when you're there to enjoy them! While you're at it, remember to turn down the heat when you aren't at home.

Recycle your cards! Rather than throwing them out or tossing them into an old shoe-box or drawer, you can donate any cards you may have received throughout the year to a recycled card program, such as the one at St, Jude's Ranch. They are then recycled into new handmade holiday cards and resold, with the profits benefiting St. Jude's various services and programs for abused and homeless children and adults.

Remember to reuse before recycling! The process of recycling plastic & cardboard uses energy in and of itself, so find ways to reuse these items at least once before sending them to the recycling plant, such as these tin-cans-turned-planters from Lolly Jane, or the Popsicle stick snowflakes from Making Homebase that I featured in my DIY Holiday Decor post!

Speaking of recycling, what do you plan on doing with that old Christmas tree? Every year after Christmas, many families discard their trees on a curbside or dump them in the woods. Here's the thing: with a little research, you can find a tree recycling program in your area to turn it into mulch, ideally reducing the number of trees that would be cut down for this purpose anyway.

If you'd like to avoid killing a tree altogether, you have the option of buying a live one, which you can later plant on your land once the holiday has passed. If you're interested, check out this article on caring for a live tree!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you've enjoyed this post, please do me a solid by pinning this image to Pinterest or hitting one of the share buttons below. If you have any other ideas on making the holidays more eco-friendly, please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

15 Crafty Christmas Decoration DIYs

Hey, folks! We may be knee-deep in the holidays already, but that doesn't mean there isn't time left to decorate before the seasonal celebrations begin! Today I'd like to share a roundup of some wonderful do-it-yourself decor tutorials to help you deck your halls, walls, mantel, or tree! Be sure to click each image for its tutorial and take some time to say thanks to the awesome bloggers who wrote them!

This gorgeous glittery decor DIY from Tatertots & Jello beautifully combines several of my favorite holiday decorating elements into a single understated vignette. It's perfect!

If you're looking for a creative way to display your holiday cards, check out this string art Christmas tree design from My Poppet! Once your cards are hung, decorate the tree any way you'd like!

This pine cone garland from The Sweetest Occasion is just beautiful, but I'd love to accentuate the flecks of gold leaf on the pine cones by wrapping them around a lighted Christmas tree and watching them twinkle!

It may already be December, but if you were to make this DIY advent calendar, you could still count down the 12 days of Christmas and save the rest for next year! Plus, this colorful forest of trees is a neat little collection of free printables at Love From Ginger!

I love how a simple piece of scrap wood can be transformed into practically anything, like these adorable DIY reindeer, complete with little branch antlers and drawer knob noses from The 36th Avenue!

These giant gold snowflakes, created from Popsicle sticks by Chelsea of Making Home Base, look super easy to make and would be a fun project for kids, too!

For another cute wall decor DIY, check out this geometric Christmas tree wall hanging, created from paint chips, or any other colored paper you may have on hand! This is a great Christmas tree alternative for small spaces, seen on The Red Thread Blog!

Speaking of alternative trees, this tiny branch in a cute little ornament vase from Gimme Some Oven would be an adorable addition to a bedroom or small apartment during the holidays!

Consider this tutorial from Nest of Posies to add a little holiday cheer to a plain old hallway, or just to make Christmas morning a little more special! Using only some icicle lights and 15 minutes of your time, your kids will definitely thank you!

If you're still looking for the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your Christmas tree, check out these gorgeous glittery galaxy ornaments from The Swell Designer!

I love this creative take on a classic winter craft! This layered paper snow globe by Helen Frances is so incredibly pretty, I can't help but want to make one of my own!

If snow globes aren't quite your thing, or if you tend to make more of a mess than anything else when you try to make one yourself, then you'll love these snow globe-inspired terrariums, a great way to display a cute winter scene on a mantel, from Pink Pistachio!

For another wonderful way to show off your holiday cards, check out this rustic chicken-wire card display tutorial from Lolly Jane! This would also be great for showcasing family photos from holidays past!

If you keep a veggie garden in the warmer months and have an old tomato cage lying around, wrap strings of lights around it to create an upcycled Christmas tree alternative!

This holly-adorned accent wall is just plain gorgeous!, and probably fairly easy so long as you follow the free templates and tutorial over on Snow & Graham!

Thanks for stopping by! For more crafty holiday inspiration, be sure to follow my Merry Craftsmas board on Pinterest, and if you're still on the lookout for some last-minute present ideas, check out my Easy-Peasy Holiday Gift-Giving Guide! Happy holidays!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 44

Hey, folks! If this is your first time tuning in to Tuesday Treasures, then I hope you enjoy this weekly collection of my favorite finds from around the web, such as this beautiful watercolor-inspired mug! Created with tissue paper and dishwasher-safe Mod Podge by Jenni of I Spy DIY, the best part about these mugs is that they're super-easy to make and able to be customized entirely with whatever your favorite colors or patterns may be! Check out the full tutorial by clicking on the image below:

This week I'm in love with the amazingly-detailed and doodled fine art designs of Elise Mahan! Inspired by nature and intricately-patterned, these paintings are certainly something I'd be proud to hang in own home!

Speaking of the home, this beauty of a beehive would be look phenomenal in any nature- or geometric-inspired abode, with the added intimacy of being a neat storage device for your keys, and any other small items you can fit in these hip little hexagonal shelves.

This little pink house is for cutely storing craft supplies, and I must admit that it's absolutely adorable! You can easily make one for yourself or your craft room by checking out the full DIY on At Home In Love, and would you just look at that cute little squirrel tape dispenser from Cutetape?

This table is just plain enthralling! With its natural wood-grain and crystal blue pools peeking out from the tabletop, it's uniquely beautiful enough. Consider the fact that those beautiful blue pools are actually glowing globs of  photo-luminescent resin - well that's another story! See the whole table-making process over on This is Colossal!

Thanks for stopping in to read this week's edition of Tuesday Treasures! Browse the archives or follow me on Pinterest for even more great finds! See you next week!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Holiday Mantel Decor!

Hey folks! Today I just thought I'd share a few pictures of my holiday mantel!

I was able to decorate rather inexpensively by using many items we already had: an interesting slab of wood that Brad found out back, the mirror from my dresser, a birdhouse I never got around to hanging outside, as well as some vases and candles, a few of which were on the mantel already.

A few months ago, I asked Brad's dad to cut these slices from logs with his chainsaw, which I've used to create cute little natural pedestals for the candles! We also used an old candle-holder to store our incense sticks for easy access, and finished by filling the vases with some artificial flowers from Walmart. This design cost me ten bucks, tops!

The downside here is that Brad and I have opted to not decorate with certain breakable items this year, since our kitten likes to climb on the mantel and knock things over like an idiot. He's already broken three vases and knocked over my adorable cat fan (not shown) twice. We've actually renamed him Sketchball because of how much of an erratic little weirdo he is. So, I guess the adorable politically-incorrect nativity set I inherited from my dad in which all of the figurines are wearing little Native American headdresses will be put away this year for safe-keeping. This actually upsets me.

On the bright side, I love how the Christmas lights distract from the mirror reflecting the boring old ceiling, and that we were able to take our once-cluttered mantel and create a beautiful rustic tableau! Anyway, thanks for stopping in and taking a peek at my mantel! How do you like to decorate for the holidays? Let me know in the comments section below - thanks!

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