Life Update: Happy New Year

You guys! It’s been so long. I don’t have any good excuse, only that it’s been a busy whirlwind couple of months. I wanted to share a quick update on my life, and also to wish you all a Happy New Year! Can you believe 2018 is here? I have lots of hopes and goals for this year, and I’m really looking forward to get back into blogging in the new year.

I’ve been getting back into hiking the past couple of months, and it feels so good. A few weeks back, I was hiking with a friend in the redwoods and it was right in the middle of the ladybug migration season. How cool is that? There were literally thousands in clumps all over the trail.

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I flew back to Colorado for 3 days over Christmas to see my family and it was really nice. It was a short trip but it was great to spend some quality time with them. Now that I live in California, I don’t get to see my family that often and it’s just nice to be in the same room. My cat was…ignoring me pretty much the whole weekend. But that’s how cats are, isn’t it? My parents were babysitting a dog, and he was the sweetest dog ever — a total snuggle baby.

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This December, I tried to do as many holiday-themed activities as possible. Some of my friends got together for a gingerbread house competition, and it was so much fun. We couldn’t pick a winner, because they all turned out so good. Everybody got really into the details and we all got so competitive, it was such a fun thing to do with friends!

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I’ve been doing some little art projects lately, and one of my friends thought of this brilliant idea to hang paper airplanes from the ceiling over the bed. I love it so much, it’s one of the most fun room decorations I’ve ever had. It’s very comforting to wake up and see colorful planes having over you.

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I also took a stab at making my first Christmas ornament this year: a pineapple out of felt. I made it for a friend, and it took me probably 5 hours to do it, but I love the way it turned out! I might write a tutorial for the pineapple, if you guys are interested. I know it’s past Christmas, but I think this could be cute at parties or baby showers or summer bbq’s, too. (:

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I hope you all had a great holiday season, and Happy New Year! Anybody have a resolution this year? I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year.

xo

 

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Gifting: Gifts in Jars

Gifts in mason jars has gained popularity over the past couple of years, and there are a lot of great ideas for how to fill up those jars! I think these gifts make wonderful little gifts for neighbors, friends, coworkers, or extended family members. It’s a thoughtful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them, and today I’m sharing some of my favorite ideas for how to fill up those jars.

But first, let’s talk about where to get the jars. It’s true, you can buy mason jars at pretty much any craft store. But they’re expensive, and I kind of think that’s a little wasteful. I like to save jars periodically through the year from various food items — spaghetti sauce jars, salsa jars, pickle jars, etc. I wash them out really well, get the labels off (which is a total pain in the butt, I’m not going to lie about that), and then put them away for later. You never know when you might need a jar! If you don’t have any jars that you’re able to recycle, hit up your local thrift store. They usually have tons of mason jars of all sorts of shapes and sizes, and you’re helping to reduce waste. Go, you!

Now, here are some of the great gift ideas for mason jars:

1. Sewing Kits

2. Soup in a Jar

Hearty Bean Soup Mix

3. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Whit Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar - Gift Idea

4. Tea Set

Tea time mason jar

5. Banana Bread Mix

Make A Banana Bread Mix Gift Jar

6. Winter Survival Kit

Winter Survival Kit Gift in a Jar

7. Christmas Shave

Cleans Up Well Pampering Jar For Men

8. Christmas is Going to the Dogs

Hand Baked Dog Biscuits In Storage Jar

9. BBQ rub

Pork Rub in a Jar Cincy Shopper

10. Terrarium in a jar

Terrarium in a Jar

There are so many more ideas, and I’m sure you could come up with your own pretty easily! Other ideas could be a drawing kit filled with colored pencils and other supplies, any type of baking mix, or even a housewarming jar filled with little essentials.

Have you ever given (or received) a mason jar gift? I’d love to hear all about it!

xo.

Holiday Cheer: Decor Inspirations

First things first: I love decorating for the holidays. It’s one of my favorite holiday activities, and I always feel so happy to see little decorations all over the house. It helps me get through the start of winter. I’m not decorating my house in Pittsburgh for the holidays, since I’m flying back home to Colorado in a couple of days (!!!), but I’m hoping to help decorate my parents house when I get back home.

I’ve been looking for lots of decor inspirations this season, and today I want to share some of my favorite ideas. Fair warning: I love non-traditional, modern, and quirky decor.

Holiday Decor Inspirations:

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Holiday Wreath - Christmas, Pine, Berries and Pinecones Wreath for your Front Door DecorFelt woodland creatureschristmas

toilet paper tubes into owlsgarland in doorframe

What decorations are you dreaming of this season? I’m so excited to put on some holiday music, bring out the fuzzy socks, and get some decorating done back home. Tis’ the season!

xo.

Great Gifts for Guys

Sorry for the big lapse in posts–I know I promised I’d do some holiday gift round-ups, and I am fulfilling that promise! It’s been pretty busy with Finals this week, and since my last exam is tomorrow, I am resuming my holiday gift guides.

The post today is all about the guys. I think men can be some of the hardest people to shop for, and I ultimately think you need to know the person to get them the best gift. For instance, some guys are really into Star Wars, while others might be sports fanatics, and others might be really into reading. You kind of have to know your audience to start thinking of some ideas. So this gift guide is definitely not all-inclusive, it’s just a sort of “jumping-off” point. It’s some of the things I would love to give to the men in my life (my brother and dad, don’t get too excited). So here goes!

Great Gifts for Guys

1. A fun mug — I might pair this with a little bag of quality coffee.

Star Wars mug

2. A mustache pillow — I love making gifts for people, and this is a less-girly version of a pillow that would make a great gift.

Handmade Moustache Holiday Pillow

3. A guitar pick punch — This would be a cool gift for the guitar player in your life. They’ll never worry about losing picks, if they can just make them with old credit cards or other plastics!

Pick Punch - The Original Guitar Pick Punch

4. A DIY laptop sleeve — I love this idea. An easy (and quick!) DIY gift.

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5. A tripod camping stool — I know my dad would love this for fishing. It’s lightweight and while I bet it would get uncomfortable after a while, it would be nice to have so you don’t have to sit on the ground.

Again, it’s a short list. I hope it gives you some ideas to make your list! If you have any suggestions on good gifts for gentlemen, I would love to hear them. I have the hardest time shopping for my brother and dad every year!

xo.

Gifting: 5 Amazing Sewing Gifts

If you’re anything like me, you think about gift ideas year round (for birthdays, holidays, etc.). Sometimes you just get this crazy good idea for a gift for a specific person, and it’s really fun to make it happen! My problem is that I get so excited, that I have a really hard time keeping the gift a secret–I just want to give it to the person so badly! As a kid, I remember talking to my dad and blurting out (accidentally, of course) what we’d gotten him at the store for Christmas. My mom was so mad! In the end, it all worked out–my dad pretended that I hadn’t ruined the secret, and my mom still reminds me every year not to tell. Even though I’m 22, I still get really excited and I have to be really conscious about what I’m saying around the holidays.

I’m starting this little mini-series called “Gifting” to round up some of my favorite ideas for giving gifts. I’ll try to do as many as I can before the holidays (no promises, this time of year is pretty busy with school!).

Today’s “Gifting” theme is gifts that you can sew for people. I personally love sewing Christmas gifts, and I’m sad that I won’t be able to do that for my friends this year since my sewing machine is a few states away. In the past, I’ve sewn some cute little drawstring bags for my friends, some pretty decorative pillows, and a paintbrush scroll, and I’ve loved creating a unique gift for each person. Here are some ideas I think would make great gifts this season (or anytime!):

1. Animal Tote Bag – this one is from ASOS, but would be easy to replicate with any animal you choose!

Lazy Cat Bag

2. These dog silhouette pillows would be fun to personalize, and they would make a really special gift!

Dog Sillouette Pillows

3. I made some reusable produce bags last year and absolutely love them, so I think they’d make great gifts. Plus, they’re easy to make a lot of them at once!

Reusable produce bags

4. These little cosmetic bags would make great gifts for your girlfriends (or pencil bags for anybody!).

DIY cosmetic bag

5. How adorable are these little bear bags? I think they’d make a fun gift for any age, but it would be fun to make them for kiddos that you know!

bear bags

Those are some of my favorite ideas for sewing gifts – I hope to share some more fun gift ideas soon! Are you making any DIY gifts for the holidays this year? I’d love to hear about them.

xo.