There are two kinds of people in the world: wrapping paper rippers, and wrapping paper openers. Some relish in the frenzied tearing of paper to see what’s inside — but not me, I’m in the latter group. I carefully pick apart the seams of the present, because to me  the wrapping is one of the best parts of the gift. I’ll fold up pieces of the paper to reuse or save if I like the pattern,  cards get tacked up on my bulletin board or fridge, and I’m the one picking up ribbons and bows at the end of the party and rolling them up in my pocket. This why I’m drawn to the chalkboard tags on Kate’s Papergoods (having an awesome name doesn’t hurt either). I love the idea of re-purposing these on different gifts, using them at parties to note seating arrangements, or writing little messages on them for fun. How special would you feel if one was on the gift you were opening?

All images via Kate’s Papergoods

Don’t you love it when you have one of those AHA! moments for a DIY project? I have been majorly crushing on the Kate Spade Bixby clutch, and crossing my fingers for a miracle sale so I can make it mine. But it turns out, I may have found a way to actually make it mine. I found a similar style clutch at Nordstrom’s that is just begging for a little hot glue, paint, and a few wooden beads, don’t you think?

Bixby clutch via Kate Spade, Adele Leather Clutch by Melie Bianco via Nordstrom

Before I head out for the weekend I thought I’d share a little craft I pulled together for the Bachelorette party I’m attending. I bought some clear button holders at the craft store, and picked up blingy engagement ring stickers from the scrapbooking section. I made a template for the buttons and cut out each piece of paper and added an “O” sticker. I hope the bride-to-be likes them; I will certainly be wearing one tonight as I order drinks!

PS: You can download the template here!

Inspired by this necklace, I was amazed to find a giant safety-pin and large crystals at the craft store to recreate the look. A pair of pliers and a few jump rings and it was assembled in under 10 minutes! You can find similar safety-pins here.

I finally finished upholstering the arm-chair in my living room, and I really mean “finally” — I started this project in the Fall and got frustrated with it and came up with an excuse to not work on it every weekend after that. But now that it’s done I’m so happy with the final look!

Here’s what the chair looked like before, I pulled back the sun-faded navy fabric and found crazy psychedelic flowers underneath:

And here’s another look at what it looks like after some blood sweat and tears:

 

Now that all of my Valentine’s day party invites have gone out in the mail I can share pictures of them. I drew out the image and scanned it into my computer to edit it. Then I printed them out and affixed them to super cute polka-dot notecards from Paper Source.  Can’t wait to sip cocktails  and inhale cupcakes with my girlfriends this weekend!

Ready for the most simple Valentine’s Day craft ever? I picked up some foam heart stickers at the craft store this weekend, and stuck two together with a toothpick in between to make cupcake toppers. It took me about 10 minutes to assemble them all, way less time than it will take to bake cupcakes!

Quebec City is the pinnacle of Christmas decorations, they go all out with garland and lights and ornaments. I snapped lots of pictures of the holiday trimmings, but the ones that really caught my eye were actually made out of recycled bubble wrap. They looked so pretty that I didn’t realize they were made of recycled materials until I got up close. I thought it was fitting for a holiday that causes so much excess trash!