How to Wrap Gifts With Natural Items

December 19, 2014


Pinecones, berries and cypress are usually easy to find, and when clustered atop a wrapped present, they add the perfect touch of nature.

Christmas Gift Wrap Nature





Tools and Materials

Kraft paper, twine, hot-glue gun and seasonal natural elements.

Create Base

Pinecones are seasonally appropriate and are practically everywhere this time of year. If you’re unable to find any in your own backyard, head to the craft store for a faux version that’s as good as the real thing. Use hot glue to piece two pinecones together, and use this as a base on which to apply smaller elements.

Finishing Touch

Arrange additional seasonal elements to your heart’s desire. Once you’re happy with the cluster you’ve created, use hot glue to secure everything in place. While the glue sets, wrap your gift in kraft paper and tie with kitchen twine. Glue your garnish on top to finish.

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How To Save Christmas When Times Are Hard

December 10, 2014

How To Save Christmas When Times Are Hard

Christmas always adds lot of money pressures to most of us…but with this amazing post you’ll be able to have a wonderful time without blowing the budget!

  How To Save Christmas When Times Are Hard

Everything has been thought of from gifts to food, so you don’t have to worry when you should be enjoying time with your loved ones. Make it the Christmas you deserve!

The holiday season. For many, it’s a time for celebration, and for many more it’s time of expenses and digging into their savings account. Believe it or not, there’s a way to have a full Christmas season, filled with delicious foods and presents galore, without having to take out a second mortgage. Explore the various ways of saving money without skimping on the fun and joy of the holiday season.

Frugal Christmas Shopping

Reduce the amount of money you must spend on various Christmas items by avoiding marketing gimmicks and delving into the realm of true savings. The following five methods can be used to purchase all your essential items without breaking the bank.

Coupons, Coupons and More Coupons

Cutting coupons may seem like an archaic way to save money, but this is still the top way to save money on common Christmas items. However, don’t rely on your weekly newspaper for the best coupons. Seek out online coupon sites to find the most recent, and most valuable, coupons. The following resources continually update their database with the best deals:

Southern Savers – With over 10,000 coupons at any given moment, this is truly a treasure-trove of coupons for all things Christmas…and beyond!

Money Saving Mom – This coupon database offers coupons by category. Can’t find what you’re looking for? It’s searchable database makes finding the best coupon that much easier.

Hot Coupon World – With a community of over 330,000 members, this is one of the most comprehensive resources for coupons and coupon shopping techniques. Expand your bank account, along with your knowledge of couponing.

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Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath

November 24, 2014

Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath

Here is a beautiful wreath that we found on the internet that we think you will find fun and appealing. This will make a perfect addition to your home and other fall decorations around your house.

Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath

Have been really inspired by all the Ombre projects that are so popular right now, and I thought it would be fun to use that idea to make this Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath to share with you today!

ave been really inspired by all the Ombre projects that are so popular right now, and I thought it would be fun to use that idea to make this Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath to share with you today!

Begin by getting your strips ready for your rosettes. Tutorials for these are all over – but I thought I’d do another just for fun. (and so you don’t have to go hunt one down.)
I like to tear the strips for the rosettes – they have slightly frayed edges that way and it makes the rosettes all cute and scruffy looking.

The strips should be about 1 1/2″ wide and about 18″ish inches long.
Cut 24 – 1 1/2″ circles of felt for the bases.

For each rosette you’ll need one strip and one felt circle. Tie a knot close to one end of the fabric strip.

Hold the knot in your left hand and begin twisting the strip loosely with your right hand. Start to wrap the twisted strip around the knot.

Keep wrapping until your rosette is a little bigger than your felt circle.

Tuck the end under the rosette and hot glue it to the felt circle.

Now you have a cute little fabric rosette!

Make 23 more of these – 3 in each fabric color.
You should end up with only 5 – 15 glue gun burns by the time you’re done. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

Once the rosettes are made, start gluing them onto the wreath. You want them started off center on the right side.

Keep gluing the rosettes on, graduating to the darker colors as you go.

Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath

So cute right? :) Now we’re going to add the pennant.

For mine, I printed on fabric – which is super easy. You could also do the same thing with paper. You can just skip the next step.

Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of fabric and the same size piece of freezer paper. Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric.
Trim around all four sides so that they are straight and even. This will help the fabric go through the printer easily.

I printed out the word FALL – but you could do anything! If you like this – here is the PDF of the image to use.

Once you’re fabric has printed, cut out triangles around the letters for the pennants. Peel off the freezer paper.

Cut a long piece of twine and glue the pennant to the center by folding the top of the triangles around the twine.

Tie the twine to the wreath just over the top rosette on the right and a little above the last rosette on the left.

Now you have a super cute wreath for Fall!!

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Easy Fall Arrangement Step by Step

November 21, 2014

Easy Fall Arrangement Step by Step

Here is a cute arrangement for your Thanksgiving table and/or fall decorations. We think this will be a good addition to your home decor. Good for outdoors too! Enjoy.

Easy Fall Arrangement Step by Step




To make one from a large squash such as the ‘Hubbard,’ cut a hole near the top with a miniature saw and insert a glass jar in the neck to hold water for bittersweet or other branches.


You may also need to trim off some of the squash’s bottom to stand it upright; a bit of waxed paper underneath will protect your tabletop. For petite varieties such as the white ‘Baby Boo’ pumpkin, insert a small glass votive candleholder to hold water for cuttings of mum heads or other bulbs.

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Thanksgiving Pear Decorations

November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Pear Decorations

Here is a wonderful little treat for your thanksgiving holidays that will impress your guest and warm their tummies.

Thanksgiving Pear DecorationsWhen this time of year rolls around, I can’t help but think of the first time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner. I was 22 and my culinary hero/ superwoman (my mom) had just passed away two months before. All of our family friends wanted to be together as usual which made it over 25 people. Talk about being thrown into the deep end!

I remember in the weeks ahead of ‘the big day’, I would stay up late to study recipes, how-to guides and do mathematical equations to find the perfect turkey cooking time. It had to be good- I’m my mother’s daughter after all. In those moments, I wish I would have complained a little less about helping and paid a bit more attention on how she did things. She was amazing.

So as the day was upon me, I had most things under control but the only thing that stressed me out was the turkey; it’s the star of the show after all. I remember going to bed around 1am after putting the final touches on the set table and waking up before dawn at 5.30am to prep the turkey. Half asleep, I managed to haul it into the sink so I could get the stuff out of it. I had gloves, tongs and a flashlight for the task – it was like I was ready for a spelunking adventure. I managed to get the neck and other fun ‘bits’ out of the inside but was confused because I could have sworn that each turkey came with a bag of other fun goodies i.e. innards as well. I searched and searched but didn’t find them.  I thought they must have forgotten to put them in. So I rinsed the bird (those suckers are slippery and heavy) and dried it. Got my butter mixture up under the skin (being elbow deep in a turkey is not my idea of a good time) and got it into the oven.

The rest of the dishes turned out brilliantly but as the time approached to serve the bird, I was nervous – would it be cooked right, would it be too dry, etc. I got it onto its platter and it looked great from the outside so, I began to carve it – publicly. It wasn’t until I got up around the top of the bird, in the neck part to be exact, that I noticed something a little funny. Something that suspiciously looked like a bag. So yeah, that happened. Long story short, the turkey turned out amazing, especially for my first ever go at it and word to the wise – they don’t just ‘forget’ the bag of bits.

So with that said, I wanted to share a little easy and fun Thanksgiving DIY decoration to get us all into the season. All it takes are a few pears, some whole cloves and some clever wording.

Here are the materials – a few Fiorelli Pears. I like these particular pears because they have a bit of red in them and they are small. You could really use any type of pear or even an apple.

Thanksgiving Pear Decorations

After you decide on the message that you want (welcome, give thanks, happy thanksgiving), carefully mark out the letters on the pears. Take your cloves and push them in to the pears being sure to follow the marked out letter.

Word to the wise – don’t do these too far in advance. They only last for about 2 days before the bruising around the outside of the letters starts to shViola! Ready to go. You could do ones that say ‘welcome’ and place them on a table in the foyer. There is no end to these little guys’ versatility. I hope you enjoy making this fun and super easy Thanksgiving decoration.

much love! jess.


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