• High Tech Baby Gear Holiday Giveaway

    High Tech Holiday Giveaway | Club MomMe + Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve got a holiday gift for y’all – I’m co-hosting a giveaway with Club MomMe full of innovative and high tech goodies and services perfect for littles and families. Prizes include:

    • Britax Click Tight car seat
    • Always In View – car monitor and On The Go monitor
    • Kinsights – online pediatric medical record keeper ~ Amazon – $50 gift card
    • Babyhome – Lighted Railing
    • Born Free – Nighty Night Nursing Light
    • Kiinde – breast milk system
    • Intex – Sport Series Boat
    • Bundl – bundlKit (one for you and one for a friend!)
    • 4Moms – MamaRoo
    • Kushies – night light

    Head over to Club MomMe’s site for prize package details and restrictions and click the link below to enter. Good luck!

    12 Weeks of Holidays Week 11 ~ High Tech ~ With Oh Lovely Day

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    How To DIY Colorful Bottle Brush Trees

    How To Make Colorful Bottle Brush Trees | Dip Dye Trees | Oh Lovely Day

    You may be seeing these colorful little bottle brush trees all over Pinterest and Instagram this holiday season. They are even selling them at Anthropologie. But if you don’t want to spend the money on ones that are already made, I’m sharing how to DIY them yourself. And they are easy! Warning: these are way addicting and if you are making them for gifts you are going to want to keep them for yourself.

    How To Make Colorful Bottle Brush Trees | Dip Dye Trees | Oh Lovely Day

    What you’ll need:

    • Bleached bottle brush trees (make them here)
    • Rit dye (or pretty much any kind of dye you want to use) I used this one and this one.
    • a cup taller than your largest tree
    • rubber gloves
    • paper towels

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    How to make them:

    1. First, you need to make sure you have bleached your trees, per my tutorial here.
    2. Once your bleached trees are dry they are ready to dye.
    3. Mix your colors. I used half liquid Rit dye, 1/2 hot water in a plastic cup.
    4. Dip your tree. You can dip dye them half way for a color blocked effect or dye them all the way for a bit, then halfway for a bit longer for an ombré effect.
    5. After you’ve dyed it the way you like, rinse in cold water till water runs clear.
    6. Stand trees on paper towel to dry (I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels to dry mine so I could move them to another location easily if necessary)
    7. Let dry for a few hours or overnight.

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    Aren’t these just the happiest little trees? There are so many ways you can use them for holiday decor – I love just lining them up and displaying them on a shelf or mantle. And I’m sharing my two favorite ways to incorporate them into gifts in the coming days, so come back for more reasons to make these (as if you needed them!) And follow along on instagram for more DIY sneak peeks and Pinterest for lots of ideas on what to do with these guys.

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    How To: Bleach Bottle Brush Trees

    DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

    If you follow me on instagram, you’ve been seeing peeks into the fun I’ve been having with bottle brush trees over here. So I wanted to share some things I’ve been working on, because they make quick and easy gifts, are so fun, and are I know you will want to make these as much as I do. So first up in my bottle brush series is how to bleach bottle brush trees. It’s really super easy!

    What you’ll need:

    • bottle brush trees (available at most craft stores, but I bought these online – get a bunch, this is addicting)
    • bleach
    • a small tub or bucket
    • tongs (like ones you use in your kitchen)
    • a well-ventilated area (I did these by my kitchen sink near two open windows
    • rubber gloves and a mask if you’d like (I used neither)
    • paper towels on the ready

    DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

    How to bleach the trees:

    1. Remove all of your bottle brush trees from packaging.
    2. Mix about 1/2 bleach and 1/2 hot water in your tub.
    3. Immerse your trees (you can do one at a time, a few together, or all of them at once) into the bleach mixture. You’ll see some color come off immediately. Some of my trees turned white really quickly, and others took a few minutes.
    4. Once your tree is the shade of white you want (they are more of an antique, yellowed white than a bright white) remove them one at a time with your tongs and rinse under cold water.
    5. Stand them up on paper towels to dry (I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels and placed them on it so I could move it out of the way if necessary).

    DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

    If you want a minty green color tree like some of the ones above, take them out of the bleach before they turn white. I made some mint colored ones too, and used them to decorate Charlie’s teacher gifts this year.

    Ok, start bleaching those trees! Because next I have a DIY for dip dyeing them, and this is just the first step. Stay tuned. And follow along on instagram for more DIY sneek peeks and Pinterest for lots of ideas on what to do with these guys (I’ve got my favorite idea coming up tomorrow!)

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    Holiday Gift Wrapping DIY: 3 Ways

    Holiday Gift Wrap DIY | blue magpie for Oh Lovely Day

    It’s time to wrap those holiday gifts! Regardless of what’s inside, I think a beautifully wrapped package shows the thought and effort that you put into the gift. And the thought and effort are what really matter, don’t you think? So today, Jeaninne of blue magpie is sharing 3 ways to wrap, incorporating burlap, yarn, ribbons, lace, and gilded accents to make your holiday gifts extra special.

    MATERIALS NEEDED:

    • neutral wrapping paper (we used simple packing paper)
    • assorted ribbons and yarns also in neutral shades (we used linen, silk, grosgrain, satin, and lace ribbons all within the cream, taupe, and gray families)
    • burlap
    • twine
    • plastic yarn needle
    • various dried leaves, acorns, and twigs
    • liquid gilding (we used Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding in gold)
    • paint brush
    • double-sided tape

    DIY Holiday Gift wrap in neutral colors.

    1. LAYERED RIBBONS WITH GILDED ELEMENTS

    STEP ONE: Begin by painting your natural elements with the liquid gilding. This way, they will have time to dry while you complete the rest of your wrapping.

    DIY gift wrapping using gold gilding

    STEP TWO: Wrap your gifts using neutral wrapping paper.

    STEP THREE: Wrap bands of ribbon, yarn, or burlap around your gift, securing each band on the bottom of your gift either by tying (for yarn) or using double-sided tape. You can create the look of very wide bands of ribbon through layering. For instance, for this gift, we first wrapped 2 bands of linen ribbon (A), then 2 bands of gray grosgrain (B), then wrapped yarn around the middle (C). We topped this all off with a cream satin bow.

    gold gilded leaves holiday gift wrap DIY

    STEP FOUR: When your gilded elements are dry, weave them through your layers of ribbon to create lovely golden accents to your gifts!

    pretty holiday gift wrapping in neutral tones

    2. SATIN BRAID ON BURLAP

    This one’s a little challenging, but oh so worth it!

    Pretty DIY holiday gift wrapping ideas. Satin ribbon braid on burlap fabric.

    STEP ONE: Cut your burlap strip to the size needed to wrap around your present. Cut your length of satin ribbon to be roughly double the length of your burlap, then thread your ribbon through your yarn needle.

    STEP TWO: From the top right side of where your braid will begin, pull the ribbon from back to front (1). As you’re pulling the ribbon through, make sure to leave enough at the end to later wrap around the box. Pull the needle and ribbon diagonally down towards the center of the burlap (2), and pull through to the back. This “stitch” of ribbon should be snug but still poofy. Then, bring the needle up on the left side of the burlap strip, equal in height to your first stitch (3), then back down just to the right of the first center stitch so the center part of the stitches overlap (4).

    braiding satin through burlap for an elegant, rustic gift presentation.

    STEP THREE: Continue weaving and “braiding” until your braid is the desired length. When you are done braiding, both ends of the ribbon will be dangling along the back of the burlap. You’ll want to pull both ends of the ribbon back to the front so they can wrap around the present. (Note: you’ll have to take off your yarn needle and rethread the ribbon from the beginning of your braid to poke it back through to the front.)

    STEP FOUR: Tie your gilded ornament to one end using twine. The final braided ribbon should look something like this:

    DIY present wrapping with burlap.

    STEP FIVE: Secure the burlap and satin ribbon around your present using double-sided tape.

    gold gilded acorns, leaves and twigs for beautiful gift wrapping details.

    3. SCRAP RIBBON POM POM

    After that satin and burlap braid, this one’s a cinch!

    DIY burlap and ribbon pom pom, the perfect gift topper.

    STEP ONE: Cut all of your ribbon scraps to approximately the same length.

    STEP TWO: Layer all of the ribbon pieces on top of each other, fanning them out a bit so you can see every scrap.

    DIY burlap and ribbon pom pom, the perfect gift topper.

    STEP THREE: Wrap the twine around the center a few times and tie in a tight knot.

    STEP FOUR: Poof up your pom pom, and tie it around your present!

    DIY burlap and lace bow for holiday gift wrapping

    Holiday Gift Wrap DIY | blue magpie for Oh Lovely Day

    Don’t you love these rustic chic gifts!? And three different ways to mix them up too. Which is your favorite? Don’t forget that if you try one to instagram it and use the hashtag #ohlovelyDIY so I can see! Thanks again to blue magpie for these lovely tutorials.

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    Protecting Your Most Treasured Possessions

    Protecting your most valued possessions | Oh Lovely Day

    There’s something about this time of year that makes me think a lot about the things that matter most. Even though I’m well into my 30’s, I sometimes forget that I’m a bona-fide adult. I’m someone who needs to think about practical things and plan for the future. In the last 5 years I’ve become someone’s spouse and two little someones’ mother. And my most valuable possessions have definitely changed.

    No one wants to think about it, but big life changes also mean you need to plan, maybe even help prevent, bad things from happening. You insure your engagement ring – just in case. You write a will – just in case. If you live in Los Angeles, you prepare an earthquake kit (or at least put it on your to-do list every year intending to prepare one) – just in case. You also want to protect your most valuable possessions from things like theft, fire, and flood. Just in case.

    Protecting your most valued possessions | Oh Lovely Day

    My most valuable possessions are family memories and mementos. My wedding album and engagement ring (which I usually wear but had to take off for a while during my pregnancy). My son’s first pair of shoes or a lock of hair from his first haircut. Old family photos that were taken before digital and can’t be replaced. Love notes from my husband and homemade Mother’s Day cards. Family heirlooms, memories, mementos. Those are the things, aside from my family, that I would want to save in a fire or a flood. Because you can’t really save things in emergency situations - even the precious and irreplaceable stuff, and especially not when you have kids to save instead – it’s good to protect them ahead of time.

    Protecting your most valued possessions | Oh Lovely Day

    My family uses our SentrySafe Fire-Safe to protect those priceless things. We keep the safe in our home to store our family treasures and memories with our other valuables, as well as our important documents like birth certificates and passports. Now we don’t have to worry about a fire, flood, or burglars stealing our most precious and important things.

    We also use the SentrySafe Storage Container in our garage for storing things we don’t need easy access to, like Christmas ornaments, wills and old tax documents, and things we want to pass down to our kids someday. It’s the perfect thing for storing collectibles and heirlooms, especially in a garage or attic, because it protects them from fire, flood, and other environmental damage.

    I think these are a great thing to include on your registry or to give or receive as a Christmas gift. While it may not seem like the most romantic gift or the prettiest present, it will keep all of those romantic and pretty things safe forever. Just in case.

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    What are your most treasured possessions? What would you put in your safe?

    This post is sponsored by SentrySafe. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep this blog going.

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