• 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.

    Protecting your most valued possessions | Oh Lovely Day

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

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    DIY Winter Floral Crown

    DIY Winter Floral Crown | MV Florals & Megan Welker | Oh Lovely DayIf you’re looking for a floral crown for holiday photos or just a little Christmas fun I have a pretty DIY for you. I also love this for a winter bride!

    DIY Winter Floral Crown | MV Florals & Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Supplies Needed

    • Wire Cutters
    • Floral Tape
    • Prunners
    • Assorted floral blooms and greens in season
    • Wire

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    Instructions:

    Step 1: Measure your head with the wire and wrap the excess wire around the measurement you made.

    Step 2: Cut your blooms and greenery with a small amount of stem showing- enough to wrap tape around it. It’s ok to leave your stems a bit longer because it will make it easier to tape onto the wire and you can cut the excess stem as you place each flower onto the wire.

    Step 3: After you place the flower bloom on the wire, wrap the tape around the stem and wire, pulling on the tape so it stretches and sticks.

    Step 4: Take a piece of greenery and place over the green tape, just under the first bloom you just taped. Tape this greenery the same as you just did the first bloom. For best results, alternate taping a bloom then greenery as you continue taping.

    Step 5: Continue this pattern until you’ve completed your length of wire.

    DIY Winter Floral Crown | MV Florals & Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Aren’t these stunning for a winter bride? They would also be lovely to take as a hostess gift to your Christmas family dinner or holiday parties. Thanks again to MV Florals & Megan Welker for the lovely tutorial and photos.

    Just like with any other DIYs or craftiness, I would love to see your creations. So if you make one, instagram it with the hashtag #ohlovelyDIY so I can see all of your fabulous masterpieces!

    {Credits} Florals: MV Florals / Photos: Megan Welker Photography

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    Holiday Gift Guide for Ladies 2014

    Holiday gift guide for ladies 2014 | Oh Lovely Day

    Next up in the gift guide series is one for the ladies, otherwise known as “stuff I have already and love, or really really want myself.” I tried to include a little something for everyone – some of these would work just as well for your wife, sister, bestie, favorite hostess, teen daughter, or even a kid’s teacher. And there are even more at the bottom of the post that you can shop directly as well!

    1. Personal Bar Necklace from Made By Mary With Love. Bar necklaces seem to be everywhere lately, and for good reason. But what I love about these bar necklaces is that the bars are vertical, so you can have multiple bars with names on them (I have one with both my boys’ names). You can personalize it however and with whomever you like!

    2. A Mrs. Box. Have you seen these vintage ring boxes from Lady Grey? I would love to have one to store my engagement ring in when I’m not wearing it (like right now because I still can’t wear both it and my wedding band due to my postpartum swelling/extra weight). You could gift it with a ring inside (only if you are already engaged or married or your significant other isn’t expecting a proposal, because otherwise if you give a ring box the receiver instantly thinks “I’m getting engaged!” and that’s a real bummer if you aren’t) or empty if your special someone already has a special ring.

    3. Drinkware with personality. I feel like I am in a constant state of needing to be caffeinated. This tumbler and coffee cup would help me do it in style and keep my coca cola cold and my coffee hot.

    4. Ryan Gosling socks (or a tee or leggings) from Clashist. I have these and love them, and my husband loves to hide them from me. They are cozy and cute, and when I look up from my laptop at my Gosling covered feet, they make me smile. Perfect stocking stuffer for the Gosling lover in your life (you know you have one!)

    5. Key Ingredient Recipe Tablet. This tablet does everything an ordinary tablet does, plus it has access to over 2 million recipes and will read them out loud to you so you don’t have to stop to read the next step in your cooking process. Plus you can take photos of your favorite recipes to save them and it is spill and heat proof so you can’t damage it while you cook.

    6. Personalized photobook from Pinhole Press. Make the lady in your life a photo book. Whether it is from your wedding, a special vacation, full of family photos, etc. any lady in your life will love it. Cause we girls love that shit. Just taking the time to make it will earn super mega bonus points.

    7. ‘Girls’ tee from Passive Juice Motel. I love the combination of the ‘Girls’ and Jay-Z reference in this tee. They also have great tees for the Harry Potter, rap, and literature lover in your life.

    8. This Round’s On Me Wine Tote. This one is so fun for a hostess gift or bestie – just throw in a bottle of their favorite wine or champagne!

    9. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Who doesn’t love Amy Poehler? No one, that’s who. This is pretty much all I’m asking Santa for this year. And I’m pretty sure it’s on every other 30-something gal’s wishlist too.

    10. Bluetooth confetti speaker. I’m one of those people who would be happy with a speaker to play tunes in every room of my house. This one would fit my living room, bedroom, or home office perfectly. Give it with an iTunes gift card or download a new playlist to your sweetie’s phone.

    11. Macro Exfoliator. This is my secret to great skin. I think every person (not just women) should own one. It takes 5 minutes once a week to get rid of millions of dead skin cells, which leaves you with fewer lines and wrinkles, less blemishes and scars, and glowing and more youthful looking skin. I got lazy while I was pregnant and only recently started using it again and it has made SUCH a huge difference in weeks. For an extra awesome gift, add this skin regimen and/or this eye cream (or get it all in one bundle and save money plus get a free eye cream) and thank me later!

    12. A Birdling weekender bag. These weekender bags are my favorite – I’ve had one just waiting for a getaway so I can use it! Gift just the bag, or the bag plus a weekend away or fun vacation for the best gift ever.

    I’ve rounded up 25 more of my favorite gift options below too. What are you hoping Santa will bring you this year?

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    Holiday Gift Guide for Littles 2014

    Holiday gift guide for littles | Oh Lovely Day

    I’m kicking of a small series of gift guides today (a little later than I hoped because my kids have decided to not let me get any work done, like ever) and since ideas for gifts for littles is always the most requested, I’m starting with that. These are aimed at ages 0-5, but some work for slightly older kids too! I also love that every gift is gender neutral, so it will work for both boys or girls and can be passed easily to other siblings down the road since they work for both genders.

    If your kid is anything like Charlie, he or she is very specific as to what they want. Mine wants “a kitchen, all the stuff that belongs in a kitchen like mac n cheese and drinks and hotdogs, and a trumpet, because I just like trumpets.” But in case you need ideas, here are some of my favorites.  Read More »

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    •  Wrapping presents this morning while my boys are out Christmas shopping. We try not to overdue it for Christmas, especially because the boys have August and November birthdays. Aside from what Santa brings (and he only brings the couple things the kids ask for, which this year is a kitchen and a toy trumpet for Charlie) we try hard to stick to the motto: something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read. How cute are those matching pjs and fox friends? (Sources tagged). This has been the most fun Christmas yet to shop for because Charlie is really excited and Calvin has joined the family ❤️
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