Friday, December 30, 2011

DIY 2012 calendar

So, 2011 is finally coming to an end...

and what's a better way to kick off 2012 than with your own calendar to help keep track of your success! Today, I have for you a super easy DIY desk calendar tutorial. I made one for myself last year and found it to be very useful. It helped keep me on track and organized-- I used it for everything-- to track bill due dates, doctor's appointments, etc. And I know it will definitely come in handy for all you business owners out there-- it can help keep track of your invoices-- the order dates, shipping dates, etc. Anyway, I hope you find it as helpful as I did. =)

Materials you will need:
-Microsoft publisher
-recycled cardboard-- cereal box or any type of box
-black cardstock paper

But Before we begin, I want to give a little shout out to Dawn of p1xie for featuring my DIY pompom tutorial on her blog. Be sure to drop by her blog to see how her pompom topper turned out.  =)

Okay, now we can begin.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

DIY- Gift Bag

Need a last minute gift wrapping idea?

Yes? Then you have come to the right place. Today, I have for you a super simple Eco-friendly DIY gift bag tutorial. I made this out of recycled brown paper. Oh, and in less than 10 minutes too. =) 

This tutorial makes a 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" 6 1/2" (L*W*H) bag.

What you'll need:
- Paper- recycled brown paper bag or wrapping paper
-Cardboard/cardstock-- I am using recycled cereal box
-Hole puncher
-Glue/Tape- I prefer double sided tape

Recommended materials for decoration:
-Tissue paper
-Gift Tag

But before I begin I'd like to say a little thank you to exCurlythoughts for listing my blog as one of the blogs she admires. It totally made my day. =) So, thank you!  

Okay, now we can get started...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

DIY wrapping

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Everywhere you go.. something something white with snow.... Okay, I don't know the rest of the lyrics.. >_<  Anyway, I'm so excited; Christmas is less than 2 weeks away.  If you haven't started your Christmas shopping then you better hop to it! And for all of those who have, it's time to start thinking about wrapping. So, I hope you found last week's tutorial helpful. I also hope you took my advice and saved some tissue paper cause today I have a super simple, but yet pretty wrapping tutorial that will fit the box we made here. May I add that it's very budget friendly- costs less than 30 cents to make.  =)

Here's what you'll need:
-Tissue paper-3 sheets. if you have some lying around- great! If not, don't worry, you can get them at the dollar store! 30 sheets for $1.
-Double sided tape

Okay, let's get started--

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Studio ♥- cozy knitting space

Happy Sunday!

I hope you found the DIY gift wrapping tutorial from Thursday helpful. If you missed it, you can find it here...

Anyway, it's Sundayyyy- which means it's studio time. Today, this big, but yet cozy studio space belongs to May of Ohmay. May owns and operations a small business out of her beautiful home office. Her space even has its own mailing station. How unique. May makes unique knit accessories- knit jewelry, scarves, gloves, hats, cuffs, and cases for small electronics. Example of her work can be seen on right- yup, that's it- that adorable knit case right over there. Very cute!

This is where most of her knitting takes place. OMG, look at how cozy it looks. I love the colors!

Click here to see more

Thursday, December 8, 2011

DIY gift wrapping

Who said Eco-Friendly has to be boring?  

Sure, a regular brown paper bag can look plain and simple, but just like everything else you can dress it up. Just add a splash of color and a dash of accessories and voila-- you have yourself a new look.

I made these for Christmas last year and they were a big hit. Everyone were oohing and ahhing over them.  So, I wanted to show you guys that Eco-Friendly does not have to mean boring. This pom pom tutorial is made especially to fit the box we made last week and I only used materials I had lying around the house.

What you will need:
- Tissue paper- I am recycling tissue paper that came with my bags and gifts from my shopping spree that I had a few days ago.  If you do not have any lying around you can grab some at the dollar store. 30 sheets for $1. Now that's a deal! 
-Thread and/or ribbon (ribbon was the only thing I had to buy)
-brown paper bag or newspaper, old maps, whatever you can find.
- single or double sided tape- I am using double

Okay, let's get started...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Oh, The Places You'll Go...

Remember, the beginning is always the hardest.

Today, I just want to remind anyone who is starting out on a new journey- whether it be graduating from college, getting a new job, or starting a business-- you will hit a bump in the road- that is guaranteed. But no matter how hard it gets, never give up!

Dr. Seuss- Oh, The Places You'll Go

With that said--- 'Oh, The Places You'll Go' is a must read!! It is written by none other than the famous Dr. Seuss. And no, it is not just a children book, it actually gives you a great life lesson. Very inspirational! This is probably the best present I've ever received for graduating college. Who knew that this book would hit the nail on the head- life isn't always easy or perfect, and we all will have to go through that 'waiting place', but just know that at the end everything will be okay...

Here's a little glimpse of what the book has to offer:

Dr. Seuss- Oh, The Places You'll Go

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places.
You’re off and away!

Until you hit...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Studio ♥ - Craft Fair Booth

Happy Sunday! 

Today for studio day I want to do something a little different. Instead of featuring a studio space I want to share with you guys this neat craft fair booth. This booth belongs to Cherie of Jimmypickles. I love it, it's so colorful!

What I like about this booth is the color scheme and organization. I bet you can spot this booth a mile away. Yes, it is colorful, but in a good subtle way. Cherie chose colors that work really well together- brown, pink, and white. People gravitate toward things that catches their eyes; this will definitely grab their attention- I know it would grab mine. ^_^

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Eco-Friendly DIY- Gift Boxes

Hold on now, that's not junk! Before you throw out that cereal box, why not recycle it into something useful? You can turn it into a gift box, storage box, book holder, desk organizer, picture frame, etc. the possibilities are endless.

I try to recycle whenever I can, so I was really excited when my friend showed me how to make a gift box out of a cereal box. We used this site as a guide, however, I had to change a few steps because my box would not close properly. Anyway, the box came out looking so cute that I wanted to share it with you guys. This is my version- you can see the original here. This is also my way of leaving my tiny green footprint. =)

Okay, let's get started!

You'll be needing:
-An empty Cereal Box
-Glue (make sure it is strong enough to hold the box together)

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