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DIY Holiday Gift Bundle

The winner of the First Ever Vylette Giveaway is Katie!

I fear there will be a great deal of gift wrapping in my near future. I was actually ahead of things this year and I got my gift wrap, matching bows and tags as soon as the stores starting putting out the displays. I was so proud of myself, then I see this DIY by Honestly…WTF. My beautifully coordinated gifts will look great, but this takes things to a whole other level.


You’ll need:

  • a gift (mine was a Sweet Romeo sweater from Nordstrom Rack)
  • wrapping paper
  • scissors
  • adhesive dots
  • a gold medallion
  • twine or ribbon


Start by cutting the wrapping paper into 1″ wide strips. For a thicker sweater, I made my strips approximately 13″ long and used 60 total. Keep the strips in order as you cut them to keep the pattern intact.


Make a small mark about half an inch from the end of the strip and punch a hole through it. Use it as a guide to continue punching holes through the rest of the strips.


Place a paper medallion face down onto a working surface. This will be the base and where you will glue the other end of the strips to.


Overlap the individual strips of wrapping paper, fanning them out.


Take the sweater and roll it up tightly with a piece of twine. Place it in the center. Thread the ribbon through the front of the wrapping paper and out the backside.


Continue adding strips. You’ll notice a sphere is forming.


Before adding on the last strip, untie the twine from the sweater to loosen the sweater so that it fills the sphere. Add on the last strip and tie a double knot to the end of the twine.


Pull it through the top of the sphere and tie another double knot. Trim and add a bow.


Enjoy the gift of giving!


Images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF

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All I Want For Christmas…

Andy assured me that he has already taken care of my Christmas shopping, but just in case you were curious here are a few of the items on my Christmas list.

Favorite Things Final


1. Floral Camera StrapSheily Design, 2. Global Terrarium Kit Terrain, 3. Purple Crochet Classics Toms, 4. Tiny Dancer Star & Moon StudsCatbird, 5. Bacon Had a Mom ShirtHerbivore Clothing Company

I am a pretty easy person to shop for, I love pretty things, the end. (I’ve already decided that if the “bacon had a mom” shirt doesn’t make it under the tree it will be ordered immediately.)

What’s at the top your gift list?

* DON’T FORGET to enter the Vylette giveaway! Less than 24 hours until we pick the winner.

Awesomeness in Jars

I like gifts, and during Christmas time, I like gifts in jars. Apple butter in jars, cookie mix in jars, hot cocoa mix in jars, electric butterfly in a jar…you get the idea. Last week, I was on the phone with one my close friends and we were brainstorming about how she could make the majority of her holiday gifts this year jar based. We had a long conversation about materials, recipes, packaging, and then I got home and found this amazing DIY by Creature Comforts that not only provides some great jar-based gift ideas, it also has free printables. It was like the Christmas crafting gods were speaking to us!



I’ve been sitting on this DIY post for quite a while now, so I’m super excited to finally be able to share it with you all today. One of my favorite gift giving solutions: DIY Customized Gift Jars!

We all know someone (or more than one someone) who is tricky to buy for. Luckily, with just six simple steps and a few basic supplies, you can bust out these custom gifts that are sure to please just about anyone. I’ve created 4 different jar variations (with free templates): The DIY Treat / Food Jar, The Pampered Pet Jar, The Craft Supply Jar, and The Mini Spa Jar. You’ll find ideas below on what to fill each one with, but since the best gifts always reflect the tastes of the person receiving them, feel free get creative with the contents of your jars. Time to start checking people off your holiday gift list!


  • Printable templates
  • Glass jars with smooth sides | I found all of the ones used here at Target. If you’re not sure what size jar(s) to get, I recommend printing the templates to bring along with you to the store
  • Sakura 1.0mm Fine Point Pen-Touch Paint Pen | You can use white, gold, or silver ink varieties. Available in many craft stores
  • Removable tape / masking tape
  • Gift fillers | Store-bought or handmade


There are only six simple steps to this project, and the same basic steps are used for all four jar versions (easy-peasy):

  1. Print and cut out the desired word template
  2. Tape template inside jar using removable tape
  3. Use your paint pen to carefully trace the template on the outside of the glass
  4. Remove template from inside the jar and allow paint to dry (Sakura paint pens dry quickly)
  5. Add a second coat of paint pen over the original layer if desired (optional)
  6. Fill your jar with small gifts and give

Note: Once design has dried fully, jars can be washed by hand with warm soapy water if needed. Avoid scrubbing the design on the exterior of the jar.

DIY TREAT / FOOD JAR:diy-treat-jars

Download and use the FOOD JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Hard candies
  • Chocolates
  • Caramels
  • Candy canes
  • Cookies
  • Sweet bread
  • Savory snacks
  • Homemade goodies

DIY PAMPERED PET JAR:diy_pampered_pet_gift_jar

Download and use the PET JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Toys
  • Bones
  • Biscuits
  • Other treats

DIY CRAFT SUPPLY JAR:diy_craft-jar_gift

Download and use the CRAFT JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pom poms
  • Sequins
  • Clay
  • Googly eyes
  • Washi tape
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Other craft supplies

DIY MINI SPA JAR:diy_mini_spa_jar_gift

Download and use the MINI SPA JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Nail polish
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Hand / foot lotion
  • Bubble bath
  • Loofah
  • Lip Balm
  • Other pampering supplies suited to the gift recipient

All of this Jar DIY awesomeness, from photos to tutorials, is original content from Creature Comforts.

Near, Far, Wherever they are….

Not exactly the way Celine Dion does it, but you get the idea. Okay, quick side story- We were spending the weekend with my grandfather, I think I was in middle school at the time, and we had all sort of kicked back in the living room to watch TV after dinner. My grandfather was a HUGE remote nazi, but he was trying to find something we could all “enjoy”. So we ended up on this weird holiday music special with all these grammy nominated artists and Celine Dion happened to be doing her song. I can’t even tell you what she was singing or who the artist were, all I remember is my Grandfather listening to the first minute of the song and announcing  “we’ll that girl sings real nice, but someone needs to feed her something quick.” I still laugh every time I think about it. Okay, back to the real post.

I have a lot of holiday DIY’s that I want to share with you guys; and I am always a huge fan of making gifts when you can, but if your family is spread out like mine is, there isn’t an easy inexpensive way to ship your baked goods, homemade jams or carefully constructed crafts. Thank goodness for the internet.  Ez, the mastermind behind the blog Creature Comforts, is doing her 2012 gift guide, and every weekday for the next two weeks she will post a daily guide. Many of these gifts are produced by artisans and independent businesses and can be shipped most anywhere. It’s a great way to come up with something fun and quirky for the people you love, but won’t get to see this holiday season.


Retriever Retriever, Pumpkin Eater

And yes, I totally stole the title of this post from the original blog Simmer Till Done, it was just to good to pass up. I’ve been thinking of expanding my baking into pet friendly foods, with the holidays coming up I try make sure all of my fuzzy nieces and nephews have a little something special too. Something to help with the tummy troubles that are the result of pilfered snacks, “edible” decorations and over indulgent guest, seem like it might be just the thing. Blogger Marilyn came up with these little biscuits as a way to trick her four year old retriever Cleo into consuming the vet prescribed table spoon of pumpkin. She had a few shots of the patients pitiful reaction to her owner trying to “force” her to eat the vile gunk, this one was my favorite.

Pumpkin!? No! Please? I am adorable and you don’t really want me to eat that. Look, tummy, wanna forget this whole pumpkin mess and give me belly scratches instead?

Hey, whattucha got there? Is that food? For me?

Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, ask first – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

Please note: This is not professional medical advice. These biscuits are a healthy everyday treat, and useful for a dog with a sensitive stomach, or minor digestion issues. If your dog is showing any signs of serious distress, remove all food and contact your veterinarian immediately.

I personally agree with Cleo, pumpkin? Gross! But that just means more pie for the rest of you.


Images and recipe from here.