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trader joe’s bag: part 1

well, this all started off as a bit of a joke… but as time went on, i thought this was actually a pretty fun idea! i’m starting a “mini-series” (if you will) on the things you can do with a trader joe’s bag. after all, it says right on the bag: “reusable and recyclable”. these great, sturdy bags have come in handy for numerous things lately. and i thought i should share with you!

the first DIY: a christmas card! the bags have been re-designed for the winter season and i love all the doodles and pictures on them. since i love paper and hand-making things, i thought- instead of buying a bunch of christmas paper for cards, i’m going to buy one set of christmas diecut embellishments, use the bags, and some other paper/embellishments i have sitting around. so today i present to you… my trader joes christmas cards :)

this look familiar??

here’s the side of the bag!


and the final product…

well, what do you think? not too shabby, huh? the back side of the cards still have some of the trader joe’s logo and stuff on them. but that just lets people know that they are truly handmade and recycled :) these cards are pretty quick and easy to make. so if you don’t have a lot of time or maybe you need to deliver a “belated” christmas card- try one of these! they would be great with a plate of homemade cookies or tied on top of a little gift box…

one last look…


christmas is in three days! holy smokes!!! i’ve got a few gifts to wrap… oh, and a christmas tree to get! my family’s house doesn’t quite match the christmas spirit of the house my roommates and i live in :) my family has come up with this tradition in which my sister and i get a tree a few days before christmas. last year we got a “charlie brown tree” and are hoping to do the same this year. our motto- go ugly or go home. so we’ll see what we can find and muster up before christmas morning. i’ll keep you posted!

well, this is probably it before the big day- so MERRY CHRISTMAS!! may love, peace, and joy be with you and your family this season…


*next post: my first sewing lesson :)


Wrapping and Sewing!

ahhh, i continue soaking up all the goodness of this lovely Christmas season. my roommates and i are having a little gift exchange on sunday and we’re all so giddy about our time together. our Christmas tree has been a hit! all our visitors love it, and i must admit- walking down the stairs every morning to the glorious smell of the tree is just so wonderful.

speaking of gifts, i have always loved the wrapping part. i remember one year i wrapped ALL the presents for my family. maybe that’s where my love for paper began… but Christmas is just another opportunity to get creative with packaging. i have not wrapped a single thing yet this year, so i have nothing of my own to show. but here are a few images with amazing ideas:

via birch and bird

via cakies, check out that happytape!

you HAVE to check out the post on design sponge! they have a great section on wrapping…


well, today i also wanted to share my exciting news- my latest crafting tool… a sewing machine!! :) :)

it was shipped to my parents house in northern california, so i haven’t had the chance to use it yet. but i am so anxious to get home and get sewing (and see my family, of course)! i have been brainstorming all of the things that i’d like to sew! here’s a few ideas:

via bedbuggs

via sewingwithme3

via shopdirtsa

via dottieangel

and i’d like to make curtains, stitch on paper, make seat cushions- oh the possibilities are endless!! i am just so excited! i don’t know how to sew, so i have A LOT to learn! any of you sewing pro’s- i’m open to any and all advice. my grandma and my aunt are both very talented, so i hope to learn from both of them. i also am looking forward to browsing around barnes and noble for an instructional book. i will keep you posted as the projects come along… it might be a rough start, but i’m looking forward to a new crafting challenge :)

8 days until Christmas!

*next up- creative, last minute, DIY christmas cards!

christmas time is here!!!

i can’t believe that Christmas is 12 days away! WOW! i think this 85 degree weather is making it a little difficult to believe that it’s December… but i won’t be fooled, the joyous season has arrived!

i wanted to update you on our little house decorations :) i am so proud and honored to live with such creative women. our decorations were a collaboration of all our minds together and everything turned out beautifully! each one of us had a vision to do something and all of it combined together just makes our house that much more wonderful. we started out with a fun-filled “Christmas Day”, as we called it. we ran to errands to make sure we had all the necessary items to make our home feel like Christmas. this included purchasing a tree- just the four of us girls :) it was comical and overwhelming and amazing.

then, the decorating fun began!

our tree turned out so lovely. we wrapped it with lights, raffia, and wooden garland beads. we decorated with lots of ornaments we’ve collected over the past few months. one of my roommates created the most adorable ornaments with some chalkboard paint. and we had these little pearl things (i really don’t know how else to describe them!) that were part of a floral arrangement we received last year, so we placed those sporadically on the tree- i have to admit, it’s one of my favorite parts. our tree somehow got the name Piper and we all talk about how great he smells and how happy he makes our home.


okay, on to a couple crafts… i finally got a hold of some baker’s twine. and i love it! i wanted to make a banner similar to the one i made for thanksgiving. i had some extravagant plans for this banner with gold stamps and embossing- but in the CRAZINESS of the end of the semester i only managed to find a little time for this simple one. doesn’t mean i can’t spice it up later though!

i also was able to grab these cut off tree stumps when we got our tree. i’m still trying to figure out exactly what i want to do with them, but i think they look so neat!

i came up with this for now. they’re almost like little coasters :) and gotta love those mason jars! not 100% sure how i feel about the doilies and twine… i think i like them, but i’m wondering what they would look like with a few of the christmas tree stems or maybe some holly leaves? it’s safe to say i’m definitely still playing around with them :)

well, i am exhausted… these past few weeks have been so long and so busy. i will do my best to post again in the next week, my projects and ideas for the season aren’t quite finished. especially because there are still presents to wrap!! but for now, enjoy a peppermint mocha, Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas cd, and some dancing Christmas lights! it’s a beautiful season :)


*next post… my latest crafting tool. or machine, rather :) stay tuned!

pics from my phone

welcome to the new layout, if you haven’t seen it yet! wordpress informed me that they were retiring the former layout (or something like that), which i was pretty bummed about. but i got the chance to change things up a bit, which can be exciting :)

i don’t have anything wild or crazy to post today. i just thought i’d share some pictures that i recently uploaded from my phone. i have been having some issues getting my pictures from my phone to my computer, but for some reason- today, it worked. some of the pictures are a bit old, but i hope you enjoy them!

still in love with ranunculus from the flower market… soon they will be in season again!

i had a fun time at the pumpkin patch with lovely friends. i won’t lie, i’m a bit sad that fall is ending and winter is nearing. don’t get me wrong, i can’t wait for Christmas… but i just wish the fall season would last a little longer!

our delicious pie from last Thanksgiving! excited to see (and eat) what’s in store for this year!

“it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” these are the gifts i gave to my family last year. i think i could spend more money on wrapping decor than gifts :) is that terrible??

and my dad bought the movie White Christmas to get us into the holiday spirit! i’m looking forward to family time watching it… but can it really already be here?!

last but not least, it’s always great to come home :)

there you have it! some oldies, but very good-ies! this is kind of a fun post :) might have to do more of these…

i hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. i am thankful for so much in this season of life: my beautiful family, roommates to journey with, studying a field that i’m passionate about, opportunities to create, this humble little blog that i adore, and a God who is absolutely faithful through the big and small.

[what are you thankful for this year?]

ps- i have had a few people ask about Christmas decorations and what i will blog for the holiday season :) i love it!! i am brainstorming some things now, and i can’t wait to share them with you all!