Christmas Details + a Gifty DIY

We actually had a wonderful weekend out and about in the city, guess I was just a lazy instagramer, because I didn't capture any of it.  But Friday, we went and saw It's a Wonderful Life at the IFC Film Center.  Saturday, I was a gift wrapping maniac and then we went to a holiday party with all of our best friends and Sunday a little holiday brunch party.  Instead, here are some Christmasy details from around the apartment.   






Really proud of my cute little photo ribbon gift tags.



See the full DIY instructions after the jump.




What you need.
  • printed photos
  • Martha Stewart Circle Cutter (just bought this thing for this project and can tell it's going to get a lot of use)
  • cutting matt
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • 1 1/2" ribbon 
  • 5/8" ribbon 
  • glue gun
  • glue stick


1. cut the printed photos into circles, I did 2".

2. Cut slightly larger circles from the scrapbook paper, I did 2 1/2".  Use the glue stick to glue the photo in the center of scrapbook paper circle.

3. Cut circles from plain card stock or scrapbook paper, same size as the circles you cut in step 2.  These will be the back of the ribbon.

4. Cut "tails" from 1 1/2" ribbon, on a 45 degree angles, about 6" long.  Use a glue gun to glue the tails to card stock backing.  

5. Make a circle with glue gun and pleat the 1 1/2" in a circle as shown below.

6. Use glue gun to glue the photo/scrapbook paper circle to center of pleated ribbon wreath.

7. Cut "tails" from the 5/8" ribbon to layer on top of the "tails" you have already glued down.  I used a fine tip marker to write out the tag on the 5/8" wide ribbon.

8. Use glue gun to layer thin tail on top of the thicker tail.  Glue under the pleated ribbon and hurrah! You have a pretty ribbon gift tag!


* this project looks like it will tak a lot of ribbon, but actually I made 5 or 6 tags with one roll of wide ribbon.

It's Friday I'm in Love

With the neat, orderly, color-coded, perfectly-labeled, meticulously-organized crafty goodness.  

This is the incredible, envy-inducing, craft room of Martha Stewart Weddings Editorial Director, Darcy Miller, from the January issue of Martha Stewart Living.  

I've been brainstorming a new organization system for my crafting and sewing supplies, I'd say there's enough inspiration here to work from.





(Martha Stewart Living, January 2013) 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Round Side Table Round-up

My current end table is old, found-on-the-street-and-painted-white old.  You can see it here in the first photo (on the right) from when I first moved into my old apartment.  I do love the size and function of my current piece, but I would like something more open and modern since my skinny, railroad apartment doesn't really allow for furniture rearranging, I'm just ready to refresh (and upgrade).  Plus it will be a nice compliment to the new sofa we plan to order in the new year.  

I never pegged myself for a round girl, until I came across this pin and fell in love with table #9.  That one is a little pricey, I would consider a splurge, but I'm not even sure where to find it.  I think my favorite of this list is number 3, from Pier 1 of all places.  It's a nice size, the white ties back to my other end table and the glass still leves the space a little more open than it is now and the price is very wallet friendly.



1. Zara Home $249
2. West Elm $149
2. Pier 1 $110
3. Pangea
4. Dwell Studio $1500
5. Interior Trade $190
Target $118
7. Target $64
8. Nelson & Co $450