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Does anyone want a Cameo as badly I me?

I fear not – for I’ve entered every contest as many times as I possibly can, like this one from Jen at Tatertots and Jello. Care to take your chances?

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15 ways to pretty up a package

I’m never Christmas-obsessed this early in the season, but now that it’s cooling down outside it’s all I can think about. Maybe it’s because I have a toddler who I know will actually be excited for Santa’s visit?

Since it’s not acceptable (to my husband) to start decorating for the holidays yet I am trying to satiate myself on Pinterest. I really want to spice up my gift-wrapping style this year so that’s been my search theme of the week. Want to see some of the goodies I’ve found?

First up: Dana @ Made has a great tutorial for felt monogram ornaments. These are great little gifts on their own, but picture one tied on top of a wrapped present. And it doubles as a name tag!

What about adding a sweet treat to your gift? These snowman candy bar wraps with little felt hats and scarves from Kerry @ Kerry’s Paper Crafts are super cute! It seems I’m going to have to make these for the bug’s daycare class as a ‘first snow’ treat since she crawled up on my lap and started yelling “oh-man” at the picture :o)

This great idea comes from Jordan @ Polka Dot Prints I’m a sucker for anything done with baker’s twine, and these little baubles are no exception. Make a bunch of these to coordinate with your wrapping and the recipient can enjoy them as ornaments for years to come.

I’m a big fan of edible gifts and so, it seems, is Andrea @ Playing with Paper. You can color coordinate or choose a favorite vintage candy, there are so many possibilites with this one! I’d love to receive a yum-filled ornament on top of a gift, wouldn’t you?

Tosha @ Stamp Talk with Tosh has an amazing tutorial for a gift bag topper. This is such a unique classy look, I love it!

I’m loving this 3D star wreath tutorial by the ladies over at Little Birdie Secrets. I’m also thinking that individual stars of different sizes would make cute gift toppers or tags, with later ornament potential. Or even a mini version of the wreath…ooh, might have to try that!

Burlap crafts are super popular right now, and this holly gift topper by Michelle @ A Little Tipsy is super cute. I like to see the classic holiday accents done in new ways.

This little topper from Camilla @ Family Chic couldn’t be easier or cheaper and is ridiculously festive. And the kids could easily get in on this action. You could even vary sizes with mini and jumbo cupcake liners.

Of course we have to have some upcycling representation. The result of this grocery bag pom pom tutorial from Grace @ Design Sponge is both festive and fluffy. And thinking about how many stores do seasonal bags, it would be way easy to get the holiday color palette going.

I adore a multi-purpose gift topper. This beautiful embellished clothespin from Ez @ Creature Comforts could be used for any number of things around the house. I think mine would end up a fridge magnet to hold all the bug’s artwork. OK, now I must make scores of them.

I love this idea so much I’m including two versions from Camberley @ Fancy House Road. I think felt is going to be my favorite crafting material of the season. Call me crazy, but these ideas might make cute headbands for the bug too…

The classic munchkin handprint ornament gets lightened up with Crayola Model Magic and fancied up with a pretty satin ribbon on Lindsey’s Little House Blog. I know some grandparents who would love to get these as holiday gift toppers, don’t you?

I love the modern simplicity of this paper pom pom topper from Ez and Marichelle @ Nice Package. Endless color and pattern combinations to fit any theme – oh the possibilities!

I love the combination of rolled flower and monograms used by Stephanie @ Under the Table and Dreaming. I’m all over the monograms-as-tags thing this year, You’ll see a lot of R’s under my tree this year.

Not only does Jessica @ How About Orange provide a killer paper snowflake tutorial, but she gave the world this little packaging gem. You simply cannot throw that hard work into the trash can after you open the gift.

I hope you feel as inspired as I do after snacking on all these awesome ideas. Even if I’m not allowed to decorate it’s not to early to start wrapping presents!!!

Pocket full of posies

This weekend I was feeling both culinary and craft inclined, a rare occasion. While my better half pulled kid duty I made a combination grocery-craft store run to arm myself for the day. I may have dawdled a little bit because having a moment to myself outside of going to work is an amazing thing. It’s sad when Wal-Mart feels like a vacation. Fast forward a couple hours, with quiche cooling, chocolate chip pumpkin bread baking, and beef stroganoff crockpotting (what? that’s totally a verb) I began my assault on this foam wreath.

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Yarn-wrapped wreaths are all over the place right now and I’ve been coveting each and every one. But there’s no reason to long for something when it’s ridiculously easy to make, and pretty darn cheap too. I spent less than $15 for all the supplies, including the new glue gun and glue sticks because a particular spouse of mine, who shall remain nameless, jacked my other glue gun for his classroom. And a particular friend of mine, who shall also remain nameless jacked my other other glue gun. This is why I buy the cheap mini glue guns. But, el cheapo still does a fabulous job of hot gluing the yarn on the back of the wreath at 2-3 inch intervals. It’s a bit tedious, but it only took about a half-hour to wrap a 12 inch wreath.

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Behold, a new sexy, yarny (it’s an adjective, I swear), smoky grey wreath. Gorgeous unto itself but it could use a little sauciness, don’t you think?

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There are lots of variations on hand made felt flowers, and they’re all pretty easy to make. I went with some more modern-looking rolled flowers for my creation. Easy-peasy. You start with a circle of felt, cut in a spiral towards the middle. Leave the little resulting circle in the middle intact, this will become the bottom of your flower. The bigger the circle the bigger the flower.

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Starting at the outside end, roll the felt up, adding dabs of hot glue as you go to hold it all together.

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When you get to the middle of the circle, fold the little circle of felt over to cover the bottom of the flower and secure with hot glue.

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Ain’t it cute? Wash-rinse-repeat for different sizes and different colors and glue them onto your wreath as you see fit.

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Here she is, in her final resting place on my living room wall next to the front door. I added a black satin ribbon, or you could hang with a nail, hook, industrial strength adhesive, whatever floats your boat.

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A little perspective on the location. Forgive the grainyness of this shot, my camera is afraid of the dark (eeee!). It was Halloween Eve, after all.

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