Resolution Updates + See ya in 2015!

DIY Resolution Time CapsuleLast year I shared this DIY Resolution Time Capsule project and today is the moment of truth (please don’t judge). Here’s how I did:

1. Make More Smoothies; Well, I stuck to this… for the first part of the year. After that breakfast became a rushed meal. Old habits die hard,right?

2. Rebrand; check and check! If you missed this change by chance, here’s how I became a blogger (part one and two).

3. Send More Mail; I managed to send both Valentine’s Day and Christmas cards this year so I’d consider that a win!

4. Learn to Cook; Yeah, nope. Didn’t happen.  My baked chicken is getting better though, so that’s something.

5. Start a Business; Unfortunately my plans for my initial idea fell through. I did, however, open an Etsy store and sell at my first craft fair, so things are moving in the right direction.

I’d love to know, how did you do this year?

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On another note, I just wanted to let you know that this will be my last post for 2014. I’m going to take some time to travel, see family, and recharge the creative juices. I can’t even begin to express how amazing this year has been and it’s really thanks to you. I’m only able to do this full time because of you, so to that I say you are amazing!  I will still be active on Instagram and Pinterest so be sure to follow along if you aren’t already. And the Project Gallery is full of ideas if you plan on crafting over the holidays!

I’m so excited for what’s in store for 2015. See you there friends <3

xo
Rachel

Movie Inspired Crafts: Elf

If you couldn’t tell by this last month of posts, I love Christmas. One of my favorite holiday movies to watch is Elf, so naturally it seemed like the perfect selection for this month’s movie inspired craft series (see the other posts here)!

For your next movie night, make yourself some hot chocolate, get some marshmallows and poptarts for your spaghetti, and give these Elf inspired crafts a try while you watch!

Movie Inspired Crafts: Elf1. Medallion Snowflakes by One Dog Woof

Movie Inspired Crafts: Elf2. Snowball Float Recipe by Sugar & Cloth

Movie Inspired Crafts: Elf3. DIY Snow Globe by DIY Decor and Crafts

 

And if that wasn’t enough, then these 34 Elfs Quotes are sure to give you a sugar fix!

Bow Garland

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: ribbon (wired works best), twine, scissors, hot glue gun

DIY Bow Garland

There may only be 8 days left until Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop decorating! After browsing the #MadeWithMichaels hashtag on Instagram, I came across this holiday garland by Simple Bliss Blog that encouraged me to make one of my own.

Chances are that you’ll have left over ribbon from wrapping/receiving gifts, and before you toss it away, consider making this simple bow garland!

 

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow GarlandYou’ll need about 12 inches of ribbon to make each bow. I recommend playing around with length until you find the perfect size.

DIY Bow GarlandTo make your bow:

Make a loop and hold in place. Wrap the right side around your loop and then make a second loop. Slip the second loop under the ribbon wrapped around your left thumb and pull right. Make your adjustments and snip the ends.

Continue making bows the same way (and same size), until you have enough for your desired length. I made about 12 total.

DIY Bow GarlandApply a dab of hot glue on the back of your bow (in the center).

DIY Bow GarlandPush bow down on your twine until the glue is dry. Hang and enjoy!

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow GarlandBe sure to share your holiday projects with #MadeWithMichaels on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap IdeasSometimes how a present is wrapped can be just as exciting as what’s inside, don’t you think? If you’re looking to make the gifts you give this year really shine, you’ll want to check out these 16 DIY gift wrap ideas before running out to collect your supplies. Who knows, they may even prompt you to give a few extra gifts just so you can show off your wrapping skills!

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas1. Sharpie Bow by Dream Green DIY

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas2. Inspirational Wrapping Paper by Walk in Love

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas3. Stamped Wrapping Paper by Paper & Stitch

16 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas4. Photo Gift Tags by Mer Mag Continue reading…