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DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

As much as I adore the holidays, I’m pretty lazy about putting up my own decorations. I’m down to watch Christmas movies any day of the month, and I’ve definitely already played Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” more than a few times (…starting in July), but there’s something about decking the halls that I can take or leave because it calls for actual effort.

In an attempt to be a bit more festive and a little less Grinch-y, I decided to put together some decorations that require very little work, but still end up looking stylish. What’s even more fun about these decorations is a bunch of the items I used were FREE. The hangers featured in one of the wreaths came from a local laundromat that was super willing to donate a few when I explained they were for a DIY, and the pine branches were spare clippings from a nearby Christmas tree shop! Y’all, my heart felt so full after receiving DIY donations, I can’t even write it out, but I’m gonna chalk it up to holiday spirit.

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I know, I know, you’re probably just here looking for Paris pictures. Don’t worry, they’ll be up soon! Listen though: I also know some of you definitely haven’t started your gift shopping yet (waiting for day after Christmas sales anyone??), and I also know some of you aren’t as lucky as me to be that annoying family member who might bring something from another country as a Christmas present this year, so I figured why not share some of my gift picks with you?!? You can find the three other guides that I’ve put together over here, including mom, dad, and that special guy in your life.

I decided to share the two gift guides for the free spirit as well as the traveler first because I’m pretty sure those are the trickiest people in the friend group to buy for (aside from dudes)!  I think they’re also the most fun though, am I right?

 

GIFT GUIDE FOR: THE FREE SPIRIT

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We all have that one friend (seriously, you know the one) who goes against the grain a bit, and I felt it was appropriate to make a whole guide just for her, because we totally celebrate that friend! I’ve been eyeing up a salt lamp of my own and I just had to include it in this guide, because I feel like that free spirited friend always has at least one in their room, am I right? And if not, you should probably gift it to them.

1. Everything’s Falling into Phase Yoga Mat
2. Tropic of Cancer book
3. It’s Sedimentary, My Dear Necklace
4. Still Circle Tapestry
5. Aura Smudge Spray
6. Salt Trade Bath Infusion Tea
7. Good Vibes Only, Zen As Fuck Candle
8. Himalayan Salt Lamp

 

GIFT GUIDE FOR: THE TRAVELER

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This friend is probably always on the move, and you have to catch them when you can because you’re not sure the next time they’ll be in town (but when they are, I’m sure they’re a blast)!  I put this guide together with moving parts in mind, and things of necessity as well as fun things they can take with them (or things that will remind them of their travels when they’re home~). I’ve seen that book What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding being mentioned all over the travel facebook groups, so it was obviously a must-include that I’ll likely purchase myself when I get home, hehe.

1. All-in-One Travel Adapter with USB
2. There’s a Map for That Necklace
3. Passport Journal
4. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
5. The Adventure Begins Mug
6. Maps Desk Calendar
7. Polaroid Instant Snap Digital Camera
8. World Scratch Map
9. Mophie Portable Charger

Are there gift guides you’d like for me to put together?
For who?! Let me know below!

diy holiday card

diy holiday card

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Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m super stoked for us to finally be in the home stretch Christmas season. I’m one of those people that listens to holiday music in the middle of the May because it’s just so dang upbeat, but now it’s finally socially acceptable to advertise it, hehe!

My favorite thing about the holidays is making DIY presents and decor, so I decided to share a crafty way to make DIY holiday cards with you. My first experience with linocuts was in college, but if you’ve ever carved a stamp out of a potato as a child (don’t act like you never did), you’ll get the gist.

So what exactly is linocutting?

Linocut printing a type of relief printing, similar to woodcutting, that involves chiseling or carving a design into a linoleum surface. The parts carved away stay blank, leaving the raised parts to print a reverse image once inked (like a stamp). The cut linoleum can be used repeatedly to make hundreds of prints! View Post