Tag: christmas gifts

Gilded Love 

Lifestyle September 10, 2015

We all have that super old something or other that we just can’t let go of.  This is mine! Just a mug.  Instead of staring at this blank slate day after day I wanted to amp it up a bit. Let me walk you through this super simple little update that brought some shine to my morning coffee.

Her’s my original beloved, Target “A” mug. Oh how I love Target.

A quick trip to Michael’s yielded this awesome paint pen, oil based and metallic. I only colored in the “A” but obviously some of you true artists can make your own designs.   Mine dried overnight but that’s purely because of laziness. I’m sure it was dry within an hour.

Then pop your newly fabulous mug on an oven safe tray and inside a cold oven, < this is key (keeps the mug from cracking). Then heat to 350 degrees and keep it in for 30 minutes. You can do this twice if you want-overachievers!

Now you have a gilded and shiny hand painted mug. How easy was that?!?  Think about it, affordable, personal Christmas gifts. A dream!

And here it is on the gilded pillow I made earlier this year.

It’s a wrap

DIY, Lifestyle December 15, 2014


Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday.  The twinkling lights, the vibrant colors, the smell of fireplaces and pine needles, oh it’s just magical.  So, this year I decided to make Christmas my b*&#h.  I started by purchasing all of my gifts way in advance, so I could save, and adding a signature wrap.  Believe me everyone will know I gave them a gift.  I guess that saves me money on gift tags…come on you know this is from me.


I used three different wrapping papers, an old world map, a dark wood grain inspired print, and, of course, glitter.  Glitter paper is a beast to work with, it’s everywhere and won’t stay stuck.  The tape just ends up covered in amazing amazing sparkles.


Instead of using ribbon I used jute twine, it just feels more rugged.  I’ve always liked pairing delicate elements with harsh accents, it creates an interesting juxtaposition that piques people’s interest.  Anyway, the sprigs of evergreen were a final touch.



There you go.  I hope everyone has an amazing Christmahanakwanzika.