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Gift Guide Day 4: A Very “Mary” Christmas

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Today’s gift is a fun collaboration between Roots and Mary Maxim: the Mary Maxim Scarf Knit Kit.  Inside is everything you need to make your very own Roots infinity scarf (yarn, needles, pattern and instructions, as well as a cute cotton tote!).  What I love about this as a gift for someone, is that you’re giving them an experience, whether it’s learning something new, or doing something they already enjoy.  I also love that the outcome is a modern, trendy scarf, similar to those in Roots Cabin collection.  Pair it with a cute mug, some hot chocolate, and a scented candle, and you’re giving someone the perfect winter-night in.

Check out the first 3 days of the Gift Guide here:

Day 1 (+ Giveaway!)

Day 2

Day 3

Gift Guide Day 2: The Perfect (Pink) Coffee Table Book

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For me, books have always been fascinating.  They are read and enjoyed, perhaps one day past along to someone new, and come to have not only their own story to tell (the one between the pages), but also those of the lives it has touched along the way (deep, I know).  In fact, it fascinates me so much, that I have my own personal collection of old books with strangers’ signatures and well-wishes on the inside covers.  So much history and so much mystery: I love it.

So naturally, I’ve chosen to add a book to the gift guide this year, and it’s one that’s perfect for your girlfriends, mother, sister, and beyond (it’s also a perfect housewarming present!).  All in Good Taste from Kate Spade New York is a gorgeous pink hardcover book (yes, that wine stain is intentional!) that shares fun recipes, how-to’s, personal essays, and more.  Topics covered include: how to shuck an oyster, the proper way to set the table, how to write the perfect thank-you note to the party hostess, what to have on-hand for your at-home bar, and Instagram etiquette at dinner.  This book is fun to read, but is also a great conversation piece to have on your coffee table or bookshelf.  Just write a cute note on the inside, place a bow on the outside, and gift!

Missed Day 1 of the Gift Guide? Check it out here (and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!).

12 Days of Gift Ideas, Coming December 12th!

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It’s here: the most wonderful time of the year.  Which means its time to trim the tree, hang the stockings with care, and, of course, check out my annual gift guide!  This year, I’ll be bringing you a gift idea every day for 12 days.  Expect fun finds for friends, loved ones, teachers, and more, starting December 12th!

Personalize Chargers Using Duct Tape!

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I’ve shared my love of Duct Tape DIY’s previously, (Duct Tape Earrings), but this time I used my chevron and lime green tapes to personalize something that I already own: my phone charger! The benefits of this project are twofold: 1. it adds a personal (and fun) touch to something you probably use almost every day, and 2. wrapping tape around the base of the cord actually reinforces it and prevents (or stops) splitting.  All you’ll need is some duct tape, scissors, and you’re good to go.  One warning: it’s highly addictive!

DIY: Crayon Lipstick

DIY Crayon Lipstick

These cute crayon lipsticks take less than 10 minutes to make, can be sheer or opaque depending on your preference, and smell delicious!  With just a couple simple ingredients and kitchen items, they are simple, inexpensive, and a lot of fun to create.  They are also completely safe as crayons are non-toxic.  Let’s get started!

You’ll Need:

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Crayons (I chose Carnation Pink, Violet Red, and Violet, but have fun trying other colours too!)

Coconut Oil

A Small pot

A Small glass dish

1 Cup of Water

A small container with a lid (I purchased mine from the dollar store)

Step #1

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Place 1 cup of water in a small pot.  Place the small glass dish inside the pot to create a double-boiler.  This is necessary as the crayons will not melt properly in direct heat.  Turn the stove on low-medium, and add your desired amount of coconut oil (1/2 tsp for a sheer finish, slightly less for opaque).

Step #2:

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While the coconut oil is melting, cut a 1-inch piece of crayon and remove the paper.

Step #3:

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Once the coconut oil has fully melted, place the piece of crayon in the glass bowl.  You can use a toothpick or small spoon to stir as it melts.

Step #4:

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Once fully melted, carefully (it’s hot!) remove the glass jar and quickly pour the liquid into your small container.  Cool with the lid off, approximately 30 minutes.

Step #5:

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Repeat and experiment with new colours! A certain crayon too dark for you? Try adding a small piece of white crayon to lighten (or black crayon to darken).

What colours are you going to try?  Let me know, below!

“Think, Travel, Celebrate, Charm, Decorate, Dress, Live – Colorfully” ~Kate Spade

DIY: Duct Tape Flower Earrings

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You use duct tape for household repairs and school projects, and so I  know what you’re thinking: “there’s nothing glamorous about duct tape”.  But this fun craft proves otherwise.  In fact, there are a variety of adorable (and grown-up) duct tape crafts that you can find instructions for in books, or on the internet.  Everything from jewelry, to tote bags, to ipad covers, and more! This project is fun, simple, and took me less than half an hour to complete.  You can use these instructions to make earrings, like I did, or make a cute ring instead!  For inspiration, and to check out all the fun patterns and colours of duct tape available, visit the Duck brand website, here.

Materials:

Materials

-A self-repairing cutting mat

-A precision cutter (X-acto knife)

-Flat-post earrings

-Metal barrel earring backs

-Approximately 1 foot of decorative duct-tape (I used the leopard pattern)

Note : I purchased all materials from Michaels craft store

Step 1

Place approximately 1 foot of duct tape on the cutting mat (make sure you line the duct tape up with the measurement guide at the bottom).   Begin by cutting the duct tape in half length-wise, so that you have 2 long strips.  Then begin cutting into 1 inch squares.  You may also find it helpful to use a ruler for this part. Duct Tape

Step 2

Fold over one corner of each square (do not fold entirely in half; you want there to be excess around the edge of the triangle). Duct Tape 2

Step 3

Fold over another corner so that you have a point on the top, and a section of “sticky tape” along the bottom. These are your petals. For each earring, I used about 10-12 petals (around 20-24 in total). Duct Tape 3

Step 4

Begin by rolling one petal into a tube.  This will act as the base to start adding other petals. Duct Tape 4

Step 5

Continue adding petals until you reach your desired “fullness” for your flower. Duct Tape 5

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Step 6

Once all your petals have been added, you may want to use scissors and cut the base of your flower down (so that it’s easier to stick to your earring base).  Take an additional 1 inch square and poke the earring base through the center (with the stick of the earring poking out of the patterned side of the duct tape).  Wrap the sticky side of the duct tape around the base of the flower, lining up the earring with the centre.  (If you choose to make a ring instead, simply attach the flower to a plain ring, or make your own using rolled duct tape). Duct Tape 7

Step 7

Pair your earrings with a cute outfit, and get to making extras (for all the requests you’ll receive from friends)!

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“I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares” ~Saul Bass