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Ok, so I may have procrastinated on the baking front this year, I have TODAY to finish up baking and candy making for husbands holiday gifts for the office.  Yes, thats right, 25 boxes filled with cookies and candy.  Not only that, but I still have gift tags to finish and a dog that wants some serious play time.  If your like me and have a list that is just way to long for you to be really reading this, don’t fret.  I have a few tutorials and blogs to point you to for some last minute wrapping ideas.  Have a great DIY idea you would like to add for this season?  Let me know, and I will add it!

First up, the DIY stamp and stencil gift bags over at Every Last Detail.  Lauren used rubber stamps and stencils to create a cute and easy kraft goodie bag.  Such an easy idea, it left me with a “why didn’t I think of that” moment.  Plus, aside from the bags, most of us have some kind of stamp to jazz up anything.  Not so crafty and don’t have a million stamps and ink on hand?  Make your own stencil using a harder cardstock (a flat unfolded manilla folder will do the trick!) and an x-acto knife.

If you have a little more time on hand and are in need of sprucing up the boxes, do stop by How About Orange and check out how to make a gift bow from magazines.  I stumbled upon this gem months ago and knew it was a must save idea.  With step by step instructions and photos, this one is super easy to follow and Im sure once you get the hang of it, you can get quite fast.  Jessica is one crafty gal!

Taking the Que from How about Orange, Kathleen from Twig & Thistle tried out her own bow making using felt.  The result, just lovely.  I might have to try this one out!  And hey, why not start a fashion trend with the bow right?  Very cute idea, maybe I will make one for little Uli to wear around her collar!

Looking for a last minute gift idea?  Not only does Melissa from IS*LY has some amazing craft ideas that are not only easy, she even has free downloads!!  How adorable is this candy box? Simply download, print, assemble and viola, a super simple gift box.  Its perfect for little gifts that would get lost in bags and boxes too!

Another great packaging idea from Melissa are these ridiculously cute envelopes and pouches.  Perfect for gift cards, small objects like jewelry and candy.  With a full tutorial, this one is for the more serious crafters as it calls for a sewing machine, but don’t let that stop you!  Get creative!!

Fellow twitter’er @stacystyle sent over a link to her glittered gifts and what fun.  She used kraft paper, felt and glitter to spruce up her boxes, giving it the made with love look… my personal favorite.  I am so happy to see everyone getting all crafty!  Check out her blog, Stacy Style for more inspiration.

And in case you missed it last week over on Decor8 and A Creative Mint, Leslie created an assortment of holiday creations that left me wanting to do nothing but craft for days.  Incredibly beautiful, she not only has an eye for color, (she’s the brain behind Decor8’s Color me Pretty feature) Leslie creates amazing photographs that will inspire your brains out!

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So now that Halloween is just days away, its crunch time for costumes, and if your short on funds or just can’t stand to wear that old costume one more time, why not try out one of these amazing paper masks.  Found on The Cool Hunter, these are just too, well, cool.  They are still taking any additional ideas, so if you got em’ send em!  If only I had a place to go, I would totally rock one of these… my favorite, this green thing below!  What are you guys going to be dressed as this year??

paper halloween masks

paper halloween masks

paper halloween masks

paper halloween masks

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I just love Parasol, if you haven’t checked it out, boy are you missing out!  Add in some crafting ideas, interviews and lovely photos and I am all kinds of happy.  Even on this dark and dreary Monday morning!  Last month, I told you about the first ever Parasol Craft, which I purchased for a whopping 2.50 (what else can you spend that little on and come out with tons of great findings?) and just loved.  This month, a whole new Craft, issue 2 is up  for your viewing pleasure.  So what kinds of things can you find?  Aside from some amazingly candid interviews, a few adorable downloads and even 2 giveaways, this issue is filled with so many inspiring artists and ideas!  So  what are you waiting for, go check it out already!

(photos via a print a day)

Parasol Craft 2

Parasol Craft 2

Parasol Craft 2

Parasol Craft 2

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How clever

Ok all you DIYers out there.  I stumbled upon such a cute idea to spruce up a ceiling, I just couldn’t hold it in.  Parents to be Lorena and David came up with quite a clever way to add some detail to the ceiling all while keeping it functional too!  When you think of decorating for a baby, it is so easy to fall into the common decor.  I just love to see these two not only took the time and thought about how their son would interact with the room (all newborns can do is look up!) and came up with such a creative way to bring something different in the mix.  Made from some pretty amazing fabrics and hand screen-printed by the proud Poppa.

And who says this can only stick to a nursery?  Throw in some modern colors, fabrics and artwork and you’ve got yourself a pretty impressive ceiling installment.  If only I could drill into my ceiling, darn that ceiling heater!

(via you are my fav)

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I just love downloads, and Yasmine Surovec, the brains behind Parasol magazine and A Print A Day has just introduced the very first Parasol Craft issue for your viewing pleasure!  For $2.50 you can download 111 pages filled to the brim with crafting inspiration.  From tutorials, kits, photography  and even a giveaway, there seems to be tons of great things to discover.  I can’t wait for the delivery of the file (it may take up to 24 hours), here is a little sneak peak of what you can find!  Interested in downloading?  You can purchase all 111 pages right here!

**Update! I just downloaded my copy of Parasol Craft and wow!  I would highly recommend spending the whole $2.50.  Tons of great photography and so much inspiration, my brain is already in over drive!  Awesome job Yasmine!!**

Parasol Craft

Parasol craft

Parasol craft

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Fun free art

I don’t know how many times I have been to Indie Fixx‘s blog, but I am just now discovering their Feed Your Soul: the free art project.  Seriously, I have no idea how I missed this!  If you are looking to spruce up your place, be sure to check out their FREE downloads from super talented artists around the globe.  It is so important to surround yourself with beautiful things, keeps you positive throughout the day!  I am loving all of the bright colors, and the best part is that you can easily download, print and frame… for free!

Free downloads

Free downloads

Free downloads

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Last night I attended the L.A Blog Social hosted by Parcel Post, 100 Layer Cake and Oh Hello, Friend, and I had so much fun!  Getting to know all the lovely ladies behind the blogs I frequent and meeting new ones too!  And thanks to the event, I was introduced to Ruby from Cakies, a lovely little blog filled with all things cute and some pretty amazing photography.

Anyway, a quick glance on her site and I was introduced to Stubby Pencil Studio, an art store of sorts for kids with tons of eco friendly products.  When I was a wee one, you could always find me doing one of two things.  Either reading a book, or sitting quietly by myself drawing till my little hands were covered in chalk,pencils,markers and whatever else I could get my hands on.  If you have little ones around, I highly recommend checking out the store, there are so many fun products that will surely get the little ones all kinds of creative!

A few of the stand out products that I would love to get for all my little creative cousins…

For all those kids that like to stick things in their mouth, these Soy Crayons are non toxic, made from soybean oil, and flake less then a normal crayon.  And, at 8 for a $1, its like a steal!

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For the more defined artist, these Colored Smencils are perfect for adding colorful details and have a lovely little ‘gourmet’ scent added to them for extra fun.  Made out of 100% recycled newspaper and sharpen just like normal pencils.

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I have always been partial to monkeys, and this Banana Paper Notebook is just too cute!  Made from banana paper in Costa Rica, these little notebooks are perfect for on the go doodle-ing.  Perfect for road trips!

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How fun are these Crayon Rocks!  Made from soy ways and tinted with natural minerals and designed to promote motor skills, these are perfect for all the really little budding artists.

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