Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Creative Gift Wrapping!


Trend: Creative Gift Wrapping. Forget the regular ‘ol store-bought gift wrap and make your own! There are SO many different things you can do to make a creative wrap. I’ve gathered a few favorites from around the internet to share with you.

Scarf Wrapping: Everything Golden.

Faux Chalkboard Wrap: Going Home To Roost.

DIY Fabric Ribbon: Dana Made It

 Woven Paper Gift Topper:

Washi Tape Wrapping: Poppytalk.

 Typographic Gift Wrap: Man Made DIY.

Yarn Wrapping with Stamped Paper, from Cotton & Flax.

Photo Magnet Gift tags: The Paper Mama.

Polar Bear Gift Wrap: Mr. Printables.

Scarf Gift Wrap: Lisa Storms for Fiskars.

Confetti Stripes: 3@12.

 Marshmallow World Wrapping Paper: The Paper Mama.

 Duct Tape Gift Tag (with free pattern): UCreate.

Have you ever made your own gift wrap?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Effortless Evergreen Touches

Christmas is an exciting time that includes many traditions, from the holiday get togethers to drives through the neighborhoods admiring all the twinkle lights, and included in all the merriment is the decking of the halls.

With parties to attend and cards to send, decorating your home from floor to ceiling for the holidays can feel overwhelming. While it’s wonderful to pull out the favorites from Christmases of yore like those family ornaments the kids made in kindergarten, it’s not necessary to embellish every room in your home with elaborate decor when simple evergreens will bring just as much cheer and with minimal effort. 

eucalytus and fir garland

For those that celebrate Christmas, bringing a tree indoors is a tradition that many embrace, yet it needn’t be grand or costly. A smaller scale tree placed in the entry fills the home with that desirable scent of the season and greets you at day’s end.

evergreen tree in urn

A fir or pine tree that lives in a planter throughout the year can be brought indoors and decorated with twinkle lights. There’s no pressure to decorate your living spaces from top to bottom for the holiday, just a few simple touches will do!

evergreen trees in planters

Local markets and nurseries stock mini trees in December making it easy to grab mini evergreens for placement in your dining room. Use everyday serving pieces to prop up seasonal goodies or a few ornaments casually tossed on the table to set a merry scene.

mini christmas trees

mini trees on table

Instead of tucking them away, use your everyday decor as vessels to hold finds from a nature walk, and temporarily tuck cedar garland or fir swags in between.

pinecones and evergreen garland

cedar garland and wreath

Elaborate decorating requires hours of cleanup and storage after the season is over. If the effort in any way detracts from the joy, simplify by limiting your holiday decor to simple wreaths – place them in areas of your home where they’ll be enjoyed the most.

simple evergreen wreath

herb wreath with candle

Christmastime is a season of generosity and good cheer focused on making spirits bright. Use seasonal evergreens to enhance the ambiance but ignore any pressures felt to have a perfectly decorated home, instead keeping the focus on making memories for the merriest season of all.

Michael Wurm, Jr.

My Home to Yours: A Hip Holiday Office

TREND: Bold Color

Over the past few months, I’ve been renovating the space in my home that I now use as my office. Even though the transformation is not quite complete, I’m making the transition from office to holiday office. As I put the finishing touches on styling this space, it’s been fun to inject a little added color and sparkle to mark the holiday season.

Today, I thought I’d share my space with you and show you some products for creating a hip holiday office in your own home. As you can see, I painted the walls subdued shades for a neutral backdrop that comes alive with colorful accessories.

The neutral-colored walls along with white curtains, bookcases, and desks allow the accessories to be the stars of the room. I like this because, depending on the season or project, I can have fun playing and experimenting with a variety of colors. Being a creative type, I’m constantly moving pieces around. A neutral background gives me lots of flexibiltiy.

As you can tell by my Christmas tree, I’m not afraid of color.

So as I mentioned above, I thought I’d share a few pieces for creating a hip holiday office. If you like this look, let your creativity fly and try incorporating a few of these pieces.


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As always, Happy Decorating! And Happy Holidays, too!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Gem Place Marker (free printables)

Tis the season of big fancy meals! Let’s fancy up your table with some free Gem Place Marker printables!


- Free Gem Place Marker Printables (Black, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink)

- Scissors


-  Print out the Gem Place Marker color of your choice.

- Cut out the gem and fold.

- Write the names of your guests on the gems.

- Optional: You can go ahead and just place the folded gems on each plate, OR cut a small triangle in the side to hang the place marker on a cup.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama