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If you’re stuck on what to give your honey this Valentine’s Day, then gather a little inspiration and take a peek at these 10 gift ideas.

1. A New Scent

I can’t think of anything more romantic than a bottle of cologne. Purchasing a new fragrance for someone else can be tricky. In this situation, I would recommend Polo Red Intense by Ralph Lauren. It’s popular, pleasing, and provides an easy transition from day to night wear.

 

2. A Stylish Watch

Every man needs a nice watch. Now, I’m not saying that you should go out and buy a Rolex for Valentine’s Day because that would be ridiculously expensive. But, I am saying that watches deserve their own set of care and special attention. Watches to men are comparable to a piece of fine jewelry to women–quality is key. A few features to look for when purchasing a watch are water resistance and metal or leather quality, and durability. Depending on how much you want to spend watches can range from $100 to several thousand dollars in price. The watch shown below is on the higher end of the spectrum. This Burberry watch boasts Swiss quartz movement, date function, water resistance (up to 10 meters), and stainless steel/leather.

 

3. A Sweet Sound

If your man has a taste for the classics, then a record player might just be the perfect gift for him. This Crosley record player features three speeds, an automatic return tone arm, a USB enabled software suite for editing video content, and adjustable pitch control. It can be found online at Urban Outfitters for $199.95.

Quick Tip: Secondhand records can often be found at a thrift store or flea market for an extremely low cost. If you’re in search for a more contemporary sound, new records are available online at Amazon or Urban Outfitters.

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4. Mod Mugs

Clink! Give your significant other a shiny new set of copper mugs this Valentine’s Day. Add to the gift by including a quality vodka as well as other ingredients called for in our all-time favorite Moscow Mule recipe courtesy of Tammilee Tips.

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5. A Fabulous Fitbit

The Fitbit Flex was “the hot item” this holiday season. The Fitbit Flex costs about $100. The device allows you to track steps, distance, and calories burned during activity and sleep. If you think your Valentine might benefit from using a Fitbit (or be interested in one), then see Fitbit.com for more information.

 

6. A Chic Sweater

What’s the next best thing to a hand-knit sweater? Buying one–but not just any sweater–one that’s casual, soft, and machine washable (isn’t it all about convenience and comfort?). This Calvin Klein pullover checks all of the boxes.

 

7. Cool Cuff Links

If your secret admirer is regularly sporting a suit, it’s time to get him a sophisticated set of Burberry cuff links. These mod cuff links are available in light gold or a polished silver and cost approximately $250. Although they’re on the pricier side, the quality and flexibility to pair well with any suit makes them an enviable commodity and lifelong closet staple.

 

8. A Smart Shave

A close shave can be one of the most refreshing, relaxing, and cleansing things for a guy. That’s why The Art of Shaving‘s Full Size Kit with Fine Badger Brush made the list for one of our top 10 gifts to give to the special man in your life.

 

9. A Retro Camera

Capture your Valentine’s Day with Fujifilm‘s Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic. Some of the camera’s highlights include bulb and double exposures, macro mode, and high performance flash. Add to the gift by including a few rolls of film.

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10. Rad Running Shoes

If your Sweetheart is in need of new running shoes, then take a look at these Pure Boost Chill Shoes by Adidas. Whether he is off to the gym or on the go, these shoes are certain to satisfy any occasion.

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison


It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is just around the corner. You’ve probably already seen the abundance of jingle bells, twinkly stars, white snowflakes, green garland, peppermint candy, metallic tinsel, and colorful Christmas trees that seem to flood the department stores as early as October. Christmas cards, holiday decorations, desserts and presents tend to make a (HUGE) dent in the budget. If you’re like me and you love to see new ornaments on the tree every year, then you know that Target’s holiday aisle is dangerous territory. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on mass-produced (and generic) ornaments every year, why don’t you save some money and make personalized ones (that no one has) for yourself.

 

 

These white and gold DIY Clay Feathers by 100 Layer Cake are oh-so-chic!

 

 

For an unconventional twist, give away (or keep them for yourself!) these Dip Mix Ornaments by Bubbly Nature Creations as a gift to your hostess.

 

 

Many thanks to Purl Soho for this colorful Felt Ornament Tutorial!

 

 

If Christmas in Vermont is a part of your holiday dream, then you HAVE to check out these Etched Snowflake Ornaments by Design Mom.

 

 

Get the kids involved! Little Bit Funky’s Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments are quick and easy to make.

 

 

How cool is this 3D Deer Head Ornament by Cherished Bliss?

 

 

Take a peek at these vintage Stamped Burlap Ornaments by Bliss Bloom Blog. Simply stunning!

 

 

Is it even Christmas without Charlie Brown? Find out everything you need to know with A Little Gray’s simple Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments Tutorial.

 

 

Repurpose old toys with this DIY Dino-Mite Dinosaurs tutorial. Thank you Parents Magazine!

 

 

If you’re wanting a more natural look, then call off the search because Yellow Bliss Road‘s Handmade Rustic Twig Arrows are perfect for you!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

xxmadison


Hello Style Spotters! I hope the holiday season is in full swing for you all, and that you’ve got time planned to spend with family and friends! If you’re like me, you haven’t even started thinking about gifts or decorating or all those holiday shenanigans yet–and that’s ok. I’ve pulled together a few last-minute options for you to take a look at.

 

I love this simple copper card tree holder tutorial from The Nest. It’s perfect for showing off all the cute cards you receive this holiday season while adding extra Christmas cheer to your home at the same time.

 

 

Want a new way to wrap all those presents? Take a look at these cute DIY wrapping paper ideas from Hello Natural. What a fun way to add a little homemade flair to an already awesome gift.

 

 

I have a horrible track record with mittens. It seems like the day after I get them, they get lost. For the mitten-losers out there, try this adorable sew-your-own tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. Find an old sweater and start sewing! Hopefully you won’t lose your handiwork (Terrible pun intended. Bear with me).

 

 

Last minute holiday party? Look no further. Try this awesome Colorful DIY Christmas Party guide from Paper & Stitch. Go wild with bright colors or tame with more traditional red’s and green’s. Either way, you’ll have a room your guests will be sure to remember!

 

 

And looking for that last-minute hostess gift? Try these etched wooden spoons from Design Mom to help them cook with style. Cheap, easy and fun, whoever you give them to will love them!

 

 

And there you have it! Enjoy the holidays, friends! See you next year!

Erin


Do you love photo canvases, but don’t really have the budget to buy them? Well today I’m going to share 2 ways you can make these neat creations without breaking the bank. The first way we’ll use iron-on transfer paper to transfer an image to fabric, then print onto tissue paper and Mod Podge the image! Trust me, it’s easy. They are great gifts, or just keep them for yourself to decorate your home.

Iron-on Fabric Photo Canvas DIY

Supplies:

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 1/2 yard of white fabric
  • fabric iron-on paper
  • iron
  • high quality photo
  • scissors
  • staple gun and staples

Directions: 

- Let’s start with printing our photo onto the iron-on transfer paper. Set up your photo on your computer. Flip it horizontal so the image is “backwards”. The image will iron-on the correct way when transferred to fabric. Note: if you don’t have a printer, you can take an image to a local print shop. I’ve brought my iron-on transfer paper to a local printer in the past and they printed on it for me. Just call them and ask. You can also ask them to flip the image for you, if you’re not sure how.

- Iron-on the image onto the fabric (following your iron-on transfer paper instructions). Let cool and peel back paper. Trim the fabric to an 11 x 11 square.

- Center the image on the front of the canvas. Carefully flip over and staple the fabric onto the back of the frame. Fold fabric corners on the top and bottom of the frame. Note: if you mess up and the image isn’t even over the canvas, just pull out a staples and start over.

- You are done! The cool thing about this project is you can use an old canvas frame. Have a painting you don’t like anymore? You can just staple this fabric over the painting. Just pull the fabric off if you get tired of the image.

Total cost: under $15

Mod Podge Tissue Photo Canvas Diy

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 8.5 x 11 printer paper
  • 8 x 8 image
  • white tissue paper
  • painters tape
  • acrylic sealer spray
  • Mod Podge
  • paintbrush
  • white acrylic paint
  • printer

Directions:

- Let’s prep the picture. Carefully smooth out and tape the white tissue paper onto the printer paper (you’re printing onto the tissue paper). Put it into the printer and print your 8 x 8 image. Let the printed image dry completely. Note: while taping the tissue paper onto the printer paper, make sure the tissue is very smooth. If it’s too wrinkly it will print weird.

- In a well ventilated area wearing a mask and eye protection, spay a very light layer of acrylic sealer spray onto the printed tissue image. Let dry for an hour. Carefully remove the printed tissue paper from the printer paper. Trim the sides of the tissue paper (leave a 1/4 inch border around the image).

- Grab your canvas and apply a very light layer of Mod Podge. Very carefully place the printed tissue image onto the mod podged canvas. Carefully smooth out the image from the center out. Apply one more coat of Mod Podge over the tissue image to seal the picture. Let dry for a couple of hours.

- Use the white acrylic paint to cover the side of the canvas (to cover any excess tissue that folded over the side). Apply 2 – 3 coats of the paint.

- When the paint is dry, you’re done!

Total cost: around $10

I hope you enjoy! Let me know how this Photo Canvas creating goes!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama 


The 70′s called and it wants macrame back. That’s not going to happen because I love a cute macrame plant hanger. They are so cute and I love them. You can put flowers or succulents in your hangers, or how about some herbs? Wouldn’t these be cute with a mini oregano hanging out in there? A little grouping of herbs hanging in your kitchen window?

Supplies: 

  • Colorful yarn
  • Cute mini planter
  • Plant (I used a succulent)
  • Scissors

Directions: 

Step 1: 

Cut out eight 36 inch long pieces of yarn.

Step 2: 

Tie a big knot to keep all your yarn pieces together. This knot will also be the center of the bottom of the hanger.

Step 3: 

Split up the yarn into four sections (2 pieces per section).

Step 4: 

Tie a knot in each section. The spacing from the main center knot to the first section knot is up to you. Since my planter is tiny, I tied my first knot about 1/2 inch from the center. These set of knots should be somewhere under the planter base. Repeat this step with all four sections (the first set of knots are highlighted in pink).

Tip: feel free to test the planter in the yarn as you go along. This will help you place the knots properly.

Step 5:

Next, grab a piece of yarn from one section and match it with a piece of yarn from it’s neighboring yarn section. Check the image above for help. Repeat with all four sections. Again, the length from one knot to the next will depend on the size of your planter. These knots should be located in the bottom 1/2 of your planter (the second set of knots are highlighted in yellow).

Step 6:

Repeat step 5 to make another set of knots. These knots should be located around the top 1/2 of the planter. Repeat with all 4 sections (the third set of knots are highlighted in blue).

Step 7:

The last set of knots should be located somewhere above the planter (see image for reference). Tie all the yarn pieces into a final knot a couple inches above the last set of knots (you’ll see the fourth set of knots above the plant).

Step 8:

Tie a loop above that fourth knot. From here you can braid the remaining yarn, put some beads on, or just plain tie a loop. It’s completely up to you.

These items would also be SO cute as little gifts and/or party favors!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I made this cute little planter for my ebook: Make Your Day


Trend: Handmade Valentine’s Gifts.

First, sorry I’m bringing up Valentine’s in early January, but it’s just around the corner and it always sneaks up on me. In our home we try to spend very little for the Valentine’s holiday. That means if there are any gifts, it’s handmade or food (my husband is a wonderful cook, so I love that). I’m prepping some ideas to make a couple of gift items for my hubs, friends, and family. I hope you enjoy my inspiration.

Painted Love Mug: Lacquer & Linen.

 Painted Heart Bag: V and Co.

Faux Wood Candles: At The Picket Fence.

XOXO Pillows: Craftaholics Anonymous.

Leather Heart Coin Purses: Fabric Paper Glue.

LOVE Pillow DIY: The Paper Mama.

Faux Love Rocks: Matsutake.

Heart Coasters: Food + Femininity.

Wood Burned Spoons: Craftberry Bush.

Heart Hex Pendant: I Try DIY.

Date Night Jar: Southern In-Law.

Fringe 3-D Heart: On Julep by Hank and Hunt.

Message In A Bottle: Camille Styles.

Geometric Wall Heart: Oleander and Palm.

Glittery Heart Boxes: The House that Lars Built.

Heart Stitched Card: Dandee.

Kissing Thaumatrope: The Brooding Hen.

Floating Heart Backdrop for those romantic photos: Hank and Hunt.

Bacon Hearts: The Paper Mama.

Heart Potato Chips: Beard and Bonnet.

Strawberry Hearts Cupcakes: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Heart Shaped Fruit Skewers: Life in Wonderland.

Wine Label Valentine’s Printables: Just Add Ginger.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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