DIY Holiday Hostess Gift

(this is a fun little gift for friends, too!)

With the Christmas season upon us, many of you are heading to holiday parties and get-togethers with friends.  With so many things to do (so many, right?!), it is easy to forget a little gift for your hostess.  Clearly, no hostess is expecting a gift, but it is nice to be able to bring a little something to say thank you for all of the work she has undoubtedly put into the gathering. My advice is to put together a little batch of these gifts to make it easy on yourself to grab and go.  The premise is very simple - cute napkins, ribbon, a few decorations, a little stamping - done.  These napkin gifties take minutes to put together, and are easy on your pocket.  (LESS THAN $10!!) Here's how to make them...


I'm so sorry I haven't posted this tutorial until now, we have been having some technical difficulties around here! As I have stated before, I am not the most technologically advanced girl on the planet, though blogging has forced me to learn quite a bit in the past couple of years.  Although I hope to get more of a grasp on Photoshop in the next year, these chalkboard prints were not done in any fancy program.  They were created in Microsoft Word, imported to iPhoto, and printed at my local Walgreens.  How's that for simple? I'm going to show you how I made the chalkboard prints so you can make your own design, but I also figured I would make the ready-made "All is Calm" and "All is Bright" prints downloadable for you.  Therefore, you can print them off at your leisure and enjoy them in your own home. Let's begin the tutorial on how I made these pretties...


Thank you so much for all of the kind words yesterday regarding my Home Depot Holiday Challenge Reveal!  It was so great to finally be able to show you what I have been working on! Our journey to holiday happiness began when I came home from an event in NYC to five large boxes in my entryway. And it was September. Have you ever decorated your house for Christmas in September?  I will tell you, it's a little weird at first, but the kids have LOVED it, and with a little help from scented candles and from the "Nutcracker", "Santa Baby", and "Vince Guaraldi Trio" Pandora stations, I was able to get in the Christmas spirit, too.  Plus I was like a kid at Christmas looking through the boxes and oohing and aahing!  I put the decorations up thinking I would take them down, but there was no way after all the time and energy I spent getting it all beautiful and photograph ready!  I think the kids would have been really sad, too. I have lots to say about the transformation of our new space, but I thought I would start today with the hanging wreath tutorial.  I got several comments and emails and questions about it, and it is so super easy, and pretty!  Best of all, I hung it without putting any holes in the ceiling of our new room.  So read on! First, I started with these two wreaths.