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11.25.2014

Tuesday Tip - Reusable Gift Bags With Tiny Olive + A Giveaway

Disclaimer – I was provided product for review and giveaway from Tiny Olive and no compensation was given, real or implied for my review. Others may have a different opinion or experience with Tiny Olive. 

Tiny Olive reusable gift bags

I do love my wrapping paper, but I love giving a gift within a gift even more! Deb Ivy, founder of Tiny Olive, grew up with this sentiment.  Her family has made a tradition of wrapping Christmas gifts in reusable fabric bags made from scraps of leftover fabric. for over 30 years.

I was thrilled when Deb reached out to me about her company to share her fabulous reusable gift bags with my readers.  She sent me the Maude Dot bags to have a little holiday gifting fun. All of the fabric bags have twill tape to tie up your gift into a neat, reusable package.

Tiny Olive reusable gift bags

Although the bags are so cute on their own, you can dress them up for any occasion.  From embellishing with the recipient's name with fabric marker to cutting out felt and stitching on or using fabric glue for a monogram or holiday word, the possibilities are endless.

The best part, once you've given them as a gift wrap, they can be re-used for everything like travel bags, organizing cords and accessories or for everyday use in a handbag for keeping personal items in one spot, or your car's treat and snack bag for the kids. Or just stash them away with your stockings and ornaments and start a new tradition of using fabric bags instead of  wrapping paper.

11.21.2014

5th Annual Christmas Wonderful Linky Party

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I'm so thrilled to be part of Design Dazzle's 5th annual Christmas Wonderful series; first it was Mrs. Claus and Santa's Mustache Bash, then Hoggy Holidays and this year, my Christmas in black and white that debuted yesterday.

We've had some fabulous Christmas ideas from some talented bloggers and we're not done yet...the fun continues through the middle of December! Over the years we've shared almost 200 blog posts with hundreds and hundreds of ideas.

We thought it would be fun to have a great big link party to celebrate this magical Christmas season because we know YOU have some awesome ideas to share too! Simply link up your project below, which will show up on all of the 25+ blogs participating in our link party. Feel free to link up new projects as well as any past projects that you want to share.

The link party ends December 7th. We will be choosing some of our FAVORITE ideas to feature! a few days later The following amazing blogs are participating in our Christmas Wonderful link party:




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11.20.2014

Christmas Wonderful - Christmas in Black, White and Mint

Christmas in Black and White

I'm so excited to be returning for another year of Design Dazzle's Christmas Wonderful.  Last year, it was Hoggy Holidays and the year before was Mrs. Claus and Santa's Mustache Bash.  This year, it's more Christmas in black and white! Head over to the series and check out all the details plus many other fabulously talented women!




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11.19.2014

Thanksgiving Leftovers Printables


Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? If you are having guests over, how about sending them home with cute containers of leftovers? Head over to Moms & Munchkins where I'm sharing  fun ways to package with free Thanksgiving Leftovers printables.

Linking up at Tatertots & Jello



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11.18.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Christmas Crafting With Bitty Bags

Christmas Crafting With Bitty Bags

I have been on a serious black, white and mint Christmas kick lately.  To be honest, Oh Joy! For Target's winter collection is what started it.  I absolutely love the color combo; it can be dressed up or down for any holiday occasion.  For my latest Whisker Graphics Design Team post, I did some Christmas crafting with Bitty Bags for a fun tablesetting.

11.14.2014

Thanksgiving in Pink and Blue

Thanksgiving in pink and blue
I love working with non-traditional colors when it comes to holidays, it gives everything a fresh look. I'm not one to follow color trends but I am loving Pantone Fashion Color report for fall with choices like Radiant Orchid, Misted Yellow and Cypress.  So of course the wheels started turning and this week  I'm sharing lots of Thanksgiving and fall decor ideas that think outside the orange and brown and inspired by the color report.

First it was Thanksgiving in purple, then Thanksgiving in black and white; today it's two colors most people don't associate with Thanksgiving and fall, pink and blue!  In fact I think they are the most fun colors to play with because they are so unexpected.  Here are a few ideas you can use for a colorful way to entertain below...

11.13.2014

Thanksgiving in Black And White

Thanksgiving in Black And White

I love working with non-traditional colors when it comes to holidays, it gives everything a fresh look. I'm not one to follow color trends but I am loving Pantone Fashion Color report for fall with choices like Radiant Orchid, Misted Yellow and Cypress.  So of course the wheels started turning and this week  I'm sharing lots of Thanksgiving and fall decor ideas that think outside the orange and brown and inspired by the color report.

Yesterday, I brought you Thanksgiving in purple and today's in classic black and white. If you play your cards right, this color scheme can carry you from Halloween.  The best thing about a black and white palette, you can have a few accent colors that will really pop. Let's get inspired for a Thanksgiving in black and white below...

11.12.2014

Thanksgiving In Purple


I love working with non-traditional colors when it comes to holidays, it gives everything a fresh look. I'm not one to follow color trends but I am loving Pantone Fashion Color report for fall with choices like Radiant Orchid, Misted Yellow and Cypress.  So of course the wheels started turning and this week  I'm sharing lots of Thanksgiving and fall decor ideas that think outside the orange and brown and inspired by the color report.

Deep shades of purple makes for fabulous fall d├ęcor and combined with colors like chartreuse, gold, copper and orange – you can create a  gorgeous Thanksgiving  table.  Use it in small doses for maximum effect; a purple table runner, napkins, or  purple veggies for the centerpiece. Mix purple tableware with napkins of different shade. Let's get inspired for a Thanksgiving in purple below...

11.11.2014

Tuesday Tip - $150 Minted Holiday Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Winner update 11/18/14: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is Mayra P.

This post is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on any purchase made from products purchased after clicking the links. As always, I don't link to anything I wouldn't personally recommend. And I love Minted. Seriously.



Like I said...y'all know I love Minted.  From their calendars to personalized wrapping paper and recently, my new The Big Picture business cards, where I uploaded my own designs to both sides!  It came in their Signature Paper which is so thick and fabulous; it's a 120lb weight and I can't bear to pass them out.


But today isn't about business cards, but the business at hand, Christmas! I know, I can't even believe it...wasn't it just Halloween?   Yes, I've already ordered my Christmas cards, the Stringed Noel Holiday Postcards, using one of our photos from our Panama trip.  I'm only sharing a tiny peek...but they came out amazing.

My favorite part is their envelope addressing...ah...no more labels.  I also love the care to detail every Minted order comes with...check out the handwritten tag wrapped with grosgrain ribbon!

Minted wants to get my readers ready and I'm thrilled to be hosting my first Minted giveaway to your Christmas shopping on...a $150 credit! I'm sharing a few of my favorite holiday cards and gifts to get you inspired, so read on and learn how to enter to win!

11.10.2014

A Hero's Welcome Honors U.S. Military on Veterans Day

A Hero's Welcome - airing Veteran's Day

I'm thrilled to share that this Veterans Day will be a celebration like none other as all-stars from Food Network and HGTV, honor Staff Sergeant Tony Woods in a brand-new upcoming special, A Hero's Welcome.

A Hero's Welcome - airing Veteran's Day

A Hero's Welcome, combines tears of joy with life transformation and incredible acts of kindness, and aims to honor one of our nation's most deserving heroes in the biggest, most emotional, and most memorable way imaginable.

A Hero's Welcome - airing Veteran's Day

After serving his country for over 25 years and recovering from life-threatening injuries, Staff Sergeant Woods is preparing to retire from the military. He will return home to discover, with the help of Food Network's Robert Irvine, HGTV's Genevieve Gorder and award-winning actor, humanitarian Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, a completely renovated house for Tony and his family to retire comfortably. audiences will witness all of the surprises and emotions as the team races around the clock to make sure they are ready to say "Welcome Home!"

A Hero’s Welcome will air across all six Scripps Networks tomorrow.  For details on when you can catch it on your favorite channel, check out the list below.



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