olive june: July 2013

christmas in july

gifts under $10 

DIY Christmas Gift
1.  Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes ~ Give a handmade, vintage mason jar snow globe or terrarium as a Christmas gift. This gift is easy for kids to make for parents and grandparents, and they’ll love being able to pick out their own decorations for the globes.
Christmas Candle
2.  DIY Candle ~ Turn a plain candle from drab to fab with this tutorial.  Simply transfer a napkin to a plain candle with a heated spoon.  It’s that easy!

Gifts for Women
3.  Homemade Hand Warmers ~ Baby it’s gonna get cold outside.  These darling felt hand warmers are sure to keep you warm for the rapidly approaching cold season.  And, perfect to give as gifts!  Download the free templates which include a heart, a football, a ball (basketball, softball, soccer), a smaller circle, and a top hat.  Something for everyone.  The cute instruction tags are also available to download for free.
Felt Making
4.  Felt iPad Sleeve ~ Know someone who lucked out and scored an iPad?  Use this great tutorial to make them a custom cover to keep it safe in their purse or backpack.
Under $10 Christmas Gift
5.  DIY Chalkboard ~ Check out this clever idea for a chalkboard!  An 8′ 2×12″ piece of plywood was cut to make 6 chalkboards.  The rest was simply sanding, staining, painting and adding the finial.  It’s perfect for writing to do lists or just little love notes to your family!
Gifts for under $10

6.  Sharpie Art Gift Set ~ Give a “A Mug A Love” with this adorable stenciled mug!  A Silhouette stencil was used and filled in with an oil-based Sharpie marker.  Pair it with hot cocoa, coffee or tea.

Handlebar Mustache
7.  Handlebar Mustache Coasters ~ Add some character to some ordinary cork coasters from your local craft store.  All you need is acrylic paint and a steady hand.
8.  Hand Painted Christmas Dish Towels ~ Aren’t these dish towels festive and fabulous?!  White cotton fabric was hand painted  with Jacquard Lumiere paints and a basic sewing machine stitch was used.  You can use masking tape for the ‘JOY’ letters.
Christmas Gift DIY
9.  DIY Recipe Book ~  A really simple upcycle of a cheap notebook using paint, paper clips and cute scrapbook paper.
DIY Christmas Gift
10.  Tiny Polaroid Magnets {DIY Christmas Presents} ~ This is a fabulous tutorial on how to create tiny magnets with Polaroids of your favorite pictures. Great to make and give to your friends and family this Christmas! With a helpful tutorial, you’ll have a meaningful and creative gift to give this year!
11.  Sewing Kit in a Jar ~ This Sewing Kit in a Jar is the perfect gift for the sewer in your life. Easily personalize your gift with the recipients favorite colors by altering the fabric on the lid.  You can also stencil a picture on the jar.  Isn’t the Barbie silhouette fab?!

10 Gifts under $10
12.  Peppermint Sugar Scrub ~ Peppermint Sugar Scrubs are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin! Plus, they are the perfect holiday homemade gift! Here’s an easy-peasy, Peppermint sugar scrub recipe (with a FREE printable tag) that’s perfect for gift giving this holiday season!
13.  S’mores Cake in a Jar {Homemade Gift for Teachers} ~ You don’t have to go camping to have this delicious treat!  What could be better than ooey gooey chocolatey s’mores?!
source: tipjunkie

welcome to our new nest

a quaint little yellow bungalow for two please... 

so as of about 4:45pm today, i feel like the past several days of purging, cleaning, organizing, driving to goodwill, moving, purging some more, cleaning, organizing more etc. is COMPLETE. 
*this has been the busiest week summer ever. -- yet the most exciting and best one yet. 
i was able to finish the last ten or so things on the crazy to-do list today~ right after nannying adorable kids (i've loved sitting for the stafford sisters over the past few weeks) 
& most importantly, just in time for alex and jana to arrive tonight from ohio! 

here is a breakdown of the past month: 

june 29: become mr. and mrs. (one magical day)
june 30: italian dinner at the monacos with family 
july 1: pack for costa rica 
jule 2- july 11 at 4am: travel and enjoy the beautiful country of costa rica
july 11: leave that day for hilton head for a wedding 
july 12: skipper.martin wedding- a blast.
july 13: rush back to be at the open house for the new bungalow 
(it's packed with people applying) 
july 16: we find out- while celebrating tim's mom's birthday- that WE GOT THE HOUSE!! 
*start packing*
july 19: changed my last name- surprisingly, not difficult at all
july 20-21: dog sat adorable, stanley and birthday celebrations for tim
july 26: the big move!! 
*a huge thank you again for all of the beautiful and fantastic wedding gifts- 
we are excited to finally use them!! so generous. 
july 29-30: cleaned the old place from head to toe :(
july 31- exhausted and relieved- we are DONE!!! 

out of all of my four houses in charlotte, this one is, without a doubt, the most 'me' :)
... so excited to start our first year of marriage here! 

here are some photos of our new nest so far~
some of you have requested pics of everything... 
thank you again for your constant messages, texts, emails
love you- and we love this house! 
social gathering coming soon y'all... 
        my boots are ready for the kenny concert tomorrow night... 

one of my favorite things about our new home- the little details 
(as some of you know- i love- thanks to our best man's aMaZinG speech)

 i used rope to attach this curtain in the laundry room - a wine cooler, pierre's materials, and a washer/dryer are behind... 

our mail organizer 
 the lou 

loramie strong- always.
we are thrilled to have a laundry room... instead of a stackable in a small closet
guest bedroom is awaiting its first guests... 

thank you all again for your interests and 
we hope to welcome several visitors soon!! 

... for those of you who know me well- i am sure i will be rearranging decor frequently and will share more soon/might break down the rooms, but wanted to share :) 
*now time to celebrate.