wishing you…

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May they be filled with happiness, good food, and lots and lots of laughter.

With all my love and gratitude,
~Jessica

wrapper’s delight

simple Christmas wrapping by {OH} Victoria

We love wrapping presents almost as much as we love giving them. Last year we picked up some kraft paper and paint and used the eraser end of a pencil to make polka-dot gift wrap.  We opted for a more natural look this year, using the same kraft paper (find it any dollar store), burlap ribbon, twine, and greenery.  We love the juniper!

simple Christmas wrapping by {OH} Victoria

simple Christmas wrapping by {OH} Victoria

simple Christmas wrapping by {OH} Victoria

simple Christmas wrapping by {OH} Victoria

simple Christmas wrapping by {OH} Victoria

 

easy diy: paper star garland

easy diy: paper star garland

easy diy: paper star garland

 

easy diy: paper star garland

 

easy diy: paper star garland

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we’re not crafty. Oh it’s not that we don’t wish to be, it’s just that our creations almost always look better in our heads, and what we end up with is far from what we had planned. But once in a blue, blue moon our creation turns out exactly how we imagined it – or even better. It’s like a craft unicorn, or something. Last week the handmade gift tags we set out to make actually resulted in this pretty kraft paper star garland, perfect for a Charlie Brown tree or a whimsical mantle.

We started by cutting out stars in two different sizes. We cheated and used cookie cutters to draw the shapes, making the process a lot easier (not to mention prettier). Once the stars were cut, we used a sponge brush to cover about half the stars, big and small, with liquid glue.  We sprinkled gold and silver glitter over the wet glue – it goes without saying that our apartment is now very sparkly, and likely will be well into the new year.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The glittered stars will probably curl up a bit due to the glue, but we think this adds a little whimsy.

We used twine for the string.  Rather than fussing with holes in each star, we simply taped the twine to the back of each star. You might want to thread a smaller string through if you’d like the garland to be pretty from both front and back. A patterned washi tape or glitter tape would also do the trick.

We’ll admit this project was a little tedious, but overall it was really simple – most of this garland was constructed during a Netflix marathon.

If you missed our last Christmas diy post, check it out here.

animal farm

diy gold painted animals by {OH} Victoria
We’re not ones for giant Santas or frosty snowmen. We prefer a quirkier Christmas vibe, with a little more character than your standard red and green. The inspiration behind this easy DIY Christmas decoration came from our love of vintage nativity scenes. Tree aside, we’ve always loved assembling the nativity scene the most – the camels and barn animals in particular. We searched high and low to find one that matched our style but came up empty handed. That’s when we tapped into our inner crafters. Okay, this hardly counts as a craft. This craft only requires three things – a paint brush, metallic acrylic paint, and plastic animals. We picked up the paint and brush at Michaels and grabbed the animals (farm and jungle) from a dollar store. Michaels sells animals too, but the dollar store ones are just as good and far more affordable. It’s as easy as dipping your brush in a dollop of paint. The animals will require a couple of coats, especially the darker ones. The acrylic paint dries really fast so you can do this in one or two sittings. And that’s it. See? Not really a craft.

diy gold painted animals by {OH} Victoria

diy gold painted animals by {OH} Victoriadiy gold painted animals by {OH} Victoria

diy gold painted animals by {OH} Victoria

home shopping

No, we’re not talking about the ‘order now and get the apple slicer add on’ kind of shopping. We’re talking about shopping in the city you call home, from the businesses that call your city home, too. We know it’s harder to do for some than others, but anyone lucky enough to hang their hat in Victoria has no excuses, especially now.

Thanks to We Are Local and their Pre-holiday Pop-in Shop, shopping local is easier than ever.  A whopping 35 locally owned shops are participating in the three-week Pop-in Shop at Onlyhuman, including Bernstein & Gold, Emporia Boutique, Caffe Fantastico, Reunion Boutique, Beehive Wool Shop, Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique and The Regional Assembly of Text – just to name a few! Goods range from handmade jewelry and clothing to kitchen gadgets and freshly roasted coffee beans.
Pre-holiday Pop-in ShopFull of stocking stuffers, gifts that will wow, or gifts just for you, we’re not kidding when we say we could have finished the entirety of our Christmas shopping and then some in just one afternoon.

The Pre-holiday Pop-in Shop runs until November 30th in Onlyhuman at 616 Yates St., Victoria, BC.