Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Minute FREE DIY X-Mas Mix Tape

I have recently fallen in love with the blog Happiness Is... Her daily doses of cute and covet-worthy items are always a bright spot in my inbox. Yesterday, she featured this great freebie for any last minute Christmas mix CDs you're making! Perfect along with a bottle of wine or homemade cookies for a Christmas party host or hostess or anyone road-tripping this holiday!

What's your favorite Christmas tune for the perfect holiday mix tape? Let me know in the comments!

I've had "Last Christmas" by Wham in my head all week! (I also hear the Glee version is great!) I'm also loving Electronic Santa from Blazer Force. Did you know you can download a whole FREE indie Christmas mix, The Christmas Gig, on Target's website?

Best Coast and Wavves
Coconut Records, a solo project by Jason Schwartzman (swoon)
Blazer Force

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

End of Year SALE!

I'm offering 20% off in my shop until the new year (on non-custom items)! Use coupon code "newyear20" at checkout. I only have a few necklaces in the shop now, but I will be adding new items in the next two weeks as I get them photographed and listed from my remaining inventory, so please check back!

I also took a lot of my latest designs to Lovely Austin last weekend, so you can check my new work out there, too, if you're in the Austin area! They have so much cute stuff there right now--I walked out with a funky sweater top and some cute earrings made from recycled glass and feathers!

Happy Holidays!


SoCoDivka Designs

Pear & Peacock: DIY

I just discovered this site today, after coming across her cute jewelry.
There are a lot of fun DIY tutorials, most for the holidays. My favorite has to be the DIY: Sequin Ornaments.
They remind me so much of ornaments my parents had from the '70s! Yay, handmade nostalgia!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Free Holidays DIY Project E-Book

Eight Holiday Tutorials and DIY Projects | papernstitch

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Crafts

 Two weeks to Christmas!? That's crazy. Where did 2010 go? While we've barely managed to get our tree and lights up, I still hope to make a couple Christmas homemade crafts. 

At the top of my list, these gift tags. We made chocolate orange homebrew beer (yum!!) for gifting this year. Instead of going the label route we did for our wedding brew, I want to make these gift tags, and tie them to the bottles with baking twine!

Holiday Freebie: Typographic Gift Tags » Eat Drink Chic

I always love bunting to cheer up a space - 

DIY: winter fun bunting {download}

I also love these felt crafts, found via  Oh, Hello, Friend 

DIY: felt shingle tree

DecoratingHomemade for the Holidays: Easy Felt Crafts


What holiday crafts are you making this year?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Wedding DIY

Here are some of the DIY projects we took on for our recet wedding. I got photographer photos back a few weeks ago and haven't had the chance to share yet. There are even more projects we did than are shown here, regrettably, I didn't get photos of them all!

I custom made the ringbearer pillow with this fantastic papel picado print I found at Vista Latina. The rings attached for show I'd even made in silversmithing class! I also made the boutonnieres, as you can see here, for all of the groomsmen, our ringbearer, and the guy of honor on my side. The coordinating papel picado/Dia de Los Muertos ties are from Cyberoptix.

I also made the flower girl's basket (and hair clip, not pictured here).

With the help of lady pals the morning of the wedding, I made this bouquet. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! We trimmed the flower budget by buying in bulk from Costco online. Which brings us to our centerpieces...
We hand painted mason jars with aqua vitreous paint, then baked them, and added coordinating ribbons.Then just set a colorful, European-style pre-made bouquet into each one.

You can sort of see in the background the card box I made. I found the base at Hobby Lobby and painted it a coordinating aqua. I handlettered "Cards" and added the same papel picado print as above. Also on top...

...were little skulls I handmade from clay. They kind of look a bit like us...

Above are some signs and a chalkboard the groom made for the wedding!

Maybe one day soon I can create some tutorials!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

SoCoDivka Designs and Black & Blue Letterpress >> 78704 Market TONIGHT

Cindy of Black & Blue Letterpress and I will be at the 78704 Market tonight at 1600 S Congress Ave. in Austin for First Thursday from approximately 5:30pm - 10pm or so. (Cindy will be there earlier, from about 3:30pm on...)

I have lots of new designs including sweet vintage brass lockets and more, very reasonably priced: from $8 earrings to $15 - 37 necklaces. 

Cindy has a lot of fresh letterpress - cute note cards, lovely letter sets, and notepads perfect for gift giving (I bought several for stocking stuffers at E.A.S.T.).

More about Black & Blue Letterpress:

Black & Blue is a letterpress print shop that specializes in fine ephemera and custom stationary based in Austin, TX. Both Cindy St. John and Scott Pierce have backgrounds in poetry, and Scott has been a designer and letterpress printer for almost ten years with Effing Press. They like words, ink, metal, paper, art, kittens and breakfast tacos.

Come do your holiday shopping with us! - 78704 Market