{Freebie} Printable Christmas Wrapping Paper

December 18, 2013 | Christmas, Freebies

Christmas is so close I can almost touch it! Yippee!

In case you haven’t finished wrapping your gifts yet (like me – oops), I’ve got some sweet printable wrapping paper for you to use. You can download it in either A4 or Letter size, print it, wrap those little gifts right up and voila – they’re ready to pop under the tree. You’ve probably noticed these papers in a couple of shoots recently, and they match perfectly with the Freebie Christmas Tags from last week!

Freebie Wrap!Get them here in A4 or LETTER

WrappingPaperGet them here in A4 or LETTER

Freebie Wrap!Happy wrapping friends! :)

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DIY All-Natural Lip Balm

December 5, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hello hello! It’s DIY time again! :)

Did you like last week’s All-Natural Aftershave DIY? This week Militza from Little Green Dot and I have teamed up again to bring you a scrummy Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm. It turns out lip balm is actually pretty easy to make! And this stuff is all-natural, with no icky ingredients – yay! And like the Aftershave, we’ve used some beautiful essential oils to make it smell heavenly.

I can imagine making these for little girls and grown up girls alike, I mean… who doesn’t love pretty-smelling cosmetics? :)

DIY Lip Balm

To get the most out of these lovely lip balms, we asked herbalist Alina, from Abundant Earth, to tell us which essential oils would be the most beneficial for our lips. She recommended that we use Myrrh and Palmarosa Essential oils, which will give a very soft rose scent. YUM! And as an added extra, both these oils have health benefits! Myrrh, treasured for it’s spiritual significance, heals dried, cracked lips, and makes them super soft. Palmarosa moisturises the lips, and gives a soft, rose-like aroma. Cool huh!

So let’s get started shall we?

DIY Lip Balm

Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 Tbs Shea Butter
- 2 Tbs Almond or Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbs Beeswax (the natural-coloured beeswax is fine too)
- 2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
- 3 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
- Small bowl & burner (we used a small ceramic bowl and candle, a small saucepan on the stove would also work)
- Small jug
- Small empty lip balm pots (or repurpose little jars)

Step 1.
Put the Shea Butter, Beeswax, Almond/Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils into the bowl above your lit burner. If you’re using the stove, make sure it’s on very low, and always keep an eye on it.

DIY Lip BalmStep 2.
Keep an eye on the mixture and gently stir every now and then until everything is melted and it becomes clear. It should never boil, just gently melt. Be very careful when handling the pot/saucepan as it will be hot.

DIY Lip Balm

Step 3.
Using a dry cloth to hold the bowl if it’s hot, transfer the melted mixture into a small jug. Then use the small jug to fill the lip balm pots. This amount of mixture was enough to fill 2 small pots.

DIY Lip BalmStep 4.
Leave the lip balm to set. Once it’s opaque and solid, you’re good to go! Seal it up and get to thinking about how you’re going to decorate the jar…

I’ve created some lovely black and white labels for you to download and use to decorate your lip balms. Once you’ve downloaded the file you need (A4 or LETTER) you’ll noticed that there are two pages – one with the labels the right way around, the other with the labels in reverse.

Lip Balm LabelsA4 or LETTER

Page one: Labels the right way around – Print on sticker paper.
Page two: Labels in reverse – Below you’ll see some cute little gift bags we created to package the Lip Balms in, and for this you’ll need Iron-On transfer paper, and the reversed labels.

Here’s how we decorated our two pots of Lip Balm – feel free to get creative though, we’ve included lots of different labels so you can have fun with it!

DIY Lip Balm

You’ll need:
- Finished and cooled Lip Balms, sealed
- Plain Muslin Bag
- Ribbon
- Tape
- A printed sheet of labels (the right way around) on sticker paper. Cut out the ones you want.
- A printed sheet of the reversed labels on Iron-on Transfer paper. Cut out ones you want to use according to packet instructions.

JAR 1:
We decided to use one of the full-jar stickers, so start by peeling off the backing, then position the circle part over the jar lid and stick down. The wrap the two arms around the jar and secure on the bottom.

DIY Lip BalmJAR 2:
For jar 2 we wanted to use some ribbon. Start by measuring out and cutting some ribbon, wrap it around the jar and secure the ends on the bottom of the jar with tape. Cut out one of the round stickers and peel off the backing. Stick it on top of the lid, over the ribbon.

DIY Lip BalmThat’s it!

DIY Lip Balm

To make a gift bag to package your new lip balms in, cut out the labels you want from the ones you printed on the Iron-On Transfer Paper. Iron them onto the muslin bag according to the packet instructions.

DIY Lip Balm DIY Lip Balm

Doesn’t it look great?! I’m sure it’d be well-received if you were to make these for someone special :)

Thank you again to Militza for teaming up with me on these lovely DIYs! Be sure you check out her blog for loads more all-natural and eco-friendly tips, workshops, and tutorials :)

FF Gift Guide for Kids

November 25, 2013 | Christmas, Guides

Hi, happy Monday! Did you all have a nice weekend?

This morning we’re doing the last of our Gift Guides – for the kiddies! I had a bit of a tricky time putting this one together if I’m honest… I don’t have any kids, and *obviously* kids range so much in age, so it was hard to narrow down my selections! There’s just so much gorgeous stuff out there for kids! I’ve tried to choose gifts for a range of ages, so hopefully there’ll be something here for everyone :)

Gift Guide Boys

1. Piccoli ‘Little Bean’ Bean Bag (Olliella)  2. Submarine Money Bank (Amazon)  3. Little Aeroplane (Incy Interiors)  4. Cubebot Micro Blue (Lilly Lolly or Amazon)  5. Hang in the Balance Board (The Land of Nod)  6. Black & White Stripe Tent (The Teepee Guy)  7. Let’s Go Camping Wall Decals (Love Mae)  8. Bats Single Quilt & Pillow Case (Kip & Co.)Gift Guide Girls

9. ‘The Ice Package’ Hair Ties (Mane Message)  10. Porcelain Bunny Lamp (Lark)  11. Floral Bomb Wonder Tent (Such Great Heights)  12. MoTex Embossing Label Maker (My Messy Room)  13. Housse de Couette Bigotte (AM.PM.)  14. Pony String Lights (Urban Outfitters)  15. Awesome Canvas Purse (Lark)  16. Pixie Mint Wooden Toy Camera (Twig)

DIY Advent Calendar

November 19, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hiiiii! Happy Tuesday :)

I’m curious – do any of you do Advent Calendars in your house? We didn’t really have them growing up, but when I did an exchange to Switzerland in year 11, my host family did it beautifully, with boxes lining the staircase, each one holding a little gift or message. I loved it, and it’s stuck with me all these years (thanks Maryline!)! So I thought it might be fun to do another one this year – for my Husband, seeing as we have no kiddies ;)

I had grand plans for this advent calendar, but I’ll be honest – it ended up being a little more time-consuming and tricky than I’d thought! It was one of those DIYs that had me debating whether to keep pushing on with it, or pack it in and admit defeat. As you can see, I did push on with it, and I’m glad I did. I think it’ll be really fun :)

Advent Calendar DIY

So this is it: I made some lidless boxes out of Kraft card, fill each box with a gift/message, then covered the openings with tissue paper. So when each day comes, my hubby will break through the tissue and find a prize. I can imagine kids would love the act of breaking into each box with their hands to find a surprise inside, don’t you think? And I’m pretty sure normally Advent Calendars only go to day 24, but I thought opening one on Christmas day would be nice too.

So, if you’d like to give this a go I’ll put some instructions below. If you’re not crazy like me and would prefer to just buy 25 boxes (approx. 10cm x 10cm) instead of making them – I’d recommend it! It’d make the whole DIY easier and save a lot of time and hand-ache! In that case, you can skip to Step 4.

Here’s what you’ll need:
- 25 x A3 size, medium weight card (any colour, thick enough to hold it’s own weight, but thin enough to be cut and folded)
- Scissors, Ruler, Pencil
- Stapler and lots of staples
- Tissue Paper
- Sticky Tape
- Advent Numbers printed on sticker paper, then cut or punched out (LETTER or A4)
- Little gifts or messages to fill your boxes!

Step 1.
On one sheet of A3 card, measure out a box template (see below). I ended up doing mine with 99mm sides so that it’d fit exactly across the width of my A3 card. You can make them whatever size you like though – just make sure they’re deep enough to hold little gifts, and wide enough for a hand. Cut template out.

Advent Calendar DIYStep 2.
Use this first box as a template, and trace around it onto the rest of your A3 sheets of card. Cut them all out.

Advent Calendar DIY

Step 3.
Using a ruler as a guide, fold in the sides and the flaps on each box. Make sure they’re clean, sharp folds. Use a stapler to attach the flaps to the sides, forming your box. You can also glue these, but it takes a lot longer!

Advent Calendar DIYStep 4.
Now that you’ve got your boxes (or if you bought boxes), it’s now time to fill and seal them. I’d recommend writing a list of which gifts will go in each day so you can keep track of what’s where, and spread out any bigger gifts.

Start by cutting the tissue paper into approx. 13 x 13 cm squares. Choose whichever colours you’d like – I chose gold :)

Advent Calendar DIYStep 5.
Take a box, and put the gift inside. If the gift is too big to fit in the box, put a little note or clue to tell them where to find it. It’s fun that way! :)

Advent Calendar DIYStep 6.
Cut off 4 lengths of sticky tape, each slightly longer than one side of the box. Stick the tissue over the box opening, starting with two opposite sides first, then fold in the other two sides like you’d wrap a gift. Use the remaining sticky tape to stick them down. Tissue paper is quite fragile, so you might have to be gentle.

Advent Calendar DIY

Step 7.
Lastly, take the Advent Numbers you cut out before and gently stick the corresponding number into the middle of the tissue paper. That’s it!

Finish the rest of the boxes, then work out how you’d like to stack them. I found that when mine were stacked, they could be a little wobbly, so I ran a strip of washi tape along the length (underneath and on top) of each row to hold them together. You could also stick them to a board.

Advent Calendar DIY

So as you can see, it’s fairly involved! But it’ll make December just that much more fun :)

See all our DIYs here!

FF Gift Guide for Him

November 18, 2013 | Christmas, Guides

I don’t know about you, but I find guys so hard to buy for! My hubby loves techie type things – things which I know nothing about – so it’s always a challenge trying to find a gift for him that I know he’ll like and use. I did some extensive searching for these gift ideas, so hopefully if there’s a man in your life who’s hard to buy for, some of these ideas will help! :)Gift Guide for Him

1. Whole Larder Love: Grow, Hunt, Gather, Cook (Amazon)   2. 100% Natural Beard Tonic (Herbivore Botanicals)   3. Walnut iPhone Case (Rootcases)   4. Olive Drab Duffle (Joshu Vela)   5. Empty Memory Rose Gold 4GB USB Stick (Logical Art Design Ltd)   6. Empty Memory Black Rhodium 4GB Memory Stick (Logical Art Design Ltd)   7. Handmade Brown and Blue Necktie (Son of Soren)

Gift Guide for Him

8. Men & Mountains T-Shirt (Arquebus Clothing)   9. Build Your Own Bluetooth Speakers Kit (Furni)   10. Annual Art Subscription (Papirmass)   11. F45 Lois Sports Bag (Freitag)   12. Shave Bundle (Imperial Barber Products)   13. F54 Brandon Wallet (Freitag)

I hope something here will spark some great gift ideas! And if you missed our Gift Guide for the girls, check that out here!