hand made & DIY

wrap it up

all the cheap, thin wrapping paper out there makes me sad. the patterns don’t repeat cleanly, it tears when you try to cut it, and you can see the gift through the paper. enough already!

xmas wrapping with alphabet stamps

this year, i ordered a huge roll of kraft paper (i heart kraft paper, for realz). then, i stamped messages directly on the wrapping using my kids’ alphabet letter stamps and tied gifts with yarn and ribbon. very merry!

merry christmas stamped on kraft paper


calendar swap

this year i participated in a calendar swap organized by design crush + greedy girl wherein two people who have never met exchange calendars. brilliant and fun! i sent this calendar to my swapmate: the 2013 “resilience” wall calendar features vibrant woodcut artwork by my friend claire emery (designed by me!). this calendar is for sale on {READ MORE}


orange pomanders

you might be asking, “what is a pomander?” a pomander is an orange that is studded with cloves. you can tie a ribbon around the pomander and hang it or place several in a bowl to make a fragrant centerpiece for the table. very festive! once a pomander has dried, you may put it in {READ MORE}


wreath madness

my mom came to new york last week for a visit. she is the OC (original crafter) and has been wielding a hot glue gun since i can remember. while we were hanging out shooting the breeze at the dining table, i decided to harness her creative energy for my holiday wreath effort. yes, we {READ MORE}


holiday wreath making

fueled by halloween candy and restless from being cooped up indoors after hurricane sandy unleashed her wrath on new york city, i decided to get started on a project: xmas wreathes. this year, instead of giving dunkin’ donuts gift cards to my kids’ teachers, the girls and i are going to make wreathes for them. i’m {READ MORE}


all they want for xmas

i would be fibbing if i told you that i dread the holidays, put off shopping ’til the last minute and just want to curl up with some spiked cocoa and my dog during the season of giving. au contraire! i start thinking about what i’m going to do for the holidays as soon as {READ MORE}


independence day wreath

i love this felted wool wreath so much that i had to make one of my own. my idea was to create a felted wreath for independence day based on the american flag—a classic source of design inspiration. (plus, i was born on the 4th of july.) i used eco felt, made from recycled plastic {READ MORE}