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On the topic of Pinterest (and in the spirit of the holidays) I have decided to compile a few of my personal favorite pins. These will be sure to kick your holidays into high gear, or at least inspire your own pin-worthy ideas. Enjoy!

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This pin takes you directly to the site that displays for you 25 very different ornaments and how to create them. I especially like this pin because it is a way for me to get my apartment in the spirit in a budget friendly way, when I do not already have an entire Christmas stock like say, my mother. My goal is to create every single one so I can have quite the diverse mini tree. 

When it comes to gifting, Pinterest has suggestions galore. There are quite a few that I have on my list (discontinue reading now family members). 

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This particular treat can be altered to taste of course, but the sweetness of the gift is never diminished. Mason jars can easily be fashioned from leftover jam or peanut butter jars. 

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I find this pun absolutely adorable yet simple. Without being extravagant, this gift can be a stocking stuffer for all the ladies in your life this holiday season. And luckily, getting pampered never goes out of style.

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This made me laugh immediately. Those beers are so cute! Upon discovering this pin I thought of my step-dad. An avid lover of craft beer, especially anything seasonal, I knew that this would be one of my gifts to him. I know he is going to love it. A few pipe cleaners and some googly eyes later, and you’ve got yourself a herd of reindeer. 

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Now to me, this one takes the cake. I couldn’t help myself, that was too easy. But honestly, I am a sucker for sweets. While I am envious of some of the flamboyant holiday toppers I see around this season, not everyone is so steady of hand. So I opt for a simple design that delivers punch. Your base of the wreath is your run of the mill cupcakes. Easy enough right? Arrange to your liking and then frost to, lets say, the extent of your ability. It doesn’t have to be intricate to get the point across. All that matters is that it is in the spirit of the season. 

If these holiday suggestions don’t get you into the Christmas spirit then you are just a Scrooge. Now I know none of you are any Ebeneezer, so let me know what you think! Tell me what inspired you, any spin-offs? Let me know fellow pinners, tis the season. 

 

Pinterest

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We all know what Pinterest is, and if you don’t, time to crawl out of your cave. Pinterest is a visual party. Users register for free and then can organize their interests on their personal profile ranging from their hobbies, interests, jobs, guilty pleasures, etc. Pinterest has a little bit of everything for everyone.

I (among millions of others) am a big fan of the site.The most creative person in the world runs out of ideas at some point. Pinterest contains so many innovative ideas from people all around the world, there is literally nothing you cannot find. Home decor inspiration? Daily outfit pick-me-up? New holiday treat? Looking for inspiration? Found it. 

The way Pinterest is set up, you can scroll through predetermined categories, search your own key terms or simply browse whats popular at the moment. You can then “re-pin” things you like to your profile so you can go back to them later. It truly is genius. From my bulletin board made jewelry holder to my tie died shirts, Pinterest has guided me in many of my DIY projects. 

Not only has Pinterest been a great provider of personal inspiration, but it has also served as way to stay connected with friends and family, allowing you to share ideas with just a click. When my sister was planning her wedding, all of us bridesmaids would post things we thought she would like onto her bridal page and everyone was able to then comment directly on the photo. It was a really convenient way for us to exchange thoughts and ideas over state lines. 

Coined one of the “fifty best websites of 2011″ by Time Magazine, I couldn’t agree more. And with such a portal, only lays groundwork for more innovation. Pinterest is constantly evolving, just like us. So that kind of works out perfectly. So as long as Pinterest is supplying, I’m buying. For craft sake, I suggest you get on the bandwagon. 

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Craft Queen

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Taking note from my sister when she made her own pillow cover, I used similar strategies to make a small weekend tote bag. Beginning again with fabric strips from thrift store neglects (pattern and dimensions vary to personal taste) I cut about 25 strips about 36 inches in length and 3-4 inches in width. Ironing them all to perfection, I laid the fabric pieces into the pattern I envisioned. 

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Following the same concept again as with the pillow, I let the strips kiss with a slight overlap to then sew them together. Make sure to allot two to three strips to make the bottom of the tote. Continue sewing the strips to create a long rectangle that you will eventually fold end to end to create the body of your tote. Now, when it comes to the handles of the tote there is definite leeway and it all depends on personal preference. You can make them as long or as short as you would like. I do suggest having two handles though, one on each side of the tote to allow for proper closure. You can braid small pieces together to make a rope-like handle, twist a piece of fabric to create a textured look, or simply have two standard strips like you’ve had for the tote so far, whatever you desire.

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The shorter pieces pictured are what I have set aside to serve as the base of the tote. This is a lot more simpler than it may seem at first glance. Once you begin using your hands and you get the feel of the fabric and needle, the rest comes easily. And before long, you will have yourself a new and original tote bag. 

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For the handles on my tote I chose a a solid color and sewed it into itself with a plain white stitch to allow a delicate border. Money savings aside, nothing beats the pride of creating your own original piece of work that is also functional. I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet tutorial and I encourage you to create your own work of art. Feel free to comment with your own creations! 

IRecycle

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Going through a typical social media run through on my iPhone, my Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, etc., I came across an article posted by an online news site I enjoy and follow, Elite Daily. The article is titled, “IRecycle: This Brilliant Company Turns Broken Iphones Into Useful Everyday Items.” Reading on, I was thoroughly impressed. Chris Koerner, a graduate from the University of Alabama, has taken an idea and run wild.

From setting up small cell phone repair shops, to realizing that that wasn’t enough, Chris has begun a journey with “Twice Used”.  Twice Used is an organized system with multiple sources that have provided him with thousands of cracked iPhones. The shattered screens that can be recycled and used again, will. These screens account for about 75%. Which leaves approximately 25% of all shattered electronic screens (not subject to solely iPhone) unable to be restored.

Our landfills are not the place for discarded iPhones. These electronic screens emit radiation as well as contain Mercury; meaning unsuitable for burning or burial. So Chris decided to get creative with it. He wants to take your broken gadget and make it into a functional piece of art. Be it a picture frame, a coffee table, a bracelet or a pair of earrings, Twice Used will make it, completely Icycled.

Right now Twice Used is in operation but is also a work in progress. Currently being backed up by Kickstarter,http://www.kickstarter.com/, Chris Koerner is in need of assistance. In search of funding to further the project, Chris is ultimately trying to raise awareness. He definitely deserves a checkout, if not your full support.

http://elitedaily.com/envision/irecycle-this-brilliant-company-turns-broken-iphones-into-useful-everyday-items-video/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twiceused/twice-used-broken-iphones-upcycled-into-everyday-i

Holiday Gift Wrap DIY Roundup

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If your gift wrapping strategy needs a little revamping, check out these great gift wrap DIYs for some inspiration!

Instagram Gift Wrap from Lemon Jitters

So you have like a thousand Instagram pictures, but what good are they if they’re only on your tiny cell phone screen? Lemon Jitters has a great way to put those pics to good use! Print them out and cut them into tags to add a little bit of personality to your holiday wrapping. You could even personalize them further by using photos of the recipient as the tag!

Glitter Wrapping from Best Day Ever

We said it before, we’ll say it again: we love sparkles! This glitter gift wrap DIY from Best Day Ever is perfect for those who share our sentiments!

Cozy Gift Wrap Boxwood Clippings

Keep your presents nice and cozy this holiday season. The adorable DIY from Boxwood Clippings shows you how to re-purpose those old sweaters into these cute gift sleeves!

Snowflake Thread Wrap from Oipaketti

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DIY: Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards

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When it comes to decorating for the holidays, there seem to be two popular schools of thought: embracing rustic roots or going glamorous. Rustic holiday decor uses warm colors, natural textures like burlap, and brown butcher paper wrapping. On the other hand we have the glam holiday decor which is all about sparkle and shine, metallics, and grandeur!

This holiday season the twain shall meet in our holiday DIY segment! First up we have a set of Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards. The natural-colored card stock offers a nice contrast to the metallic lace and rhinestones. It’s the perfect mix of styles!

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DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

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Natural Card Stock

Lt. Siam SS20

Emerald SS20

Lt. Colorado Topaz SS30

Fine Metallic Lace #56465

Silver 3mm Cord #00329

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Rhinestone glue syringe

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DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 12 teardrops.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

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Sunday Shopping

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Sunday really is just the best day to go shopping. Or any errands I guess. My errands typically turn to shopping somehow. Regardless, I took this past Sunday to explore one of my favorite thrift stores in all of south Tampa, Sunshine Thrift. Nearing the end of South Dale Mabry Highway, it houses the ultimate old lady giveaways, and they keep it classy. I have literally never walked out of Sunshine empty handed. 

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Photo Credit: Hailey Gartman. Sunshine Thrift, Tampa, Fl. 

And as if being in a thrift store wasn’t budget friendly enough, unbeknownst to me, I came in on an extra sale day. 

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Photo credit: Hailey Gartman. A sale will never go out of style. Sunshine Thrift, Tampa, Fl. 

A giant store stacked with hidden treasures lay before me. I am always overcome with a giddy type of excitement when entering a store, especially when I know good deals are in store. Patience is key in these types of ventures though, because there is A LOT to go through and you don’t want to carelessly pass over your next favorite blazer or crop top do you? I didn’t think so. So you have to take your time. And you have to be really open. Don’t dismiss anything and try on everything! You never know what something could look like on your body. You never know what kind of creative undertaking you might imagine in that dressing room that could really put that personal flare into your clothing.

This dress is hideous, way too long, look at that neckline, blah blah blah, I’ve heard it all. That is where the do-it-yourself notion comes into play. And no, you don’t have three left hands. Something as simple as shortening a hemline, removing shoulder pads, or creating your own cinched waistline can really modernize a vintage piece and is not as complicated as some conjure it.  

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Photo credit: Hailey Gartman. Sunshine Thrift, Tampa, Fl. 

Racks on racks on racks to choose from, I sifted through as many as my arms would let me. Going into the dressing room with over 30 items, I knew I would not be buying everything. I knew I wouldn’t like everything! Another thing to keep in mind while thrift shopping, is realizing that throughout the history of fashion, clothes have been designed for a different woman’s body. Specific parts of the body have been highlighted throughout the decades. While some eras have emphasized broad shoulders and cinched waists, others have focused on detailing and over sized looks. They aren’t typical to today’s run of the mill seam lines and cuts, as they shouldn’t be. You’re shopping vintage wear! So that is why being open to different styles is key. I enter the dressing room with a wide variety of options and come out with pieces I never would have thought to look for in the first place, but turn out perfect for me. 

Countless outfit changes later, I emerge with my fresh finds and eager to scout the accessories. Sifting through the shoes, I swear every one that I like is a half a size off one way or the other. That is my least profitable department in thrift wear, I almost never find those perfectly adorable thrifted loafers or chic vintage pumps. I am convinced every woman before the 90′s wore a size 7 shoe. 

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Photo credit: Hailey Gartman. Sunshine Thrift, Tampa, Fl. 

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Photo credit: Hailey Gartman. Sunshine Thrift, Tampa, Fl. 

On the brighter side, one category I almost always prevail in is the jewelry department. It really is no question as to why, there is an incredible selection to choose from here at Sunshine Thrift and they are constantly replenishing stock. I don’t think that my style expression can be necessarily pegged into any particular genre like some people like to do. I am modern and vintage and classic and hippie and rocker and professional and barbie doll molded into a fairly normal girl who stands to 5’4. I am open to a many different things and I think that turns out to be really fundamental when it comes to how I look at thrift shopping in general. Or basically that is my complicated excuse for finding something in every department. 

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Photo credit: Hailey Gartman. Sunshine Thrift, Tampa, Fl. 

As per usual, I had a successful trip to Sunshine Thrift in south Tampa. I left with my typical high from scoring great finds at great prices. 

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Photo credit: Hailey Gartman. The final selections. 

From left to right: Printed Crop Top: $1.95, Sheer Purple Button Down: marked at $6.95, sale price $3.43, White Silk Blouse: $2.95. Red Beaded Necklace: $.50, White and Grey Necklace: $3.00, Brass Beaded Necklace: $2.00.

And that is how you thrift.