Simple & beautiful holiday gift wrapping

If you’re like me, wrapping gifts is just as fun as shopping for that special someone! But, holiday gift wrapping doesn’t have to be time consuming. Start by selecting a theme for your gift wrap. Using similar styled paper will create a unified look throughout your gifts.

Create a simple and stylish tag using a stamp. There’s a variety of festive options at your local craft store, along with pre-cut tag shapes to add beauty to your gifts.

Choose ribbon, yarn or twine to secure the tag and accents that will add that special touch. I’ve used sprigs of holly or even small branches from my Christmas tree.

This year, I selected bronze jingle bells, burlap ribbon and twine to add a vintage charm. Plus, a few springs from my potpourri bag and the gifts look beautiful! Then, just handwrite the to and from directly on the tags.

Happy wrapping!


Breezy Nights Infinity Scarf 

It’s officially fall, but still hot in Texas! Now that the nights are starting to bringing a chill, having fun, layering go-to scarfs in your wardrobe is perfect this time of year.

I picked up some light-weight, gauzy fabric with my Mom a few months ago and thought it would be lovely for a simple infinity scarf.

Supplies: 2 yards of light-weight fabric, thread, scissors, pins and an iron.

Begin by cutting your fabric along the long-edge. Then fold the fabric in half (again along the long edge), place the right sides together and pin in place. Since we will want to hide the seam, we will create a french seam. First, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance. 

Then, trim the seam allowance down to 1/8″.  Press the seam to one side. Then turn the fabric so the right side is facing out. Now, sew along the same edge again, this time with the right side up at a 1/4″ seam allowance. This will trap the original seam and allowance in the fold, creating a beautiful, seamless edge. 

Now, just just sew the outer edges. You can add a decorative edging with pom-pom ribbon or keep the edges clean and simple by sewing at 1/8″. 

Wash and you are ready to enjoy the cooler temps!


Easy Faux Succulent Arrangements 

Autumn is nearly here! And, with gatherings and guests around the corner, you may be looking for an easy diy table arrangement. While I love real succulents (and believe me we have plenty on the back patio) making a faux table container is simple and easy to switch out for your upcoming holiday get-togethers.

Supplies: container, syrofoam insert, batting, 15+ faux succulents, pebbles and moss. No glue required!

Start with selecting a neutral container that will work with your seasonal changes. I love Magnolia Market’s cement bowls. I received them as a gift last year and they look lovely on our dining table.

Pick up a variety of succulents at your local craft store. I found a good variety of sprigs at Michaels and purchased about 15 for each container, along with a piece of styrofoam, batting and pebbles. I also included a little moss I had from another project.

The best part is you can do this arrangement without any gluing, so everything can be easily removed from the container for a new arrangement. 

First, place your styrofoam in the base of the container. You may need to cut to fit. Then fill in any gaps or edges with batting to create a flat base for your faux succulents. Now have fun arranging!  Starting in the middle, begin gently pushing the succulents into the styrofoam. Vary colors and styles to creating layers and interest throughout the arrangement. Fill in any gaps with pebbles and moss.

And in no time you will have a lovely succulent container for your dining table!

Cards · Diy

Wishing you a Happy Easter

Target is my go-to for all things, especially greeting cards. I’ve found some of the sweetest and cutest cards (and plenty of other items make their way into my cart!) But this Easter, I just couldn’t find that oh-so-special card so I decided a quick design would be perfect.

If you haven’t ventured over to Creative Market yet, you are in for a real treat. The site is full of beautiful fonts, all sorts of templates and some really amazing photographs. I downloaded the Beverly font for my Christmas gift tags and thought it would be a perfectly sweet choice for Easter cards too. I created a simple design with one of my favorite verses and printed it with black ink on my extra Christmas card stock (but you can use any cardstock for this).

Easter Card Verse
Easter Greeting Card | love+grace

Then, I added a little bow with pastel baker’s twine and voila – it’s ready to mail. Simple, yet beautiful.

Easter Greeting Card | love+grace
Easter Greeting Card | love+grace

Enjoy a free download of the 5×7 card I designed here: Easter Card Template. Wishing you a Happy Easter!


O Christmas Tree

I so love the smell of a Christmas tree! Richard and I went the day after Thanksgiving to pick ours out – it was quite the site to see us decorating it. I thought it was still missing a little something this week so I decided to add a few special ornaments.

Our neighbors have plenty of pine cones that have fallen off the trees so I picked a few from the sidewalks. I popped them in the oven for about 20 minutes. This dries up any sap and they can be stored for many Christmases to come.

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love+grace | Pine Cone Ornaments

I still had some burlap from our wedding so I decided to use it to make the loop on the top but you can use any ribbon or twine of your choosing. I cut the burlap into 7 inch strips and hot glued the ends together at the top of the pine cone.

Let them cool and then add to the tree. Merry Christmas!

love+grace | Our Christmas Tree

Christmas Blessings

One of my absolute favorite things about Christmas is making our Christmas cards. I love sharing a personal wish for my loved ones.

Here are a few from past years:

love+grace | Christmas Cards

I love the simplicity of the boxwood wreaths and topiaries I’ve been seeing this season. So I thought, why not add them to this year’s Christmas card.

I used a kraft 5×7 card with a matching envelope and printed a simple message on the card. Then using a spool of ribbon, I penciled a circle for where the wreath would go around the Christmas Blessings text.

love+grace | Christmas Cards

You may be lucky enough to have a boxwood growing in your yard so snip a few sprigs and you can be on your way to creating this simple card. I found this great mini wreath at Target that I cut apart for the card design. With a little hot glue on the sprigs the wreath began taking shape.

If you have any remaining springs, they will make perfect accents to your holiday gift wrapping.


Heaven’s Flower Pots

This past June my husband and I celebrated our first year of marriage – and what a wonderful journey it has been so far! As we continued to grow in our faithfulness this past year, I found myself praying the verse below quite often and wanted to find a charming way to share it with family and friends this Christmas.

With God All Things Are Possible. – Matthew 19:26

I picked out a few different sizes of unfinished clay pots at a wonderful shop nearby called Enchanted – even the name is charming! You may have some old pots just hiding in your backyard waiting to be filled. I painted them with outdoor patio paint in cloud white. You can add water to the paint for more of a white-washed look, and sponge grays to the base of the pot for more of an aged look. Let them dry 24-hours. I was going for a vintage feel so I used sandpaper to roughen the edges and create a few worn spots.

I printed a few special bible versus for the print. Or, you can find plenty of graphics online to download – be sure to mirror the image before printing and just use plain white paper.

love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

I cut out the graphic, took my mod podge and swiped on the printed graphic. Then I centered on the pot and rubbed it smooth. Then it’s another 24-hours of waiting – no peeking! The next morning, I dampened the paper with a wet paper towel and then ever-so-gently began rolling the paper off with my finger.

love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

After letting them dry, I sprayed them with a few coats of matte clear acrylic sealer.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

Then they were ready to plant. I found a great selection of succulents at Enchanted, along with cactus potting soil. Added a little water and sat them in the window sill for some sun.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

My pots of heaven will be going to some very special family and friends!

There’s also a great tutorial on transferring images using wax paper at Unexpected Elegance. Can’t wait to give this a try next!