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!


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