Gift Wrap Finishing Touches

There are two types of people when it comes to gift wrapping…those who loathe it, those who LOVE it. I’ve always been a lover of gift wrapping so I’m excited to join 9 friends in a Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas blog hop! 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

And I’m the type who makes gift wrapping an event – a holiday party for one! I prefer to do it all at once. I love the tradition of setting out the supplies just so with a view of the Christmas tree…rolls of beautiful gift wrap, displays of cute holiday tags, whimsical ornaments, glitter pens, tape, ribbon and scissors. Pump up the volume on the Michael Bublé Christmas album, dress up in your most comfy pjs and grab a mug of hot cocoa…I’m going to share some gift wrapping finishing touches with you.

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff  

last year’s gift wrap to coordinated with an orange and green Christmas theme

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge

Each year, I select about 4-5 coordinating rolls of Christmas wrapping paper. I love mixing patterns. And I do prefer that the wrap matches my holiday decor too. So this year, it’s traditional red and green with a touch of black. 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Above was staging of empty boxes for my Dream Tree Challenge but what I’m sharing today is what I’ve gathered for real gift-giving this year. I snagged a fun mix of patterns ranging from plaid, stripes, reindeer and text in red, white, green and black from Michaels. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Embellishments: decorative/washi tape (you know that collection you have but never quite use? GET IT!), black/white printed photos, monogrammed letters, cute gift tags, bows, ribbon, twine and some snips of pine, small ornaments, little DIY crafts/gifts.

And since a tutorial isn’t really necessary, let’s just cut to the chase and show some pretty gift wrap ideas in photos, okay? OKAY! Here we go…

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Use decorative tape instead of ribbon to secure/stack a collection of gifts. I used chalk tape above. I love the satiny wide ribbon-like look. And those presents are going to stay stacked! Grab a chalk marker and personalize! Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Add small handmade gifts or ornaments instead of a bow. Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tips: If you prefer wrapping gifts as you go, designate a roll (or coordinating rolls) for each family member. 1. That way you can embellish with tags/bows/etc. after the gifts are under the tree (tag the first gift you wrap for each member so you know who’s paper belongs to who). It makes storing much easier until “Santa” arrives! 2. It also makes it easier to tally the # of gifts for each person (in case you have a little one who keeps track!) 3. It’ll create a nice mix of colors and patterns when on display under your Christmas tree. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Snag a photo straight from social media, print in black/white on card stock to create an easy and personalized gift tag!

Are you an all at once or as you go wrapper? Love it or loathe it?

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

See more creative holiday gift wrapping ideas from these awesome blog friends:

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Love Your Home Challenge

In 2007, we purchased a fixer upper farmhouse with the goal of creating our dream home and 8 years later, we’ve come a long way but it’s still far from being finished. Most times it’s finances that keep projects on the back burner. Sometimes things get a little out of hand and taking the time to care for our home becomes last priority. It happens. ::gasp:: I know. Lately, I’ve gone from seeing the potential and enjoying the journey to feeling like there’s never enough money, things are too cluttered and just feeling overwhelmed by it all. 

Love Your Home

This couldn’t have come at a better time. I was invited to complete a simple Love Your Home Challenge and recently had the opportunity to read through an inspiring new book by long time blog acquaintance, Melissa Michaels from the Inspired Room, called “Love the Home You Have”: Inspiration to embrace imperfections, a reminder to focus on the blessings and to embrace “home”, no matter what stage it’s in, no matter what life stage we’re in. It reminded me to look at the things I do enjoy about this home. Baking in the kitchen when it’s clean…

DIYShowOff kitchen

baby giggles on the bed in the sweet guest room/nursery…

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

the lighting and thrifted charm of our family room…

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

an organized open pantry…

open pantry at

But it’s so easy to get caught up in what’s not finished, what’s not perfect, to lose sight of creating a dream home right where we are. And I couldn’t help but put the book aside to tackle an area that I’ve been putting off. Something simple. The dreaded drop zone that used to be our dining room table…


Yikes! #loveyourhomechallenge

“Love the Home you Have” is a simple reminder that one small step a day of taking care of the little things contributes to a happy home. Whether it’s simply wiping down the cabinets, decluttering, cleaning, rearranging furniture or clearing the dining room table. Something, anything – brings about a sense of accomplishment and contentment. 

Love The Home You Have from The Inspired Room on Vimeo.

My mission: organizing the mess, putting things away, a little light cleaning, shopping the house for a fresh touch. The room still needs painted. I still look at the built-ins and cringe. I have a completely different vision in mind but for now I can focus on the things I do love when I walk through this room. I can enjoy the beautiful barn wood trestle table. I have a clear line of vision to the sliding door that gives me a thrill and I can plan the first step to turning the entire room into a room I’ll drool over…someday. But in the meantime – it’s clean. It’s de-cluttered. It’s no longer overwhelming. It makes me happy. 

#loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room #loveyourhomechallenge @diyshowoff dining room

Need a little refresher course to remember to Love the Home you Have? Treat yourself by adding this easy, inspiring read to your collection of design books. Affiliate link:

What is it about your home that’s holding you back? Start with a small step, one small goal. Embrace your surroundings. Make it yours. Love what you have. What if you got up right now and took 15 minutes. Where would you start? 

  1. List three reasons you’re grateful for the home you have. 
  2. Start a special tradition or create a fun memory in your home. 
  3. Think of one area of your home you enjoy and why. 

Love Your Home Challenge

Share your own Love Your Home challenges on the new community site Home Love Stories. 

Love Your Home Challenge

See more Love Your Home Challenges from these blog friends: 

Thanksgiving Inspiration from That DIY Party

I love keeping up with your pretty and creative ideas linked up each week. Today I’m featuring some beautiful Thanksgiving inspiration from That DIY Party {in no particular order}. So many great ideas. So much talent. Visit the links for all of the details. Make some new friends!

That DIY Party Thanksgiving Highlights @diyshowoff

Simple Rustic Table Setting at Love Grows Wild

Holiday-Table-Setting @lovegrowswild

Thanksgiving table two ways at Frazzled Joy

Thanksgiving table @frazzledjoy blog

Glitter Indian Corn Place Cards at Oh My – Creative

Glitter-Indian-Corn-Place-Cards @ohmycreative  

Thankful tin can luminaries tutorial at Dwelling in Happiness

Thankful luminaries @dwellinginhappiness  

Thanksgiving Tablescape at Delineate Your Dwelling

and a Thanksgiving day clay banner

Thanksgiving-Table @delineateyourdwelling

Natural Leaf Charger at An Extraordinary Day

visit her beautiful Woodland Thanksgiving Tablescape too.

Tutorial-to-Create-a-Natural-Leaf-Charger @AnExtraordinaryDay

 Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings at Hello Little Home

DIY-gilded-acorn-napkin-rings @hellolittlehome


Wood Candle Holders at Love Create Celebrate

wood candleholders @lovecreatecelebrate

How to Expand a Dining Table at Tiny Sidekick

and glitter gold leaf garland tutorial

how-to-expand-a-dining-table @tinysidekick


Falling Leaves Art at Desert Willow Lane

falling leaves art work @desertwillowlane


Give Thanks Turkey Slat Sign at Home Made Interest

Give-Thanks-Turkey-Slat-Sign @homemadeinterest

Thankful Table at Lovely Livings

thankful table @lovelylivings blog


Natural Fall Tablescape at Restoration House Interiors

Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape @restorationhouseinteriors


Thanksgiving Place Card Napkin Wraps at Our Pinteresting Family

thanksgiving place card napkin wraps @ourpinterestingfamily

20 Thanksgiving Traditions at LouLou Girls

Thanksgiving Family traditions @loulougirls

Thanksgiving at Southern Seazons

Thanksgiving @southernseazons


DIY Harvest Sign at Decorating Cents

DIY harvest sign @decoratingcents


2 Thanksgiving Mantels at Patina Paradise

Thanksgiving mantel @patinaparadise


Gratitude Jar at Our Peaceful Planet

gratidude jar @ourpeacefulplanet

Thankful Sign at Clockwork Interiors

Thankful Sign @clockworkinteriors

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, friends! xo You can link up at That DIY Party every Sunday through Friday here

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Remember to pin from the original source of visit the That DIY Party Highlights Pinterest board and re-pin from the original source there. Enjoy the day! 

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New Orleans Getaway

I just had the pleasure of spending a few days in New Orleans, you guys, and had the best time! Gina from the Shabby Creek Cottage and I celebrated our birthdays with a girls’ getaway weekend. And rather than staying in a hotel, we used Trip Advisor’s vacation rental property site, FlipKey, to find a beautiful home that would fit our needs.  

New Orleans rental studio apartment at

Our experience felt way more personal and special because of staying in a residential area, almost like we were one of the locals. Well, locals with cameras, no sense of direction in an unknown city, wide-eyed and excited to see the sights!

New Orleans mardi gras beads

There were so many options on Flipkey, with the ability to select the property features in any area (pretty much anywhere in the world). We found the cutest rental (here) in a beautiful historic mansion (but still close to everything) to spend our time. And wow!, were we ever happy with our decision (this location is said to be perfect for Jazz Fest!). New Orleans home

We chose a small studio apartment (beautifully decorated by the homeowner – with a few fun DIY accents too)! Take a look at how pretty and comfortable our little home away from home was – sweet decorative accents and smart ideas for small space living… New Orleans small space living LOVE pillow original photo by TG Herrington

Minimalistic small space living was a pleasant change and so motivating to make de-cluttering a part of spring cleaning this year.

eclectic entry area New Orleans studio apartment living room small space living console table mirror

The description: The flat is open, airy and just plain sexy. It features high ceilings, large windows, painted hardwood floors, central air, a queen sized bed, flat screen TV, petite couch, an Eames rocking chair and a few other things. The kitchen has all stainless steal appliances, microwave, washer/dryer and an expresso machine. It really feels like a suite in a boutique hotel, its about 500 sq ft. In addition, all linens and toiletries are provided.

New Orleans studio apartment kitchen Small? Yes. But still way roomier than a hotel room. kitchen shelves

The Mansion has some incredible history: it was built by the Storyville Madame Josie Arlington. Although it was her private residence, it was known that she entertained some of favorite client’s here. Josie’s once famed parlor is now a private flat on the west side of the estate with its own private entrance. The bathroom was small but made the best use of space.

small apartment bathroom

Modern, clean, full of charm and beautiful architectural detail. The homeowners were very genuine and friendly and even treated us with a sweet mid-morning snack. 

biscuits and jam

Knowing our obsessions with homes, the homeowners invited us to tour the main house and another rental they’re working on…that decorating and home improvement eye candy was a definite highlight for these DIY girls! Stunning! I guarantee you’ll see their home on the glossy pages of a home magazine one day in the future. And again, getting to know the property owners was way more fun and interesting than strictly polite business of hired hotel staff.

We kept the theme of our getaway schedule-free, stress-free and low key but still managed to eat amazing food, win $9 at the penny slots, walk the French Quarter,

French Market Place carriage tour Rue de Chartres

 sample beignets

hot chocolate and beignets

at Cafe du Monde,

cafe du monde

shop Magazine Street,

Magazine Street

take a cemetery tour (or two)

St. Louis Cemetery 3

and to drool over the history, beautiful trees and architecture in the Garden District, actually in the entire city to be honest. 

New Orleans Garden District New Orleans street car New Orleans historic home

If you haven’t been to NOLA, it’s definitely a spot you’ll want to add to your bucket list (if you need a travel buddy – let me know! I’m ready to go back!) and if you have visited, what was your favorite thing about the Big Easy? I’ll share a bit of what I loved most next week. 

Disclaimer: I was offered a free trial, in part, through FlipKey. As always, opinion is 100% my own.

DIY Highlights

As always (and I mean ALWAYS AND FOREVER), I’m blown away and inspired by everyone’s creativity and hard work. Thank you for sharing your links in the weekly THAT DIY PARTY. I love visiting the party links, pinning and seeing what others have been doing. It motivates me to work on projects, inspires me to think outside of the box. Here are some DIY highlights from last week that I think you’re going to want to see if you missed them:

DIY Party Highlights


It’s no secret that I love Angela’s style, furniture makeovers and beautiful home. She shared her living room tour at Number Fifty Three this week and it’s such an amazing mix of old and new. It calls me to  relax, unwind and to just be peaceful. 

number fifty three blog living room tour  

I’d spend every minute at home if this was mine: Linda’s beautiful and inspiring screened porch at It All Started with Paint.

It All Started with Paint screened porch makeover

Molly’s eclectic style reeled me in. Love her DIY salvaged industrial and colorful entryway at the Poor Sophisticate! Fun!

bohemianindustrialentryway at the poor sophisticate


Susan took and old pallet and created this super fun pallet chalkboard message center at Rustic Rediscovered. Pallet, chalkboard, chicken wire – love it!

pallet message center at rustic rediscovered  


You know I love painted floors (here and here). I know it’s not an option for everyone but if it’s something you’d really love to try too, how about trying it in a closet? That’s what Katie did. I love her painted closet floor at Creatively Living Blog

Closet-Floor-Design at Creatively Living Blog

I’ve never seen this done before and thought it was pretty clever and a great idea for all of those left over fabric scraps. Susan shares how to make fabric tape at Sugar Beans. (Susan – I tried to leave you a comment to let you know…I tried three different commenting options but kept being told to try again later.)

diy fabric tape at sugar beans


Allison shares an old washstand turned bar makeover at Fab Rehab Creations. How clever! Function and beauty!

washstand bar at Fab Rehab Creations


I am in loooove with Tammy’s DIY gutter planter outdoor window shade project at One More Time Events. I need this, don’t I? 

gutter planter window shade at One More Time Events


Thanks for sharing your inspiring DIY projects and creativity, ladies!

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Got something to ‘show off’? Head over to THAT DIY PARTY to share! A large percentage of DIY party links are pinned each week in an effort to ‘show off’ your hard work and creativity even more! A job well done deserves some recognition!  

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Todd & Lindsey

Dear DIY readers…I’d like you to meet Lindsey: talented crafter, baker and DIY’er at the blog Todd & Lindsey.

Last month, I hosted a Christmas Tree Contest. When I went to make the announcement in the last DIY Holiday Highlights party, I must have gotten sidetracked and dropped the ball. I’m so sorry! Way to go, right? {hanging my head in shame}

Thankfully, the winner is super sweet and patient. I’m excited to share that the Christmas tree with the most likes is…

Todd&Lindsey and their budget Christmas tree:

budget chrismtas tree

beautifully decorated with some DIY ornaments including:

With her mix of beautiful handmade ornaments, it’s no wonder she’s a winner. Congratulations, Lindsey!

christmas ornaments ToddLindsey

Her inspiring Christmas tree led me to another post, which prompted more looking around…little does she know, I didn’t just visit one post, I invited myself to take a look around and fell in love. So much goodness to see. Here is just a peek of the DIY (and more) goodness you’ll find at Todd & Lindsey…

Conversational Heart Garland Wreath – super cute for Valentine’s Day!

conversation heart wreath



DIY light bulb pears…adorable!

diy light bulb pears

a lovely home tour

Todd & Lindsey home tour beautiful muslin rosette wreath tutorial

DIY muslin rosette wreath

and look at this LOW CARB pizza…yum!

low carb pizza

I spy so much inspiration. See more DIY, tons of delicious recipes and more at…