{because it is time to be bright}

miniature marquee tree garland

Miniature marquee garland for the Christmas tree! A Subtle Revelry

Miniature marquee garland for the Christmas tree! A Subtle Revelry

This week is one of my favorites of the year. Not only do we get to celebrate Thanksgiving, but the very next day we have a family tradition of going out to grab our big Christmas tree. This year I am a bit extra giddy because these strands of miniature marquees are going right up! They are festive, bright, and make for a perfect welcome to the season, on a mantel or on a tree.

Miniature marquee garland for the Christmas tree! A Subtle Revelry

Miniature marquee garland for the Christmas tree! A Subtle Revelry

Miniature marquee garland for the Christmas tree! A Subtle Revelry

The marquees are simple to make with bright paper. You will need a 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper for each of the letters, a hole punch, and a strand of lights to poke through. You’ll also need hot glue to attach the papers to their linings. The miniature marquees would be a fun project to craft by the fire – after this week’s festivities are through.  

Posted November 26, 2013 15 Comments
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diy inspired gifts – for the maker

Finding amazing gifts for those family members who seem to have everything, or those who tend to make everything can be tricky. That’s why I am loving the new interactive gift holiday catalog by The Grommet. It is geared specifically for the maker, the diy-er in your life. For the one who wants their present to be more of an experience, more of an adventure.

From home brewing, to cheese making, to knitting a (huge!) blanket – the interactive gift ideas will give you a great start to buying and giving differently this year. As a maker myself, here are a few picks from the line that I would love to see wrapped under the tree!

DIY inspired gifts

Gifts for the DIY inspired in your life: double rib knitting kit | playable art ballhopbox brewing kit | drawing robot kit | urban cheese-craft ricottagreen striped candles | molecule-r food kit | play deco postman.

This post is sponsored by The Grommet. The opinions and gift picks above are all mine. Thanks so much for supporting our holiday sponsors. xoxo

Posted November 25, 2013 1 Comment
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how to kiss anyone properly

How to Kiss Anyone Properly

With everyone traveling, meeting, and greeting this week – I thought it would be fun to talk for a minute about kissing. Although not a DIY party project per say, making merry often involves quite a bit of kissing. And this time of year it can be especially pronounced as many relatives and friends are spending time together feasting, drinking, and generally reveling with one another.

So I dug up some research and decided to offer up a bit of my own advice as well (I am Italian, my family is loud and touchy – we kiss a lot!). Here are my tips for kissing properly, while not halting the celebration, with anyone who might lean in this holiday season.

1. Sweetheart – Like you are in a black and white film. Leaned in, foot popped, and blurry eyed to anyone else.

2. Child – By sweetly holding both their hands to prevent any sort of hair pulling, earring fondling, or grub rubbing that often ensues with a kiss from a 3 year old. Plus, it makes you feel like an instant friend.  

Posted November 25, 2013 2 Comments
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ebay curated collections

It’s beginning to look a lot like… gift giving season! And being a gift giver by nature, I always get extra giddy this year picking out just the right something for every person on my list. I’ve gotten a jump start this year with eBay’s new curator collections #FollowItFindIt. I am excited to be contributing my own set of collections and have found so many gems just perfect for my favorite gift giving season of the year! Click right here to see all my finds and follow my curated eBay collections.

rainbows-and-unicorns

My rainbows and unicorns collection was made specifically with my daughter in mind. It’s all she can do not to talk about this combination of her favorite things – all the time! I already bought the My Little Pony hoodie for her birthday (there are even wings on the back!), and the inflatable unicorn head is definitely calling out our name.

eBay ski collection

My ski season eBay collection is filling up with really unique ideas for a gal who loves the snow and the lodge as much as she loves to ski.

eBay party collection

And no collection of mine would be complete without a few festive party details. The polkadot streamers were a must buy for the twin’s birthday party coming up in a couple weeks. The pretty blue in the cake stand would make even my most “homemade” baking project look amazing! Follow my party time collection right here for great finds that will help create a perfect party, any time of year. Plus, the unique and festive finds would all make great hostess gifts or nicely wrapped presents for gals who love a party (hint… hint…).  

Posted November 22, 2013 1 Comment
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light garland christmas party invitations

FREE festive garland invite printable

Yesterday we had our first snow, and with Thanksgiving week coming quick, I am definitely feeling in the mood to celebrate! While you are traveling (or enjoying time off) you can get a jump start on the holidays. Planning and sending out invitations will need to be finished soon for December parties.

This festive light garland is our first FREE holiday printable! Download the light strands, print at home (or at a copy shop), cut, print, and stuff. Perfect  for sending something cute, and great for last minute parties when you don’t have time to wait for cards to ship!

Free printable - festive garland light strand invitation and card >> A Subtle Revelry

Free printable - festive garland light strand invitation and card >> A Subtle Revelry

The free colorful light garland printable comes with an invitation template that is the perfect size for holding the festive strand of lights. Download via the pink button below. Simply write the party details on a couple of the bulbs and guests will be thrilled for the bit of holiday decor that comes along with their invite. Happy planning.  

Posted November 22, 2013 2 Comments
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{'tis the season for festive and fun}

bubblegum garland

Bubblegum Garland >> A Subtle Revelry

Move over cranberries… there’s a new festive Christmas favorite to string. Bubblegum! I stumbled upon one very large jar of bright bubblegum the other day and just knew it needed a second life strung up as garland on one of my trees.

Stringing up sweets is an old holiday tradition. We’ve done popcorn, cranberries, and other goodies in past years, but none quite gives the immediate festive umph that this bubblegum does.

Bubblegum Garland >> A Subtle Revelry

Bubblegum Garland >> A Subtle Revelry

Bubblegum Garland >> A Subtle Revelry

Bubblegum Garland >> A Subtle Revelry

Bubblegum Garland >> A Subtle Revelry

The garland couldn’t be easier to make! Simply thread a needle, poke through the center of a gum-ball, and repeat x100 or a 1000 – or as many strands as you can stand.

So string your heart out to a good ol’ Christmas movie next week and get a jump start on decorating this year with our favorite Christmas vibe – bright, festive, and filled with whimsical fun!

Bubblegum Garland >> A Subtle Revelry

Photography done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography.

Posted November 21, 2013 10 Comments
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