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DIY | GIFT WRAPPING IDEA NO.1

It's officially time to begin wrapping up gifts and I've create a couple of DIY gift wrapping ideas that would be perfect for this holiday season!  Below is a short tutorial on how to achieve the gift wrapping pictured below...

What you will need:

1. Kraft Wrapping Paper - for this tutorial I used this wrapping paper

2. Bakers Twine - in any color

3. One Small Branch - any thin branch you can find outside will do

4. Acrylic Paint

5. Gold Leaf Sheets + Adhesive - you can purchase this set

6. Two Paint Brushes

7. D I Y Watercolor Gift Tags - the tutorial can be found here

Start off by wrapping your gift in the kraft wrapping paper similar to the one pictured.  Then wrap your bakers twine several times around the center of your gift and tie a knot - be sure to leave at least 5 inches of twin on each side.  Do not trim the extra twine just yet, you will need it to wrap around your branch. 

Now it's time to move onto painting your little branch, select bright colors and begin painting! This part is really up to you, use the acrylic paint you selected to paint your branch however you see fit, but be sure to not paint the very bottom.  Once your branch has fully dried, paint on the gold leaf adhesive to the very bottom of your branch.  Then gently wrap around a small piece of a gold leaf sheet over your adhesive.  Allow your gold leaf to settle for a couple of minutes, then utilize your extra brush to gently remove the excess gold leaf.  

When you are ready, place your branch in the center of your wrapped gift and secure it by making knot around it with the extra twine.  Trim your excess twine and finally attach your D I Y Watercolor tag behind your branch (as pictured below.)

Remember that each gift is unique, so don't stress if each gift you wrap doesn't turn out exactly the same.  Just have fun with it!  Be sure to check back for more D I Y gift wrapping ideas!

D I Y | GIFT TAGS NO.1

With the holiday season sneaking up on us so quickly, I decided it was probably time I create another DIY to help you lovelies get prepared.  Handmade gift tags add that perfect little touch of love to any gift, and below is a super simple tutorial on how to create these watercolor gift tags pictured below.  

You will need the following:

1. Handmade paper - I used this paper found at Michaels (for some reason I wasn't able to find it on the Michaels US website, but worry not they do sell it in stores)

2. Scissors - any pair will do, just make sure they're able to cut thick stock

3. Paint Brush - preferably one suited for watercolor

4. Watercolor - select a color that compliments your gift wrapping

5. A cup of water

6. Hole punch

Again this tutorial is extremely simple, all you have to do is cut your handmade paper into rectangles that measure approximately 1.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches long.  If you have a small gift, please feel free to change the dimensions accordingly.  Then you will want to cut the top two corners of your rectangle at an angle (similar to the picture above) and use your hole punch to create a hole in the center near the top.  At this point, you will also want to make a little angled cut near the hole you just created (if you look closely you can see this detail in the tags pictured above).  This little cut give you the opportunity to attach the tag to any string or ribbon without having to tie it. 

 Now it's time for the fun part!  Once your tag is all cut out, you can finally start painting.  For these tags, I wanted them to have an angled "dip-dye" effect - to do this all you have to do is simply concentrate your watercolor at the bottom left hand corner of your tag.  After the color as fully dried, dip your paint brush in clean (unused) water and apply the water near the edge of the color you just applied.  This will give you the "dip-dye" effect of the gift tags pictured above.

And that's it!  These tags are so easy to make and you can customize them to coordinate with the rest of materials you plan to utilize for wrapping gifts.  I hope you lovelies enjoyed this little DIY - be sure to check back for some more DIY gift wrapping ideas!  Hope everyone is having a beautiful day!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

©Cristina Martinez - Lettering "Small Business Saturday"

It's Small Business Saturday!  Remember that by shopping small today (or any other day) you are supporting wonderful small business owners.  Your purchase allows them to continue to share their talent with the world and know that your purchase truly matters when you shop small.  In honor of Small Business Saturday, everything over at the shop (click here!) is 45% that's right, 45% OFF!!  To take advantage of this awesome deal just use the code "SHOPSMALL" at checkout.  Remember that I will be retiring many of my prints soon to make room for some new designs so be sure to snatch them up before they're gone!  I hope everyone is having a beautiful day and I would love to hear what small shops you love!

WINTER ESSENTIALS

Hi everyone!  It feels like it's been forever since I last blogged, but my husband and I are finally close to being settled into our new home.  Moving can be so incredibly stressful and scary - it was a bit daunting to enter an unfamiliar place that I was suddenly supposed to call "home," but once we moved our furniture and hung up some of our photos it slowly but surely began to feel like it truly was; ours.  

Another big change that has taken some getting used to has been the cold weather!  Prior to our move to WI I attempted to do my research on "the best" boots, "the best" coat, "the best" socks, and basically "the best" of everything for winter that would hopefully keep warm, comfortable and alive.  Well, my research did not fully prepare me for adjusting to this type of weather - it's been such a shock to go from the beautiful warm Texas weather to waking up and seeing snow outside your window nearly every day.  Though it's a big change for us, it's absolutely beautiful here!   

To handle the cold weather I created a little "Winter Essentials" (pictured above) collection of items I've either been getting quite a lot of use out since moving to WI or that are on my wish list.  Live in a cold area?  I'd love to hear what your winter essentials are!  Anyways, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday, and I just wanted to quickly thank you all for following my little blog.  You guys are the absolute best and your continued support means the world to me.  I hope everyone has a beautiful rest of the weekend!

Also remember that if you're interested in your very own Daniel Wellington watch, used the code "CAUTIOUSLYOBSESSED" to receive 15% off your order for the until the end of this month.

parka | turtleneck | jeans | scarf | boots | hat | watch | earrings | cuff

 

 

Madison, WI | Part 2

As I've previously mentioned, my husband and I recently took a little vacation to Madison, WI not too long ago.  Our little vacation simply came about because I lived near the city when I was younger and I hadn't been back to WI in over 9 years and felt that a visit was far over due.  I had always heard such wonderful things about Madison and though I lived close to the city when I was a child, I was never able to fully experience what it had to offer.

 Well, after spending just a few days in the city, we decided to move there!  For the past couple of months we've been quite busy trying to get things in order for our move, and now it's finally here.  So, tomorrow we embark on our new adventure and though we are a little nervous about this major change in our life, we look forward to making Madison our new home.