Inspired By: London Olympics 2012

I don't about you guys, but I am a huge Olympics fan.  I'm so excited to watch the Opening Ceremony on TV this Friday evening! I love the spirit of the games- the idea of bringing countries from all over the world together for a shared love of sports. I also love to watch the Opening Ceremony and observe the variety of uniforms that are worn by team members of each country.  Although I have ties to a few different countries, I'll always be rooting for the USA. Check out my picks below to see a few things you can wear to represent your red, white, and blue pride for the kickoff of the games!

Tell me: Do you like to watch the Olympics? If so, what's your favorite sport?

By Nnenna of star-crossed smile

Inspired By: Weddings

Summer is the season of weddings and I thought it would be fun to share some of my picks inspired by this theme. Our team members are so talented and there was plenty of wedding inspiration to be found in their shops!

Tell me: Who's attending a wedding this summer? Anyone getting married? :)

By Nnenna of star-crossed smile

Inspired By: The Sand and the Sea

Over Memorial Day weekend, I took a day trip with some friends to Long Beach.  We spent the day soaking in the sun, getting up the nerve to dip our toes in the frigid water, starting our summer reading, and just generally having a good time!  Since our little journey I've been dreaming of a proper beach getaway- nothing but the sand and sea for days and days.  There's just something so relaxing about laying on the beach with the sand between your toes, listening to sound of the waves rushing back and forth.

Tell me: Are you planning to take a trip to the beach this summer?

By Nnenna of star-crossed smile

Decorating Gift Boxes with Vintage Holiday Seals and Beautiful Paper

Vintage Xmas Seal Box
I am a collector of many things. I always have been. Oddly however, I have these fantasies of living in a minimalist home or at least an impeccably neat one. To make matters worse, for the longest time I was also a hoarder. I would hold on to all of these little odds and ends because I liked them. Fortunately, with my new Etsy shop, The Craftarium, I am finally thinning out at least two of my collections - vintage holiday seals and pretty paper.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to offer a holiday promotion, so I offered free shipping and unique gift packaging. I decided to collage each box with decorative papers, cut-outs, and shop labels. As I sorted through my collection of "collage-able items" (one of many collections) I found a babyfood jar filled vintage holiday seals that I picked up in 1998. Jackpot! The seals date from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

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With a glue stick and scissors I got to work and whipped out a bunch of boxes pretty quickly. My customers on Etsy and at my trunk show really seem to like being able to give their handmade gifts in a unique, hand-decorated gift boxes.

Although I picked up my seals a decade ago, you can find vintage holiday seals on Etsy, by searching under "Vintage: tags and titles" for "christmas seals."

If you do not have stacks of pretty paper lying about, check your recycling bin, your junk mail, old books (not valuable ones!), wrapping paper stash, piano bench, or really anyplace you keep paper that you are willing to cut up. All of those Christmas catalogs that spill out of your mailbox lately are filled with seasonal images - all yours ripe for the slicing.

Then pull out your scissors and gluestick and go to town. When finished you will have festive gift boxes as unique as you and your gifts are.

Although my holiday promotion is over, I am extending it for fans of The {NewNew} blog. If you order from my Etsy shop, The Craftarium, between Tuesday, December 9 and Friday, December 12 I will waive shipping fees and include a gift box for each item ordered (while supplies last.) Just add "newnewblog" in the message to seller during checkout.

Happy Holidays!