Welcoming the New Year With an Open Heart and an Open Mind

I am a little more than grateful to say 2014 was a very significant year for me. I learned so much this year, and I learned mostly, do what you love, with love. 

Photo - Erica Muller

Throughout this holiday season I was able to spend some time back home, while it wasn’t too much time it meant the world to me. It was such a calm, peaceful time. I was very thankful to be surrounded by the people I love, and was so excited to give them christmas gifts to show them how much I care about them all! I believe presentation is key, so this year I decided to try a new gift-wrapping idea.

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DIY Time!

What you need:

  • Burlap (I got two 5 yard rolls!)
  • Ribbon of your choice. (Look for a ribbon with wire in it)
  • Fake flowers
  • Fake Pinecones
  • Wood-Burner
  • Tree Stumps (you can go to your local Christmas Tree shop and ask for a few! You might get some funny looks but it’s worth it!! I also found wooden gift tags at Anthropologie which worked amazing!)

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The rest is pretty simple!! Cut the burlap into sections that are about triple the size of whatever it is you are wrapping, roll the gift in the burlap lengthwise, and tuck the edges around the item, no tape needed!! Then, however you so choose, wrap the ribbon and add some foliage.

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The advantage to using burlap is that it has wholes in it, so you can stick the branches into the fabric. I used the ribbon with wire in it as another form of closure, in the back I twisted the two edges of the ribbon, which helped with the overall security of the wrapping.

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I recently got a wood burner and CAN NOT stop using it!! It took a little getting used to, but it isn’t too tough for doing little things like this! Please keep in mind you  have to be super careful with wood burners, they get HOT!!! Make sure you use absolute caution. If you can’t get around to buying yourself a wood-burner, a pen works just as well.

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The above photo is wood-burned onto the wooden gift tags from Anthropologie, but it also looks very lovely on natural wood stumps too!! I made this as an ornament/ gift tag for my sister and her boyfriend.


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Aside from the presents and pretty wrapping, the true gift of the holidays is recalling upon everything that happened in one whole year; celebrating accomplishments and setting goals with your loved ones. Needless to say I am a very lucky girl, to live on this earth among so many amazing people. In this life we are able to do what we love, whenever we want. We can be around incredible, inspiring humans and share ideas and memories, and make new ones together. I feel so appreciative lately, and so excited to be alive, and if you don’t yet- I hope that’s your New Year’s resolution. Be excited to wake up for work, to watch the sun rise, meet new people, learn new things and explore your world. Enjoy your life, every single moment of it.

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