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So Long, Farewell…

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Welp, friends. It’s that time. The time where we have to say, “Peace Out.” It’s been so much fun and so much fabulous. We set out  to bring you the best in holiday crafting and I think we did a pretty bang up job.

The Holiday Collective harnessed the creative power of your favorite bloggers in one holiday pop-up blog for the 2015 season. Thanks so much for hanging out with us and joining in on the fun! We hope you enjoyed the content as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

Now, just because The Holiday Collective has come to an end, that doesn’t mean we won’t continue crafting our lives away in each of our respective homes on the interwebs. Be sure to check out the Contributors page so that you can visit each and every one of us as we bring you more crafty crafties!

Oh- and before we close up shop, let’s give a huge round of applause for The Visionary Journal and it’s creator Monique Malcolm who worked closely with The Holiday Collective to ensure that our blog ran smoothly! Without her help, this blog would have never happened!

And with that, we will take our collective bow and wish you an amazing holiday season and the hap-hap-happiest of New Years!

Smooches,

The Holiday Collective

DIY

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure by A Girl Named PJ for The Holiday Collective

Hi! I’m PJ from the lifestyle blog, A Girl Named PJ. After crafting your way though The Holiday Collective’s gallery of festive DIY projects, your nails might be looking a bit worse for wear. There have been so many amazing ornaments and gift wrap and decor to make! That’s why I’m sharing a different type of DIY today — a last-minute holiday manicure!

As much as I love nail art, I’m also somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to beauty and style, and this festive manicure is the perfect combination of simple and fun. Plus, you most likely have everything you need in your makeup bag or medicine cabinet. No special tools or brushes are needed for this Christmas-inspired mani!

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure by A Girl Named PJ for The Holiday Collective

Supplies:

  • Nail file
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Base coat
  • Green nail polish
  • Gold nail polish
  • Top coat (I love this quick drying one)

Directions:

Gently shape your nails using your favorite nail file. Before you begin painting your nails, cut one or two cotton swabs in half.

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure by A Girl Named PJ for The Holiday Collective

Apply a base coat. Not only does a base coat help to extend the life of your manicure, it can also help prevent dark polish from staining your nail beds.

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure by A Girl Named PJ for The Holiday Collective

Carefully apply two coats of green nail polish. (I’m using OPI Christmas Gone Plaid.) If dark green isn’t your thing, try a jolly red instead!

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure by A Girl Named PJ for The Holiday Collective

When your nail polish is mostly dry, add a small dollop of gold nail polish to a paper towel. (I love Julep Zelda Bombshell because it’s so shiny.)

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure by A Girl Named PJ for The Holiday Collective

Dip one of the halved cotton swabs into the tiny puddle, making sure the stick end is completely covered in polish. Tap the polish-covered end very gently onto the center of your nails near your cuticle. You may have to re-dip your cotton swab in nail polish every two or three fingers.

Now wait! If you apply your top coat immediately after adding your gold dots, they will smear with each stroke of top coat. So take a few minute to go check out my blog or scroll through Instagram. Then apply your top coat and admire your festive holiday manicure!

Not shown: Use the extra cotton swabs and some nail polish remover (this one by Zoya is my favorite) to clean up any polish that didn’t end up on your nails. My nails are always a bit of mess immediately after painting them, especially when I use green nail polish for some reason!

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Manicure by A Girl Named PJ for The Holiday Collective

I’d love to see how your nails turn out, so snap a photo of your holiday manicure, share it on Instagram, and tag me in the comments (@pjfeinstein). But most importantly, I hope you have a very happy holiday season and a joyful New Year!

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A Girl Named PJ

PJ Feinstein is the author of A Girl Named PJ, a lifestyle blog offering fashion and beauty tips, design inspiration, commentary on pop culture, thoughts on personal growth, and honest talk about motherhood. Basically, it’s a blog for modern moms who like to talk about things besides their kids. When she’s not writing and taking photos for her blog, PJ is a social media consultant and freelance writer who regularly contributes to Cool Mom Picks and Better Homes & Gardens. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, two young sons, and small white dog.

DIY

DIY Miniature Wintergreen Wreath Garland

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

Hi everyone, it’s Lidy from Hello Lidy! This Christmas, I’m really trying to keep things low key. I’ve got a few little decor pieces here and there, but I’m focusing on bringing in natural elements to do the talking this season. I love the fresh scent that fills my home and the effortless look nature can only bring. I decided to create a simple miniature wintergreen wreath garland (but you can also use them as little ornaments too!).

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective
What you will need:

Wintergreens

Floral Wire

Aluminum Craft Wire

Wire Cutters

String or garland (I got mine here)

Directions:

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective
1. Begin by cutting small sections of your wintergreens. Mine were no bigger than 12-inches long. Place the two ends together to create a circle and secure using your floral wire.

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

2. Optional: You may choose to use a couple different wintergreens to add texture and variation. Simply use your floral wire to attach them together.

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective
3. Cut a 2-inch or so section from your craft wire.

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

4. Bend the top and bottom so you have your hooks.

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

5. Attach your aluminum hooks to the mini wreaths and simply hang on your garland or Christmas tree!

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

It’s really so simple and fuss-free, which is exactly what we need at Christmas, right?! They are the perfect addition to holiday decor. So simple, yet modern and fresh! I think these mini wreaths would look great hanging as a wall installation, using pretty ribbon at various lengths. Perhaps next year I’ll have some time to make a few more. I hope you all have a safe and very merry Christmas!

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

DIY Mini Wintergreen Wreath Garland by Hello Lidy for The Holiday Collective

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We are Joel and Lidy – the creative forces and voices behind Hello Lidy! We are a husband and wife team that focus on creating and cultivating unique spaces that are accessible, functional and always affordable.  We believe a home should not only be livable but as distinctive and unique as those who inhabit them. We hope you feel inspired through our creative journey that is design.

Inspiration

9 Printable Tags to Dress Up Your Christmas Gifts

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Hello and happy Friday from Steph at Make and Tell! I don’t know about you guys, but with the days flying by so quickly and Christmas getting ever closer, I find I need all the help I can get preparing for the festivities ahead. Despite my best intentions I always end up wrapping gifts frantically on the night of Christmas Eve, so you can see why there’s nothing I find more handy than having a good stash of printables bookmarked for the inevitable last-minute gift wrap rush. And there are so many lovely ones to choose from, once you start collecting your favourites you’ll realise you never need to buy gift tags again!

1. How pretty are these hand-lettered and ever-so-slightly cheeky printables by Molly from Almost Makes Perfect?

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2. I love the sweetness of these hand drawn snowflakes and stars by Lexy of The Proper Blog

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3. Ever tried using stickers instead of gift tags? These labels by Tan from Squirrelly Minds have the loveliest message and the prettiest snowflake design.

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4. These earthy gift tags by Bre from Repurposed are beautiful and will go with just about any wrapping paper you have at hand!

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5. I’m a big fan of these elegant gift tags Alice and Lois made for Julep – they’re ever so classy!

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6. These gift tags by Audrey from This Little Street are hand lettered AND full of pretty patterns – what more could you ask for?

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7. Anything featuring hand drawn wreaths is a winner in my book and these tags by Chelsea from Lovely Indeed are no exception.

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8. Why stick to square when there’s so many festive shapes to choose from? I made these stocking gift tags last year and can’t wait to print out some more for this year’s gifts.

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9. If you love traditional Christmas colours then you’re going to adore these sweet gift tags by Cyd from The Sweetest Occasion.

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Hi, I’m Steph, I’m a DIY fiend and I write a blog called Make and Tell where I share my creations with fellow makers. Paper projects are my specialty but I enjoy all kinds of crafts and I love to experiment with different materials to find new, affordable and innovative ways to DIY.  When I’m not busy crafting up a storm, you’ll most likely find me at one of the cafes or beaches in sunny Sydney, Australia.