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An Asymmetrical Holiday Wreath DIY + Giveaway!


We got a little giveaway today, yay! We are a bit obsessed with Leanna from David and Leanna and her creations that we wanted to share the love with our beautiful readers! You all know her; she is the DIY queen. Any idea we come up with, and she is game. Today, its all about holiday wreaths. This year, Leanna and I came up with a little twist on the usual round Christmas wreath. We went for an asymmetrical look, and of course, it had to have some macrame + flowers. As much as we love the real flowers, those don’t last more than a couple days. And no one wants sad flowers hanging in their house for the holidays. Silk flowers are the way to go here, and they look so real!

Leanna is spilling her secrets on how she made this pretty little number for all of you to make just in time for the holidays. Plus, the colors on this wreath will allow you to leave up past Christmas and right on into the rest of winter. And, if you add a couple more flowers from the pink family, you have yourself a little valentine’s day decor.

Let’s chat about the giveaway fast! To enter, just like + follow @beijosevents and @davidandleanna. Then, tell us your favorite holiday DIY on the giveaway Instagram post. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 18th. Please, only the US location, as we would like to get it to you before the holiday season.

Also, if you are looking for the cutest printable tags, check out Leanna’s Etsy page here. I’m using these for my gifts this year.

Let’s get to that DIY now… 

 Back at it again with the ladies from Beijos Events to bring you an awesome DIY! So a lot of the time when people say “oh my gosh how did you make this?!” and I say “oh this!!? It’s easy, let me show you!!” … well, this is one of those projects that I’ll say is a little more complicated ;) BUT individually each piece is super approachable for the average crafter so if you’re up for a little bit of a challenge, then follow along!!

Otherwise, you can also just buy one here or here ;)

There are three significant steps to this project: 1. floral swag 2. macrame hanging 3. combining

FLORAL SWAG MATERIALS:

Your favorite Christmas greenery (I got mine at Michaels, and it’s ALL ON SALE)
Green florist wire
Hot glue + hot glue gun

FLORAL SWAG ASSEMBLY

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Choose your base floral – a simple pine is what I chose because it had a lot of structure to build off of and wasn’t the “feature” color.

*Note: I almost always lay out my entire piece without gluing/connecting to begin just to make sure I have the balance right.

Using your florist wire, wrap two long pieces together, so they are facing opposite directions.

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Add your next layer of “base” using the same method as above.

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Next, I added my large “focus” pieces – the large flowers. I cut them from their original stems, but left about an inch of original stem to use to wrap around my “base.”

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I reinforced the connection between the flowers and the base using florist wire.

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Next, I then added my larger filler elements (these gold twigs) – again using the same florist wire method.

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Next came smaller filler elements – these velvety green leaves. I hot glued these in place. With these I entirely removed them from the “base” they came on – they should just pop right off with a good tug.

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Medium pink flowers were next. These came in a “bunch” so I cut each flower, leaving a small stem to work with. These were hot glued in place.

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Even smaller flowers were added using the same method. All up, I used seven different types of florals in this piece – 2 base green stems, one large focus flower stem, two small flower stems, one medium flower stem of an accent color, and one structural stem in an accent color.

Phew! Next section: Macrame!!

MACRAME HANGING MATERIALS:

Macrame thread
Dowel
Metallic Acrylic paint
Scissors

MACRAME INSTRUCTIONS:

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Cut your dowel to your desired length and paint with your choice of acrylic metallic paint (or leave natural) – set aside to dry.

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Cut between 30 and 35 strands of macrame twine at 26″ in length.

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We are going to start with a “Larks Knot”: fold one of your lengths of twine in half and wrap over your dried dowel. 

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Pull the tail through the loop and pull tight.

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Repeat until you reach your desired width for you macrame hanging.

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Here is where things get a little dicey – pull your furthest left strand apart from the rest of your hanging. Try to think of this strand from here on out as your new dowel. This is no longer a string – it is the “dowel” you are tying your other strings onto. If you pull on this string as though you are tying your shoes – pulling each strand evenly, you will not get the results you want.

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Pull the leftmost string all the way across your piece – remember it’s your new dowel. We will do double half hitch knots all the way across.

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Grab the next leftmost string – this is the string you will be knotting first – make a “four” (the same made by the two strings crossing) with the leftmost string on top.

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String the second most left strand through the loop of the four made by the leftmost string. WHEW – you got that? Slowly synch them both up together – at the top remember you are knotting the second leftmost string ONTO the left most string – ideally you’ll be pulling tightly on the second string while simply holding the leftmost string in place.

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Do this TWICE with each string. The second leftmost string is done after it has knotted onto the leftmost (aka “new dowel”) string. Repeat with the next string in line making your way left to right. Your “dowel string” stays the same – this is the string you will knot all the rest of the strands onto.

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This took me many many tries to get right when I first started doing macrame so don’t be discouraged!! It takes practice and patience!! The beautiful thing is you can ALWAYS pull the knots out and try again – which I have done countless times.

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add your leather strap for hanging to the ends of the dowel.

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Place your swag on top of your macrame hanging to get an idea of where you want to attach.

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Flip over and attach using your florist wire and a dab of hot glue.

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Hang somewhere front and center and enjoy the endless compliments on your fantastic creativity and skill.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Another amazing DIY! Thanks, Leanna!

Remember to enter the giveaway today on Instagram!

xx

Abby

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By on December 13, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, CRAFTS, DIY

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3 Steps For A Simple Modern Holiday Mantle


Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be a month filled extravaganza. I use to decorate every nook and cranny in my old house. Now, being in my new home, I wanted to change up my holiday vibe to create a more minimalist style. And the mantel is where I started. You can create a simple modern holiday mantel in three easy steps, and all budget friendly. And that is nice to do since you are spending all that dough on gifts for the holiday. 

Photos by Erin Milnik


STEP ONE:

S I G N A G E

FA LA LA! Signage is the way to go to create an impact on any holiday decor action. It is simple but makes a statement right away. Leanna from David and Leanna created this tan leather banner for me. And, anyone can create this banner! I bought the leather here. I love this Etsy shop; it has every color leather that you would fancy. The Leather Guy is my source for all my leather projects that you have seen here on the blog. Now the secret is out! 


STEP TWO:

G R E E N E R Y

Everyone loves greenery on a mantel. Greenery just pulls everything together to create anything beautiful, especially your holiday mantel. Now, you can quickly go with the premade garland that you get at any Christmas tree lot or your local hardware store. But this year, I wanted to create something more organic looking, and only on one side. I drove around my neighborhood and found this greenery. I cut a bunch of limbs off the tree without anyone seeing me. Ha!

I learned a trick by watching all the florists we have worked with through the years… sticky dots! The sticky dots allow you to place the leaves where you want and how you want. And, they also provide “glue” for you to create a cascading look with the branches. Plus, they are clear so no one will be able to see them like you would if you used string or even zip ties to create a “garland” look with your branches. Another designer secret for you. 

See how greenery just adds life to the mantel! I will keep this up even after the holidays are over. 



STEP 3:

A C C E N T S

Lastly, add some simple modern accents to your mantel. I found these black stylish candle holders at Target. I like doing things in “3’s” or in odd numbers. And, the black adds that pop of color. Along with the candle holders, I added a rattan side table and a holiday area rug in front of the fireplace. The rug adds a little boho touch that we Beijos ladies love so much. All these accents can be used through the year, and not thrown back into your holiday storage box. I think that is the key to decorating for the holidays. Use items that you can use all the time, and not just for December. 

SHOP MY FAVORITES FOR CREATING A MODERN HOLIDAY MANTEL

3 easy steps to create a modern holiday mantel! Now get out there and create your own. 

xx

Abby

 

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By on December 8, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR, HOLIDAYS

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An Easy Persimmon Tart For The Holidays

 


 

Holiday baking is a tradition for my family, and this easy persimmon tart is a family favorite for the holidays. Ever since I was little, I can remember my grandmother always baking up delicious treats for us to munch on for Christmas. The yummy treats don’t stop on my side of the family. Also, my mother in law loves to bake for Christmas. She will spend days before baking all day, so there is a bounty of desserts to pick from. She is one of those ladies that will gift a whole plate of assorted desserts to her friends.

One of the items she loves baking with is persimmons. Ripe Fuyu persimmons are like ripe nectarines or pears, firm but yield to gentle pressure, and oh so good. This easy persimmon tart uses both the firm and ripe Fuyu persimmons. It is made out of December’s seasonal produce of pecans, persimmons, pomegranates, and holiday spices and this combination just screams Christmas. Furthermore, this tart is so easy to make, plus you can make it days before which is a win in my book. If you are a dessert gift giver for the holidays, I highly recommend gifting this tart, an alternative to the assorted cookie platter. 

And, it’s dairy free :)

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

I N G R E D I E N T S
3 cups pecans

D I R E C T I O N S
Lightly grease a tart pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper. Blend 3 cups pecans and dates in a food processor until finely ground, about 1 minute. Pour agave nectar over nut mixture and process until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Press nut mixture evenly into tart pan. And freeze crust for about 20 minutes to set.

Peel and pit persimmons, then puree in food processor with chopped pecans and cinnamon until smooth. Taste, add agave nectar if you like it sweeter. Pour over crust and smooth out. Finally, garnish with firm sliced persimmons and pomegranate seeds. Freeze to set. Cover and freeze if serving later. 

 

xx

Abby

 

 

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By on December 6, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, DESSERT, EATS

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Holiday Gift Giving with Maven Market

 


Gift giving is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. I love to seek high and low for that perfect gift for family and friends. Seeing thier face fill up with joy and excitement when they open up the gift, is one of the best feelings. I’m pretty sure I got this trait from my mom. She is always seeking out the best and unique gift for family and friends.

This year, I discovered Maven Market, and she is my little christmas angel. Maven Market is a collection of gift boxes that were carefully curated by founder Jillian Gorman. They contain a wide range of quality handmade products made by local artist and artisans. Even the box itself supports a small business! Maven Market provides you with the convenience of selecting a thoughtful, meaningful, luxury gifts for your loved one (or yourself! wink, wink) in the comfort of your own home. 

This is a perfect way to support small local businesses! Maven Market just launched the mini boxes, and they are beyond adorable. I want them all! One gift for you, One for me… right? 

Best part…

Jillian, owner of Maven Market explains her passion behind Maven Market.

Gifts are meant to invoke joy and well-being, and we rally behind those who use their own gifts to bless others. These boxes promote creative expression. intentionality and community. To pay it even more forward, a portion from all sales go to City of Refuge in Sacramento. 

On May 6th, 2017, they launched a Kickstarter campaign that was fully funded by 138 generous backers.

Above all, this project was meant to honor the life of our daughter Norah. Her fifteen minutes in this world had an incredible impact on our lives. Remembering her life, and death, as well as the invaluable gifts that we received from our creative community that brought so much healing, is the motivation to make this business a success. We hope in turn that it blesses others as much as it’s blessed our family.

I introduce to Maven Market…


T H E   M I N I   B O X E S

 

O H ,  B A B Y 

ITEMS FEAUTURED IN THIS BOX:

+ Camel knot bib by Happy Hadley Handmade

+ Teething ring by Chewable Charm

+ Essential oils roller by The Willowfield Apothecary

+ Air plant sourced from The Airplant Hub 

 

C H R I S T M A S   V A C A Y

ITEMS FEAUTURED IN THIS BOX:

+ Room spray by P.F. Candle  – amber and moss

+ Essential oils roller by The Willowfield Apothecary

+ Chicago Pebble Pouch by Studio Fig (exclusive to Maven Market!) – olive green

+ Air plant sourced from The Airplant Hub

 

C O M F O R T   &   J O Y

ITEMS FEATURED IN THIS BOX:

+ Wooden scoop by Four Leaf Wood Shop

+ Jam by Lemon Bird Jams (flavor options available!)

+ Spice by The Allspicery (flavor options available!)

+ Turkish towel by Bersuse

+ Small air plant sourced from The Airplant Hub

H O L I D A Y   C H E E R

ITEMS FEATURED IN THIS BOX:

+ Candle by P.F. Candle Co.

+ Natural wood matches with copper tree feature by Studio Portmanteau

+ Peppermint lip gloss by The Good Hippie

+ Small air plant by The Airplant Hub


Along side thier mini holiday gift boxes, they have bigger boxes curated everyone in your life!

T H E   D W E L L

F E M M E

UMMM… handmade velvet pouch?!? Oh yes! Hint! Hint!

F I R S T   B L U S H

For all you coffee lovers!


G A R D E N

M O T H E R

If you have a new mama in your life, this is the box to do! So cute!

 

S U S T E N A N C E

good for the soul this one!

T R A V E L

Last, but not least, travel. I’m obessed with that black pouch. Everything you need for your travels.

Now, if you are in the Sacramento area, you can add SEASONAL FLORAL BOUQUETS arranged by Mignon Floral Co. They are available with a gift box purchase and of course for local delivery orders only. 

Put a smile not only on your loved one’s face but yourself knowing you found the perfect cureated gift plus making a difference in the world by proceeds going to the City of Refuge in Sacramento. 

Get your box while you can! Only a certain amount available… I’m off to buy mine right now!

xx

Abby

 

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By on November 30, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, GIFTS, SPOTLIGHT

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A DIY Geometric Advent Calendar That Anyone Can Make


With Thanksgiving long past us, you should be well on your way to decorating for Christmas. I usually have the house thoroughly decked out by now, but with us in the middle of our big move, a couple of decor pieces are what I have to work with these days. But my mind is always thinking of what my little ones will remember during the holidays, and I’m not going to have them miss out on any of our fun traditions just cause of a move.

The advent calendar is one of those very memorable traditions we do in our household. Each year, I have created with some fantastic vendors different ways to have an advent calendar. You can see our past advent calendars here and here. This year, I worked with the talented mama, Leanna from David and Leanna. She is no stranger to DIYs for the beijos blog. I wanted to do something that was a little bit out of the box. Along with that concept, adding colors that are non-traditional holiday colors. I love what we came up with, and the best part is you can do it at home too! 

Leanna is going to take you step by step on how to make this fun advent calendar!

Christmas is easily my favorite holiday! I like to put my decorations up as soon as Halloween is over, but for more sane people, all 31 days in December is more than enough. This Christmas, Connor (my son) is old enough to understand the countdown to Christmas, so we’re doing an advent calendar! Unfortunately for us, all the premade ones aren’t dairy free, so we, figured we’d make our own this year! I partnered with Abby at Beijos Events to create these super cute DIY paper advent calendars stuffed with whatever treats work best for you and your family! 

S U P P L I E S

A good pair of scissors  
Cardstock paper (we used paper source
hot glue gun
A pen or pencil
Printer
These geometric shape templates
Bakers Twine
An embroidery needle
Circle punch (optional) 
Mini hole punch
Gel pen of your choice (our white one
Mini wood hoop ring  

 

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D I R E C T I O N S

1. Gather your supplies.

2. Punch the circles for date labels.

3. Next, print out geometric templates onto cardstock.

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4. Fold your cut out template along the dotted line.

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5. Using a mini hole punch or your needle, punch two small holes into the top of your geometric shape.  

6. Thread a length of bakers twine through your newly punched holes.  

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7. And then, thread circle punched date marker through twine as well.

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8. Warm up your hot glue gun and check your shapes to make sure you understand how each side matches up.

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9. Glue tabs to appropriate flaps with tabs tucked INSIDE your shape, so the tabs don’t show once glued.

10. Then, pop candy of choice or any little items into geometric shape before gluing the last tabs down.

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11. Number your date markers.

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12. Finally, tie string at the top of your geometric shape at one end and to your ring at the other end – it will get a little crowded, alternate your lengths as you go.

Enjoy! Merry Christmas! 

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Aren’t those colors together so dreamy! Hanging wise for this one, you can do anything from hanging from a door, nailing to the wall in your little one’s nook area, or hanging it from your kitchen cabinet. I would personally do something high enough where little fingers aren’t able to access it. You will have all 25 days gone before you know it! 
xx
Abby
 

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By on November 28, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, CHRISTMAS, COLLABORATION, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR

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