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8 Beautifully Frugal Valentine’s Day Projects

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

8 Beautifully Frugal Valentine's Day Projects from MomAdvice.com.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and one of my favorite things to share here on the Goodwill Tips Blog is frugal ways to celebrate the holidays using items from your local Goodwill Store. You may have thought last year’s DIY Valentine’s Day Projectspost couldn’t be topped, but I think today’s projects are going to rival all that I shared last year. The best part is that they are both beautiful AND frugal- a total win for my wallet and my home!

Let’s get started with this year’s featured projects! Head on over to the Goodwill Tips blog to find out how to recreate all of these fun ideas!

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Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

I love to create new holiday traditions with my family and today’s project is in honor of the Chinese New Year!  To celebrate, I am sharing a tutorial on how to make felt fortune cookies and a free printable that can be placed on a jar for a special Chinese New Year tradition.

I have partnered with Walmart on this project to showcase a fun project that you can do in honor of the holiday. All supplies for this project can be found at their store!

What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.  The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014. A fun fact for this year is that this is the year of the horse.

New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year. Can you just imagine?

According to the Chinese legend,  Buddha arranged a meeting and asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve animals came and Buddha named a year after each one. If you were born in certain years, your personality is supposedly aligned with your animal. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Since this is the year of the horse, if you have a child born this year, it sounds like you will have quite a talented and delightful child.

There are many great traditions around this holiday that include wearing red clothes which symbolizes fire and drives away bad luck, and a lantern festival, and one thing that Americans really seem to get behind is…

The  FEASTING.

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

We are a Fortunate Family

Since the Chinese New Year is about feasting and family, I wanted to create a craft that would work for these two elements of the holiday. I love that many elements of this holiday focus on luck & good fortune. Incorporating this element, today we are making felt fortune cookies, but instead of filling them with predicted fortunes, we are going to fill them with all we are so fortunate for.

Because we are a FORTUNATE family. 

I love gratitude projects and thankfulness for all we have around the dinner table is definitely a tradition that I want my family to embrace.

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

Supplies Needed

(All Available at Walmart)

Felt Sheets (any color)

3/8″ grosgrain ribbon

Floral Wire

Wire Clippers

Large Mason Jar

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

1 piece of heavy cardstock

1 piece of white paper & pencil

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

How to Make Felt Fortune Cookies

1. Using your ribbon spool or the bottom of your mason jar, trace a circle with a pencil or marker. Cut out your circle.

2. Snip a piece of floral wire, approximately the length of your circle, with your wire cutters. Add a line of hot glue, and place the wire in the center of the glue.

3. Snip grosgrain ribbon the approximate length of your circle and then secure over the wire with a little additional glue.

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4. Fold your circle in half and then bend like a fortune cookie. Repeat the process until you have a jar full of fortune cookies.

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

You can enlist your helpers to help make your fortune cookies. Since we have had UNLIMITED SNOW DAYS THAT NEVER END, I have many helping hands. Ahem.

The best part though, is involving them in the gratitude portion of this project. Using the writing prompt,

“I’m Fortunate For…”

Have children write down all the things that make their family special.

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

Emily said, “I’m Fortunate For…that my family are GRATE dancers.”

What can I say? She comes from a long lineage of family members that just BRING IT on the dance floor!

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

Mom & Dad can get in on the fortune cookie writing prompt too. Hopefully your husband doesn’t read this aloud and then ELABORATE endlessly on his AMAZINGNESS.

Awkward.

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com. Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

My husband designed this fantastic printable that you can attach to a jar. I just dabbed a little glue on my jar and attached this side. You could also print this on label paper or attach with a little double-sided tape to finish your project. (Grab the printable at the bottom of this post!)

If you are looking for dinner options, here are couple of great ones that I can recommend!

Gluten-Free Orange Chicken

This delicious gluten-free orange chicken would make a fantastic meal!

Peanut Ginger Chicken Noodles

These Peanut Ginger Chicken Noodles are always a big hit!

Weeknight Chicken Lo Mein

And this Weeknight Chicken Lo Mein is fast & easy to prepare!

However you celebrate this holiday, I hope this post offers some inspiration for fun ways to celebrate with your family.

Chinese New Year Family Tradition: We Are a Fortunate Family Felt Fortune Cookies from MomAdvice.com.

Grab Our FREE “We Are a Fortunate Family,” printable.

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DIY New Year’s Eve Craft Ideas

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

DIY New Year's Eve Crafts

I can’t believe that December is already here and we are dreaming up great New Year’s projects for you! Of course, I am featuring glittered projects and upcycle projects that could be enjoyed any time of the year. The best part is that you can find many of the materials for these projects at your local Goodwill Store for a fraction of the price compared to other retail stores.

Head on over to the Goodwill Tips Blog to get the scoop on these fun and festive projects to ring in the New Year!

20+ Easy DIY Stocking Stuffers for All Ages

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

20 Easy DIY Stocking Stuffers - MomAdvice.com

Just in case you may have gotten the idea that handmade gifts were only possible for the “big” gifts on our list, I wanted to share with you that it’s possible to make some fun, easy, and even last-minute diy stocking stuffers. You know, to go along with all those gold coins and such. So I’ve gathered some stocking-sized Mom Advice projects that have garnered lots of smiles over the years as well as some projects from other lovely blogs and websites to give you diy stocking ideas in four categories to cover all your age group needs:

  • Stocking stuffers for girls
  • Stocking stuffers for guys
  • Stocking stuffers for kids
  • Stocking stuffers for everyone

Some can be completed in minutes (literally), some need a bit more planning (but just a bit), and all really are easy and can save you money, always a plus during the holidays, right?

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Stocking stuffers for girls

 

1. Ribbon Rosette gifts: Sweet Little Ribbon Rings and Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Accessories @ Mom Advice

2. Knitted gifts: Quick And Easy Knitted Boot Cuffs and Cute Knitted Headbands @ Mom Advice

3. DIY Lip Balms @ Martha Stewart

4. Solid Lotion Bars @ How Did You Make This

5. Map Pendants @ Unfortunately Oh!

DIY Phone Cover: road map

Source: Maps.com

 

Stocking Stuffers for Guys

 

1. Diy Map Case For iPhone and iPad @ Maps.com

2. Personalized CD @ Mom Advice

3. Hot Pepper Sauce @ Real Simple

4. Neon Perpetual Calendar @ Caravan Shoppe

5. Homemade Aftershave @ Jeanetics.net

Robot stocking stuffer

Source: Crafts Unleashed

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

 

1. Design A Robot {in a tin} @ Crafts Unleashed

2. Braided Yarn Bracelets @ Gerbera Designs

3. PB Kids Knock-Off Nightlight @ Crafts Unleashed

4. Wrapped Candy Coin Rolls @ Martha Stewart

5. Star Shaped Crayons @ Living Well Spending Less

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Stocking Stuffers for All Ages

 

1. Knitted Coffee Cozies @ Mom Advice

2. Hot Cocoa & Vanilla Chai Drink Mixes @ Mom Advice

3. Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle (or any nut) @ Mom Advice

4. Peppermint Bark @ Living Well Spending Less

5. Diy Hand Warmers @ In Habitat

You can find a lot more ideas on Mom Advice’s Gift Giving Pinterest Board! What are your favorite easy diy stocking stuffer ideas?

 

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Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf from MomAdvice.com

I love sharing ideas for cute hostess gifts and today’s gift idea is a free pattern for a wine hat and scarf that you can use to adorn bottles of wine or champagne for your favorite hostess over the holiday season.

Walmart challenged me to create a New Year’s Eve craft and I immediately thought of a fun way to decorate a bottle of bubbly or wine for the holidays. I love this project so much because these are so fun to create and can be decorated in any combination of yarn colors and you can even experiment with stitches and hat toppers.

Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf from MomAdvice.com

Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf from MomAdvice.com Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf from MomAdvice.com

You may recall that I made knitted sweater coffee cozies for our teacher & bus driver gifts this year? I used the Red Heart Super Savers yarn and I still had some left despite wrapping all my holiday gifts in the yarn, knitting hair bows for gifts (coming soon!) and even making my yarn ball ornaments. I can’t believe how many projects you can create with just $2.47 of yarn!

I wanted to create a festive gift I could share with others when I attend our holiday gatherings this year. What is more festive than tiny hats and scarves for your wine bottles?

Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf from MomAdvice.com

Modifications Were Made to The Featured Pattern. Please Read Carefully!

I tried a few different needle sizes since the pattern said you could use a few different sizes, I recommend going with the largest size (US 8) recommended because it created the fullest scarf (the red one in the back was done on US 8 needles). There were also some interesting stitches in the pattern for the scarf and I tried it three different ways (recommended, my own way, and then a simple stockinette). I loved just simply doing a simple stockinette (knit one row, purl one row- repeating) with the US 8 needles. The scarf will curl in a bit, but I think it added more texture to the top of the bottle. You can, of course, experiment with what you think looks best though.

These tiny hats are knitted on double-pointed needles. If you haven’t tried using double-pointed needles before, this is a perfect project to try them on. You can find a few tips from me over here on needle recommendations and getting started! Don’t be scared, it is easier than you think!

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I know I keep talking about my pom-pom makers, but they seriously have made me so happy this year. I bought them when we made pom-pom bouquets for our grandma (you can read my tutorial on how to use them there)  and then I completed a pom-pom marathon when I made my DIY Pom Pom Trees. I used the smallest Clover Pom-Pom maker for these tiny hats.

While you are buying it, you might as well as buy the larger size because you will be just as addicted to me as pom-pom making!

Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf from MomAdvice.com Knitted Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf from MomAdvice.com

I hope you all have the best holiday season and that a few of the projects I have shared on MomAdvice have helped with your gift-giving this year! Cheers to you, friends!

Grab the Pattern HERE on Ravelry (FREE!).  Don’t forget to friend me while you are there! I love new knitting buddies! Oh, and here are 54 MORE Handmade Gift Ideas to get you thinking about crafting this holiday season!

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DIY Holiday Yarn Trees

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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What could be more fun than decorating for the holiday season? For this month’s holiday project, I wanted to share with you a fun DIY project for creating festive yarn trees that you can create to decorate a ledge, table, or mantle in your home.  You will only need a few affordable supplies from your craft shop to create this craft. The best part is that you can enjoy doing this craft while watching your favorite holiday movies!

I am absolutely in love with these trees for the holidays and I am sharing my tutorial for them on the Kenmore Blog today. Check out my DIY Holiday Yarn Trees over there and find out how you can make this craft for your own home!

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DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers

Monday, December 9th, 2013

DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers from MomAdvice.com.

Continuing with our theme of handmade gifts, I wanted to share this easy DIY for glamming up a pair of slippers for the holidays with some easy interchangeable fabric flowers that I created to dress-up a pair of slippers.

DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers from MomAdvice.com.

Supplies List

Slippers

Large Circle Punch or Cup/Jar that you can trace to create your circles

Fabric Quarters or Scrap Fabric

1 Piece of Felt

Decorative Buttons

Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

3/4″ Circle Heavy-Duty Magnets OR you can use Velcro circle dots (reinforced with hot glue)

DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers from MomAdvice.com.

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting out nine circles of your fabric for each flower. For a pair of shoes, you will need eighteen of these circles in total.  I used a large circle punch and created my template out of scrap card stock, but you could also trace a cup to create your own template.

2. Next cut out two smaller circles of felt. I just freehanded these. You will be using these as the base of your fabric flowers.

3. For these fabric flowers, we are going to make the flower more flat than we did in my flower clips that I have a tutorial for, so they will lay nice and flat on your slippers. Begin by folding your circle in half and then half again. Add a dab of glue on the bottom and secure it to your flower. Repeat this process three more times and it will fill the base of the flower.

4. Add another layer on top of the flower, folding them as I shared above, and weaving them between the layers of the flower until it is full. If you like the look of it with just eight petals, that is okay too. You just want to make sure that the flower is filled out entirely.

5. Add a dab of glue to your button and secure it to the top of the flower. Repeat all of these steps again to make the second one for the second shoe.

DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers from MomAdvice.com.

6. You can secure your fabric flowers directly on to your slippers (suggested if you are committed to your flowers), or you can add a magnet OR Velcro dots (in the sewing supplies of your craft shop) to the top of these and then secure a magnet/Velcro dot to the back of the flowers to make these interchangeable.

If making an interchangeable set with magnets, be sure to test your magnets to make sure they are attracting and select heavy-duty magnets that will really hold these flowers to your slippers.

DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers from MomAdvice.com.

DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers from MomAdvice.com. DIY Slippers With Interchangeable Fabric Flowers from MomAdvice.com.

I absolutely love these slippers and loved them so much I may have kept them for myself and now have to run out and get supplies to make more of them!

If you like this project, I know you will love these 54 handmade gifts to give, my yarn ball ornaments to give for the holidays, these adorable knitted coffee cup sweaters, and our easy burlap wreath for gift-giving!

 

Yarn Ball Ornaments

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com

Looking for a creative gift to craft up that requires zero crafting skills and can be made in under 15 minutes. These yarn ball ornaments are the perfect gift to give for the holidays and are unbelievably easy to create for the holiday season. The best part is that it is a gift perfect for knitters, but doesn’t require knitting! If you are a knitter, like me, it is a fantastic stash-buster of a project!

Target Yarn Ball Ornament

The inspiration for this craft came from this picture of an ornament at Target that my girlfriend sent to me. I loved the idea of this ornament, but wanted to create something a little more authentic for my knitting friends. After a few trips to the craft store and some test ornaments, I am sharing with you how you can make these cute ornaments for someone you love!

Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com

Supplies List

1 package of 2 1/2″ Styrofoam balls

Wooden Skewers

1 package 3/8″ Round Wooden Beads

Craft Glue

Glue Sticks & Glue Gun

Wire Cutters

Ruler

Scissors

Scrap Yarn

Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com

Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com

Directions

1. Grab two wooden skewers and measure them to 5 inches. Using your wire cutters, clamp down and break off the top end of the skewer to create the knitting needles.

2. Dab a little craft glue on the end of the skewer and top it with the wooden bead. Make sure the top of the bead lines up with the top hole so that you no longer see it. Repeat with the other skewer and set these aside to dry.

3. Add a dab of hot glue to your Styrofoam ball and start wrapping it with yarn. Keep wrapping around and around until the yarn ball is completely covered. Add one more dab of hot glue and secure the end of the yarn to the ball. Trim to keep it flush with the ball and set aside to dry.

4. Grab your wooden knitting needles and cross them through the front of the yarn ball.

5. Trim another strand of yarn and, using an embroidery needle, loop the yarn through the top of the yarn ball. Knot it, and then slide the knot into the opposite side of the ball, tucking your knot in so it is no longer visible.

Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.com Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments from MomAdvice.comI hope this craft inspires you for your holiday giving. I will confess to you now that I am going to have a very hard time parting with these cute ornaments. I just might be making myself a few over the holidays!

Be sure to check out our list of 54 Handmade Gift Ideas, our Easy No-Sew, No-Glue, No-Cut Burlap Wreath, and a fun little Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree you can make with the kiddos while you are crafting!

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Easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls from MomAdvice.com.

Ever since my children were small we have had a tradition of making a Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree. The best part about this tradition is that it is fast to create, can be decorated by your kids, and it is something they will look forward to every year.

Easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls from MomAdvice.com. Easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls from MomAdvice.com.

There is no recipe to this one unless you are feeling ambitious and want to create some easy bread machine cinnamon rolls to make this with, which is something I love to do on Christmas morning!

Shape these into a Christmas tree shape on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake as directed on the packaging. Tint the icing green with a few drops of food coloring and let them decorate the rolls themselves.

I slide the rolls off of the hot cookie sheet and let them decorate while they are still hot, reducing the risk of burn elbows and arms by removing that hot sheet.

Easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls from MomAdvice.com. Easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls from MomAdvice.com. Easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls from MomAdvice.com.

This recipe is practically fool-proof, unless you were up with a screaming baby one night and on Christmas morning grabbed blue instead of green.

And maybe you declared it the year of the retro Christmas tree.

Maybe.

I hope you can embrace this as part of your annual holiday traditions. Be sure to check out my other ideas for Great Family Traditions to Celebrate the Holidays in a MEANINGFUL way. If you didn’t get around to creating an advent calendar yet, don’t worry! Check out my Use What You Have Advent Calendar!

 

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Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

I am all about beautiful and simple decorations for the holidays. Today’s tutorial is how to make a burlap wreath for the holiday season. This is a no-sew, no-glue, no-cut project that should be easy to create in about 30 minutes.

Walmart challenged me to create a DIY decorating project for the holidays and I immediately knew that I wanted to create one of those burlap wreaths that I had seen on so many other blogs. I really wanted to add a festive holiday spin to it, but one that would be easy to execute (and replicate!).

I began searching through blogs for tutorials on how to create my wreath, watched a million YouTube videos, looked at more blogs…and basically my eyes crossed and glazed over. Everyone does their wreaths differently and there is not one magic tutorial, BUT gathering those ideas, this is my version of the burlap wreath with a little holiday spin for you.

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

Supplies Needed

2 Rolls of Burlap, 5 inches wide & 10 yards long (here is what I purchased)

18″ wire wreath form

1 package of mini-clothespins

2 floral holiday picks (any variety)

3-5 holiday photos printed in wallet-size

Floral wire

Scissors

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

How to Make Your Burlap Wreath

1. To begin, select a few of your favorite holiday photos that can be attached to your wreath. The pictures I picked were from our family’s epic sledding adventure that you we do each year. Send these off to the Walmart Photo Lab and have them printed in wallet-size ($.58 each).

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

2. Now that you have your photos to decorate your wreath, let’s begin weaving the burlap through our wire wreath form. This is going to take a little time and practice with your first one so don’t get discouraged.

Easy Burlap Wreath TutorialBegin by folding your burlap in half, like I have shown above, and keep wrapping as we go. Select one section of the wire wreath to start in. Feed the beginning end through the wreath as shown above. Over the outer ring, under the next, over the next, and under to finish. Leave a little loose end to tuck in or you can wire it to the wreath with a little floral wire in the back. Now you have started your wreath- super easy!  This is the technique we are using throughout. I am showing it to you tightly so you can see how this will work, when you do this, you will be actually pulling out the burlap a bit to give it to that bubble effect that we are going for. 

3. Using the working end of the burlap, we are going to begin making the bubbled burlap right next to this row, within the same section of that metal wreath, but we will begin weaving in the opposite direction, continuing to pull out and bubble the burlap as we go, moving the working burlap into each section, weaving one direction than weaving the other direction.

4. When you run out of burlap (it should be when you are about halfway through covering the wreath), tuck the end towards the back and pick up where you left off. Again, you can wire these ends with a little floral wire on the back.

5. Once the entire wreath is covered, secure the final end with floral wire. Finish, by puffing up some of the folded bubbles (if desired) or you can leave them as is, if you prefer a more ruffled, rather than bubbly effect.

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

6. Finish the wreath by gluing OR wiring two floral picks on the wreath. I just used a little glue, not too excessively like I usually do, so that I can remove these and switch my wreath up with the season (much like my yarn wreath that is STILL gracing my front door). Finish the wreath by attaching a few of your favorite holiday portraits with those mini-clothespins.

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial Once you are done, here is what the back of my wreath looked like. You can trim any of the pieces down that were wired to help your wreath lay more flush to your door.

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Isn’t she lovely? With a little less than $20 supplies and 30 minutes of your time, you truly have a beautiful wreath for your front door, to grace your mantle, or to make a wall in your home more festive. Not to mention, wouldn’t this just make the most fabulous little gift for someone you love for the holidays?

I’m madly in love with it and I hope it inspires you to dress up a door in your home!

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