Creative Gift Wrapping

I must say this is a perfect season to get creative with all the gifts that are being bought.  I’m not a great “gift wrapper”, but I always get excited to wrap gifts!  I usually set aside a time for myself to wrap gifts with a little bit of Christmas music, hot coco and of course comfortable clothes!! After looking for ideas I was overwhelmed with all the ideas, so I thought I should share! Try doing something different this year with your gifts! These gifts are so cute… your family and friends will not want to open them. I’ll begin with my favorite… these fun wrapped gifts from Anthropologie’s new collection of gift wrapping paper and trimming.

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Have a good day!! Don’t forget about this weeks giveaway… it’s not to late to enter!!


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Christmas Yarn Wreath Giveaway!

It has been a while since I have featured a giveaway on Simply Elegance. So with all this Christmas spirit bubbling inside of me I have decided to make a Christmas themed wreath and give it away to… YOU! If you like what you see and cant wait to place this winning wreath on your door before the Holidays–I posted in Oct. how to make yarn wreaths! Check it out: DIY Harvest Yarn Wreath.  The giveaway starts today and ends Friday, December 10th at 6 p.m. There are three different ways to enter, but if you prefer just one entry that is fine too (you brave soul!).


ONE lucky winner will win and there are THREE different ways to enter!!

(Comment to WIN)

simply leave a comment on Simply Elegance sharing your favorite part of the Christmas season (I’m looking forward to hearing all your comments)!


twitter about this giveaway and come back with the link. *If you twitter please make sure to tag it with @simply_elegance so i can keep track of entries (use the twitter tab under this post!)


facebook about this giveaway! paste the link to this giveaway as a comment or update your status! Come back and let me know!

Make sure you include an e-mail address for contacting purposes. Check back next week to see if you are the lucky winner!!!

Any questions? Just shoot me and email? :) Giveaway ends Friday, Dec. 10th at 6 p.m., est.




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How I proposed to my… bridesmaids!

Kyle and I haven’t got much done when it comes to wedding planning–we’ve been so busy. However, we have done one thing (only because we were so excited) we picked our wedding party and asked each person if they would be a part of our special day. Each person said “YES” and we are so excited to have such a fun group. I decided to get a little creative with asking my bridesmaids and Kyle of course just picked up the phone and called his buddies.  Half of my bridesmaids are out-of-state and I wish more than anything I could have asked them in person… so I created something that gives the “impression” that I’m there asking! I had so much fun giving these to my ladies! p.s. If you haven’t guessed my colors are yellow and gray.  I will be posting about my colors in the future!

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DIY Headboard (by Design*Sponge)

Are these headboards adorable or what?!! I have been searching for ways to create a headboard and I hit the jackpot. I love that this project is completely and uniquely your own. You can design the shape of the board, pick out the fabric and even decorate the bed to match once your done. I just need to find the right fabric and I’m set. Below are some of my favorites! Not to mention Grace from Design Sponge teaches us step-by-step on how to create our own headboard. Now go create the headboard you’ve been dreaming of (make sure to share pictures!).



Have a great Week!!!!!!!

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DIY Moss Picture Frames

Now that I have wedding on the mind I have been on the look out for creative centerpieces, wedding decorations and basically anything wedding!  I spotted these DIY moss pictures frames, on Ruffled Blog, and thought they would be perfect for a June/July wedding. Here is a little update on our part:  we really want to get married this summer, but with finances it might not be till the fall. Little by little we are saving up and focusing on the positive. For those who have done the “wedding” thing before… you know what I’m talking about (weddings are expensive)!!

What you’ll need:
– An old wooden frame (you could even try to make on yourself if your good like that ;)
– Bag of dried sheet moss from a craft store
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors

Inspired by the beautiful northwest this moss frame is perfect for any garden or rustic wedding. It also happens to be very simple. First you take an old wooden frame and clean off the surface that you will be gluing your moss to with a wet sponge. Next remove your moss from it’s plastic and begin laying it out over the surfaces of your frame. Use your scissors to cut your moss into strips that fit perfectly together. Once you have the moss laid out how you want it begin hot gluing it into place. Once you have finished gluing the moss into place you can trim around the edges with your scissors to make a nice clean line. You might also want to take any extra small pieces of moss and fill in any holes. This project is fun and easy and only takes about 15 minutes.



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I’m engaged!!!!

News update for all my readers (if you don’t know already), I am engaged!!! On November 7th, 2010 Kyle asked me to marry him! I cannot put into words all the emotions that I felt that day–all I can say is that I’m extremely excited to be marrying such a great man. From the romantic dinner to the mini-adventure around Minneapolis, followed by a candle light outdoor proposal; I will never forget that day! Here are some pictures of our proposal:

(The spaghetti dinner he cooked all by himself!)

I’m so excited to start planning! Right now I have a huge senior project hanging over my head but once that is done and graduation approaches I will have much more time to plan… plan… and plan. What does all this mean for you? Well hopefully “more posting!” I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas and projects along the way, as well as getting your feedback!


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Sneak Peak: My Bird Cage Find

Well I’m really excited for this post not because its anything special, but because I feel like I haven’t blogged in a while and I’ve missed it. These past couple days I have had a fever and today I just discovered I have strep throat. My my daily schedule consisted of a lot of sleeping, that’s pretty much it.  Good news–my temperature is down now I’m just taking care of my throat. So I’m stuck inside bored and just resting.

SNEAK PEAK:  A while back I stopped off at the thrift store and spotted this bird-cage. I’ve always wanted a really “vintage” bird-cage, with the unique shape, but this one will do.  I’ve seen so many great decoration ideas and I thought I would give it a try. This bird-cage is so cute and petite. I have not yet worked on it, but what I’m thinking of doing is spray painting it in white/ivory and lightly sanding spots so the original dark shows through (making it look vintage and distressed). I think it will be a great addition to my desk who knows I might even place a light in their!  Once I get around to doing this project I’ll show you the finished results!

These are some of the bird cages I’ve seen online and how people have put them to good use.

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I hope you are having a much healthier week then I am (*Megan, If you reading this I hope you get better, being sick is not enjoyable one bit). I think I will pull the “Mom” card out on all of you:  Make sure to take your vitamins, wash your germ invested hands and try your hardest to avoid getting sick! Have a good weekend!

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