10 last minute gift ideas to make yourself | Kitenhood

10 last minute gifts to make yourself

Hands up if you like to give handmade gifts! Hands higher… higher…? Alright, you can put your hands down, I can’t see anything from this side of the screen. But I’m sure some of you raised your hands. And I’m sure some of you left Christmas gifts for the last week, eek! Here you go, try some of these last minute gifts that (most of) the ladies on your list will appreciate. All DIY. 

10 last minute gift ideas to make yourself | Kitenhood

1. Pearl gloves.  Everyone can use an extra pair of gloves in wintertime, especially when they’re particularly pretty like these are. 

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2. Ginger orange body scrub. Has anyone ever refused being pampered? I think not. And the cool part is you can make a big batch of this scrub, for all the girls on your list. 

10 last minute gift ideas you can make yourself | Kittenhood

3. Faux cross stitch wall art. I’m a big fan of cross stitch, but it takes up so much time! This version is made with a surprise material and can be customized infinitely. 

10 last minute gift ideas | Kittenhood

4. Tassel necklace. A stylish necklace that’s easy to make and always gets tons of compliments. Think of all the color combinations you could try!

10 handmade gift ideas | Kittenhood

5. Recipe display & cards. Revolutionize your mom’s recipe book with these free printables and display idea. 

10 last minute gift ideas | Kittenhood

6. Succulent plant holder. Upcycle a toothbrush holder to create a stylish succulent planter. A touch of green is always a good idea. 

DIY Faux Fur Hat | Kittenhood

7. Faux fur hat. This is the warmest hat I’ve ever had in my life, so I recommend it for all the women in your life. Just grab your sewing machine and some faux fur. 

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8. Constellation bowls. Whether used for jewelry, coins, keys or other small essentials, these bowls make the cutest addition to one’s desk/hallway/bedside table. 

10 DIY gift ideas | Kittenhood

9. Golden chain bracelet. This minimalist bracelet will take up about 20 minutes of your time and guess what? Your friend is gonna enjoy it forever. 

DIY deer hair pins | Kittenhood

10. Deer hair pins. I don’t know if you’re aware of how easy these fancy deer hair pins are to make. SO easy. 

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How I wore London Retro sunglasses (+ some Photoautomat love)

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London Retro sunglasses (c/o) + TRF coat + H&M Divided scarf + Gap ankle boots 

One thing you will quickly notice in Berlin is the groups of people queueing up in front of photo booths. What’s all the fuss about? You will find these “photoautomat” all around the city, and for 2 euros you can almost instantly get your own cool 4-picture strip. The awesome part is that it’s all analog, on black and white film. You have to wait for five minutes, during which time you can actually hear the machine working, and when the pictures come out they still need a few moments to dry. You know, like the old times! You can’t control the outcome like you would in those digital photo booths, and sometimes the pictures turn out really silly. But they make wonderful souvenirs, that’s for sure! And they feel so much nicer than the regular selfie. Below you will see the photo story of a photo. My boyfriend and I were inspired by these old school women’s sunglasses I just got to explore the interesting cohabitation between the new and the old. The retro photo booth was the perfect spot for that, and I love how these pictures turned out. Taking pictures - Kittenhood Photoautomat Berlin - Kittenhood TRF coat - Kittenhood Retro photo automat - Kittenhood Instant photo strip - Kittenhood London Retro sunglasses - Kittenhood

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

DIY festive drink stirrers

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

If easy Christmas crafts are your jam, then welcome to your jam! Since festive drinks aren’t really traditional in my area (no eggnog here!), I’ve been thinking of ways to make regular drinks more festive. That’s how I came up with these drink stirrers, super easy to put together with just some small branches that you can probably find close to where you live, and very basic crafting supplies. You can even go a little crazy and spray paint the branches gold (with matching baker’s twine), but I preferred to keep a natural, more traditional look. Here we go: 

Materials for festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

What you need:

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Start by cutting the skewers to size. This can depend on the glasses you use most often, as well as your personal preference. Then cut the branches into smaller pieces. 

Making festive drink stirrers | KittenhoodUse the x-acto knife/cutter to split open one end of the skewer. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Insert the branch into the opening you just cut. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Cover the entire area with baker’s twine (or whatever yarn/thread you have on hand) and knot the ends together. Cut off excess thread and you have a drink stirrer. 

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Repeat the steps to get as many drink stirrers as you like! You can also use these as cake or cupcake toppers and even to decorate gifts. 

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10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper

Are you the type who wraps all presents using the same coherent style, or do you like to go with whatever you have at hand for each receiver? I have years and years – in my craftier years, all my gifts were perfectly matched and looked great together under the tree. Some other years, well, I just couldn’t decide. A solution to such indecision is to just use brown craft paper. What comes after is pure creativity… Here are 10 DIY ways to gift wrap with craft paper:

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

1. Splatter // Almost Makes Perfect. A simple splatter of white paint completely changes the look of brown paper. And the black ribbon is such a classy touch. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

2. Sew bags // Bo3mia. For irregular-shaped gifts, bags are an easy solution. And fortunately, you can sew your own! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

3. Metallic leaves // Tikkido. A wonderful way to decorate brown paper gifts, using all natural elements such as twine, (painted) leaves, pine cones and herbs. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

4. Felt // Kittenhood. This is a great way to get rid of some felt scraps and sequins. Just cut festive shapes and glue them to your wrapped gift. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

5. Dried citrus // Diana Dragne. Citrus is a wintertime classic, but this one is upgraded with painted wood balls. Wonderfully rustic! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

6. Envelopes // The Merrythought. Craft paper envelopes are easy to stitch or staple, and they’re a blank canvas for numerous decorations. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

7. Dried flowers // Craft Hunter. Flowers are not traditionally Christmassy, but they are such a nice touch between all the fir! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

8. Wreath // Craftberry Bush. Wreaths with winter greens are the perfect topping to simple, boxed packages. A little wish on a cardstock banner makes them even prettier. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

9. Stenciled // Skona Hem. These black stenciled leaves are minimalist and gorgeous. A little pine branch, twine, and a hand-stamped gift tag are all the add-ons used. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

10. Painted // Inspired by This. You can always upgrade brown paper with a few strokes of paint. The red, green and gold combination couldn’t be more appropriate.

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree

There’s something about wearing green and red together that’s very Christmasy. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. Sure, you feel like wearing these colors in December, but can you risk looking like a weird Christmas tree? No, no you can’t. You take the high (stylish) way. Because red and green are complementary colors and they were meant to be together. Only not in that way. Here are some winter outfit ideas in these colors that I hope will inspire you: 

 10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

1. Miroslava Duma‘s coat features green and red stripes, with everything else neutral (and working!) Now this is some subtle color blocking!

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

2. This outfit from Citizen Couture rocks. And not just because of the leather pants. It’s just the right amount of edgy, I would say. 

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

3. The fuchsia top peeks out of a khaki coat and the whole outfit is layered to perfection. All those buttons leave me in awe. Found and loved on Lookbook

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

4. You’re wearing red and green outdoors, but when you’re inside: boom. Just red. Layering is fascinating. Spotted in London.

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5. Annabeth doesn’t just do red and green. She does red and burgundy and mint green! And it’s super fresh. 

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

6. The pretty green polka dot dress is toned down with a pair of Nike sneakers. They won’t even know what hit them. Photo found on the Trendy Crew

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

7. Basic pants and a top become a super cool outfit when accessorized with a red hat, khaki fur cowl and red bandana at the waist. Shot by Vanessa Jackman.

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

8. This outfit from Dash of Darling was clearly conceived with holidays in mind. The pairing of a green skirt and red clutch manages to please the eye in unexpected ways. P.S. Those shoes!!!

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

9. Natasha Goldenberg keeps the complementary colors at opposite ends, but she also mixes them around the middle. Who knew fashion is so much like cocktail making! 

10 ways to wear red & green without looking like a Christmas tree | Kittenhood

10. Veronica doesn’t just mix red in different textures, but also tones of green and purple that aren’t far from blowing my mind. 

 

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December is for gifts

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Although I often stress out about gift giving, I have to admit it’s something I love doing. I love going through people’s Pinterest in search for a clue, I love wrapping gifts, and I get a little shy when I offer something. These are some of the things you could put under the tree this year – I’m not sharing the things I’m actually giving because I don’t want to be found out! So better yet, this is a list of things I’m not giving my close ones for Christmas. 

December is for gift giving | Kittenhood

Maslo bracelet + Modcloth mug set + Fjallraven backpack + Otters pin + Jasmin Blanc ornaments + La Colombe coffee set

Miss Patina AW15 | Kittenhood

Miss Patina, Simple Pleasures AW15

Girls crafting with cats. What more could you ask for? Probably just pretty clothes. A this photo story from Miss Patina has that too. Like, really pretty clothes. Take, for example, the Aristocat Dress, a splendid peter-pan collar with cats printed all over. I don’t wear much of this type of stuff anymore, but my heart still skips a bit when I see one so perfect. You should also watch the video – it’s nice and peaceful and makes you dream about the “simple pleasures” just a bit. 

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Shop handmade Christmas cards

Shop handmade Christmas cards | Kittenhood

One | Card by Roland Banrevi. That wonderful feeling of coming back home to a cozy house during winter. 

Two | Card by The Little Canoe. For those of you who are into hugs and warm scarves and warm wishes. So, everyone?

Three | Card by Yelena Bryksenkova. An illustration that reminds me of children’s book I had when I was young, with a slight Slavic aesthetic. 

Four | Card by Kittenhood. Eat, kiss and be merry! The holidays are almost here. 

Five | Card by Sonia Cavallini. A feminine and romantic card with deers, flowers and sweet French. 

Six | Card by Daisy Beatrice. Have a little fun with a pizza-shaped Chrismas tree! 

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December marvels

If December took you by surprise (although I don’t know how that would be possible, retail stores are playing carols for what seems like months now!), grab a cup of something warm and click through these links for your enjoyment. Happy weekend! 

Tray table by Ekaterina Vagurina
Tray table by Ekaterina Vagurina
A cool combination of concrete, color, utility and design.
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Led Crocheting by DIY Eule
Led Crocheting by DIY Eule
I love this idea of crocheting around led Christmas lights! It would be so cool to make a huge rug like that.
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Ile flotante by Imculatura
Ile flotante by Imaculatura
The Romanian art/design/fashion team at Imaculatura came up with a new concept collection. I adore this coin necklace.
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Botanic ornaments by Monster Circus
Opt for a minimalist Christmas decor with a botanical touch. Click for the tutorial.
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Custom shoes by Bucketfeet
Custom shoes by Bucketfeet
Did you know you can print shoes with your favorite designs? I think that's plain amazing.
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DIY tassel wall hanging by Honestly WTF
DIY tassel wall hanging by Honestly WTF
A real statement for the wall and something I would like to make.
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Miss Minoes by Jun Cen
Miss Minoes by Jun Cen
Miss Minoes likes cats and I like her.
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Sew Wanderlust by Teresa Lim
Sew Wanderlust by Teresa Lim
Embroideries of certain places, photographed in those places. I can't get enough.
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Productivity for Creative Thinkers by Kitty & Buck
Productivity for Creative Thinkers by Kitty & Buck
Shell of Kitty & Buck shares her productivity tips in a 7 day email course. And it's free, so join!
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Eye clutch by Paper and Stitch
Eye clutch by Paper and Stitch
If you've got an eye for clutches... you know, make your own!
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One black blazer, five ways | Kittenhood

One black blazer, five ways

One black blazer, five ways | KittenhoodHaving five documented outfits with this blazer is nothing compared to how many times I’ve actually worn it. I think I bought it while I was still in college, which makes it, what, 7-8 years old? It’s a no-name brand (Hound) and it has a hideous lining, but I’ve worn it on and on, as a jacket, as a layer, for job interviews, for keeping warm, or for no apparent reason. It’s really tiny, so it works as a “shrunken blazer”, and doesn’t allow a lot of movement. But I love it, and it’s made the cut for coming with me to Berlin. Ladies, get yourself a little black blazer. It’s the new little black dress. 

One black blazer, five ways | Kittenhood

Main photo | Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3 | Outfit 4