House Warming Gift Basket

Hi y’all! Did you have a good weekend? We celebrated my baby sister’s graduation in Austin with the whole fam! It was the first time we’ve all been in the same place at once in a while and was such a happy weekend! My sister has worked so hard to get where she is and I’m so proud of her!

We crashed my other sister and brother-in-law’s cute new house! They took such good care of us and we were so relaxed, it felt like a bed & breakfast!

Buying and moving into a new home is such and exciting experience. It is also stressful and expensive! There are so many little things you end up needing to buy and it all adds up. When someone I love moves into a new home, I like to make up a gift basket full of little things they might need. 

House Warming Gift Basket

It is such an easy and practical gift to put together. Even the “wrapping” is a gift in itself! I grabbed a long media basket from Target {perfect for holding extra rolls of toilet paper or corralling items in the pantry}, a package of sponges, some hand soap and room spray with pretty packaging, a hand-stamped dish towel, super glue, a seasonal candle, a bottle of wine and “wine-out” {just in case!}. You can put anything in the basket that might come in handy. I bought everything at Target, but the dollar store is also a great place to check for goodies to fill the basket.

House Warming Gift Basket

Before arranging my loot in the basket, a laid the foundation for making it pretty with some colorful tissue paper. Then I got to arranging by starting with the larger items first. Once you do that, you can fill in empty spaces with the smaller items.

House Warming Gift Basket

House Warming Gift Basket

Finish your gift basket with a cute tag. I used some leftover scrapbook paper, a paper doily and washi tape to make a tag. I tied it on with a bit of baker’s twine.

House Warming Gift Basket

What kinds of things would you put in a house warming basket?

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Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

The Dollar Spot is always my first stop when I shop at Target. They always have great finds filling their bins. Recently, I found these fabulous woven tote bags {I think these were maybe one of the $3 items. When did the Dollar Spot get to be so pricey? ;) } and grabbed a few to use as gift bags. I love “wrapping” gifts in bags and baskets that can be repurposed after the fact. 

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag


The bags are great as is, but I wanted to add a bit of color to one — so I painted it! 

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag -- Supplies

To spice up your own tote bag, you will need an inexpensive woven bag, craft paint, a paint brush and a foam brush. 

I just followed the lines in the bag to create my stripes. I tried taping them off with painters tape first, but it was too difficult to get a straight enough line and the tape wouldn’t stick. So, I just laid off the coffee a bit {just kidding…I could never do that} and attempted to maintain a steady hand as I painted a border line on each side of the would-be-stripe. I followed the lines in the bag with a small paint brush. After I outlined my stripes, I filled in the middles using a foam craft brush. I only painted one side at a time so the paint had a chance to dry. Each side took me a bout 10 minutes. 

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

 Once the paint is dry, you have an adorable bag to take to the beach or wrap a gift!

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag


I also made a tissue paper flower and attached to the handle with a twist tie. Cuteness! I love wrapping gifts! :) 

Do you typically use gift bags or wrapping paper to wrap presents? Do you have a weakness for the Dollar Spot like I do? 

Have a great weekend! :)

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14 of the Best Ikea Finds {for under $100}

Have you gotten your new Ikea catalog in the mail yet? Some wait with anticipation for Neiman Marcus’ “The Book”. I keep my eye on the mail box for Ikea’s new catalog. I love to flip through the pages for inspiration, to see what new items will be in store, and to see which items have dropped in prices from the previous year. It seems like Ikea grows in their stylish-ness with each year. Plus, we all know, they have the most hackable items. I just love that store. :)

I’ve already flipped through the new catalog a few times, and my shopping list has only gotten longer. I’ve put together a list of the very best Ikea finds for under $100. Some are new, and some are old…but all are fabulous! So, grab your shopping list and get ready for a bunch of names you can’t pronounce! 

{psst…this isn’t a sponsored post…I’m just an Ikea fangirl. Call me, Ikea! ;) }

Best Ikea finds {for under $100}

1) Swedish Sled Bench - $99

ikea-ps--bench__0239258_PE378642_S4This bench is a unique twist on a more traditional bench. It would be adorable in the garden {and would work well on soft surfaces without sinking} or would look great in an entry way or mud room.

2) POTATIS Plant Pot – $29.99



This would be great used for its intended purpose as a planter, but would also work nice to store blankets or toys in the family room. It’s a lovely woven basket and at a much happier price point than similar baskets you might find. 

3) VETTRE Nightstand – $49.99



Oh, the possibilities with this turquoise cute! A perfect locker-inspired night stand for a kid’s room, or for anyone who loves a little touch or fun and industrial. This would also work well in an office or craft space for extra storage…on wheels! 

4) NORBERG Wall-mounted Drop-leaf Table – $39

norberg-wall-mounted-drop-leaf-table__0209003_PE320068_S4This little wall-mounted table could be used for any number of things. I can see it as a breakfast nook in a tiny kitchen, a homework or art table for the kids, or even bedroom side tables. 

5) Balance Bench – $49.99

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 4.18.57 PMApparently the new line of products at Ikea this year are Olympics inspired. ;) This bench is perfect for the gymnastics enthusiast in your house. A great tool to practice balancing on a rainy day, or a place to rest a tiny tush when learning to tie shoes. 

6) FÖRHÖJA Kitchen Cart – $99.99


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This is perhaps the most hackable of all the finds. This kitchen cart in birch could be used either as is, painted or stained as a kitchen island {or just additional storage}, a planting table on the back patio, or an arts and crafts cart. I could even see it used as a unique entry table. 

7) EIVOR Throw – $19.99

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The black and white striped throw is a must. It is super comfy and will fit in with just about any decor. You can enjoy it as is, or add some homemade pom-poms to the edges for a little extra sass. 

8) Pink, Yellow and Navy Cushion Cover – $14



How cute is this new pillow cover? It’s the perfect way to add a punch of color to your sofa or bedroom. Slip this on one of Ikea’s $6 down pillows and you’re golden! 

9) FOTO Pendant Lamp – $14.99



Dear Ikea, I love you for your drool-worthy industrial pendant lights. Y’all know I love my RANARP pendant light in our entry way, and I feel no differently about the FOTO. I’m pretty sure it will find its way to my craft closet…even though it is totally unnecessary. For $15, I can justify unnecessary. 

10) GUNNERN Pedestal Table – $39.99



Available in blue, white, and grey; this pedestal table would make the perfect night stand in a tight space {like in my guest room}. It would also be the cutest little plant stand this side of the Mississippi!

11) FRODIG Glass Dishes – $1.99 – 2.99

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These dishes are great to have in your stash for when you have extra guests, or you can make your own pretty tiered dessert stand!  

12) Multi-Color Storage Table – $69

ikea-ps--storage-table__0311236_PE407751_S4This storage table is just too much cute! Both functional and pretty, this table would be the perfect addition to a small apartment or dorm room. 

13) BJÖRNLOKA Duvet Cover – $39.99

bjornloka-duvet-cover-and-pillowcases__0286898_PE367045_S4Whoever can pronounce that name correctly wins! This duvet set is really very lovely. It reminds me of a grain sack. It would work in a French decor or even in a more modern, industrial space. And you can’t beat that price!  

14) TOBIAS Chair – $79 {on sale for $59 for Ikea Family members until 8/26/14!}


I feel like the TOBIAS chair is what would happen if an Eames chair and a ghost chair had a baby. We have these around our conference room table at work, and they’re actually quite comfortable. They have a great modern look, but don’t take up too much visual space. This is the perfect chair for a small room. I’m thinking of using a couple of these in our office makeover I’m planning. 

What are your favorite Ikea items? 

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