- In an alternate universe Blair and Mia rule the Planet Yak. A place where peace reigns, cupcakes aren’t fattening and glitter doesn’t stick to your hands for all eternity. But when they are on this planet they are working mommies, aspiring domestic goddesses, DIY-enthusiasts and bloggers who are in constant pursuit of all things pretty.
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There are few things in life as coveted as the Bounce sock. It is not just a blue and yellow sock with squishy non-slip buttons on the sole. Oh, no, it is much more than that. It is a declaration of cool. It is a statement to establish your status. It is a way of telling everyone: I have been to Bounce.
Whether you wear them with flip-flops that create a ninja toe or whether you wear them with your sneakers to social events even though the socks clearly do not match your shoes or your outfit, you are saying: I Bounce. I Bounce high. I Bounce low. I Bounce off the walls. I Bounce, because there is no other way to move.
And because bouncing seems to be the activity of choice for anyone over two and under 100 we have been bouncing around to a few birthday parties and of course, we had to make a plan to create some appropriate gift wrap. We give you: THE BOUNCE SOCK.
What you will need:
A gift, preferably in a sturdy box. Use a shoe box if the gift doesn’t come in a box.
Tissue paper – blue and yellow
Stick-on bobbly bits. We used half pearl stickers.
Yellow spray paint
What you need to do:
- Spray the bobbly bits. We used half pearl stickers we bought at Her Annies. They are scrapbooking embellishments. We painted them yellow to match the Bounce colours.
- Wrap the gift in the blue tissue.
- Wrap the lower section in yellow tissue.
- Measure and find the middle of the box.
- Stick your rows. Make a mark every few centimetres. We placed a sticker every 1.5 cm. This will vary depending on the size of the gift. Make light marks with a pencil to keep your lines straight and use a ruler to keep you in line.
- Add the word Bounce with the foam letters.
- We wrote the birthday boy’s name on the yellow in blue.
- The foam letters were stickers too. Use glue if yours aren’t sticky.
It helps to keep a Bounce sock handy for reference.If you haven’t been to Bounce, or never seen these socks, the yellow dots on the bottom are non-slip bobbles. Like you get on baby socks. And well, now you know why everyone is wearing those bright socks. We hope you will be bouncing into a pair of your own soon.
Have a happy day,
Mia & Blair
We loved the rose petal wrapping we shared last week and we hope you did too. Here is another idea using rose petals that is simple, easy, and absolutely gorgeous.
White paper, or any colour you would prefer.
Roses, your choice of colour
- Wrap the gift in the white (or whichever you choose) paper. Remember when we said we rarely buy wrapping paper? This is what we buy instead, it is white-board writing paper. The sheets are big and it wraps beautifully.
- Stick the double-sided tape in the shape of a heart. This isn’t, of course, a perfect heart, just follow a general outline and make sure there is enough tape for all the petals.
- Remove the petals from the rose.
- Stick the petals on the sticky heart. We started at the top and worked our way down. Make sure they overlap. The tape must not show.
- Depending on the size of the gift and of the heart, you can add as many hearts as you like.
This is incredibly easy to do, but once again, be gentle with the petals and make sure to wrap it on the day of the party. Rose petals that have been abused, will turn brown. The petals are fragile, but should last for about a day if the rose is fresh and if it isn’t sweltering. Remember, you can also keep it cool in the fridge if need be.
You can also add ribbons and twine to the gift. We loved this simplicity of this, but a ribbon would certainly add to the gift.
We hope you enjoyed this simple idea. Don’t forget to send us pictures of your wrapping or tag us online. We would love to see what you are all wrapped up in.
Have a happy day,
Mia & Blair
And we’re back. We hope you all had a great break and are ready to tackle 2017. We are super excited to share our first wrapping idea for the year with you, Rose Petal Wrapping.
You may have noticed by now that a) we don’t buy wrapping paper and b) we like it when we can see the gift and c) we adore flowers. This is another one of those no-wrap gift wrap with flowers, although it is wrapped and we used rose petals. Seriously, can wrapping get any more fun?
We love using fresh flowers when we wrap. Obviously, this is a wrap-it-on-the-right-day gift. The petals will last for about a day and it is important to be gentle. They bruise and will turn brown if manhandled. You can also put the gift in the fridge if it is very hot, it’ll sustain the roses for a tiny bit longer. Just make sure the gift can go in the fridge too. Your spouse may frown and wonder about the odd flower covered thing in the fridge, but what can we say. Wrapping knows no pain.
A gift – We used Tessa Kiros’s Limoncello and Linen Water. The pink of the cover dictated our colour choice. It is one of our favorite cookbooks.
Glossy Sticky tape
Double sided tape
How we did it:
- Wrap the gift in the cellophane
- Decide how much of the gift you want to cover. We started in the middle, because we wanted the title and the pretty cover to show. You can cover the whole gift if you want.
- Remove the petals from the rose. Save the sepal and receptacle/calyx. Those are fancy words for the green bobble, stem and leaves beneath the flower. We tied them with the ribbon, once we were finished.
- Stick the first line of double sided tape where you want to start. Wrap it around the whole gift.
- Stick your first row of petals.
- Measure the size of the petal against the tape you just stuck down. The next petal must cover the tape and the bottom half of the leaf to ensure complete coverage. Word from the top down.
- Once you have your measure, stick more tape and do the next row.
- Keep going until the sides and back of the gift are covered as well.
- Tie the ribbon.
- Add the green bits and voila. You are done.
Here’s to seeing life through rose-coloured wrapping.