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Make it :: Housewarming Gift in a Jar

diy housewarming gift ideas

 

I am a firm believer that people come into (and out of) our lives for a reason. Our family is lucky enough to have some pretty awesome neighbors move in recently and we’re feeling super blessed.

After thinking about a thoughtful (yet simple) housewarming gift, I had the idea to put some of my family’s favorite “must have” kitchen items into a jar. I love that everything is contained in a nice glass jar that the family can repurpose once they’ve opened up the gift.

best diy housewarming gift ideas

We added a welcome home tag (which we printed from our home computer), tied a piece of twine around the lid and voila! We’ve come up with a simple, yet thoughtful welcoming gift.

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Social Media :: On the Rocks Please

TS-ofSoicla Media tips for bloggers

In October I shared with you that I would be starting to publish more posts on business related topics in my Work It! column. Now that we’ve learned what not to do from Martha Stewart when it comes to social media, how about a few how-to tips that you can put to use today? Whether you are just jumping in on social, or are a seasoned user — I hope these simple tips will help you get started or provide a little refocus.

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DIY Office Decor :: Mixed Metal Desk Accessories

DIY Office Decor

I was recently looking for the perfect canister to use on my office desk. I began searching around my house to see what I could re-purpose into some DIY office decor, when I had the idea to transform discarded soup cans into new chic decor. I started by gathering a set of three cans in a variety of sizes. I then removed the labels and washed the cans. Once dry, I masked off sections of the can using painters tape so that I could spray paint them to give them a trendy look.

Mixed Metal :: DIY Office Decor

Since mixed metals are in style, I decided to leave some of the silver can visible and paint stripes using gold and copper spray paint.

 DIY Office Decor :: Mixed Metal

I lightly sprayed on two coats of paint and once completely dry, carefully removed the tape.

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New Uses for Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper. It’s not just for gifts anymore. Check out these ideas + enter to win $200 to Minted below.

DIY Christmas decorationsMy approach to holiday decorating is pretty much like my approach to everything else — keep it simple but make a statement. I love those simple DIY ideas that just make something so much better. Case in point: turning plain white serving trays into festive holiday serving trays!

Simple DIY Christmas decorationsA great quality wrapping paper with a fun modern print is the only new holiday decor item I need this season. You can do so many things with it, the DIY Christmas decorations are almost endless. As for the paper itself, I am in love with Minted’s new line of wrapping paper. The designs are modern, festive and unique and the quality is amazing. Good bye shiny, thin gift wrap. My favorite designs are the handdrawn herringbone, berry kraft, and on the grid (which you can customize with your own photos, see below!).

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We Have a New Look

Thoughtffully SimpleI’m popping the champagne this weekend to celebrate the new look of Thoughtfully Simple. I started this blog back in 2008 and never. once. updated the look. That sort of feels like wearing the same shade of lipstick for 5 years. It was clearly time for a little makeover.

The entire spirit of this blog is to keep things thoughtful and (why yes) simple. So I was determined to find a look and feel that rang true to my mission. You’ll notice a lot more white space which will allow our photos to pop off the page, a more neutral color pallet of black and gray but with some personality with a subtle pop of coral. Do you like it? Oh I hope so.

I’ve made a pinky promise to myself (which was totally awkward looking) to be present a lot more here. That means more posts, better posts, and more of me. Hope that’s a good thing friends.

I have great stuff in the pipeline for you — just is time for the holidays! Thank you for reading, pinning, commenting and being patient with my sometimes periods of silence. I’m back — let the glitter fly.

Be sure to sign up for our new newsletter here. More great things to come, don’t miss out!

Cheers,

Tori

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3 Lessons Learned from Martha’s Blogger-Blunder

Yesterday was the day many craft, food, and lifestyle bloggers saw Martha Stewart fall from her pedestal. It was the day, it seems, that  Martha let her fear of competition get the best of her.

Here’s  the video that stabbed some bloggers in the heart (and surely made the rest of us cringe).

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This open letter to Martha sums up the issue very well. Check it out if you want to know “what the problem is” with what she said.

But you know what was worse than Martha messing up and insulting the very group that helps build her empire? How her social media team replied and how her PR team failed to even show up to last night’s party. So far, this is the only response we’ve seen:

 


Yes and that was in 3rd person. #Fail

You see, when you’re building a brand (small or gigantic like Martha Stewart’s), you are going to mess up. You will, I promise. But what will set you apart is what you do next.

Here on Thoughtfully Simple, I have decided to write more business-related posts in our new Work It! column which we will officially roll out with our upcoming re-design (stay tuned!). Why? I spend 95% of my day as a Senior Community Manager for an online brand. It’s what I do and love. I want to share with you tips and lessons learned that might help you in building your own brand. Or in this case, what not to do.

Thank you Martha for timing your blunder so well with my new upcoming launch. ;)

So what lessons can we learn from the day Martha dissed us bloggers?

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