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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Style | Spring Florals Matching Tie & Choker - DIYs With JOANN!

*This post is sponsored by JOANN. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support bgbychristina. Some links might be affiliate links.

Hi, my friends!

JOANN 's is blooming with beautiful spring fabrics and Fred and I wanted to create something with one of our favorite floral prints! I love when we match, so I was very happy when Fred mentioned wanting to make a spring tie. Fred made a few ties in college, so he was excited at chance to get creative again.

I think this matching set of tie and choker would be so cute for couples! It's fresh and fun for spring style and it's subtle way to match and coordinate. 
So here's how we made them!
Floral Tie DIY, By Fred
Taking on the tie:

1. Get a pattern. I made my own pattern by tracing my favorite tie and adding ~1/2" material on all edges. I made my patterns on my old resumes because the paper is thicker and more durable (old resume still getting me work!). You'll need the additional half inch material to sew the pieces together.
You can download patterns or buy them too.

2. Trace your pattern on your fabric. I don't do this correctly. Ideally you'll trace in a way that your marks don't bleed through to the finished surface of your garment. I just used a permanent marker which bled through my fabric. If I were to do it again, I'd either use fabric chalk, or I wouldn't trace the inner part of my pattern, just the oversized portion.
Trace your pattern on all your fabrics. I used a print for one side of my tie, a solid color for the other side, then a heavy cotton for the inner fabric just to add weight and bulk. I haven't figured out the best fabric to use at the center of the tie for bulk and weight, so let me know if you have a better method!


3. Pin your fabrics together to prepare for sewing. You'll sew it together inside out and you'll only sew 3 sides shut. The additional piece of fabric used for bulk can be added to the back of either side of your tie. I'm not sure what is best. I can see pros/cons for sewing the additional fabric to the front or the back material.

4. Sew together. Be sure to sew on a test piece to be sure you're getting the pressure, tension, and stitch size that you want. Sew 3 sides of the tie shut (long edges and diamond ends). Don't sew the end shut that will mate to the other half of your tie (the diagonal side).

5. Trim excess material. I cut the edge of the fabric down to about 1/8" from the stitch. The closer you cut this the more likely it is to fray and come apart. I like to cut it down to make sure everything lays flat. I cut extra close in the corners so that the fabric doesn't bunch up when I turn it inside out. 

6. Turn each half of the tie inside out (or outside out since you sewed it together inside out).

7. Hand stitch the two halves together at the open diagonal edges. It's probably best to look up how to sew this kind of interface together. I'm not very good at it, but i'm sure there are other sources that can help with this part. Try looking up how to hand sew the last side of a pillow together, it's the same concept!

8. Put your tie on and look incredible! I recommend tying a Shelby Knot. I feel it's the perfect combination of size and structure.


Floral Fabric Choker DIY
Churning out a Choker:
1. Get a pattern. Trace your favorite choker on paper (again, I'd use heavy paper, or maybe brown paper grocery bags). I planned to have one folded edge rather than 4 sewn edges, so my pattern is basically twice the width of my choker plus ~1/2" per side.

2. Trace your pattern on all the fabrics you're using. I have used a floral print for the outside and a heavy cotton fabric to add bulk and structure to my choker.

3. Pin your fabrics together. place the support material on the back side of your main fabric. Fold hotdog style so that your finished surface is facing inward. Pin around the edges to hold the fabric in place prior to sewing.

4. Add ribbon to one side. I made this choker shorter than the circumference of my neck so that I can tie it together with ribbon. You can fasten your choker many different ways but I chose to use ribbon. Slide your ribbon into one of the short sides of the folded fabric. It will be in the center most layer. Make sure you tuck your ribbon into the end several inches. The part of the ribbon inside of the fold is what you will use to tie your choker on!

5. Sew together. Sew 2 sides of the choker. Leave the shorter edge of the fabric without the ribbon un-sewn. No need to sew the folded edge of the fabric together, but you can if that's the look you want!

6. Trim excess material. I cut the edge of the fabric down to about 1/8" from the stitch. The closer you cut this the more likely it is to fray and come apart. I like to cut it down to make sure everything lays flat. I cut extra close in the corners so that the fabric doesn't bunch up when I turn it inside out. 

7. Turn the choker inside out so that the pretty surface is on the outside. The closed side of your choker should have your ribbon sticking out and firmly sewn in place.

8. Hand stitch the last side together. Be sure to include your other ribbon in this half so that you can tie your choker on! Again, try looking up how to sew together the last side of a pillow together, it's the same concept. 

9. Put it on and hit the town! Impress your friends and family by telling them you hand-made your outfit! 
(just don't specify how much of your outfit you did/didn't make ;))






Are you as excited as we are for spring style?!
Please let me know if you try either of these DIYs, I would love to see how they turn out :)

Love,

Christina xx

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Home | Framed Boxwood Mantelpiece DIY With JOANN!

*This post is sponsored by JOANN. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support bgbychristina. Some links might be affiliate links.

                                                                                Hello, my friends!


I've teamed up with JOANN in honor of National Craft Month to create a framed boxwood mantelpiece! 

JOANN has an amazing library of crafts and DIYs on their website. That's where I found this DIY. 

You can check out their official DIY here: How To Make Framed Boxwood Mantelpiece

And you can follow along with my tutorial below!



Supplies Needed:

  • Boxwood Wreath
  • Spool of wide cotton ribbon in a pattern of your choice
  • Old window frame
  • Jar of Home Decor paint: White and English Lavender
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters



Steps:
1) If you can, remove the glass from the window frames. If you can't do that, be sure to tape off the areas so you don't get paint on the glass

2) Use wood glue to glue the 2 frames together, of course you will omit this step if you only have one frame

3) Paint the frames with the English Lavender color and then let it dry

4) Paint the frames sparingly with the Cottage White paint and then let it dry 

5) Use sandpaper to distress the surface of the frames and let some of the lavender color show through 

6) Place a nail on the top backside of the frame for hanging and for the ribbon to hang on
(now put the glass back into the frame if you removed it and be sure to clean it!)

7) Wrap the ribbon around the boxwood and make the loop long enough to hang the wreath on in the front

8) Hang the wreath 

& Voila!
Here is how my turned out:
What do you think of the finished product?! :D


Love,

Christina xx

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Lifestyle | Valentine's Day Tie-Dye T-Shirt DIY & Date Night

 *This post is sponsored by JOANN. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support bgbychristina. Some links might be affiliate links.

Hi, my friends!

In honor of Valentine's Day, Fred and I wanted to do something fun and different for date night! We partnered with JOANN to have a tie-dye t-shirt date night in and make each other shirts. We had so much fun trying our hand at tie-dye! It was even more fun making the shirts for each other, instead of making our own. This is the perfect Valentine-inspired craft for a date night in, or a Galentines celebration! 

We were both surprised by how easy they were to create and the Tulip Tie-Dye Kit made it even easier for us!

Supplies you need: tie dye kit (that has reusable cover, rubber bands, protective gloves, bottles of dye and an instruction guide) water, t-shirts, fabric markers (optional)

How-To

1) lay down a protective cover, because things can get a bit messy!

2) if you want to draw on the shirt first, use fabric markers and then be sure to let your shirt dry for up to 24 hours


3) once the marker has dried onto the shirt, rinse the shirt with cool water and then ring it out 


4) lay the shirt down and twist it into a spiral formation (if you want to make the spiral pattern that we did)

you can look up Youtube videos to find other patterns that you want to create and then you will just fold the shirt accordingly

5) put rubber bands around the tucked shirt and let the rubber bands section off the shirt, we did a criss cross of 3 bands (see the picture below)


6) add water to the tie-dye bottles and shake them up

7) put the tie-dye on the shirt, 
we used the rubber bands as the divides for where we added color (see the pictures below)

8) leave the shirts in a safe place to dry unbothered for about 24 hours

9) rinse the shirts in cool water

10) stick the shirts in the dryer




now they're ready to wear! :)




Who would be your ultimate tie-dye partner? Would it be your valentine, or your galentine?

Love,

Christina xx


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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Lifestyle | How To Set Yourself Up For Success In The New Year - Advice For Creatives

*This post is sponsored by New Day Creative. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support bgbychristina. Some links might be affiliate links

Hi, my friends! 

 

Happy New Year!

 

Wow, it feels incredible to have a fresh start after a super turbulent year! 

There’s something so riveting and beautiful about a blank page. I always get butterflies in my stomach around this time of year, because I love dreaming of all of the possibilities that are to come. 

 

I want to start the New Year off on my blog by sharing some of the things that I’ve learned along my blogging/content creating journey so far. My hope is that you’ll walk away from this post with confidence to embark on another year of creating. If you are not a creator yet, but you want to be one, hopefully this post will help you feel ready to take that leap of faith!

 

These tips that I’m going to share are not strictly for January. They are relevant whenever for any fresh start, new project, or new side hustle! 

 

Now let’s jump into the heart of this post!

 

Here are my best tips for paving the way for a successful year:

 

 

Have A Clear Vision

Clearly define what your vision is, so that you know what you’re working for and so the right connections can find you

 

Having a clear vision as a creator is imperative for your growth and success.

The online world is a saturated place right now, so it helps to have a unique vision that resonates with your brand. However, don’t feel rushed into choosing a niche and don’t settle into one too soon if you’re unsure. I say play around by posting on a few different topics for a while and then make your decision!

 

Once you have your vision, it’s time to clean up your branding.

Having a clear brand image will really help you stand out online! This can be hard to do all by yourself. New Day Creative is an amazing tool for this part of your journey! As an advertising agency in Columbus OH, they help creatives create consistent and dynamic branding for their blogs/websites and social media platforms. 

An advertising agency can help you stay focused and consistent with your business goals!


Plan, Plan, Plan

Plan out your posting schedule, posting calendar, blog posts and social media captions

 

I’m not an organized person by nature. Planning and organizing are two skills that I have to work very hard at. Over the years, I’ve learned that when I plan my work out I’m more proud of what I create and I’m less stressed!

 

I like to create a posting schedule for Instagram for each month and then I create an even more specific, detailed schedule for each week of that month. In a dream world, I’d have all of my Instagram posts ready a month before they are to be posted. However, I often fall behind and don’t stay a month ahead of the game, but it still helps me stay afloat by shooting for that goal!

 

It’s so empowering to have posts saved as drafts so that they’re totally ready to go for when you want them to go live. Have you ever found it hard to caption a photo on the fly? I have! That’s one of the reasons, planning out content helps so much. It allows you to create more meaningful captions and start better conversations with your followers.

 

Planning your content will also help you stay consistent and consistency is key!





Set Strategic Goals

Be specific & timely about the goals you want to achieve

 

I like to set weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly goals for my business.

That might sound like a lot, but it’s actually more manageable that way. If I set 12 goals for the year, I can zero in on 1 each month, instead of focusing on 12 things each month. I think the scary thing about setting goals, it the thought of not being able to achieve them.  There are so many goals that I don’t achieve by the set time I had initially thought and that’s totally okay! I just re-access those goals and set a different date for them.

 

 

Believe In Community Over Competition

Support your community and peers as much as you can

 

We will always rise by lifting others! Don’t ever be afraid to support other people in your industry, because you’re afraid it will hurt your growth. The world and this online world are big enough for every soul that’s in it. By following and supporting like-minded creatives, you will only help your business growth. Research and reach out to local businesses that have a similar style as yours and ask to collaborate with them. Search for other creatives in your area and reach out to collaborate with them too! Take part in a group giveaway to gain more exposure to different audiences and gift your own followers in the process!


Listen To Advice, Not Opinions

Take into consideration what others say when they are trying to help you constructively, but let opinions slide off your back

 

This one is important to remember, because it can help you stay true to yourself and your voice. It can be really helpful to get advice, or constructive criticism from someone who has experience in your field.

 

However, opinions are often just noise that end up clouding your vision. I would consider an opinion to be a statement that doesn’t really have a purpose. So if someone doesn’t like your style, or your blog niche, it doesn’t matter! 

Their opinion isn’t factual.


What steps are you taking to help set yourself up for success this year? 

I’d love to hear some of your best tips!

 

Love,

Christina xx


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Friday, December 18, 2020

Shopping | My Fairy-Core/Princess-Core Gift Guide - Last Minute Gifts!

*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support bgbychristina. Some links are affiliate links. I only share what I love :)

Hi, guys!

 
Here is my fairy-core/princess-core gift guide! This is for all my fairy princesses out there! Hopefully this gives you some special, sparkly last minute gift ideas.

 
1) 15 Days Of Princes Socks Calendar | Target | $15.00
This calendar has the most magical socks! I got it in November and I've loved getting a new pair each day this month.
 It's an incredible deal too! 15 Disney princess socks for only $15, girlll better snatch these up!

 2) Princess Wet Brush | Ulta | 17.99
I've wanted the Princess Aurora wet brush since last Christmas! This would make such a cute gift, or stocking stuffer. There are a lot of different princesses, so you can get your person their favorite princess brush!



3) Edible Drink Glitter | Amazon | $9.59

I've been seeing ads for this online and I think it's such a great gift idea! This is perfect for a girls night drink, for celebrating, or just to feel like the fairy you are while you're hanging at home! This would be a unique stocking stuffer idea too.

4) LED Fairy String Lights | Amazon | $8.99

Everyone loves a little string of lights to cozy up their space! This is a great little winter gift, 'cause tis the season of hygge! 

5) Flower Fairies of the Spring Book | Amazon | $7.99 

I've wanted this book for a really long time too! I always see people post about it on Instagram and I think it's utterly adorable. If you know a fairy lover, this would be absolutely perfect! 
*All above images from Amazon
6) Fairy Soap | Etsy | $5.99

Okayyy, so I need to order this like right now! This is so precious! What a beautiful stocking stuffer.
*Image from Etsy, link goes straight to the shop

7) B Wild Hair Glitter Spray | Amazon | $7.36

I asked for some glitter hair spray this year for Christmas, because why not?? Every princess needs a little glitter to add some extra dazzle & magic.
*Image from Amazon

8) The Mermaids Melt At Dawn Book | Amazon | $3.99

This book is a must-read! It's my sister's book and it's truly incredible an fairytale for adults. If you love folklore and stunning descriptions, this one is for you! & Buy one for every fairytale lover on that gifting list! 
*Image from Amazon

9) Disney Princess Classic Vintage Crew | Hot Topic | $36.90

Check out the entire Hot Topic princess line, cause it's AHHMAZING! I could go on and on about it. There are so many princess items that I want from there.
 This crew is one of the pieces I put on my wishlist! :)
*Image found on Hot Topic

10) Snow Fairy Set | Lush | $19.95

I have the Snow Fairy Shampoo Bar and it turns my shower into a sugary wonderland! I love Lush's Snow Fairy scent for winter, because it smells like sugar plums and cotton candy and all the things that fairies adore!
*Image found on Lush

Which last minute gift idea is your favorite?!

Love, 

Christina xx


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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Shopping | My Cottagecore Gift Guide - Last Minute Gifts

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Hi, friends! Here is my cottagecore gift guide, finally! If anything good came out of 2020, it's "cottagecore" haha.. but seriously! I love the world of cottagecore and I feel like I've been a part of it for a long time it just didn't have a name yet. I hope you guys like this cottagecore gift guide! I think all of these little items would make amazing gifts for that person in your life who loves cottage style living and woodland magic!

A sweet butterfly-themed jewelry, or accessory piece is a wonderful gift idea and there are so many great options for that right now. I have all 3 of these items. This belt is just amazing and special! It looks perfect with a cottagecore dress. Every girl needs these butterfly hair clips! It takes me back to the '90s in the best way possible. 
 
1) Unique Honey Pot | Etsy | $15-$40 (this one is $28.23Please do yourself a favor and search unique or vintage honey pots on Etsy! You can thank me later ;) I'm serious, you won't regret it! There are so many adorable little honey pots out there that I think any cottagecore lover would love to be an owner of! I just recently bought a little cottage shaped honey pot and I'm obsessed with it. *Image found on Etsy, link goes straight to that shop2) How to be a Wildflower Book | Amazon | $15.35I love this book so much! The illustrations are all nature-inspired and so so beautiful. This is the gift for the flower lovers in your life. *Image found on AmazonThere's a journal that goes with it and the prompts are amazing. I have both of these books and they're two of my favorites. I always come back to them!The journal is called The Wildflower's Workbook: A Journal for Self-Discovery in Nature | Amazon | $13.17
3) Bread-making Kit | Amazon | $29.99

I think I'm the only person who hasn't made bread during quarantine this year haha. However, I'm really wanting to! This bread-making kit is a really cool gift for a cottagecore loving friend, or any homebody. I'd love to get this for Christmas this year!
*Image found on Amazon

4) Woodland Inspired Ornament | Etsy | $17

You can't go wrong with a thoughtful Christmas ornament as a gift! Each year, that person will remember you as they trim their tree. This whimsical bunny ornament is from my friend's Etsy shop and she is such a wonderful artist. You can click the link to see even more woodland gifts that she offers!
*Image found on Etsy, link will lead straight to the shop

5) Fox Tail Jewelry Hook | Amazon | $20.85

My sister loves foxes, so I gave her this hook for her birthday this year. There's a rabbit shaped one and I got that one for myself a few years ago. They do such a great little job at holding your necklaces and looking adorable up on the wall! 
*Image found on Amazon



These bird candle-holders make me feel like Snow White. I just bought them and they look really lovely in our kitchen!

*Image found on Victorian Trading Co.

A bunny rabbit that holds flowers in his ears?! Are you kidding me?! Two of my favorite things ever. This is my absolute favorite vase. It's such a conversation piece and makes me smile every time I look at it. 

*Image found on Victorian Trading Co.

Hopefully this gave you some last minute gift inspiration! 

Which gift is your favorite?! 

Love, 

Christina xx


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Friday, December 11, 2020

Shopping | My Cat Lovers Gift Guide + Gift Ideas For Your Cat!

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Hi, friends!

 This is my cat lovers gift guide! I also added a cat gift guide at the bottom of this post with Dream & Luna's favorite things! Hopefully this helps you pick the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life. Or maybe it will inspire you to add a few new items to your wishlist!
Amazon | Wipe Your Paws Door Mat: $25.99  
  Amazon | Kitty Paper Towel Holder: $32.90
Amazon | 3D Cat Hook Magnets: $14.99 
  Lush | Lucky Cat Bubble Bar: $9.95

Gift Ideas For Your Cat:1) Meow Mix Brushing Bites Treats: $3.00Dream and Luna adore these treats and they're supposed to be good for their dental health and breath!2) Trader Joe's Advent Calendar For Cats: $14.95I got Dream and Luna a toy advent calendar this year, but it has sold out. This one is a cat treat calendar option that I think cats would love!3) Scratching Pole: $23.99Dream and Luna each have their own scratching pole and they love playing on them! It has also helped  them to stop scratching the couch. 


Dream loves to be brushed! It's the cutest thing ever. He acts like its a massage! Definitely try brushing your cat if you never have before. They might be like Dream and just adore it!


These are Dream and Luna's absolute favorite cat treat! Makes a great little cat stocking stuffer!


Our cat water fountain is probably their most favorite gift ever! If you have a cat who loves to drink from the sink or the bath tub, they will go crazy over this!


Our little sushi shaped toys are Dream and Luna's most played with toys!


Another favorite toy of both Dream and Luna is their small toy mice. They love to chase them all over the house!


The foam golf balls are one of Luna's favorite things to play with! If you have a kitten, these would be the perfect gift for them!

Let me know what items your cats can't live without.
& What you're gifting your cat with this year!
 

Love, 

Christina xx


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