almost makes mixtape ⋅ xmas 2014

December 19, 2014

almost makes mixtape / holiday

i am a total christmas loving jew. like the most. my mom and i have always LOVED getting a tree and christmas music and christmas morning, so much so that we kinda just bailed out on hanukkah about a decade ago. so i made a christmas playlist for our christmas eve and for yours too! it’s a couple of the same songs as last years xmas mix, because i still like them. so there. enjoy!

almost makes mixtape | xmas 2014

holiday gift guide / for the hostess

December 17, 2014

gift guide

it’s very sad, but although i love to entertain – i never do it. because a LOT of people we know are allergic to cats. i made todays gift guide with big dreams of my own – someday i’ll be a hostess again.

and this will be probably be my last gift guide for the holidays as you guys only have a few days left for guaranteed shipping! hurry!!

holiday gift guide | for the hostess

01. the most beautiful bottle openers of all time by fort standard
02. a scented candle is the perfect no fuss gift
03. a copper cocktail shaker will enhance everyones bar
04. everyone loves beautiful handmade bowls. everyone
05. wood napkin rings to add an organic feel to the table
06. a gorgeous handmade hexagonal trivet for making her counter that much cooler
07. also – everyone loves beautiful linen napkins. duh
08. these gold & teak cheese servers scream give me to a lucky hostess
09. and so do a set of beautiful wine stoppers
10. a super modern fruit bowl that i want for my kitchen counter
11. cake stands tend to look reeeally girly, for the non girly girl - here’s the perfect alternative
12. a unique and awesome mexican wine cover along with a nice bottle
13. a gorgeous terra cotta dish & dome for burning papers and incense

diy eye ornaments

December 16, 2014

diy / holiday

diy eye ornaments  | almost makes perfect

i will totally admit that i get super into trends — and i want lots of things with eyes on them, for now. so i made these super easy ornaments to make our tree that much trendier. guess what else. they take like no time at all.

diy easy eye ornaments | almost makes perfect

materials

  • polymer clay
  • a small rolling pin or something to flatten the clay
  • a black marker or two
  • something round to make the iris (i used the end of a paint marker)
  • toothpicks
  • twine

diy clay eye ornaments | almost makes perfect

01. preheat the oven according to your clays directions. soften some balls of clay in your hands, and then roll them out into ovals.

02. indent the iris with something small and round.

03. carve out the shape of your eye with a toothpick, if you hate it – roll it up and start over. if it looks a little wonky, tell yourself that’s the style you’re going for.

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04. poke a hole through the top with your toothpick, make sure you go through both sides.

05. bake and let cool. color in your carving.

06. tie a piece of twine and hang on your tree!

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now you can say things like : eye wish you a merry christmas. or also not.

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diy holiday gift boxes

December 15, 2014

diy / holiday

diy gift boxes | almost makes perfect

you may have someone in your life that’s hard to buy for – especially when they don’t just send out a list of what they want. i have a strong love for making gift boxes, so i decided to gift a few relatives (that don’t read the blog) with some this year. if they cook or bake, here are some ideas for how to make your own gift box for that lucky person.

i did all of the shopping in three stores : two small local boutiques with dope pantry sections, and the rest at world market.

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DIY GIFT BOX :: FOR THE COOK
for the cook i’m gifting, i focused on staples that i know he uses in the kitchen and then added in a few novelty items to make it fun.

STAPLE ITEM IDEAS
lentils
maldon sea salt flakes (this stuff makes EVERYTHING better, including sweets)
mustard powder
italian rice (good for risottos)
hawaiian sea salt
a pretty new whisk

SPECIALTY ITEM IDEAS
umami paste
lobster pâté
yuzu pao sauce
fancy pickles

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the boxes were bought at joanns and the shredded paper filler is from world market.

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DIY GIFT BOX :: FOR THE BAKER
for the baker, we tried to fill with baking staples that we know she’ll end up using – and just added a couple fun things to spice it up.

STAPLE ITEM IDEAS
raw honey
vanilla extract
baking soda
baking powder
caster sugar

SPECIALTY ITEM IDEAS
some pretty mast brothers chocolate
lemon curd
cupcake liners
cookie cutters

diy gift boxes | almost makes perfect

and then i was so into the gift box idea — that i made one for my husband too (he promised not to look at the blog today). he is obsessed with incense and getting rid of the cat litter smell, so i made him his own little scent gift box.

diy scent gift box | almost makes perfect

DIY GIFT BOX :: FOR THE SCENT LOVER

ITEMS
palo santo sticks
a couple of sage bundles
vintage matchbooks
our favorite PF candle

i put all of the items into a vintage cigar box.

soooo anyway – if you’re stuck on what to gift someone this year, you can probably tell i suggest making them a gift box. if you’re shopping in person, you can throw one together in a few hours. and if the recipient tucks it away in a closet, then you can periodically go in and steal items back one at a time and still win!

holiday gift guide / for the travelers

December 11, 2014

gift guide

you probably have one person in your life that drives you crazy with the amount of traveling they do. because you’re jealous and therefore you hate them. but you only half hate them, right? for the person in your life who loves travel more than your relationship, here are some gift ideas they’ll love.

holiday gift guide | for the travelers

01. there’s nothing i hate more than earbuds on an airplane. big ol’ headphones do a way better job.
02. i LOVE instant film, but i hate how the viewfinder is never accurate and photos always suck. this printer solves ALL OF THAT
03. a super handsome solution for wrangling their ever tangling cords.
04. everyone wants a dope passport case. don’t they?
05. giving them shoe bags for their suitcase is the most helpful you can possibly be.
06. this hoodie travel pillow is not only super weird, but awesome.
07. there’s no way that a beautiful weekender bag won’t go over well.
08. a phrasebook for wherever they’re traveling to next.
09. a mini travel steamer is the most useful ever.
10. because everyone needs a pretty excuse to stay hydrated.
11. for the drinking traveler, give them the gift of way pro-user plane cocktails.
12. no brainer : a monogrammed leather luggage tag.
13. a pretty little travel beauty set so that they can stay nice and pretty for you.

printable holiday gift tags

December 10, 2014

downloads / holiday

printable holiday gift tags | almost makes perfect

it’s almost time to open that stack of boxes full of gifts in your living room and start wrapping! i always love a fun gift tag to spice up a present – so i made 10 different printable tags for you guys!

as i’ve now said quite a few times, i’m super into hand lettering and the more i do it the more i think i’m improving. i still think i kinda suck, but as allen iverson said : practice. wrong demo?

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as always, just print, trim and use a punch a hole for your ribbon.

holiday printable gift tags | almost makes perfect

diy no sew moroccan wedding blanket tree skirt

December 8, 2014

diy / holiday

no-sew moroccan wedding tree skirt | almost makes perfect

first off : longest DIY title ever.

secondly : i am so excited to show you guys our tree skirt! i know i posted last week about not being able to get a tree, but like i said, i always cave and we are totally fine with a smaller sized tree. i’ve always disliked the tree skirt we had, and decided it was time to make our own. i’ve always loved moroccan wedding blankets, but could never afford one – not to mention sequins don’t really go with our everyday decor. so i thought incorporating one into our once a year holiday decorations would mean i’d be ok with some sparkle, and i won’t get sick of looking at it.

diy  no-sew moroccan wedding blanket tree skirt | almost makes perfect

as you guys know, i can’t sew. so i came up with the idea that i would glue everything on — it might not be the most indestructible method, but because we’ll only be using it for a few weeks a year, i thought it would hold up ok. plus it was super easy.

materials

  • plain white fabric
  • sequined trim
  • shag fabric
  • white decorative true
  • painters tape
  • a shit ton of permanent fabric glue

no-sew moroccan tree skirt | almost makes perfect

01. cut your base fabric down to the size you want. i wanted a hexagonal shape – so we bought a large square, and taped off the sides to create the shape i wanted. then i just trimmed inside the tape.

02. cut a seam in the middle to wrap around your tree, along with a hole in the center.

03. cut 2 – 3″ strips of the shag fabric.

04. lay out all of your pieces onto the fabric, until you’re happy with everything. i was fine with the pattern looking a little wonky because i wanted it to look handmade like a true moroccan wedding blanket. i alternated the order of the sequined trim on every other side of the shag.

05. once you’re happy with the layout, start gluing. then glue all day long. let dry, trim off the overlaps. let dry for 24 hours.

no-sew moroccan wedding blanket tree skirt  | almost makes perfect

i made a bunch of mistakes along the way, i first cut the hexagon to a certain size and after laying out all of my trims, was short on sequins. so i trimmed down the edges of the base and started over. i had to re – space everything a zillion times before gluing. i was also super sloppy with cutting the shag down as you can probably see, but in the end i’m still the handmade look of it.

my best advice is to buy more of everything than you think, especially fabric glue. i used three bottles!

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baba souk gift guide ( + a discount )

roundup

baba souk is one of those online shops where if you go to find a gift for one lady in your life, you’ll definitely end up finding something for every lady in your life. their shop is full of gorgeous patterns and one of a kind objects — and it’s seriously hard to not want to get something yourself. i’ve rounded up some of my favorite items from their shop – and i’m sharing a discount code with you guys that will last today through december 10th! use code ALMOSTMAKESPERFECT for 15% off! now go and get your holiday shopping done already, sheesh.

baba souk gift guide

01. for the friend or coworker : anti evil eye bracelet
02. for the entertainer : graphic cheese plates
03. for the crafter : twig pencils
04. for the jewelry lover : raw quatz earrings
05. for the decorator : striped moroccan pillow
06. for the green thumb : cacti planter
07. for you : thank you cards for post – holiday gratitude