After an indulgent (and much needed) long holiday break, reveling in knee-deep fresh snow (WE HEART YOU, VT!!) and snacking on way too many cookies, Oscar and I are back in the hood - and a bright, shiny New Year is upon us! We hope you enjoyed a similarly cozy-fied, ribbon-curled season with friends and family, and that you're as excited as we are about 2013's potential. You see, 2012 ended on some stellar high notes, and we're feeling full of momentum to keep that ball rolling. One last-minute project we're positively chuffed about can be seen here on top of the Beast's big brick of a head...
Yes, yes, it's a paper hat... but it's also made out of our very own custom illustrated and hand-printed wrapping paper! A mere three days from concept to completion, this project had been on my wish list for ages... waiting for a window of time, and just the right inspiration... but of course, the critter that finally got me hustling happens to be... a puppy.
I've never met little Bucky, but the socialsphere makes the interwebs an increasingly tiny, exceedingly well-connected place these days, and we made it work using nothing but Instagram, Photoshop, and a bottle of ink. Full results can be found proudly on NOTCOT (where Oscar's "Mini Me" cookies made their own splash soon after), but in short, here's how we made merry with the gift-wrapping this year!:
And because it's dreadfully easy, and more than a little fun, posted below are illustrated instructions to make your own paper party hat! Newspaper makes a great, cheap material for this, but any large sheet between 12 x 18" and 18 x 24"-ish will do the trick (you may want to play around with the ratio of page height to length in order to get your hat just right).
And with that, the Beast and I wish you a tremendous, adventure-packed, project-filled, monster of a joyful 2013! Huzah!