Monday, December 27, 2010

2010: A Recap

As the end of the year approaches, albeit faster than wanted, we take a moment to reminisce and look back at everything that has happened.

In no particular order:

1. Studio B attends MetroCon10 in Dallas, TX. It was a great opportunity to see all the new products and furniture as well as get a few CEU credits fulfilled. We had a blast eating out at La Duni and celebrating Hannah's recent engagement!

2. 3 out 5 of us bought new houses this year!
Hannah and her man Cody in front of their new house!

Cassie's adorable house with a teal door!

Brandy's new house!!!

3. We started this blog! If you are reading this right now, take a moment and become a follower!

4. We had our taste of the slow economy but held strong and came back around.

5. We had a lovely summer intern - Samatha Howes who is a student at Abilene Christian University.

6. We visited and toured the amazing Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX.

7. Hannah got married!! It's Hannah Taff now. Congratulations again Hannah and Cody!

8. We completed our 2nd annual Coats for Kids buy and delivery!

9. Studio B Designs held our first Healthcare Event to showcase products and furniture for the commercial healthcare application.

10. We had a blast shopping at Mistletoe and Magic.

11. Cassie took the NCDIQ to become a licensed Interior Designer.

12. We visited many places: New Orleans, Nashville, New York City, Cancun, Miami, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts.

13. And finally, we finished the year out with 43 projects, a 60% increase from the year before!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DIY: Wrap it up!

So it's the holiday season and you have the tedious task of wrapping all the gifts you have spent countless hours searching for and buying for your loved ones. Everyone has to do it, so why not have some fun with it and break out of the box this year with a little creativity!

For those of us who already have that creative side that loves to come out in instances just like this, gift wrapping is fun and a chance for us to showcase our originality. For those who it may seem a little more daunting, here are some images to hopefully inspire and get the creative juices flowing......

Use unique toppers for your gifts, anything natural that you already have around, branches, leaves, seashells, etc.

These velvet leaves from Tinsel Trading make a beautiful topper.

So creative, just use bright construction paper and a hole punch.

Mixing gold and silver is very elegant.

Using an ornament as a topper looks great and is another bonus gift!

Again, another household item, bow-tie pasta. I love the neutral colors.

This gift wrapping is very simple and elegant. The velvet ribbon is the perfect touch to create such a lovely gift.

Be aware of your color palate, this combination is beautiful.

And don't be afraid to step out of green and red.

Simple yet unique.

Adding a strip of colored paper and a bow is a no fail solution.

I love the wintery blue and green colors in fun patterns.

Have any left over newspapers? This is a fun way to wrap your recipients gift in their favorite cartoon strip.

Search for beautiful patterned paper. Ikea, Crate & Barrel, and Target are just a few that have some fun and modern paper.

I love the neutral brown with an intricate lace pattern and unique gift tags.

At first, I thought this was tacky and cute all at the same time. I think this is a fun way to wrap a gift card to their favorite restaurant or cafe. But in my opinion that is the only way this wrapping should be acceptable.

Now, Lets take a look at some fabulous diy gift tags:

Being an interior designer this gift tags speaks to my soul. Such a great idea to use paint chips as gift tags. I love how simple and modern this packaging is.

My grandmother would just love these gift tags. Not only are they adorable decoration on the gift but once the gift is open, put it on the tress as an ornament.

This seems like the perfect little project for a scrapbooker. I personally would love to make these using my left over scrap paper. To find out more about making these adorable gift tags click here.

MY FAVORITE!! I just think this is simply wonderful! This would be so easy to make and even easier if you are handy with a sewing machine. Just buy some card stock and yarn and get after it.

Simple and modern, use your computer if your handwriting suffers.

Too precious for a young girl's gift.

Get creative with stamps.

Use some letters to personalize your gift.

This is the perfect way to personalize a wine bottle.

This is another great idea on how to dress up a wine bottle as a gift. These are easy and fun and all you need is a printer and tape.

Such a easy and simply idea to dress up a coffee mug. Such a cute idea for hostess gifts, teacher gifts or co-workers. Click here to find out how to make them.

Get fun and innovative with ribbon.

Here they used wooden tags with stick on letters.

Merry Christmas!
Hannah & Cassie