DIY Tassel Gift Tags

Monday, December 1, 2014

Well folks, it is officially post-Thanksgiving holiday time which means two things - it's all Mariah's All I Want for Christmas all day and I'm in constant crazed crafting mode from now till January. With gifting on the mind, I thought I'd post about one of my favorite things to make these days to accompany my gifts - especially since you only need two supplies and have a finished product in under five minutes. 

These DIY tassels made of baker's twine are a great way to add a little festive flair to your gift tags this holiday season. I found myself wondering how to make them a few months ago and once I realized how easy they are, I felt I had to share with my crafty counterparts out there who hope to make their gifts extra fancy shmancy this year. 

Here's a breakdown of how it's done:

Monday's Mantra

Monday, November 3, 2014


#proliferate. Happy Monday!

xx, Amanda

Inspiration Fix: Hooked on Nooks

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An insanely bright and cheery spot in this galley kitchen
I am a huge sucker for breakfast nooks. Ahhhbsessed. I always pictured starting my day in the kitchen, feet up on the table, a cup of coffee in one hand while the other runs through my perfectly blown out hair (future me obviously has a hairdresser roommate - indefinitely) while a dashing fella reads the paper across the way. He starts sentences with curmudgeony things like "Well honey, damn youths these days..." and tries adorably to chat with me about pop culture so I can swoop in and save him from himself. Basically, my fantasy life mimics a 1950s sitcom, except we both jet off from that kitchen to our gigs as separate but equally powerful CEOs...

But, right, back to nooks - I love that an awkward corner or underutilized space can be swiftly transformed into a practical and charming eat-in area in the kitchen. Plus, it's so much easier to throw together than a full-blown dining room - whose life is conducive to an entire room dedicated to eating anyway? 

With a simple tabletop, some seating, and, of course, a few great accessories, these homes have incorporated a great space to come together (even for just a sec) in the kitchen.

Hi again!

Monday, October 20, 2014

What can I seems you and I need to get reacquainted. After an amazing summer running amok all over NYC, I am fully prepared to settle back down with you this fall and get serious about being just so damn inspired and crafty together. For starters, lets explore some new neighborhoods, try our hand at baking pies and engage in endless frolicking in open fields amongst the fall foliage. 

On deck: stepping out on watercolors to flirt with the bad boy of the art world: oil paints, tablescaping for beginners, antique hunting in NYC, the painful but super serious process of choosing new throw pillows, and, the pièce de résistance, cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast in a kitchen equipped for nothing of the sort.

Let's do this thang. 

Fallin in Bethel on Make A Gif

More to come! 

xx, Amanda


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to host some great friends at my apartment for a little wine and a little watercolor painting, lovingly dubbed #watercolorwinefest. I am by no means an expert in the art of anything, much more of a serial dabbler, so I was unsure of how my little workshop would turn out. However, since wine was involved, I did know it would at least be fun.

A Few February Faves

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Well, it is officially the second month of 2014 which means time flies AND, more importantly, it's the season of sugar cookies, wearing pink and red together and loathing winter's staying power. But, it also means we're one month closer to Spring, it's the month of my bestie's birthday and the month of love leading up to Valentine's Day. While I'm not a Valentine's Day fanatic per se (fun fact: red roses are my least favorite flower), I love the excuse to babble even more crazy-person love things at Nick and get inspired in the kitchen and the craft box.

I'm kicking off Feburary with a little pre-Valentine's Day craft party this weekend and have been admiring these projects or objects to fill the rest of my month with happy feelings!


Watercoloring for the Winter Soul

Monday, January 27, 2014

In some serious need of color therapy this dreary weekend, I turned to my watercolor palette to soothe my sad, very pale winter soul. I welcomed the idea of an indoor activity that would keep me busy for hours, justifying the delivery of both my breakfast and lunch, eliminating any need to set foot outdoors.

Here are a few snapshots of what I'm working on!

Inspiration Fix: Ahhhmazing Wood-Burning [or not] Beauties

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In case you haven't heard, the weather is, shall we say, inclement up here in NYC and pretty much everywhere else - did anyone else see snow fly UP yesterday?! I'm still mastering this northern winter thing, often asking my co-workers questions like: "At what temperature should I panic," "Does this look like frostbite," and "Why does everything hurt, am I dying?" 

In my novice opinion,  it's sometimes helpful to think warm, happy thoughts while getting pelted in the face with snow and wondering if the tops of your ears are still there. So, here are some of my favorite fireplaces from across the internet to mentally warm your hands in front of if you also happen to find yourself sitting indoors with your parka still on typing with semi-frozen fingertips.

On My Reading List...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Reading is just the bees knees, isn't it? I love the way a book feels so intimate to the reader, everyone experiencing stories in a different way, feeling uniquely attached to the characters inside and carrying them with you once you close that back cover.

Thanks to my restless mind, I usually find myself deeply immersed in no less than six story lines at a time. I'll read anything from Wine for Dummies to Wuthering Heights, but here's what's on the docket for January:

Meet Your New Lifestyle Spirit Guides: LEAF

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whether it's a brilliant new blogger to follow and emulate, an amazing new brand to shop the shit out of or the latest and greatest workout craze (see: the time I tried a Miami-themed dance class),  I'm constantly discovering new things online that seem impossible to have ever lived without. I fancy myself a listserv queen, constantly bookmarking new websites and signing up for email subscriptions from my favorite corners of the internet.

This year, I'll be sharing some of the aforementioned websites that you must have in your life, starting with how-to heaven over at LEAF.


Check Me Out on Someone Else's Skinny!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A fave little personal recipe of mine was featured on my friend Hannah's blog. Holla if you love Kale Salad! And, if you don't, I bet you will after you try this simple lunch-saver of mine.

Check out the whole post here and while you're there, make sure you browse her other posts too. She's pretty great!


Hey 2014, we're back!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Two on Twelve is back in action and we're saying hi to 2014 with a pretty new site design (thanks Blair!) and some pretty new posts! I figure we should start with the obligatory resolution list before January passes us by completely. I usually have a hard time thinking of topics to expand on for my resolutions, so I borrowed Lauren Conrad's simple list because she's a genius and I love her.

Here we go: