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24

Warm Hands

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(Sorry, but there was no way I couldn’t use that cheezy blurb once I got it stuck in my head!)

ROW 1: Ombre Mittens from Ship & Shape, Dash Dot Pointy Mitts from Donna Wilson, Hand Knitted Mittens from Knitting With Sense
ROW 2: Blue Traditional Mittens by Isak and Inger from lost & found, Cashmere Blend Striped Gloves from GAP
ROW 3: Neon Yellow and Red Mittens from Unlimited Craftworks, Pieces Vinka Mittens from ASOS, Felted Wool Sweater Mittens from Northland Woolens
ROW 4: Fair Isle Converter Gloves from ASOS, Portobello Wide Stripe Capped Gloves from Accessorize, Mittens from Hendrik Lou

Dec
24

New Year’s Party

New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that’s really easy to hype up and then be massively disappointed by. My dream evening is a party at my own house, with friends who feel free to dress in cocktail attire or pajamas. Lots of appetizers – because by that point in the holidays we’re all bloated and tired of sweets – and plenty of cocktails. Throw in some party props and I’d be one happy girl ringing in 2013!

 

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THE DETAILS
Gold Fringe Backdrop – Wood & Grain
Ice Lanterns – Willowday
DIY Moon Pinata – Oh Happy Day
Scalloped Glitter Garland – Steph Loves Ben
Sequin Vase – Inspiring Pretty

FOR THE GUESTS
Foil Gold Bar Favor Boxes – Shindigz
Mini Gold Sparklers – TOPS Malibu
Glitter Cone Horns – Shindigz
DIY Mini Hat Fascinator – Her New Leaf
DIY Leather Crowns – Think Crafts

THE COCKTAILS
Apple Cider Cocktail – Sugar and Charm
Blood Orange Champagne Cocktails – Martha Stewart
Fig Sidecar – Valley & Co. Lifestyle
Fresh Cranberry and Vodka – Sweet Paul
Maple Concord – Etsy
Orange Margarita – Confections of a Foodie Bride
Sparkling Apple Sangria – Spoon Fork Bacon
Spiced Chai – A Beautiful Mess
Winter Thyme & Key Lime Cocktail – Sweet Paul

THE TABLE
Foil Dot Napkins – Anthropologie
Fold Unfold Tablecloth – A+R Store
Kamal Snow Dos Dinnerware – West Elm
Metallic Leather Coasters – Woonwinkel
Resin Champagne Bucket – Calypso St. Barth
The Countdown Glasses – Indigo

THE APPETIZERS
Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs – Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Buttery Roasted Chestnuts Bon Appetit
Lemon Goat Cheese Dip – Country Living
Mini Apple Calzones – Delightful Crab
Bourbon Infused Sugar Cranberries – A Subtle Revelry
Peach Prosciutto Ricotta Crostini – Bon Appetit
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus – Eat Drink Paleo
Roasted Red Pepper + Goat Cheese Truffles – How Sweet It Is
Sweet + Salty Roasted Almonds – Refinery29

Dec
21

Happy Weekend

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01/ Scotch tape portrait series.
02/ Holiday Party Bingo!
03/ Mathematical street art.
04/ Beautiful arctic ice flowers.
05/ A fleet of 300 illuminated boats.
06/ Plywood stars in the middle of the dessert.
07/ You should definitely listen to Matt + Kate Covers 2.0!
08/ A tree in Belgium made of ceramic cups and plates.
09/ 17th century style stereoscopic vases.
10/ Sleek and subtle, the Lithe clock.

 

Dec
21

Winter Is Here

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Put the Lights On the Tree by Chuck Groenink

 

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Winter Night by Laurxy

 

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Aztec Winter by Tim Adams

 

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Winter Cabin by Sarah Kim

 

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Anteloper by Hillary Bird

 

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Winter Is Coming by Gabriella Barouch

 

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Winter by Joey McCormick

Dec
20

A Grouping of Granolas

A few months ago I discovered the virtues of homemade granola. I feel like one of you should have told me about it sooner! You can eat it in so many ways – as cereal, mixed in yogurt, on ice cream – and make so many variations on a basic recipe. I’m sort of in love, so of course I researched it to death and found these twenty recipes that I can’t wait to try. (Click on the image to be taken to the original recipe source.)

 

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All photos copyright of their respective sites.

Dec
20

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String (And Printable Gift Tags!)

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One of my favorite parts of the design blog world during the holidays is the veritable plethora of printable gift tags. Free printable gift tags that is, to download to your heart’s content. Here are 28 from this year alone.

Holly Jolly Gift Tags from Camille Styles // Gift Tags from Abigail Halpin // Christmas Printable Gift Tags from A Subtle Revelry // Free Printable Holiday Gifts Tags from Creature Comforts

 

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Holiday Gift Tags from Deluxemodern Design // Holiday Gift Tags from Design Editor // Holiday Gift Tags from Design*Sponge // Folkloric Gift Tags from Camille Styles

 

 

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Printable Holiday Gift Tags from Dotcoms For Moms // Patterned Holiday Gift Tags from Eat Drink Chic // Holiday Greeting Tag + Pocket from Eat Drink Chic // Printable Gift Tags from Ellinee

 

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Printable Monogram Gift Tags from How About Orange // Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Kelli Murray // Bold Gift Tags from Lemon Squeezy // Ugly Sweater Gift Tags from Love Vs. Design

 

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Free Printable Monogram Christmas Gift Tags from Making It Lovely // Free Printable Christmas Tags from Minted Strawberry // Free Chalkboard Style Printable Gift Tags from Poppytalk // Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags from Seventeenth & Irving

 

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Printable Calligraphy Gift Tags from Sweet Muffin Suite // Assorted Gift Tags from tiny me // Printable Wrap + Tags from Style Me Pretty // Gift Tags from Squareview Studios

 

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Holiday Gift Tags from Squareview Studio // Printable Christmas Gift Tags from The Caroline Johansson // Dangly Gift Tags from Lemon Squeezy // Printable Christmas Gift Tags from My Owl Barn

Gift Tags Galore – 2011

Dec
19

2013 Calendars – Part 9

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1. 2013 Colorful Desktop Calendar from Jam + Toast  2. 2013 Prisms Calendar from Julia Kostreva  3. Tastee Toaster 2013 Desktop Calendar from Doo Daa Studio  4. 2013 Lunar Calendar from Kin Of Kin  5. 2013 Desk Calendar from Yours Is the Earth  6. 2013 Calendar from Anek  7. 2013 Landscapes Calendar from Eve Sand  8. 2013 Full Moon Calendar from Ship & Shape  9. 2013 Kitchen Towel Calendar from Kauniste  10. 2013 Let Us Play Calendar from Claudia Borfigahttp://www.etsy.com/listing/86111923/2013-desk-calendar

Dec
19

Last Minute Homemade Food Gifts to Give

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I don’t care what anyone says, homemade gifts are always some of the best. (Especially when prettily packaged!) During the holidays I think it’s nice to have a little special something for those people you wouldn’t necessarily buy a gift for but are still thinking about. Here are a few of my favorites this December.

Clockwise from top left: Maple Hot Cocoa from Not Without Salt // Cinnamon Cardamom Honey from Reading My Tea Leaves // Boozy Bacon Jam from Spoon Fork Bacon // Meyer Lemon – Orange Bitters from Whole Living // Vanilla Caramel Liquer from Sabrina Sue // Infused Simple Syrups from DIY Network // Homemade Extracts from Spoon Fork Bacon // Lavender Syrup from What Katie Made

Dec
18

Alcoholidays

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Bourbon Chai – Saveur // Charred Cherry Cocktail – Style Me Pretty // Cherry Whiskey Smash – How Sweet It Is // Cider Punch – Not Without Salt // Classic Mulled Wine – Style Me Pretty

 

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Cranberry Ginger Spritzer – The SoHo // Gingersnap – The Best Remedy // Honey Sage Gin Fizz – How Sweet It Is // Hot Buttered Rum & Cider – Joy the Baker // Meyer Maple Leaf Cocktail – Quitokeeto

 

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Midnight Milk Punch – Snippet & Ink // Mulled Beer – Magda’s Cauldron // Peppermint White Russian – A Beautiful Mess // Persimmon Margarita – Santa Barbara Chic // Pomegranate Margarita – How Sweet It Is

 

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Pomegranate & Basil Gin Smash – Bakers Royale // Sparkling Ginger Prosecco – Front & Main // Spiced Pear Collins – Saveur // Spicy Ginger Man – Single Minded Women // The Happy John – Taste Buds

 

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The Mint Icicle – Intoxicology 101 // The Snowball – The Boys Club // West Hollywood Punch – Ministry of Alcohol // Winter Sun Cocktail – Two Tarts // Winter White Cosmo – The Clever Carrot

Alcoholidays 2011

 

Dec
18

New York Mouth

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I’ve always, always wanted a subscription to the Fruit of the Month club for Christmas. Seriously. Well, New York Mouth takes that wish of mine and dips it in gold and throws some diamond dust on top for good measure. Hand-crafted, small-batch, indie foods from New York packaged all pretty like and delivered to your (or the lucky gift recipient’s) door. Their monthly subscriptions are my favorite, but you can also purchase a la carte. YUM.

 

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