Dec
16

Holiday Cards – Part 4

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Shiny New Year by The Good Twin Co. // Bright Year by Parrott Design Studio //
Stuff It by Farewell Paperie // Jingle All the Way by Steel Petal Press

 

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Season’s Greetings by Skipping Fox // Happiness & Love by The Yellow Note //
Color Swatch Tree by Fierce Mally // A Cozy Cup by Fierce Mally

 

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Peace Pie & Coffee by Moglea // Merry Little Christmas by Thimblepress // Ho Ho Ho by Big Jon //
Trees on 67th Street by Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3

Dec
15

you’re invited to: Christmas Brunch

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A few years ago my family switched to having a Christmas Day brunch in place of dinner. While I miss the big dinner with all of the trimmings, this seems to suit us all just fine. It’s always at my Grandma’s house, but if it were at mine it might go a little something like this. Lots of brights and metallics and an air of fun about it all. Lots of carbs to pick at while each person opens their gifts. And of course dessert and some alcohol to lighten the mood. Wanna come over? (Imaginary Christmas 2013, Imaginary Holiday Appetizer Party)

 

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Adorn Wooden Ornaments // Christmas Scent // Decorative Sisal Trees // DIY Fancy Paper Chain //
Flaneur’s Pocket Geometric Wooden Ornaments // DIY Paint Chip Wreath // DIY Paper Pinecones //
Tinsel Tree Wall Decoration // DIY Paper Mistletoe Kissing Ball

 

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Fig and Black Pepper Lattes // Nutella Hot Chocolate // Pear Nectar & Thyme Mimosas

 

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Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Honey Mustard Sauce // Miso Deviled Eggs //
Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

 

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Blomster // Branch & Twig Cocktail Picks // Cloched Greenery // Confetti Platter //
DIY Dip-Dyed Placecards // French Wine Glass // Glittered Cocktail Stirrers //
Pearl Place Hi-Ball Set // Red Birds Plate

 

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Earl Grey Orange and Medjool Date Scones // Easy Breakfast Roll Ups //
Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls // Eggnog Steel Cut Oatmeal // Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes //
King’s Hawaiian Waffles with Pumpkin Syrup // Maple Molasses Muffins //
Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad // Vanilla Maple Baked Stuffed Apple Parfaits

 

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Apple Cake // Carrot Gingerbread Cake with Cardamom Frosting and Ginger Fries //
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

Dec
11

20 Holiday DIYs

How in the world is it already December 11th?! This month is flying by at the speed of light, and to be quite honest I’m lucky my tree is up and a few fresh wreaths are on the windows. I’m dreadfully behind on my holiday shopping and haven’t had time to so much as think about creating any seasonal DIYs. Which is why it’s nice to have creative friends and an RSS feed full of projects to bookmark with the hopes of adding hours to each day next December.

 

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Dec
10

Holiday Cards – Part 3

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Happy Holidays by Our Heiday // Holiday Hats by Erin Wallace // Happiest Holidays by Moglea // In Good Spirits by Swiss Cottage Designs // Merry Christmas by Printerette Press

 

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Flourish Holiday Card Set by Four Wet Feet // Coppy Merry & Happy by Moglea // Love and Peace by Ink Meets Paper // Jolly Holidays by The Social Type // Warm Holiday Wishes by Our Heiday

Part 1 // Part 2

Dec
10

25 Cookie Swap Recipes

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My Grandma turned 90 this year and has finally agreed to relinquish cookie making duties to me this Christmas. (She’ll still be making her famous-among-hundreds nut rolls, however.) I’ve done a few cookie swaps over the years, and I have to admit they make the cookie task much more interesting. I love trying other peoples’ tried and true family recipes, and I love the variety that comes with a good ‘ol fashioned swap. Do you have a go-to?

 

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Mandarin orange Tea Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Mint Slice Cookies

Frosted Spiced Persimmon Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts

Nutella and Hazelnut Palmiers

 

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

 

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Orange Ricotta Cookies

Peppermint Butter Cookies

Whipped Shortbread with Molasses Glaze

Brown Sugar Cookies

 

peppermint pattie cookies

 

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Rum and Eggnog Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Vanilla Salt

Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

Cranberry Marzipan Cookies

 

Cherry Marzipan Cookies

Gingerbread Donut Cookies

Chai Cookies

French Toast Sugar Cookies

Flourless Hot Cocoa Cookies

 

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Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Citrus Sugar Cookies

Brownie Cookies Dipped in Chocolate and Pretzels

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Allsorts Sugar Cookies

Dec
08

20 Favorite Ornaments

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I’m not feeling very in the holiday spirit this year, but I’m hoping the tree I’ll be putting up soon will kick in like some sort of Christmas upper and get me there fast. I’ve upgraded from a 6-foot tall tree to a 9-foot since my ceilings in this new place are higher. The curved staircase has this perfect little nook that seems tailor-made for a tree (I’ll be sure and Instagram a photo or ten once it’s decked out). I’ve picked up a few new ornaments to make sure I have enough, and I’m wishing these shiny things below were on that list.

 

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Agate Slice Ornament // Gold Balloon Letter Ornament // Geo Drop Ornament //
DIY Ombre Ornaments // Painted Ball Ornaments

 

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Mid-Century Paper Ornaments // VINTERMYS Ornaments // Magic Wishbone Ornament //
Marbled Glass Ornament // Raw Crystal Snowflake Ornament

 

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DIY Wooden Christmas Ornaments // Ceramic Feather Ornaments //
DIY Modern Colorblock Ornaments // Woody Wagon House Ornament // Glass Honeycomb Ornament

 

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Gold-Flecked Feather Ornament // Painted Mirror Ornament Set //
Geological Geode Ornament // Brass Christmas Ornaments // Set of 4 Himmeli Ornaments 

Dec
05

Happy Weekend

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01/ Go minimals this December with a nativity set of wooden blocks.
02/ Spy on classic authors’ American homes on Google Maps.
03/ Here’s what a tattoo looks like really, really close up.
04/ Move over ugly Christmas sweaters, it’s time for the ugly Christmas suit.
05/ The plans for Pier 55, a floating park over the Hudson River, look beautiful.
06/ Food Ministry’s Cake in a Can… for cake eating emergencies.
07/ Gumhead is a sculpture in Vancouver made to be covered in chewing gum.
08/ Dried scotch turns into interstellar landscapes in Vanishing Spirits.
09/ Stephen Orlando captured the motions of kayaking and canoeing in light paintings.
10/ Need some alone time? Meet the Nutshell.

This week on Design Crush:
Are you following along with 24 Merry Days? Twenty-four bloggers are doing giveaways for 24 days this month.
Drake General Store x Design Crush is giving away a cherry-picked prize pack worth a whopping $1,000!
Check out eight art prints I’ve got my eye on this month.
Crushing on the ceramic work of RedRaven Studios.
Time to start fresh with some clean stockings this Christmas?
The wall hangings of artist Heather Levine are stunning.
More holiday cards, just in case you have yet to pick yours out!
This monthly art subscription – Papirmass – is perfect for the art lover on your list.
Showstopping hand-painted wallpaper from Voutsa.
2015 calendars, part 5 to get you ready for January!
Sharing the last room on the first floor of my home, the kitchen.
A bevy of drinks for holiday entertaining and coping – Happy Alcoholidays!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Shiny brass accents are where it’s at!

Dec
03

Holiday Cards – Part 2

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Bear Winter by Little Otsu // Comfy & Cozy by Elum // Reindeer Games by Wit & Whistle //
Yule Log by Nane Press // Santa Claus by Isabell’s Umbrella

 

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Sounding Joy by Shanna Murray // Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum by Mr. Boddington’s Studio //
Constellation by Nane Press // Merry Christmas Stars by StudioSarah // Pine Scent by Everlovin’ Press

Part 1

Dec
02

Clean Stockings

Are stockings a holiday tradition in your family? In my home growing up I had one that I swear was nearly as tall as I was. I could stand in the thing. It always hung in the same spot (on a closet door) and was one of the best parts of Christmas morning. We also had them at my grandparents’ house until several years ago when the whole lot just disappeared. Stockings are still one of my favorite traditions during the holidays, so I rounded up a few that I’d love to hang on my mantle this December.

 

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ROW 1: Vintage Linen Stocking // Hand Knit White & Red Fairytale Stripes Stocking // Snowy White and Grey Felt Christmas Stocking    ROW 2: Sweaterknit Stocking // Swedish Dala Horse Christmas Stocking    ROW 3: Hand Knit White and Red Christmas Stockings // Zigzag Stocking // Cable Knit Christmas Stocking    ROW 4: Monochrome Custom Christmas Stocking // Hand Knit Grey and White Christmas Stockings // Meri ‘Kutoa’ Handmade Stocking

Dec
02

Redraven Studios

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I began following Redraven Studios several years before moving back to Pittsburgh, in fact I didn’t even know they were from my hometown at that point. Founder Amy Hamley and her husband Ryan create the prettiest porcelain pieces – I had their Good Luck Porcelain Horseshoe hanging above my front door for several years and it was always complimented. This holiday season I’m eyeballing the Porcelain & Gold Leaf Feather Ornament for my tree (and maybe a few lucky recipients) along with the Canyon Series Dinnerware that is forever on my Wish List.

 

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