ROW 1: Bing Bang Oversized Ray Heart Button Earrings // DIY Painted Heart Bag //Valentine’s Heart Attack ROW 2: Neon Screenprint Valentine Poster // Easy Pixel Heart Cookies // Home Is Where the Heart Is Print (Pennsylvania) ROW 3: Giant Geometric Wall Heart // Heart Shaped Donuts // DIY Be My Valentine Heart Kite ROW 4: Heart Straws // DIY Tree Heart Installation ROW 5: Red Heart Pillow Cover // Heart Pendent Necklace // Modern Welsh Lovespoon ROW 6: Joyceanne Sunglasses // Valentine Sorbet Sandwiches // DIY Gold Heart Piñata ROW 7: Heart Serving Bowl with Ladle // Stuck On You Valentine // Heart You Leather Wall Flag
Column 1: YOU + ME by Natalie Eden, Shot Through the Heart by Letterhappy, I’m So Crushin’ On You by Hello Small World Column 2: Oh Love You Stole My Heart by Whimsy Whimsical, love to you heart by egg press, BLUSH by Fair Morning Blue, ok so i love you by Sad Shop Column 3: xoxo notecard by Amy Marcella, Love Remedy No. 2 by Moxie House Paper Goods, Be My Valentine by Happy Cactus Designs
Column 1: Happy Valentine’s Day Heart Card by Rifle Paper Co., Foil Letterpress Be My Valentine by Hartland Brooklyn, Love Struck by Sycamore Street Press Column 2: Be My Valentine Card by Hartland Brooklyn, Love Arrow Card by Pei Design, You’ve Stolen My Heart by Quill and Fox, XO by Dee & Lala Column 3: Love Bug Card by Wit & Whistle, In Love by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Always and Forever Card by Sycamore Street Press
PHOTO: Tait Simpson
My plans for 2013:
• wear more sparkly shoes
• send more cards + letters
• go on more dog walks
• watch more movies
• draw + write more often
• buy more fresh flowers
• make more cocktails
• spend more time with friends
I’m anti-resolution, so this is my lighthearted attempt at keeping myself accountable for 2013 and beyond. Are you a resolution maker? Any good at it?
Clockwise from top left: Bubble Champagne Flutes from Indigo, Rosy-Cheeked Coupes from BHLDN, Edge Flute from Crate&Barrel, Inside Out Champagne Glasses from MoMA Store, Platinum Rim Stainless Champagne Glasses from West Elm, Night Sky Toasting Glasses from BHLDN, Honeycomb Flutes from West Elm, Dainty Champagne Flutes from Olive & Cocoa
PHOTO: Kourtney Roy
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
My grandmother taught me how to make pomanders – clove studded oranges – when I was in elementary school. I remember making my first one so that literally no bit of orange was peeking out between the cloves! And of course she let me. That pomander had some ribbon attached and hung in the doorway to her hallway for years to come. No, they aren’t really supposed to be around for that long, but it was nice she found it so special.
So, making a pomander is quite simple. All you need is an orange, some whole cloves, and a poking device (like a toothpick or fork). The design possibilities are endless – I like to keep mine a little more simple these days. Just poke your design into the orange rind to make inserting the cloves a little more easy and you’re off! Sometimes I like to use the back of a spoon to help push the cloves into the orange if the skin is especially thick. You can either add a ribbon like my Grandma did and hang somewhere, or pile a few in a bowl.
A few weeks after making your pomanders you’ll start to notice the fruit drying out around the areas you’ve cloved, it will discolor slightly but that doesn’t mean they’re going bad! In fact they’ll last all season and then some.