spotted and hearted

November 30, 2011

Colorful paper bag wreath spotted on Bloesem Kids

Not only does Christiane design pretty, she lives pretty spotted on Happenstance

A killer backdrop made from paper strips spotted on Oh My Deer Handmades

Christmas cards worth framing spotted on The Sweetest Occasion

My polaroids, the illustrated version spotted on Coco Draws (check out Caroline’s cute shop too)

twenty-five days of surprises are my fave

November 28, 2011

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You really can’t go wrong with a calendar that provides a daily treat counting down until the best holiday of the year. I kind of think we should implement this system leading up to every important occasion – birthdays, due dates, the start of the next season of 30 Rock.

I hosted a day of make last week and a few attendees made advent calendars made from burlap covered boards, mini craft boxes and a whole lot of embellishments. This cute one was made by Lis and I wanted to take it home with me when she was finished.

*Today is the unofficial start of Project Holiday 2011, the opening ceremonies per-se.

spotted and hearted

November 23, 2011

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My Aunt Patty has killer taste as evident by her home spotted on Stephmodo

On my Christmas list, a floral painting from Lulie Wallace spotted on Design Work Life

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A simple French wedding spotted on A Subtle Revelry

Talks about a statement piece spotted on Simple Lovely

Notes of thankfulness spotted on That’s Happy

Have a happy, pie-filled rest of the week. See you back here Monday for the kick off to YAMF’s Project Holiday 2011.

a tin of hot chocolate + peppermint spoons are my fave

November 22, 2011

The official start of YAMF’s Project Holiday 2011 doesn’t start until next Monday but in case you’re prepping holiday gifts this weekend I thought I’d share this easy idea, a tin of hot chocolate with peppermint spoons.

Personalizing a store bought tin of hot chocolate is easy, just cover with wrapping paper and stick on a label. I ordered these cute ones from Pinhole Press. For the peppermint spoons, melt white chocolate over a double boiler than stir in crushed up candy cane. While the chocolate is still hot, dip in wooden spoons than let dry on a piece of wax paper. Wait until the chocolate hardens to package up and deliver. A perfect little gift for neighbors.

boys are my fave

November 21, 2011

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If you haven’t heard the news yet, we’re having a boy!

I think every girl dreams of having a baby girl to dress up in frilly things and to be their little shopping buddy and I thought maybe having a boy would be somewhat of a disappointment but the minute it was confirmed, I felt so much joy. I can’t possibly imagine this baby being a girl now. He’s going to be my little sidekick who I dress in grandpa cardigans. I also keep on imagining a mini Ryan with tons of hair and it cracks me up. Yay for baby boys!

PS See our little buddy’s profile right here.

sources: blocks from A Summer Afternoon, cardigan from Old Navy, jeans from Old Navy, moccasins from Freshly Picked, teepee from Ekidna, fox blanket from Dwell Studio, hat from Gap, bow tie from JCrew

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