archive: November, 2011

diy gift wrapping ideas

November 30, 2011

Posted by in holidays

yup, i’m still thinking about gift wrapping ideas! (in case you missed it, it’s been on my mind alot: 1 and 2). today i’m sharing some of my favorite diy gift wrapping ideas from a blog i simply adore called nice package. it’s written by the amazing ez pudewa from creature comforts and marichelle burdman from lifeflix, so you know it’s gotta be good. i hope you enjoy!

diy gift wrap ideas

diy wax paper pom pom flowers

diy gift wrap ideas

twistie tie pom pom gift wrap toppers

diy gift wrap ideas

how to cut a paper snowflake

diy gift wrap ideas

diy tab sticker festive garland trim

diy gift wrap ideas

draw your own gift bows

diy paper candy gift topper

how are you wrapping your gifts this year?

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Posted by in simple living

support a local farm!

happy pigs are tastier

jen from starshaped press recently wrote to tell me about their favorite local farm and how badly they are struggling to keep their small family pig farm afloat amidst large corporate farms with healthy government subsidies. even though i don’t eat meat, i will always support the local, sustainable farm! they are our biggest hope for the future. in efforts to help, jen has created this cute pig poster as a way to raise money for the farm and to help them stay in business. all $10 from the sale of this print will go directly to the farm! (and i’m sure they will accept donations as well!)

a little more about c & d farm:

c & d family farms is a small animal welfare approved family farm dedicated to raising hogs in their natural environment. their happy hogs are raised on pasture and in wooded areas where they can root and play and be hogs. they graze on pasture designed for them or eat leaves, weeds, berries and acorns from their large wooded pens. hogs are very social animals and are kept in droves so they can socialize and prosper.

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paper and present

November 29, 2011

Posted by in holidays

paper and present now that the biggest shopping days are over and we’ve shopped ourselves silly, it’s time to start thinking about how to wrap all of those presents! (or did you only buy for yourself?) here to help is the lovely, paper and present- a shop full of  the most adorable wrapping supplies! as a super special surprise, melissa is offering ghtr readers 25% off through december 15th, just enter the coupon code ‘GHTR25′ during checkout, and may all of your gifts be beautiful!


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pretty paper dolls

November 29, 2011

Posted by in handmade

paper dolls girl with reindeer

paper dolls yeti mom and yeti baby

sometimes i instantly love something so much that i have to just scrap my plans for the day and share it with you. such was true with these pretty paper dolls from dubrovskaya art, i mean yeti babies and reindeer?? i love it! enjoy visiting her world and start your day with a smile. :)

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cyber monday sale happy cyber monday, folks! as i’m sure you’re getting bombarded with sales from every direction, here are a few more to consider! (you can never have too many sales, can you??)

- take 30% off any advertising spot or package (just e-mail me!)

- take 30% off handmade aprons and tea towels in my etsy shop, the kitchen roost.

- take 30% off handmade wool felt pillows in my (other) etsy shop, home to roost.

today only!

cyber monday sale

visit modernemotive for calendars, notepads and holiday tags reduced by 10%, 15% and 20%!


visit oh, buckets and use code XMAS2011 for 20% off all in-stock items AND all in-stock buckets will be only $10!


visit the dometic peacock for handmade hats and accessories and the domestic peacock photo for 20% off both stores!


visit suzi’s farmhouse for 20 percent off wine crates and chalkboards!


visit freshie and zero for 25% off everything plus free shipping!

holiday sale

visit the little moss house for 15% off all terrariums!

are you having a cyber monday sale that i missed? please feel free to share in the comments section, and happy shopping!

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If you’re looking for ways to upcycle or use materials you already have at home this holiday season, there are endless possibilities for gift ideas. Clothespins are versatile, and you may already have them around your home. Here are three sweet and simple gift ideas using clothespins – perfect for stocking stuffers or Secret Santa at the office.

Make Photo Gallery Clip Kit

example by SmoothPebble via sfgirlbybay

Wall photo galleries with wire and metal clips are quite popular, but you can make your own with clothespins and twine. Packaged neatly in a small drawstring bag, this gift is both useful and resourceful (see top photo).

Cut your twine to the length you would like – mine is about 1 yard. Tie the ends in a loop for hanging, and knot them tightly.

Air Plant Planter

This project is quite simple – all you need is an air plant, a plastic container, and clothespins. I suggest using a short container, such as a yogurt cup or any plastic container about two inches tall. This is a wonderful opportunity to reuse plastic. If you don’t have one short enough, you can always cut one down.

Pin the clothespins to the edges of the cup, all the way around. Place the air plant in the center of the pins. That’s it!

Decorative clothespins

Clothespins can also be used as desktop organizers, and are useful on calendars and cork boards. Use calligraphy to label clips for days of the week, tasks, and names.

Or, you could cover the clips with adhesive fabric, felt, or decoupaged paper. Hot glue flat thumbtacks to the backs of the clothespins to be used on cork boards as organizers. The possibilities are endless!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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yosemite, here we come!

November 22, 2011

Posted by in holidays
yosemite yosemite valley

well dear ones, the hubs and i are headed to yosemite valley for the week! our thanksgiving meal will most likely consist of instant pad thai or something (though i did fix us a little pre-thanksgiving meal last night, how could i not eat stuffing this year?!). we’ll be returning on sunday, so i’ll see you back here on the 28th, just in time for cyber monday!

speaking of cyber monday.. are you having a sale? please leave in the comment section or e-mail me your special and i’ll be sure to include it in monday’s post! happy thanksgiving, everyone! love, bonnie

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a turkeyless thanksgiving?

November 22, 2011

Posted by in holidays
turkey photo turkey photo by carl christensen

the first my mom said when i told her i was going to be a vegetarian was, ‘what are you going to eat at thanksgiving?!’ well that was some 6 years ago and we’ve come a long way! though turkey is a tradition each year, it seems that more and more vegetarians and vegans alike are coming to the table to have a turkeyless thanksgiving. no matter where you are on the scale: from being interested in having a veggie side – to expecting a vegetarian guest – to being a vegan yourself, below is something for everyone!

vegan thanksgiving recipes

i wanted to share with you a few vegetarian/vegan recipes and articles relating to thanksgiving, and invite you to share your recipes and thought as well!

1. vegetable wellington (i made this last week, and it is now my most favorite recipe!)
2. apple sage ‘sausage’ chestnut stuffing
3. candied lime sweet potatoes
4. soy braised carrots
5. coconut butternut squash soup
6. seitan piccata

other yummy and delightful resources:

– find a local, sustainable turkey - still want a turkey? find out how you can find a healthy and sustainable one here!
a thanksgiving feast, no turkey’s allowed – an article by the ny times
ny times vegetarian thanksgiving (tons of recipes!)
vegan & vegetarian thanksgiving dinner recipes – a great source for recipes and menu ideas
celebrate a vegan holiday – awesome recipes (like sage & pumpkin seed encrusted seitan with roasted garlic-pumpkin sauce!)
vegetarian thanksgiving recipes – you guessed it, more amazing recipes!

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