archive: December, 2011

a giveaway a day: day 2

December 6, 2011

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antler wool felt pillow

recognize something? yup you got it, today’s giveaway comes from yours truly. :) enter to win this wool felt antler pillow cover from the home to roost etsy shop- handmade by me! it is made of soft wool felt with an applique that is handcut and securely stitched into place. this pillow case is made to fit a 20″ pillow form and has an envelope closure on the back for easy removal and a clean, chic look.

here’s how you enter!

comment here letting us know why you like this pillow, where you would put it or who you would give it to (will arrive by christmas, if you live in the u.s.!). to enter twice, you may “like” going home to roost on facebook and leave another comment here letting us know you did so.

the nitty gritty:

giveaway ends monday, december 12th at midnight, pst. one winner will be drawn by a random number generator and announced here on tuesday. good luck!

pssst! don’t miss yesterday’s giveaway for this beautiful skirt!

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art gift guide

art is such a beautiful gift to give during the holidays, don’t you think? it’s one of those gifts that just keep on giving, and something that the recipient can look at and enjoy every day (and think of you!). accompanied with a repurposed frame from the thrift store, you can make a very special gift without breaking the bank, and their easy to ship, too!

row 1: succulent plants – $10 – a grand discovery – $30 | blue owl – $10

row 2: believe – $27 | do something good today – $25 | put a pretty dress on – £4.00

row 3:  september fox – $35 | tear drop drawing – $48 | dot print – $40

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a giveaway a day: day 1

December 5, 2011

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hello lovelies! as a special holiday treat for you, this week ghtr will be featuring one great giveaway every day!! that’s right, buckle up and prepare to win! first up is a giveaway from shabby apple, one of my favorite online boutique of women’s dresses and skirts.

i’m so excited to be partnering with shabby apple to do another (remember this one?) giveaway for one of their beautiful skirts! just in time for the holiday cruise and vacation season, you’ll be stylin’ all the way to the southern hemisphere. not going anywhere warm this Christmas? pear this skirt with a warm sweater, leggings and boots and you’ll have yourself a versatile piece that will carry you through the year. i just think this skirt is so pretty- it’s sexy, smart and incredibly flattering!

shabby apple giveaway

one very lucky reader will win this chic, retro-inspired pattern humboldt current skirt. with perfect tailoring from the natural waist to the knee, this pencil skirt is not only flattering, but can easily take you from the office to out on the town. can i say: yes, please!

here’s how you enter:

to be eligible to win, you must “like” shabby apple on facebook. once you do so, come back here and enter the giveaway by commenting below. it’s easy as that!

the nitty gritty:

giveaway ends sunday, december 11th at midnight, pst. one winner will be drawn by a random number generator. there will be no exchanges on the winning skirt, and the winner must have a US shipping address. good luck!

 

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homemade lemon curd

December 5, 2011

Posted by in cooking ideas
homemade lemon curd image via bbc

 
The above photo of lemon curd, sweetly packaged in jars, inspired me to share with you my favorite lemon curd recipe. Homemade lemon curd is such a versatile gift – it can be used for baking – as filling in pastries and tarts, or topped onto cookies; it can be spread on toast or wafers, and eaten plain. Using just a few ingredients, you can have homemade lemon curd in about half an hour!

ingredients

4 lemons
1.5 cups sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
4 eggs
pinch of salt

directions

Begin by zesting your lemons with a vegetable peeler rather than a grater. In a food processor, combine the zest and sugar, and process for three minutes. The mixture is ready when it’s as smooth as baby food.

Cut your lemons in half and squeeze them for a half cup of lemon juice. This was three lemon halves for me.

Transfer the lemon zest / sugar mix into a bowl, and cream in the butter. Use an electric mixer to combine well. Add the lemon juice, eggs, and salt. Mix well

In a saucepan, cook your lemon mixture on medium-low heat, stirring often. Heat the curd to 175 degrees F, which is the temperature needed for thickening. Once the mixture is sufficiently thick and the temperature has reached 175 degrees F, remove from heat and let cool.

Store the lemon curd in an air-tight container. Because it contains eggs and butter, make a note of when it was made if you are using it for gift giving. For long-term storage, you will want to use traditional canning methods. Your lemon curd is now ready for baking, gift-giving, or eating as-is!

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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ghtr gift guides: jewelry

December 2, 2011

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ghtr gift guides: jewelry simple jewelry pieces are one of my favorite things to give (and receive!), especially when they are handmade. and you know me, give it a woodland or crafty theme and i’m all over it. these would be a wonderful gift idea for a mom, sister, best friend or wife (any one of the male variety reading this??).

row 1: sterling silver chevron – $60 | artemesia – $55 | in love with nature – $80

row 2: tiny succulent garden ring – $49 | custom name necklace – $160 | fly little bird necklace* – $68

row 3: bird’s nest ring* – $15 | conroy and wilcox – $3900 | lost button necklace – $70

*these i own myself, and can personally recommend them! their quality and beauty are outstanding. :)

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diy stocking ideas

December 2, 2011

not only is it time to deck the blog with boughs of holly, but also our homes! hanging stockings by the fireplace is always one of my most favorite parts of decorating for Christmas. searching for little things to fill them up with and watching as everyone opens theirs is so much fun. at my home, we always forget about them until after we’ve opened all of the other gifts. someone will always say, “wait! the stockings!” and we get to have one more go at opening a few little things. it’s like i nice sugary dessert to the whole experience of Christmas morning. often times they will sometimes end up on our feet as funny socks and then carefully hung back by the fire for the rest of the holiday season. this year i thought, how special would it be to make our own stockings? below you’ll find a few of my favorite diy ideas, as well as a pattern for one from yours truly. :)

clockwise: the sweater stocking pattern, super easy snowflake stocking, quilted stockings, sweater stocking pattern, diy felt stockings, mary lou’s holiday stocking

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gift guides cover your electronics it’s december! it’s december! it’s december! i’m already so eager for the holidays that i’m losing sleep! (like seriously y’all- this is us!)

in efforts to get the gifting goin’, i’ll be posting a gift guide each day until dec 15th. today’s is all about getting your electronics covered. an especially perfect gift if you plan to give an iphone, ipad or other device!

row 1: hedgehog iphone case  – $20 | iphone case- $16.50 | new little black book – $44.99

row 2: droid cover – 18.50 chf | ipad stand with magnetic wood - $27 | ipad case – $22.90

row 3: crochet laptop case – $50 | driftwood ipad stand – $59 | grey felt laptop sleeve – $62

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a font affair

December 1, 2011

a font affair after my last font affair, bethany commented on a new (to me) website for free fonts! thus today’s all come from fonts101.com. do you have any favorite fonts lately? please do share in the comments section!

1. playdate | 2. simply glamorous | 3. before the rain | 4. roskrift clean | 5. freehand 591 | 6. leytonstone regular | 7. silver script | 8. atlast Greeting | 9. shelly script | 10. baronesse | 11. baker script | 12. daniel script | 13. baby font | 14. hurried font | 15. alako | 16. mr. wade | 17. aka frivolity | 18. milk & cereal | 19. callie hand | 20. celine dion handwriting

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