a cozy christmas dressed in plaid

| christmas

christmas dressed in plaid

vintage red wool plaid blanket ($47), fleece earwarmers ($18), snowy swag ($70), bears love flannel shirts ($20), festive wool coasters ($12), paddington iphone case ($40), pinstripe pillow cover ($16.50), weathered stack ($20)

in moving to colorado, the mister and i only assumed that we were in for a long chilly winter ladened with snow. welp, not yet. my hometown in north carolina is covered in inches,  and our high today is 65°F!  i’m sure we’ll be in for it eventually, but right  now i’m feeling awfully left behind. we’ll be going back home for christmas, so here’s to hoping for a snowy cozy christmas, dressed in plaid.

free download! christmas gift tags

| free downloads

hello, friends! i’ve been making our christmas gift cards this week, and just thought i would share them with you! you can download each of them by clicking below the picture (see instructions at bottom).

free download! christmas gift cards

>> download the acorn christmas gift tags <<

free download! christmas gift cards

>> download the stag christmas gift tags <<

free download! christmas gift cards

>> download the striped christmas gift tags <<

free downloadable gift tags

>> download the pennant christmas gift tags <<

hopefully these will make your presents a little merrier! you can print them on heavy cardstock and cut them out, OR they also fit the avery template 8163 sticker sheets (they are 2″ x 4″ each).

i’ll be working hard this weekend on putting the final touches on celebrate mag, as it will be released early next week!  have a beautiful weekend! love, bonnie

a vintage christmas

| holidays

a vintage christmas clockwise: spaceship christmas card, shiny brite christmas ornaments, vintage white reindeer, vintage 1950 fawn, special delivery, crocheted christmas ornaments, santa mugs, twas the night before christmas, amazing striped shiny brites, silvery twist

whether it’s an entire vintage christmas or just an orange in your stocking, a vintage touch at christmas warms the heart.

my favorite kitchen gadgets

| lifestyle

i’m going to step away from the handmade world, just for a moment. well, actually all these thing help me make things by hand to eat and drink, so that counts- right?

my four favorite kitchen gadgets

with gift giving season in full swing, i’ve been thinking about my favorite things a lot.  what things do i enjoy greatly, and who else might enjoy them as well?  well in my kitchen, there are four easy winners for my favorite gadgets. they are:

1. the cuisinart smart stick hand blender. it’s amazing. it makes life so much easier and so many dishes a complete cinch! during the summer, i used it to make fresh smoothies almost every day, as all you have to do is fill your glass with goodies and zap it with the blender.  this fall and winter i’ve been using it to puree soups, right in the pot. no need to pour the hot soup into a blender and back into the pot anymore!

2. coffee dispenser by metari. i’ve had this coffee canister/dispenser for years and it’s still one of my favorite gadgets. one squeeze of the handle = one scoop of coffee. making 6 cups of coffee? just give her 6 squeezes. no need to measure your the coffee ever again!

3. my bodum french press. we discovered the french press about a year and a half ago and have since given our regular coffee maker away. it makes the most rich and smooth coffee- never burnt or too strong. it even adds a little froth. :)

4. the prepara oil mister. everyone has to have this! you can forget the pam, as this refillable oil mister does the trick and never runs out (as long as you have olive oil on hand to refill). it’s BPA free and has no CFCs or volatile chemical propellants- you just pump and spray. it’s the perfect eco-alternative to disposable aerosol cans!

what are some of your absolute favorite things? will you be giving any of them for christmas this year?

the nimbus factory: paper goodies

| holidays

nimbus factory calendar

is this not the most unique, pretty and innovative calendar you’ve seen? i tend to live by the season (not by the month) so this one suits me just perfectly!

nimbus factory calendar
the nimbus factory is a brand new shop full of beautiful paper goodies and pretty illustrations.  the site itself is even fun to look around, especially their cutesy about page.  with illustrators from all over the country, they’ve really brought some amazing talent to the table. with cards, calendars, gift wrap and gifts- there’s something for everyone!

cynthia vardhan ceramics

| handmade

cynthia vardhan ceramics
cynthia vardhan ceramics
cynthia vardhan ceramics
cynthia vardhan ceramics
as i scrolled through cynthia vardhan ceramics, i couldn’t help but be amazed that i had never run across it before. an absolute delight for the eyes, cynthia starts at the beginning with each of her pieces. after making them by hand on her potter’s wheel, she mixes her own translucent glaze and signature custom colors. she then painstakingly hand decorates each of them with pigmented clay- all of which helps give the pieces their distinctive raised patterns and visual depth.  inspired by patterns from bali to west africa, each have a story to tell of their own. i love the beautiful vibrancy of the colors, the unique shape of the vases, and the feminine daintiness of them all!