hello, friends! i want to introduce to you the world of old charm. michael is an innkeeper and creative and is bringing you today inspirations for a handmade christmas.
inspiration #1: wrapped up in kraft. wrap gifts in brown kraft paper (or grocery bags), then cut a small piece of coordinating gift wrap to create a sleeve to fit around the package. use your fabric stash to tear pieces of fabric to use as ‘ribbon’ for the package and create a bow. finally, wrap with heavy twine and attach some artificial (or real) pine and your tag. as the gifts look uniquely custom, they’ll never know just how affordable it was!
inspiration #2: hot chocolate vials. these littleplastic vials (50ml) hold exactly enough mix for one cup of hot chocolate! genius. fill the single serve vials with homemade hot chocolate mix and give as a small gift or party favor during the holidays.
inspiration #3: ornament decor: create a vintage centerpiece by repurposing old ornaments and candlesticks! easily thrifted (or found in your grandmother’s attic), the supplies for this centerpiece are a cinch. give your candlesticks a coat of white paint and top them off with your vintage ornaments. arrange on a pretty tray, round mirror, vintage find (like this old washing machine agitator) or simply place them in the center of your table.
with cards, pendants, bracelets, journals, calendars and so much more, this gal is a multi faceted designer. liz kalloch is a book reader, coffee lover, trail hiker and of course, a beautiful painter, designer and inspirer! visit her shop to see a glimpse into her world and the art that so strongly emanates from her love for nature.
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it’s here, it’s here, it’s here! after over a month of hard work, i’m very pleased to share with you going home to roost’s first publication, celebrate magazine! inside you’ll find over 50 pages of free downloads, diy projects, & instant gifts. here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll find inside:
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.
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).
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?
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?
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