People who know me well enough know that I have a slight obsession with peppermint, and I go a little crazy in December. My freezer stocks peppermint stick ice cream, my cupboard as candy cane Oreos (and I NEVER buy oreos), I stock up on boxed candy canes, and the peppermint mocha is a staple. So this year, I decided to try this peppermint pattie recipe I found on Creature Comforts/Carrying On, who found it on Thoughts and Ideas.
Imagine if you were able to visit Santa's own house as a child. That is what we did as children in our hometown, and what we were able to do for our own kids last night.
|peeking inside Santa's house|
FREE printables from West Elm
That's right - you can actually get freebies from ever-so-stylish West Elm. This year they are offering printable recipe cards, gift tags, labels, holiday cards, and stationery for entertaining in not one, but FOUR different designs.
My Owl Barn has put together a resource for printing your own 2011 owl calendar with the help of 30 different artists - just select the month and design and print!
rustic holiday party .pdf set from Etsy shop Green Apple Paperie:
Candy Buffet Tags - 2.5" x 2.5" (12 to a page)
Circle Tags - 2" (12 to a page)
Gift Tags - 3.5" x 2.5" (9 to a page)
Candy bar wrappers (fits 1.55 oz Hersey Bars; 2 to a page)
Paper Sheets - 8.5" x 11" sheets (3 designs)
Tented Food Cards - 3.5" x 2.5" (4 to a page)
Recipe Cards - 3.5" x 5" (4 to a page)
... happy printing! xoxo
free blog backgrounds, printables for any time, $5 blogger templates and custom graphic design.
|Card 2: Inside - pop-up of Christmas tree scene|
|Card 1: Layered papercut reindeer|
|Card 2: Outside design by Corduroy Starfish|
|Card 2: Inside view 2 (see also top image)|
|Card 3: Kraft PEACE papercut underlined with faux jewels and layered under with red damask|
|Card 4: Red felt poinsettias across mint green card stock (sorry the color's off!)|
|Card 5: Paper garland "Happy Holidays"|
|Me at 7 months, 1986|
When I was a kid, a sock monkey lived in my closet. I had the biggest closet in the house, so a lot of stuff was stored in my room, including my parents' seemingly ancient toys. A dusty, old teddy bear missing an eye; a very Raggedy Ann, and a limp old sock monkey.
When I learned to climb I went up on that high shelf, and pulled down some of these toys. Honestly, the sock monkey scared me a bit, with his intense stare and big lips. I found out that my great grandmother had made that sock monkey for my dad, and it was indeed something worth hanging on to.
Years later now, I've moved all my belongings out of my parents' house, and they too have moved on to new places. I haven't seen that old sock monkey in years (if it even still exists), but when going through old photos this weekend I came across the above photo of me, as a baby, with that old sock monkey. It's amazing how many old memories over something that seemed so meaningless to me at the time, could come flooding back.
It's interesting timing as well - as I was out getting ice cream and food for my daughter's first birthday party a couple of weeks ago (above), and I picked up a cute sock monkey on impulse for party decor. I wish I had the old sock monkey to give them to play with, because as cute as the new sock monkey is, it just lacks that certain something that a lovingly made sock monkey possesses.
Now is the perfect time to make some Christmas ornaments, before life becomes super-busy with holiday parties and present wrapping. Here are are five fun and festive DIY ideas:
Yarn and Candy Cane Ornaments from Hostess with the Mostess
Simple ribbon ornaments from Martha Stewart
Crocheted Snowflake Ornament from Better Homes and Gardens
Acorn-topped ornaments from Creature Comforts
Cords and beaded ball ornaments on Craftster
|White Chevron Stripe Painted Tray|
Lauren of A Fabulous Fete was kind enough to take the time to be interviewed for Indie Pretty Projects - read on to find out what inspires her designs, and her number one tip for other artists and indie shop owners:
Tell us a little about what you make and your philosophy or vision.
At a fabulous fête I make unique party supplies that are all customizable to your special occasion. I enjoy entertaining and always love to add my "touch" to each event. I wanted to extend these items to an audience that was looking for the same thing I was. I love hearing what my customers are going to use one of my pieces for and try to make their interaction with me personal. Each piece is one of a kind and I want them to know their event is always on my mind during the production process. Events are special, and I want my shop and service to make it easy for them to create a beautiful one.
|Be Merry hand-painted, hand-sewn favor bags|
I really started to get into making party supplies about 3 years ago when I met my boyfriend. His friends became mine and vice versa.it was then that I had a large group of people I loved being with that I realized my complete obsession with entertaining. Me making supplies was part budget and part that the things you find at big box party stores are just plain cheesy, boring, and not reusable. When I started making these things, people were asking me why I didn't do this for others... As a job. So, I started my etsy shop with hopes to expand and make designing events my full time gig. This was only a little over a year ago, I've loved every second of it and can't wait for what is coming in the future.
|Ho Ho Ho Christmas Embroidered Hoop Garland|
Relaxing with my family. I have a full time day job, so honestly, majority of my free time is spent on a fabulous fête. I don't mind, when you love what you do it doesn't feel like "work". I always make time for family. My boyfriend and I both work hard at our day jobs, and both on side projects. So when we get some free time, we always head down to our fave spots down by the beach. We also enjoy spending time at home with our pups... Taking them on walks, playing ball, etc. They're like our "children" :)
|Glittered Cupcake Stand|
I know everyone says this, but BE PATIENT! I've been selling for a little over a year. It took months for sales to pick up, and sometimes you'll go for days, even weeks without one. Don't give up. Use that down time to improve what you have and develop new products. It takes time. I'm still learning that. And if I can add one more? NETWORK! Don't be shy. I am and it's taken until now for me to really start talking to people about my product. It's so worth it! In the past 2 months so many doors have opened for me, just by getting to know some amazing ladies through blogs and Etsy. You've got nothing to lose.
|Jolly hand-painted table decor sign|
I still want to be selling on Etsy. I also want to be in retail shops and hopefully be running my own company as an event designer.
|Lime green striped tray|
Well I love everything because otherwise I wouldn't sell it :) but if I have to pick one thing... My trays. I'm working on a new pattern to list soon that I am absolutely in love with!
Who is your favorite artist or Etsy shop?
I'm obsessed with Kiki La Ru. She came up with an amazing and unique idea. Her fabric combos are perfect, and her styling is fantastic. Just love that shop!
|Original Cake Bunting by Kiki La Ru|
|striped table runner|