I was excited to work with Zazzle because besides their holiday card selection they have a really cool selection of customizable gifts that are really affordable. I decided to get a head start on my holiday shopping and test out a few custom gift ideas I’ve had in mind. First, I designed a cute tote for my friend that’s perfect for trips to the farmer’s market. Then, I used a few of our favorite photos from our recent trip to Australia to create unique iPhone cases, luggage tags, and mugs for Paul. Designing my own gifts was addicting – it was fun seeing my ideas come to life! I like that I can put anything I want on the items, it would be a great gift for grandparents or kids. Last night I started a Pinterest board to help me keep track of great gift ideas. What’s your favorite thing to give during the holiday season?
by Jenny Batt
One of my favorite things to do is to peruse vintage books. I found some danish bell ornaments and thought we could punch it up a bit. Add some metallic hot pink and I think we have something. I don’t think they look much like bells but more of a fun holiday forest.
I’ve been busy making lots of wreaths and garlands for my family and friends so I thought I would put up a little wreath 101 post. Here are three types of easy wreaths you can make at home. I am not a trained florist but simple wreaths are something anyone can do. The materials I bought from the flower market in San Francisco but if you don’t live near a flower market (or don’t grow your own) you can order greens like this through the internet or through a local florist. There are so many types of wreaths to make but these are some basic skills and supplies you need to make any type you want.
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ps: Here are my Favorite Experiences to Give.
This post is sponsored by Safeway stores-Safeway, Dominicks, Tom Thumb, Vons, Randalls. Tastier for the holidays!
by Alexis Birkmeyer
I love a good gingerbread house but I thought it would be fun to do do a modern one instead of the old traditional type. Here are instructions how we made this little modern house that any design lover could get excited about. There is a free template below that makes this project super easy. Click through for the full photos and instructions.