When my girls were younger, I decorated special Easter baskets which we use every year. Since one of our daughters will not be able to make it home from college to join us on Easter weekend, I decided to come up with an alternative basket that would ship easily yet still be beautiful.
As soon as I saw this lovely Easter printable, by White Gunpowder (a favorite blog of mine), I knew it would be the perfect image to use for decorating a box to use in place of a basket.
Some time ago, I saved this cream box from Anthropologie because it was too beautiful to recycle. I placed a lovely shade of pink shredded packing paper in the box and added all of the sweets and surprises inside. (Can't show an image of the inside because a certain someone reads my blog & I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.) The box was tied with blush ribbons and I added a few vintage flowers and a sparkling rhinestone finding. I hope she loves it!
This little folk art Valentine's doll traveled home with me in my suitcase. A Nicole Sayre design, she's made of pressed paper, and was given to me by my sister during our recent visit to California. Isn't she adorable?
I love the little sparkle on her shoes!
This morning, I baked up a batch of our favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to gift to my Valentines.
Love these canister jars from IKEA for packaging cookies. They are just a few dollars and by attaching a simple tag you have a wonderful gift from the heart.
Wishing you all a fun and romantic Valentine's day!
When the weather turns cold, we love enjoying a cup of hot spiced cider or hot chocolate in the evenings. This summer, I came across a pair of vintage plaid thermoses and knew they would be perfect for outdoor holiday outings as well as our indoor hot beverage station.
With the thermoses, I can make the spiced cider ahead of time and it will keep hot for hours. You can find our traditional recipe here. The recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, but I only add 1/4 cup and find it plenty sweet.
My hot cocoa recipe can be found here. Cheers!
Hot Chocolate Sign - Lily & Val on Etsy
Peppermint & Vanilla Stirrers - Hammond's Candies
Mugs - Sophie Conran for Portmeirion
Jars - Weck
Thermoses - Vintage
Although it's always nice to spend time in the kitchen when it's a blustery day outside, it's equally as nice on a warm and sunny December day. I love the afternoon light that streams through our windows.
I came across these pretty bottles a few months ago. Perfect for keeping olive oil right by the stove top.
One of our two Santas that make their home on our kitchen table during the holidays. Their little coats are made from vintage wool blankets.
Two of our favorite homemade Christmas treats. Cookies made with the cookie press and then sandwiched together with melted chocolate. Just like Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, but so much better! And our traditional biscotti ready for dipping in a cup of hot tea.
I love that Clementines are in season during the holidays. There's no better treat than one of these sweet little gems and I eat them by the handfuls.
Our kitchen has an open view to our Christmas tree. Here you can see some of the pom-pom garland I made and our new little round lights. I'll be back soon with some photos of our hot chocolate and cider station we have set up. Cheers!
The fresh cut holly and evergreens were perfect to nestle around our lighted grapevine wreaths. The weather was a bit warmer today so I was able to string the outdoor lights as well. Can't wait to view them in the evening.
Christmas mail is starting to arrive so I decorated our vintage fishing creel to hold cards and letters. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we took the time to send more letters throughout the entire year? I think I'll definitely try that.
Gathering holiday greens from our property today to deck the halls. This year, our holly bushes have the most berries I've ever seen. Their branches are drooping with beautiful, bright holiday goodness.
This antique basket, a cherished piece, was gifted to me by my cousin David many years ago. We use it for many things. During the holidays we display all of our children's Christmas books. Although the girls are older now, one is never too old to read a beautiful children's picture book - and we have many favorites!
Some of you may remember back in January when I was busy making pom poms for a future holiday project - an Anthropologie inspired wreath. I love their tufted wool wreath but was hoping to achieve a similar look for less cost. Here's a look at mine and an overview of the materials I used, along with some tips.
I chose this yarn, purchased at Michael's. It was the closest I could find to resemble the wool yarn, as well as being the perfect shade of cream. Think ahead and purchase your yarn when they offer it on sale. As I was making two large wreaths, as well as garland for our Christmas tree, I needed a lot. Yarn often goes on sale at Michael's for half off.
If you recall, last January my husband made me a wooden paddle pom pom maker. This is the second one he made for the smaller pom poms for the garland. You can see the larger one here. While you don't need a special tool (your hands, or the tines of a fork would work), this tool made it much quicker for me. I wrapped the yarn around 50 times, for both the larger and smaller poms. I made most of them while watching the last season of Downtown Abbey on DVD. The larger ones are 2.5" in diameter and the smaller 1.5".
For the base of the wreaths, I purchased two 12-inch straw forms, also from Michael's.
I attached the large poms to the base with 2" floral T-pins. Start with the inside ring, and work your way to the outside for a total of three rings of poms. When starting a new row, place the first pom in the middle of two poms from the previous row so they are off-set.
For the garland, I made smaller poms. For this project, I chose to use fishing line as I wanted the poms to appear suspended in mid-air on the Christmas tree, like little snow balls. At first I tried sewing all of them together with one continuous piece of fishing line ... a big tangled unmanageable mistake! Mine are spaced between 8-10 inches apart (closer together at the top of the tree) so I found it easier to sew together about 8 poms on one piece of fishing line and add them to the tree in segments. When looking at the tree, it appears to be one long continuous piece. I used a regular sewing needle and just sewed through the center of each pom. Be sure and tie a knot at each end of the fishing line so your poms don't fall off.
For the bow, I cut apart a vintage Belgian tea towel, reminiscent of a vintage grain sack. I sewed two pieces of the cut towel together to make one longer piece for each wreath. I'll share pictures of the wreaths on our antique armoire once I finish up my Christmas decorating. Have a happy Monday everyone!
With Halloween quickly approaching, sweet girl has created a new chalkboard for the occassion, which we love!
Recently, I've received a number of emails with questions about our chalkboard so I thought I'd answer them here. 1) Where did I purchase it? The frame is from Michael's and the porcelain chalkboard was purchased online from billyBoards. 2) What does my daughter use when drawing and does she sketch it out first? She uses regular chalk stick as well as chalk pencils for detail. No sketching involved. She actually does it fairly quickly which always amazes me.
We're still a few short weeks away from the official first day of fall, but around here fall begins with the start of a new school year. With the unusual cool summer we've experienced, the season has been beautiful. However, I'm looking forward to welcoming autumn. So is sweet girl who wrote this message on our kitchen chalkboard last night. Wish I could write like that. I love it!
Also, with fall upon us, I wanted to let you know our velvet acorns are available in the shop again, with your choice of color palette. I love working with silk velvet - so soft and luxurious!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Today I'm happy to introduce a new design to our White Christmas Collection, our Joyeux Noel screen printed pillows.
Sewn with 100% linen that I've pre-washed for a soft vintage appeal. Inside seams are surged and a zipper closure is featured on the back.
Later in the week I'll be introducing a few more "non-holiday" pillow designs which are available in the shop now as well - perfect for the loved ones in your life. Enjoy your Monday!
Later this year, EAB Designs will be introducing a brand new "White Christmas" collection. In celebration of "Christmas in July", today I'm happy to introduce the first item in the collection, our quilted, personalized white stockings now available in the shop.
Wonderfully soft with a vintage appeal, but equally at home in a modern setting as well. Classic, elegant and perfect for a white Christmas!
Charming personalized, hand-stamped name tags are included with your choice of rhinestone or pine cone embellishment.
For ordering information and stocking details visit EAB Designs. Of course, our very popular burlap stockings are also available again this year. We can't wait to share the remainder of our "White Christmas" designs with you over the coming months. Stay tuned!
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