Gift Ideas

Etsy Art I Heart: Ceramics

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Oh hello! We had such a great weekend! We finished up a fun DIY project (I’ll feature it next week, you’ll love it!) and yesterday we took a drive out to the coast for clam chowder and to watch sunset, one of our favorite family outings. We did some gardening too, everything is sprouting in the yard. Matt and I walk around outside in the evenings with a glass of wine and we talk to and about the plants, which ones are thriving, which ones need a little food or pruning while the kids run around like crazy.

All homes need something living inside but even if you don’t have a green thumb, low maintenance succulents or air plants will survive with little water and attention. This month’s Etsy artist feature is all about ceramics and pottery, these planters and chic decorative objects are handmade accessories that look lovely on a desktop, styled on a bookcase, or anywhere you envision unique original pieces, enjoy the roundup!

I love pottery with modern touches, like these bowls, jars and vessels at Red Raven Studios. (I bought the horseshoe).

red raven studios etsy

 

Revisions Design offers beautiful bottles and kitchenware, how pretty is the faceted planter?

revisions design

 

Find planters, spoons, and a unique air plant wreath at Cor Pottery.

cor ceramics etsy

 

I love the gold detail or marbled motifs at Meilen Collaborative

gold and marble ceramics meilen collaborative

  

Don’t miss this porcelain lace collection at Hideminy, so pretty!

lace porcelain hideminy

   

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas #BloggerFavThings

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Hello everyone, welcome to another week! I spent the weekend sprucing up an outdoor space at our house and I’ll have more pictures of it later this week. Today I wanted to share a really fun experience among blog friends that originated with Jennifer of Rambling Renovators and Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone

The two came up with this idea to get a group together to exchange a few favorite things and mail them to each other in anticipation of Mother’s Day and as a feel good way to embrace our community of fellow bloggers. The gift giver was kept a secret until the package arrived, which they all did a few weeks ago, it was a lot of fun!

A group of companies was involved and sent a few more things our way, and it was such a delight to receive treats from them too. A big thank you to the following brands and companies for all the gifts:  Wrist Soiree, The New York Times Store; The Company Store; Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; Home Decorators; Minted; and Delta Faucets.

blogger fav things exchange

pareo / bracelet / cutting board / personalized cards

Nicole of Making it Lovely was my giftee, so I sent her some of my favorite things including a Kate Spade pencil case, personalized pencils, some Chocolove (the sea salt + dark chocolate + almonds is TDF) and my favorite skin primer (takes five years off!) 

making it lovely instagram

via Making It Lovely on Instagram

Reichel of Copy Cat Chic got me and I was so excited to see here name when my package arrive, I’ve followed her blog for years. She sent me some wonderful treats all in a black and white palette (so chic!) and so thoughtful too.  

favethings

I was charmed by this mug by Wandersketch on Etsy that Reichel had personalized with a drawing of my home!

mug with sketch of house

  

So… if some of you are still thinking about gift ideas for Mother’s Day for all the moms you love, hop on over to Brooklyn Limestone today to see the full Gift Guide including everything we all gave each other, I’m sure you’ll find something among the collection for a great mom in your life !

blogger fave things

blogger favthings

 

Check out all the posts on the #BloggerFavThings Gift Exchange at these participating blogs.

Brooklyn Limestone / Rambling Renovators / Making it Lovely / 6th Street Design School / House*Tweaking / Copy Cat Chic / Danielle Oakey / Hi Sugarplum / Freckles Chick / A Thoughtful Place / Just Bella / North Story

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Simple Sew Kitchen Towels

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

One of the gifts I like to give to a host or hostess when invited to their home is a set of pretty kitchen towels coupled with a few treats. In years past I’ve wrapped them around freshly baked flavored breads or tied them up with a stylish pair of serving utensils. I don’t believe there is any such thing as too many kitchen towels – sewing them is easy and there is a way to get perfect corners on the backside with a simple technique.

diy simple sew kitchen towels

This is yet another idea for a host or hostess gift for the holiday season. Wrap a box in festive wrapping paper (find a box at a craft store or repurpose a shoe box) and fill it with kitchen tea towels and goodies.

wrap box with paper

Include anything from fresh baked bread to culinary treats to homemade jams or your famous cookies. This one leans to the savory side, mixing gourmet oil & vinegar, bread and a sprig of fresh herbs tied up in ribbon. It’s a fun gift to present to your host when he or she opens the door.

pretty hostess gift

 

Stitching up a kitchen tea towel is a simple sew project, it involves four straight lines and a little technique on the corners to get them just right – here’s how I do it.

 

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