Gift Ideas

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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Fall Favorites

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

It’s happened and I’m ready. I watched the first few leaves fall from the sycamore in front of my house in the cool morning mist, and I couldn’t stop thinking about pumpkin spice lattes and cable knit sweaters and I’m finally ready to welcome fall.

I rounded up a group of furnishings and accessories new for fall from favorite retailers and online shops – it’s a collection of all things warm and wonderful this autumn. fall home decor picks

from top left: rook pendant / otomi pillow / josephine mirror / knit blanket / gold candlesticks / diamond dot pillow / branch sconce / hakkari hurricanes / copper sequin pillow / maple faceted candleholder / agate plattersplaid chest / gold dipped porcelain spoons / gold ice gems / nesting bowls / beaded metallic pillars / antigua poof / wool pillow / spruce chair in havana fabric / armillary / penelope settee

 

I published a master list of home decor resources – click on the banner below to see the full list of favorites where I shop for inspiration or for furnishings, linens, art, and accessories for my home or spaces I’ve completed.

75  home decor retailers

I hope you find a few new favorite shops to visit – they’re also a great resource for holiday and gift shopping, enjoy !

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DIY Gifts for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

I miss my mom a lot, she lives on the outskirts of Las Vegas and I don’t get to see my parents as often as I’d like. I like to create something special for Mother’s Day, even if it’s just a semi DIY craft or project. (Last year I made these photo filled memory jars). I went looking for inspiration and rounded up a bunch of great ideas. Enjoy!

Make homemade linen spray, with printable lavender, garden rose, and jasmine labels.

linen spray style me pretty

 

Upload Instagram images and make a book for a special Mom to treasure.

instagram book

 

Pair a fresh bouquet with a flower arranging kit.

flower arranging kit

 

Make an fabric covered mouse pad or a painted version so Mom remembers you each time she sits down at the computer.

iron on and painted mouse pad

 

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