Gift Ideas

Yuletide Tool List + GIVEAWAY

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Last year, I wrote up an article ‘Tools for a Cool Yule’ with a list of the the tools I consider important for my own DIY projects.  Now that this year is coming to a close, and some of you may be thinking of adding a few tools to your holiday list, here’s a revised list of a few I consider essential. 

Those of you just beginning to dip your toes into the DIY pool might consider a few of these handy dandy tools to add to your growing collection.  This list is not exhaustive, nor is this list anything near what a professional might possess.  These are just my personal favorites and the tools I frequently use.  Oh, and if you like the word "Dremel” you’ll love the giveaway at the end! 

 

Cordless Drill/Driver & Drill Bit Set

dewalt combo

I have a DeWalt just like this one.  They are expensive, but worth it.  I use this for everything, from removing seat cushions to assembling furniture to drilling pilot holes with drill bits.  Cordless, powerful, wonderful !   I couldn’t live without it. 

 

Measuring Tape and Level

Essential for everything from hanging pictures and art, to more advanced projects like installing molding, trim and wainscoting

 

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12 Favorite Hostess Gifts under $25

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I love being invited to parties, especially this time of year, don’t you?   Laura from Texas recently wrote to me asking about inexpensive but elegant hostess gifts.  Nothing beats a homemade gift, but time and money are precious and short this season.  If you’re looking for something unique and special and don’t want to spend a lot of moola, here are twelve charming ideas that make great hostess gifts!  All under $25!  

Extra Ingredients Measuring Spoons ($18) and the Castle Key Bottle Opener ($12), both from Anthropologie.

 

anthro gifts

 

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Decorative Pillow GIVEAWAY

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Have you seen page 22 of the most recent issue of House Beautiful?  If so, then you saw this felt applique pillow by the one and only Alexandra Ferguson listed in HB’s ‘The Best’ section!  

ooh la la

Alexandra creates handmade pillows with 100% recycled felt stitched into sassy statements and decorative motifs.  She was also featured in ‘Real Simple’ magazine earlier this year. 

With shop categories ranging from ‘House Rules’ to ‘Good Advice’ to ‘Botanicals and Creatures’, this New York designer is sure to have one pillow in her shop that you will love! 

Here’s just a few I fancy (and I actually have the ampersand one, love it!):

alexandra ferguson 1

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alexandra ferguson 2

 

Alexandra is giving away one pillow from her shop (under $100) to one lucky winner! 

Eligibility to win a one-of-a-kind Alexandra Ferguson decorative pillow:

1)  Visit the Alexandra Ferguson shop and pick your favorite, then name it in a comment.

2)  For extra chances to win, tweet this giveaway with a link on Twitter, or link to this giveaway on Facebook, then leave a comment telling where you mentioned (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Monday December 6, 2010 at 8 p.m. PST.  One winner chosen by Random.org. 

For those who don’t win, if you simply must have a custom Alexandra Ferguson creation, use the code CENTSATIONAL10 to save 10% on your order!

Good luck and happy Ho Ho Ho weekend!!

 

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