Thursday, December 22

Christmas Garland

Every Christmas I always help my grandmother decorate her house, I have to say I was quite proud of the end result this year. I was lucky enough to get all the silk garland from Christoffers, along with the silk red berries. The large ornament hanging from the wreath is a few years old but also from Christoffers. It's always great to have real garland, but I will be the first to admit it's nice not having it shed everywhere, along with the fact that you only have to purchase the garland once, and it lasts you many years to come! And if you find yourself missing the pine smell that comes along with the real thing just buy some of the pine scented candles from Christoffers!

Tuesday, December 20

Union Square Holiday Market

Not sure what to get that special someone this holiday season? Take a day to go to the Union Square Holiday Market in NYC! There are tons of booths bursting with handmade, vintage and new gifts for the season. This is a great place to buy some one of a kind artwork off the artists in NY. Get there before their last day on December 24th, it's sure to get crazy! Download the printable guide to help you navigate the market here!
Post image for Union Square Holiday Market

Market Dates and Hours Of Operation:

As we close in on the final days before X-mas, we’re extending the market hours:
  • Friday December 16th: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday December 17th: 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday December 18th: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • December 19th – December 23rd
  • Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday December 24th: 10:00am – 4:30pm close
Situated above the Union Square / 14th Street subway station, 4/5/6, N/R/Q, and L lines.

Saturday, December 17

Christmas Movie Clip

Every year, without fail I watch Love Actually, it always gets me into the holiday spirit! Director Richard Curtis always knows what to do when it comes to the soundtracks of his films, the film is filled with the classic Christmas songs to the beautiful sounds created by Explosions in the Sky. In this film there are about ten different story lines going on all about love and family and Christmas. It all leads up to the school's musical performance of All I Want for Christmas is You. It's probably my favorite scene in the whole film, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Thursday, December 15

Perfect Pines

What with it being Christmas time, I have come upon many lovely pine trees, and pictures of them online. Green is one of my favorite colors and it always makes me happy to see photos like the ones below, thought I'd share some with you! Happy hunting to all of you who haven't found your perfect tree yet! If you're not sure where to go this season try going to Dryer's Farm!


Tuesday, December 13

Boxwood Trees at Christoffers!

Christoffers is currently selling Boxwood trees, starting at $65 in silver or gold. I think this is a really lovely idea and a great way to spruce up the home for the holidays, they also will last quite a long time and well into the New Year! Click here to visit their website!

Monday, December 12

Holiday Bedecking: Lightbulb Vase

It's inevitable, every year you open that box of christmas lights to find that they no longer work. Instead of throwing out the now useless bulbs, use them in a whole new "light"! Make a centerpiece by filling a large glass vase with the bulbs, you could even try this with ornaments! 

Photograph provided by Country Living.

Sunday, December 11

Food: Green Salad with Beets, Carrots & Apples with Pink Vinaigrette

One of my favorite meals is salad, whenever I have odds and ends in the fridge I try to make a salad out of it! Here's a delicious one that I make the effort to plan ahead of time. Not only is it healthy but it will have everyone coming back for more!

It's a pretty simple recipe the bonus being that its a flavor party despite its easy directions!

Green Salad with Beets, Carrots &  Apple with Pink Vinaigrette

1 head of lettuce, washed & torn (Romaine or mixed greens)
1 carrot, julienned
1 small beet, julienned
1 apple, sliced thinly
1-2 green onions, sliced thinly
1 handful each of toasted pecans & pepitas

Add the lettuce into a large bowl and layer the remaining 4 ingredients over top. Sprinkle with pecans and pepitas.

Pink Vinaigrette
1 heaping teaspoon dijon mustard
1 heaping teaspoon cherry jam (though raspberry would be nice too)
juice of 1/2 an orange
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
pinch of salt & a good grind of black pepper

Pour all vinaigrette ingredients into a small lidded jar and shake, shake, shake until completely mixed.

Pour over salad and toss. Serves 2 to 4.
Reciepe from food blog Everybody Likes Sandwiches.

Friday, December 9

Happy Holidays Mr. Boddington!

Here are some truly beautiful Christmas Cards (all available only in Box Sets) that you can purchase now at Mr. Boddington's! I love all the intricate detail on the envelopes! I find all of these to be very refreshing from the usual holiday cards, their halloween and thanksgiving cards are pretty neat too!

Tuesday, December 6

Holiday Cards from Nancy and Betty

Here are cards from Nancy & Betty. I think they are all pretty cool (especially the Brussel Sprout one!) They also offer a box set of 8 (2 of each below).

Sunday, December 4

Holiday Cards DIY

Here is one way to spread the cheer this season! One of my favorite parts about the holidays is receiving all the yearly updates on friends and family from all over. I always end up running out of room on the mantle, by the end of the year the cards have been spread throughout the house! My aunt pins all the holiday cards to the archway in between her living room and dining room, it's always lovely to see them up! What do you do?

Holiday cards
Go to your local grocer and buy fresh sprigs of holiday herbs!
christmas wreath
Mini Wreaths
spool wire
greens (we used boxwood, oregonia, rosemary, myrtle, seeded eucalyptus)
floral tape (optional)
1. Make a small, round shape by twisting a couple pieces of wire together. Our wreaths are about 1" in diameter.
2. Clip pieces of greens, removing leaves from the bottom inch of the stem.
3. Twist the greens around the wire until it is covered.
4. Keep twisting small pieces of greens around the form, securing them under the other stems as you go. Secure with wire or floral tape if they need extra reinforcement.
5. Clip any stray stems that disfigure the shape of the wreath.
homemade christmas card

The Cards
card stock
1. Cut a square of card stock (ours are 2" x 3") and punch a small hole in the center, top of the card.
3. Attach a mini wreath by tying a piece of twine through the hole.
These little cards will be so cheery hanging in a cubicle, on a fridge, or inspiration board all season! 
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