DIY Travel Ornament in Embroidery Hoop

DIY Travel country ornament

DIY Travel country ornament

I love to travel, but it can get expensive and excessive to buy souvenirs. Instead, we prefer to collect photos and memories of our vacations. During one of our first mini trips together, we bought a Christmas ornament, and we’ve made it a tradition to buy ornaments that will help us remember each destination. In 2014 we visited both Italy and Mexico (!), but we didn’t buy any ornaments while away. Instead, I’ve opted to make my own embroidery hoop ornament to remember our honeymoon trip to Italy.

Materials for sewing an embroidety hoop ornament

My Paper Planner

Sugar paper planner from Target -- pink

I can’t be the only one who still uses a physical, printed planner… right?

Sugar paper planner from Target -- pink

Last year I found an awesome pink planner as part of the sugar paper for Target collection. I have absolutely loved it because it has a spot for each day, but also a lined notes page for each week. I went to Target recently to purchase the 2015 version, but they changed the layout. It was terrible. I kept flipping through different sizes and colors of planners, hoping my beloved layout would appear. But it did not.

My disappointment drove me on a planner search that dragged across multiple evenings. I was looking to find another weekly planner with a notes page. I love that type of design because I can put my specific daily items under their day, and make lists of ongoing projects on the facing page. Especially since I have a few clients, all with different tasks, I find it easiest to list to-dos by group, not by day. For anyone looking for the same thing, I highly suggest going to this page on European Paper.

Wreath Making and Decorating with Greens

Wreath making and decorating with greenery

Wreath making and decorating with greenery

Last week I went to another amazing workshop taught by my florist friend Colie (of Flower Scout) at Fort Orange General Store. This year George and I have toned down our Christmas decorations a little bit, but I wanted to add in some more natural greenery to keep our cut tree company.

Grape vine twisted base for evergreen holiday wreath

My Christmas Wish List

My 2014 Holiday Wish List

This is such a weird time of year for purchases. I spend so much time focusing on saving money and selecting perfect gifts for all my loved ones, I don’t even think about my own wish list. But after you get me thinking about my dream presents, oh, I could go on for days.

Here are a few things I asked for this year, along with other goodies I’d love to get. You know, just in case you were wondering ;)

My 2014 Holiday Wish List

  1. Fujifilm Instant Camera – What’s more fun than instant film?
  2. 85mm Camera lens – As I use my camera more and more, I’d love to start experimenting with some more lenses. Right now I just use the kit one!
  3. Stainless steel water bottle by Swell – I’m all about drinking tap water on the go, but I’d love to have my own bottle. For now I just use George’s, but it can’t always hold enough water for both of us.
  4. Beanie by Free People – Right now I don’t have any winter hats that I actually like. I’m hoping to get a slouchy beanie for those cold winter days.
  5. Passport cover by Kate Spade – Since we hop on so many adventures, I’d love to travel in style with this passport cover by Kate Spade. It says “happily ever after” on it, and is the perfect pink hue!
  6. Burberry Trench – Obviously I don’t expect to be gifted a $1,000+ jacket, but I consider this a dream item to have in my closet some day. We’ll see!
  7. Compact photo printer – I’ve been wanting to get back in scrapbooking and journaling. Right now most of my photos stay stored on my phone or computer, never to see the physical world. I’d love to have a little printer that can quickly spit out images that work for my personal use.
  8. Suede Wedges by Sperry – I’ve been eyeing these shoes all season, but there’s no real reason that I *need* them. But don’t those kinds of things make the best presents?

Now that I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping, I can’t help but wonder what’s under the tree for me. I know gifts aren’t the primary focus of the holiday, but I just can’t help but be excited to give presents and receive a few treats!

Gold Leaf Gift Tags & Wrapping

Gold leaf gift tags and wrapping -- a DIY project

Gold leaf gift tags and wrapping -- a DIY project

Since I so enjoyed the gold confetti dot tags I made, I thought of another fun flair to add to other tags and presents– gold leaf. Gold leaf is just so fancy and glamorous, and it makes everything feel special. Of course I wanted to add that touch to my holiday gifts.

Cutting paper circles for gift tags

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