V Day Inspirations.
I will be getting those nails.
Etsy Gift Guide: Wee Ones
Oh, how fun this one was! I dare say I’ve saved the bet for last. One of my favorite things to window shop for on Etsy is handmade toys. I pretty much want all of this for myself. Anyone who feels similarly can join me in my blanket fort for a pom-pom fight and shadow puppet show. Bring your own snacks—and that child in the photo for number 6, who I now adore.
gifts for me imagination starters on Pinterest!
Thanks for rocking with me through all six gift guides! I found a ton of cool new shops and lots of gift ideas I didn’t even know were out there, so I hope you did too. Now shop handmade and be merry!
Etsy Gift Guide: Mom
This year I called both of my parents to ask what they might like for Christmas. My dad mumbled something about not really needing much, said that he’d get back to me, and then promptly forgot all about it. My mother said “Oh! I’ll email you my list!” and rattled off a lovely set of items.
In case your mom is a little less thorough, or you need a few surprises up your sleeve, this collection might inspire a few things for the best lady ever. I personally grabbed number nine for the boyfriend’s parents, and I’m pretty excited about it.
As always, there’s more to be found on Pinterest.
Etsy Gift Guide: Office Mates
Getting your coworkers the right gifts can be hard. Too little? Too much? Eight hours a day in a shared space does not an expert make. Go the fun route with original handmade pieces, or play it safe with food (can’t go wrong here). Here are nine no-fuss items that probably won’t end up in the re-gifting pile.
Not convinced? Got a tough one in the Secret Santa draw? More great finds are here on Pinterest!
The holiday crafts begin.
We had a short day at work heading into the long weekend, so I got to spend the sunny and crisp afternoon running errands and walking about. I took my Valentine’s bouquet home (I’m still in awe) and picked up a package (pink wellies!) while making my way through busy North Beach. I must admit I was spoiled rotten on Tuesday: 100 flickering candles, home cooked dinner, scattered rose petals, and a tiny Ginger Rogers…suffice it to say that the phrase “head over heels” is more than accurate. Tomorrow the boy and I are going to the Ferry Building farmer’s market and taking our spoils off on an adventure. If I can get the Polaroid land camera we bought on the street up and running, you’ll see what we find soon.
I am feeling like a very lucky girl today and I hope your weekend is amazing!
I love Rifle Paper Co. and their illustration style! I’m browsing for thank you cards and Valentines…the decisions are terribly hard!
Do you have any ideas for cute Valentines Day decorations?
I don’t usually decorate too much for Valentine’s Day, which is interesting since the color palette is so naturally appealing to me. I tend to stay in the realm of cards and baked goods. With decor, I think it depends what sort of setting you’d like: a tête-à-tête with your one and only? A tea party for your best girlfriends? Just a little dazzle for yourself? That being said, here are some of my favorite picks from around the web…
I have been head over heels about Geronimo for a few months now, and I knew they’d do something amazing for Valentine’s day. Like Confetti System, their gorgeous couture-style party supplies are out of my price range, but seem like a really awesome project for a committed DIY-er. I’ve been deciding when I want to tackle them. Large balloons can be found online and at party stores. Add strips of fabric, paper honeycomb balls, mylar fringe, pom-poms, and other fun items to the tails and you’ve got a hit!
Garland, Garland, Garland
Garlands are essential for any celebration. As they are easy to make and affordable to purchase, I may eventually end up living with hanging bits up year-round. For these festive pieces look at: one, two, three.
You know I love a paper straw, and these captured my heart when I stumbled upon them a while ago. Olivia of A Field Journal really took it up a notch with these vintage-inspired scrap pieces. For more pictures and printables go here. Add a pretty pink bottle of soda and sip away.
From girly-girl whimsy to intimately romantic, there’s a ton to be done here. This is where you can get sucked into wedding blogs for hours at a time. The Knotty Bride showed off a gorgeous Marie Antoinette-worthy table, and there’s more paper-lantern fun from A Field Journal.
All of the Flowers
All of them. No such thing as too many. I have a predilection for the softness of peonies and renunculas, but have a field day with whatever you like! Fill bud vases, vintage tins, mason jars, teacups, and hurricane glasses. Put them on cupcakes, in drinks, in your hair, or on your lapel. Make them from paper or fabric or paint!
I hope your Valentine’s day is lovely. There is an abundance of love in this world–-not just the romantic kind. Celebrate your many loves with abandon and eat a few sweet treats for me! You can check out more of my finds and ideas on my Valentine’s Pinterest board.
Mad Men Holiday Party
Mad Men Holiday Party
I have been dreaming of attending a Mad Men party since I started watching the show in its second season. A vintage fiend with a soft spot for themed events, it seemed the ultimate cocktail party option. Emily and her husband Tony fulfilled all of my dreams this weekend, filling their new Presidio home with friends and sixties charm for a Holiday soiree. Emily is the consummate hostess, recalling the well-mannered and impeccably groomed housewives of another era. Even perched inconspicuously on a chair in the corner she is all grace poise.
Every detail was perfect: candy cigarettes laid out wrapped in Lucky Strike wrappers, elegant china and polka dot napkins, a table of delicious old-style nibbles, a meticulously curated playlist of vintage holiday tunes, a cocktail bar stocked with soda-pop in glass bottles and all the makings for mixing Old Fashioneds.
Everyone dressed in theme with skirts and skinny ties. Lit by the warm glow of candles and the Christmas tree we pretended to elegantly smoke, continued to actually drink (albeit less elegantly), referenced fake accounts, and carried on into the wee hours of the morning. As far as holiday parties go, it was truly magical. Don Draper couldn’t have asked for more.