One of my goals for 2014 is to make more of an effort to put together live events and workshops. And thanks to Sarah Khandjian of Sarah Hearts, I’m actually putting a mini check mark next to that goal before the new year even rolls around…
Because I am teaming up with Sarah for a Meet + Make holiday workshop at West Elm in Jacksonville very soon. We’ll be making festive gift toppers (and more), munching on holiday sweets, and giving away some really great gift/ swag bags for all the attendees.
So be sure to join us at the Jacksonville West Elm store on Thursday, December 12th from 6-8pm. **And if you’re in the Orlando area, you can catch Sarah hosting in your area the week before on Thursday, December 5th at West Elm Orlando.
We are both so excited to spend an evening meeting you and creating together. But there is a limited number of tickets, so be sure to buy your tickets asap ($15).
RSVP for the Jacksonville Meet + Make holiday workshop here.
Will I see you there? I hope so!
But if you aren’t able to make it, I’d love to hear your suggestions for upcoming events/workshops (including city suggestions) you would be interested in.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, which means I really need to get cracking on some festive DIYs. My brother will be in town, so it will just be the three of us, but I still want to make it special.
So here are a handful of Thanksgiving(ish) projects that I’m loving for turkey day…
3. thankful printables tags from Almost Makes Perfect
4. mini pie place cards project from The Merrythought
6. peanut butter marshmallow sandwich cookies recipe from Bakers Royale
7. charmed yarn pouf napkin ring from Confetti Pop
P.S. If you’re in the Jacksonville area, Sarah from Sarah Hearts and I will be hosting an event called Meet + Make at the West Elm in Jacksonville on Thursday, December 12th. I would love for you to join us! We are going to be making some really cute gift toppers (and more) at the event, to get ready for the holidays. So I hope to see you there. I’ll be sharing all the details next week, but for now you can visit this link to sign up.
Hope you have a great weekend!
As we get closer to the holidays (Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow and then it’s jingle bells for the rest of the year), I’m starting to think about gifts for friends and family. And I want to send some gifty things to YOU too (you didn’t think I’d forget about you, did ya?), so I’ll be hosting a handful of giveaways now through the end of the year. Starting today!
Kicking things off in giveaway land for the holiday season is a $100 shopping spree/gift certificate to Edor, a gorgeous online jewelry shop run by Cindy Lee. And I have to say, $100 will go a long way in Cindy’s shop (the average price per piece is around $25). So you can grab a couple of things for yourself and find a piece or two for a friend as well. Yay!
I am kind of wishing that I could win this giveaway to be honest, because there at least four pieces at Edor right now that I want to add to my collection. I actually have a few pieces already and one of my favorites is the compass coin necklace, which I wear a lot. And seriously, every time I wear it, I get a compliment. It’s kind of crazy, but I’m not complaining. And I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by people’s reactions because Edor is hugely popular – with over 21,000 sales on Etsy and a 5 star review rating!
Here are a handful of pieces I’m loving right now…
Ready to enter this giveaway?
Good! There are seven, super easy ways to enter, which means more chances to win.
You can enter by leaving a comment below explaining what piece or pieces from Edor are your favorites or by following Edor on any of the following: Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest. Additionally, you can follow Paper & Stitch on social media for extra entries. Enter just once or up to seven times – it up to you (one entry for each method).
Just be sure to make your entries via Rafflecopter (the widget right below). Deadline for entries is November 29th at 11:50pm EST. International entries welcome! Winners will be announced on this post once giveaway has ended.
It’s not often that I play around with a pull saw. In fact, I pretty much NEVER branch out into the wood department when it comes to DIYs. But I recently broke free from my no wood/ saws policy and made this DIY Christmas tree shelf from scratch. Here’s the story…
I was trolling the internet looking for a new mirror for our bathroom and stumbled on this circular shelf from Ferm Living, which is not a mirror at all – I totally fell down the rabbit hole. For some reason, the first thing that popped in my head when I saw it was ‘Christmas tree’. The mind works in mysterious ways.
Anyway, I started thinking about how I would make something like this and realized it actually wouldn’t be THAT difficult. Turns out, with some help from family (I would recommend an additional pair of hands for holding sides upright while glueing, etc), I was able to pull it off.
Check out the full tutorial, with step by step instructions, right here on Curbly.
I have to admit, I am feeling all kinds of official right now. Somebody point me towards their next wood project! I’ll bring my tool belt (filled exclusively with bottles of wood glue) and a hand saw.
Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Curbly
A few weeks ago, I flew out to New York City for a couple of days to take part in a really awesome event put together by Lowe’s, called Deck the Halls. I was there on behalf of Curbly (catch my posts on Curbly a few times a week, right here), along with Gabriel of The Artful Desparado, who also writes for Curbly’s brother site, ManMade. We were asked to design and style one of seven rooms. Each room had a different blogger/ designer and, as a result, a totally different feel. It was a really neat project to be a part of.
So together, Gab and I designed a holiday dining room from top to bottom that could easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. We had so much fun putting everything together, and although it was definitely a challenge to design a space from scratch from across the country and in two different time zones (Gab lives in Canada, I’m in Florida, and the space we were designing was in NYC), we love how it turned out.
The theme that we decided to run with was Scandinavian cabin. And this is what we started with…
The main pieces were already in the room when we arrived early in the morning – the walls were painted, the curtains were hung, etc. But there was still a lot to do.
We went with a neutral color palette of black and white and
then I bought a dress that matched our room perfectly added in a few pops of color for fall/winter to balance things out and warm up the space. Paint colors: We used Bear Claw, Desert Travels, and Redstone Blue Spruce for the installation boxes. And painted the wood chargers Cathedral Stone.
One thing that we knew we wanted to convey right from the start was a minimal, modern look that didn’t feel overly holiday. For that reason, we went with a very non-traditional color scheme and included subtle holiday accents, like vintage ice skates for winter and painted gourds that acted as sculptures to bring in fall.
We sourced a bunch of items from Lowe’s, and were able to DIY a handful of things as well, using Lowe’s materials of course. The box installation on the back wall, the plywood chargers, the plumbing pipe planters, and the centerpieces were all DIYed. Oh, and our dining room table was actually an outdoor furniture piece that we had painted in Ultra White. You can’t even tell that it’s not a regular dining table, can you?
Of course, one of my main priorities, as far as the styling goes, was the flower arrangements. So Gab and I hit the streets a few hours before the party to find flowers. As we were running around, I spotted a bunch of cabbage plants from a street vendor and thought it would be a perfect low-lying centerpiece because it felt so sculptural. I removed the bottom leaves to create more of an elongated stem and planted it in a shallow copper bowl that Gab had sourced for the table. There wasn’t a lot of extra room, so I added two small arrangements on the left and right of the cabbage centerpiece, as well. They’re inside enamel mugs to bring in the cabin vibe and keep things casual and cozy.
Instead of standard napkins, we decided to use tea towels because you can always find cool tea towels in great patterns, but with napkins? Not so much. Plus, they’re huge when unfolded so your pretty holiday dress won’t get dirty at the dinner table. Win-win!
So that’s it. A subtly decorated space that hints at the holidays, without being overbearing with seasonality. You can shop the lookbook from the entire event right here. And be sure to check our livestream video with the HGTV Kitchen Cousins too.
Big thanks to Lowe’s for flying us out there and inviting us to be a part of such a cool event. Let’s do it again sometime!