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Sooooo, I'm not sure I've mentioned this before, but the studio is dangerously close to a wholesale flower shop. As in three buildings down close. As in my wallet is currently going into mini seizures close.

Which means I've been finding pretty much any excuse to buy flowers lately. And today, that's in the form of a DIY floral centerpiece. The dahlias were just too good to pass up when I went over there last. AND then I found the secret ingredient (not dahlias) and I was like, okay I have to make a holiday bouquet now.

Want to make your own?

The Secret Ingredient to The Prettiest Holiday Centerpiece

Here are the flowers and fillers you'll need to make your own...

Flower List:

- 10 stems of Dahlias
- 1 large stem of Pepperberry
- 5 Peonies
- 3 stems of Rosemary

The secret 'ingredient' to this DIY holiday centerpiece is the Pepperberry. They scream holiday vibes, without being overbearing. So, be sure to find that one (or at least something similar).

How To:

Once you've rounded up your flowers, find a medium to tall vase, properly prep your flowers ahead of time (remove excess leaves) and start arranging. I held the bouquet in my hand to get the basic arranging down and the varying heights, using a criss crossed stem method. And then moved everything to the vase once I cut the stems across the bottom (at an angle) to the same level, while still holding the flowers in place how I wanted them to sit in the vase.

The Secret Ingredient to The Prettiest Holiday Centerpiece (and Tutorial)

You can always readjust everything once its in the vase and add more flowers if its's not feeling full enough. Once you're done, it will look something like this...

How to make the prettiest holiday centerpiece

Peonies and Dahlias for Holiday Bouquets

The Secret Ingredient to The Prettiest Holiday Centerpiece (and Tutorial)

Photography Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Curious to know... What would you do if you have a flower shop just a few doors down from you? Would you (and your wallet) be going into mini seizures with me or do you have self restraint in this department?


3 alternative ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

Once November rolls around, I tend to get pretty excited about the upcoming holiday season. But I have to admit, I generally error toward the 'not overly holiday' side when it comes to decorating this time of year. So I'm bringing in some alternative holiday cheer early this year with the help of the folks at Framebridge. And focusing on cool artwork with a twist on the traditional Christmas color scheme to bring it all together.

So what did I end up doing? I rounded up artwork that was in the red and pink color family and used that as my base. Then added a couple of holiday decor accents (with a pop of green in there to tie in the color combo), along with a holiday scent (candle or infuser) and this little entryway is good to go for the holidays. So quick and easy.

Here's the breakdown for 3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying to hard or spending a ton of time laboring over it)...

3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

 1. Artwork

I purchased prints from Leah Reena Goren and Kiki and Polly a while back, but they were still without frames. And Rachel and I made the pie chart art and the SUPER DUPER pieces together with a little bit of acrylic paint and some heavy paper from the art store.

If you're not familiar with how the Framebridge process works, I can tell you its insanely easy. It works like this...measure your artwork (approximate sizes are fine) and choose your frame and matting styles. I did a floating mat for 3 of the 4 pieces and would highly recommend it if you have a signed piece where the signature is at the very bottom or you want to show off the edges of the artwork. The pie chart art, for example, is on BFK which means it has a deckled edge, so I wanted to show that off. And then the fourth piece is just a standard mat, so you can mix and match for a completely custom look.

After your order is placed, you'll get your packing supplies shipped to your door. Then you just ship your artwork back in the tubes and/or flat packs they sent to you and wait for your framed pieces to come back. Easy peasy.

Want to try this entryway idea with some art you've been meaning to get framed? Use the discount code PAPERSTITCH20 at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order. Head over here to get started.

3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

2. Small holiday decor touches

I didn't want to go overboard in this department, so I added two decorative bottle brush trees in alternative colors (dark grey and teal) to play things down. Then hung a wreath over a piece of artwork to keep things casual. And tossed in a couple of gold accents to add a little more glitz.

3. Candles or oil infusers

I keep an oil infuser hidden in that white hexagon container and just remove the lid when I want a refresher. I like to keep it concealed because I have yet to find one that I actually like the looks of. Plus, it keeps the entryway table more minimal looking.

Super Duper hand lettered art print

3 alternative ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays with #Framebridge

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Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

That's it for my entryway tips for the holidays. If you're interested in trying out Framebridge yourself (which I highly recommend if you have any custom framing that needs to be done), be sure to use the discount code PAPERSTITCH20 at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order (offer expiries 1/31/16).

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Have any DIY ideas you're hoping to try this year?


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Holiday Egg Nog Popsicle Recipe

I may have officially lost my noggin on this one (don't hate, you know that was a good pun), but I'm going for it anyway with today's recipe for...

Egg nog popsicles!

I know, I know. Egg nog is not for everyone. BUT if you fancy this unique holiday drink, you are definitely going to love the popsicle version. I even like them and I'm not a big egg nog person.

Making your own holiday pops couldn't be an easier...

Egg Nog for the Holidays


Egg nog is already a little sweet, so you don't really need to add anything extra. But you can if you want (see below)...

egg nog // popsicle mold // popsicle sticks // *You can also add a half packet of vanilla pudding, to mix in with the egg nog for a sweeter popsicle.


Pour egg nog (or egg nog mixture if adding pudding mix) into each popsicle well, then pop in the freezer for 45 minutes. Remove from the freezer and add popsicle sticks, then put back in the freezer for 4-5 hours (or until completely frozen).

Run the popsicle molds under warm water for 15-20 seconds when youre ready to eat and they'll slide right out. Enjoy!

Side Note: I had every intention to use the leftover cinnamon sticks as popsicle sticks for these. But when I took them out around the 45 minute mark to put the sticks in, I completely forgot. Would be cute though, if you have a lot of cinnamon sticks laying around.

Holiday Egg Nog Popsicle Recipe

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

I think this will be a fun recipe for the holidays. AND you can totally pull it off last minute because it's so easy. Would be even more fun if you spike the popsicles with bourbon or rum.

And on that note... I hope you have an awesome Christmas. I'll be popping in before the new year to share a couple more things. But for now, happy holidays!