Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

US (+ OUR CHRISTMAS CARDS)

Us. In all our goofiness.  I love these photos captured by Mari Sabra Photography (she’s so talented!) I take a million photos a week but never really of us so these are so fun to have, especially since our photos from last year Blade was small enough to carry still!  Him and his big personality clearly make these complete.  The usual floral print + pink win for my holiday colors, I fell in love with this dress from Anthro and used it as inspiration.

Dress: Anthropologie // Boots: Free People // Earrings: Bauble bar // On Him: J.Crew & Herschel Supply x UO boots // On Blade: Copper Leaf Leather (it’s stamped with his name)

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Monday, December 18th, 2017

HOLIDAY GREETINGS FOR SINGLES WITH ETSY & MATCH.COM

I recently had the unique opportunity to work with Etsy on designing a singles greeting to be featured on Match.com for free download!  I’m so excited with how my ‘plant lady’ inspired card came out, drawing ideas from my own tropical Florida house plants and a cute vintage couch. I also love the idea of giving a plant in a cute pot as a gift, so that’s just what this gal is doing! We had fun taking some behind the scenes photos and making this little process video.  You can view and download my design (and others) right here

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Sunday, December 17th, 2017

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES

Year after year we bake these sugar cookies and have a fun decorating day with my mom, grandma, and sometimes a friend or two 🙂

They are easy to make and great to give out and/or bring to holiday parties.  As usual, I lean toward non-traditional and BRIGHT for Christmas colors.  So Blade face and pink sweaters it was for me. ha.  I got this pack of food coloring, mixed a little water with it, and just painted on the frosting with a tiny brush just as I would with my illustrations!  We’ve collected cookie cutters over the years from Williams-Sonoma, Amazon, and the little ones that fit on coffee mugs are from Sur La Table.

Happy baking! 

XO 

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For the cookies: 

1 cup of butter, softened 
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking sode
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 

In a large bowl combine the butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract and beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.  In another bowl combine flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended.  Cover the bowl and chill for 2 hours.  Then bake at 400 for 4-6 minutes (just keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook)

For the frosting: 

2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk 
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract 

Blend ingredients with an electric mixture until shiny and smooth, and a bit extra milk as needed.  The frosting should be very thick so it hardens on the cookies, this is the key to being able to paint them! Or you can add food coloring to the frosting and frost as normal.  The cookies need to be completely cool before frosting.  

 

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

DECORATING THE BUNGALOW FOR CHRISTMAS

 

Today I’m sharing some snaps from around the bungalow of how we decorated for Christmas.  It’s all a little crazy, non-traditional, and colorful of course! I’ve slowly collected ornaments and things I really love over the past several years of having a house.  This is the first year I really went all out and had enough to hang a hint of Christmas in each room.  From fun garlands, to tiny lights, all of my favorite (mostly felt) ornaments to dressing the pup (lol).  We always get a real tree right after Thanksgiving. I have a December birthday and always enjoyed the house being super festive when I was younger. It’s fun to carry on this tradition and I’m glad Hunter indulges me 🙂 

I’ve linked or listed most of the items down below + made a little video too! 

XO

This pillow from Furbish is my favorite new purchase!

I can’t handle his cuteness and these amazing dog outfits by Wit + Delight for Target, the best!

The framed floral print in the background is a page from my gift wrap book in collaboration with Anthropologie. It fit in an 18×24 frame. I couldn’t bare to part with the paper so this was a perfect solution

A felt mistletoe from West Elm

This tassel unicorn is the most fun

An old vase my mom just gave me because I loved the illustrations so much. Complete with a peace lilly

Love this wooden tree from Target. I’m not sure of its intended purposes but I’m using it for cards! 

Blades hot chocolate, obvi 

Sprigs in the kitchen, already pulled out my cookie cutters, and a cute dishtowel / pot holder set from Kate Spade

And a just for fun little video. Subcribe to our channel right here

More:
Paint splotch vase (old), cable knit stockings, metallic pom pom garland, brass vase(old), marble tree (old), wooden hanging Christmas tree and Blade’s outfits are all from Target // Cross stitch pillow from Furbish // Ornaments are a mix from Anthropologie, West Elm, Target, Land of Nod, and some hand made // Llama garland from TJMaxx // Felt Mistletoe is West Elm // Potholder Set is Kate Spade // All other pillows from West Elm (old) // Floral print art is from my gift wrap book from Anthropologie // Some items were thrifted or vintage, comment below if you’re looking for something not linked or listed!

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

FIVE FESTIVE WAYS TO GIFT WRAP + A VIDEO

 

I’m so excited to share these festive gift wrap ideas and a cute little video we made! 

Wrapping presents is definitely one of my favorite parts of Christmas.  I used wrapping paper and gift tags from my shop and one roll from Target x Sugar Paper’s line (the red and gold) for larger presents since mine comes in sheets, not a long roll.  I love gifting an ornament on top of the present or even a tiny gift like this J.crew barrette we clipped on.  Using greenery, pretty ribbons, and fun tags are all great ways to spruce up your package. 

Watch out video on YouTube right here and subscribe to our new channel! We’ve got some fun things in store for the new year!  

Sources: 

Gift Wrap: Shannon Kirsten & Sugar Paper // Gift Tags: Shannon Kirsten // Velvet Ribbon: Etsy (random shops, just do a search for velvet ribbon) // Bakers Twine: Michaels // Barette: J.Crew // Unicorn Ornament: Anthropologie // Pine & Rosemary Sprigs cut from my garden and Christmas Tree 🙂 

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