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Monday
Dec212015

Stocking Stuffers...

We're reaching the final hour as far as Christmas shopping is concerned. Often, the stockings are the last thought, but to me, stockings are the most fun to fill. Here are some ideas you can buy wherever you live. For manly things, grab some beard oil, cologne, pocket squares or ties at your local men's shop. And bar items are always a hit. I personally love these bourbon cocktail cherries by Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Treats are another quick and easy stocking stuffer. I'm a bit obsessed with these Duck Fat Caramels and Champagne filled Bubbles... Always support your local chocolate maker and if you gift this Santa Salt by Beautiful Briny Sea, you will be appreciated. 

We all love bath and body products. Kiss My Grits lip scrub is one of my favorite finds this year, as is Lip2Cheek which I've been an avid fan of ever since I spied it at Fig & Flower in Atlanta. Soap! Everyone loves good smelling soap and it's everywhere. For something different, try this loofah soap by Revive Bath + Body. Organic skincare is important so I encourage you to buy HollyBeth Organics, one of a handful of artisans in the US whose entire line is USDA organic. Her face and neck elixir is my only skincare must have. And jewelry is one of the best gifts to receive. These options come via Asha Patel, Melting Sun Apparel, Form & Function and Luna Litka. 

Your local bookstore or stationery shop has endless options for stocking stuffers. I'll always love to receive a pack of playing cards (especially ones as pretty as these by Karla Pruitt), or a set of everyday notecards, like the Flower Pow cards by Dallas artist, Rob Wilson...then there's always washi tape, pom pom keychains or a rolled up art print, like this one via Old Try. And small and stylish notebooks will be a hit, these via The Small Object, Rifle Paper and A Sensible Habit. 

And then of course, are the no fail stocking stuffers. These are gifts everyone should love, like lottery tickets, gift cards, mini liquor bottles or just cold hard cash. I know many of us would love a candle or an on-the-go iPhone charger. And a puppy. Everyone loves a puppy. 

 

Friday
Dec212012

The Christmas Table 

As the annual Christmas dinner is a celebratory occasion shared with our immediate and extended families, Beth from the indie-pendent wanted to share some of her ideas for a festive table that's nostalgic, playful and kid friendly. 

Christmas is an excellent time to decorate with your favorite hand-me-downs. Beth added these wonderful animal ornaments handmade by her great aunt. As she shared, "I think it's important to bring back ornaments and have the memories from childhood." (I smile at this thought, as my mom recently informed me and my siblings that she gave all of her vintage ornaments to the cleaning lady. Sigh...)

The napkins were cut from a piece of vintage fabric Beth had in her workshop and the tablecloth is a painter's drop cloth you can buy for cheap at Home Depot. The white plates and mugs are handmade by Tourne and the gorgeously textured plates are handcrafted by Brigitte Bouquet. Play with the different colored dishware you have as noncomfority makes things interesting...

The centerpiece is made of her grandmother's vintage ornaments, using just a dinner plate and glass dome. The bottlebrush trees work great here too, adding color, height and that feeling of Christmas.

Beth decided to decorate the ends of the table with a garland of cranberries. This is quick and easy to do and is a great way to include the kids in the decorating process. 

Now this is a dinner table that starts with a big smile. I hope this offers a little inspiration for your holiday get togethers...thank you Beth! 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach