Posted at 5:12 pm
It’s that time of year again…..cozy time!!! And you can never have enough hats and mittens here in New England. I am in love with these mittens from Made Again Mittens, which are made from recycled sweaters ($):
Or how about these cute hats from Betty Louise Studio at Daytrip Society ($$)?
I also think these throws from Crane & Canopy would make a cozy gift this holiday season ($$$):
I saw these pjs at Anthropologie the other day and think they are awesome. They feature cute little woodland creatures and are a way cooler, and more grown-up version of the “feetsy pajamas” of your youth. ($$$)
Posted at 10:56 am
Just yesterday, as my mother and I were combing through patterns at one of the last remaining needlework shops I know of, I was thinking about all the beautiful cross-stitch, needlepoint and crewel pieces that my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother have made over the years and was lamenting the declining popularity of these arts. Unlike knitting, which can yield a variety of very utilitarian and stylish results, cross-stitch samplers are not what most people want adorning their walls these days. But here’s a great idea for those of us who still appreciate needlework, but want to create something a little more modern and personal.
Haptic Lab has created DIY Quilting Kits that feature maps of major cities. The full kit includes a to-scale map template, all the materials you need to make an ivory quilt and sewing instructions. If you’re feeling more creative though, get the basic kit and you can pick your own fabric, colors, etc. You can opt for a simple design, or something more personal that features places lived, favorite landmarks, etc. Sewing experience is helpful but not required and they are only 36″ x 42″ so this is not a lifetime commitment. Give a kit as a gift or make the quilt yourself to give to a loved one. Here are just a few examples:
New York City ($$-$$$)
If you love the idea of a City Quilt, Haptic Lab also sells their own creations like this Boston Quilt below. They will fit full to king-sized beds and if you ask nicely, they will even embroider a few personal details onto your quilt at no extra cost.
City Quilts ($450)
Posted at 7:09 pm
Call me old-fashioned, but I love silhouettes. My grandmother has one of my mother as a little girl and I can still see the resemblance. And they are certainly a cut above the annual school picture! If you can get the kids to hold still long enough to get a photo for the artist to use, silhouettes would make a great gift for a parent or grandparent.
I really like the silhouettes by Simply Silhouettes. They are completely customizable but here are a few ideas from their Etsy shop:
They also have this Custom Couple Silhouette which would make a great anniversary or Valentine’s Day gift:
Posted at 4:51 pm
There are candles, and then there are these candles! Made by hand by Pollen Arts, a husband and wife team, these beeswax candles take their inspiration from antique bottles and jars. So for a gift with a vintage twist, consider this set of 4 featuring a lime juice bottle, an apothecaries’ bottle, a vaseline jar and an ink well:
Split them up or give them as a set.
Or, how about these owls?
Or, these Dairy Half-Pints?
A great gift any time. For more, check out Pollen Arts on Etsy. ($)
Posted at 6:13 pm
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful set of Wedgwood china from my grandmother as a wedding gift. My grandfather had given it to her early in their marriage and I’d always loved it. But what does one do with all those teacups and saucers these days?! I am using them as candles! You can put a votive candle in the cup and the cup will shelter the flame. When it burns down, you can just pop it out and it does no harm to the cup. My grandmother’s teacups are now scattered about the house and are a lovely reminder of my grandparents. If you have a set of family china and your teacups are gathering dust, consider giving teacup candles to other family members so they too can enjoy a piece of family history. Teacup candles also make great hostess gifts and you can find beautiful teacups that have long since been separated from their sets at just about any antique shop or flea market. ($)
Posted at 6:32 pm
Cake plates are great gifts. They can be used as a serving piece but can also be decorative (I use mine for plant stands and to display pictures and seasonal items). You can make a one-of-a-kind cake plate in about 2 minutes with a pretty glass and a plate. These items are cheap at most antique stores and flea markets so for less than $20 can pull this one off and give someone something unique. Here are a couple I made, using the glass different ways:
It’s as easy as super-gluing the cups to the plates. (I would not recommend putting them in the dishwasher.)