Tuesday, December 28, 2010

They're back!!

We just received our FINAL shipment of illustrated Buy Local tea-towel and wall calendars by the lovely Claudia Pearson. These calendars FLEW out of here the past month; they are so sweet and simple and the perfect way to jump start your New Year.

When they are gone this time, they are really gone! Come grab yours soon.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Musings

Happy snowy-y Tuesday! I'm really feeling the holiday cheer today and hope you all are, too! I can't get enough of the cozy, joyful spirit that's been floating around town all month. We're so fortunate to have such amazing customers, clients, friends and families and have truly enjoyed our first holiday season here in our new space.

Today, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite holiday traditions and goodies:
Homemade Goodies:
Ok - well my mother is the one who makes this. But it is dangerously delicious. And pretty good for you, I think. Right? Right? Hello? Ok maybe not, but it is good. Photo above and great recipe from The District Domestic.

I've been making these mallows for the past few years and I love everything about them: the texture, the soft flavor, the many possibilities of display and variation. Yum-bo-tron. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to take an afternoon, make myself a cup of tea, put some holiday music on and spend the afternoon whipping up goodies for my family and friends. Nothing beats holiday baking and confection-making and with this snow on the ground (finally!) I'm feeling the urge more than ever! The beautiful photos above are from the fabulous 2 Stews blog; check it out for all sorts of kitchen inspiration and a wonderful 'mallow recipe.

And speaking of holiday music. I can't get enough of these albums:

Noel by Josh Groban (no need to explain this one, right? amazing.)

Glee: The Christmas Album (new to the line-up this year but oh-so-good)

Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey (total classic)

Just the other night, I had my annual viewing (well, there are usually multiple viewings of this one...) of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Nothing brings me holiday cheer like Uncle Eddie.

A few other holiday movies I always watch this time of year:

Finally, one of my absolutely favorite holiday activities is gift wrapping. I just love taking time to make each gift feel special and look beautiful. Check out the amazing wrap featured on Style Me Pretty today. LOVE love love.

OK - enough of my holiday musings. Hope you're all out enjoying the season. Merry wishes and joyful dreams all around!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2010 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

(Retro 1951 rollerball pen. The BEST pen you'll ever have! Photo by Mark Davidson Photography)

Stock up on stocking stuffers this weekend! We have the best assortment of little, fabulous goodies to fill those big socks. A few of my favorites below, but, seriously people, we are full of little gifties to liven up your stocking stuffer assortment so pop in for a peek.

(Fabric thumbtacks from Girl of All Work)

(Pocket address books by Girl of All Work)

(Page flags from Girl of All Work)

(Animal writer's blocks by Girl of All Work - lots of animal styles available!)
(Garden paper clips by Girl of All Work)

(Day-of-the-week and pattern clips by SusyJack)

(Work/Life Magnets by SusyJack)

(Stripey Straws by Kikkerland. Available in grey, blue and pink. Photo by Cindy Ensley, found on Sugar + Spice Design)

(Walking triceratops pencil sharpener by Kikkerland)
(Wooden mechanical pen and pencil set by Kikkerland)
(Endangered Species Giant Gorilla Eraser by Kikkerland)
(Travel alarm clock by Kikkerland)

(Arrow, bone and heart paper clips by Kikkerland)

(Recipe cards by Rifle Paper Co.)
(Notepad by Snow & Graham)

(Note pad trays by Smudge Ink)

(all photos courtesy of the manufacturer unless noted)

Friday, December 10, 2010

2010 Gift Guide: 2011 Agendas

Everyone needs one. And, everyone deserves a fabulous, functional one. Agendas = perfect gifts for the organized, busy, time-crunched list-makers in your life.

A few of our absolute faves:

The MyAgenda (by MomAgenda)
This fabulous, chic agenda has a huge following. We love the fab colors and chic design as well as the functional monthly and weekly views.

The WhoMi Agenda
Perhaps my personal favorite agenda - this clever organizer has it all: monthly views, big space for weekly planning, color coded sections to help organize your busy schedule and a durable, wipe-able, secure to prevent that mid-year tearing after days of being tossed in your bag. LOVE!

The Moleskine Weekly Diary/Planner
This tried-and-true hardcover planner is the perfect go-to agenda for any guy or gal. With it's minimalist design, functional layout, address-book insert and hard cover, it's truly a workhorse agenda. There is a reason Moleskine devotees won't use anything else - they are simply fabulous products.

(All photos courtesy of MomAgenda, WhoMi, and Moleskine)