Easy Garden Themed Hostess Gift with Jar Printable

Easy Garden Themed Hostess Gift

With May Long Weekend  just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to put together a hostess gift for one of the outdoor parties we'll be attending. After feeling cooped up inside for far too long, I'm praying the weather finally allows us to kick back outside and enjoy some much-needed sunshine! Aside from the usual bottle of wine, I find it's always nice to show up at a party with something that makes the hostess feel greatly … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Seed Packets

Saving Lupine Seeds

Throughout summer, I deadhead most of my flowers to encourage re-blooming. However, once the calendar turns to September, I allow many of them to go to seed, usually resulting in new plants popping up the next year. My lavender garden, for instance, started with one tiny plant that now fills an entire section of our front flower bed. That's what I love about these self-seeders. With that being said, there are some plants I only want a select … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Treat Bags with Iron-on Transfer Printables

Valentine's Day Iron On Transfers for Treat Bags

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I thought it was the perfect time to make some treat bags. Around here, we keep it simple on February 14. With both of our birthdays being in January and the holidays having just passed, we forgo expensive gifts or dinner out. However, I do cook something special and I like to put a little something together to show my husband and son how much they mean to me. These little bags are perfect for holding … [Read more...]

Decorating the Christmas Tree {Our House}

Red, white and silver Christmas tree | Satori Design for Living

Well, Christmas is one week from today. My son returns home from college tomorrow, and I'm thrilled to spend some much-needed quality time as a whole family! As promised, today I'm sharing a look at our Christmas tree and how I wrapped up all the gifts.   It's definitely a departure from the light, bright and simple Christmas decorating scheme I tend to go with. But, after Pottery Barn sent me a box of mostly red ornaments, I was … [Read more...]

Handmade Gifts and Gift Wrap Link Party


 It's time to get the December Holiday Link Parties started! On Tuesday, I shared my West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters I made as hostess gifts for this holiday season. Since then, I've made a few more and I can't wait to give them away to a few of my friends!     My co-host for this party, Shannon from AKA Design, was busy too. Check out her adorable hand-stitched ornament. I wonder who the lucky recipient will be … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Five}

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week Five

If you haven't figured it out yet, we only have 5 weekends including this one before Christmas. If you're someone who's swamped during the week and Saturdays and Sundays are your days to play catch-up, I suggest making the best of them (with some down time, of course!). Yesterday, my husband sprung it on me that he not only has one business trip before Christmas, but two. I'm used to him traveling, but December is not the best timing! I guess … [Read more...]

Creative and Personalized Gift Wrapping Ideas

Button Gift Tag Supplies

Although I do purchase ready-made gift wrapping materials from time to time, most often I prefer to use rolls of solid paper, craft paper bags, and plain gift tags that I decorate while keeping in mind each person's style. You may recall the hand-printed gift wrap I made last year or the easy button gift embellishments I created quite recently. Both were a hit with the recipients. Perhaps it's the decorator in me, but how the package is wrapped is … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Series Recap {Week Eight}

Emerald Green Christmas Tablescape- Amanda Carol

Happy Friday! It's less than 2 weeks to Christmas and I have to say I'm feeling more prepared this year than ever. My husband really jumped on board with the gift shopping this year and has taken an entire month off from traveling for work, which has been so nice. This week I managed to get some baking done and I also finished off some handmade gift tags and other wrapping supplies I'll be sharing within the next week or so. Now I just need to … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Series Recap {Week Seven}

Silver, White and Turquoise Christmas Tree

Holy moly, can you believe Christmas is less than 3 weeks away! I'm feeling good about having our tree and front porch decorated, our cards almost ready to go out, and the handmade gifts I had planned for this year pretty much done. I still have a few gifts to buy, but for the most part I'd say all is on track. Here's a sneak peek of our tree. How is your countdown to Christmas going? If you’ve missed any weeks along the way, be sure to ca … [Read more...]