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decorate: owl plushie ornament

You may  have noticed that I have a soft spot for all things owl-ish. My late grandmother, Olivia (namesake of our “Owlivia” card) collected owls and I seem to have inherited the gene. This super adorable plushie owl ornament by the uber-talented folks at Night Owl Paper Goods is seriously one of the cutest owls I have ever spotted. Hoot!

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decorate: woodland ornament

Dear Santa,

Please be so kind as to deliver these sweet darlings to my tree.

xxox,

e.

owl and fawn ornaments from Anthropologie.

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decorate: violet swallow queen ornament

I have a serious soft spot for Christmas ornaments. I’d keep them out all year if I could (and, honestly, I DO keep a few out on my desk all year). Some people (i.e. my husband) think I have a serious problem. I like all styles: handmade, glittery, modern, rustic, vintage, felt, embroidered. Throughout the season I’ll be posting some of my favorites, like this gorgeous handmade ornament by The Night Jar.

The Violet Swallow Queen holiday Christmas ornament is a print of the artist’s original work, which she affixed to a wood heart and decorated with German glass glitter. She’ll inscribe the back of the ornament (free!) for you to make it a dear heirloom. It’s available here on Etsy for $18. Also on my wish list:the violet swallow queen print would look great in my soon-to-be-painted bedroom. Swoon.

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dear santa holiday cards

“Dear Santa, This year I have been: [ ]naughty, [ ]very naughty, [ ]nice, [ ]very nice …”

Our Delphine Dear Santa Holiday Cards are a great way to share your wish list with Santa Claus, with lots of room for everything you want (besides world peace, health, wealth, happiness, and a ban on frivolous lawsuits–each of which you can check off for Old Saint Nick).

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stocking stuffer: mini calendar

Sub-Studio’s first ever calendar is genius! The mini size (2.25″ x 3.75″) will fit in my wallet so I can keep those pesky dates straight. And the mini price ($5) will not cause my wallet to seize up.

Inspirational phrases are on the front of each calendar. Here are my favorites:

Don’t panic.
Take the chance while you still have the choice.
Be brave enough to live creatively.
Change your luck today.
Originality overcomes everything.
Good luck is the result of good planning.

You can choose your own saying ($5) or leave it to chance & let Sub-Studio pick for you ($4).

If you like Sub-Studio’s calendars you’ll probably also like Orange Beautiful‘s inspiring Gocco art prints. I have the “Do Something About It” print hanging in my studio.

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glitter ornaments

photos: delphine


I, and my entire house, are glittered top to bottom, but I did manage to finish making glitter christmas ornaments for the handmade ornament exchange over the weekend!

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client (and store) we love: orange & pear



all gifts shown available at orangeandpear.com


When Jennifer came to me asking for help with a logo for her new business I was intrigued. She promised a “fresh perspective on gift giving.” Interesting, but possible?. She said her favorite colors are green and orange. Yes, yes. My favorite, too. Go on. Please add shades of grey, she said. No more brown … happy dance. She said it would be the END of boring hostess gifts. Hmmm. Really? She was so sincere, so lovely, so darn NICE. So I spent hours sketching and playing with type, tweaking and improving, until I designed a fun, sweet, colorful logo for her. I had a blast working on this logo with her … all the while I had yet to see nary a peek at her website, which was still in the works.

But guess what? She delivered!!! Not a one ordinary gift to be found on her site– everything is carefully curated. Perfectly wonderful. It’s the end of boring hostess gifts for real! Yay! Congratulations, Jennifer, on the successful launch of your shop: Orange and Pear.

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handmade holiday ornaments


Since I signed up for a handmade holiday ornament exchange a few weeks ago I have been trying to decide what to make. I’m not quite sure what I’ll make yet, but I’m fairly certain it will involve glitter! Last year I made a 3-d paper snowflake, and I may do that again. Or perhaps a paper cone filled with candy. I’d love to make some felt animal ornaments, but I think that would take too long and I need to make a bunch. Do you have any other ideas?

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