It’s December 1st and I’m here with my nearly 10-month-old baby thinking about how at this time last year, he was still growing inside of me and we were renovating a new apartment, I was planning his nursery design while packing boxes, seeing friends, planning a house sale and waddling through Christmas markets like a little penguin. And here we are now, a year later, with so much behind us and so much ahead – it’s quite amazing what can happen in a year isn’t it? And I know many of you, like me, are so busy thinking of winter or the holidays, etc. that spring feels very far but it’s not – in fact, some companies have already begun to unveil their 2015 collections. Would you like to take a peek out of sheer curiosity of course to see what some of the trends will be? Here are a few glimpses from Bloomingville in Denmark – pastels, wire, simple forms, ceramics, rattan, botanicals, birds, shiny globe pendants, geometrics, marble, gold, plants, cork… All of my favorite things!
See more here at Bloomingville.
Are you ready to get shopping for the season? If so, I have a major deal for you guys. Today and tomorrow ONLY, December 2 (Tuesday), while stock lasts (everything is handmade after all), you can get ANYTHING from my shop shipped to anywhere in the world for FREE. You heard me right. F R E E WORLDWIDE SHIPPING! Mr. Worldwide! If this doesn’t motivate you to shop for gorgeous gifts, nothing will. Okay, well maybe this gift round up will… It’s all so pretty and everything has YOUR name on it, right?
1. Geometric Holiday Ornaments 12 assorted colors in a pack, wood, $42 /2. Belinda Marshall watercolor calendar for 2015 $35 / 3. Ice Cream Print 11 X 14, $42 /4. Wooden cutting board in mint $37 /5. Vine Band 14k gold $368 /6. Gold foil calendar tray for all 12 months (just switch out the inserts each month) $55 / 7. Notebooks $11 each (flamingo, pineapple, toucan) /8. Gold foil matches set of 4 for $16 (Southern, Drink, Hottie, Burning) /9. Willy Nilly art print $100 / 10. Good Things print $25 / 11. Leonie art print $60 / 12. Popsicles print $42.
And many more gorgeous handmade gifts over in my shop right here. I even shopped my own shop (ha ha) to get this great shipping discount since so many of these sellers are overseas so free shipping really works out nice for me. I hope for you, too.
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If you celebrate Christmas, you will love this board that I put together to inspire you on Pinterest – though I must confess that lots of the ideas are versatile enough that you can tweak them to fit your style, your religion, your life. There are lots of pretty decorating ideas to be found and some recipes, too. Here is but a glimpse below…
1. giant diy balloon ornaments from studio diy.
1. pine tree cookies from natalia from blog fotograficzny.
3. diy ornaments with paint and paper from knot magazine.
4. diy tree cards by cecilieslykke.
6. A simple wreath made from colored string lights on 101 woonideeen.
7. trees on tin cans for wrapping gifts and 8. hand painted ornaments by cecilieslykke.
9. golden walnut placecard holders from knot magazine.
10. socks in all sizes as an advent calendar by cecilieslykke.
11. yummy spiced advocaat custard recipe from what’s for lunch honey.
12. A washi tape snowflake diy from knot magazine.
13. A delicious and beautifully decorated gugelhupf german winter cake recipe by lebenslustiger.
So many festive ideas, don’t you think? I hope you like looking through my board on Pinterest for more beautiful ideas, too. xo, Holly
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You know all about my ongoing obsession with Liberty fabrics but did you know that their is also an entire Liberty paint collection? Oh yes. Meet Liberty paint from Colour & Paint in the UK. I really love the colors in this collection and needless to say, the paint palette expertly matches their print colorways for the perfect interior mix. In love! And I would venture to try these paints off the walls too so on a cabinet, mantle surround, trimwork around or inside of a door or door frame or to add new life to old wooden kitchen cupboards or shelves in a townhouse or country home. Ah.
These paints are available in four color stories: Mineral, Garden, Foliage and Wildflower with at least 35 colors that I could count. The Foliage collection is definitely my favorite closely followed by Mineral since I love those muddy neutrals. Beige is far from boring if you know how to expertly mix colors, textures and materials – you can create magic.
And for those of you who love Liberty, you have to catch these craft projects that my dear friend Sania Pell directed and styled for the Liberty Craft Blog last year along with the photography of Joanna Henderson – perfect for the season! Here is the blog post on the Liberty blog with full details. Too good to not use and love this year, too. Look at these….
Today the Christmas markets began in my city and we went with little Aidan and he smiled big as we strolled through the first part of them. We’ll go for the second half tomorrow with his cousin, aunt and uncle. It’s such a magical time of the year in Germany – I just love it! To all of my friends in the states, enjoy Thanksgiving and eat some Turkey and stuffing for me!
(images: liberty, colour and paint, joanna henderson)