’tis the season. you know — loads of festive parties, visits with friends and family, and unexpected neighbors popping by to say hello. i always worry i’ll have forgotten a gift for a special friend, or have to go rushing about for a hostess gift on my way out the door to a holiday soiree, so i thought i’d make some gifts up in advance this season. i’m a huge fan of peppermint bark and have made my own, but this year i just don’t have the time. so i picked up ghirardelli’s seasonal limited edition peppermint bark and with the help of my very creative and stylish friend jeannine giordan, we crafted up some sweet little gift boxes to add a personal touch to their yummy chocolate squares.
i found craft paper boxes, red & white twine, some striped baker’s cups, some polka dot and striped tissue paper and we went to town. i also found a woodgrain rubber stamp which helped emulate the idea of ‘bark’, and some craft paper and glittery silver gift tags which jeannine styled up with her wonderfully fun handwriting. we unwrapped the individual peppermint bark squares (ate quite a few) and tucked them neatly into the little baker’s cup and surrounded them with the pretty tissues. into the boxes they went, tied up with the baker’s twine and tagged for all our friends. there you go — instant gifts at the ready — they have a homemade look, but didn’t take much time at all. voilá, and here’s to less holiday madness and much more time with family and friends.
hello! gab from The Artful Desperado here. wow, can you believe it? we’re just a few weeks away from the end of the year! the holidays are in full swing and so are the cocktails.
for this edition of edible rooms i selected something that’s would be a little bit different from the usual holiday stuff. we all love the cheerful colours of the season, but sometimes is nice to add a little bit of darkness to the mix, no? i guess that’s us design lovers being “naughty”. also, this home reminds me of one of my favorite shows: american horror story – coven. i think these interiors paired up with a gloomy espresso martini would be perfect. dark glam and cocktails? let’s do it!
- 1.5 oz (1 shot) of coffee liqueur
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz freshly brewed espresso (use good coffee beans!)
- add ice to a shaker, pour all ingredients, shake shake shake
- serve and garnish with a few coffee beans or even better; a chocolate covered coffee bean.
note: if you want you can do a few variations of this cocktail by mixing in a splash of chocolate liqueur (creme de cacao) or substitute the coffee liqueur for baileys, which would make a creamier martini.
this cocktail gets bonus points for helping you stay awake while feasting away with family and friends! (or while listening to your aunt’s sick cat story for the 50th time).
enjoy friends and happy holidays! hugs from canada, The Artful Desperado
you know me — i can’t help but change things up around the house. my decor is on ever-constant rotation, otherwise i tend to get bored. i wanted to highlight my mid-century modern bench and have extra seating available for guests. i also was having a bit of trouble keeping my rugs clean — this cottage is small, so there’s no hiding the dirt that miss lucy drags in here on a daily basis — she’s tough on rugs, that furry girl. so i decided it was time to return to the cowhide. i had one a while back and it held up so well against dirt, and i love the way they look. you literally sweep these rugs and they stay really clean and easy to maintain. lulu & georgia has a great selection of all kinds of rugs, as well as home decor accessories and i found the pally cowhide the perfect fit and color to compliment my bench. i love the two together.
and, as a way to say happy holidays, lulu & georgia is very kindly offering sfgirlbybay readers a special holiday coupon code — simply enter SFGIRLBYBAY20 for 20% off the site for one week on anything in their online shop (offer good through tuesday, december 17, 2013). have a look around — there’s some great lighting, pillows and poufs, too!
i’ve just discovered Canadian designer Jenny Bird. recently named one of toronto’s most stylish, Jenny Bird launched her namesake line in 2008 in response to a calling too poignant to ignore: the mass market had a gaping void, lacking fashion-forward accessories that were beautifully designed, well constructed, but also accessibly priced — She couldn’t help but create. With deep roots in the Canadian countryside and garment construction in her blood, the self-taught Jenny builds her inspired, soulful pieces with an exceptional attention to detail and quality, resulting in beautiful, lasting jewelry and handbags with style and substance, perfect for accessorizing an evening outfit out in the city, or dressing up daytime jeans and boots.
Sourcing inspiration and creative collaboration from around the globe, Jenny Bird’s collections somehow work for every sort of woman. A true global citizen, Jenny also uses her creativity to give back, working with philanthropic partners including WWF and the Pollinator Partnership to contribute to causes she has heart for — her ongoing mission is to connect with people across the planet through creative work, believing it her way of sharing love with the world. Jenny Bird is just lovely, all around.
i love a look that incorporates a little bit of an industrial edge. re-purposed vintage racks are a great storage idea, for kitchens, bathrooms and even putting your jewelry or plants on display. lots of shops are creating reproductions of these old finds, as well — like the two great metal storage pieces below. here’s to living in an industrial world.
i quite like graham & brown’s dixie wallpaper with an industrial vibe.
vintage wire shop display from oh albatross. great idea for storing craft and home office supplies.
industrial time card rack from oh albatross makes for an interesting photo or postcard display rack.