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The TomKat Studio’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

Thanks so much to The TomKat Studio for inviting me to be part of her fabulous 2010 Holiday Gift Guide! My gift picks for “Ladies Who Love to Entertain” are above… and even though the Oliver Appetizer Plates and JA Bottlestoppers are primarily white, I’m still definitely on a COLOR kick right now! (The gifts above range from $2.95 – $45.)

The Gift Guide is full of TONS of fantastic finds for all sorts of fun people though – from Cupcake Lovers and Pet Lovers to Busy Moms, Cool Dads, Budding Photographers, Beauty Queens & more… I even spotted something for my husband thanks to the round-up from Kim’s hubby! A few more sample pages are picture below. Click here to view the full guide. Happy Shopping! (more…)

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Holiday DIY: Yarn Pom Snow People

holiday snowman kids craft

I’ve been having so much holiday fun with yarn poms lately… this little “Yarn Pom Snow People” project is one of the latest experiments! A fun holiday craft idea for kids of all ages… and now I’m also thinking that it could make for a cute winter bridal shower centerpiece… maybe add a cute little “snowy” heart in between the “snow couple”? Hmmm…

Full DIY details are below – but the first element you’ll need to recreate this project is a set of yarn poms in your own favorite colors. I used Vicky‘s fabulous Yarn Pom Poof tutorial to create these cute little guys… and they’re popping up all over our holiday decor this year!

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Vendor Spotlight: Calligraphy by Jennifer

I’m really excited to introduce you to the super sweet AND talented Jenn Gillespie of Calligraphy by Jennifer today! As with many of you, I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” Jenn virtually through blogging/facebook/twitter…  she’s always such a caring, cheerful voice that consistently shares gorgeous wedding & event eye candy on her company facebook page and blog.

Handwritten calligraphy always adds such a beautiful, personal touch to weddings & special occasions, and Jenn is a pro at more than 35 calligraphy styles! She specializes in exquisite modern and traditional hand lettering for all occasions – from weddings and event stationery to holiday cards, hand stamps, envelope addressing, and more. (more…)

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Anthropologie’s New Holiday Gift Wrap

Completely loving the new holiday gift wrap & trim collection from Anthropologie especially the fabulous Margarite Gift Toppers (the colorful little wool balls)! I feel strongly compelled to make some miniature versions of this mod tree from these cute little guys now. Hmmm…

Something else to make you smile today: check out this fun, QUIRKY SHORT VIDEO by Anthropologie, starring their holiday gift wrap.

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12 Creative Baby Shower Themes

Remember when baby showers used to be all about pacifiers and teddy bears and baby carriages? My, how times have changed… =)

If you’re on the lookout for some creative baby shower ideas, here’s a round-up of 12 Creative Baby Shower Themes that I recently put together over at iVillage. The inspiration gallery features the work of some very talented graphic designers & event planners from ’round the country, as well as some of my own events! Visit the full article to check out all 12 themes + details on how to recreate these looks at home.

{The 12 themes include: Mod Monkey, Cirque du Bebe, Flowers & Candy, Parisian Chic, B is for Baby Shower, Bedtime Story, Oh How Tweet, Little Cowboy, Modern Nest, Woodland Forest, Pinwheels and Poms, and Festival du Bebe}

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Invitation Consultants

Invitation Consultants is back with another fabulous Personalized Stationery/Cards SHOPPING SPREE – and this time it’s TWICE the size at $200! In case you haven’t visited them before, Invitation Consultants is a fabulous online shop with a HUGE catalog of personalized invites and stationery for all sorts of occasions – from holidays to birthdays, weddings and beyond.

Given the time of year, I focused on designs from their Holiday Collection in the sample gallery above, including Holiday Photo Cards and styles from the Family Update Series – where you have room for both photos and a summary of the year that’s gone by – and from the Little Artist Series, which features space for a photo of your child AND a place to showcase their homemade artwork! {The winner can use their $200 shopping spree towards cards/stationery for any occasion though… not just holiday!}

Coordinating stationery elements are available for many of the designs too – including envelope liners, return address labels, rsvp cards, and even stamps! (more…)

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DIY: Yarn & Candy Cane Ornaments

DIY Candy Cane Yarn Ornaments

Ready for some super easy holiday DIY? These cute Yarn & Candy Cane Ornaments are a breeze to whip up!

This was a happy accident that occurred when I was trying to figure out how to make regular yarn ball flowers look more “holiday-ish” for a Christmas table centerpiece. I’m still planning to make some sort of “bouquet” from these, but am also loving how they look on the their own – either as hanging ornaments or just as “sitting” decor for the table or tree!

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A Festive “Christmas Candyland” Theme

Christmas Candyland Party Ideas

Talk about getting in the holiday spirit! Does this happy holiday soirée look like fun or what?! Bird from Bird Crafts is the creative genius behind this sweet red, white, and gingerbread spread – which she designed to coordinate with her printable Christmas Candyland Party Collection.

In addition to adorable edible treats like mini candy cane milkshakes (yes, please!) and cute little gingerbread guys, I’m spotting so much great DIY here – from the paper-lined sweets trays and “snowy” styrofoam trees to the fabulous cupcake stand embellished with ribbon and more decorative paper.

Christmas Candyland Party Ideas

Read on for lots more inspiring images + a complete list of vendor resources & party details, as told by Bird(more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: LilyGirl Jewelry

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky randomly chosen winner is… Commenter #61Tamara. Congrats!

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Who could use some new sparkle and shine for their holiday party outfit?! Well, good news… the fabulous handmade jewelry shop LilyGirl is back with another fabulous giveaway – just in time for the holidays!

Whether you’re looking to dress up your own outfit or to make a loved one happy with a pretty little box to unwrap, LilyGirl has tons of gorgeous, unique designs to choose from… including their brand-new Season’s Shimmer collection that just launched yesterday! (and subsequently my Christmas gifting and wish lists both grew yesterday too… go figure!)

This week at HWTM, LilyGirl is offering up $100 SHOPPING SPREE to a very lucky reader! The prize can be used towards anything on shoplilygirl.com – choose from Mixed Metals, Little LIL (for the wee ones!), House Blessings (sparkle for your home!), Boxed Gifts under $50, and more… (more…)

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