Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Apron Blitz!

Can you believe November is almost over? You know what that means... December is only days away! (See how brilliant I am? Even jet lag can't slow this quick mind down.) I got to thinking, we need a super awesome Thrifty Thursday series up to Christmas.

People need Christmas presents. And, in this economy, they need economical options, right? We can give people an amazing opportunity to procure meaningful gifts created by talented artisans who are supporting their families half a world away - all at a reasonable cost. Take that big box stores!

Until Christmas, we are going to create "steal of a deal" gift packages of our products with a target price range for the whole pack around $50.

Introducing the Apron Blitz! For this week only, we are offering a set of 5 of our aprons for $55. The retail price of the set is $118, so you are getting a steal of a deal! That is $11 per apron, each of which retails for more than $20.



Ava ($22), Mommy & Me Betsy Combination ($24 + $26), Daphne ($22), and Xiao Talia ($24)

Remember, we now accept PayPal. So, you can order through our website OR simply email your order and we will invoice you via PayPal!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Naming Contest Winners Announced!

Thank you so much for your patience! Carrie and I just returned from China and since all of these social media sites are blocked, we just got around to selecting the naming contest winners. We received so many interesting and wonderful names this time around, so it is after much soul searching that we made our selections.

(drum roll)

Introducing!

Ardith named by Rebecca G.
 Persimmon named by Adrianne B. 
 Su Lin named by Shannon
 Ling Ling named by Charmon Allen


And, now for the Grand Prize Drawing! Congratulations to Rebecca G. the winner of a Daphne apron!

Remember that each of you namers receives a 50% off coupon code. And, because we received such wonderful names this time around, we are giving a 10% off coupon code to all of the participants!

Email me at Eileen@ScarletThreads.org to claim your coupon code (or apron, Rebecca G.)!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie

In honor of thanksgiving I present you with a typical New England treat: the Apple Cranberry Walnut Pie!

Ingredients

2 pie crusts (can be store bought or homemade)

8-10 baking apples- I used granny smiths

1 ½ cups of fresh cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup sugar (I used sugar in the raw but any type works)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour 

½ of a small lemon juiced

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons butter cut into small pieces

1 large egg yolk lightly whisked together with a splash of half and half cream to use as an egg wash on the top crust

2 additional tablespoons of sugar to sprinkle on top of the egg wash at the end




Directions



  • Preheat the oven to 425.

  • Combine all the dry ingredients into a small bowl (walnuts, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt) mix together and set aside for later.


  • Prepare the filling: Peel, core and slice the apples. Transfer the slices into a large bowl- drizzle the lemon juice over the slices and give a quick toss to coat them. Then move on to prepping the cranberries. Wash and dry the cranberries, next slice them in half lengthwise. Place the halves back into the strainer and give them a good rinse to remove the seeds. Pat dry then add into the apple lemon mix. Stir the fruits together a few times to coat the cranberries with the lemon juice too.




  • Pour the dry ingredients over the fruits in the big bowl. Now comes the fun part. Using both hands mix the ingredients together. Make sure the fruit is evenly coated. Then go wash your hands. Try not to eat the stuff stuck to your fingers (yes it is yummy!)




  • Now line the bottom of your pie pan with pie crust and pour in the filling. Stack this pie high as it will cook down. Once the filling is all in there dot the pie with the butter pieces. Cover with the top crust and pinch the edged together to seal. Prick top crust with a fork to let steam escape while baking.

  • Next gently brush pie crust with egg wash and sprinkle with remaining sugar.




    **BAKING TIP: as this is an overstuffed pie it can leak. I recommend when baking you place the pie tin on a small rack in a 13x9 pyrex dish, or rimmed baking sheet. This will catch any spills! See below*******





  • Slide into the oven and bake for 15 minutes at the preheated temp of 425. After 15 minutes lower the temp to 375. Bake for 1 hour more. (If the crust is browning too quickly tent it with tin foil.) Remove from oven and let cool.


Sadly my pie fell a little bit but it was still yummy! If you try this pie send us your photos- we'd love to see how it came out!







Tuesday, November 20, 2012

apron naming contest! don't forget!




Hope you haven't forgotten about our new aprons and the names they need!
We love our tradition of asking our community for their suggestions, and then choosing from there! These three aprons are in need of names, and we'd love to have you suggest something, if you haven't already! 
 
 
To submit a name simply leave a comment or you can vote on or Facebook Page.
 
 
The winners of the individual naming contests will receive a 50% off coupon for use on one purchase in our shop! Just in time for a little holiday shopping, perhaps?

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Daphne Apron!

Winners will be announced on Friday the 23rd of November so get busy and be creative.
 
 
 



 








Feel free to leave your suggestions on this post, or each individual post, which are all linked above. We can't wait to see what you come up with! 



Tasty Tuesday: Chicken and Dumplings!



Chicken and dumplings are an ultimate comfort food, eh? There are some foods that taste SO good on a cold night, and this is one of them. It has been much colder this week, and after a lazy Sunday, these were the perfect thing to make.


I went through a few cookbooks, and read a few recipes online. Of course, for the most part, all was the same, but there were a few variations, which was to be expected! I loosely followed this recipe, from Martha Stewart. 



Ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 medium carrots, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas

Directions: 

  1. In a Dutch oven (or a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid), heat butter over medium. Add onion, carrots, and thyme. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly; season with salt and pepper. Nestle chicken in pot; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make dumplings: In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup flour, dill, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. With a fork, gradually stir in 1/2 cup milk to form a moist and soft batter. It should be just a little thicker than pancake batter and should easily drop from the tip of a spoon. (Add additional 2 tablespoons milk if too thick.) Set aside.
  3. Stir peas into pot. Drop batter in simmering liquid in 10 heaping tablespoonfuls, keeping them spaced apart (dumplings will swell as they cook). Cover, and simmer until chicken is tender and dumplings are firm, 20 minutes. Serve.

My notes:

I added celery too. Just for fun  ;)

I'm not sure what "nestle chicken in pot" means...I arranged it, it looked cozy...seemed fine!

I added lots of spices, as you will see in the first photo. You know me, I love adding extra spices to recipes! 

I used a bag of frozen peas and carrots, so there were lots of carrots in here. 

When I dropped in the spoonfuls of dumpling batter, it was hard to keep them spaced apart, but they cooked fine even touching, so I wasn't too worried about them. 








This recipe was REALLY delicious. That Martha, she knows what she's talking about! Funny, because I cooked the chicken in milk and broth, and really simmered them together, with the spices. The mixture was really creamy, just the way it should be for chicken pot pie, another favorite in my house. My boyfriend commented on that, saying how good it was, and how I should always make it this way from now on! 


What's cooking in your kitchen today? 






Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Montage: Fair Hands Exchange



Today's Monday Montage is a new company called Fair Hands Exchange, an online boutique dedicated to Fair Trade principles. 


Founder Lindsey Parsons took an extended trip to Turkey after graduating from college and did plenty of shopping for Turkish handicrafts.  When she brought all her goodies back home, she realized just how unique they are and decided that these artisans had to get their items to the States.  She knew what an impact a partnership in the U.S. could make on the struggling artisans she saw.  Seven months later she was back in Turkey searching for talented artisans to partner with.  She focused on disadvantaged artisans, especially women who would not otherwise have a job.  


Fair Hands opened for business less than two months ago, offering many beautiful and unique Fair Trade gifts from Turkey including scarf/wrap necklaces, hand-woven Turkish towels, silk and gemstone bracelets, and clutch handbags made out of "upcycled" wrappers from soup mixes, ice-cream bars, water bottles, etc.  



The best part? You can be sure the artisans who made the items were paid a fair price. You can read more about the artisans they work with here


Lindsey explains, "Fair Hands acts as a bridge- through Fair Hands I support disadvantaged artisans in expanding their market to the U.S. so they can earn a more regular income and receive fair prices, and I help U.S. customers find unique, handmade items that are made and sourced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.  Fair Hands was born out of my passion for cultural understanding, travel and my eagerness to make this world a better place."


Today we are featuring the Turkish Bath Gift sets! They come in two sizes, small and large. The large includes a bath towel, and the small comes with a hand towel!  Wrapped inside the towel is a body-exfoliating mitt and a bar of handmade castile soap (in either Coffee&Cinnamon or Rose).  These Bath Gift sets make excellent holiday presents for friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.  The towels are beautiful and soft and very unique.  It is also festive looking because of the red and white colors.  Turks have been using this style of towel for hundreds of years in Turkish Baths/spas.  









Lindsey also shared this photo of a charmed wrap necklace. I love this! From the website- 

The art of oya (Turkish lace/tatting) is thought to date back to the 8th century B.C. and has been passed on from mother to daughter for generations.  Either a straight needle or a small crochet hook is used to create loops and knots in thread, creating patterns (traditionally flowers). This necklace is a product of advanced skill and many hours of meticulous work.


A lace candle holder, also made in the traditional Turkish crochet method. 




These would make lovely holiday gifts, don't you think? The lace candle holder would be a wonderful hostess gift, I think! Lindsey is graciously offering our readers a 10% off coupon good from Nov 19- Nov 26.  The coupon code will be ScarletThreads. 


Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Gifts: 101

If you're like me it has just dawned on you that Thanksgiving is less than one week away, which means that Christmas is just around the corner... yowza! If you would like some quick help with ideas- read on. I promise it isn't all promotion gimmicks

Holiday Hostess:
Show up to your holiday parties looking fabulous and bearing gifts. An apron, especially a half apron is a great gift to protect an outfit without concealing it completely. Another great idea is a bottle of wine tied with a ribbon and wired {he}art ornament.

Your Bohemian Friend:
She will love our Ugandan paper bead jewelry. Surprise her with a necklace, bracelet or earrings in colors that go with every outfit.

Your Do-It-All Sister-in-Law:
Every woman needs more bags for hauling library books, sipee cups, groceries, you name it. Our  Autumn Moon and Plum Sauce totes are perfect for ladies on the go. Hide a spa certificate inside for a little pampering.

Newlyweds, Oldyweds and Last-Minutes:
Admit it, you occasionally find yourself in a situation where you need a last-minute gift for some one who generously shows up with something for you. Our Wired {He}arts ornaments are perfect for stashing, pre-wrapped in the linen closet for just such an occasion. They're also great for adding to the ornament collection of anyone you love.

Your Gourmet Sister and Epicurean Momma:
An apron of course! Fold one sweetly into a lovely ceramic pie dish and wrap it up as a set- functional and fabulous!

Kitchen Helpers:
Everyone loves to look the part- outfit your kitchen helper with an apron, whisk and spatula of her own (Target and World Market have great, colorful kitchen tools).

Neighbors, and Little Friends:
Our new Wired {He}arts hair ties, rings and earrings make great gifts and stocking stuffers for all the girls in your life.


The Best Babysitter:
Show her how much you appreciate how she looks after your little ones with a Sadie bag. Throw in a Christmas bonus gift card to her favorite store for all the extra evenings she'll be working while you celebrate the season sans- kiddos.

Nieces and Grand Daughters:
Our Tiger Hats are sweet, spunky and one-of-a-kind!






Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Name a Xiao Apron Giveaway!

This is our last Apron that needs a name. This beautiful panda fabric is so fun and whimsical and a definite nod to its Chinese origin. Available in Xiao, children's size.




It's the ST tradition to select the product name from community submissions. We have three aprons in need of names and this is the final one. You can still vote on the name of the other two and increase your chances of winning. To submit a name simply leave a comment or you can vote on out Facebook Page. The winners of the individual naming contests will receive a 50% off coupon for use on one purchase in our shop.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Daphne Apron!

Winners will be announced on Friday the 23rd of November so get busy and be creative.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2012 Launch: Name an Apron Giveaway!

Our second apron needs a name! This is our beautiful new reversible apron, don't you just love her Asian flair? Red is always a fabulous color - for China and for Christmas! Leave your name in a comment below or on the Facebook Page.
 
Don't miss your opportunity to name the other two aprons! Apron 1 and Apron 3 (Not listed yet!)
 
The winners of the individual naming contests will receive a 50% off coupon for use on one purchase in our shop. And, from those winners, we will select one Winner for the grand prize: a free Daphne apron!
 
We will announce all of the winners on Friday November 23rd.

Tasty Tuesday: Kaytucky Chicken

Seriously, this is a fantastic recipe.  I found it perusing Pinterest one day looking for something good for dinner (and reading inspirational quotes and planning the next holiday craft and finding 101 things to do with a used wooden pallet . . . you know, normal Pinterest stuff).  It has become one that has stayed in 'the rotation', so I hope you try it and enjoy!


The full recipe with step by step photos can be found here.

You'll Need:
4 chicken fillets
4 frozen puff pastry sheets
4 oz cream cheese (the firm kind)
few rashes of bacon
flat-leaf parsley
1 spring onion
1 large egg, beaten
pepper
salt

Directions:
Cook Bacon, and crumble.
Chop Onion and Parsley.
Mix all three with cream cheese.
Make a cut in the middle of the chicken breast and fill with Cream Cheese Mixture.
Fold Puff Pastry around individual chicken breasts
Brush edges with egg
Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Monday, November 12, 2012

2012 Launch! Name the Aprons!

Our bounty of new aprons (and of course the Wired Hearts collection) are soon to be bound for the USA!

In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you: Before we pack and ship the inventory, we are going to participate in an Ahhh-Mazing trade show in Beijing this Sunday. When we participated in this show two years ago, we sold out of nearly our entire stock. We certainly don't want you to miss out on your favorite apron in our 2012 October Product Release. What are you waiting for? Fly fingers, fly!

We can't bring our new aprons home without asking you to enter a name! It's the ST tradition to select the product name from community submissions. We have three aprons in need of names. The winners of the individual naming contests will receive a 50% off coupon for use on one purchase in our shop.

And, from those winners, we will select one Winner for the grand prize: a free Daphne apron!
We will announce all of the winners on Friday November 23rd.

First up is "Sandy's Beach". The launch name was sheer coincidence - certainly not the hurricane's namesake! Although, we are happy to report that our sales have been of hurricane force lately.

The next naming contest will happen tomorrow... stay tuned!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fantabulous Friday: Holiday Cookie Swaps!



I'm still not sure how it has happened that there are less than two weeks until Thanksgiving! Once December comes, it seems that it is just a sprint to Christmas, right? Nontheless, I love this time of year. I adore cold weather and turtleneck sweaters, boots and snowflakes, and just about everything that comes along with it all. 


I have such fond memories of holidays with my family growing up. One of my favorite things, from when I was elementary age, is when my mother would attend cookie swaps! I don't know who organized them, or which friend hosted, but I do remember that she would bake about a zillion cookies. For real. I think she had to bring about 20 plates of a dozen or so cookies each, and then they'd all get together somewhere, and later, come home with 20 plates of all different cookies. My nine-year old self thought this was the most amazing thing ever. I know that Santa must have loved it too- so many options for him to choose from when he stopped at our house Christmas Eve! 


A few years ago, a friend and I decided to organize our own cookie swap, and it's been one of my favorite traditions since then. Of course, most of us don't have children yet, and the few who do, they are very young and don't need a lot of cookies, so we cut down the requirements, and asked people to just bring a dozen or so cookies instead! We let people know about the party via evite, and each year, we've written a little poem! 

This year's poem---




It's time again for a cookie swap!
It's such a fun tradition that we definitely won't stop!

Lots of snacks and cider to drink-
We'll surely have that, in glasses to clink!

Please bring yourself and an ornament for the tree.
We'll swap these too- something new and lovely to see!

It's good friends and fun that make these days brighter
so let's hope the cookies don't make our pants tighter!


Hope to see you as these days get cold

It's fun to celebrate with good friends new and old!



I should have been a poet, eh? :)  


This year, I added a new element, by asking people to bring an ornament to swap too. I thought that would be a great new bit of fun. We have lots of snacks, there is Christmas music playing in the background, and our Christmas tree is up and decorated! 


Most importantly, the cookies are amazing. 


See for yourself! 


2011


2009


I am not sure why I have no photos from 2010. Hmmmm. 


This year's cookie swap is scheduled for December 8, and I can't wait! 

My friend Christine, who came up with this idea with me in 2009, will be here! She was married two years ago, and moved to New York, and couldn't attend last year, but she will be here for this swap, and I couldn't be more excited to see her - and her baby bump - she's expecting a baby in February! Hooray! Babies! 


I'm so grateful to have such good friends, and I love that they enjoy this new tradition as much as I do! I hope that this will be a long-standing thing that friends do each year. It's so important to take time to come together and celebrate, especially when things get so busy. 


What are your favorite holiday traditions? 



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bringing Business Home

Thanks to Christina for guest-blogging today! Christina is one of our very first home business partners! You can learn more about this opportunity to partner with Scarlet Threads to earn a little extra cash or to raise money for your adoption or mission trip, but only after you read about her experience.  (And believe me, you wanna read... because there's a Thrifty Thursday special hidden down at the bottom.)
 

One evening while aimlessly thumbing through FaceBook posts, something caught my eye…. it was a link to Scarlet Threads' adoption fundraising site. After reading the first few lines, I was determined to become part of this amazing mission even if it was just to spread the word about it. Finally! The sale of products that are based on core values that I could really stand behind: profit-sharing, fair trade….not to mention the products were ever so charming!

So, I took the not so difficult leap and emailed Carrie. She made the process so easy. I ordered my first wholesale kit, which was a mixture of colorfully chic aprons. I anxiously awaited their arrival. But I began wondering if I really had what it took to sell the products and foster enough interest to keep the Scarlet Threads mission going. After all, its not just about the sale of the products, its about adequately telling the story of Scarlet Threads so that people feel invested…. invested in helping Huan Mei and her family, and all the other women whose talents need to be showcased in a fair trade way.

The aprons arrived! I was so excited! I quickly made a flyer featuring the aprons I had received along with a brief explanation of Scarlet Threads mission and values…. emailed the flyer to a few friends, and well I had sold all of the aprons within two days! I began receiving responses from multiple friends and family members commenting on the beauty of purchasing from a company with such an admirable mission. Within days I was making my second order…. each day I have more emails and calls from friends who are interested in earrings, totes, ornaments. I am so excited to be helping in a small way…. and I am making a small profit as well. What a better way to earn a little extra cash than to help seamstresses and artists who may not otherwise get to showcase their products in a fair way.

I am not sure what my next step will be in this mission, but I am really enjoying it thus far. I look forward to my continued, albeit small partnership with Scarlet Threads.

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We're looking forward to our continued partnership with you, too, Christina!  And we don't think it is all that small, actually.  Each product you sell is connected to the woman who made it... and for her, that's no small matter.  And what if we had 10 women just like you who decided to earn a little extra cash this way?  What if it were 100?  Suddenly you wouldn't be part of a small partnership; you'd be our biggest wholesale customer. 

And we'd be well on our way to changing the world.

Interested in getting involved this way?  E-mail carrie@scarletthreads.org and chat with her!  Since it is Thrifty Thursday, mention this blog post to her and you'll get free shipping on your first kit!  We started this as a fundraising program for people adopting, but we're open to you partnering with us if you're just looking for a small home-based business opportunity or to raise funds for your favorite charity or whatever! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

(Not Quite) Wordless Wednesday: Thankful Tree


This is my family's Thankful Tree.  I love that we have a season that encourages us to refocus our energies on being grateful for every good thing in our life.  So besides, family and friends, what are you thankful for this season? 

For me, I have a new appreciation for American Football.  It's my favorite sport, and I normally spend August to February watching several games per week.  Here in Indonesia, we might get one game per week and normally featuring some random teams, but I'll take what I can get! 

Oh, and I'm thankful for Dr Pepper - my last one being 3 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago, and it'll probably be about 8 more months until I get another one . . . but who's counting, right?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas

I tend to be a creature of habit, especially when it comes to the grocery store.  I unfortunately don't have the luxury of meandering around the grocery store anymore (and yes, anyone with young children knows that that is a luxury), so I normally grab the same old things and get out.  Of course, this leads to monotonous meals week after week - which I hate because I really do love to cook. 

So one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world, is when I am checking out a new recipe that looks good, and what do you know, I have all the ingredients in my pantry!  This is triply exciting considering the scavenger hunt I go through to get western foods here.  For more on that check out this post

I also love finding recipes in somewhat unexpected places; this was the case when I came across today's Tasty Tuesday, which I found on the label of a Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup can.
Here is the recipe from the company website. 

What You'll Need

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
6 flour tortillas (6-inch), warmed
1 small tomato, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 green onion, sliced (about 2 tablespoons)  
 
How to Make It 
  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Stir the soup, sour cream, picante sauce and chili powder in a medium bowl. Stir 1 cup soup mixture, chicken and cheese in a large bowl.
  • Divide the chicken mixture among the tortillas. Roll up the tortillas and place seam-side down in an 11 x 8 x 2-inch baking dish. Pour the remaining soup mixture over the filled tortillas. Cover the baking dish.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the enchiladas are hot and bubbling. Top with the tomato and onion. 
 I have to say that I was super, pleasantly surprised at how good these are.  I tend to be a mega-spicy wuss, so I cut the Picante to half a cup, but my husband likes to get up from the table red-faced, sweat dripping down his brow with clear sinuses, so for him, I put red pepper flakes in the mixture inside the enchilada then poured the other half cup of Picante onto his side of the dish.  I marked the spicy ones with toothpicks.

You can see the outcome here! (Again, please excuse my lack of photo-taking skills)
  Try them out and let me know what you think!
Cheers!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Montage: The Holiday Edition

 
 
I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time accepting that November is already here! The next several weeks will just fly by, I know it. My sister is getting married Thanksgiving weekend, and right after that, it's December, and then bam, holidays. Just this morning I sent out invitations for my 4th Annual Holiday Cookie Swap, a fun tradition that a friend and I began a few years ago!
 
 
I try to start with holiday shopping early, but it never fails that I wait until mid-December to really get going. With this year being so crazy, I will try to get a good handle on things early. I like to do a lot of local buying, and I love buying handmade. One of my best go-to places is etsy. You can really find something for everyone on your list on etsy. Today, I thought I'd share a few of my recent favorite items I've seen on etsy.
 
 
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I am IN LOVE with this bubble necklace! It isn't the more traditional bubble necklace- you know, the ones that have been everywhere lately. I love the odd shapes and various colors. This could be great with a white button down and jeans, or more dresses up for a night out!
 


How sweet is this fruit bowl? It has a bit of a Scandinavian vibe to it, and would give a nice punch of color to any kitchen. Maybe all red apples, or all yellow bananas for more of a monochrome look? Or a mix, like as shown? I love fruit bowls...how about you?  


 
 
I actually purchased this print several months ago! I adore it. I saw it on someone's blog and knew that I needed it. I'm a big tea drinker, and it was just perfect. I am still in need of a frame, but I think it will be just darling in my kitchen! Or, my sewing room. Hmmmm.

 
 
How fun are these little wallets? They have so many different cities you can choose from. I found they had my boyfriend's hometown, so I bought him one last year as a little stocking stuffer.
 
 



The House That Built Me cuff bracelet. This will show the longitude and latitude of any cities- where you were born, grew up, married, etc. This is such a lovely idea. I'd like one for me, but I can't decide which cities to use though- hometown, college town and current town? Or Luxembourg City and Krakow, two cities where I studied abroad? It could be a nice gift for a new mother- use the coordinates for the city her baby was born in? Where they were married and now live? Regardless, these are perfect. Love it.


 
These leg warmers look like the coziest things I have ever seen! You could wear them under boots, with the cute lace poking out the top, or over leggings, with a slouchy sweater when lounging around the house! So sweet looking, and they come in several colors!
 

 
 
As I mentioned before, I am an avid tea drinker, and I LOVE the idea of these teacup cuff bracelets! I have no idea how they're made, but they are made from actual teacups! I know several people that would love to find one of these in their Christmas stockings.
 



A customized rubber address stamp! This would be a perfect gift for newlyweds. Perhaps I should order one for my sister and her soon-to-be husband??? You can choose the state they live in, and in their case, it's Massachusetts! I love these. I write a lot of letters and send a lot of cards, and buying address labels can get expensive, so a stamp is a great alternative to that.

 
 
 
 
Also remember that our shop has lots of great ideas for gifts for the ones you love! Our new wired hearts collection makes for perfect stocking stuffers!
 
 
 
What about you? Have you started with your holiday shopping yet?