If you saw my Holly Jolly Home Tour last week, you saw these trees as part of my mantel decor. I diy’d these trees, and let me tell you, these were seriously one of the easiest diys ever! Want to see how I did it?
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful!
It’s a bit blustery outside this evening! Won’t you come in, warm up, and enjoy a jolly little tour of my home? I’m just getting started with my Christmas preparations, but I’d love if you’d join me for a while!
I met Rachel, the creative hand behind Dear Wilde Handmade, several months ago through a mutual bloggy friend. We immediately hit it off, given our shared interests in blogging, crafting, and love of literature. Rachel and I recently became pen pals; we both loved the idea of reviving the dying art of sending letters, and the extra bit of effort that goes into sitting down and writing with the purpose to share.
When I married Tom, I didn’t realize I was marrying into a family that took their Christmas tree selection so seriously. But they do, and it’s awesome. It’s become quite a nice December weekend tradition, complete with cookies, hot cocoa, and lots of laughs as we hunt for our perfect trees.
I grew up with a (very realistic) artificial tree, so I’ve been on a bit of a learning curve. My mother-in-law has a very good eye for choosing trees, so I’ve been learning from the best. I’ve picked up some helpful tips over the past 6 Christmases, and thought I’d share them with you!
Hello friends! I just wanted to pop in and remind you that today is Small Business Saturday, and to encourage you to get out and support the local shops, restaurants, cafes, and independent business owners you love.
I’m making a very concerted effort this year to only do my holiday shopping through local businesses and my favorite independent artists (both locally and through their online shops). I’ve always had a deep admiration for those who throw caution to the wind and pursue their passions, whether it be creating beautiful art, or opening the coffee shop of their dreams.
This is the main reason I became an Umbassador for Umba—so I could share the passions and talents of artisans and craftsmen with everyone I know.
And Umba’s helping everyone get into the gifting spirit by offering special savings on some of of our seasonal favorites. Today through December 2nd, you can not only discover beautiful handmade items, you can save on them, too! We’re offering 15% off on our favorite hand-knit cozies, like scarves, hats, and arm warmers. These make wonderful gifts for your mom, sister, cousin, aunt, BFF and, really anyone on your list!
Head over to Umba, stuff your stocking (err, shopping cart), and enter code GETCOZY at checkout to save 15%! Plus, Umba offers flat rate shipping, so you’ll get your whole order shipped for just $6.95!
Disclosure: As an Umbassador, I do earn a 20% commission on all purchases made through umba.com/emilykennedy. I am very passionate about supporting the handmade community, and all opinions expressed here are my own. I wouldn’t share a product, artist or brand I don’t believe in.
Just wanted to pop in and wish all my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving!
We’ll be spending the day with family and plenty of good food! And of course, thinking of all the blessings we have to be thankful for this year.
I also have an exciting announcement: Save the Date! Next week I’ll be participating in a spectacular Christmas Tour of Homes with 23 other bloggers. I’m getting my halls decked as we speak! And I can’t wait to show you how I’m sprucing up my spaces for the holidays.
If you’ve been around here for a while (well, a year to be exact), you know that I go nuts for a local semi-annual indie craft show called Crafty Supermarket. I went to my first Crafty Supermarket last November, hit up the spring show in April, and couldn’t wait for the Fall 2013 date to get here. It’s like Christmas… booths full of handmade items, manned by their amazing creators. And coffee, there’s always good coffee.
Christmas came this past weekend! And? It was the biggest. Crafty Supermarket. Ever.
88 vendors from 13 states, and a larger venue (Cincinnati’s inimitable Music Hall).
It was heavenly.
Folks, drumroll please. Drumroll.
[insert scene from Christmas Vacation here]
I just realized that it’s November 19th (ummm, what??), and I haven’t shared my Umba Box goodies with you yet!