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{Collecting Rainbows} House Salt & Pepper Shakers


Little houses always draw me in. I don’t know if it’s because I was always trying to find someone to play monopoly with as a kid or just because they’re cute. I love these little house salt and pepper shakers ($8) because they’re colorful and make a small street when lined up! Very cute for a christmas or hostess gift!

What color of the rainbow would you choose?


{Lust List} For Him

“Open Bottle Here” Bottle Opener ($12) | Cloth Charging Cable ($16) | Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb ($75) | Stanley Flask ($22) | Harp Tool ($36) | Flash Drive Cuff Links ($200) | Winter Plaid Scarf ($30) | Bull Catchall ($50) | Nail Ring ($24) | Guitar Pick Punch ($30)

Since everyone is starting their holiday shopping, I thought it’d be fun to do Lust List holiday gift guides through the end of the year. Each Lust List will be dedicated to a person. Hopefully you’ll find something that fits onto your list this year! Today it’s all about him (one of the hardest people to shop for!) whether it be your husband, boyfriend, dad, or brother. Perhaps one of these goodies will fit him perfectly.

Who’s on your shopping list?

DIY Paper Party Vintage

{Color Palette} Box Full Of Surprises

Photo by Lobster And Swan via Oh, Hello Friend

I’ve always been a fan of little surprises. I love making small things and leaving them on people’s doorsteps or desks. This picture has me itching to make something beautiful. Plus, you can get vintage ribbon in my shop to package them oh so pretty!

Do you like making little surprise packages?

Color Home Decor

{Collecting Rainbows} Colored Glass Tealight Holders


When I used to be a traveling consultant, one thing I looked forward to every weekend when I made it back to my LA apartment was a long soak in my oversized tub with bubbles and salt. (Yes, it was totally one of those chick flick movie scenes.) I set up all these little colorful tea lights, some relaxing music, and a good book. It was sootheing on my eyes and muscles and I felt so rejuvenated afterwards.


I thought about how sweet these colored glass tealight holders from West Elm would be set up all over the bathroom for a relaxing moment to yourself. They can even be monogramed just for you or a friend as a gift.


Don’t forget to take some time out for yourself to recalibrate after the busy holiday season!


I love their variety of muted colors because they are perfectly calming. Pair these up with a vial of bubble bath or epsom salts for a lovely night to yourself.


What color of the rainbow would you choose?


DIY Food Paper Printables

{Freebie Friday} Bakery Bags

Every year, I make a really over the top holiday box with themed packaging and coordinating homemade edibles inside for a lot of friends, family, and coworkers. Last year was Yule Log themed complete with cheddar twigs, foraged spiced nuts, maple sap fudge, coconut jam bird’s nests, and the like. The previous year was Winter Forest and the year before that was Vintage Inspired. Usually I begin the planning in September for all my supplies, ingredients, recipe testing, and design.

I’m really pushing the clock this year! I’m about 3/4 of the way done with the design and theme and now I have to work on the rest! The pressure is on. I debated whether or not to carry through with it this year, but the theme has me so excited that I’m pushing forward. We’ll see what happens!

I thought it might be fun to share bakery bags for you to wrap up your own goodies that you’re gifting. I’ve always loved the look of gingerbread houses and have yet to make one of my own. How cute would it be to give someone a cookie in a sweet little gingerbread house bag. I have several designs for you to choose from, so hopefully you’ll find one to your liking!


  • Template
  • Printer
  • Copy paper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Optional:Scoring tool, seal or sticker or washi tape


  1. Click on desired template to open.
  2. Print template on copy paper.
  3. Cut out template on solid lines.
  4. Fold or score on dotted lines.
  5. Apply adhesive to gray area labelled “GLUE” and to the bottom flap.
  6. Press flaps together and the bottom flap up to form bag.
  7. Insert your goody and fold the top over so the “roof” on the template is on top of the house.
  8. Seal with a sticker or washi tape and gift!













This week we’ve:

Do you have a signature holiday food you like to make and give?

DIY Nature Photography Portland Sweets

{Weekend Recap} Lavender Festival, Sauvie Island, and Christmas In July

This weekend whizzed by. I spent a lot of the weekend watching rom-com’s as I crafted for Potter + Butler’s Christmas in July. So, as the rules state, I’m making a gift for my exchange partner & one for spontaneous gift giving. I’ll share the one for my partner here and since my random gift will be to someone that may read this blog, I’ll post the results of that later. I visited my recipient’s blog and discovered that she has a thing for pink, so I tried to make the package match that theme.

Clock made with cork, paint, and a vintage plastic doily:

Crepe paper gift toppers with adhesive backing to instantly spruce up gifts & pink chocolate gummies & candy:

The rest of the weekend, I spent relaxing at the Blue Heron Herbary on Sauvie Island, which was part of the Lavender Festival Tour this weekend in Portland. We kicked back with lavender lemonade and I brought home a huge bunch to make some of my own. Maybe even into a soda. I’m sure I’ll share the results!

How was your weekend? Do you like lavender?

DIY Home Decor Party

Guest Post for DIY Home Sweet Home Bunting

I’m really excited to be guest posting at Isavirtue today for her Monday Mail Art feature!


I’m teaching ya’ll how to make and send some lovely bunting! Go check it out here.

If you don’t have a cutting tool, this project would also work great with our last Freebie Friday. Just print out the color of letters you want, cut them out, and mount them on the bunting flags like I show in the post!

I hope you enjoy the DIY!