Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12 Gift Ideas for Teen Girls - Etsy Gift Guide

1/ Knit Cat Beanie via Slouchy Beanie     2/ Peacock Feather ring via Ruth Reizin    3/ Trees and Stars SHoulder Bag via Jenna Rose    4/ Owl Necklace via Ruth Reizin    5/ Peter Pan Collar via Blum Art   6/ Gold Temporary Bracelet Tattoos via Shine On Tattoos 

Full disclosure: I stole my teen daughters Christmas list for you. It's all in the name of saving your sanity. 

This my friends, is the Etsy version of a 13 year old girls wish list. 

...and yes that peter pan collar is supposed to be here. It's back in style. This time around it isn't laura ashley lace. Do you remember that?!

Spot the trends.... well, my observed trends in the school yard.

Bethany Mota style ie: the cat hat above. She is the teen/tween girls blogging vlogging star du jour. She dishes out advice on fashion, room decor and crafty goodness. She is why every tween girl you see is wearing a hair bow. Please don't bring back the banana clip.

Peter Pan collars, Owls, Jewelry tattoos, Boho, Cacti, Arrows, some others ... Doc Martens, fringed purses

7/ Knit Cacti in Pot via Yeff Knits     8/ Arrows Wall Decal via The Lovely Wall     9/  Porcelain Glove Mold via Klinker   10/ Calligraphy Starter Kit via LineaCarta     11/ Velvet Pouffe via Rangila Rajastan    12/ Art Print via Love Sugar  

Etsy has amazing gift options for girls this age. There are so many cool vintage and handmade accessories, fun t-shirts, and great stuff for her bedroom like wall art, throw pillows. Over the years I've bought my daughter many gifts from Etsy and they are always so unique and special. 

PS. Another idea is to purchase an Etsy Gift Card and let her go shopping!

Have some gifting ideas you want to share. I'd love to hear them!

Happy Shopping :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Glitter, Gold and Rustic - Etsy Holiday Decor Finds

Some holiday decor items I'm loving over on Etsy right now. 

I try to stay away from holiday decor that is commercial looking and instead like to find pieces that I can use year round but still have a nod to the holiday season. All you need is to add a little glitter, some great metallics and some fresh greenery or something rustic but festive. 

Mixing vintage and modern keeps it interesting, don't you think?

These vintage inspired marquee signs are popping up all over Pinterest. There are loads of great DIY versions of this Etsy pick above. Here are a few versions that you might like to check out herehere and here.

Add art with holiday appeal that will look fresh all winter long such as the vintage print or the brass ornaments that you can display air plants. New linens like these gorgeous pillows (I'm obsessed with these pillows) add some holiday glam that will still hold when the tree comes down.

So there you go, a handful of Etsy finds for you to be inspired by or head over and check them out for yourself. (PS. Links to shop are below images.)

**There is a 20% off sale in my Etsy shop right now! The coupon code is HOLIDAY14SALE. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Holiday Wrapping Ideas - shades of white, vintage bits and scavenged finds

These are images from a shoot I did for Gathering's Magazine Winter White issue last year, which I didn't really share with you but I still love and find relevant today.

I like to collect materials for gift wrapping year round. Things to make your gift unique and without spending a ton of money.  So I invest in a few things I can utilize in different ways like Washi tape and twine.

Then I look for items around the house, at thrift shops and antique markets that can add a unique look and because I'm re-using materials are enviro-friendly too.

If you keep your eye out now you won't be under pressure and maybe you'll prevent having to buy as much newly made packaging.

Kraft paper, leftover fabric remnants, pages from old books make great gift wrap or can be made into pretty embellishments.

I save tissue paper, boxes, wrapping paper etc (if it's in good shape) from gifts we've recieved. It's not a big deal. Just smooth it out, fold it up and put it away until you can re-use it. It's not just being thrifty, it's also thinking green.

It's pretty easy to find ways to make your wrapping a little greener if you do a little advance planning and in my case, a little hoarding :)

If you visit thrift shops now you'll be able to pick up (if you're lucky) some vintage holiday ornaments. These make pretty adornments for gifts. 

Vintage book pages can be folded into pinwheels gift toppers and cut into little leaves. 

Use Washi tape to make your own gift tags.

I really like a monochromatic palette for gift wrap using a little old and a little new. 

A little planning well-ahead of wrapping day will make your life easier and your gifts more unique.

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