The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun! I’m still doing some last-minute menu planning (brussels sprouts with bacon or green beans with lemon and garlic?), but I think everything’s settled on the table and decor front. Or, I thought it was until I came across this French Paper Wreath featuring a Thanksgiving turkey.
Drat! This would have been perfect to hang in the dining room where we’ll be feasting. Seasonal, but not too predictable. Traditional, but not too stuffy. And book lovers need not worry. The seller says the pages only come from old books with broken spines. Oh well. I’ll have to order it for next year, and give thanks for Pinterest and Etsy in the meantime.
I don’t know what it is about that one extra day, but I just can’t sit still on a long weekend, especially Labor Day weekend. A road trip or a home improvement task or craft project that I would never consider squeezing into a normal two-day weekend now seems totally doable. This weekend my boyfriend and I are packing up the car and taking one last summer-style road trip to D.C. to visit some friends. With that being said, I’m dubbing myself an official Holiday Road Trip Warrior. (I’m really liking that road map pendant light. A lot. Perhaps I could multitask, boyfriend drives while I craft…)
All from Etsy: 1. Vintage Motel Print :: RetroRoadsidePhoto 2. Letterpress Poster :: happydeliveries 3. Retro Car Print :: elgarboart 4. Heart Strings Mobile :: MaisyandAlice 5. Vintage Felt Tourist Pendants :: ScoutsHandmade 6. Artichoke Road Map Pendant Light :: Zipper8Lighting 7. Suitcases Print :: chelebert12 8. Viewfinder Print :: loftgirl 9. Camper Van Pillow :: helenacarrington
Are you hitting the dusty trail, too? Or will you be a Holiday Weekend Warrior this Labor Day? What’s on your handmade craft, repurposing or home improvement to-do list?
We can’t wait to hear about your Labor Day plans.
Tell us all about them in the comments below.
I love it when I spot objects that seem to embody two or more trends at once to make something that feels entirely fresh. Like this illustrated paper feather garland from kayeblegvad for one.
Garland’s been making a comeback in decorating and entertaining spaces, plus it has that trendy avian influence without going into full-on “put a bird on it” mode. It’s a natural to hang outside for a boho balcony or deck, but I also think this would fly over a mantel.
Hot enough for ya? We’re being smothered by a heat wave here in New York, and since I can’t take the heat, I’ve gotten out of the kitchen, literally. (There’s no way I’m slaving over a hot stove today!) Something light and juicy like fruit salad sounds perfect, and I’ve found just the bowl for it.
Vegatabowls are slip-cast earthenware bowls molded from real fruit. The Cantaloupe Bowl looks so lifelike, guests may think you scooped out the melon yourself. And if it’s still scorching at lunchtime, Vegatabowls also has the perfect vessel for some refreshing gazpacho. Too cool.
I’ve always considered myself a good gift-giver, but I’ve been going to a lot of baby showers lately, and I’m forced to contend with the reality that I have no idea what to get for new parents. I’m all, Do I go practical? These strollers cost as much as my rent! Maybe a toy. That’s not a choking hazard, is it? I could get them a cute onesie…but they don’t know the sex yet. These are all pink or blue. WHY CAN’T I JUST FIND A CUTE UNISEX ONESIE?! until my brain essplodes. That’s what makes this Floating in the Clouds 3D Wall Art by Gosh & Golly so attractive. (Well, that, and the fact that it’s adorable.)
It’s cheery, totally gender-neutral, would look precious over a crib, and since it’s made to order, the hot air balloons can be customized with different colors and patterns. Gosh & Golly also makes whimsical mobiles, just in case you sense that the parents-to-be wouldn’t go for sticking things on the wall. (But here’s hoping they’ll set up a registry and let you know what they want in the first place!)
As we gather with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s independence, let three of our favorite red, white and blue Etsy “treasury” finds inspire your 4th of July patriotism.
Etsy Seller sugarandflour :: Star Bangled Sugar Cookies
Etsy Seller usedandabused :: Red, White and Blue Mason Jars
Etsy Seller SweetSpotStampShop :: Statue of Liberty Hand Carved Rubber Stamp
What makes the 4th of July special for you? Homemade apple pie? A plethora of American flags? Or simply watching fireworks with your family? We’d love to know!
Tell us in the comment area below. And have a happy and safe holiday!
Desserts come in all sorts of fancy shapes and sizes, but are any as belly-pleasing or as smile-inducing as the simple ice cream cone?
At your next backyard bash, why not dress up this all-time favorite with fancy cone sleeves like these from Etsy seller RefreshMyHeart. Even plain vanilla (a favorite in our household) is turned into a visual delight with these graphic designs wrapped around the cone.
Is one of your rooms in desperate need of an accessories makeover? Say goodbye to naked walls, empty shelves and outdated decor by uploading pictures or videos of your accessory-starved space for the chance to win up to $500 in brand new home decor from Etsy.com. And this month, designer Claire Watkins is going to make over one lucky person’s room from the entries received. So don’t wait any longer! Show HGTV just how much your space needs a helping hand and you could win.
Now, back to the question. What home accessories would you buy with $500? Personally, my living room is feeling a little tired, so here are my top five accessory picks/needs. Share yours, too!
Kayla’s Living Room Accessory Wish List:
1. A sleek and stylish area rug to make the living room feel more cozy
2. Matching frames and new artwork to give my photo wall a more balanced and cohesive look
3. Brand new accent and throw pillows that haven’t lost their form
4. An eye-catching floor lamp to illuminate the entire room
5. Antique and vintage knickknacks to liven up my bookshelves
Remember, upload pictures or videos of your accessory-starved space for the chance to win up to $500 in home decor from Etsy.com.
What cool dad didn’t have a moustache or beard back in the day? (Unless your dad was of the G-Men or Buddy Holly glasses era.) Some of the best (and most hilarious) pictures of my father involve bell-bottoms, retro, floral button-downs and a killer moustache to top it off. He said sayonara to his groovy ‘stache once I arrived into the world, and a scratchy, “Pat the Bunny“-type beard became his face’s newest addition. Once a thing of the past, moustaches and beards have made a triumphant and glorious return. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we have some moustache-proud handmade/craft gift ideas Dad will love. Whether he sports a Tom Selleck stache or something a little more like Salvador Dali, let him know he and his facial hair (past or current) are appreciated.
Etsy.com: Keep Calm Print; Antique Plaque; Cross-Stitch Cufflinks
Don’t these mason jar luminaries make you want to have a warm weather evening soirée?
The vintage jars are made into hanging lanterns by Etsy user TreasureAgain and come in either add-your-own-candle or solar light styles. I love the soft glow of the light bouncing off the thick glass.