Printable Winter Nights Gift Wrap + Tags

 

This holiday we’ve teamed up with surface pattern designer Vivian Kvitka, aka the Good Viv, to bring you a gorgeously illustrated printable! Vivian created art full of wintery holiday windows, constellations, and stars that was turned into gift wrap and tags for you to print and cover your gifts with. The mustard and indigo lend themselves to all December holidays, whichever you celebrate, and can be used all winter long. The download includes colored as well as black and white versions of the gift tags, letter-sized sheets, and 11 x 17″ sheets. Enjoy!

Download Winter Nights Gift Wrap + Tags HERE

 

 

 

 

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Mega Christmas Cookie Roundup

I’m way behind on, well, everything this holiday season. (Very unlike me.) Next weekend I’ll need to cram in any and all baking I plan on doing before Christmas and I haven’t even chosen my recipes! Do you make the same ones every year or search out new? I’ve rounded up 48 cookie recipes that look irresistible for you to consider.

 

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1/ Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths   2/ Coffee and Cream Shortbreads   3/ Gingerbread Cranberry Linzer Cookies   4/ Llama Orange-Spice Cookies   5/ Thin and Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing   6/ Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies

 

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7/ Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees   8/ Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies   9/ Chocolate Gingerbread Petit Fours (GF)   10/ Sugar Cookie Bark   11/ Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread   12/ S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

 

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13/ Citrusy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Rosemary Salt (GF)   14/ Black and White Brownie Sandwich Cookies   15/ Chocolate Sugar Cutout Cookies   16/ Salted Caramel Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies   17/ Cinnamon Apple Pie Cookies   18/ Spicy Ginger Sandwich Cookies filled with Pumpkin Butter

 

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19/ Matcha Shortbread Men   20/ Swedish Chocolate Cookies   21/ Espresso Caramel Shortbread Bars   22/ Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting   23/ Eggnog Cookies   24/ Brown Butter Shortbread (GF + SF)

 

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25/ Coffee Sables   26/ Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies   27/ Lemon Olive Oil Cookies   28/ Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies   29/ Rhubarb Linzer Cookies   30/ Crispy Spicy Almond Rococo Italian Cookies

 

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31/ Brown Butter Sugar Cookies   32/ Split Second Red Jam Cookies   33/ Chocolate, Orange, and Almond Biscotti   34/ Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread   35/ Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling   36/ Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

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37/ Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies   38/ Chocolate Blackout Cookies   39/ Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies with Pecans + Orange   40/ Cardamom Linzer Cookies with Cinnamon Persimmon Jam   41/ Christmas Spice, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cookies   42/ Intense Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

 

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43/ Decorated Honey Gingerbread Cookies   44/ Mitten Cookies   45/ Festive Italian Pizzelle   46/ Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies   47/ Allsorts Sugar Cookies   48/ Orange Cranberry Cookies

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Holiday Flair to Buy or DIY

So, Christmas is just over two weeks away. TWO. WEEKS. Are you right on schedule? Because I am admittedly running behind. Normally all the gifts are bought by this point, but this year I still have two important ones to find. Earlier this week I finished putting up lights in the big front window of the house and pulling out a few more favorite decorations. If you’re still in decorating mode here thirty pieces of holiday flair to either buy or DIY!

 

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1/ Multi Coloured Berry Lights   2/ DIY Eucalyptus Christmas Wreath   3/ DIY Mini Wood Christmas Trees   4/ DIY Fresh Cranberry Chandelier   5/ Fluro Pink Tinsel   6/ DIY Hand-Dipped Bayberry Candles

 

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7/ Recycled Tire Christmas Tree Base   8/ DIY Mid-Century Inspired Wreath   9/ DIY Felt Ball Garland 10/ DIY Rosemary Wreath   11/ Metal Floral Wreath   12/ Pom Pom Garland

 

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13/ DIY Yarn Wreath   14/ DIY Origami Poinsettias   15/ DIY Pom-Pom Tree Topper   16/ DIY Marble Gift Labels   17/ DIY Life-Sized Folded Paper Christmas Tree   18/ DIY Paper Leaf Garland

 

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19/ Gold Foil-Dipped 3D Paper Tree Centerpieces   20/ DIY Paper Bottlebrush Trees   21/ DIY Oversized Paper Stockings   22/ DIY Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree   23/ DIY Ombre Paper Leaf Wreaths   24/ DIY Felt Garland

 

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25/ DIY Gingerbread Letter Garlands   26/ Spruce Plaid Stocking   27/ Chunky Hand-Knitted Christmas Stocking   28/ Stitched Linen Tree Skirt   29/ DIY No-Sew Christmas Tree Skirt   30/ DIY Magnolia Table Runner

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Alcoholidays 2016

As I write up this post it’s nearly 8pm and I’m sipping a beer. Between forgetting half of my grocery bags at the checkout today (only to realize it once I got home) and trying to finish up my holiday shopping, it’s just what this day called for. If you’ve been having one – or ten – of those days this December, enjoy perusing this carefully curated selection of 66 cocktails that are sure to aid you through the Alcoholidays.

 

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1/ Tart Cherry Red Wine Spritzer   2/ Merry Mai Tai Christmas Cocktail   3/ Pecan Pie Manhattan
4/ Rosemary Grapefruit Milk Punch   5/ Rosemary Infused Holiday Cocktail   6/ Cranberry Pear Moscow Mules

 

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7/ Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned   8/ The Whiskey Rose   9/ Meyer Lemon Margarita with Rosemary Simple Syrup   10/ Honeycrisp Old Fashioned   11/ The Cider Mill   12/ Gin Cocktail with Honey and Lemon Cordial

 

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13/ Mulled Apple Cider Punch   14/ White Wine, Clementine & Vanilla Cocktail   15/ White Chocolate + Bourbon Cocktail   16/ Spiced Pineapple Cocktail   17/ Pomegranate Manhattan   18/ Spiced Maple Manhattan

 

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19/ Grapefruit Whiskey Sour   20/ The Red Queen   21/ Balsam Gin Sparkler   22/ Blood Orange Bourbon Smash with Spicy Vanilla Sugar   23/ Cranberry Orange Margaritas   24/ Hot Cider with Apple-Cinnamon Bourbon

 

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25/ Sparkling Spiced Pear Cocktail   26/ Maple Bourbon Pear Martini   27/ Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate, and Figs   28/ Blood Orange & Pomegranate Thyme Spritz   29/ Apple, Pear, and Gin Cocktail   30/ Cranberry Chai Sangria

 

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31/ Sage Ginger Prosecco Cocktail   32/ Bourbon Grapefruit Cocktail   33/ Gingerbread White Russian
34/ Eggnog Colada   35/ Roasted Cranberry Maragaritas   36/ Ginger, Cardamom, and Rosemary Gin Cocktail

 

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37/ The Nutty Apple Martini   38/ Pomegranate Vanilla Bean Margaritas   39/ The North Pole Cocktail
40/ Hot Buttered Rum   41/ Winter Thyme & Key Lime Cocktail   42/ Blue Ridge Cocktail

 

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43/ Black Cherry Bourbon Cola Smash   44/ Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy   45/ Rosemary Ginger Margaritas   46/ Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky   47/ Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine   48/ Golden Bubbles Champagne Cocktail

 

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49/ Red Moon Over Manhattan   50/ Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour   51/ Red Wine Gin Sour
52/ Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic   53/ Kumquat Bourbon Sour   54/ Spiced Plum, Fig & Kombucha Cocktail

 

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55/ Whiskey + Maple Syrup Sours   56/ Meyer Lemon + Sage Sour   57/ Rose, Gin & Pink Peppercorn Cocktail   58/ Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz Cocktail   59/ 5-Spice Bourbon Punch   60/ Basil Fig Vodka Smash

 

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61/ Spiced Pomegranate Cocktail   62/ Indian Winter   63/ The Golden Ladder   64/ Honey Sweetened Blueberry Hot Toddy   65/ Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch   66/ Chai Tea Cocktail

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DIY Wooden Modern Bell Ornaments

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This holiday I’ve opted to keep things minimal, and from what I’ve seen online a lot of you are choosing to do the same. The living room has a simple live potted tree that’s about four feet tall, decorated with a handful of ornaments and lights. The rest of the first floor has a few decorations here and there – a poinsettia, a few wreaths, not too much. And my office has this little silver tree that’s followed me from my last design firm job over five years ago. Since I spend a good part of my days here it only makes sense for it to feel festive as I dig through my inbox and comb the internet.

 

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Inspired by the colors in my workspace and traditional wooden ornaments I came up with these modern bells. Covered in bright paint and fresh patterns, they’re a great match for the sparkle of the tiny tree.

Materials
• wooden cones with pre-drilled holes
• wooden balls with pre-drilled holes
• craft paints
• paintbrushes in various sizes
• jute twine

 

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This little project took me about an hour and was a great respite from what’s proving to be a hectic month. I sat down with a roll of paper towels and a cup full of water for cleaning my brushes and got to work with Christmas music playing in the background.

 

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Once all of my cones and balls were painted, patterned, and dry I cut roughly 14-inch lengths of jute twine. I doubled each up in length and tied off a loop about 1 1/2-inches long, then pushed the loose ends through the cone and ball, tying them off once pulled through with a knot or two. If the jute got hung up I just used a wood skewer to help it through.

And tada! An instantly festive artful tree.

 

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20 Ornaments to Buy or DIY

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1/ Celestial Iridescent Glass Ornament   2/ Leather Stag Ornament   3/ DIY Beaded Gift Toppers/Ornaments   4/ DIY Clay Pot Ornament   5/ DIY Glitter Dust Filled Ornament

 

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6/ Clear Glass Bubble Ornaments   7/ Crackled Globe Ornament   8/ DIY Marbled Tree Ornaments   9/ DIY Metallic Wooden Ball Ornaments   10/ DIY Pinanta Ornaments

 

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11/ Crystal Quartz Ornaments   12/ Gliding Swan Ornament   13/ DIY Recycled Sweater Ornament   14/ DIY Snowflake Pattern Ornament   15/ DIY Color Block Wood Ornaments

 

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16/ Handblown Metallic Glass Globe Ornament   17/ Monogram Glitter Ornament   18/ Porcelain Stamped Tree Ornaments   19/ Quadrilateral Glass Ornaments   20/ DIY Fabric Covered Tree Ornaments

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12 Edible Gifts to Make + Give

Your coworkers. The mail carrier. Your child’s teachers. Neighbors.

This list could easily be a mile long, it’s the one that names everyone who deserves a little something special this holiday season. And nothing says thank you for being amazing more than a homemade gift, bonus points if that gift is edible. Here are twelve recipes sure to put a smile on each and every one of those faces.

 

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Click on each image to go to the recipe.
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20 Super Rad Gifts

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1/ a black cast iron fondue set for your cousin who wants to borrow yours
2/ a set of four brew espresso cups for someone who can’t stop won’t stop
3/ a chic candle snuffer for your mom who always has one burning
4/ a ceramic flask for your uncle who loves the outdoors

 

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5/ a double ended highlighter set for the students in your life
6/ an Esym scent pod for your best friend’s stocking
7/ a pair of gold agate bookends for your aunt who’s a librarian
8/ a Juniper 37G knife for your friend who always has one in their pocket

 

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9/ a Lomo Instant Sanremo + 3 lenses for your dad who loves photography
10/ an overdue notecard set for your grandmother who still writes to her childhood friend
11/ a maple sugar cube for the sweet-tooth
12/ a set of four frosted stout beer glasses for your friend who loves craft beer

 

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13/ a One iOS lightning charger for the workaholic
14/ a SOMA glass water bottle for your super healthy aunt
15/ a Soundflex bluetooth speaker for your friend who bikes every weekend
16/ a standing pen for the one who’s forever asking to borrow one

 

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17/ a torq nutcraker for your grandfather who loves snacking on nuts by a fire
18/ an acrylic chess set for your best friend’s uber smart kiddo
19/ Wild Medicine soap & crystal for your boho pal
20/ a bottle of winter oil bath for the one who needs to slow down and relax

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Shop to Stop Diabetes

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It’s been awhile, but about two and a half years ago I shared with you that I’d been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This past May my numbers finally leveled out where they need to be which was fantastic news, and it felt like something to be celebrated because a lot of hard work and self-control went into getting there. Since that first day I’ve become well-versed in not only the disease but in the ways to support a cure. Hopefully the world will see one in my lifetime, and that hope is owed in no small part to the American Diabetes Association.

This holiday season I’m teaming up with the ADA and their Gift of Hope program, an annual holiday gift catalog whose funds go to support their mission to fund research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes. The program began in 1971 when several Minneapolis area parents of children with diabetes wanted to do something to fight back against the disease. They started selling holiday cards to raise money and since then the program has raised more than $26 million. No small feat!

There are lots of lovely gifts to choose from – I have my eye on this tote, a portable picnic blanket, this all-natural cookbook, and these plaid dish towels for the holidays. The Believe decoration above is getting wrapped up for my aunt who loves Christmas more than any other holiday!

This post sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Please consider shopping with Gift of Hope this holiday season. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart that affects me directly, thank you for supporting the brands that support Design Crush!

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Mega Holiday Card Roundup

The leftover turkey is gone, maybe the tree is up, are the holiday cards written out? I had the best intentions of writing mine out Saturday, but instead spent most of the day working (Whomp, whomp.) I love sitting down at the dining room table with a big selection and picking out the perfect one for each address on my list. Here are fifty holiday cards and makers worth a second glance, with a side note that I’ve only shared one from each so if you like what you see dive deeper!

 

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11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20

 

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21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30

 

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31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38 / 39 / 40

 

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41 / 42 / 43 / 44 / 45 / 46 / 47 / 48 / 49 / 50

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