Candle Lanterns.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is placing candle lanterns up the front walkway of my grandmother’s house every Christmas Eve at sunset. The bonus of this set from Cox & Cox is that they’re not flammable, which I’ve found to be very important upon waking to the charred remains of paper bags after a windy night.


HD in 3D.

HD is Hester Designs, the design shop where I work. And 3D is our holiday card this year which extends to a specially designed 3D web site. No worries, if you don’t own 3D glasses you can request a pair from the site and we’ll send them your way. Cheers!


Round Up: Holiday GIft Tags.

Besides the actual buying of gifts my favorite part of getting prepared for the holidays isn’t wrapping paper or bows. It’s not even the cards in the mail. It’s gift tags. I can’t get enough of them and this year is no exception. Here’s a round up of my favorites from around the web-o-sphere this season.

Happy Holidays tags from Pictures of Lily

Holiday Gocco gift tags by things are better with a parrot

Partridge gift tags by Sycamore Street Press

Graphic number gift tags by Sugarcube Design

Joy tags from Jane Says


Wish Ornament.

An ornament with a purpose. Write your wish on one of the strips of included paper and put it between the magnetic halves of the wish ornament. Inside it contains the message “Wishes do come true.” I’d look forward to using this year after year.

:: via black*eiffel


Round Up: Christmas Cards.

I’m pumped because even though we’ve been in the throws of an ice storm for more than 24 hours my holiday cards are sitting the mailbox awaiting pick-up. Woohoo! There were so many beautiful designs out this season that I wanted to share some of my favorites.


Bella Umbrellas.

I can’t decide whether to love or hate these Bella umbrellas. They’re child-size paper parasols planted in flower pots, taped open a bit, and illuminated from the inside with a cluster of battery-powered lights. The toppers are created out of some accordion-folded mylar. I think in the right setting they could really work, but not in my house. Still, an interesting twist on something unrecognizable when you first take a look, which is what I really appreciate about them.