Buy or DIY: Stockings

What kind of stockings did you grow up with as a kid? Mine was the red felt kind that you can still buy literally anywhere, with my name written on the white part in glitter. I loved it and it still hangs at my Mom’s house every Christmas! Stockings are my favorite part of gift opening, so I thought it apt to do a Buy or DIY post dedicated to this very special holiday tradition.


































Alphabuild Magnetic Blocks


Alphabuild consists of twenty large magnetic pieces that can help kids practice problem solving skills by matching the pieces to build familiar objects or imaginative shapes. Perfect for practicing capital letters, this is one toy you probably wouldn’t mind laying around the house.





44 Halloweeny Things

Apple Cider Crullers // Black Branch Wreath // Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Apples // DIY Colorful Halloween Wreath


Death Eater Negroni Cocktail // DIY Boo Halloween Treat Bags // DIY Eames Print Pumpkins // DIY Modern Painted Pumpkins


DIY Gold Botanical Pattern Pumpkins // DIY Pastel Pumpkin Faces // DIY Witch Silhouette Decor // Skull Ring


Gilded Insect Cookies // Glass Orb with Brass Base // Sugar Skull Plates // Marie Coupe Smoke Grey Cocktail Glass


DIY Miniature Haunted Houses // Moon Garland // Palmistry Brooch // Red Velvet Skeleton Cake


Gold Skull Figurine // Spooky Black-and-White Russian Cocktails // The Eel Charmer Cocktail // Carved Wood Raven


Apple Spice + Bourbon Flip Cocktail // Dark Purple Edison Bulb String Lights // DIY Black Flower Halloween Wreath // Black Widow Berry Cocktail


DIY Concrete Pumpkins // DIY Monster Pinatas // DIY Jade Pumpkins // DIY Paper Bag Portrait Luminaries


DIY Sassy Trick or Treat Bags // Easy Pumpkin Bread Rolls // Eyeball Orbs // Gilded Skeleton Canister


Brushed Gold Skull Punch Bowl // Lantern Candle Holder // Melting Monster Halloween Punch (Non-Alcoholic) // Monster Eye-Scream Cookies


DIY Painted Party Pumpkins // Pomegranate + Blackberry Lemon Drop Cocktail // Sketched Skull Plates // Slow-Cooker Spiked Mulled Cider


Tsumiki Stacking Blocks


Tsumiki Stacking Blocks are essentially Japan’s super sleek answer to Legos. Structurally a triangle is the strongest geometric shape, and architect Kengo Kuma has turned it into a playful and interactive building set. Each piece is crafted with Japanese cedar with notches cut into the tip of each block that allow them to be stacked. These blocks may be made for kids, but I’d happily use them too!




5,000 Colors Puzzle


Feel like driving yourself a little batty, or maybe keeping the kids busy for a few days this summer? Check out Clemens Habicht’s 5,000 Colors Puzzle. Five-thousand puzzle pieces join forces to create one 6 1/2 by 2 1/2 foot color gamut. And yes, I totally want it.







Occasionally a toy is as much fun for an adult as it is a child – check out KUUM. It’s a collection of 202 building blocks crafted from beech wood that come in beautifully arranged units of 12 pieces. Each unit represents 12 elements (soil, fire, flower, tree, mountain, sea, ice, stone, earth, moon, sun, and sand) and each unique piece represents a small fragment of nature. KUUM block units can be broken down into 36 unique shapes and colors – some fit snugly while others are more unstable. Their appealing colors and shapes will instantly inspire you to start building