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.


Matthew Mead Holiday.

Matthew Mead’s holiday style guide is up and running with some great ideas and finds for the season.

Lots of great downloads are available as usual, but my favorite has to be the date book covers. You know, for those little pocket calendars you can pick up for a dollar with puppies and horses on the cover? Well, with MM’s download you just print it out and pop it into place in the plastic cover. All of a sudden cheap and kitschy turns into chic and trendy.


Round Up: Advent Calendars.

Advent calendars are about to be brought out tomorrow for the Official Countdown to commence. Growing up I had one every single year. It was always different, but always hung on the same closet door, gradually being raised higher and higher up each year as I grew. Coming downstairs to head off to school in the mornings was always made a little better during the holidays because of its presence.

My advent calendars were only ever the kind where you popped open a door to reveal some piece of the bigger picture, but these days there’s so much more out there. Some are up for grabs, some are projects in themselves, one is even a 12 Days of Christmas Countdown. But all are some of my favorites that I’ve come across this season.

Advent in a Box

Advent Calendar Box

Perpetual Advent Calendar

Greeting Card Advent Calendar

Paper Advent Box

12 Days of Christmas Countdown Calendar


Acrylic Tree.

I’m sort of loving this acrylic tree for the holidays by designer Aaron R. Thomas. I think the almost invisible acrylic would really make your ornaments *pop*. The silver balls they use sort of blend in to me and it seems color would make all the difference in the world. There’s a three foot and six foot version of the tree, but they are limited editions, so if you’re thinking of snatching one up for the holidays better do it fast!


Modern Paper Ornaments.

These modern paper ornaments from Design*Sponge’s DIY Wednesday remind me of a grown-up version of a kids’ craft project. They look like so much fun to make – imagine all the color and pattern combinations you could come up with. I’d love to see them suspended from a light fixture.