Clover Robin

 

Illustrator Clover Robin clearly finds delight in all things botanical, a gal after my own heart. At first glance her work left me wondering whether it was drawn or collaged, and you know how I love it when I’m fooled by mediums! My walls are practically begging for a piece of her work to be hung upon them sometime soon.

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Mega Christmas Sweets Roundup

1/ Almond Buckwheat Chocolate Brittle
2/ Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
3/ Belgium Waffle Maple Fudge
4/ Caramel and Cardamom Kisses
5/ Cardamom Cake Mix Cookies with Saffron Sugar
6/ Caramel Apple Spice Thumbprints
7/ Cashew Filled Baklava Rolls
8/ Carrot Cake Cookies
9/ Chai Spiced Salted Caramel Macarons
10/ Cherry & Lime Macaroons

 

11/ Cherry Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
12/ Chocolate Flecked Slice and Bake Cookies
13/ Chocolate Graham Crackers (GF)
14/ Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies
15/ Chocolate Tahini Fudge
16/ Chocolate-Peanut Butter Marbled Biscotti
17/ Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies
18/ Cranberry and Almond Oatmeal Cookies
19/ Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies
20/ Cranberry Wafer Cookies

 

21/ Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies
22/ Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars
23/ Easy No-Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints
24/ Espresso Caramel Shortbread Bites
25/ Fluffy Vanilla Nougat
26/ Frosted Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
27/ Gingerbread and Honey Jumbles
28/ Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps
29/ Hazelnut & Caramel Cookies
30/ Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars

 

31/ Homemade Chocolate Bars
32/ Lemon Cranberry Biscotti
33/ Malted Hazelnut & Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
34/ Christmas Maple Sugar Cookies
35/ Matcha Oreos
36/ Lemon Shortbread Cookies
37/ Meyer Lemon Pizzelle
38/ Middle Eastern Millionaire’s Shortbread
39/ Nutter Butters
40/ Oatmeal Chewies

 

41/ Orange Chocolate Cantucci Biscuits
42/ Pecan Praline Cookies
43/ Pumpkin Ginger Sandwich Cookies
44/ Rosemary Chocolate Biscotti
45/ S’mores Bites
46/ Salted Caramel Cookies + Coffee Chocolate Drizzle
47/ Salted Dark Chocolate Chip and Roasted Pecan Cookies
48/ Peppermint Bark Cannoli
49/ Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
50/ Walnut Mushroom Cookies

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November Favorites

1/ 3 Pack of Assorted Mini Air Plants
After the sad little air plant (tillandsia) that never grew, but that I’d managed to keep alive for three years, kicked the bucket last month I picked up some new babies/victims. I also bought some for my Grandma as a Christmas gift because she’s another plant lover and had never heard of them! Now to keep those alive for at least a few weeks…

2/ 7 ft Pre-Lit Alberta Spruce Tree
I picked up this tree last year post-holiday season and love it! The lights are so bright that I don’t plan on using any lamps in my living room until I take it down in January, and the white branches create such a pretty canvas for all of my ornaments.

3/ House Bud Vase
If you haven’t checked out Target’s Hearth & Hand collection yet please do so, because it’s one of the best I’ve seen there in many years. Along with a few large vases and potholders, I picked up one of these house bud vases to add to my collection.

4/ Bombas Socks
I love a buy one/give one business model, so I couldn’t resist when Bombas asked me to check out their socks. My expectations weren’t all that high and I ended up being beyond impressed – no stretching out and no slouching down! Right now get 20% off using code COZY20, and returning customers can get 20% off any holiday product using FAVORITES20.

5/ IKEA 365+ Glasses
These short little glasses are perfect for so many things, though I uses them most frequently for wine. They’re safe for both hot and cold temperatures and can act as glasses or bowls, and for $3.99/6 pack you can’t beat ’em.

6/ Tatiana Loafers
Loafers are everywhere this autumn, and I couldn’t resist this burgundy suede pair. The first time I wore them I received so many compliments that I knew I’d made the right call. They’re also available in desert rose and metallic leather options. Right now ABLE is offering free shipping on all jewelry orders and all orders over $99.

7/ Case Study Planters
I’ve owned three of these for a few years now, but every time I water my plants I’m reminded of just how well-crafted and beautiful they are. The planters themselves are available in both black and white pottery while the plinths and stands have a light and dark wood option.

8/ Aera Diffuser
This is a new addition to my battle against having a home that smells like my pets. Since I started using it about two weeks ago my home has been smelling consistently good. Aera has an adjustable strength setting and is so quiet that I hardly notice it’s working. Oh, and it works with your smartphone!

9/ Trap Pitcher
You just can’t wrong with a simple glass pitcher. This one was a Black Friday purchase last year that I use for water, cocktails, and even as a vase. It’s just the right size – not too big and not too small – at about 9-inches tall.

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Daniela Gallego

 

Daniela Gallego is a Columbian illustrator with a wonderfully introspective, whimsical style. The washed out tones she favors convey all of those emotions even more deeply. Each piece makes me smile and immediately slip into the mindset of her subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mega Holiday Card Roundup 2017

1/ Season’s Greetings Wreath
2/ Holiday Stamps Foil Card
3/ Peace to the World Holiday Card
4/Mid-Century Modern Joy! Holiday Card
5/ Festive Foliage
6/ Joyful Holiday
7/ Ding Dong Merrily
8/ Fox Holidays Card
9/ Spirit Lake Holidays Set
10/ Season’s Greetings Holiday Card

 

11/ Happy Holidays Party Food
12/ Holiday Shapes Card
13/ Peace On Earth
14/ Happy Christmas Time
15/ Embroidered Doves
16/ Santa’s Sleigh
17/ Evergreen Wreath
18/ Winter Wonderland Blind Impression Card
19/ Deck the Halls Card
20/ Merry + Bright Greeting Card

 

21/ Holiday Centerpiece
22/ Merry Holiday Ribbon Letterpress Greeting Card
23/ Merry Little Holiday Card
24/ Christmas Village Card
25/ Happy Holidays Kraft Card
26/ Oh What Fun Letterpress Greeting Card
27/ Potted Evergreens Holiday Card
28/ Season’s Greetings Holiday Card
29/ Foil Stamped Happy Holidays Card
30/ Cozy Cabin Card

 

31/ Holiday Santas
32/ Pink Christmas Present Card
33/ Festive Reindeer Card
34/ Love + Peace Holiday Card
35/ Joyful Circles
36/ Give Water
37/ The Big Bauble Note Card
38/ Noel Boat
39/ Enchanted
40/ Penguin

 

41/ Floral Detail Monogram
42/ Greetings from the North Pole Postcard
43/ Holiday Feast
44/ Have a Very Merry Christmas
45/ Birds of Cheer
46/ 2017 Holiday Cards
47/ Snow Globe Tree
48/ Happy Holiday Hibernation to You
49/ Feline Festive Risograph Card
50/ Christmas in the Village

 

51/ Frosty Leaves
52/ Tropic
53/ Gold Christmas Jumper Card
54/ Indigo Meowy Christmas Greeting Card
55/ Winter Shibori
56/ Foil-Stamped Gather Good Hearts Near Card
57/ Christmas Feast Greeting Card
58/ Snowy Owls
59/ Holiday Wreath Circle Letterpress Card
60/ Merry Bird Card

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Lee Sol / Venus Mansion

 

Seoul-born artist Lee Sol received his degree in interior design, but like many of us decided on a different path post-graduation. Venus Mansion is one of Sol’s first projects, wherein he creates surreal scenes with ancient sculptures and random objects by using a 3D graphics program.

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Modern Cone Trees

 

I first made this ridiculously easy project a few years ago and can’t believe it’s taken me so long to share with you! This trio of DIY modern cone trees are a statement maker on their own or pair them with your other decor – I favor plenty of bottlebrush trees. I think they’d also be really pretty in any other color and the glitter would really pop!

 

 

Supplies
paper mache cones (the ones I used are 16-inch and 12-inch)
pearlescent white craft paint
• medium paint brush or craft sponge
clear craft glitter
• newsprint or something similar

 

 

Step 1. Spread out the newsprint or something else that will protect the surface of whatever you’re creating your trees on. (It’s the glitter that’s going to get messy, not the paint.)

Step 2. Do one tree at a time, start by painting with long vertical strokes. You can do either one coat of paint for a more textural look – the paper will show through a bit – or two for more coverage, but whichever look you prefer make sure the paint is still wet when we get to the next step.

 

 

Step 3. Rather than using glue you’ll be relying on the wetness of the paint to adhere the clear glitter to the cone for a pretty, snowy look. (You could also use regular glitter if that’s your preference, or mix the two together.) With the tree held horizontally over the covered surface, gently sprinkle the glitter as you rotate the cone. I went with about 50% coverage on my trio, so you gauge how much you’d like from that estimate.

Step 4. Allow to dry completely. If you’d like an extra layer of protection/glitter adhesive, you can add a coat of clear spray varnish at this point before allowing it to again dry completely.

Step 5. DONE.

 

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Juliette Clovis

 

Juliette Clovis is a multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on the links between human and nature, the opposition between life and death, and the dialogue between tradition and modernity. Her exploration of female identity and the representation of women in contemporary society and its history is completely fascinating. The most recent porcelain female busts she’s created are completely transformed into hybrid beings, mixes of history, myths, and chimerical dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alcholidays Advent Calendar 2017

 

My right eyelid has been twitching since last Wednesday which can only mean one thing – the holidays are once again upon us. I put the tree up Saturday and decorated the inside of the house, but somehow only have 1.5 gifts bought. So, in an attempt to keep stress levels low and panic attacks at bay, I decided to put together one of my favorite annual posts a bit earlier than usual. This year’s Alcoholidays post is in the form of an advent calendar, guiding you gently through your liquor cabinet/bar cart/what have you all December long. And hey, if you need to get started a few days early who am I to judge? (past Alcoholidays 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nima Chaichi

 

Nima Chaichi is an accomplished photographer with previous work in another field – architecture. His dual experiences allows Chaichi to combine elements like light, form, ambiance, beauty, and accessories to create a unique style that lends itself well to several fields of photography, including fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

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