A couple of friends and I left our babies at home to hit up a wine tasting at a local art and antiques market Friday night. In addition to a good buzz and a full belly, I left with a ton of inspiration for stocking my etsy shop this holiday season. I can’t believe it’s almost November and this is the first I’ve thought of it! In years past I’ve made it my goal to have a wide range of interesting gifts and decor listed by Thanksgiving and I’d love to keep it up. That means that I’ll be busy busy busy the next few weeks shopping, cleaning, photographing, and pricing my pretties! And after introducing a couple of handmade items last year I think I’m ready to add a few more. I spent the weekend brainstorming a list of items I’d like to include if I can find/make them in time. And while I don’t have any specific items to share with you yet, I thought it’d be fun to let you in on the general feel I’m going for.

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I’m hoping to bring in more of the brass, silver, wine corks, chalkboard, and book pages that I’ve used in the past, but this year I want to add some new textures in leather, wood, mother of pearl, and linen. Also expect to see plenty of gold and a generous dose of glitter. I’ve been wanting to learn embroidery for a while and after seeing some really cute modern samplers at this shop I’m inspired to finally give it a try. I’m also thinking of doing a few things with maps–are people still into maps? I haven’t worked with them much before but I saw some new uses for them on Friday and am now kicking myself over the vintage atlas I once passed on at an estate sale. I’ll be hitting up estate sales, thrift stores, and even eBay all month so expect to see some upcoming posts about my finds.

I hope you each had a wonderful weekend! Ours was full and fabulous–wine tasting on Friday, tailgating for LSU’s homecoming on Saturday, and a birthday party and fall festival on Sunday. We spent lots of time with family and friends and I even burned off all those calories consumed at the wine tasting by pushing a stroller all around campus the next day. Thank you all for reading, and happy Monday!

Happy Friday, my friends! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being here. Over two years into this blogging thing and it is still something I enjoy immensely. I wish everybody could find a hobby they love as much as I love this.

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It is so wonderful to be able to write every day about a topic that interests me and to connect with so many folks near and far. I think the people who read are the best part–without you I might as well just be writing in a private journal. The relationships I’ve built through blogging are priceless–people who were perfect strangers, distant relatives, or long lost friends are now valued readers who I look forward to hearing from. And if you’re a loyal reader who never comments, I love you too. I hope you each have a wonderful, wonderful weekend. Hugs all around!

Happy Thursday, party people! It’s a frigid 52 here in south Louisiana and my toes are numb. I tell ya, in many ways my personality is better suited to living up north but my body just could not handle the cold. I’d be happy if it stayed above 70 all year.

I’ve only got one sponsor this month–the ever entrancing Little Eli. I love the juxtaposition of delicate jewelry and chunky concrete in one adorable shop. Amelia actually gifted me some of her orange mint soaps recently and they smell divine. I have one on my kitchen sink and one in the upstairs bath and they are just perfect. I plan on having a few on hand this Christmas to give as gifts. When she dropped off the soaps she mentioned that she’s working on a food-safe glaze for her concrete, so expect to see some tableware in the near future (and cat dishes! Amelia is a bonafide cat lady in the making, and I mean that as a compliment). And for you local folks, Amelia and Meghan will be at North Gate Fest on November 8th. There will be food, art, music, and entertainment from 4-11pm so go check it out. Nick and I may even bring Jack out there for an hour or two!

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In other news, there’s a new blog geared toward local moms that I’m excited to be a part of. Red Stick Moms Blog is all about connecting, informing, and honoring local moms in an inclusive and positive way. No snark or mommy wars here! I’ll be posting as a contributor once or twice a month and also participating in their real-life events whenever possible. My friend Cassie and I brought our babies out to their launch party at Perkins Road Community Park yesterday–there were free POPculture popsicles, temporary tattoos, and some other stuff I didn’t notice because my toddler was having a meltdown over dropping his delicious popsicle, haha. I left covered in melted popsicle but happy to have made some new friends.

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I hope y’all are having a great week! I’m looking forward to the 81 and sunny we’re supposed to see this afternoon! Thanks for reading!

My friend Laurie inspired me the other day when she mentioned that she was planning to make some holiday pillows using this fabric. At first glance it’s your typical cheesy snowman motif, but upon closer inspection it’s clear that these snowpeople are hipsters. I mean, come on, they’re wearing scarves and riding bikes! I have scaled my holiday decor waaaay back in recent years, but the hipster snowman fabric inspired me to see what else is out there.

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Unruly ReindeerChristmas Staching SnowmenYule Critters

Zoom ZoomRetro OrnamentsCanopy Stripe

Play DotDeck the HallsTree Trimmers

Whether your style is modern classic or campy kitsch, take a look around and see if you can’t find something that suits your fancy. My favorite spots to look for fabric online are Etsy, Fabric.com, Joann’s, and Tonic Living. And what to do with it? You could display it in an embroidery hoop or stapled over a canvas, make a cover to slip over any toss pillow you already have, make a table runner or placemats, or even use it to wrap up a couple of special gifts. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Full disclosure: I probably will not do much holiday crafting this year. Honestly, I’m debating even getting a tree–it seems like a recipe for disaster with a toddler who’s into everything, but I haven’t written it off entirely yet. Thoughts?