If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea, need gift tags on the fly, or just something to keep the little ones busy, check out my DIY Home column for EatBoutique.com this month featuring my family’s tried-and-true salt dough recipe, which was also the very first kitchen craft I remember making with my mom!
Blogs like Catalog Living and posts like Let’s Make Fun Of: Anthropologie Furniture have always helped me and my creative colleagues let off steam, and this year’s annual Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog particularly hit home — particularly this line: “But this is ALWAYS the dream they sell at W-S and Barefoot Contessa and Martha Stewart and any other doily mill: the idea of EFFORTLESSNESS.” Here’s what’s been going on at my personal Doily Mill.
With just a few shipping days to go to order independent, Made in USA gifts, I wanted to remind you about the map of 250 gifts under $50 that we put together a few years ago. Just click on any state on the map to view a curated list of gifts for everyone on your list, all made in that state! Tara and I worked tirelessly to discover cool, design-forward, clever & unique finds to impress your friends and family, so I hope you’ll check it out and maybe grab a gift or two. Or shop our Pinterest boards to find a gift by recipient!
Texas Hill Country Lavender & Bluebonnet salt scrub for holiday gifts, inspired by our anniversary weekend at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm back in October & using the base recipe for my ever-popular coconut oil & salt scrub of half coarse salt, half epsom salt for sore & tired muscles, dried Hill Country lavender & bluebonnet essential oil.
Craft supplies can cost a pretty penny, which is why I’ve been obsessed for the last few years with DIY projects that use actual pennies in their design. A penny saved is a penny earned, and I’m not above flaunting my financial prowess — even when it comes to gift giving.
Some of my favorite early childhood memories involve wooden puzzles from Germany given to us by our au pair, Claudia, and wooden toy trains and tracks at my Montessori school.
I’m kind of a sap, and it doesn’t take much to make my eyes go misty with sentimentality — especially where animals and the future of the environment are concerned.
My ever popular coconut oil & lime scrub recipe, using a mix of salt and Epsom salt for sore & tired muscles and fresh lime juice & zest, originally featured on Boston.com in the story 6 DIY beauty treatments made with coconut oil – which now has over 5,000 pins on Pinterest!