happy holidays 2016

All-white Winter tablescape and styling inspiration — see more on jojotastic.com

Wow, I’m sort of having a mini crisis over how quickly this holiday season went! Christmas is in just 2 days and I find myself with so much to do still. But really, I know I need to stay in the moment and enjoy it. I’m excited to stay in my first home for Christmas this year. This feels like another milestone in my path of homeownership. Everything has been a first: my first wreath, my first time decorating my porch with twinkly lights, my first tree. It’s all so exciting and daunting. I sort of put a lot of pressure on myself this year and it’s not all working out. Like my holiday cards… I had grand visions of sending those out super early so that everyone would have my new mailing address (mostly because I love getting lots of holiday cards in the mail). And I wanted to find a design that was all about having a new home because I was soooo proud of that. Did I do any of that? Nope. I ordered my holiday cards on Dec. 20 and they are New Year’s themed because that is simply the best I can do right now. And I just sort of have to be ok with it and focus on what’s really important — savoring the moments of my first Christmas in my first house. Because that is what I’ll remember years from now.

Anyways, I hope you guys have an amazing holiday full of joy, happiness, and lotssss of good food. I’m planning to take next week off, except for one post that I’m really excited about (hint: it’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse unlike you’ve ever seen before here!).

xo, Joanna

p.s. this photo is a fun iPhone snap of some of my recent styling work! More on that to come…

DIY // chain stitched cocktail napkins (for New Year’s Eve!)

For a quick and easy DIY to ring in the year in festive style, try chain stitching your napkins! for the full step-by-step tutorial, head to jojotastic.com

For this post, I received glassware from RiedelAll opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Dear 2016, we’ve had enough of your nonsense. Around the studio, we are majorly looking forward to a new year, for lots of reasons. To me, New Year’s Eve is all about looking forward and planning for new things to come… not to mention dressing up in sparkly outfits and toasting champagne! This year I plan to welcome 2017 with a little soiree, surrounded by a few close friends. So to decorate, I chain stitched ‘cheers’ in four different languages onto a set of cloth cocktail napkins for a sophisticated DIY.

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DIY & Recipe // mid-century modern gingerbread house

such a fun DIY and recipe! Learn how to make this Mid-century Modern Gingerbread house — get the full tutorial on Jojotastic.com

I need to interrupt our regularly scheduled gift guides and DIY posts because interior-designer-turned-my-BFF Jessica McCarthy (remember how she made over my living room and dining room via Decorist??) has seriously blown my damn mind. A few days ago, she texted me a photo of her mid-century modern gingerbread house and I begged her to send instructions so I could share with you guys!

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a holiday gift exchange with eBay

7 Helpful Tips for Hosting a Gift Exchange (with @eBay!) - get the full tutorial on Jojotastic.com

This post is sponsored by eBay. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Last week, I shared my latest collab with the awesome folks at eBay all about personalizing your gift wrapping this year. And now I’m excited to share my tips for hosting a holiday gift exchange! Dabito from Old Brand New, Courtney from Pizzazzerie and I gathered to celebrate the holidays and swap gift. During the holiday season one of my favorite ways to celebrate is with a good, old-fashioned gift exchange. I send out my invitations early so that we can plan and know who will be involved in the exchange. From there, I write each participant’s name on a piece of paper, drop it into a hat, and randomly assign people to each other to select gifts!

Be sure to head over to eBay for all of my tips!

7 Helpful Tips for Hosting a Gift Exchange (with @eBay!) - get the full tutorial on Jojotastic.com

DIY // cinnamon himmeli & dried orange garland

Add a festive garland to your space with a few materials that might already be hiding in your pantry! Head to jojotastic.com for the full cinnamon stick himmeli + dried orange slice garland tutorial.

Last year around this time we did DIY-ed cinnamon stick himmeli to make natural decorations inspired by traditional Finnish ornaments. This year we’re taking things up a notch and making a full garland of them! Perfect for hanging above the mantel or on your front door, this project uses a few things that might already be hiding in your pantry to invite festivities and natural elements into your space.

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how to add a personal touch to your holiday gift wrapping (with eBay!)

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I’m so excited about this, you guys — I teamed up with the folks at eBay to share my guide for adding a personal touch to your holiday gift wrapping!

I absolutely adore finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list. I really take the time to think long and hard about what will be most meaningful for each recipient. But beyond finding the perfect gift, I also love thoughtfully wrapping it in a unique, special way. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, I’m often found thinking up creative ways to wrap presents. My latest idea for adding a personal touch is wrapping my gifts using sewn together pieces of paper! Get the step by step instructions here.

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so thankful.

Thinking of Thanksgiving and sharing what I'm most thankful for this year. Check out my must-read personal essay on the blog: Jojotastic.com

I find myself feeling really introspective these days. 2016 has certainly been quite a full year for me (and for the world in general) and it’s not even over yet! I’ve had quite a full year, with SO many ups and downs. It’s dizzying to even think about it all. Something that’s been helping me feel a bit better about decisions I’ve made is looking back with a sense of gratitude. Essentially, always approaching these reflections from a place of thankfulness. And boy, do I have so much for which I am thankful. Here’s a quick list:

  • To you guys, my amazing readers & followers. I’m so grateful that you’ve chosen to seek out my funny little corner of the internet and that you continue to come back. I wouldn’t be able to create awesome content without your continued support.
  • To Sean, for always supporting my harebrained schemes and indulging in my every whim.
  • To my friends and family, for also supporting my need to be totally independent, creative, and kooky.
  • To my grandpa, for giving me my first true home.
  • To the incredible brands who partner with me and my fantastic styling clients, for embracing my vision.

I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving and encourage you to make your own list of what’s got you feeling so thankful! I’ll be back on Friday with my annual Black Friday sale round up + shopping list, so be sure to check back in.

xo – Joanna

Photography by Meghan Klein — see more of this centerpiece here!