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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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.
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
Gift guide season is upon us! And, to start, I want to kick things off with one of my favorite themes of all: the perfect gift for inspired holiday entertaining for the cat loving hostess in your life (cuz we all know at least one, amiright?). This is a category near and dear to my heart, especially as a card carrying member of the cat lady club and someone who loves to entertain. Today, I partnered with Fancy Feast and Brit + Co to share my favorite gifts under $50 that will have the cat lady in your life feeling inspired and jumping for joy + the details of the yearly Feastivities. I promise to keep the cat puns to a minimum… maybe.
The holidays and this hectic time of year can really throw me off course and wear me out in a big way — and I know I’m not alone in this feeling. This time of year can come with so much pressure. Pressure to find the perfect gift, not over-cook the turkey, keep the house clean for guests, remain cool, calm, and chipper… all of those things can really wear on me and leaf to a Joanna who’s not so much fun to be around, if you know what I mean. Recently Pure Leaf and The FeedFeed reached out to me to share some of my tips on how I maintain my perspective during the holiday season (and beyond), so I was excited to share those tips with you guys, something that I’ve definitely worked on over the years!
I have a confession to make: despite how lovely things look on the blog and on Instagram, I sort of a hot mess behind the scenes. A good example of this (not so) dirty little secret is the fact that I have never owned matching dinnerware. Nope, not even once. I’ve always cobbled together plates and bowls that sort of… go, but aren’t part of a matching set. Then, with all of the photoshoots I do, I have lots of one-offs, plates that don’t match anything. After meeting the lovely folks at Fortessa over wine a few months ago, I reached out to them with this dilemma of mine. Thankfully, they were more than happy to send over the dinnerware of my dreams — crisp, clean whiteware in sophisticated, un-fussy silhouettes that are equally perfect for both everyday and occasion use.
Here in #mytinybungalow things have been getting more and more festive and I’m just so. freaking. excited. about it. I want to share it all with you! Remember when I used to do monthly flower arranging tutorials?? Despite always being my most favorite projects, they somehow fell off of my radar… until now! I’m bringing ’em back and today I’m sharing how I used dried flowers, mini twinkly lights, and white pumpkins for a super simple, eye catching centerpiece for fall or Thanksgiving.