Gift Giving This Holiday Season

 
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"It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, soon the bells will start, and the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing right within your heart."

I love playing holiday music in the background whenever possible.“It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”is an all-time favorite. Gift giving doesn’t have to be complicated. I had a great time spicing up these candy bars with decorative yarn tied in a bow to seal this sweet deal. How are you gift wrapping your gifts this holiday?

 

Lotus Garden - 5 Flatlay Techniques

 

I am constantly inspired by vibrant prints and textiles. This lovely Shumacher wallcovering from a 1920s archive document shows imagery of the Japanese culture. This application will bring life and energy to any room. 

Flat lays are my go to when creating content for the blog. Here are my 5 helpful tips to get started. 

 

5 Flatlay Techniques

1. I begin with a main piece of inspiration and pull colors from the scene. Choose an item you can build from & that speaks to you.

2. I always try to incorporate a living quality, usually this comes from a bouquet I have around the house or a stem from garden. 

3. The third item is a textile this will add texture and interest. I like to use a piece of fabric, small throw, scarf or a cloth napkin.

4. I like to mix in an item that is currently in season, in this case the lemon. I was lucky enough to get a bunch from my grandmothers garden.

5. The last item is always a fun creative addition and usually a hobby or interest of mine in this case the ball of yarn, as I like to crochet from time to time.

Please share below some creative tips you have when creating your very own flat lays or how these tips helped you.

 

Tropical Party

 
 
 
 
 

This past weekend I put together a bright and colorful tropical themed birthday party for my grandmother. As far back as I can remember she loved to tell stories of vacationing in Tahiti. What better way to celebrate her birthday by bringing paradise to her.

 
 
 Cake time - decorations purchased at Party City & Napkins from Target

Cake time - decorations purchased at Party City & Napkins from Target

My mother made the cake with homemade chocolate frosting. She loves to bake cakes for all of our birthdays. For this recipe she added a half cup of coffee to the box cake to mix it up a bit and to add a homemade flavor.

 
 
 Pineapples, Party City

Pineapples, Party City

 Leis, Party City

Leis, Party City

 
 

What would be your favorite theme to throw for a party?

 

Florals & Thanksgiving

 
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Before we know it November turns into December and the Holiday season is in full force. I wanted to take a moment and share this beautiful table setting I created for Thanksgiving at my grand-mothers home. 

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The idea for this design was inspired by my many trips to the San Francisco Flower Mart. A corner block of warehouses full of vendors packed with flowers, plants and craft supplies. It is simply heaven for a girl like me. 

This project was a lot of fun in the way of letting my creativity flow, choosing flowers, foliage and decorations that not only made me feel good but also went well together. Everything came together very nicely and my grandmother was very happy indeed. 

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Charmed Life

 

At any moment you can be inspired and it's important  keep these images. I keep a design journal of all the images and inspirational objects I've crossed paths. After some time it's fun to flip through the pages of the journal and see all the things that spoke to you at one point in time.