My kids had so much fun decorating gingerbread houses last year that we just had to do it again this year. For last year’s festivities, Annie Campbell helped us make our own incredible houses from scratch. However, after realizing that none of the kids actually ate their creations because they took such pride in them (and were too busy eating candy along the way), this year we decided to instead buy pre-made kits from Bed Bath & Beyond.
I’ve found that some of the best gifts are those that have a personal touch. So when my friend, the amazingly talented Annie Campbell, shared this idea for homemade gifts, I just had to pass it along. Here, Annie’s instructions for creating your own gifts that are as beautiful as they are practical.
For Christmas this year, my sister Saree gave us all the most incredible gifts – unique, hand dyed pieces that she had crafted with her friend Deepa Preeti Natarajan. They were all so beautiful and special, and she had obviously put a lot of time and love into them, which made them all the better.
I have always loved the look of a floral headdress – sweet, organic, and simply beautiful. Now that I have a little girl, it seemed the perfect excuse to learn how to make them myself, and such a fun activity for the two of us to do together. We invited a group of adorable little ladies and their Mamas over for a wonderful afternoon with the amazing Amy Blessing as she taught us how to make our own very chic, very homemade headdresses. I asked Amy to share her tips and tricks in creating the perfect floral crown, and hope you enjoy!
I have long been a fan of the work of Kristen Caissie from Moon Canyon Design, so when my friend Maurice of Bloom & Plume connected us, I was thrilled. Moon Canyon specializes in flowers and styling, handcrafting beautiful, intimate details for gatherings of all types. But perhaps what they are becoming most recognized for, is their signature wreaths. Insanely gorgeous, they also smell heavenly, and can be used in the traditional sense or as a stunning centerpiece.
I met Amy Blessing years ago when she had the absolute best Men’s store, apartment number 9, located in the Brentwood Country Mart – it was Richard’s favorite. Besides the merchandise, I always loved the decor and Amy’s unique sense of style. Years later, I was so happy when we were able to reconnect through her best friend, Annie Campbell.
Organizing kids toys can be tricky, and much depends upon the space that you are working with, but here are a few tips and tools that I use to keep it all together:
For all of my edible garden needs, I always defer to Laurie Kranz, of Edible Gardens, LA. So last year, when she began telling me about how amazing an edible tepee can be for the little ones, I couldn’t handle it! As you may know from my tepee post, I am a touch obsessed with them – I have them all over the house – so the idea of a green one for the garden that actually produced food was irresistible…
I have such fond memories of making and eating gingerbread houses as a kid, and every holiday season I scour the Internet and stores for the perfect gingerbread kit.
Between Laurie Gladstein and Pamela Salzman, I’m in very good hands when it comes to my herbs. Laurie has taught me how to plant and maintain a thriving herb garden while Pamela has shared her secrets for storing herbs with me.
My last post described the process of clearing out my pantry according to the wisdom of the great Pamela Salzman. After getting rid of expired and unhealthy stuff and investing in new staples, the fun part began – I got to reorganize the whole pantry and make it look beautiful!
Like most kids his age, Tanner loves pretending and dressing up. But of course, being the controlling fashionista I am, I can’t deal with those drugstore costumes made of only synthetic materials. So I made it my mission to scour the internet for cute costumes.
Like many, I am very enthusiastic about eating organically and cooking seasonally. I recently took the ultimate step in making my food local— I planted a beautiful vegetable garden in my front yard…