The number 1 New Year’s resolution for most people is to eat healthier and loose weight. Well….we can’t deprive ourselves of all yummy goodness, especially when Cupid’s holiday is just around the corner. The perfect compromise…mini cupcakes. With flavors like PB & J, S’mores, Cookie Dough, Red Velvet and my fav of the month Choco-Banana this bite size temptation is a must-have curb to your sweet cravings. A BIG not mini thank you Baked By Melissa!


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Chicago jam makers called Pear Tree Preserves picked the pear-fect label for their organic and locally produced jams & preserves. A combination of letter-press, illustration and clean font and lines embrace the handmade art of the label designed and letter-pressed by Susie Kirkwood and give homage to the hands that perfected the fruit preserves.




Check out this awesome fashion inspired 2011 calendar created by Mónica P. of Miss at la Playa. Channel your inner diva all year long. Best part is it’s free….available for download here.


c. missatlaplaya.blogspot.com


Who says a bathroom has to be boring… West Elm is producing such lovely pieces to make any bano a better place. I keep all my bathroom goodies in glass jars already,  but I love this stacked version that also acts as a space saver. Prints on the floor may be a little risky for fear of moisture and spills, but I can’t help love the below unexpected location. Such beautiful styling and mix of textures, wovens with metal, glass with soft prints, wood next to tile… all you will need is a Do Not Disturb sign.


all photos c. westelm.com


I was introduced to this blog today called To My Husband… a list of Do’s and Don’ts for future husbands from as they state it ‘all the single ladies who’ve put their hands up.’ Hopeful desires and some down right hilarious notions. These notes are your’s for the taking, just remember to give credit where it’s due…




and comfortably I might add. How cool is this Ikea installation in Paris?!? The Swedish company installed actual living room furniture and accessories at 12 bus stops in the French Capital. If only I had this kind of comfort for my commute!




Spotted via global.designdb.com, images from taxi


Below are some fun projects perhaps for the next snow day that both children and adults can enjoy. Create edible treat towers for your table or as a hostess gifts for the next party-thrower. Take ordinary oranges and transform them into top hat twirling snowmen. Recycle all the holiday cards you received and create tiles to make a table runner for next year. And if you welcomed a new addition into the family, save all the adorable holiday baby socks and use them to make an Advent calendar, a sweet tradition that you and your children can cherish for years to come.


Directions for crafts:

Gumdrop Trees: Stick one end of a toothpick into each gumdrop and then place the other end into Styrofoam cone. Photos courtesy of a friend that gave these treats to her family over the holidays.

Orange Snowman: Take three oranges, some toothpicks, a sturdy plate, and store-bought frosting. Stick the large orange to the center of the plate with a dollop of frosting. Poke a few toothpicks halfway into the top of the fruit and spear a smaller orange on top. Repeat with the third orange, and layer on frosting, a vanilla wafer, and peppermints to make a hat. Use candy-cane pieces for arms and a nose, cloves for the eyes, and red licorice for a scarf.  realsimple.com

Snowy cookie trees: Make a base frosting by beating together six egg whites and 3¾ cups confectioners’ sugar. Spread a thin layer of frosting on a Styrofoam cone, then, working up from the bottom, overlap vanilla wafers (use straight pins to hold them in place until the frosting dries). Use a small sieve to dust each finished tree with confectioners’ sugar. realsimple.com

Holiday card table runner: Recycle this year’s holiday cards and make next year’s table runner. Place the cards facedown on a color copy machine (they should cover most of the glass). Next, put a piece of colored fabric or paper on top of the cards to serve as a border. Print out multiple copies (enough to cover the length of your table) on 11-by-17-inch paper. With double-stick tape, join the copies along the top and the bottom. If you worry about the paper getting torn, cover with a sheet a plastic vinyl or sheer fabric, both can be found and cut at your local fabric supplier. realsimple.com

Baby sock advent calendar: Gather 24 socks – singles or 12 pairs - in colors that go well together (vary the sizes, if you like). Lay them out in the order you want to hang them, leaving spaces in between. Cut the ribbon to the desired length; to find how long it should be, measure across the row of socks and add 12 inches (Martha’s was 72 inches). Use number stickers to label each sock. If one has a busy pattern, place the number on top of a solid round sticker so that it’s easier to read. Tack the ends of the ribbon to a railing or mantle; if you like, you can fasten the ribbon in several places to make a few swags. Use mini clothespins to clip the socks to the ribbon; overlap them if you need to save space. Next Advent fill each sock will a small surprise. marthastewart.com


For the last 2 years I have gone to etsy.com for my new year calendars. I shop the printable PDF versions so I can print one for my home, office and for all those that want one be it co-workers, friends or family. Now the ‘keep calm and carry on’ propaganda was at-large last year, I even went so far to create prints of my own for myself and friends, so when I saw the below calendar from Stating the Obvious I knew it was the perfect choice for 2011.



Keep Calm And Send Up – 2011 Printable Calendar, $8, statingtheobvious etsy.com

see last year’s selection here


For those straggling gifts, or last minute get-togethers here are some adorable gift tags, designed by Julia Rothman, that may be put to good use now or be saved for next year. Download here via Design Sponge. Make wrapping even easier by printing on full sheet labels, I use this kind from Staples.


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