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Handmade Holidays 2013


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ENTERTAINING Holiday Tablescapes By Ashley Pahl Festive Holiday Decor Ideas Holiday Dinner Planning ChecklistBy Ashley Pahl 10 Holiday Music Picks By Lauren Thomas

DECOR DIY Paper Blossoms Lara Habbinga DIY Table Runner By Ashley Pahl DIY Burlap Ribbon Wreath By Ashley Pahl

PACKAGING DIY Packaging Ideas By Ashley Pahl Printable Gift Box By Kayla Domeyer


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TREATS Cornflake Treat Wreath by Ashley Pahl Christmas Morning Crepes By Ashley Pahl Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream by Ashley Pahl Christmas Panforte by Anastasia Christou Stuffed Bitter Gourd Rings By Megha Silvano

GIFT GUIDE The 2013 Handmade Gift Guide By Ashley Pahl Giftable Coconut Cream Truffles Anastasia Christou Simple Gifts to Make by Ashley Pahl 5 Gifts that Don't Cost a Thing By Ashley Pahl

DRESS UP Holiday Fashion Picks with Desha Peacock Beauty Trends to Try by Ashley Pahl Makeup Looks for Christmas Day & New Year's Eve by Ashley Pahl


This year, Snowed In Magazine is all about keeping things simple. It's easy to admire all of those perfect Pinterest projects – but do they ever leave you feeling a bit inadequate? I say: this holiday season, let's take a little step back. Let's make more time for peace, rather than shopping and parties we don't want to be at; but how does one do that? It's not like we can ask for more time. You've heard that old saying: we all have the same 24 hours in a day. The difference between you and Leonardo Da Vinci is what you decide to spend your time on. To have a simpler, more enjoyable holiday season, practice saying, “no” more often. Say “no” to the events that you don't want to attend; “no” to the traditions that you never really cared for; “no” to the stress that comes with shopping malls and traffic; and “no” to the pressure to do everything, perfectly. This year, Snowed In provides many uncomplicated, yet lovely, DIY gift ideas; easy gift wrapping; simplified entertaining tips; undemanding treat recipes; straightforward gift guides; and so much more! What was once a long list of chores and obligations can now be a happy weekend of DIYs with your best friend, children, or your sister. You just have to decide to say yes to it. Thank you so much reading the second issue of Snowed In! Happy Holidays, Ashley Pahl, editor


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HOLIDAY Decorating & Entertaining


Holiday Dinner Planning Checklist By Ashley Pahl Whether it's your first or 20th time hosting a holiday dinner, the party can quickly lose its joy if you make it too stressful. If you need a little guidance to streamline your dinner hosting, then give this checklist a try. Bring back the cheer and relaxation that makes this season bright! 1 Month Before Plan the menu. If you're a cooking novice, stick to techniques that you know or are confident to try. Two Weeks Before Review your menu and create your shopping list. Assign dishes to pass for your guests to bring. One Week Before Start shopping to beat the rush. Purchase your non-perishables, entertaining supplies, and any cooking tools you will need. Create a schedule for preparing your dishes. Know which dishes can be prepared in advance and frozen or kept in an air-tight container. Three Days Before Remove all dishes and serve ware you'll be needing and set aside somewhere out of the way. Make sure everything is clean and free of dust.

Two Days Before Buy any fresh produce needed for recipes; do another run-down of your pantry and refrigerator to make sure you have everything you need. One Day Before Prepare any items that can be prepared early and cooked the next day, such as casseroles, pies, and cranberry sauce. Chop, shred, and mix whichever ingredients you can. Clean off dining table. Put up decorations


Day-Of Start the day with a good breakfast you'll need the energy! If you're celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas with a turkey, prepare and stuff your fully-defrosted bird early in the morning. Five hours before dinnertime: Set the table - or have another family member do it. Four hours before dinnertime: Assemble any uncooked sides

Turkey Thawing Guide 4-12 pounds: 1 - 3 days 12-16 pounds: 3 - 4 days 16-20 pounds: 4 - 5 days 20-24 pounds: 5 - 6 days via USDA.gov

Three hours before dinnertime: While food is cooking, wash any dishes that you are done with, and clean up any messes Two hours before dinnertime: Get dressed The hour before dinner time: Set up buffet or place appetizers On the table. Cover any finished dishes Reheat any prepared dishes.


Get your own holiday dinner-planning checklist by visiting the Snowed In Resource Page Supplies: Do you have...

▷ ice

▷ napkins

▷ enough drinking glasses and flatware

▷ drinks

▷ matches or lighters

▷ music

▷ games

▷ hand soap

▷ bath tissue

▷ facial tissue

▷ a final headcount

▷ napkins


Easy Holiday Tablescapes by Ashley Pahl


Holiday entertaining often revolves around the dining room table. With a few simple steps you can have a beautiful, inexpensive holiday tablescape that will carry you through the entire season with ease: 1. Pick a color palette. Think rich jewel tones, or warm neutral tones to carry you through the season. 2. Add in a metallic (or two!). Silver, gold, and bronze pairs nicely with neutrals and bold colors; plus, it add a celebratory element. 3. Feature elements from nature: look for pine cones, acorns, or even leaves from around your home. Shimmering rocks and minerals; air plants; and cinnamon sticks are also inexpensive options. 4. Add texture. A hand-painted burlap table runner is pretty, personal and affordable. Also consider felt placemats, or silky reusable napkins.


Paint your own table runner

If you plan to wash your runner in a machine instead of spot cleaning, choose a fabric that is machine washable, and wash before painting. Craft and fabric stores are the best place to start, but I found this roll of burlap fabric for $8.00 at my local grocery store. Choose a fabric paint if possible. I'm using a gold metallic acrylic paint. Pick a pattern. Polka dots are clean & simple use a round sponge applicator. A paint brush can create other designs like chevron; herringbone; stripes; crosshatch; or even X's and O's.


DIY Burlap Wreath By Ashley Pahl


Materials Wire wreath form – your choice of size ● Roll of burlap: I used a 5 yard roll for a 12” diameter wreath form ● Ribbon ● Fabric ● Hot glue or floral wire ● Optional: cinnamon stick ●


Begin by weaving one end of the burlap roll under the outer wire of the wreath form, pulling it up over the second wire of the wreath form.

Weave the burlap over the second wire; under the third wire, and back up again over the inner-most wire.

Flip the wreath over to view the back side of the wreath. Pull the burlap end over the inner-most wire, and under the middle two wires.

Secure the end of the burlap roll to the underlayer of the burlap-covered wreath with hot glue or floral wire.


Flip the wreath back over to view the front. Bunch up the two “over� layers a bit, so that they are not pulled tightly over the wreath wires.

Slide the entire woven burlap section to one side, bunching it up, almost ruffle-like.

Now, take the other, loose end of the burlap roll. Bring it under the outer layer of the wreath form, repeating the entire process.

It may seem daunting at first to weave 5 yards of burlap through the form, but it quickly gets easier.


These wire wreath forms are broken into 4 sections. I wove the burlap roll through the wreath form three times per section, for a total of 12 times through the entire wreath. Do more or less depending on your liking.

When you are done weaving the burlap around the wreath, flip the wreath over. Cut the burlap from the rest of the roll, and secure the loose end to the back of the wreath with more hot glue or floral wire.


Cut ~4� sections of ribbon and fabric. Double-knot the ribbon and fabric strips into bow ties on the middle, exposed wire of the wreath form. Tie a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the middle wire to conceal it. Secure after wrapping the wire.


After the center wire is complete wrapped with ribbon, take a few left over strips of fabric and tie a cinnamon stick to the ribbon-wrapped wire with three to four strips of fabric. Secure with hot glue if necessary. The cinnamon stick adds not only a nice visual element, but a lovely scent!


Use 36� of ribbon to attach a tie to your wreath. Add more or less ribbon depending on how you want your wreath to hang. Start by bringing the two ends of the ribbon together to form a loop. Thread the ends of the ribbon under the center wire, and pull them through the ribbon loop. Pull until the loop closes, and tie the ends of the ribbon together. Your wreath is now complete!


Handmade pinatas by Katie K Franklin


Festive Holiday Decor Ideas Metallic Gold & White Paper Straws from Thatch and Thistle CO. Chalkboard Table Runner by Cricket Studio Artwork Copper Metal Pipe Candlestick Holder by Mac and Lexie Instant Thanksgiving Place Cards by Retro and Ruby Antique Gold Garland by Arts Delight Metallic Stars Dinner Party Table Confetti by Ashley Pahl


Decorating With Paper Flowers By Lara of Lila Art Studio Make your own decorations this Fall with these paper flowers. For the folding tutorial, visit FoldingTrees.com; next, add your own embellishments such as buttons. There are many uses for these flowers, such as garland strands; blooming bouquets to add to your tablescape; or decorate your mantle. They would also make a great addition to an autumn wedding ceremony!


Magazine Sponsor Getting to know: Cindy of Kreativ Case Designs How did KreativCase get started? Cindy: it started as a small idea to create pretty phone cases and it's grown into a wonderful business that is creative and fun. I have always been a bit of a techie; but at the same time I've had a love for art and design - this was the best way to combine those skills. Where does the inspiration for your designs come from? I usually see a color palette that sparks my interest then start playing around with patterns and designs until it looks perfect. I was even inspired by watermelon once! - it made this case. Creating the designs is one of the most exciting steps of my process. Which case would make a great gift? All of my cases are great gift items depending on the person you are shopping for. Most of my cases can be customized with a name, monogram, or initials which makes it the perfect personalized and thoughtful gift. To help make it easier - I have two sections in my shop with gift items for her and him based on popular items and my personal picks!


The top 10 holiday music picks with Lauren Thomas of The Full Catastrophe 1. The Christmas Song 2. The Carpenters - Merry Christmas Darling 3. Vince Vance and the Valiants – All I Want for Christmas Is You 4. Celine Dion – O Holy Night! 5. Gloria Estefan – Christmas Through Your Eyes 6. John Mellencamp I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 7. Wham – Last Christmas 8. Weezer – The Christmas Song 9. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime 10. Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again Visit FullCatastrophe.net


Cornflake Treat Wreath with dried cranberries

By Ashley Pahl


You will need: 7 ounces of marshmallow fluff Âź cup of butter Âź teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional) Green food coloring 5 cups of corn flakes Dried cranberries Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Next, add the marshmallow fluff, and microwave for another 30-60 seconds, or until the marshmallow fluff stirs smoothly into the butter. Quickly stir in the vanilla and food coloring. Pour in the cornflakes, and stir until each flake is evenly covered. Scoop out small piles of the mixture, and arrange on wax or parchment paper into a wreath shape. Top each pile with dried cranberries. Allow to set for at least 30 minutes, & enjoy!


Holiday Panforte By Anastasia Christou of Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming


Even though we celebrate Christmas with sunshine here in Australia, we still love our traditional Christmas food and treats. I love making Panforte, an Italian Christmas cake, to serve after lunch. Its dense, nutty and fragrant with spices and very satisfying served with coffee or dessert wine. Family gatherings are important during the festive season and this sweet slice is always a hit with everyone so perfect to make if your Entertaining during the Holidays or to take as a Christmas gift to any host!


Panforte - Serves 6-8 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

½ cup raisins 1 cup roasted hazelnuts ½ cup candied orange peel – roughly chopped 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ cup all purpose flour 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder ½ cup caster sugar (superfine sugar) 1/3 cup honey 2 tablespoons butter

Place the raisins and ¼ cup of water in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight to soak. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease a 20cm (8 x 8inch) springform pan and line the base with baking paper. Place the raisins and soaking liquid in a large bowl. Add the hazelnuts, peel, cinnamon ad pepper and combine. Sift the flour and cocoa powder over the raising mixture – stir. Place the sugar, honey and butter in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until mixture has combined and butter has melted. Add the butter mixture to the raisin mixture and stir. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 20minutes or until firm to touch. Set aside in the pan for 10minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into wedges and serve.


Holiday Beauty: Trends to Try

The holiday season is a time to shine! Create a bold look for each party: 1. Headbands aren't just for children – try this metallic headband by No Tug Hair Ties


2. Winged eyeliner adds a dramatic element to your makeup – try Addictive Cosmetic's vegan eyeliner

4. High-knot buns are a cinch with sock bun makers by Vintage Look Creations

3. A pompadour can amp-up any style – follow this tutorial from MySoulIsTheSky.com

5. Emerald is the 2013 Color of the Year! Show it off this season with green polish from Spellbound Nails.


Christmas Day Create a beautiful - but low-key – look for Christmas day with rosy cheeks, taupe eye shadow, rich mascara, and a sheer-tinted lip.

Blush by Tater Rounds Beauty Mascara by Crush Cosmetics

Eyeshadow by Body Language

Lip shimmer by Stella Kenton


New Year's Eve Create bold, smoky eyes for New Year's Eve with a plum eye shadow and winged eyeliner. Keep the cheeks sheer and the lips nude .

Tinted balm blush by Flossie Fern

Fig eyeshadow by Etherealle

Eyeliner temporary tattoos by CCLstore

Nude lip shimmer by New York Betty


Holiday Fashion Picks By Desha Peacock

Sassy Splurge I love getting dressed up for the holidays, don’t you? I live in Vermont where people wear flannel and Uggs even to the nicest restaurants. So, a holiday party offers the perfect time to get a wee bit glam. Now, I don’t know about you, but I get enough red and green during the holiday season. When it comes to putting together a stylish outfit for a party, I tend to stay away from the bright reds and deep greens that already saturate the environment. Not to be a total scrooge, I would choose these traditional hues in a softer palette such as the teal shift (shown, right) from Anthropologie. The polka dots add whimsy while the bronze leather pants are a sign you mean business. Pink heels and a bright yellow Chloe bag add a feminine touch and cheer. A little fur (go for vintage if you can) and some rock star jewelry give this look just the right amount of spunk for the perfect eclectic holiday party outfit.


1. Glossed Dots Petite Shift, Anthropologie, $168 2. Studded Cuff Bracelet, $95, RebeccaMinkoff 3. Peruvian Pyrite Ring, $100, Wantful.com 4. Style Faux Fur Coat, $150, Coast-Stores.com 5. Lanvin Bow Pumps, $318, Aloharag.com 6. J Brand L8001 metallic stretch –leather skinny pants, $995, NetA-Porter.com (a budget friendly version is available at Guess). 7. Chloe “Ada Bag”, $2162 Browns Fashion.com 8. Maison Martin Margiela Raccoon and Goat Scarf, $995, BrownsFashion.com (I found my fur stole at a vintage shop for $20!)


Mix it Up G As much as I’d love to wear pink high heels to a holiday gathering, I happen to live in Antarctica. Well, not really. But Vermont is cold, and often snowy. While pumps are out of the question in New England, I have been known to sport cowboy boots, which can still get hazardous. Just hold onto your friend’s arm as you cross the ice (you know, the one with the sensible snow-boots on!) For budget conscious shoppers, such as myself, I recommend using these images as an inspirational guide. Hit the thrift stores, search Etsy and Ebay and challenge yourself to stay within a budget you can afford.


1. Short Sleeve Black Dress $59, Dorela.com 2. Brown Leather Medium Pouch, $48, Quotidienne 3. Vintage Chain Bracelet, $75, Wantful.com 4. Stone & Bronze Dangle Earrings, $20, Altiplano.com 5. M.Grifoni Denim Hat, $69, Yoox.com 6. Vintage Belts (source unknown) 7. Nocona Vintage Cowboy Boots, $85, Etsy (Intertwined Vintage)


5 Tips to Styling Your Sweet Spot Holiday Outfit 1. Avoid the typical bright red and green and stand out from the crowd by choose a softer pallet. Or go neutral with ivory or black and add personality with your accessories. 2. To create an original look, don’t be afraid to mix styles such as a 1950’s dress with leather cowboy boots. 3. Bling it up, G! Add sparkle with a vintage cardigan, bronze jewelry or a shiny pendant. 4. Go Full- On Yin & Yang. Too sweet or elegant gets dull. Mix it up with unexpected elements by adding a weathered leather clutch, mineral based jewelry or vintage fur. If it still feels too darling, add anything with bronze studs and there will be no doubt that you are a badass. 5. Above all, the whole point is to have fun, right? So choose clothing and shoes that are comfortable so you can fully rock the night.

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Author, Coach & LifeSTYLIST Desha Peacock is currently writing her first book, Sweet Spot Style: Creating the Style You Crave On A Budget You Can Afford. Look for it in June 2014 on SweetSpotStyle.com


Simple Handmade Gift Ideas


Coconut Cream Truffles

By Anastasia Christou of Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming Edible Gifts are always wonderful to give during Christmas. Not only are these Coconut Cream Truffles so easy to make, they are super delicious too!

Coconut Cream Truffles Makes 15 medium sized or 20 small balls ● ● ●

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1/3 cup Coconut Cream 1 cup shredded Coconut 1.5 cups White Chocolate chips 1/8 cup Dark Chocolate chips 1 Tablespoon Butter

In a medium saucepan, heat the cream and ¾ cup of coconut to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Add the butter and stir to combine. Cover and chill for 3 hours. Roll mixture with a teaspoon into balls and then roll around in the remaining coconut to coat. Place on a bakin tray, cover and chill for at least a couple of hours before you package up and gift! (or serve)


Citrus

Salt & Sugar

By Ashley Pahl


Flavored sugars and salts are a wonderful way to add a new dimension to hot drinks, cold drinks, baked goods and savory recipes. You can easily make your own flavored salts and sugars for gift giving using what you have available in your own pantry. Pretty packaging will turn this gift into a real treat. Lemon Salt Makes ~4 ounces ● ●

Citrus Sugar Makes ~8 ounces ● ●

1 cup granulated sugar 2 TBSP citrus zest

Place zest and sugar in a food processor for 30 seconds, or whisk together very thoroughly. Spread a thin layer across a baking sheet, and let dry for 24 hours. Store in an airtight container.

½ cup course grain salt Zest of one lemon

Mix lemon zest and salt together, and allow to dry on a pan overnight, or in an oven set to 225 F for 2 hours. Store in an airtight container.


Let your recipients know just what they're getting with some pretty, descriptive labels. You can download your own set of these Citrus Salt & Sugar labels by visiting the Snowed IN Resource Page. This free printable features 11 labels in 4 different styles: 3 citrus salt labels; 3 citrus sugar labels; and 5 blank labels for your own customized blends. Print these labels on sturdy white card stock for best results, with your printer set to portrait mode; Fit to page; and best quality print. You can cut them out with scissors, or use a large round punch, if you have one. Thread them through a sticker machine, or turn them into gift tags with string. Enjoy!


Exfoliating Loofah Soap By Ashley Pahl


Soap-making has always been intimidating to me, but as I learned, it can be done simply! Someone once made me a citrus soap with a slice of loofah inside of it – I LOVED that soap. I finally gathered the courage to make my own soap, and I knew I had to give the exfoliating loofah soap a try. What makes this soap so simple? It uses the melt and pour method, which is basically no-fail. Here's what you need: ● ● ● ●

1 package of melt and pour soap base – mine is shea butter 1-2 loofah “sponges” Peppermint essential oil Soap molds

Begin by slicing the loofah into 1” thick slices, and cutting the soap base into cubes. Melt the soap base in a microwavable bowl according to the package's directions. When completely melted, add the peppermint essential oil. I added 2 drops per 8 ounces of soap base. Quickly add your loofah slices to the bowl of melted soap base. Loofahs absorb liquid, so saturating the loofah before adding it to the mold will allow for a full soap mold. Place your soap-soaked loofah into the mold, and pour melted soap on top. Allow the soap to cool and set completely. Pop soap out of the mold. I wrapped my soaps with kraft paper and washi tape, adding my own descriptive label.


homemade hot cocoa mix By Ashley Pahl


Hot chocolate is never better than when it is made from scratch. This is my go-to recipe for rich, homemade hot chocolate: Ingredients ● ● ● ● ● ●

2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup cocoa powder 2 1/2 cups powdered milk 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix until it is completely lump-free. To make this a great holiday gift, store it in a glass, air-tight container. Not only does this look great, but the airtight container can be kept long after the cocoa is gone. Package mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips in little cellophane bags. Layer the add-ons to the top of the cocoa mix and seal the container. Tie with a red satin ribbon and a candy cane. This lovely treat is now ready for gift-giving!


simple pinch pots

By Ashley Pahl

Pinch pots use a technique often learned in childhood. The ease of this method, which is perfect for children, will also benefit you as an adult! You can use polymer clay to create simple (and useful) gifts. Here I have made a small air plant vase and a trinket dish. Roll the polymer clay into a ball. Create a small depression in the center, and using your fingers, pinch all the way around the ball to shape it to your liking. Pinch a narrow pot to create a vase shape, and pull outwards to create a trinket dish. Bake the clay to the package's instructions. Including the air plant with the pot would make this a fabulous gift for a co-worker or Secret Santa exchange.


Christmas Eve

Hot Cocoa with PEPPERMINT WHIPPED CREAM | By Ashley Pahl My little family of 4 is young, and this year we will be spending Christmas Eve in our own home for the first time - no traveling for us this year. I'm imagining an evening by the fire, cuddled with blankets and watching Christmas movies. To top it off, we'll have hot chocolate with plenty of toppings to choose from. Create magical memories with your own family this year with this toasty hot chocolate recipe (see page). Add Âź cup of prepared mix to an 8 ounce mug of hot water, and stir.


Top off your chocolatey mug with homemade peppermint whipped cream: Mix 8 ounces of whipping cream with a beater until it forms stiff peaks. Add in 2 tablespoons of powdered (confectioner's) sugar and 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract. Beat again to incorporate fully. Top your prepared hot chocolate with this fresh whipped cream, and add any combination of mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, or sprinkles if you wish.


Christmas Morning Crepes

By Ashley Pahl


Christmas morning is a time for indulgence – these chocolate peppermint crepes are amazing with a fresh cup of coffee and some fruit. Although crepes may seem complicated, that's not so! Give this festive dish a try. Tip: you can finish your crepes by rolling them or folding into triangles.

Ingredients By Ashley Pahl 1 egg 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute 1/3 cup flour 1/4 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt 1 cup vanilla yogurt Peppermint extract Chocolate chips for melting Powdered sugar


Combine egg, flour, vanilla, milk, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Heat a lightly-greased pan on medium heat. Slowly pour 1/4 batter at a time to make one crepe. Spread the batter thin. Flip after about 1 minute & remove after another minute.

Repeat 3 more times. Mix yogurt & ¼ tsp peppermint extract. Fill each crepe with ¼ of mixture. Melt chocolate + ½ tsp peppermint extract in microwave, and drizzle on crepes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.


Personalized Christmas Stocking by Pink Slip Inspiration

STUFF THOSE STOCKINGS Bag of Coal Soap by Latika Soap Beach Plum Sugar Soap by Fairy Bubbles Men's Gingham Handkerchief by Love Virginia Ruth Black and White Gingham Coin Purse by Sea Pinks Set of 4 Face Scrubbies by Silva shop Bronze Bow Tie Earrings by Waterwaif Weddings


FOR BEST FRIENDS / . Cat Sleep Mask By Julia Wine

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Silver & Gold Foil XOXO Art Print by Miss Poppy Design

Personalized No Coffee No Chalkboard iPhone Workee Travel Mug Case by Espressions By Mooseberry Cases

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White Lace Ring Dish By Diane Ziegler

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Burnt Red Lumber Jack Hat by The Seam Designs


BEAUTY AND THE BATH / . Rosemary Mint Soap Gift Set by Perfume Oil Soap For Your Soul By Orange Thyme

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Soap and Eucalyptus Shaving Washcloth Bath Set Cream by by Right Soap Green Shave

= Peppermint Turkish Bath Towel Christmas Gift Set by The Anatolian by Ripe Shop

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THE LITTLE ONES

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2 Stuffed Horse Toys in Red by Decorshop Wooden Toy Camera by Zooble Catch a Dream print by Oh Hello Dear Apple Baby Bib by Timber and Twine Vegan Herbivore shirt by Lindy Chris Golden King's Crown by A Slice of Rhubarb Pie Eli Embroidery Kit by dioramist


/ THE GARDENER .

Outdoor Garden Markers by The Sitting Tree Radish Gardening Gloves by My Little Belleville Miniature Forest Plant Kit by Psychic Ceremonies Personalized Garden Tool Kit by Rustic Craft Design


Geometric print by villavera Ode to Falling Stars Original Painting by Elise Mahan Fine Art Set of 6 Christmas Baubles by Random Lights

FOR MODERN


MEN & WOMEN

The Steven Striped Lumbar Pillow by Cottage Ruffles Color Block Concrete Planters by Nystrom Goods

Faceted Wood Quartz Sculpture by Stone and Violet Wooden Trivet and Coaster by Atelier D Montreal


CLASSIC & COZY GIFT IDEAS / . ● ● ●

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Laughter is Sunshine print by Creatiate Home Peach and Gold Dot Dish by Up in the Air Somewhere Pumpkin Cheesecake Vegan and Organic Lip Balm by Ollie and Max Soap Co. Cup Cozy in Red by Val Knitting Shop Knitted Boot Cuffs by Adknits Lavender Peppermint Whipped Body Butter by Lovely Body


Bay Rum Aftershave / Cologne By Soapbox Gypsy


IDEAS FOR DADS AND BROTHERS Shaun of the Dead Mug by Colorful Quirk Christmas Ornaments by Pale Blue Atlas Club Slouchie Beanie Hat by A Walk in the Woods Field Notes Notebook Cover by Of Mud and Coal Outdoor Survival Kit by Winsome Green Hand Cut Beer Glass by Made Great


Christmas Pet Stocking for a Dog by Kindy Garden


PET GIFTS

Hand-felted Cat Bed by Simplicity of Felt All Natural Peanut Butter Dog Treats by Treat Dreams

Holiday Cat Collar by Made by Cleo Personalized Dog Food Bowl by Treat Gifts

Catnip Present by Dip Your Toes


$10 y UNDER Peppermint Bath Bomb by Hancox Homestead Polka Dot Hat by Patkas Wishlist Pocket Journal by Oh No Rachio! Incense Burner by BIRDNESTLOVEFERN


$25 y UNDER

I Love Stripes Mini Flat Cards & Envelopes by The Stationery Boutique Vanilla Hazelnut Soy Candle by Oil and Wax Ceramic Coasters by Tilissimo Foxy Oven Mitt & Pot Holder by Collisionware


$50 y UNDER Chunky Crocheted Lip Embellishment Hat by Mitimota Gift Set by For Strange Women

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Large Botanical Chart by Gold Leaf Tray by Susan Farrington The Vintage Vogue

= Coffee of the Week Subscription from Apropros Roasters

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Solid Oak Wine Rack by Wine Accents by Linda


DIY GIFT KITS / . ● ●

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DIY Knit Kit by Loopy Mango Articulated paper doll - Surfing skating sloth - DIY print set by Luka Va. DIY Home Cheese Kit by Homestead Cheesetrade Stovetop Pot Holder – DIY Kit by Brooklyn Assembly DIY Sheep Needle Felting Kit by Bear Creek Design

Sloth puppet kit includes: 1. A print of a sloth paper doll. 2. A bunch of little metallic brads, just enough to craft your own sloth.


COOKING y EDIBLES Large Cherry Wood Cutting Board by Triple 7 Recycled


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Honeyed Citrus Marmalade by Copper Pot Traditions Rocky Road Fudge by Essential Charm Blood Orange Thumbprints by Sweet Miscellany Ceramic Cheese Markers by Persimmon Street Moroccan Mint Green Tea by Artful Tea


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DIY GIFT WRAP

By Ashley Pahl


Simple paper lunch sacks can be turned into cute bags for gift giving. Use seasonal stamps – or carve your own. Stamp with opaque white ink, or try black, brown, metallic, red, or green inks.

Plain gift bags can be transformed into unique, one-of-a-kind gift packaging. Simple kraft bags like these are often 3 for $1.00. Hand-draw geometric patterns in shimmering, metallic inks for a custom look.


What could be more classic than brown paper packages tied up with string? Red yarn makes these presents look as if they've popped out of another era. Try topping your simple packaging with found objects such as pine cones and acorns; or, add a scented element such as cinnamon sticks.


Handwritten sentiments are at an all-time high level of popularity. Write personalized message right on your gift packages with permanent, metallic ink. Try gold writing on creamy linen drawstring bags, or shiny silver on matte brown kraft paper. You can even forgo the gift tags with this method, writing the recipients name right on the package.


Printable Treat Boxes By Kayla Domeyer This time of year, pretty papers, gift bags and boxes seem to be everywhere. But why dress up a beautiful hand made treat or item in a boring store-bought wrap? These adorable and easy to assemble gift boxes are large enough for edibles, or even small trinkets like jewelry and accessories. They come together quickly and have three saying to choose from. Dress them up with coordinating ribbon or a home made bow! Find your printable gift boxes on the Snowed In Resource Page.

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Kayla is a Graphic Designer living with Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her specializes in printables and crafts at Saynotsweetanne.com. She recently launched an Etsy store and can be found crafting on her living room floor, making a mess in the kitchen, or playing video games with her hubby.


FIVE GIFTS THAT DON'T COST ANYTHING BY ASHLEY PAHL

Gift-giving can be completely expense-free - if you put a little thought into it. If you think about it, that's really what the holidays are supposed to be about anyway putting some time into the ones we care about.


Gift idea 1: Use Your Skills Use your own special skills to do something nice for someone. Make a great cup of coffee with your french press & invite them over for conversation. Give a great manicure; organize their closet; do their makeup for a holiday party; offer to hem their skirts. Offer up those services readily! Gift idea 2: A massage This idea might be a little cliche, but don't underestimate the power of human touch. Everyone gets a little tense from time to time - a close friend or partner might really enjoy a relaxing hour of massage. Here is a list of different massage techniques to learn on your own. Gift idea 3: Movie or book night with the kids Maybe you spend some time cuddling with the kids each day, but is it 100% uninterrupted time? Get a cozy blanket and cuddle up with the kids. Watch a movie from your collection, on TV or on Netflix. OR: get a good book - perhaps one of your favorites from when you were a kid. Giving your kids undivided attention will be a gift they will not forget. Gift idea 4: Handwritten holiday cards Take any kind of paper you have. Use what you can to write a simple message on the front cover: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. On the inside, take some time to write an honest message to that person. Thank them for the kind things they've done this year. Compliment them, congratulate them on this year's achievements. Tell them how much you care about them. Hand it to them in person, if possible. Caring and thoughtfulness is as great a gift as any. Gift idea 5: Make an internet playlist Go to YouTube. Think of the recipients favorite bands and tunes. Think about memories with this person, and songs that mean something to both of you. Make the playlist at least 40 minutes long, and put their name in the title. Email them the link, or post it on their Facebook wall. Leave the playlist up so they can always listen to it, when they miss you, or just need a little boost in spirits.


STUFFED BITTER GOURD RINGS BY MEGHA SILVANO

Ingredients ● Bitter gourds – 3 ● Olive oil for frying ● Salt, as needed ● Stuffing: ● 3 medium-sized boiled potatoes ● 1/3 cup chopped onions

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1 TBSP chipped cilantro ½ tsp crushed fennel seeds ¼ tsp black pepper powder ¼ tsp red chili powder Salt, to taste ¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)


Method Slightly peel and then Cut the Bitter gourd in about 1� thick rings. Remove the seeds carefully so that the rings do not break. Add some salt generously to the rings (this would be washed afterwards), and put aside for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Meanwhile prepare the stugffing by mixing mashed boiled potatoes, onions, cilantro, fennel seeds, pepper powder, chili powder and salt. When the rings have soaked for about an hour wash them to remove the salt and dry on a paper towel.

Fill the potato stuffing in the rings. Heat sufficient oil to shallow fry the bitter gourd patties. Cook till nice and brown on both sides. Serve hot with the sauce of your choice. Preparation time: 1 hour. Cooking time: 15 – 20 Minutes. You can add/reduce the chili and pepper as per your taste.


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