Today is the first day of our fave holiday series, MISSION: MERRY!
Holy holiday madness! December is upon us and already flying by! This is my favorite month of the year. I almost like the whole month leading up to Christmas more than the actual day of Christmas. It’s just fun and suspenseful and jolly, ya know? I’m always happy because each December we whip out our holiday series, MISSION:MERRY! Lots of holiday projects every day leading up to New Years! I also love the weeks leading up to Christmas because I spend that time
eating delivering treats to family and friends! I’m all about the packaging and so I’m way too excited for today’s post. I’ve had to keep this under wraps (get it?!? under wraps?!? Because it’s wrapping paper?!?) for a while now and it’s been tough! But here we are and I get to share these super fun printable holiday treat labels (download at the bottom of the post!) that will dress up your treats this year.
I’ve partnered with Avery to help you customize your packages this year. From stickers to shipping labels to wraparound labels, you’ll be able to customize all your boxes and bags this holiday season.
How about that wrapping paper? I’m that person that asks you to carefully cut the tape and return the gift wrap to me when you’ve opened your present. I have to work hard to keep friends…
We’ve now entered what I call Holiday Zone. It’s all holiday. All the time. And I don’t mind it! And I hope you don’t either. I’m sure y’all are gathering supplies for tomorrow’s tasty pies. I am slammed with Thanksgiving prep and couldn’t be happier about it. This year, we’re actually not having Thanksgiving dinner. We decided to drive around town and deliver meals to those who might need a lil’ pie in their lives. I’m totally not telling you this to brag about how good I’m feeling about myself. ;) I’m just really excited to do this this year as I feel like everyone can use a reminder of what the holiday season is really about. It’s about having a pie-tastic Thanksgiving!
A few of these gems were given to the attendees of last month’s pie workshop (recap here on Style Me Pretty Living! ), including this pie print from Minted’s Limited Edition Art Prints!
Natural Linen Apron | PIEBOX || Branch & Twig Server | Poppy Ring Pie Pan | French Rolling Pin | Norpro Pie Weights | Sweetie Pie Letterpress Card | Gold Twine | Cherry Pie Recipe Print
photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel
We’ve lived in Denver for several years now, and we try to see family as much as we can, but not always as much as we want. Especially now that we have Vita. I want her to be familiar with her cousins so that whenever we do see them, she can recognize them and be ready to party. We’re a party family. I was excited an inappropriate amount when I saw that Pinhole Press came out with a fun memory card game. What better way to help Vita learn the faces of her cousins than with a memory game?!
It’s the cutest thing to watch her match up the pictures. She gets so excited every time she lifts a card! And let’s talk about her curly hair. It’s everything I ever wanted in a daughter’s hair.
They’re printed on some quality ultrathick paper that stands up to her teething on it. She loves to eat paper. Like a gerbil. I’m glad these cards don’t give out so easily!
Vita has about 20 cousins, so we are going to need another set of cards over here! Each game is capped at 12 photos, so that should be the right amount for you normal folk. ;)
We also ordered a few holiday cards from Pinhole as well. We order every year (check out year’s past here and here). I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but can’t help it. When I got these back, I honestly cried. I think I’m still emotional one year post-partum. Ain’t no thang.
Psss! Pinhole Press is currently offering 30% off all holiday card orders through Cyber Monday when you enter the code: PROPERPINWHEEL! So what are you waiting for?! Send me one, mmmmkay? I’m not kidding.
This post is in partnership with Pinhole Press, a baller paper company that believes in printing quality cards & other paper products. Thank you for supporting the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep creating!
photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel
Here ye, here ye. I have an announcement. My new favorite gift (for myself!) is a wooden box from PIEBOX! Every attendee of the pie workshop was given one, and they were SUCH a hit! Not to mention how well-crafted they are. The lid just slides off like butter creating a safe place for your precious precious pie. Perfect to transport all those pies you’ll be making this year for Thanksgiving, right? ;) Well, I love my PIEBOX, and I also love having one of a kind wooden boxes that carry pie. So here we are today with a simple tutorial for a DIY PIEBOX Paper Liner!
- one wooden PIEBOX
- cute patterned paper
- double-sided tape
- a pen or pencil
Remove the lid from the PIEBOX and lay it on the back of your patterned paper. Trace around it with your pen or pencil. Take caution not to get anything on the wooden lid!
Once you’ve traced, cut out the paper square. Cut just a little inside the lines so that it’s a tad smaller than what you traced.
Place a few pieces of double stick tape to the inside bottom of the PIEBOX. Tape that sucker right into the pie box and gently smooth your hands over the paper to ensure it all lays flat and sticks well.
Bonus: the paper protects the wood AND looks pretty. Everybody wins!
Double Bonus: They’ve just come out with a MEATBOX. Logan’s brain just exploded.
Go and make pie.
Go and box pie.
Go and eat pie.
To read more about the pie workshop, click here! You can also visit the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate on Instagram!
This post is in partnership with PIEBOX, an amazing company that believes in protecting your baked goods. They provided wooden boxes for the workshop and for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep creating!
photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel
Today’s the magical day that we finally talk about pie! Remember last month when I taught the EAT DRINK CREATE pie workshop? And it was amazing, and wonderful, and I want to do it again?! I thought you’d remember. I always get nervous when putting these events on. (Sign up for the holiday workshop here!) It’s like in high school when you’re throwing a party, and you’re afraid nobody will show. Ya feel me? But tickets sold out in a matter of days! So then I got all cocky. Just kidding. You can read all about it today over here on Style Me Pretty Living!
Aside from making and decorating pies, we also used some amazing blooms provided by Flower Muse to decorate the pies with. So let’s talk about how to make a floral pie topper & wreath, shall we? It’s easier than you think and really packs a pie punch.
amirigggghhhhtttt? Honestly, this pie stayed in our fridge for weeks because I thought it was too pretty to eat. I just kept snapping an inappropriate amount of photos of it!
Flower Muse knocked it out of the park with the flowers they sent. It was so fun for me to create arrangements, big and small, for the tables! And they look especially pretty in my animal head vases from Anthropologie!
Check out the full recap for the workshop here on Style Me Pretty Living! And, of course, don’t forget to watch the short video! You can view it at the end of this post and on the Style Me Pretty recap! :)
Now, let’s get to the wreath business.
Keep reading to see more floral pie toppers!
I love when the holidays roll around because it’s the perfect excuse to have sweets in the house all the time. I think I usually have a pot of toffee brewing on the stove. Get it? A pot of TOFFEE???? I’m here all night. Aside from the toffee, I’m usually popping some popcorn. We’ve addressed my popcorn addiction here during popcorn week. I love finding different seasonings to change up the flavor. And I’ve found the perfect sugar to sweeten your holiday treats!
Ever heard of cool shop named Uncommon Goods? Their cyber store is filled to the brim with unique gifts for everyone on your list. Click here to see a few of their Christmas gifts. That felt holly wreath? Need it. But back to the point about the treats! Treats are the quickest way to a normal person’s heart. And I’m all about making people be my friend, so treats for everyone! Here’s a quick and tasty way to kick your regular popcorn treats up a notch.
In a large pot over high heat, melt 3-4 tablespoons of the coconut oil. Stir in 1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn kernels. Stir constantly allowing the kernels to pop as they get hotter. As you stir them in the coconut oil, sprinkle with some sugar! I used the Lime Slice because lime & coconut popcorn is too amazing not to have after dinner every night. EVERY NIGHT I TELL YOU!
Once all the kernels have popped, pour them into a large bowl and sprinkle with a little more sugar. A little more (a cup full?) sugar never gave anybody diabetes.
If popcorn isn’t really your thing, simply add these sugars to some chocolate! These winter chocolates were made using some silicone molds found in the dollar spot at Target. (Can I get an “amen” for that place?!). Before pouring the melted chocolate in the mold, sprinkle each mold with a little coconut breeze or jamaican ginger sugar. Pour the chocolate in shortly after and allow the chocolate to set. Placing the mold in the fridge or freezer will speed it up so you don’t starve while waiting and accidentally eat your fingers!
To get a few more gift ideas for your pals, click here to view gifts Uncommon Goods under $50! On a budget? Click here to view gifts under $25! And Uncommon Goods is all about giving back. For every purchase made, they donate $1 to a charity of your choice. They also have a slew of design challenges for all you artsy folks. Visit their blog to see a few of the fun Instagram challenges they do regularly!
We’ve had these sugars for a while now and they go with everything! We’ve even sugared our meat for dinner. That’s totally normal right? My favorite part might possibly be the packaging. I’m a sucker for a good label.
This post is in partner with Uncommon Goods. Thank you for being supportive of the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep making!
photography: The Proper Pinwheel
In my spare time (which is rare!), I’ve been trying to teach myself different skills. I’ve been focusing on calligraphy, photography, and as of late, illustrator! I’ve really been trying to spend a focused amount of time bettering myself. That usually means spending a focused amount of time trying to NOT down 4 Diet Cokes in a day, but whatever. I’m actually really excited about this one! I’ve been dabbling with drawings and turning them into lil’ prints and just thought I’d share this with y’all! I’d like to introduce you to the first of hopefully many free giftwrap printables and desktop downloads!
I know it’s a little bit beginner and I know that all you pros are gonna be like, “c’mon! That is so amateur.” But just let me live!!!!! If you decide that you want to download it (and you should!), just click the links below! It’s really really REALLY fun printed. It’s also pretty large so it could act as some giftwrap if you want to make all your friends love you.
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I’m going to be working on these here and there and trying to improve my skillz, and hope you’ll find something you like! Also. Tips. I need tips. So if you’ve got ‘em, I’d love ‘em.
And in true holiday fashion, get started on your presents early! Head on over to enter the Giftry giveaway to win $1000 of your Giftry items! For free! Ho Ho Ho, indeed! Want to see what you should give the baker, paper lover, and the other loved ones in your life? Visit here!
I’m still in good ol’ California celebrating #meetthemindells, but I’ll be back tomorrow! Have you seen all the goods that Palm Springs had to offer?! Check it all out on Insta, my friends. Check it all out on insta.
FRIDAY! THE 14TH! You guys. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for today to arrive because today is the day that I head off to sunny Palm Springs for Kelly & Jeff’s nuptials! Buh-bye, snowy Denver. Hello, warm California where the people are cooler than I. I think I’m especially excited to be reunited with Kelly, Brittni, & Ashley. We’re cyber bffs who see each other but once a year, MAYBE. I’m also especially excited because there will be time spent in LA on Monday exploring all the colorful shops my dreams are made of. This wedding is sure to be one of the most colorful, so keep up with me on IG to see what I’m up to this weekend!
Now, I’ve only ever been to LAX. Never been outside the airport so I’m looking for suggestions of places to check out! So please comment here or you can email me directly with some tips – email@example.com! Make sure you check back here on Monday because we have one-too-many-but-never-too-many holiday projects to share! There’s a giveaway on Monday and a few other goods including free printables and all the details of last month’s pie workshop! Remember the pie wreath?! Before I head off to party hard like I do, here are a few must-click links for you, my pals!
As if I needed another reason to stare at food. They photograph it so perfectly!
An amazingly huge holly & berry garland made from paper!
Colorblocked mugs. Because. What will I drink out of?!
A Christmas tree that takes up hardly any space? We need it.
I’m loving the ombre Christmas tree trend! Like this one and this one.
This white Christmas tree will be owned by me someday. It’s so good!
I’m obsessed with this washi tape cactus wall art!
photography: Mary Costa
Now that Vita fits into Toddler clothes (she’s a 1 year old in a 2 year old’s body and I love it), I am obsessed with all the cute stuff that the internet has to offer. I don’t really bother shopping in stores anymore. Except for Target. I can’t quit you. While I never thought of myself as a “pink” mom, I’m sort of drawn to a soft pink & natural color palette this holiday season. I mean, Vita still rocks the faux-hawk and she’s super edgy, but I’m pretty sure she would melt hearts in a few of (read: all) the getups below.
Beret || Pink Leather Coat || Leopard Print Dress || Pink Jeans || Mary Janes || Gold Tights || Naked Lunge Doll || Deco Print Dress || BEAUtiful Tee || Coral Moccs || Bubble Coat
Links take you to the product and/or shop. Any fave shops out there that I missed? I’m always looking for ways to spend more money… ;)
I can’t really believe what I’m typing. We’re nearing the end of 2014. What the what the?!?! I feel like I was JUST recapping last year’s Eat Drink Create Holiday bash and here I am announcing the new one! (And get ready, because I’m soon sharing all the deets from last month’s pie workshop! It was amazing. I’m not just saying that.) I don’t know where the time went?! But you know? I’m so excited about this one. I’m always excited about the holidays in general. I love getting presents! I mean giving them. I love to GIVE. And wrap. And okay, I like to accept… So sue me. ;)
I was on the fence about doing another EDC Holiday party. I’ve just been so burnt out with the baby thing and the diabetes thing that I really didn’t know if I was up for it. And I have received SOOOOOO many emails and messages requesting one because last year was, seriously, the most fun anyone’s ever had at a West Elm on a snowy night while SOBER! And thinking about it, I just decided to make it an annual thing.
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