What I’m Lovin’ in December

I was so busy planning for the Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop that I skipped right over November’s¬†What I’m Lovin’ Post! I hope you’ll forgive me ūüôā

I hope November brought you ample time with family and opportunities for reflection.

There’s nothing I love more than gratitude – to give it and to feel it!

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{PS: This is a free printable from Jessica N Designs – click the image to be taken to her site to download.}

I just want to take this chance to say thank YOU Рthank you for visiting my little corner of the internet, reading my blog and sharing time in your busy day with me. It truly means SO much to me!


I’m spending the latter half of the month (right this minute! so disregard any outdated statements because this was written in advance ūüôā ) in England with the Hubs!¬†We’ve been dreaming about and saving like crazy for this trip and I can’t wait to tell you all about it¬†next year (can you believe it’s almost 2015?!).

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Without further ado, I present to you my list of¬†What I’m Lovin’ in December:

1. Handmade holiday gifts

Giving or receiving – I¬†love handmade gifts! You just can’t beat them.

By golly, I had so much fun hosting my very first {hopefully annual}¬†Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop!¬†I had 5¬†super crafty ladies (read more about each of them here) join me to¬†share their favorite handmade gift tutorials as well as some of their favorite handmade businesses (for the less-crafty ūüėČ ).

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For easy access next year, I gathered all the links from my Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop¬†on my¬†recap post¬†– just click the “Pin It” button to add it to your favorite Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.

2. the Canny tunic from Addie K.

{Photo credit: Addie Martindale}

{Photo credit: Addie Martindale}

I hope you snagged a copy of Addie K‘s newest pattern the Canny tunic – you can read all about mine [& see my 2nd version!]¬†here.

If you’re adding “sewing” to your list of New Year’s resolutions – start with this top! It’s a great beginner project that will leave you with a very functional, super comfortable garment!

3. A fancy haircut at Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar

Last month my bestie joined the team at Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar. As a loyal friend who trusts her trims to no one else on earth, I went to see her earlier this month in her new locale.


{Photo credit: Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar website – click the image for source}

The best part about living in Columbia is that everybody knows everybody (even when you think you don’t, turns out that your sister’s best friend’s cousin is their neighbor. Thus, you are long lost friends). And on that note: Taylor (bestie) and I used to frequent a local sushi restaurant in high school to¬†escape from our parents (we were such rebels). Greg, the owner of Metropolis, was our sushi waiter and we would plan¬†our “escapes” strategically around his schedule so we could tie up his table for hours badgering him into being our additional bestie¬†(one minute chatting with him and you’ll see why we love him so much!).

Not only has Greg done a stunning¬†job decorating the salon, but he’s filled that beautiful space¬†with Columbia’s most talented stylists! Fig Columbia¬†even took note and featured them in their holiday edition – read it here¬†and pick up a copy when you stop in to the salon.

A haircut at Metropolis is the best, most fancy way to spend your lunch break or any break {I even booked the Hubs a cut and he agreed – tres chic!}. Book your appointment today (ask for Taylor Creel & tell her Jordan sent you!) and get yo’self lookin’ fancy for¬†the new year!

4. Sunflowers in Winter

sunflower pouch

You might remember this cute little change purse from my Handmade Gifts I’m Givin’ post. Now it’s trotting around England with me.

There’s nothing like digging through your purse while shivering to pull out your change purse that screams “remember that time it was so hot you wished it were this cold?!”

So…sunflowers in winter are just great.

{Catch up on all What I’m Lovin’ monthly posts here.}


Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – recap

I sure hope you enjoyed last week’s Blog Hop as much as I did! I am so full of handmade gift ideas – my creative brain can hardly process it all!

To save you some searching later, I’ve gathered direct links to all the posts from the Blog Hop below. To save yourself even more time, go ahead and pin the image below to your favorite “gift ideas” board on Pinterest for future reference!

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I’m so honored to have all of the talented bloggers below participate in the Blog Hop with me! These ladies keep my creativity alive and inspire me constantly through their friendships with me (and blog posts!).

I hope you’ll take some time to read through their posts and explore their blogs!

The links below will take you to each blogger’s post for the Blog Hop. As you saw on the introduction post, each of us have different skills and interest areas so you can bet the variety of tutorials will keep you inspired (and very busy!).

If you’re local, follow Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook to stay in the loop with upcoming events where you can find local, handmade businesses and all things crafty in Columbia.

What are your favorite handmade gifts to give or receive? I’d love for you to share a link to your favorites in the comments below!

Happy [Handmade] Holidays!

Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – starting next week!

By now, you all know my¬†love for all things handmade! I’m super excited to announce my first-ever (and hopefully annual!)¬†Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop!

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This series will start on Monday, December 1 and run through next Friday, December 5, 2014.

Here’s how it will work:

Each day one¬†blogger will¬†share with you links to some of her¬†favorite handmade gift tutorials. In addition, we’ll also share with you some handmade shops we’re looking forward to supporting (hello, gift ideas!) and some local craft fairs and other events where you can support local artisans this season.

I’ve got 5¬†amazing¬†bloggers joining me for the hop.¬†Here’s the schedule:

Monday: Jordan of resliced by Jordan

  • I’ll be kicking the week off. Chances are that if you’re reading this blog, you already know all about me, but for those of you who don’t: I’m a full-time data nerd with a fierce passion for making things by hand. I¬†own a small handmade business (resliced) where I¬†focus on upcycling to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and purses.
    • My favorite crafts include: sewing, jewelry making, calligraphy and just about anything else!

Tuesday: MaryAnn of Life is a Maker Faire

  • MaryAnn spends her days training teachers to better utilize technology in the classroom. To escape the Monday-Friday grind, MaryAnn makes cards and other paper goods for her handmade business, M.A.S.W. Designs. Read more about MaryAnn here.
    • MaryAnn’s favorite crafts include:¬†Anything paper – cards, treat bags, banners, etc; Sewing; Baking- cookies, cakes, or any sweets.

Wednesday: Rachel of Sew Happily Ever After

  • Rachel spends her days chasing children around the classroom as an elementary teacher and her evenings chasing her adorable toddler around (and she’s got another little one on the way!). From making you a custom t-shirt quilt to sewing up some seriously impressive clothing – you name it, Rachel can sew it! Read more about Rachel here.
    • Rachel’s favorite crafts include: sewing garments (womens & girls), home decor sewing, and quilting – anything with fabric and thread! Rachel also enjoys photography and cooking.

Thursday: Addie of Addie K.

  • From a wedding dress to a 20 foot boat cover, Addie has been there and sewed that! Addie has been sewing for more than 20 years and has spent the last half of those teaching others to sew. In addition, Addie is also a talented pattern designer. Read more about Addie here.
    • Addie’s favorite crafts include: sewing clothing, quilting, embroidery, kid-friendly crafts and upcycling / finding creative ways to reuse things.

Friday: Shanika of Life is Pichey AND Emily of Butterfly Vintage

  • We’ll end the week with a BANG – one day, two talented bloggers posting their favorite DIYs!
  • Shanika loves to craft so much that she founded Gather & Craft as a way to encourage members of the community to come together and create (gather and craft). Recently, Shanika started offering her handmade goods to the public through her new shop, Sebastian Harper. Read more about Shanika here.
    • Shanika’s favorite crafts include: anything fiber related, sewing (hand and machine), knitting, crocheting, natural dyeing.
  • Emily is a former art teacher turned vintage fashion expert {browse her shop on Etsy}. In addition to stocking my closet full of vintage clothes, Emily is also a graphic designer with Sandra Mack Studio. Read more about Emily here.
    • Emily’s favorite crafts include: painting, repurposing, minimal sewing, paper crafts, garlands and anything that incorporates vintage material.

I’ll be back to recap the¬†Monday after the hop is over to give you a run down with links to all the posts. I hope you’ll “hop” around and support the bloggers participating – subscribe to their blogs, like their Facebook pages and share the love with these gals!

Continue to support handmade businesses by following Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook where you’ll stay in the loop with upcoming events and all things crafty in Columbia.