Christmas Shopping Ideas Part 3: Theming Gifts

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Bonjour my lovelies! Welcome to the last part of my Christmas Shopping Series – if you haven’t seen the other posts, click here & here. Thanks for stopping by!

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My Christmas Present Idea for you today is to theme your gifts. I decided to choose two themes for my gifts for my Mother – her favorite flower and travel. All of the things I bought her have poppies on them and are handmade items from all over the world. I even went so far as to incorporate the travel and poppy feel into my wrapping, as you can see from the pictures. And, frankly, the wrapping is my favorite part. I just love pretty paper and tags!

Anyways, I know she is going to enjoy opening these and I’m sure lots of your friends would like gifts like these as well. Below you will find links to all of the places I purchased my presents at.

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I got the pretty tea caddy and address book from a sweet little french shop called MinaSmoke. The owner, Cherifa, is kindly giving you all 15% off of all of her pieces with the use of the code SIMPLYDAVELYN (deal lasts until february 8th). If you purchase anything from her (I highly recommend you do, her art is SO pretty!), make sure to tell her I sent you ;)

This pretty brooch was handmade for me by a sweet Romanian lady (Laura). Her shop, Fluffy Hedgehog, is a place worth checking out. I love the brooch!

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I got this lovely pocket mirror from a Ukrainian shop called Ziz Accessories. I absolutely love the piece and the shops staff are very nice. Definitely visit their store.

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I am so in love with this poppy shirt – so much so, that I’m probably going to steal it from my Mothers closet from time to time! The design is handprinted by some lovely people in North Carolina who run a shop called Fly Trap. I love all of the designs (created by Jody) and the materials they use! The ink is really thick, but smooth – not likely to start tearing – and the shirt is sturdy with fitted sleeves that I love. Check Fly Trap out!! ;)

This lovely seal stamp and these sealing waxes are from a shop in Hong Kong called Back to Zero. I ABSOLUTELY adore their stamps (they have so many cool designs) and think you will most definitely find something you would like there. Seal stamps just make gifts look so much better!

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This lovely iPhone case is from Senay Studio, a Canadian shop. I think it is one of the prettiest cases I have ever seen and there are many other lovely designs worth looking at.

I got this necklace from a shop in Texas called Rainforest Necklaces. This piece of jewelry is made with sturdy materials and is of better quality than it ever looks in pictures. I like it very much!

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This poppy kitchen towel is from a shop in Washington called CT Towels. Carolyn, the shop owner, is very sweet and you will like her products!

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These cute little enclosure cards are from Michelle Brusegaard, a Minnesota shop. I know my mom is going to love using them!

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 This is just one of the lovely stamps at Dragonfly Buzz’s Stamp Co. Rubber stamps are ridiculously expensive at craft stores these days, so this shop, with its reasonably priced stamps, is a great find!

This cute poppy spoon is a garden marker! I love it and can’t for my Mom to use it in her Poppy flower beds this spring. You can find it at Daisy Chestnut, a Connecticut shop.

The pretty poppy flowers that I used on all of my packages are from a shop in Thailand called Squish n Chips. I loved these so much and am quite certain my Mother will save them for card making or scrapbooking.

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Well I hope this post gave you some ideas for your shopping! Let me know what you think! xoxo

First Giveaway Winner

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My LUSH giveaway (my very first giveaway, if you hadn’t heard!) just ended and I am so happy to announce the winner – Jessica! Congrats girly! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the bath goodies!

I also want to thank each and every one of my participants! I am so glad that you were apart of this new experience of mine and I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed all of the sweet comments you left for me. Merry Christmas to you all and best of luck to you in any of my future giveaways – there’ll be plenty ;) Cheers! xoxo

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Christmas Shopping Ideas Part 2 : Etsy

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Yaya! Part two of my “amazing” Christmas Shopping Ideas series! Hope you all liked the first post and enjoy this one just as much. Today I am bringing you lovely handmade products from my favorite Etsy stores. Enjoy!



Villa Sorgenfrei, as you may remember from a previous post (click here), is one of my favorite Etsy shops. Every earring, necklace, bracelet, brooch and watch is adorned with wildlife of some form. My favorites are her different dandelion necklaces. These lovely pieces are all handmade by Claudia Poepsel, in Germany, and would make a lovely Christmas present for any woman.  Shop at her store (here) and like her Facebook page (here)!

I am so in love with seal stamps! They are such classic and romantic pieces and the use of them makes me feel like I am back in the 1700s. I know this would make a wonderful gift for any writer. Back to Zero has a fine selection of these. I got a Poppy stamp from them and really love it! Explore the shop (here) and like Back to Zero on Facebook (here)!

This shop is great! All of the shirts have hand drawn and hand printed designs by two brothers in Wisconsin. Each shirt is unique and special. As nice as they all are, though, the fox sweatshirt is definitely my favorite. It is just so adorable! I got one for my sister’s birthday and we were both delighted with it (see post here). So definitely take a look at it! Shop at their store (here)!

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love Senay’s work! I love how each of her pieces is simple and yet so very complex at the same time. Her art is quite breathtaking. I really like the phone case I got from her and would most surely recommend you check her shop out (here) and like her on Facebook (here)!

THIS shop is one of my favorites on the list! I absolutely love Jody’s scarves and tees. My favorite, of course, is the Poppy tee that I got from her. This shirt is of very nice quality and the screen printing she did on it is perfect. Very professional, but affordable. I highly recommend her shop to you all! :) You should check her main website out (here), like her on Etsy (here), and like her on Facebook (here)!

I absolutely love Lanna Thai Creations’ bags! They are each very special: every bag is handmade with good fabrics and fashioned in different unique styles. Items from this shop bring just a taste of the incredible culture and beauty of the Thai people into your home. Check out their shop (here)!

CT Towels is the Etsy shop of a sweet woman named Carolyn in Washington. She heat transfers her images onto flour sack towels which are 100% cotton. Each towel was washed before the image was applied, so it should not shrink when you wash it. Furthermore, these towels are functional as well as pretty. They work well as dish or tea towels. I love the one I got from her and can’t wait to give it to my Mother with the rest of her Christmas gifts. What more can I say? They are adorable products and you should check them out! Look at Carolyn’s shop (here).

JooJoobs wallets are some of the finest that I have ever seen. All of their designs are special and their workmanship is wonderful – since they are handmade, each product is carefully fashioned and you don’t have to worry about loose threads or ugly cuts of leather. The one I got and displayed above for you is for my cousin’s birthday. I know he is going to love it! It is a very masculine and personal piece that I think would make a great Christmas Gift for any man. So what are you waiting for? Get those guys off your shopping list (they really are the hardest to shop for! haha) today by shopping at JooJoobs (here)!

Crikey! This shop is from Australia, mate! Home to Nayana’s wild art and craft kits! (I know you just read that in an Australian accent ;) haha)

Anyways, I got a stamp making kit from here and am so in love with it! All of the supplies are well made (just as sturdy as anything you would get from an expensive crafting store) and the bag to keep it all in is adorable. Nayana’s craft kits would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for anyone 10-100 years old! I am super crafty and love it, but I know it would be great for someone who doesn’t DIY much too!

I definitely recommend checking out Nayana’s shop (here) and following her blog (here)! And get 10% off using the code christmas’! 

Laura is a sweet young woman from Romania and her shop “Fluffy Hedgehog” is filled with lovely creations handmade by her. I love the pendant she made for me! Her jewelry is my favorite; however, she also has some really cute cards as well. You should check her shop out (here)!

This shop belongs to a lady named Rebecca in Stroud, England. I was very excited when I got my package from her because it was wrapped in brown paper, tied up with string and had a note tied to it on which were written the appropriate lines – “brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things..” I don’t know about you gals, but I am in love with The Sound of Music! So a package with those lines must be from heaven ;)

Besides her splendid wrapping skills, you will love Rebecca’s shop because it is filled with kits that would make great Christmas presents. I got the Children’s Knit Kit from her and will be giving it to my little sister for Christmas. I know she is going to love it!

Lastly, another reason you should buy from this shop is because Rebecca is offering 10% off to you all as well! Just use the code ‘SIMPLYDAVELYN’ when you order from her shop (here)!

Like Primrose Circus, this shop (located in The Netherlands) has great crafting kits for kids which make wonderful presents! I got the Rhino sewing kit and am giving this to my sister for Christmas as well. I know she will really like putting this adorable stuffed animal together! Check out DIY FLuffies’ Etsy shop (here)!

I received some Poppy Garden Markers from this shop about a month ago and I absolutely love them. I got them for my Mother and cannot wait till it is spring so week can mark her plants with them! As well as being pretty and vintage looking, they are super affordable too. Check out her shop (here)!

Ziz Accessories is a Ukrainian shop that I love! Their jewelry and accessories are so unique and fun. I really like the Poppy pattern on the pocket mirror that I got! Check their shop out (here)!

I got some lovely poppy flowers from this shop that I really like. I am going to use them as decoration on the tops of my Christmas presents! They would also look cute on cards or hair pieces, though. There is a lot you can do with them :) You can check their shop out here!


Thanks for reading! Hope this gave you some ideas for your Christmas Shopping :)

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Christmas Shopping Ideas Part I : Charity

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Christmas. Though this is my absolute favorite holiday, it can often be a dreaded time of the year. Instead of enjoying the lights, ornaments, and Christmas story, I can end up stressing way too much over finding the “perfect present” for all of my family and friends. I know I am not alone in this. So if you are like me, it is time to stop this nonsense! Christmas is a holiday of love, joy, peace and giving: lets not go against its principles by being frustrated all month.

In order to help you relax and stay joyous this holiday, I am going to make your shopping simpler! That’s right! I am going to help you find great presents, all of which can be purchased from the comfort of your own home! I hope you all enjoy it because let me tell ya, this took a lot of work! ;)



For part one of my Christmas Shopping series I thought it only fitting that I bring you ideas that have to do with charitable companies. Christmas is all about spreading love, so I think it is good for us to give to the less fortunate as well as to our friends. Shopping from companies like these is an amazing way to do so. Who doesn’t like to kill two birds with one stone? (I don’t actually like killing birds, but you get the point). So without further ado, here are some great companies that I think you should take a look at:

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Punjammies is a clothing company in India that provides work for women and is keeping them out of sex trafficking. If you buy from this company, you are helping another woman survive. You can read more about them by clicking here.

These are a few of the pieces that I really like:

 

You have probably seen the popular book “Kisses from Katie” – the story of an American girl, Katie Davis, who lives in Uganda – at your local bookstore a time or two (you haven’t?! well then click here!).   And if you have read it, I’m quite certain you fell in love with it and even shed a few tears…   Anyways, Amazima Ministries is the organization started by this inspiring woman.

Founded in 2008, this organization – based out of Franklin, Tennessee – feeds, educates and encourages the orphaned, poor and vulnerable in the country of Uganda. There are many ways that you can get involved and help Amazima with their amazing work, one of which is shopping at their store here! All of their gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and earrings are made by Ugandan women. When you add jewelry to a girlfriends collection this Christmas, why not add stability and support to a woman in Uganda as well? Check out their site here.

These are just a few of their lovely necklaces:

 

Sevenly is a charitable clothing company: for every item they sell, seven dollars are given to help those in need.  They team up with a new charity each week (which means the clothes also change each week – so if you like something, snatch it up right then!) to help bring funding and awareness to the world’s greatest causes.  Sevenly commissions the creation of “cause art” that celebrates the work of these charitable partners in the world.  In the last three years, they have raised almost 4 million dollars to help people from all around the world –  girls rescued from sex trafficking, starving children, etc.

Check their store out here.

WARNING: When shopping at Sevenly, make sure you read up about the charity they are supporting that week. While I agree with almost every charity they work with, they have, at times, campaigned for groups that I did not deem reputable or even honorable. So yeah, just do your homework and know where your dollar is going!

 

The above companies may be new to you, but I am 99.9% sure that you have all heard of TOMS.  As much as you are all acquainted with this company, though, I still wanted to make sure I included it on my list. If you want to head on over to their website, click hereRemember to check out the kids shoes too – they are so stinkin’ cute!

Here are my current favorites from there:

 

  •  GLOBAL GOODS PARTNERS.

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This is yet another company that provides women, from all over the world, with jobs that are safe. Read more about their handmade goods by clicking here & check out their shop here.

These are my favorite pieces:

 

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B. Toys is a company that donates a portion of every sale to Free The Children. There toys are super cute and a lot of them very educational as well. Check out their store here.

These are some of the cutest things they have:

 

Alrighty. Well, I hope you enjoyed this list and that it has motivated and inspired you. Let me know what you think in the comments!!

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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Keep a look out for part two of this series – it is all about handmade items from my favorite Etsy stores and includes lovely items like this.

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I decided to do my first giveaway!! Why? Because I love you gals and it is almost Christmas! What more can I say?!

Seriously, though. You have no idea how much I love all of the comments you girls leave on this very new blog of mine (I feel like I have been doing this forever, but it has actually only been a couple months). You have no idea how much you all mean to me and bless my life. I love you! {{{hugs}}}



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This little hedgehog is a new Lush favorite of mine! Made with shea and cocoa butters, this holiday bubble bar  smells absolutely amazing and feels great on your skin. Read more about it here 

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I really like this fizz bar – it smells like apples and turns bath time into party time! Read more about it here 

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Vanilla is one of my favorite scents, so this bath bomb (made into a cute bear shape for the holidays) is a 5 star item! Read more about it here 

Remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have of winning. Good luck! (:

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Advent Calendar DIY

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I made this advent calendar today and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love it! I think it is super unique and festive. Hope you gals like it too (: If so, here’s how I did it:


supplies:

  • a frame – i made mine (size 6 ‘ x 2 ‘), but you can buy yours
  • chicken wire – a sheet the same size as your frame
  • nail stapler & staples
  • nail cutters
  • 25 small wooden clothes pins
  • 5 red bows
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • stencils – small and large
  • paper sacks – 24 small ones and 1 big one
  • red glitter
  • edge punch
  • paint
  • tape – masking tape is what I had, but you can use anything

instructions:

  1. Staple the wire onto the back of your frame. Make sure you pull it tight as you secure it, so that it does not get gappy.
  2. Trim wire ends and fold down. Then cover in tape so that it will not scratch up your wall.
  3. Glue your bows onto your frame. I made my bows using this DIY.
  4. Trace small letters onto 24 of your bags and a big 25 on your larger bag. Paint the numbers and cover them in glitter.
  5. Fold bags in half and cut off two inches of the upper half. Then, at the bottom, you can cut out the design of your choice – I used a Martha Stewart flower edge punch.
  6. Fill bags with candy (as you can see, I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet ;) ) and then hang them on calendar rack.
  7. And..voila! Your advent calendar looks splendid! Hang up and enjoy (:

Let me know what you think in the comments! Annnnd just so you know, I’m going to be doing a little giveaway in a couple days. So be sure to stop by again soon! (:

Love ya bunches!

xo Mikéla

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Sorry about the bad pictures. I have been working long shifts lately and the only time I have to take pictures is at night – so I’m left with crappy bathroom lighting. I wanted to make sure I got another post out for you all, though. And if I can, I will try and take better pictures soon and update the post.  Anywho.. ;)

Autumn Centerpiece DIY

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Here’s a little DIY for you ladies! Hope this gives you some inspiration for your Thanksgiving table!

supplies:

  • a long woven basket
  • a 12 oz pack of dark brown spanish moss
  • some fountain grass – I’m not sure what variety mine was.
  • some reindeer moss – I used some different kinds from a variety pack here.
  • black lichen – this was also in my variety pack.
  • a small pumpkin – you can make a sparkly one like mine with my DIY here.
  • pinecones – I collected mine, but you can get these at a lot of craft stores too.
  • a few acorns

here is how I assembled it:

I think it turned out quite pretty and will look lovely on my Thanksgiving table. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below! Also, feel free to share links with me to some of your holiday DIY’s.

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Oh! And before you gals leave, I wanted to tell you about this new website I learned of called “Raise.” Raise.com is a company that allows you to buy and sell gift cards. That’s right! Those gift cards you are given for Christmas to stores that you would never shop at can actually be used! You can simply get cash for them or trade them for gift cards that you would like. Now that is something every girl can use this time of year! Anyways, to find out more about this site, click here.

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

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Just a few weeks ago it was too hot to wear a sweater, now it is too cold to go without it: and a coat, gloves and boots.  Not sure where my favorite season went, but this winter frost and ice is certainly lovely. Beauty is everywhere!

I hope that you all enjoyed these pictures and are also taking pleasure in whatever weather is upon you! Let me know what you think in the comments (: