FriYAY Faves (& only 7 days until Christmas!)

I cannot handle the fact that Christmas is only 7 days away! And today is the last day of school for a little bit! WAHOO!! I’m having an excitement overload this morning! 🙂

If you’re looking for a few last minute gifts that any gal would love, check out my last FriYAY Faves before Christmas! Don’t worry, I love FriYAY Faves so much that I think I may just keep them all year round!

FriYAY Faves

1. “With All Your Heart” hand stamped necklace from Befriending Faithfulness ($20) – My friend Erin has opened a beautiful Etsy shop called Befriending Faithfulness. She makes AWESOME hand stamped jewelry (and can even personalize it to say anything you want!) and embroidered hoop art. All of her pieces are inspired by scripture and are SO encouraging. Plus, one of the things I love most about Erin’s shop is that she donates 10% each month to a worthy cause. Check out her blog and befriend Befriending Faithfulness! (See what I did there?)

2. Coral & Tusk hand linen from Firefly ($44) – I know it’s a lot for a hand towel… but look at those woodland creatures!!! Coral & Tusk also makes stockings with these same characters, so stock up and have them ready for next Christmas!

3. “The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking” book by Kate Payne ($20) – I adore Kate’s blog and visit it frequently. She does everything from canning and pickling to home decorating and gardening. All of her projects and lifestyle tips are fabulous and practical! Plus, her personality is just too cute, so I’m sure her Hip Girl’s Guide would be a fun read! Also… she just came out with “The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen”… I probably really need that one haha.

4. “Ready to Run” Vest from Red Dress Boutique ($46) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I reeeeeally want a fur vest. But I’m having trouble finding the perfect one. Nothing that looks too fake, something that will go with everything, and something I won’t be tired of this time next year… It’s tough. But I really like this leather-trimmed faux fur vest. It’s just enough fur but not over the top. Plus, I think that it could stick around as a great winter piece for years to come.

5. “Let’s All Be Brave” mug made by Glory Haus from Annie F. Downs ($18.25) – Annie is one of my favorite people. We’ve only met three times, but she is truly an inspiration and never ceases to encourage me {especially through her social media platforms… including her new podcast!} Her new book “Let’s All Be Brave” urges you to be courageous, even when it’s not easy or convenient. And boy is that a message that I need over and over and over. I love this mug because I could sip my cup o’ joe each morning from it and be reminded to walk through the day bravely. Thanks, Annie, for such a strong message and a cute tool to serve as a reminder of it!!

Hurry hurry and get that Christmas shopping done!! And then sit back and enjoy the holidays, won’t you? Because remember, it’s not really about the presents at all. 🙂

Batch Charleston #3

Our final box of our gift subscription to Batch was definitely my favorite of the bunch! (Have I said this each time? I think so.) If you aren’t familiar with Batch, read my previous reviews here or here! What you need to know about Batch… They are a delivery service of amazing local goods straight to your door 🙂

Here’s what we got this time around:

Batch Charleston

And great news friends! If this sounds like something that a loved one of yours would just love as a Christmas gift, you still have time to order for them to receive a Batch for the holidays! They also have 3-, 6-, and 12-months options for giving holiday subscriptions! The deadline is December 18, so hurry on over and place your order for quality local goods from one of your favorite cities in the US!

FriYAY Faves! (Gifts for Mr. Wonderful)

Alright, ladies and gents. It’s really really almost Christmas. If you’re like me (which in this case I hope you’re not) you’re just starting your Christmas shopping… Yikes! Rather than enjoying lovely presents wrapped under the tree, I’m currently trying to figure out what to buy so that I can frantically wrap and get them there by Christmas week!

But never fear. If you’re looking for something just as wonderful as your guy to give him this Christmas, I’ve got you covered! (And that’s only because Will screenshot these things onto my desktop to give me a little *hint hint*.)

FriYAY Faves for Him!

My (really Will’s) FriYAY Faves that any man will be happy to find wrapped (even if done so frantically) under the tree:

1. Martin Dingman Classic I.D. Card Case ($75) – Will’s been eyeing a sleek, thin, yet functional wallet for ages now. This one has all of those features. Plus, Martin Dingman only chooses high quality leathers, so it would be a wallet that he could have for years to come!

2. L.L. Bean 6″ Duck Boots ($99) – Will has the best shoes. However, with a mostly leather and suede collection, any time it rains he has to sacrifice a pair to the stench. Bean boots would be the perfect solution… Another great pair of shoes that can be worn even on the rainiest of days and still look totally put together!

3. Aeropress ($30) – My man loves coffee. And while our French Press and Keurig are both great, sometimes you just need a 20-second cup of coffee. Yep. You really do. And the Aeropress makes a quick, low-acidity cup o’ joe that will be just the right way to start your day!

4. Form Function Form’s Button-stud Watchband ($48) – Will loves his Weekender watch and how he can customize his bands. But recently, his leather band has been getting kinda flimsy. Maybe because he’s had it a while, but still… time for an upgrade. This company makes all kinds of accessories and goods (including iPhone cases) from quality leathers!

5. Hulu Plus subscription (varies) – We don’t have cable. (Whaaaaat?!?!) But we do love some tv shows. Nothing beats a good laugh with Cam, Gloria, and Phil after a long day of work/ studying. And who knew that you could buy Hulu for people as a gift?? Really, who knew? Not me until very recently and now I’m secretly hoping that we get a few months as gifts so that we can see what Jess & Schmidt are up to…

Quality leather products, Big Bang Theory marathons, and coffee. That’s my man 🙂 Merry merry!

FriYAY Faves!

Christmas is coming!! You can finally feel it in the air. (And we’re definitely feeling it at school… 10 more days!) With that in mind, I give you possibly my favorite Fave yet!

FriYAY Faves 12.5.14

  1. Wood Block Geo Pear with Gold Leaf by Ettie Ink ($42.33) – I can’t even tell you how I stumbled across this pretty, but I sure am glad I did. Ettie Ink is graphic designer company… in Australia! Michelle specializes in custom stationary and wedding suites, but her handmade art blocks are some of my favorite pieces! This pear is super cute and would be precious in my future kitchen. I’m seeing pastels and GOLD everywhere. All gold everything.
  2. “Hey Babe, We Are Blessed” Print by Fleecher Designs ($10) – Beautiful handlettering, the sweetest words, and a gal with Thomasville roots. This print is everything. I saw Laura’s prints in the Sturdy Brothers‘ pop-up while in T-ville and was inspired by her simple, classic prints. I think it’d look great just about anywhere.
  3. Thick Knit Ear Warmer Headband in Marble Gray from AquaGiraffe ($20) – A winter must-have. For the days that the wind is blowing but you don’t want to compromise a good hair day… The ear warmer is the perfect accessory to accent your winter style! There’s some really great jewelry in the AquaGiraffe shop too.
  4. The Sabrina Fairchild necklace by Kiel James Patrick ($88) – First of all, if you aren’t following KJP & SarahKJP on Instagram, you’re not doing Instagram right. KJP is a fashion designer that specializes in jewelry, accessories, & apparel. They will make you want to be the best dressed person you know. Just check out this Scalloped Oxford for gals for proof!
  5. All the pillows from Hall About the Home ($30-$68) –  I have a pillow problem. I couldn’t just choose one… so I chose 4. Problem. I started following Hall About the Home recently when they began carrying Copper & Torch (an Athens artist I Faved here). Hall is another amazing Australian vendor!! Maybe this is a sign that we need a vacation down under 🙂

May your weekend be merry & bright!

DIY: Calendar Prints to Wall Art Plaques

With Thanksgiving officially behind us and Christmas approaching quickly, I’ve got presents on my brain. And not the ones that I hope to find under the tree for myself… the ones that I’ll share with others! I’m a sucker for homemade gifts, so this year I want to share with you some of my favorite DIYs that I’ve done this year. Who knows?? Maybe one will inspire you to make some homemade gifts this Christmas season!

First up: How to turn your favorite calendar prints into wall art plaques 🙂

I love prints (if you can’t tell from my FriYAY Faves collection…) and I loooooooove Rifle Paper Company (P.S. They are having a 30% off Black Friday sale through Monday). I’ve been a huge fan of Anna’s for years now, and my hubby did a great thing and bought me the 2014 Travel Calendar last year around this time. I’m already looking forward to getting another Rifle calendar for 2015… Maybe the Honey Bee? or Les Fleurs?

Anywho… I digress.

Calendar Prints to Wall Art Plaques

I was so in love with my Travel calendar that by June I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with it. Sooooo I decided to make the first 6 months permanent features on my wall. Here’s how:

  1. Buy a large wooden plaque to adhere each print to. I got mine from Walmart with a coupon for only $2 each!
  2. If you want the plaques to be a different color, go ahead and paint them and let them dry completely before the next step.
  3. Lay the prints face down on the plaque, and on the back of the prints with a pencil trace the outline of the plaque to get the calendar pages to the exact size you desire.
  4. Cut your prints out carefully. Mine needed a lot of trimming because it was a large calendar, but whatever you do, make sure those lines are straight!
  5. Use Modge Podge to lightly coat the wood in the area that the prints will go. Be sure it’s a very even, very thin coat to ensure that the paper won’t bubble.
  6. Lay the prints gently on the wooden plaques. Be sure to get any bubbles out my rubbing over them.
  7. Dry, hang with 3M strips, and voila!

Calendar Prints

Ours look great in our pantry area of the kitchen!! I love that we were able to repurpose these pretties and now we get to see them every day! Plus, if you are thinking about doing this project to make gifts, one calendar equals 12 pretty presents to give to friends and family! And each with their own unique print 🙂

Enjoy!