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Weekend Review


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Happy Monday, friends. It’s a wet one here in the cove, as was yesterday. I love the comfort of rainy days, and all of the cuddling and snuggling and warm beverage-sipping and fireside-playing and cookie-making (I use India Tree natural food coloring for creating icing colors for sugar cookies) that they bring. With all the sadness that this past weekend presented, keeping things quiet and low-key and love-filled was exactly what felt in order over the weekend, and that’s just what we did.

Glenn is busy at the stove as I type this, whisking chocolate bits and milk and sugar into what promises to be another exquisite cup of hot chocolate (Huxley’s snack-time request today). Huxley has every book and wooden puzzle and block and toy spread out in his play area in the kitchen (or so it would seem to his perpetually-cleaning up mama!). There are sprigs of rosemary resting on the counter, destined for sachets, and beeswax and essential oils waiting, too, destined to become salve. The scents and sights our kitchen currently offers warms me to the bone.

The hot chocolate has me thinking about the post I did a few years back on the topic on Design Sponge. Looking back over some projects I’ve posted there, I saw that several of them are perfectly suited to gifting, crafting, and decorating this time of year and I wanted to share them here with you today:

*Hot chocolate gift basket.

*Bath salts, face mask & honey scrub.

*Chocolate peanut butter cups.

*All-natural holiday potpourri.

*Calendar gift bags.

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health, happiness, and much, much love for you and yours.

 

 

4 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Aimee (EcoGrrl) says:

    Love the calendar gift bags – now, if only I didn’t mark up my calendars until they’re way too fugly to use!! Passed along to my more crafty friends though :)

  • lindsey says:

    I like to whisk in a little cornstarch to thicken hot chocolate up.

  • jen says:

    I use a letterpress desk calendar to keep track of each month’s days on our fridge and then at the end of the month, I turn the card over and write highlights – things we did, restaurants we ate at, concerts we attended, vacations, etc. At the end of the year, I have 12 months of happenings with very little effort and it’s a way to reuse them.
    I also buy a PaperSource wall calendar every year for my office. They have great artwork and on the backs of every month, have dotted lines for cutting out to reuse – pillow boxes, notecards, postcards, bookmarks, gift tags, etc. It’s one of my favorite things about that calendar.

    Love the idea of the hot chocolate gift basket. I’m definitely gifting those to co-workers next year along with an Asheville-made mug.

  • kimpeck says:

    chocolate pb cups…here i come!! yum!