Advent Calendar Round Up

Advent starts next week-- do you have your calendar yet? Advent Calendars

Printable Advent Calendar

The Marion House Book advent calendar

Wooden Creations by Chris

I had never seen a puzzle Advent Calendar before-- had you? "...Starting on December 1st you add one piece of the puzzle daily, continuing until you add the final piece on the morning of December 25."

JHill Design modern Advent Calendar

Le Petit Pot Advent Calendar

Semi-DIY Advent Calendar Nina Max Daly

Matchbox Advent Calendar



And lastly, I am in love with this tiny matchbox one. Everyday, as you remove a drawer and then slide it back in reversed, a picture is slowly revealed! So sweet.

Most of these are semi-diy and/or printable. Click on the image for directions and ordering info!

If none of these catch your fancy, head over to Oh Happy Day which has gorgeous tutorials for making your own!

Baggu Wrapping


Do you guys know about Baggu?

Yes, their website design is impeccable, but really they are in the business of making lovely bags.  They started with nylon ones you can roll up and save for shopping, (above,) but they've expanded their line to include other bags, such as this swank backpack as featured in none other than the Sartorialist:

Anyways, they made this handy tutorial about wrapping presents with Baggu bags.  It reminds me of Japanese furoshiki wrapping, but even easier:


So simple, right? Two presents in one!

Christmas in Vermont

Happy New Year everyone!  I've been away, but now I'm back home, all snugly amidst the surprise (well, it was a surprise to me,) snow. I was in Vermont with my family for Christmas-- which meant more snow, good food and good cheer.  My parents and I took a walk on Christmas day:

Oh Vermont, you are so pretty...

Is everyone ready for the new year?  I'm up to my eyebrows in lists, which means I'm lookin' forward to it.