Gift giving season is finally here! We have spent countless hours finding all the best gifts for the special people in our lives and can’t wait to give them out. But first, we need to think about gift wrapping.
Do you have a puzzle with a few missing pieces? Why not repurpose the leftover pieces and create personalized holiday greetings and names tags.
photo credit: Good Housekeeping
Create festive snowflake and snowman designs by dipping the end of a pencil onto some construction paper. You can create a few small designs or one large design.
Snowflakes and Snowman
photo credit: HGTV
For a 3D effect, layer some leftover cupcake cups from your pantry and create fun and colorful paper carnations.
Cupcake Paper Carnations
photo credit: Martha Stewart
And that’s a wrap…Linenplace wishes you a safe and joyous Holiday Season!!!
In NYC most of us don’t have fireplaces at home, so the best we can do on a snowy cold night (like last night) is put on a fireplace dvd and light up some candles. The best candle when you’re missing a fireplace is the Diptyque Feu de Bois candle! Scent: Wood Fire “The warm, familiar, sophisticated accord of rare woods throughout the long winter days”.
photo credit: Diptyque Paris
At $60 for the standard size candle, these are certainly expensive candles but the quality is commensurately high as well. Each candle burns approx. 50 – 60 hours. They are made with a high quality vegetable/paraffin wax mix and cotton, lead-free wicks. And, of course they are made in France. I also love the fact that they sell a candle lid ($22). One of my biggest pet peeves is dusty candle wax (have you ever tried to clean this? Urg, not fun.), so a cover takes care of that problem! The cover also apparently helps preserve the candle’s aroma.
We’re in the midst of the cold winter season and you may be feeling like it’s time for a new duvet cover. Right now, we’re offering 20% off on 3 great patterns!
Kaleidoscope is a 280 thread count sateen weave made with 100% cotton. It’s available in this cheerful light turquoise color, or a neutral flax. With a crisp white background, it looks fresh and modern.
Odessa is also a 280 thread count sateen weave made with 100% cotton. This modern look is available in blue, blackberry or linden green. The purple shade of blackberry is a top color of 2014 according to Pantone! (see the blackberry color by clicking the link)
Oslo is a poly/cotton blend in a 300 thread count sateen weave. What makes it really interesting is that it’s a crossweave. The warp yarns are 100% cotton and the weft yarns are polyester… so on the front side of the fabric you get the feeling of 100% cotton. At the same time the polyester content helps it resist wrinkling after washing and drying. We also love the huge scale of the links pattern… really unique and striking!
My super smart Mum showed me how to make the modern version of a hot water bottle for warming up your bed. It’s simply a small pillowcase-like fabric pouch that you fill with rice and sew closed… then microwave it! You can make it any size you like. A good size is about 12 inches by 8 inches. With a sewing machine, you can whip a few of these up in minutes:
1. select fabric and cut to desired size
2. sew up 3 sides
3. fill with rice, add some fragrant dried lavender if desired
4. sew 4th side closed
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can support other seamstresses by buying one on Etsy: here’s one from AngelasExpressions with a cute Christmas tree pattern. There are many other options available as well.
I have two of them… I heat them up for 2 to 3 minutes (depends on the strength of your microwave) and put them in bed several minutes before I am going to get in, and then it’s all wonderfully warm when I do. The rice stays warm for a surprisingly long time too!