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Holiday Shopping Guide!

 

UPDATED: 12/5/13!

I recently sent some friends an e-mail with things I bought (or will be buying) for my holiday gift list. Then Monica from Wired Momma asked if she could feature it on her blog. THEN I thought, “wait a minute…I have a blog, and back when I was actually writing stuff on it, I would have TOTALLY posted this list.”

Duh. So here we go. My personal list of suggestions for holiday shopping this year! I’ve also added some suggestions from friends (since of course, I asked for THEIR favorite resources too).

FIRST – a few bargains. While I don’t typically work on non-special needs deals for CertifiKid, I offered to help bring in a few for the holiday gift guide this year. I only approached a handful of designers/companies who made “pretty stuff” that I like – so I could get a good discount on something I already planned to buy. Here are the FOUR “personalized” gift options that I hand picked:

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2-Month Subscription for Appleseed Lane STEM (science/math) experiments and projects – this is currently running as a CertifiKid holiday gift guide deal: $28 (40% off). My kids LOVE this kind of thing and I was a terrible math and science student. With STEM jobs on the rise, those poor Hood children need all the help they can get. Thank you Appleseed Lane!

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1. Monogrammed clutches from Social Monograms – $26 (40% off). Lots of color and monogram style options (if I was getting married this would totally be on the list for possible bridesmaid gifts). THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – but you can still order directly from Social Monograms at www.socialmonograms.com.

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I’m getting a few – including one for myself in either green or orange with a white block monogram:

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2. Matching monogrammed t-shirts for a girl and her 18″ doll – $28 (32% off). Eleanor is really into her American Girl Doll and I bought this for her birthday. THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – but you can find another American Girl (18″) doll deal HERE.

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Sadly – this was before I brought in the deal, so no discount for me. There are only 100 available at this price and half of that has sold just today.

3.  50% off personalized kids’ stationery from Smilegram Paper (including LINED PAPER – which the little ones love). You can buy $10 vouchers for $5 (50% off) – up to $100 to apply to your order. I haven’t placed MY order yet…but here are some possibilities: THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – but the same one is running on CertifiKid’s Special Needs page since the lined stationery is great for kids who struggle with the fine motor skills required for handwriting. Get your Smilegram at 50% off HERE.

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4.  $25 (45% off) in personalized silhouettes from Le Papier Studio Both traditional (you know…heads-only) or unique figures – and lots of different styles. I LOVE the idea of sending in an “action” picture and having it made into an art print silhouette. Here is what I JUST ordered to feature some of our recent beach pictures of the kids (made into silhouettes): THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – You can order directly from Le Papier Studio at www.lepapierstudio.com.

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Here are two others that I love:

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Full disclosure – I will make a small commission on sales for the FOUR items above since I brought in the deals (so  if all goes well, I may be able to cover the cost of my own purchases – ha!) Alternatively, I get zippy for featuring the rest of the list below.

ANYWAY – If you want to see the other CertifiKid holiday gift guide deals you can find them HERE. Moving on – here are a few [more] of my favorite things…

1. Cozy cowels from Elizabeth Keohan of The Knotti Klinic.

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2. Gorgeous fair trade jewelry from Kiran Ferrandino of Simply Om. A portion of the proceeds from all Simply Om sales go toward training and empowering women in oppressed areas to develop a sustainable trade and help them overcome poverty. I own several Simply Om pieces including one of these bracelets from Ecuador (turquoise blue) that I wear daily:

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And here is Kiran wearing one of her new designs produced by artisans in India.

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3. My favorite new novel (just finished it and I’m buying it for some friends/family members), The Lunatic Parlor by Adrienne Cunninghame-Blank. I describe this book at Royal Tenenbaums meets Running with Scissors – I’m sad it’s over and still thinking about the characters…

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4. My favorite humor book on Motherhood (well…tied with the first one) from Scary Mommy. Buy one for every mother you know!

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5. Adorable wooden teethers and rattles from Little Alouette. I have a new nephew and this little guitar has his name on it!

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6. Beautiful prints, paper goods, etc. from one of my favorite artists, Anne Harwell of Annechovie. I have this print hanging in my house:

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This is one of my current favorites:

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7. Fabric clutch purses in fabulous textiles from Bee Gee Bags. If you have been following The Big Piece of Cake for any length of time, you will know how much I LOVE these bags! I think I first featured them in 2008 when I started the blog. I have several and the compliments flow every time I take one out. Here is one of mine that is currently available on the site:

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8. Some warmers and wax from my friend Tina O’Flynn who sells Scentsy. The fact that I like this product was a big surprise since I have an extreme aversion to all things Yankee Candle…I’m pretty sensitive to smells and Scentsy has a good selection of subtle scents that don’t make me feel like passing out. Also – the whole “wick-less” thing is huge for me since I’m terrified of matches (true story). Hey – a birdcage!

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FINALLY: Suggestions I received from friends include…

Kim loves jewelry from designer Heather Raabe. Her pieces range in price from $20 to over $800 – but I think my favorite was a simple hammered silver necklace for $40. Affordable and goes with everything:

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Check out her Etsy shop HERE.

Mickie highly recommends Thumb and Pinky for unique handmade kids clothes. My favorite on the site is this African Wax print sun dress:

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Not exactly seasonal for the East Coast…but I’d buy a size up for summer 2014! Visit the Etsy shop HERE.

Kristen reminded me of the Haitian Creations party she hosted earlier this year. I purchased a gorgeous long necklace that I prefer to wear in a 1920’s House of Eliott style. This is what the beads look like (in green – thought there are many color variations):

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And here is the process:


Haitian Creations is a non-profit organization rooted in empowering the women of Haiti through education & design. Check out the site HERE.

FINALLY, for my DC area friends – here are the local shops I’ll be visiting:

Zoe Boutique in Old Town Alexandria

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Covet in Arlington

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The Nest Egg in Fairfax

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How about you? Have any great finds you’d like to share? Tell me in comments or e-mail me, bigpieceofcake@gmail.com. I’ll add them!

Happy (almost) holidays!

A Little Birdie Told Me (I’m sure I’ve used that one before…)

I have always loved bird motifs. And while most of her work is related to her paintings, I’m just enchanted with Laurie Coyle’s fanciful custom bird sculptures.

At $45, they are about 3.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches long “beak to tail.” The legs and body structure are made with wire, and the body is stuffed with hypo-allergenic fiberfill. Fabrics used are linen and/or cotton fabric (depending on color/patter choice) and “eco-fi fleece” is used for the beak.

And the wait time is approximately 10-13 days! (7-10 for production and 3 for shipping)

Charming.

Check out the Esty shop HERE.

Buying Tea for the Tins

As I sip my morning tea…

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for little boxes. My mother may have started it by buying them for me when I was little. So there is nothing I like more than a pretty box or in this case, tea tin:









All of these are loose tea packages that you can buy on Pearl River. Morning tea PLUS a pretty box for storing your various bits and bobs. This tea doesn’t have to be green to be green.

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I spotted one of these carved pieces in a magazine and had to look up the source…




While I wouldn’t say that the contemporary vibe of Diane Paparo Studio suits my personal taste in furniture, I was quite taken by the few pieces that caught my eye. I would especially love to own one of those chairs. No idea how comfortable it would be, but I’d probably rather look at it than sit in it anyway!

Click on images for detailed tear sheets.

A Matchbox Made in Heaven

I’ve written about my friend Susan’s shop Shandell’s before, and how I particularly love her covered matchboxes. Well – as I was perusing my November issue of House Beautiful, I was delighted to see her work mentioned in the “best” of the month section!



The caption reads:

Matchbox: A wooden matchbox with a handmade decoupaged cover? It sparked our interest. Sold in a variety of vintage designs (there’s a different image on each side), they make a great hostess gift on their own or paired with a candle. $14. SHANDELL’S: shandells.com.

Not familiar with Susan’s work? You can see more of her antique and handmade paper creations (lamps, shades, matchboxes, tissue paper box covers, etc.) on her website, Shandell’s.

Here are some of my favorite matchboxes in the shop right now:







A little late to order the Halloween inspired on for this year, but Santa would look adorable on the mantle for Christmas 2010…

Lovely Lamps

Earlier this month, Susan from Shandell’s added some gorgeous lamps to her Etsy shop. She made shades with the hand made paper of artist, Dana Curtis and paired them with vintage lamps.





I love how unique lamps bring personality to a room. It’s so easy to find something neutral to “go with” the existing furnishings. But why can’t lamps be used as art?

It should come as no surprise that this one is my favorite.


It would be perfect in my parents’ shop (speaking of…we’ve got some guest posters at Style Key West this week – drop by and say hello!)