Favorite Etsy Shops and 25% off code!!

 

best etsy shopsHello pretty friends! Recently, I’ve been doing nothing but browsing Etsy for fun home decor items, particularly digital downloads of pictures I can frame to put on my walls. There are so many talented and creative people out there and I’m amazed by what they come up with! Below I’ve selected a few of my favorite shops with links to them so you can take a look at the cute stuff they sell!

Also, Spike the Punch generously gave me a discount code to share with you all for 25% off anything in her shop! Use code WITTYNPRETTY to get the deal! She has the most adorable things for sale like this Coco Chanel print below!

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Ivana Illustrations

Ivana Etsy Shop

 

Paper Storm Prints

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Macarons and Mimosas

 

kate spade printables

Enjoy the fabulous art from these amazing girls!!

-LIZ

 

Inspiration for Winter Decorations

Happy Saturday! I’m sitting at my kitchen bar in little red and pink flannel shorts and my favorite gray t-shirt with my cup of coffee. It’s a brisk 21 degrees out with abundant sunshine and zero percent chance of snow. In typical Mid-Atlantic fashion, all the precipitation that we’re going to get this winter will be coming next week… when the temperature has risen to about 45 degrees. Such is life.

I think the worst part about the winter is not having any seasonal decorations to enjoy. The Christmas tree is gone and all the twinkling lights have been snuffed out and put back in the attic. Why on Earth do we put them away when everything outside our window says “Christmas” and “chilly weather”? It’s probably because of the stereotypes that come along with leaving your decorations up too long. In an effort to maintain festive cheer until at least mid-February, I’ve come up with a few cute decorations that you can put up after Christmas is over that celebrate the cold winter months (without looking tacky).

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  • “Snow” dusted pinecones– Using a silver spray paint, lightly dust the pinecones until snow effect is achieved. Follow with sparkle spray paint!
  • Cranberry bouquet- I’m a firm believer that plants or flowers make a home come alive. For this little project find a neutral color vase and either real or fake cranberry branches. Place several branches in the vase for a winter appropriate pop of color!
  • Gold snow flakes- Using gold paper doilies, tempt the child inside you by cutting doilies in the shapes of snow flakes and place on a window or door. Add sparkles if you must!
  • Cable knit throw- Go to Marshall’s or TJ Maxx and find warm blankets for the living room. Drape them over the sofa and add pillows for a cozy effect (the above throw is from Target).
  • Birch candles- Find these at Crate and Barrel or even Marshall’s! Place them in the center of your table on top of a table runner.
  • Traditional sled- This one comes from Target but you can find them in antique shops! By the front entrance of your home, tie some holy leaves to the top of the sled and place it near a small corner.
  • Hot cocoa bar- In your kitchen, find a corner to place jars of hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, cocoa powder, peppermint, and a few mugs like the one above from Sur la Table. It creates a really warm, welcoming effect for your family and guests!

Hopefully you find a few of these ideas helpful and perfect for your space. I am a firm believer in seasonal decorations all year round. I absolutely love it and it lifts my mood! Enjoy!

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Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Recipe

mason_jar_recipeHappy Monday friends! Only a few days until Christmas and I’m in panic mode. I have so much left to do and not much time to do it. Last night, I spent a few hours baking and being creative. Notice I said a “few hours”. I never knew it took so much time out of your day to play Martha Stewart. I started out by baking gingerbread cookies (recipe to come tomorrow) and went on to make mason jar hot cocoa mix. Lucky for you, I saved the recipe and instructions!

Step 1: Get all the ingredients out, trust me it saves time.

  • 4 (8 ounce) mason jars
  • 2 cups of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 10 crushed up candy canes
  • Bag of mini marshmallows

Hot_cocoa_recipeStep 2: Layer 1/4 cup of sugar, half a cup of cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in each jar. Have a butter knife handy to even out each layer. Follow this by layering the candy canes and then the mini marshmallows in each jar. Use as much or as little of the candy canes as you see fit. I like a lot of peppermint!

Step 3: Print out heating instructions and attach it to the jar with string.

mason_jar_crafts“To serve: Remove the marshmallows to a plate and mix together the remaining ingredients in the jar. Bring 1 cup of milk to a simmer over low heat. Add 3 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix and stir until completely combined. Pour into cups or mugs and top with marshmallows before serving.”

Step 4: Add a festive bow on top of the jar and then take a photo for Instagram!

I’m giving these as cute gifts to a few friends. They’ll be impressed simply because they know how bad I am in the kitchen. Hopefully they feel loved too because I hate spending time on things like this, and believe me, I spent hours perfecting this! I guess I really can do anything when I force myself to. At least it made for pretty pictures!

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Nails for the Holiday Season

nail_colors_for_autumn I have a love for painting my nails and with the holiday festivities coming up it’s only going to get worse. I find the best deals on nail polish from good brands like Essie at Marshall’s. At most I pay about $4.50 for Essie or O.P.I. there. I have quite the collection! I’ve compiled 6 colors that are worth wearing in the next 6 weeks that bring out the warmth of the season (ironic, right?) The brand I chose to go with for the purposes of this post is Zoya.

I chose gold and burgundy for the rich undertones in them. Gold reminds me of champagne and giving toasts and the burgundy reminds me of the wine at festive dinners.

Navy blue and forest green were my second favorite color combo because they’re often seen together in tartan plaid. It’s an age-old classic that’s sewn into big, warm blankets, scarves, and the Scottish kilt.

My third choice was a little more modern and icy, if you will. The gray brought in the chill of late Autumn and early winter while the purple embraced some of the non-traditional colors of Christmas.

What I like to do is paint my nails one color but leave out the ring fingers on both hands. With those fingers I paint them a complimenting but different color. For example, you might choose the navy blue as your main color but the green you would use on your ring finger. Sometimes I add a layer of silver or gold sparkle onto that. You can never have too much glitter, right?

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At Home Coffee Station

butfirstcoffeeThis post is for my fellow coffee lovers out there. I’m a coffee addict. I have one cup in the morning and two in the late afternoon. Its my ritual and I love it. Additionally, I collect coffee mugs. They just make me happy. I also take my coffee with seasonal creamer… lots of creamer. Right now I’m on a pumpkin spice kick. That will end probably mid November when the radio stations start to play Christmas music and I get a hankering for peppermint mocha everything.

In my future home, I hope to be able to have enough counter space for this wonderful little thing called a coffee station. After seeing an awesome one online (seriously, check out that link), I was inspired and created a little list of things you might want in your at-home-station.

1. A collection of fabulous mugs like the C. Wonder mug I featured.

2. An espresso machine or just regular old coffee maker (duh).

3. Starbucks’ professional-in-store syrup pumps for that shot of vanilla you have to have.

4. Biscotti for the slower days when you can actually enjoy your coffee.

5. Stir sticks so you don’t dirty a million spoons.

6. Multiple kinds of bean roasts so you have options (remember, this is for coffee addicts).

7. Sugar stored in a mason jar so everyone knows your awesome at Pinterest.

8. Whipped cream for the illusion of your coffee being made by a barista, oh wait, it was, wasn’t it? Winky face.

9. Spice shakers filled with cinnamon and other heavenly spices to top off that latte.

I can think of a few other things I might have on hand as well such as agave nectar for the friend that comes over and cringes at the chemicals you put in your drink. Possibly a few Starbucks recipes so you can make professional grade lattes. Whatever you fancy!

I got tired of spending $4 on a latte at ‘Bucks and decided to start drinking more of my own creations at home. It saves a fortune. I’m such a typical American girl when it comes to my coffee. It has to be flavored and named something complicated in order for me to drink it. What’s your typical Starbucks order look like? Share with me below!

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