Make your own Christmas card holders

finished-pine-cone-holdersOne of our favorite parts of the holiday are all of the cards. There’s something wonderful about opening your mailbox to find a hand written note from someone you love, which is why we love these gilded pine cone Christmas card holders. They are the perfect compliment to the beautiful holiday cards we receive each year. Even better, they’re a breeze to make!

Materials
Pine cones
Gold spray paint
Paper clips
Hot glue gun

pineconesWe weren’t lucky enough to have a nearby pine tree so we picked up our pine cones from a local craft store. Test your pine cones to make sure that the bases are flat enough to stand upright. A wobbly cone won’t be able to hold up a card.

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glued-paper-clips Next apply a pea size dot of hot glue to the top of your pine cone. Insert a paper clip into the glue and add another pea sized dot to ensure the clip is secure. Let the pine cones rest for about 10 minute or until glue is set. Gently test the strength of your clip to make sure it will stay in place.

spray-painted-pine-conesFinally you get to paint! We like a little bit of the natural color of the pine cone to peek through, but feel free to coat your cone more thoroughly. Once your cones are dry, you’re ready to start showing off your cards.

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Holiday roundup part one: Some of our favorite Christmas crafts

‘Tis the season for crafting! Yes, the holiday is about joy and family, finding the perfect present and getting together with loved ones, but it’s also about filling your home and life with the perfect seasonal touches. Here’s a round up of some of our favorite holiday craft ideas!

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Christmas cup sleeves
These adorable and reusable sleeves are the perfect gift for the eco gal or guy in your life and they’re really easy to make!

Make your own Christmas cup sleeves.

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Festive wreath
Another fun craft that looks like it takes more time than it does is this fun yarn wreath. Just be sure to arm yourself with a glue gun!

How to create your own yarn wreath.

snowglobes

Mason jar snow globes
Cute and completely customizable, these snow globes are great on your desk or mantle. Since you get to select the figurine inside, there’s no end to what you can create for everyone from the sports fan to the artist in your life.

Create a mason jar snow globe.

 

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Decorate your door with a fragrant rosemary wreath

Hanging-wreathNothing harkens the holidays quite like a door adorned with a seasonal wreath. This holiday skip the classic holly or pine needle versions and try this herbaceous rosemary version. Using floral wire, rosemary clippings and a metal wreath form, you can create the perfect hostess gift for the chef in your life or add an aromatic touch to your own home.

Materials

What you’ll need:
Metal wreath form
Rosemary sprigs
Floral wire (We used 24 gauge)
Scissors
Clear rubber hair ties (Optional)

wrapping-bunchesGroup rosemary sprigs into bunches of three or four and secure with floral wire or clear hair ties. Attach sprig bunch to the metal floral form with the floral wire. Work in one direction ensuring the sprigs all face the same way for a more uniform appearance.

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wrapping-wreathOnce you’ve secured the bunches around the wreath form, fill in any gaps or holes with additional sprigs and secure those pieces with floral wire.

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Roasted root vegetable medley

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There’s no question that the potato is the root vegetable superstar at most Thanksgiving tables and while we love a good spud, we also love variety. One of our favorite seasonal dishes is a roasted root vegetable medley. Roasting vegetables concentrates flavor and can mellow the bite of turnips or radishes. Add a few sprigs of earthy rosemary or thyme and you’ve got the perfect side dish for the holiday. The best part is this recipe is extremely adaptable! Use whatever root vegetables you have on hand, from beets and carrots to parsnips and sweet potatoes.

Roasted root vegetable medley
1 medium sweet potato
2 parsnips
1 carrot
1 rutabaga
shallot
olive oil
rosemary

Preheat oven to 400F. Chop sweet potato, parsnips, carrot and rutabaga into one inch cubes and combine in mixing bowl. Mince shallot and and two tablespoons of rosemary. Add to mixing bowl. Drizzle enough olive oil to coat vegetables lightly, add salt and pepper and toss with hands to mix. Put vegetables on a baking sheet or shallow baking pan and roast for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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Enjoy the robust fragrance of new Herbes De Provence

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A richly aromatic bouquet of fresh rosemary, sage, lavender and tarragon highlighted with elements of citrus zest seasons the air of a Provençal village market.

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Climbing Wild Rose: A new fresh take on a classic scent

Climbing wild roseThis isn’t your dried, tired rose scent. Our Climbing Wild Rose captures the fresh scent emanating from a trellis of fresh wild roses embracing the stone walls of a Provençal cottage mingled with dew-covered leafy greens, garden florals, white lotus, musk and smooth woody notes. Available in our new 6 oz bar or our 8 oz hand wash.

Where will we take YOU today?

 

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Relaxing lavender bath salts

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Is there anything better than a warm bath on a cold day? How about a warm bath scented with the soothing aroma of lavender. We’ve put together this recipe for an easy bath salt sure to release all of the tension of the day.

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What you’ll need:
1 1/2 cups Epsom salt
10 drops lavender essential oil
1/4 cup dried lavender

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In a glass container, combine Epsom salt and dried lavender. Add essential oil and stir well to incorporate. To use, sprinkle 1/3 cup into bath as tub is filling.

 

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Introducing Mediterranean Fig, a rich aroma of fresh-cut figs ripened in the salty coastal air

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Our new Mediterranean Fig scent incorporates an aroma of sunlit citron and fresh-cut figs, ripened in the salty Mediterranean air, blended with melon accents, woody fig bark, amber essence, and cool, transparent musk.

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A simple and delicious apple crumble.

Finished-crumbleNow that fall is fully upon us, there’s no shortage of delicious recipes for baked goods. Not all of us, however, are lucky enough to be accomplished bakers, so for those of you looking for an easy way to put a sweet treat on the table here’s a recipe you’ll love: the crumble.

Crumbles are great because they are amazingly simple. Unlike pies, pastries or cobblers, which have crusts that require specific measurements and precision assembly, crumbles are a lot more forgiving. Simply top fresh or frozen fruit with a mixture of flour, butter and sugar. What’s not to love?

Apple Crumble
(adapted from Martha Stewart)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 Tbsp chilled butter
2 Tbsp room temperature butter
Juice of one lemon
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Peeled-applesWe used nine small Gala apples for this recipe, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Nine apples were just the right amount for our three quart baking dish! Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Peel apples and chop into bite size pieces, about 1/2 inch square.

Diced-applesButter your baking dish and add diced apples. Sprinkle lemon juice over apples. Dice up chilled butter and add to large mixing bowl. Add flour, sugar and cinnamon. Using your hands, combine ingredients together until the mixture is crumbly.

Crumble-before-bakingSprinkle topping over the apples and bake for 30 minutes or until mixture is golden brown and bubbling.

If apples aren’t your thing, try this recipe with another fruit, like peaches or mixed berries.

 

 

 

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Take in the fragrant scent of jasmine in South of France’s new scent, Blooming Jasmine.

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Few things are as lovely as the fragrance of jasmine. Long prized for its intoxicating scent, jasmine has been a staple of perfumes for centuries. In one of our newest scents, Blooming Jasmine, we captured the scent of sweet jasmine growing wild along a winding country lane and married it to bluebells, lilac, golden honeysuckle, luminous greens and a hint of lily. The result is our six ounce bar.

This scent makes the perfect gift for teachers, hostesses and friends. Where will we take YOU today?

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