Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 9, 2019

Happy weekend everyone. I started working on a DIY holiday tree made with birch logs today, if it turns out the way I plan I’ll be sure to share it. I’m also hooked on the TV series Fleabag, it’s quirky and different, but so far I’m entertained and halfway through Season 1. My friend tells me Season 2 is really good so I’ll report back if I agree. :)

I’m thankful I’m not traveling this year for Thanksgiving. We’ve spent the past few years doing that, so I’m relieved to not be road tripping or flying somewhere during that busy week. I’d rather menu plan and do a little online shopping in my pajamas at home. :)

Favorite links from the week:

Lovely: the mix of stack bond tile, pale wood, and brass finishes in this laundry room.

Don’t you agree, this the most festive front door!

Oh my, this mist green + copper kitchen is very fresh and fab.

Emily shares her better-than-flowers easy and free styling hack.

Simple and rustic: this tabletop DIY candleholder for the holiday season.

Get cozy by knitting your own chunky yarn blanket.

Jen made a handy printable Christmas planner for the 2019 season.

This is such an interesting trademark battle.

I loved all the comments in this post about sounds people love.

This is the sweetest song I’ve heard all year! (cue the happy tears)


Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

By Kate Riley November 7, 2019

Hello friends! Thank you so much for the lovely comments from my last post on saying no to stressful obligations during the holidays. Such insightful comments! For the next few days I’m working on an important gift, I’m assembling all the best pictures from my teens’ childhood, uploading them, and having a book made for each of them.

A few years ago I had a T-shirt memory quilt made for my stepdaughter, she still naps with it, and it’s one of her favorite things. I love personalized gifts, they feel more meaningful because they take a little extra planning but they have such a beautiful impact when revealed to the recipient.

In anticipation of the holiday season, consider some of these unique personalized products for gift giving. :)


leather cord roll ups

commemorative printed linen tray

leather keychains


framed heart snapshot



t shirt memory quilt

map for adventuring couples


natural leather tray



night sky star map

initial leaf bracelet

 plush friends

keepsake quote

engraved wood architectural outline

monogrammed cutting board

glass and wood serveware

leather dopp kit


family pillow

What personalized gifts have you given to the special people in your life? I’d love to know!


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