2014 Holiday Gift Guide: for the Ladies

Ladies Gift Guide: Christmas 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

tote | agate slice necklace | leather iPhone walletnail polish | arrowstack necklace | beaded clutch | landscape painting | ikat pillow | heart pillow | honey bee calendar | starry cloth napkins |  tab necklace | grey wool hat | leather luggage tags  | FEED cutting board | plaid makeup bag

With Thanksgiving falling so late in November this year, it feels as though Christmas is creeping up on us. I can’t believe it’s less than three weeks away! (crazy) We just finished decorating the house here and I love the festive mood. I won’t be ready to take it all down until Valentine’s Day at this rate. Our family is scaling back on gift giving this year and leaning more towards handmade with lots of photo books, Liv necklaces and more… but that hasn’t stopped me from pulling together a holiday gift guide for the ladies :). I try to choose cross-generational, practical and pretty gifts each year and there was not a shortage of handcrafted, beautifully designed pieces to choose from. Leather, grey wool, plaid, gold, navy blue… you can’t go wrong. I hope this helps with someone on your list!

For a bit more browsing, all of the 2011-2013 gift guides to peruse. I still love my favorite laptop sleeve, the perfumies and cowl shared here! If you need more wardrobe (accessories, etc) inspiration, check out these roundups. December, so excited you’ve arrived.

An Update on the Fall/Winter Garden Box

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

We pruned the summer garden box WAY back and have added a few new veggies for the fall/winter season. It’s hard to believe that six months ago this same box looked like this:

 Summer Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

Many of our veggies have stopped producing altogether or have died on us after a plentiful season. We did have a few summer plants that stayed small and dormant through the warm weather and for whatever reason have now just started to show of their goods. But they’re in mini form! This purple bell pepper plant has started to expand and grow like crazy now that his larger, more dominating cucumber companion is out of the way.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

Still tasty, just so darn cute and little.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

A shot from the other side of the garden:

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv helped to trim back the existing plants to almost nothing in hopes that they might bloom again. She is really a big helper with this garden (often remembering to water when I don’t) and it’s fun to watch her take such good care of her plants.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

More likely than not though, if plants like this yellow squash stay they’ll just keep producing bite-sized veggies. I think these guys are all tuckered out.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

I want so badly to save our cherry tomato plants! These once thriving beauties produced a boatload of deliciously sweet tomatoes all summer.

Summer Harvest Recipes | PepperDesignBlog.com

But now they’re hanging in there like this:

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

They’re not taking up much space (I might grow beans up their cages in the meanwhile) so I’m not planning on pulling them until the spring. If they happen to come back (we don’t get much frost here in San Diego) then that would be awesome, but if we have to plant again that’s okay too.

New to the fall/winter garden box? Brussel sprouts and broccoli. Beans hopefully in the near future!

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

While playing around in the garden we’ve discovered the FATTEST grub worms I’ve ever seen. Literally we are feeding an army under the soil. A skunk or raccoon has found out our secret and is leaving nice little holes all over on most mornings. The hunting of grub worms doesn’t bother me, but the pulling up of tender broccoli plants to get access to those worms is a pain. We’ve been resetting the plants every few days lately.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

The marigold root systems are not loving it either.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

This is my first year with a fall garden box! Depending on what lives and thrives we might have to expand into the squash arena next winter. Oh yum.

PS remember the series on keeping up with the summer harvest? Those yummy recipes can be found here, here and here.

Summer Harvest Recipes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Hope to be back in a month or two with a roundup of how we are using our fall/winter harvest. Fingers crossed we’re successful over here!

More good eats. mmmmm. More on the progress of this garden box project. The (beginner’s) gardening archives.

Handmade Gifts: Painted Wooden Bead & Clay Statement Necklaces

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

I have two handmade projects that Liv and I created together to share with you today. Much of my focus for handmade gifts this year had included involving Liv in a special way so that they are kid-friendly and something that we can tackle together, and this was definitely one of those projects! I had a few pictures of this necklace on a friend so that you could see the drop and color of leather cording more clearly but I seem to have overwritten the files!

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv and I spread out our paint supplies one weekend afternoon and carefully covered several dozen small wooden beads (much like these – mine are all about 1/2″) with paint.

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

She painted hers to match the sunset (love that) and I went more of a gradient in all pinks.

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

We let them air dry for a few hours and then carefully strung them on leather cording with flat gold washers.

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create a double slip knot so that your necklace can hang at any length (I love them long, but they’d also be pretty higher up on the neck).

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here’s a shot of one of Liv’s, she styled it herself when she saw what I was up to :).

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Yay for handmade gifts! I’ve been on a bit of a necklace kick because of a sudden urge to diy these. Here’s my first stab at two different similar handmade versions and here’s another giant bauble tutorial with clay that is equally kid-friendly. …

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