Two Step Lavender Wreaths

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

If you’ve been following along since Monday, you know that we have an abundance of garden lavender that’s no longer blooming that I’ve been using up for different little projects. This cranberry lavender infused simple syrup for holiday cocktails (and mocktails) is still at the top of my book :). So, so good.

I have a stack of embroidery hoops in my garage that I had hoped to use for a craft project (with yarn, lots and lots of wrapped yarn!) for the girls’ room. After 2-3 attempts at ‘my vision’, I just couldn’t make it happen. But I pulled those embroidery hoops out just recently and found a new temporary use for them. Love that after the holidays I can take the lavender back off of the wood and use the hoops again for something else.

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

Any sort of craft, beading or floral wire will work, I am using a really thin gauge in gold for this project as well as five wooden embroidery hoops (each hoop is actually only half of one hoop since embroidery hoops come with an inner and outer circle. You can use both. I bought several of these deeply discounted because they only had one piece of the hoop left in the craft store – perfect for me!).

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

This is a super simple project. Simply wrap lavender (or rosemary) along the hoop and secure at various places with wire.

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

A couple of hints: keep lavender moving in the same direction, start one piece where another stops (to help hide the stem) and then fill in littler sprigs where there are some sparse spots. Use the wire to help correct any funny angles in the lavender and to shape it as closely to the edge of the hoop as possible.

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

I probably went around each hoop 2-3 times to keep the wreath simple and thin, though a very full version of this wreath would be beautiful!

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

Lots of little mini ones would be pretty as present toppers (or hostess gifts – a friend made us one out of just rosemary without the hoop last year and I kept it over our stove range all season).

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

I hung the wreaths over pictures in our dining room by tucking ribbon around the wreath and then right behind the anchored picture. The color has begun to fade a bit as the lavender leaves dry, but the smell is still wonderful :).

Lavender Wreath DIY | PepperDesignBlog.com

Happy weekend!

An embroidered Christmas pillow (for the non-sewer), pretty holiday gift tags for $0, above feathered Christmas tree DIY and lots of carefully crafted gift guides to peruse for last-minute shopping. 

Everyday Stuff.

Oh you guys! These last couple of months have been so busy… 2014 truly has felt as though it’s been a sprint from start to (near) finish.

I feel like I used to document everything. Every. single. moment. And then I sort of took a good year off of carrying my camera around. And now I’m back 50% of the time with my big ole’ DSLR (new lens!) or even the iPhone in hand. I love and miss capturing so many little moments. Maybe one of the biggest benefits of social media? (Instagram, here’s looking at you).

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. November & December 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

We’ve spent our weekends: pulling our beat up sailboat ‘Madness’ out of a friend’s backyard storage and into the water (a favorite pre-kiddo past time), testing out Liv’s new bike (thanks, Grandpa), witnessing SC win one at home, taking sooo many trips to the park, ambling San Diego’s famous Balboa with visiting family, creating sock hands for singing fun with Mimi, finding the perfect Christmas tree. And a belly update for you! My girlfriend threw me and another friend the sweetest ‘drizzle’ for our 3rd babies. Delicious food, great company, lots of baby excitement. The whole morning was perfect.

Here’s to capturing MANY more of the special moments. How can you have a bad day when you get to look back on when your 18-month-old mopped the random store floor by dancing while lying on the ground? Or not break out in smiles when flipping through an entire album that your almost-4-year-old took on your phone of every one of her stuffies (how did I not catch that. We’re talking page after page after page of photos…). Perhaps more captured moments needs to be a resolution for 2015. Wait, is that in less than three weeks?

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: for the Guys

Guys Gift Guide: Christmas 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Chemex drip coffee carafe | Hario Buono coffee drip kettle | leather journalcheers growler
Luca bottle cutter | solar LED smartphone, USB & light | weekend bag | Bobine
Bittermilk cocktail mixer | KeyDiskGorilla Torch | Nomad charger

For the coffee lover, cocktail mixer, beer drinker, dig-anything-that-makes-my-life-easier kind of guy, here’s a gift guide for you. I LOVE a great drip coffee (Chemex or no Chemex, those guys are pretty awesome though) and am really enjoying my Bobine (they sent one my way to try out charging my phone from my computer with that nifty standing coil). Anything that makes carrying keys or charging a smartphone more efficient (see KeyDisk and Nomad) is a great idea. This is actually a great roundup for the non-guys, too – except maybe for the bottle cutter. :) I’m not sure what I’d do with one of those, though I know a whole host of guys who would! Guys are becoming easier and easier to shop for, usually they’re the trickiest! Happy gifting and stocking stuffing!

For more browsing, all of the 2011-2013 gift guides to peruse.

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