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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Favorite Kid’s Clothing Stores

I love to shop for clothes for the girls. I have to be really considerate about what I add to their wardrobes because we don’t have a closet in their room (just a couple of small, narrow drawers each) so I try to find classic pieces that will last through multiple kids and that work well together when mixed and matched. Usually I aim for favorite consignment stores, online 2nd’s shops (like Swap, Kidizen or eBay) or I wait for SUPER online deals, but I always keep these following favorite brands in mind! I thought that today would be the perfect time to share since it’s also Cyber Monday.

Favorite Kid's Clothing Stores + Cyber Monday Deals | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now for the awesome deals that are happening today:

1. Old Navygreat staples, regular discounts. 40% off with CYBER
2. Tea Collectionmy favorite leggings and always love the dress patterns. 30% off with MONDAY
3. Zaraadorable knits and classic designs. 50% off select styles and free shipping.
4. Little Hip Squeakscute leggings, headbands and basics. Up to 70% off select items.
5. GapI lean towards their more classic pieces. 40% off with CYBER
6. Mini Bodenmy go-to for adorable tights. 40% off with 3K3G
7. H&M: bold patterns, inexpensive cardigans. 25-40% off + free shipping with code 9Y6E

Plus, adorable handmade clothes by Pirapir (follow psflashsale on Instagram for her big discounts), Positively Oakes for their adorable sailor knot headbands, TOMS for shoes (25% off with CHEER) as well as See Kai Run (my favorite source is Zulily), Saltwater Sandals (I check Amazon and eBay) and Freshly Picked (20% off with CYBERMONDAY).

And for the mommas and the daddies: J.Crew (30-40% off all items + free shipping), Banana Republic (40% off with CYBER), Nordstrom (up to 40% off), Piperlime (30-40% off with CYBERSALE), Madewell (25% site wide) Theory (40% off site wide), MYHABIT (discounts across the board + extra 20% off with HOLIDAYS), Anthropologie (up to 20% off + free shipping with EXTRAJOLLY), Topshop (30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items), West Elm (up to 25% off + free shipping), Pottery Barn (up to 30% off + free shipping), Serena & Lily (25% off site wide with HAPPYMONDAY). If you’re a Cyber Monday gift buyer, happy shopping :).

Bread Crumb & Parmesan Crusted Pumpkin Wedges (Using Up All of that Amazing Fall Squash)

Crusted Bread Crumb + Parmesan Pumpkin Wedge Appetizer | Pepper DesignBlog.com

How was your Thanksgiving? We ended up having incredibly warm weather (for November!) here in San Diego and relocated outside to eat. Butcher block paper was a more natural fit for the giant wooden table and by the time our meal was done the table was covered in crayon drawings by everyone (amazing how coloring at the table can be so addictive and inviting). Here’s a shot of the family:

Thanksgiving! | PepperDesignBlog.com

Thanksgiving! | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv’s hand-drawn place setting :).

Since pumpkin season is officially over (and we are making room for Christmas by putting away fall decorations this weekend!), it’s time to use up those pretty pumpkins we have lying around the house. We have been gathering sugar pumpkins in our CSA box and using them as decorations, same for a lot of varieties of squash – butternut, acorn, kabocha, traditional pumpkin – that have been filling baskets and lining the tops of tables because they’re so pretty.

This recipe today is great because it calls for a few simple ingredients, is SO delicious and is perfect for keeping good fall veggies from going to waste. My favorite is when it’s used with butternut squash, but we’ve tried it with most of our leftover whole pumpkins/squashes and it’s an all around yummy appetizer or side dish.

Baked Bread Crumb + Parmesan Pumpkin Slice Appetizer | Pepper DesignBlog.com

Kevin first discovered this recipe in one of our favorite cookbooks, Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Over time we’ve modified and simplified it so that it has become a quick go-to for parties or meals. I’ve partnered with the Grains Food Foundation to share this quick & easy recipe because bread crumbs are one of the key ingredients and because grains are a big part of our natural daily diet.

Baked Bread Crumb + Parmesan Pumpkin Slice Appetizer | Pepper DesignBlog.com

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