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26.11.14

4 Winter Songs —Trust Yourself



It's mid week; it's a busy time of year and maybe its time to listen to a song or two and take a three minute break to de-stress a bit.  A new series for the winter here - every hump day - join us for a winter song.  Taking requests also (please leave a comment —we'd love to hear from you).  Let's start this off with a good old Canadian song (circa 1990) and Blue Rodeo (Trust Yourself) set in the snowy cold north. Happy Wednesday friends!

1 Fabric-Wrapped Paperwhite Bulbs

Contributor post by Erick and Emily of Heidi's Bridge


During the holidays, one of our favorite gifts to give are paperwhite bulbs. The bulbs grow into beautifully fragrant flowers in just a few weeks so you can time them to bloom for your holiday celebrations. As gifts, the bulbs are our go-to as inexpensive and thoughtful gifts--who doesn't love flowers in the dead of winter? The only issue we've grappled with before is how to package them. After all, bulbs aren't the prettiest and their onion-like skin easily tears and gets messy when wrapped. We've been admiring fabric wrapped gifts for some time and knew this would be our solution. We love the beautifully simple presentation and how the fabric elevates the gift to make it feel luxe. Read below for the tutorial.

You Will Need:
Paperwhite bulbs
Soil
Moss (optional)
Mini terra cotta pots
Scissors
Square of thick fabric such as linen, burlap, or cotton (make sure swatch is at least 6 inches wide)
Twine
Foilage (we used boxwood)


Directions:
1. Fill your terra cotta pot 3/4 of the way full with soil.
2. Top soil with moss, if desired.
3. Nestle your paperwhite bulb on top of the soil.
4. Place pot in the center of your fabric and gather fabric up over the top of the bulb. Pinch fabric and gently twist to desired shape.
5. Tie with twine to secure but do not knot yet. Snip twine.
6. Carefully tuck foliage into the twine. We pulled some leaves from the base of the stem so it would be easier to tie without the leaves in the way.
7. Finish final bow, gift, & enjoy!
(see images below)







25.11.14

9 DIY | Free Printable Holiday Gift Wrap!


In case you missed our Holiday Gift Guide this week, we've created a set of new holiday gift wrap for the season—buffalo checks, evergreen and evergreen with St. Nick. All free to download. Links below:

Buffalo Checks
Evergreen
Evergreen with St. Nick
Black and White St. Nick (not shown)

Happy wrapping!

24.11.14

2 Browse Our Holiday Gift Guide + DIYs

http://issuu.com/poppytalk/docs/poppytalk_holiday_2014

We just published our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which has sort of become a mini mag these past few years, filled with a few DIYs, free printables and an essay. This year we've included also a shop tour of our bricks and mortar (holiday-style)! Click on the image above or below to view, or click here!!
Happy Holidays soon!
~Jan + Earl




20.11.14

7 IKEA introduces the ÅRGÅNG collection


Today, IKEA launched the ÅRGÅNG collection. To celebrate 70 years, the Swedish retailer introduced 26 pieces based on some faithful old servants from the 50s-70s in the IKEA archives. It's a limited edition collection and includes everything from furniture and lighting to textiles and tableware. It’s a great trip down memory lane for everyone interested in interior design. The collection is only available while supplies last, and is not available in every IKEA store. Please check local stores for availability. Let's take a look!