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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 with St. Nick
Black and White St. Nick (not shown)

Happy wrapping!


2 Browse Our Holiday Gift Guide + DIYs


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


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!

3 7 Beautiful DIYs of the Week

These weeks just before the holidays fly by don't they? We're deep in finishing up our annual holiday gift guide, hence the posts here are slim. But we managed to mine a few beautiful DIYs of the week that couldn't be missed. Check them out!

A Modern Day Dream Catcher
by Sugar and Cloth

Give Thanks and Eat Pie Stencil
by The House That Lars Built

Dipped Gift Tags
by The Crafted Life

A Gold Paper Storage Sack
by The Red Thread Blog

DIY Bench
by Manhatten Nest

DIY Planter Shelf
by Vintage Revivals

A Winter Wreath
by The Purl Bee


16 Knit a Scarf! A Beginners Guide to Knitting

This post is sponsored by Roots Canada, whom we are excited to be partnering with this holiday season!

Mary Maxim began with hand knit designs in the early 1950s, influenced by the beautiful wildlife of North America. In celebration of their 60th anniversary (!), Roots Canada created a nostalgic collection featuring the iconic curling sweaters and accessories that are just as quintessentially Canadian today as they were then.

We tried our hand at the Roots Canada by Mary Maxim Knit Kit - an adorable DIY kit that teaches you to knit your own Roots Cabin Scarf. We decided to help get you started by breaking down the simple knit stitch.

Step 1: Follow your Knit Kit instructions for casting-on (this is essentially a method for creating interconnecting slip-knots).

Step 2: And now the knitting begins: insert your right-hand needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle, always keeping your yarn in the back of work.

Step 3: Bring yarn under and over the point of your right-hand needle.

Step 4: Draw through stitch, allowing stitch on left-hand needle to slip-off, leaving new stitch on the right-hand needle.

That's it! That's knitting. To complete the scarf, you could simply knit through it or for you more seasoned knitters, follow the pattern provided in the knit kit. No matter your skill level, this is a fun weekend project that’s a guaranteed way to get into the holiday spirit.

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Promo Terms: Enter promo code POPPYTALK to receive free standard shipping on any order size within Canada or the U.S.A. Not redeemable for cash, nor is it valid for any previously purchased merchandise. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, promotion or offers (unless otherwise specified). Offer valid from Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 to Tuesday, December 16th at 1:30PM ET. Offer subject to change.

Shop the Roots Canada Mary Maxim Collection.