xoxo - Xenia
Last week I celebrated my 28th birthday and couldn't have asked for a better day. There were donuts and Starbucks in bed, dinner at a new restaurant, and lots of gifted vintage paper. Lance's gift was a mysterious one - a new notebook with weather forecasts and a suggested packing list taped to the first page. His card said to be ready to leave by 5pm on Friday. Usually I'm a tough person to surprise, but I had no idea where we were headed for most of the drive! I was still clueless when we made a quick dinner stop for some In N Out. It wasn't until we were about 30 miles or so from arriving that I realized we were headed to Palm Springs!!
I've wanted to check out Palm Springs and even looked into booking a trip this summer, but wasn't brave enough for 110+ degree weather and had since forgotten about it. We were only in town for a day, but were able to fit in quite a bit. Lots of walking around and checking out some local shops and restaurants. We also squeezed in a stop at the ACE Hotel, but the photo booth was out of order. Bummer.
The highlight of the day was a trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. It's a rotating tram that takes you almost 6,000 feet up. Because it's slowly spinning, you get spectacular views the whole way up. And at the top there was snow!! Just to clarify - I was born and raised near San Francisco. It never snowed. The only snow I've ever seen was on the side of the road and a teeny bit falling when I worked in Seattle. Neither of those experiences was anything like this! The workers told us it has been a warmer than usual winter, but it had started snowing the night before so there was fresh snow covering everything. Even though I might not have been entirely prepared with my Converse, I still loved every minute of it and it even snowed a little while we were up there!
We were only gone for a little over 24 hours, but it was still one of the highlights of 2011. Looking forward to going back to Palm Springs at least once in 2012!
Heads up that I will be temporarily closing the shop on this Sunday, December 18 to celebrate the holidays with my family. It will reopen sometime after the New Year. Already thinking of new products for the shop and new posts for the blog... Until then, I will be shipping all orders within 24 hours to help get your goodies to you as soon as possible!
On the twelfth day of Christmas...
On the last day of 12 Days of Christmas I want to share with you some of my favorite Christmas projects from throughout the web since sharing is such a big part of Christmas!
Hope you've enjoyed these Christmas favorites, as well as the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas!! It's now less than two weeks from the big day. Here's to taking the things we can't change in stride (you know, like those long lines at the post office!) and enjoying all the thing we don't want to change!
P.S. - You have until Friday to enter the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!!
On the eleventh day of Christmas...
[Remind me to never take photos against our gray walls again! I love the light gray color in person, but trying to capture the true color in a photo is nearly impossible!]
I decided on my gift wrap for Christmas 2011! There are plenty of really good gift wrap ideas out there, but I came upon my inspiration for this year's gift wrap completely on accident. My mom came to visit about a week ago, and while she was here we stopped by one of her favorite shops. Ironically it's a quilt shop and neither her nor I know how to quilt, but they have a lot of other fun stuff nestled in an old house. They hosted a holiday open house the week prior and had rolls of some sort of recycled material they used in their gift wrap demos. I picked up a roll even though I had no idea what I would do with it.
The material is a little hard to describe. It's a lightweight but still somewhat thick paper with little specks of recycled matter. It has a lot of texture - a striped texture on one side and a waffle texture on the other. In the end I decided to paint it and stitch it, and add lots and lots of natural string.
For these two packages I used only paint. The texture of the paper made it a little tricky to paint, but I decided early on that perfect lines weren't going to happen and just went for it.
I painted these two packages as well, but added some extra details. For the package on the left, I loosely outlined the triangles with a black Sharpie and sewed on some white buttons with black embroidery thread. For the package on the right, I highlighted the zig zag design by stitching over it with green embroidery thread.
I did a little of everthing on this last package. I first painted the red triangles and white circles. Then I stitched along the red triangles with green embroidery thread, and outlined the white circles with a black Sharpie.
I'm pretty excited about the end results! I like having the neutral base with just a few pops of color. If you want to try out something similar, but don't have access to this same recycled paper you can try using corrugated cardboard or any other textured paper.
Have you started your Christmas gift wrapping yet? What color schemes or fun ideas are you using this year?