"gift ideas"

"aromatherapy", "bath and body", "gift ideas", "gifts for her", "rose"

Uplift Your Heart with Roses!

Lately, I've fallen in love with the fragrance of roses.  I love the rich and earthy scent that opens your heart and instantly feels relaxing.  I wish that I had a rose garden so I could have fresh roses in my house all during the summer, but I'll take any of these above choices instead!  In fact, I use the Lavender and Rose aromatherapy roller by The Living Earth Botanicals everyday and feel refreshed each time I put it on.  Ginger and Amanda add a hint of vanilla to their mix and it makes for a really soothing and calming scent - love it!  By indulging in this set of 4 rose scented items, you can surround yourself with the healing essence of roses all day long.

top left  Rose & Fresh Mint Vegan Soap  ||  Swamp Angel Soap
top right  Rose Lip Balm  ||  Winsom & Green
bottom left  Lavender & Rose Aromatherapy in a Jiffy  ||  The Living Earth Botanicals
bottom right  Rose & Geranium Shea Body Butter  ||  Auriel Marie

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"earthy", "gift ideas", "graduation gifts", "home decor"

Go Earthy with Your Graduation Gifts!

With college graduations around the corner, I thought I would put together a post about graduation gifts.  With so many different angles to approach this topic on, I decided to focus on home decor gift ideas that all shared a common theme - earthy!  Why?  Well, I was remembering what it was like after I graduated from college and how grounded and yet ungrounded I felt.  So many new experiences ahead of me, so many unknowns, many adventures awaiting me.  By giving a nature inspired gift, the essence of staying "grounded" through it all is transfered.  We all know the importance of staying grounded in life - even when the storm comes whipping through, if we have strong roots then we always remain strong.  The idea is to give a gift that also doubles as some words of wisdom!

My 4 selections will get you pointed in the right direction and make for a really thoughtful and personalized graduation gift!

top left               Hive Pattern Wall Decor || Red Tile Studio
top right            Art Print Etchings on Handmade Paper || 88 Editions
bottom left        Flight Series A || The Haunted Hollow Tree
bottom right      Feather Nature Photo || Amanda Keaton Photography

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"Mother's Day", "fashion accessories", "fresh five", "gift ideas", "gifts for her", "gifts for mom", "home decor"

Fresh Five || Mother's Day

Our main goal is to bring you the best and brightest on Etsy.  We also want to showcase the latest or "freshest" finds, so that's why we have created the Fresh Five. The Fresh Five will be five items that are new to a shop + share a common theme.  The theme this month is Mother's Day of course!  It's a little over a week away.  I think any mom would be thrilled to get any of these items I have featured. I have my eye's on the ceramic wall art. I think it would look great on a garden wall.  You still have time to find Mom that perfect gift.

Fresh Five
1. leather belt || Blue Mountain Thyme
2. circle wall art || Ce Ce Works
3. wood cut pendant || Cloth and INK
4. hand painted necklace || trees 4 the wood
5. leather tote || Leah Lerner

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"2013 trend", "garden", "gift ideas", "gifts for mom", "spring"

Garden Prep 101 || Start Planting!

If you are a gardener at heart, then this time of year is probably your favorite. I am lucky enough to live in a climate where we can actually start seeing blooms as early as the last week of February. That means we have about eight good months to get our hands dirty and tend to our gardens.  One of my favorite Spring activities is making the multiple trips to various nurseries.  I love looking for new plants to tuck into spaces, searching for the perfect organic fertilizer and just getting inspired by nature. 

Etsy has so many garden goodies it was hard to choose what I wanted to share with you. I wanted to focus on getting ready to garden, which actually takes a lot of work, but is well worth the results if you prep your beds and get all your supplies before you start digging! 

My Garden Prep 101 choices:
1. Ceramic Garden Markers || Orly Design
2. Ceramic Bird House || L & M Studio
3. Heirloom Seed Kit || Sarah Rainwater Design
4. Garden Melodies Print || Created by Storm
5. Waxed Canvas Garden Tote || Artifact Bags
6. Organic Herbal Salve || Roots Soap Co. 
7. Chalkboard Pots || One December
8. Air Plant Terrarium || Sea and Asters

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"gift ideas", "giveaway", "home decor", "jewelry", "vintage"

Parisian Inspiration

It's finally Spring and travel season is here. I've always wanted to visit Paris in the early Spring. I've actually been lucky enough to visit in late May ( during Roland Garros), but it was actually a bit hot.  I envision a cool + crisp morning with an espresso, pain au chocolat and an unplanned day exploring the hidden parks that dot the city. Sounds pretty perfect, right?  Since we probably all can't make it there The Paris Print Shop's amazing images of the City of Light are a pretty good alternative.  

Have you entered our April giveaway? It ends April 12th. The lucky winner will receive a set of 4 prints of Paris by the Paris Print Shop.  It's hard to not be inspired by Paris, but if you need some help we asked our amazing curators to build a collection around the prints in the giveaway. 
Do you have a favorite collection?

Collection: marche aux herbes
Curator: by Cinne Worthington

1. tea towel from bonn bonn
2. stoneware spoons by karo art
3. vintage French soap from LaManche
4. paris photography by The Paris Print Shop
5. kitchen art by Lupen Grainne
6. vintage farmhouse bowl from all things white

Collection: tres chic
Curator: lebotanicals

Curator: 88 editions

Collection: ivory and pewter

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"gift ideas", "gifts for her", "gifts for him", "gifts for mom"

Gifts for ALL: Etsy Edition

Less than two weeks left before it's time to open those presents and I know some of you are still shopping. Here is my gift guide for everyone on your list, from family to friends and everyone inbetween. The good news is you can find all these goodies in one place, Etsy!

My picks for:
Newlyweds- keyholder by Pig&Fish
Sister- ring by Peiffer Studios

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