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Etsy Item of the Day: Return Address Labels

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We all have several Christmas cards to send out every year, so why not add a festive return address label to your envelopes? If you’ve already sent out all your Christmas cards, go ahead and check out all the other whimsical labels from this Etsy shop. You’ll find labels, hang tags, and stickers for your holiday gifts, like baked goods, gable boxes, wine bottles, and more.
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That Evergreen Scent… Delivered Straight to Your Door

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For those of you who enjoy the scent and look of a fresh Christmas tree, but hate the hassle of hauling the tree home, have you considered having the tree delivered? No more fighting holiday traffic or worrying about the tree’s needles scratching your car—simply order the tree and have it delivered while you’re cozy at home.

Check out the companies below located around the United States and the world that will deliver Christmas trees straight to your home or business.

Green Valley Christmas Trees – Continental USA

Offering a wide variety of Christmas trees—such as Fraser fir, noble fir, balsam fir, and Nordmann fir—Green Valley delivers all across the continental United States. [Free ground shipping on all products!] Besides trees, they also sell live wreaths and garlands.

Contact Green Valley at 888.48.TREES [888.488.7337] or head over to their website for more info.

Tree Elves – Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, GA, Tree Elves will bring you a small, medium, or large Fraser fir, along with 4 King of Pops popsicles [yum!]. After the holidays, Tree Elves will pick up your tree and take it to a farm where it will be turned into compost and added to the soil to help grow fruit. For every tree purchased, Tree Elves will plant a native Georgia tree, such as red maple or eastern red cedar.

For more info, ring Tree Elves at 678.732.9321 or visit treeelves.net.

Christmas Trees Delivered – London

Selling trees for more than 30 years, London-based Christmas Trees Delivered distributes Norway spruce, noble fir, and Nordmann fir to the inner postcodes. They also offer table top trees, poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, and fresh garland. For an additional £15, Christmas Trees Delivered will collect and recycle your tree.

Questions? Call 020 7529 8161 or check out their website.

Tyler’s Trees – NYC

Located in New York City, Tyler’s Trees offers Fraser firs from 5 to 9 feet. Every tree order includes delivery, installation, a tree stand, and tree skirt. For additional fees, they will even decorate your tree or come remove it after the holidays.

To learn more, call 646.543.0861 or visit tylerstrees.com.

EZ Tree – Toronto

Servicing the Greater Toronto Area, EZ Tree delivers Fraser firs from 5'-12' in either #1 grade or premium grade. Also available are protective floor mats and tree stands, as well as a tree disposal service.

Contact EZ Trees at 416.358.3923 or check out their website.

A Paper Folding Tradition for 40+ Years

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At the American Museum of Natural History, their Origami Holiday Tree has been an annual tradition for more than 40 years. The tree is a whopping 13 feet tall and displays more than 800 origami ornaments—each one folded by hand! Origami artists from all over the world assist in making the plethora of paper models for the tree. The theme for this year’s tree is Origami Night at the Museum, inspired by the film Night at the Museum.

The 2014 Origami Holiday Tree will be on display from November 24, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Here are some images from 2013’s holiday tree. The theme for 2013 was Wicked, Wild and Wonderful and was inspired by The Power of Poison exhibit at the museum.

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

For more information, please visit the American Museum of Natural History website, or contact them at:

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Etsy Item of the Day: Handmade Salt & Pepper Shakers

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I would love to have a beautiful set of salt and pepper shakers, such as this handmade set. I like the icy blue tones, the varying depths of color, and how the branches’ tips look like snow has just fallen. These sculptural evergreens stand 4.5" tall and come with a matching tray. They are so pretty that your dinner guests may mistake them for decorations! ;)
Handmade Salt & Pepper Shakers

Etsy Seller: Blue Sky Pottery

Christmassy Kickstarter Campaigns

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KickstarterAs I’ve mentioned before, we elves love any sort of creative project—from crafts to films to technological experiments, we love it all. So, just as last year, I would like to highlight some fabulous festive projects that are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, a website whose mission is “to help bring creative projects to life.”

Laser Engraved Wooden Holiday Cards

If you’re looking for a unique spin on Christmas cards, then consider backing the campaign for these holiday cards. Not only are the cards made of wood, but the fun designs are also laser engraved—extra spiffy!

Get your own cards by donating to this campaign, but hurry! Funding ends this Saturday, 22 November.

Christmas Through the Eyes of an 8-Year-Old

A young girl from Lincolnshire wishes to travel around England in order to photograph the Christmas lights in all of the major cities, and her mother is helping her run a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover transportation and printing of the photographs. The 8-year-old plans to exhibit her photos in a local venue the week before Christmas. It’s awesome to see a child excited about photography and Christmas!

Back this artsy Kickstarter project here.

Farmhouse Fudge… Christmas Edition!

Farmhouse Fudge produces fudge with real butter, real cream, and real chocolate, and they have quite the assortment of flavours: butter pecan, red velvet, cranberry walnut, peppermint bark, and the list goes on. They have been selling fudge in Utah for more than three years, and they are hoping to expand their customer base with the help of their Kickstarter campaign.

The rewards for backing this campaign are different types of fudge, so I’m sure you’re tempted to donate to this project!

The Harpoons Christmas CD

The Harpoons—a classically-trained harp and bassoon duo—are hoping to release their first ever Christmas album this year with the help of the Kickstarter community. Their album will includes perennial favourites, such as “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.” Based on the music in their Kickstarter video, it sounds like the tunes will be lovely!

Help make the Harpoons’ album a reality by backing their Kickstarter campaign here.

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