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Etsy Item of the Day: Winter Snowflake Mug

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The closer Christmas gets, the more I look forward to partaking in my family’s yearly traditions. One of them is sipping hot cocoa and nibbling on panettone on Christmas Eve. I’m convinced that cocoa (or tea) tastes better in a pretty mug. ;) This ceramic mug is hand painted in a lovely navy blue. The variations in the paint makes it look bright blue in some areas and brown near the edges. I especially like the contrast of the stark white snowflakes against the dark blue background.

Etsy Seller: Sylwia Glass Art

Merry & Bright Christmas Wreath


A wreath covered in yarn stirs up warm feelings of home, plus it is a beautiful and inviting decoration to have on your door. I used a thick, chunky yarn to wrap the wreath which allowed me to wrap the wreath in less time than I anticipated. Yay! To make the appliqués shown here, follow this tutorial. Choose your yarn color and appliqués, then get to craftin’! :)


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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 7 Days To Go!

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Give your loved ones a tasty assortment of baked goods from Wolferman’s. Try one of their bread samplers—the English muffins are our favorite! Not only do they have muffins, scones, and breads, but they also have fruit gifts, toppings and preserves, gluten-free goodies, and even some plants to add to your holiday décor. There’s still time to get your goods delivered by Christmas.

  1. These coffee cakes are baked in small batches and would be an elegant treat for dessert or teatime.

  2. We love English muffins! This sampler pack comes with six different muffin flavors.

  3. How about some scones to go with coffee or hot chocolate? These scones would make a yummy breakfast treat or afternoon snack!

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To get your stuff by Christmas, here are delivery cutoff dates for Wolfermans:

  • December 18th – Standard Shipping
  • December 19th 10am PST – 3 Day Express
  • December 20th 10am PST – 2 Day Express
  • December 23rd 10am PST – Overnight Express

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Free Shipping Day!

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It is Free Shipping Day! There’s only one more week until Christmas, so take advantage of FREE shipping from these online retailers.

If you’re looking for beauty and personal care products, get $10 off $50 at!

Harry & David

Get free shipping on select tasty holiday gifts at Harry & David. (Psst… You can also get free shipping on select gifts at Harry & David’s other brands: Wolferman’s and Cushman’s.)

C.O. Bigelow

As the oldest apothecary in America, C.O. Bigelow certainly makes great products. A couple of my favorites are the Quince Hand Lotion No. 007 (great for dry hands!) and the Mentha Lip Shine. Get FREE Shipping on Orders Over $75 from C.O. Bigelow Chemists!


There’s still time to send a yummy gift to your friends, coworkers, or family. Get Free Shipping site wide PLUS 25% off our entire Holiday collection at! (Valid until 12/18/2013 or while supplies last) Use Code JOYSHIP


If you still need gifts for the kiddos, get free shipping on orders $50+ and 40% off everything at Gymboree!

Gifts With Humanity

Find one-of-a-kind artisan gifts from Gifts With Humanity. Get Free shipping on all Gifts With Humanity Orders. Coupon Code: SASFREE

Mental Floss

Find gifts for the nerds, foodies, and other eccentric folks on your list. Take advantage of Free Shipping Day and take a gander at the cool stuff in the Mental Floss Store.

Corner Stork Baby Gifts

Know someone who recently welcomed a baby into their family? Find baby and toddler gifts at Corner Stork Baby Gifts. Use coupon code FREESHIP75 receive free shipping on orders over $75. Offer valid on ground shipping only.

The Fruit Company

Send a healthy holiday fruit basket from The Fruit Company. Get free delivery on select holiday gifts.

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Etsy Item of the Day: Reindeer Dog Snood


This reindeer dog snood is too cute and hilarious! “What in the world is a snood?” you ask. Well, a snood is a funny little dog hat that keeps the dog’s ears tucked away so that long ears stay clean while eating or prior to a dog show. If you want to keep your dog’s ears clean and are in a festive mood, then this is the snood for you!
Reindeer Dog Snood

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Raymond Around the World: South Korea


After Raymond and I visited my friend in Tokyo, Japan, we popped over to South Korea to visit another friend of mine. Neither of us had been to Korea before, so we were excited to experience a new culture and country!

It was really hot while we were in Korea—especially compared to the North Pole—but we just ignored the heat and ventured out to explore. The Korean Peninsula is so full of history, so we made sure to take in plenty of historical sites. The first of which was the Jongmyo Shrine, a Confucian shrine located in Seoul. This shrine is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and houses memorial tablets for the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty.

Raymond in KoreaAt the entrance to Jongmyo Shrine
Raymond in KoreaOutside Yeongnyeongjeon [Hall of Eternal Comfort] where the memorial tablets are stored
Raymond in KoreaChecking out the different architecture in Jongmyo Shrine

While walking around another afternoon, Raymond & I happened upon Jogyesa Temple, the headquarters for the Jogye Buddhist Order. With its vibrant lanterns and colourful architecture, this temple really caught our eye.

Raymond in KoreaRaymond about to enter Jogyesa Temple
Raymond in KoreaRaymond especially loved the colourful lanterns

Another afternoon, Raymond and I emerged from the subway in Seoul to see a martial arts performance happening right in Gwanghwamun Square—how neat! After watching the amazing performance, we saw a statue of Sejong the Great, one of the most important kings in Korean history.

Raymond in Korea“Annyeonghaseyo, King Sejong!”

The statue of King Sejong is located near Gwanghwamun Gate, the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit this palace, but we at least took a photo near the gate :)

Raymond in KoreaRaymond smiling, despite how hot it was. We shared a Mango Fruit Pudding Blended Juice at Starbucks [mmm!] to cool down.

While we didn’t have time to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace during this trip, we did make it to Changgyeonggung Palace where we enjoyed looking at the architecture and learning about the history of the palace.

Raymond in KoreaRaymond taking a gander at Myeongjeongjeon [main hall]

Before Raymond & I went to Korea, I was a little concerned about finding vegetarian dishes for us to eat since most Korean food isn’t veg-friendly, but we were pleasantly surprised! From time to time, it was still a little difficult to find vegetarian food, but when we would find something, it was usually pretty darn yummy.

One of my favourite new dishes is bibimbap, which is white rice topped with julienned vegetables, sprouts, tofu, greens, sesame seeds, and an egg. Mix all that together with gochujang [hot pepper paste], and you have a super tasty meal! Bibimbap can also be served with meat, but of course Raymond & I would never want that ;)

Raymond & BibimbapRaymond eyeing my bibimbap in the 63 Building in Seoul

Another yummy treat we had was patbingsu, a shaved ice dessert that was perfect for the hot and humid summer weather. It definitely helped us cool down!

Raymond & Patbingsu“Yummm!” says Raymond.

Raymond and I had a lot of fun on our adventures this year! Where do you think Raymond should go next year? Let us know in the comments!

Fast Festive Photo Frame for Your Fridge

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Today I present to you a fast festive photo frame for your fridge. (Phew, say that 3 times fast!) Glittery with snowflake accents, this is a pretty simple magnetic frame for posting Christmas cards, photos, or a child’s artwork on your fridge. Make it smaller or larger to fit your preference, and of course, you can use whatever paper you like. I used chipboard to make the frame sturdy, but you could use cardboard, too.


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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 8 Days To Go!

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If you’re in a pinch trying to find the perfect gift for your aunt, friends, or co-workers, check out the wide variety of gifts at Uncommon Goods.icon We like this online shop because you can always find unique, one-of-a-kind things there. Customized jewelry for Mom? They have it (and more). Gadgets and wares for the foodie/chef/entertainer? Mm-hmm. How about the sports nut, business associates, or kids? Yep, yep, yep! There’s still time to get your goods delivered by Christmas, so go ahead and check them out.

  1. An example of the many handmade things made exclusively for Uncommon Goods is this Trinity Wooden Cuff.icon The bands are made of real hardwood, and the rich colors are naturally occurring.

  2. What do you get when you combine an aquarium with plants? An Aquafarm.icon The plants benefit from the nutrient-rich water, and they purify the water for the fish living below. It’s great for the office, a classroom, or the home.

  3. Give the Cheese BBQ Utensilicon to someone who has a soft spot for cheese. Use it to melt or grill cheese to your liking!

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To get your stuff by Christmas, here are the shipping cutoffs for Uncommon Goods:

  • December 19th 5pm ET – Standard Shipping & Preferred Shipping
  • December 20th 5pm ET – Expedited Shipping
  • December 23rd 5pm ET – Express Shipping

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Ho Ho Holly Stocking

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After attending a class on thread sketching with Nicole Blum, I wanted to give this technique a whirl. (I also bought her book and got it signed! :) ) What’s thread sketching? It is like drawing with your sewing machine, or free form sewing. My sewing machine wasn’t cooperating very well when I tried thread sketching at home, so I sewed a simple straight stitch, rotating the material to make the wavy lines. Maybe with practice and more experimentation, I can make some free motion designs. Despite the misbehaving sewing machine, I still came up with a fun design for a stocking; find out more after the jump.


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