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christmas in new york: american museum of natural history

i was up near the american musuem of natural history today and decided to pop in to see the origami tree. it was so wonderful! i highly recommend a stop if you are on the upper west side. just watch out for all of the school field trips!

*pro tip: the AMNH has a suggested donation, but you can pay what you wish. especially handy if you just want to run in for a few minutes!


all the gift ideas

in case you haven't been following along on pinterest, i've been pinning TONS of great gift ideas for everyone on your list. girls, guys, kids, photographers, things to DIY, what to wear to all of your holiday parties, inexpensive finds, and gifts for your home (aka YOU). happy holiday shopping!


gift guide: guys

did you know that anthro has some great gifts for men? take a look at these swanky finds for guys:

1.  beer making kit | 2. swirled agate bottle opener | 3. metallic playing cards

4. 4-in-1 wooden game set | 5. the stuff of life | 6. captured curve DOF glass

7. paris views | 8. fortunes | 9. rosewood tape measure



gift guide: anthropologie kids picks

anthropologie is definitely my go-to place for gift giving. they are having a big 25% off sale today (black friday) with free shipping to come on cyber monday. check out this round-up of gift ideas for kids.

1. baby vegetable rattle | 2. bunny hat | 3. wooden doctor's kit

4. chalk-ware set | 5. USA blocks | 6. let's travel coloring mural

7. jaunty scooter cat | 8. blackboard balance bike | 9. this is the world





DIY birthday party invites

little miss o is turning THREE in a few weeks and i kind of can't believe it. so much so that i forgot to set party details in time to order custom invites from minted or tiny prints without paying expedited shipping. :/

DIY to the rescue!



other items in the top photo: tiny animals, noise makers from oh joy! for target (spring line discontinued, but there is a new line out for the holidays!)

i LOVE this photo of olivia. great expression, her eyes pop, and there is a lot of negative space to work with.

i opened the photo in photoshop and resized to 7"x 5". be sure to set the resolution to 300 dpi so your photo will print clearly!

note: if you don't have photoshop, you can use the free online editor ribbet to add text.

next, i added a text layer and entered the party details.

and here's the finished digital product! the top font is savu and the bottom is good ol' times new roman. both are easy to read and put the focus on the facts and that cute smiling face. ;)

i printed my photos at home, but you could also use a print service like persnickety prints, snapfish, etc. i used a semi-gloss photo paper, so if you send out to print, i would suggest selecting a matte finish (but that's just my preference).

now it's time to add some sparkle. simply use the glue pen to add a little dab of glue where you want to place a sequin. lay the sequin on top of the glue and then use the pen cap to push it down for a few seconds. i used about seven sequins per invitation, which added just enough shine without feeling too overwhelming.

you can either put one in an envelope and mail off to your guest, or add a 7"x5" piece of patterned paper to the back to make it a little firmer &/or add some more color.


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