Last Minute Gift Guide: Make

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Holiday wreaths are an easy way to bring a lot cheer on the cheap to your home, and they make great gifts too!

I prefer them a little weird and wild (like most things in life), but you can use this technique for almost any material you choose.

And the only supplies you’ll need are a wire wreath form, paddle wire, and some snips. Easy peasy.
 
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First up- grab yo’ greens! Do it in a park, and try not to look…awkward.

I chose noble fir, cedar, and seeded eucalyptus from the LA Flower Mart for around $3.50/bunch and used about 1/3 bunch per 12″ wreath. For the behemoth in that first photo, you’ll need around 2 bunches of everything.

You can also forage your greens in the wild or at your local tree lot/Home Depot, where they’ll usually give you the branches they cut off the bottoms of trees for free.
 
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Now for some fun (and long lasting) accents- thistle, naked pepperberry, and red safari.
 
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Make small and pleasing bunches of greens + accents.
 
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Place your first bunch on your wreath form and use the paddle wire to secure it. No need to be pretty or too precious- just make sure it’s secure and DON’T cut your wire.
 
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Lay down your next bunch directly below the first one, so that the top of your second bunch covers up your messy wires. Secure it in place and DON’T cut your paddle wire.
Rinse and repeat.
 
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Voila! Not too shabby for $10 and 20 minutes, right?!

And if a wreath isn’t up your alley, here are 4 more gifts to make:

Vanilla Extract
Preserved Lemons
Homemade Bitters
Chewy Caramels

And yes, they’re all edible, because if you’ve been invited to a holiday party, your host/ess probably already has enough cheese logs, tea towels and kitchen tchotkes!



Last Minute Gift Guide: Shop

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Hello friends! It’s been tough to get in the holiday spirit this year, and we still haven’t managed to get a tree…

BUT I finally put on the holiday tunes and made this behemoth of a wreath to hang over our fireplace, AND the kind folks at Jord sent over a little holiday cheer in watch form, just in time (ha!) to help me turn the corner and do this holiday thing.

Won’t you join me?

Today I’m sharing a few unique last minute gift ideas you can shop, and over the next two weeks I’ll share a few more gifts to make, donate, and inspire.
 
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1. An Amazing Wood Watch from Jord $189
 
I was initially hesitant when Jord offered to send me one of their wood watches- I don’t do a lot of sponsored content and I’m extremely particular about accessories.

Luckily my curiosity and love of unique pieces got the better of me, because I’m loving my zebrawood and champagne gold Frankie. Massive and minimal at the same time, she’s a statement piece AND a conversation starter. Beautiful, organic, and surprisingly light weight, I’m looking forward to wearing her with everything this holiday season and beyond.
 
Grab an instant $25 e-code here!
 
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2. Stylish Leopard Slippers from Birdies $140
 
Old house. Wood floors. Enough said.
It doesn’t hurt that they’re twinning with my favorite shoes either.
 
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3. Funny Feminist Everything from Yankee Dime Creations $28
 
I have a pile of these stickers on my desk and they make me SO happy.
Stocking stuffers for everyone!
 
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4. Locally Roasted Coffee, Suits & Knives, from Coffee Colab $19
 
We all get lazy and go to Starbucks sometimes, but there are SO many amazing
local coffee roasters to support in Los Angeles!
 
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5. Flower Subscription (from yours truly!)
 
In 2017 Winston & Main will begin offering a flower subscription service here in Los Angeles and I’d LOVE to fill your year with flowers! You can email me (hello@winstonandmain.com) to set up your custom subscription for weekly or monthly flower delivery in my signature organic style. 3 months of once/month delivery for $225 $200 through the end of 2016!
 
 
* This post was sponsored by Jord, all opinions are my own.
Photo 1, 2, 7 David Coe Photo for Winston & Main/Photo 4/Photo 5/Photo 6


Wooden Wristwatch



The chicks are two months!

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And well, they’re chickens now.
Minus the eggs.
Festive freeloading chickens.
 
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Annie Yolkly is a goofy thing.
 
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Ruth Bader Chicksburg is quite composed.
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Our sweet giant, Audre, seems less like a rooster each day, and is quite the lap chicken.
 
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Hillary Clinthen is a fierce and determined wanderer, as to be expected right now.
 
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And finally, here’s little Dolly Bird, bringing you just a bit of Scandinavian holiday cheer.
 
At two months: The ladies are absolute giants (even Dolly Bird) and they enjoy spending their days pecking around their run and giving themselves (and each other) dirt baths in the sunshine. Their craftsman coop is thisclosetofinished, so they still come inside, rather reluctantly, to sleep in their giant brooder at night.
 
And like good Angelenos, they have overcome their extreme fear of kale, and have enthusiastically added lettuce and tomato to their diet too. Soon I’ll turn over ALL the composting to them. Muah!
 
But mostly, I’m looking forward to kicking them to the coop, reclaiming our study AND all my free-time, which is currently spent trimming/painting/shingling the coop to match the house.
 
Yes friends, I have become that crazy chicken lady.
And I’m mostly fine with it.
 
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So much (s)ass!