merry & bright

Wishing you all a very happy holiday!

Thank you for stopping by my little ole' blog.  You have really made my year merry and bright :).


hello from ireland

Just a little of life here in Ireland....

I had all intentions of finishing my 12 days of merry posts before I left for Ireland, but my life was consumed by my business the two weeks before I left.  In big the scheme of things, it doesn't matter at all, I just hate not finishing what I have started.  Sometimes living life and handling a wonderfully busy holiday season just get in the way of blogging :).

12 days of merry {day 6} ~ holiday nog

Oh my good god, do I love eggnog.  {These muffins were amazing, btw.}  I have been making and drinking eggnog cocktails for years, but this year I mixed it up a bit by using whipped cream flavored vodka.  

If you have never tried whipped cream flavored vodka, go right now to the store, buy a bottle, and prepare for your mind to be blown.  It is amazing stuff.  

This is the simplest drink ~ just eggnog {any type you like}, a shot of whipped cream vodka, and ice.  Add whipped cream and/or a cinnamon stick if you're feeling fancy.


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photos and a new lens

sleepy finn {with simon afterglow photoshop action} // eggnog cocktail // roasted brussels sprouts with goat cheese {my latest obsession!}

I have been on the hunt for new camera lens for a while and my friend Julie suggested this one.   Julie knows her stuff, so I trusted her and am so happy I did!  The lens is taking a little bit of getting used to, but it's pretty awesome.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We are heading off to Ireland tonight, so I am rushing around.  There is still laundry, cleaning, packing, mailing final holiday orders and gifts, and a Target trip to be done.  Wish me luck ;).

I have a few blog posts planned for while I am away and I am sure I will be popping in here and there.

Have a happy monday!

xoxo, Gina

12 days of merry {day 5} ~ holiday travel look

We travel most holidays.  It's just a way of life when you live a million miles away from all your family. This year we are trekking to Ireland and stopping in Chicago on the way back.

Both flights are long ones and over the years I have perfected my go-to travel outfit.  I find it to be hot and cold in airports and planes, so I like to wear lots of layers.  I also think slip on boots/shoes are a must for security and comfort and a backpack is a must for carrying lots of crap...which I always end up doing ;).

cute t-shirt ~ gap // jacket ~ old navy // slouchy sweater ~ gap // denim leggings ~ madewell // boots ~ hunter // scarf ~ urban outfitters // backpack ~ ll bean

Do you have a go-to travel outfit?

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weekend thoughts

I had my favorite holiday cocktail post planned for today but right now it just seems a bit frivolous.  I cannot imagine the hopelessness and pain the people in Connecticut are feeling today.  My heart goes out to them.   It is all so senseless...I feel really let down by humanity today.

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend.  xoxo, Gina

12 days of merry {day 4} ~ seven diy holiday gifts

Still have gifts to buy?  Check out these seven super cute and affordable handmade gift ideas ~

1. adorable mitten ornaments {stuff them with treats or a gift card!}
2. stenciled holiday hand towels {love the gold ~ I need to make these!}
3. my simple instagram canvases tutorial
4. hand printed throw pillows
5. an infinity scarf made from an old sweater {cute!}
6. super simple typography print
7. candy cane sugar scrub

Are you diy-ing any gifts this year?  I wish I had a little extra time to do something!  This year really got away from year :).


While I am still still finishing up holiday orders and tackling my mess of a studio/life...I thought I would share this video.  My friend posted in on Facebook and I cannot stop watching it and laughing.  It is so, so, so hysterical.  I laughed out loud...or LOLed as the kids say.

If you are a cat person or a dog person or just a person in general, you will love it.


And just a little reminder that you have until Sunday to place your holiday {Acute Designs} orders!  I am closing up the shop{s} this weekend and we are going on vacation :).

shop the online shop or the etsy shop

Enjoy your Wednesday!


Well, Renegade is over, thank god!  It was an amazing experience but totally time consuming for the past few weeks.  I am so happy I took the chance and put in the investment to vend at the L.A. show.  I far exceeded my sales goal {yay!} and overall had an awesome and exhausting time.

I split a booth with my friend Julia of the love stitch, and luckily had a few minutes to step away and walk around the show.  As I browsed the other vendors I was constantly blown away by the talent all around me.  I felt a little unworthy of being a if I fooled everyone by getting accepted to the show ;).

This week is for cuddling my pups, catching up on online orders {if you placed one, it is coming this week!}, a few 12 days of merry posts, making christmas cookies, and preparing for our three week vacation.

I hope you all are having a wonderful december week!


Please excuse all the silence around here.  I have been working 15+ hour days prepping for Renegade {Southern California people it's in Los Angeles this weekend - stop by and say hello!} and trying to keep up with holiday orders.   My color dipped brass earrings are flying out the door.  It makes me happy to think of all the people out there with pretty hand painted brass dangling from their ears.

I really wish I had an intern right about now.  My fingers are sore and my eyes are tired and I am surviving on cookies and coffee and Christmas music, but it's all a good feeling.  

When I am busy I can muster energy I didn't know I had in me.  

I wake before 6am and don't get into bed until midnight and I rarely feel tired.  I am sure it will hit me sometime next week...but that's ok because I will have a little time to sleep.  And the week after I will be in Ireland, which means lots of sleeping and eating and drinking Guinness and overall relaxing.

I hope you are all having a good week.  

xoxo, Gina

pear cookie pie

I love pears.  They are so underrated and in my opinion, so much better than apples.

Last year, I accidentally made a pie with a cookie crust rather than a pie crust because I had leftover cookie crust and it was am-a-zing.  It has become my new thing.  I am not a huge pie crust fan and the cookie dough crust is SO much easier.  And better.

I have only experimented with putting this crust on the top of the fruit - not the bottom and top, so I am not exactly sure how that would work, but I assume it would be delicious :).

Pear Cookie Pie {makes one pie}
For the filling
-5 pears, diced
-a tablespoon of honey
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1 teaspoon nutmeg

For the crust
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-a pinch of salt
-1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
-3/4 cup white sugar
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 large egg
-2 teaspoons cinnamon

-a little extra sugar for dusting

1. First make the crust.  Use an electric mixer and mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until totally combines {another minute}.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
3. Form dough into a ball and stick in the refrigerator while you prepare the pears.  Dice the pears into bite sized pieces and toss with the honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
4. Spread the pears evenly in a pie dish and take the dough out of the refrigerator.  
5. Roll the dough out into a disc the same size as your pie dish.  This dough is a little sticky, so I roll it out in between two pieces of parchment paper.
6. Lay the dough disc on the top of the pears and crimp around the edges.  Don't worry about making it fancy. This isn't the prettiest pie, but it tastes really good :).
7. Dust the crust with a little white sugar and bake for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  You will know it's done when the edges of the crust have browned a small bit.

If you have extra dough left over you can make it into cookies or just eat the dough.  Enjoy!

12 days of merry {day 3} ~ holiday inspired fonts

Aren't fonts  the best?  I have a total harmless addiction to them.  I rounded up a few holiday inspired fonts and am using roskrift on my christmas cards!  

Holiday Inspired Fonts

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