Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tis the Season to see RED

01.   Dante Pumps from BCBG  
02.   Fabulous Red Dress by LaLa Couture
03.   O’ Christmas Tree Candle from Mozi
04.   Marimekko Pillow from Imagine Throw Pillow
05.  Red Puff Hairbow from Tiny Tots Bows
06.  Yarn Wreath from Itz Fitz
07.  Silk Pashmina from BCBG
08.  Sash Belt from White House Black Market 
09.  Red Holiday Clutch from Oatmeal Lace Design

Santa Sack Tradition

Image from here

Does your family use Santa Sacks?  This tradition is a great way to use reusable drawstring gift sacks that will be cherished by your children each year when getting them out in preparation for Santa's visit!

These sacks are great because they are not only Eco friendly but you will not stay up late Christmas Eve wrapping presents.  Simply place unwrapped gifts in the Sack and place under the tree on Christmas Eve.  Each child can have their own individual sack.

To rollout this tradition, simply place a package on your doorstep from Santa's elves that included the sack and a note inside explaning that the sacks are from Santa and that each child is to leave them under the tree (or at the foot of their bed) on Christmas Eve.  When Santa visits on Christmas Eve, he will deliver their toys into their own Santa Sack.  This will also encourage us to reduce gift wrap waste.

Image from here

Santa Sack image from here

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Caramel pull-apart biscuits

Yarah Designs came across this irresistible recipe on Eat Drink Pretty.  This is such a treat and great for the holidays!

Caramel pull-apart biscuits
  • 2 tubes Pillsbury biscuits (20 total biscuits)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease a bundt cake pan. In a small saucepan, heat the butter, water and brown sugar until melted.

Separate the biscuits and cut each into four pieces. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl. Dredge the biscuit pieces in the cinnamon sugar mixture and then put the biscuits into the bundt pan, spread around evenly. Pour the caramel mixture (the butter, water and brown sugar) over the biscuits.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 3 minutes then invert onto a serving plate

Christmas Dessert Table

Yarah Designs came across this simple yet gorgeous dessert table on Amy Atlas done by Suzanna of Mon Tresor.  This color palette is sensational for any holiday dessert table. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nutcracker Suite Ballet Party

Yarah Designs came accross this darling party on HWTM.  It is a must see!  This is such the pefect party for any little girl and can easily be created into an adlut themed party.  There are so any clever and creative details to admire about this party.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Tablescapes

image from Jo Malone

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Yarah Designs is brainstorming tablescape ideas and here are a few visuals to get you into the spirit!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gift Wrapping Craze!

Just in time for the holidays, Yarah Designs stumbled upon this gorgeous gift wrapping inspiration post on Style Me Pretty created by Grey Likes Weddings.  Does it get any more fabulous?!?! 

Also included are some amazing holiday tags that you can simply download and print.  How very perfect!!

Downloadable tags found here


Pinup Wreath

Anyone looking for a unique idea to display holiday cards?  Yarah Designs simply loves this pinup wreath from Martha Stewart

Decorate a wall or an interior door by hanging a holiday-card wreath. Using wood glue, affix miniature wooden clothespins to a large (about 14-inch-diameter) embroidery hoop. Alternate clothespins to point outward and inward, spaced 1 1/2 inches apart. Suspend from a ribbon, and clip your cards in place as you receive them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree

These cupcake liner trees would make wonderful accents for recption or buffet tables at any event and different colors and patters could be used to achieve different looks.   The key is to use mini cupcake liners and The Bakers Confections is the place to purchase them.

Yarah Designs found this amazing tutorial on Papercrave on how to make these beauties. 

Supplies needed:
  • a styrofoam tree form (I used a 9” tall form)
  • mini cupcake liners (1 1/4” to 1 3/8” size)
  • straight pins, preferably with a ball head
  • a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • accessories for decorating (ribbon, decorative picks, etc.)


1. Separate cupcake liners into groups of five. Flatten the liners, and poke a straight pin through the center of each group.

2. Gently “scrunch” the top cupcake liner around the pin head, taking care not to rip the paper.

3. Repeat the scrunching action for the remaining liners. When you’re finished, you’ll have a flower.

4. Using your thumb and forefinger, grab the flower at the bottom and press the liners together and away from the length of the pin. Add a bit of hot glue to the pin, and immediately insert into the styrofoam tree form.

5. Fold two or three layers of the liners over the pin head, taking care not to burn yourself on any hot glue that may have found its way toward the pin head, and press the pin head in until it’s flush with the tree form. Hold in place for five to ten seconds, until the glue starts to cool and the pin is firmly attached. Fluff and adjust the flower “petals”, if needed. Continue adding cupcake liner flowers, starting at the bottom of the form and working your way around and up, until the entire form is covered.
6.  Add embellishments and decorations to the tree to coordinate with your occasion, if desired.

Holiday Sparkle - Glass Globes

Looking for some holiday sparkle for this holiday season?  These mercury glass globes are fabulous from Pottery Barn.  Light up these globes to impart a halo of warmth and good cheer.  These can be used as an illuminnated centerpiece that shines brighter and safer than candlelight.  You can display several together with colorful ornaments and fragrant pine bough on a mantel or console.  Simply insert the strands of white lights and your centerpiece is complete.  Beautiful for the season ...

Homemade Turtles!

Here is a recipe Yarah Designs found on Twig & Thistle and it is simply fabulous and so easy for an impromptu gathering.  All you need is Mini pretzels, Pecan Halfs and Rolos! 

1) On a cookies sheet, arrange the pretzels then place a Rolo on top of each one. Bake at 220 F. for 2 minutes.

2) Remove from the oven and immediately start placing the Pecans on top and pushing them down, squishing the Rolos.  Enjoy!

How easy is that!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bohemia - A Lifestyle Boutique


A lifestyle boutique - Bohemia!  Yarah Designs stumbled across this company with such a passion for its products.  The style for this boutique lived up to the name - independent, original, colorful, open-minded and a great sense of fun.  I am certain you can find some items for your holiday list here.  Enjoy!

Cosmetic Pouch
Leather Pouffe

Just Because ...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Store It In Style

Check out these gorgeous bins from The Spotted Barn.  The bold prints and color palettes make them a fun accessory to any room.  These can be used for toys, magazines, books, remote controls, DVDs, CDs and you cannot beat the price of $18!