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I get giddy when I find a great source for calligraphy, custom prints, gift tags and gifts. Especially when they are this fabulous! Heather, owner of Design Roots, can create something unique for you — examples of her work are below.

Need immediate gratification? You can shop here for some of her ready made stamps and gift tags.

Wish you could write like she does? Attend a class or order her Calligraphy Kit here.

Heather can make anything pretty….what she writes is up to you! 
Right? Write!

Holiday Gifts: Short on Time

Feel like you’ve run a gift giving gauntlet? Still missing a few things? I am almost there. A tendency to procrastinate is one of my lesser features. But hey, I’ve found ways to work around it.
One of the best gifts I ever gave myself was Amazon Prime. Since you’re smart folks, I’m guessing a good number of you already have this. But, just in case someone out there isn’t in on our little secret, I just have to share. You pay an annual fee – it used to be $50 but is now $79 and you get free 2 day shipping for a year. Do the math. It’s a DEAL!
So, I think it also makes a great gift for the procrastinator or mega-orderer in your life. To learn more, click here.

Now that you have Amazon Prime, you’ll be able to get some fabulous gifts, wrapped and shipped to your destination by Christmas Eve.

Let’s go shopping…here are a few of my favorite things you can find on Amazon.

For the beauty junkie, Deborah Lippman nail colors
May the force be with the little boy who LOVES Star Wars with this LEGO mini figure alarm clock
My 9 year old asked for these Minecraft paper crafts, so I know it’s a winner!
Every little girl I know has or wants a Rainbow Loom. Boys like them, too. Great for all those winter days indoors.
What’s old is new again. What tween wouldn’t love instantaneous photos with this Polaroid ? It might even trump their Instagram. Ok, probably not, but it’s fun!
For the recent grad or the person who loves to “fix things” this set will have them ready for anything!
Don’t forget your favorite 4 legged friend. Camo is IN and will definitely elicit some smiles on dog walks.
Whether you have company coming and want the house to smell amazing or need a few more hostess gifts, this is my favorite holiday scent!
And, remember this month’s mantra. Stay warm. Stay calm. Stay merry!!!
images: 1 here, others Amazon

Santa in Seattle

Santa doesn’t really live at the North Pole. He lives in Seattle! At least I like to think he’d be a lot like Ted Kennedy Watson, the founder, creative force and curator behind the Watson Kennedy shops in Seattle. Though I’ve not been to the shops in person (yet!), I do know Ted and if you follow along his instagram or blog, you can get a great feel for the types of products his stores carry. They are the kind of things that you want to take home to enjoy because they make life smell better, feel better, taste better and look more beautiful.

But, as this is the giving season, Watson Kennedy is also an amazing source for gift giving. Ted’s favorite gifts to give are the ones that the receiver can enjoy and use. The best candles. The best linens. The finest in food. Unique items that were scoured at a London flea market. The kind of things you really WANT to receive. And, they know how to wrap to impress.

Recently, the Seattle Times wrote an article on Ted, his shops and his gifting philosophy. Click here to read the entire article.

In order to receive items by Dec 24th, you must have your order in by Dec. 15th. You can order online or by phone 800.991.9361.

I think the most fun would be to just call and tell them about the recipient and see what they suggest. 

No pressure…but there’s just 2 weeks before Christmas!