My Favorite Gift Ideas for the Art Lover

Better Homes and Gardens published their holiday gift guides last week, and guess what? I got to curate one! There are over 25 different guides curated by other bloggers and BHG editors, I was asked to curate one for Artists and Art Collectors! If you are buying for someone who creates art, supplies like charcoal, sketchbooks, and paints are always a great gift. If you are looking for someone who is more of a collector, art books, prints, decorative home items, or art-inspired clothing are great options. Here are some of my favorite items from the curated guide and you can head over to BHG.com to see all of my picks! I’ll be taking a blog break for the rest of the week since I’m heading to Maine tomorrow for Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a great week!

art lover gift round up

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 • See all of my gift guides here!

My Favorite Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover

I’m trying to be good this year and get my holiday shopping done ahead of time. I recently came across UncommonGoods and y’all, they have some amazing options for gifts! I feel like everyone on my list is so difficult to shop for but this site has so many unique items that it’s going to make it really easy on me! They have thousands one-of-a-kind products ranging from home and garden products to jewelry and accessories, office items, children’s toys and more. They also have some really cool stocking stuffers like an Aquafarm here and Kinetic Sand here! I totally love all the fun wine related things they have so I decided to put together this gift guide! My mom will probably get a few things from this list!

wine lover gift round up
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 • See all of my gift guides here
 
UncommonGoods makes it so easy to shop too! They break down their site into easy categories… whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift for your sister, or you have a specific amount you’re looking to spend, for example, gifts under $50, they make it simple to get your shopping done quickly! Some other cool things about UncommonGoods:
  • They highlight the stories of the artists and designers throughout the website
  • Half of what they sell is made by hand. Look for the blue hand icon throughout the website.
  • About one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials.
  • They donate a portion of each order to your choice of non-profit organizations: American Forests, AmeriCares, City Harvest, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
If you are looking for a gift that is unique, or are trying to find something for that person that seems to have everything, check out UncommonGoods, you will not be disappointed!
 
This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods. Thank you for supporting this blog by allowing me to post occasional sponsored content. All sponsored posts feature products or services that I truly feel would be of interest to you and all opinions are my own.

The Font Feast Presents Candy Bar Surprise Cookies

 candy bar surprise cookies with halloween jackolantern

I have had a pretty major sweet tooth for as long as I can remember. My family tells a funny story about me trying to lunge out of the shopping cart as a baby whenever my mom went past the candy aisle! Needless to say, I have to try pretty hard to resist all of the candy my kids bring home from trick-or-treating. These fun little surprise cookies with candy nestled inside are a great way to use up all of those delicious little mini candy bars from Halloween. Make a batch and give them to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Surprise!

To go with these Candy Bar Surprise Cookies, I chose a cute Halloween font, Sketch Bones. There aren’t too many occasions that call for really cartoony fonts, but if you can’t write out a message with cartoon bones at Halloween, when can you?!

halloween candy bar surprise cookies

Candy Bar Surprise Cookies inspired by Sketch Bones

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
about 30 mini chocolate candy bars, unwrapped (Milky Way, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, etc.)
 
Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir to combine. Use an ice cream scoop to shape the dough into balls. Take a dough ball in one hand, and flatten it slightly. Place a mini candy bar in the middle of the cookie dough, and carefully fold the dough up and over the candy bar, completely enclosing it in dough. Reshape as needed. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough balls and candy bars, placing 12 cookies per baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just beginning to turn golden on the edges. Remove from oven, cool on sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Color Blocked Pumpkins – Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebie

Happy October friends! I’m in the mood for pumpkin decorating, how about y’all? Last year, I decided that instead of carving pumpkins, I would paint some simple color blocked designs instead. As I was looking back through my photos I realized they were perfect as a desktop background! It let’s me get into the Halloween spirit without getting glitter all over the house again!

These new designs are available for download over on WhimseyBox’s blog! Hope you enjoy October’s design for your devices!

 Color Blocked Pumpkins Desktop Designs by Ciera Design

Whimseybox is the original subscription for DIY and craft lovers. Each month WhimseyBox sends subscribers a box full of craft projects along with a project idea. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get $5 off!

Mother’s Day Printable Card

Mother’s Day is Sunday so I wanted to share this design with you guys in case you are still looking for a card! All you have to do is print it out on an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock, trim around the lines and fold down the middle! This card fits perfectly into an A2 envelope. Grab it now on Etsy for only $2! And thanks to Henry Happened for featuring my DIY Geometric Coasters in their 100 Handmade Gifts for Mom roundup, if you are still thinking about what to get for mom, this is a great list!

Mother’s Day Printable Card

Mother’s Day Printable Card

February Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebie

It’s the first of the month (no, I’m not going to sing Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for you) but I AM going to give you a new desktop and iphone wallpaper! Things are very crazy here in New Orleans right now, I just got back from Alt and now the Superbowl is here AND Mardi Gras! So you’ll have to forgive me for skimming over Valentine’s Day this year! I created a Valentine’s DIY last year so I thought it would be fun to make this month’s wallpaper from some of those photographs!

Just a little reminder before we get to the download! Thank you so much to those of you that have provided me with feedback through the reader survey! If you haven’t taken the reader survey yet, I’d really appreciate it if you did! Plus you’ll get some extra freebies if you do!

Ciera Design February Desktop Wallpaper Freebie

Valentine's Desktop Wallpaper / Valentine's iphone Wallpaper

 

Hope you enjoy! I have mine on my laptop and iphone, I love how bright they are!

 Downloads are for personal use only.