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This year I am counting down my favorite holiday songs. It’s been really hard to just pick 10. I’ve been finding it’s even harder finding just the right version of some of the more classic holiday tunes. Of course finding the perfect version of this gem was a no brainer. Have yourself a merry little christmas first appeard in the broadway musical Meet Me In St. Louis.  

If you like musicals, love stories and classic films, and haven’t seen the film version, you are missing out big time. This film has been one of my favorites since I was 8, I used to borrow it from the library and watch it over and over again. Without further ado, Judy Garland!

Counting down my holiday favorites: #10

I love Christmas music. I have 4.5 days worth of it on I-tunes, and chances are, if you order anything from the peppersprouts shop between now and Dec 24th, I will be listening to holiday music when I’m packaging up your new coasters or ornaments. Every friday, between now and Christmas I will be sharing one of my favorite Holiday Tunes. Coming in at Number 10, the SNL classic opening “I Wish It Was Christmas Today.” I would love to know what your holiday favorites are, share them in the comments!

Happy Halloween!

A few days ago we had some fog roll in along with a few crafty spiders. I snapped a few photos while Matt and I were out walking the dog. I though this would be an apt way to end October. You can click on each photo to see them a bit bigger. Happy Halloween!

New ornament for 2011

For the last few years I have been adding a new animal to the Modern Snowflake Ornament Collection. Since 2011 is the year of the rabbit, I decided that a Bunny was the addition this Christmas! Starting today, you can buy this snow bunny ornament at the Peppersprouts shop.

The other 5 awesome animal friends back again this year, but we will be saying farewell to one at the end of the season. Make them all part of your Holiday tradition.


Print your own christmas CD

Looking for a quick last minute gift idea? Perhaps you wish you had just one more thing to put in the stockings this Christmas? Well as a last minute Christmas gift to you I designed a cute little cd sleeve that you can download and print at home. The back has room to write your track listings, or little holiday message.

Just click on the image below to download your free printable template, then simple print, cut, fold and glue or tape the flaps down ( tape works fine so don’t worry if you don’t have any glue hanging about).

A CHILLY BLAST from the past

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Even in June of 1985, the weather was warm but my heart was dreaming of snow. This little video snippet is from my pre-school graduation. I actually remember my dad renting a video camera (remember when they were so expensive that you had to rent them for special events, and now everyone has one built into their phone?!?!) Hope you enjoy the 4 year old version of myself singing Frosty the snowman alongside my friend John Vasselotti.

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: the crafty type

Some of my favorite ideas for the crafty type on your list! Clockwise from top right: Mini Diana Camera from the lomography shop $60, Craft Inc Business Planner at amazon.com $12, Handmade Shirt from craftster $20, Xacto Blades available at dickblick, A Making Voucher at ponoko.com, Crewl Embroidery Kit from Tako Fibers $30, Button Dishes from have you met miss jones $30, Knitting Kits from wool and the gang $60-$150

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: the food lover

Check out these great gift picks for the foodie or cook on your gift list!

Clockwise from top left: Espresso brownies from Whimsy and Spice $8, Beeraw honey flight of 9 honey varieties $78, Deluxe Cheese kit from Urban Cheese Kraft ( it’s simple & tasty) $50, Salt & pepper shaker from Romi Ceramics $36, T-shirt from happy family $16,

Clockwise from top left: Recipe box from Rife Paper Company $125, Herb chopper ( we have one and love it) by Al Stephens $32, Three months of croissants from willams-sonoma, $99, Bamboo state cutting board from aheirloom  $40, eco friendly reusable fork and spoon at thinkgeek $5, index chopping board at moma store $70, Reusable shopping bag from wonder thunder $12


The Nimbus Factory is the most awesome and adorable shop I have seen in months. This cute store is run by two illustrators and two designers and a plethora of creativity. Their Arctic animal gift wrap is super cute, as is of course their line of holiday cards. But don’t worry they are more than just a holiday wonder, they have some great recipe cards, calendars and other paper goods. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: the bookworm

I decided to do something a little different this year. I’m breaking up the normal holiday gift guide into blog posts rather than a mini site. First up a few ideas for the person on your list that just can’t seem to put a good book down.

Clockwise from top left: Bookrest Lamp $69, Romeo & Julienne Cutting Board $10, Nerdy Eyeglass necklace from Munieca $25, Conceal Bookshelf $11, Pictorial Websters $23, Good Read Flip book by Green Chair Press $5, Half Glass bookends $58

Clockwise from top left: Custom Bookshelf painting by Jane Mount $100, Dishes I’d Rather be Doing Tea towel by Dear Colleene $15, Personal Library Kit $18, Bookplates by Mary Kate McDevitt $20, Book necklace from Black Spot Books $40, Kindle (i really do read more with this) $139, Ceramic Mug from Aedrial Originals $18

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