Sorry about the late post today, friends – it’s been a bit hectic since our return from Arizona! Lots to do after our trip + we kicked off 24 Merry Days + nobody to help with the kids = neglected Friday post :) I’m here, and today I wanted to share a few ideas of things you can make as Christmas presents this year. Christmas can get very expensive very fast, so I thought that these might help keep your holidays budget-friendly. Some of the projects are super easy, others a bit harder – but they are all super cute and no doubt that everyone will be happy to receive something that you make with your own two hands - that’s not a pasta necklace :D

Happy Friday everybody!

PS: Talking about 24 Merry Days, I can’t believe I received 500 entries in the first day of the giveawaywith 6 more days to enter. You guys rock! And welcome to all of my new blog followers :) Today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway is on Hank and Hunt here, and it’s such a nice prize.

Images: 1. Apron by Purl Bee|2. Geometric paperweights at Dot Coms for Moms |3. No-sew sequin camera strap by Sugar & Cloth |4. DIY stick horses by A Beautiful Mess |5. DIY mittens |6. DIY geometric necklace by Sincerely Kinsey |7. DIY wall art at Trendenser |8. DIY puppet theater made with artist canvases by Ariadne At home

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We’re already on Day 6 of 24 Merry Days (click HERE if you missed the first 5 giveaways, you can still enter!), and I’m so so excited to be hosting my very own giveaways today! We’ve been giving away a lot of great prizes for grown-ups so far, and it is time we treat the little ones with these TWO fabulous prizes:


The first prize is a gorgeous fox coat (size 12 months to 6 years old) by Little Goodall. Little Goodall makes the most adorable, whimsical childrens coats, like the amazing lion coat that’s been all over the internet recently. My daughter Olivia owns a Little Goodall coat and I get raving comments -and warm smiles from strangers- just about every day!

And the second prize isn’t any less amazing: a $75 gift certificate to Joyfolie, the lovely company that makes sweet-as-can-be, one-of-a-kind and eco-friendly shoes for littles girls – as well as women. I’ve raved about Joyfolie before on this blog, because really, they keep coming up with the cutest shoes!

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Two lucky TLS readers will be randomly selected to win one of these two prizes!

TO ENTER: All you have to do to leave a comment below telling me your favorite item from their shops! :) Open to people worldwide.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: There are 3 ways you can gain an extra entry;
1. ‘Like’ the Little Goodall Facebook page, then leave a separate comment below telling me you’ve done so, and…
2. ‘Like’ the Joyfolie Facebook page, then leave a separate comment below telling me you’ve done so, and…
3. ‘Like’ the This Little Street Facebook page, then leave a separate comment below telling me you’ve done so.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO PARTICIPATED!

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Here’s a little something bright and merry for everybody: the ladies will wrap themselves in one of these warm, happy blankets at A+R store, while the little ones look up at the pretty DIY stars in their bedroom. Happy Thursday!

P.S: 24 Merry days – Day 5! Another giveaway you won’t want to miss….over $500 worth of simply gorgeous platters and bowls by Mud Australia. To die for!!! So head on over to That’s Happy for your chance to win!!!

P.P.S: As you can see I moved my “like mother, like child” post up a day….it’s because I have a special surprise for you guys tomorrow. Wink wink ;) Make sure you don’t miss it!

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L: Kitchen in Icelandic home via Desire to Inspire |R: Chocolate hazelnut pots de creme by Cannelle et Vanille

My jaws nearly dropped when I first saw this little Icelandic jewel. In another life, I think that’s totally where I was meant to live – in the middle of nowhere surrounded by gorgeous nature, some colorful rain boots waiting by the door always ready to go on some adventures, a colorful kitchen full or pretty vintage plates, a cosy living room where I could read my book. Le sigh. Can’t say that New York really compares at all – I guess Central Park will have to do as far as wilderness goes! :) I’m totally in love with this home – and hope you like it too.

And with that, check out these lovely chocolate and hazelnut pot de creme by Cannelle et Vanille – they totally look like they could have been baked in this lovely Icelandic home! Yum, and they look so delicious – a perfect little treat.

PS: 24 Merry Days – Day 4! You won’t want to miss today, believe me….head on over to The Sweetest Occasion to discover today’s prize. Fast. Fast. Fast! :)

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I don’t know about you, but December totally crept up on me – part of me is super happy about it, but the other part is panicking quite a bit – I feel so so unprepared! I’ve got to get going with my Christmas shopping, really. Our trip to Arizona has also been throwing me off – as I am wearing flip flops all day long, my mind is a bit far from my usual craving for snow and hot cocoa. But we’ll be back to NYC on Wednesday, so I should get back on track after that. Anyway, here’s some of the things on my wish list for December :) Happy Monday, friends!

PS: 24 Merry days – Day 3! Head on over to Sugar & Cloth today to discover today’s prizes – you heard me right, today we’re giving away TWO prizes! :)

Images: 1. Christmas print poster by Hairbrained Schemes|2. Ferm Living candleholder |3. Snowy owl necklace by Handy Maiden |4. Crochet boot cuffs by Lumi |5. Fingerless mittens by Sara Lagace. |6. Sheepskin Carry-All by We Are All Smith. |7. Dala horse ornament at Leif. |8. Elastic wrap belt by Venni Caprice.

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Happy Sunday everybody! Here’s the link to our second 24 Merry Days giveaway! Today, you have the chance to win an amazing Famille Summerbelle city map OF YOUR CHOICE, so head on over to Fellow Fellow for your chance to win :) And much more to win this December – see here!

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Hi friends! Just popping in on this lovely Saturday afternoon to let you know that 24 Merry days has just started, and today you get a chance to win an amazing $350 gift certificate for a gorgeous Kirribilla dress or coat. Head on over to 79 Ideas for your chance to win! And check out our 24 Merry Days calendar to find out about our other giveaways.

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So I mentioned to you guys a couple of times that I’ve been working on something super fun for you guys for December, and it’s time for the big reveal: get ready for the ultimate advent calendar, 24 Merry Days!!!:D Each day in December leading up to Christmas, you’ll be able to visit one of 24 bloggers offering an exclusive holiday giveaway with the most fantastic prizes. You’ll get a chance to win prizes from brands like Ferm Living, Poketo, Lauren Moffatt, Rifle Paper Co., Kinfolk, Mud Australia, and much more! Just spreading the holiday cheer one giveaway at a time, you know? :) We’ll be starting the giveaways this Saturday with an awesome giveaway on 79 Ideas, so make sure to go check it out – and enter- on Saturday!

How will you know where to go for the other giveaways? Well, everyday on my facebook page and on this blog, I’ll be letting you know where to go to find the giveaway of the day. You can also pop over to the 24 Merry Days page to learn about the giveaway schedule – I’d suggest bookmarking it! :)

Image designed by Gloria at Little White Whale Studio for 24 Merry Days.

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Happy Friday everybody! I have a super sweet announcement for you guys in a few hours, but for now I just wanted to share a few pics from our trip to Arizona – it’s been so nice to soak up the sun after the past few weeks of crazy weather in New York City. Geez, I could seriously get used to wearing flip flops and T-shirts all winter long!

We spent the first part of our trip in Flagstaff to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family I lived with when I came on exchange in high school – best family EVER, just so you know . Flagstaff is such a chill little town. It’s also chillier – jackets stayed on most of the time.
We had a great time taking some walks in the pine forest, going to small hipster coffee shops, throwing leaves…and duh, stuffing ourselves with super good food on Thanksgiving :)

We also took a day trip to gorgeous Sedona. Sedona is only 45 minutes away from Flagstaff, and is waaaaay worth the drive. One of the prettiest places I’ve seen so far! We started our day in Sedona at the terrace of a restaurant with a margarita….because, really, what can possibly go wrong when you start your day with a margarita??! After that we went for some exploring, down to one of the creeks. The girls were in heaven – I mean, they found rocks and sticks everywhere they looked….they couldn’t possibly have asked for more. Except for maybe ice cream…we happily obliged to it :) I had prickly pear (cactus) ice cream, it was delicious!
We’re now in Tucson for a few more days, staying with friends. I did my undergraduate studies in Tucson and it’s so nice to be back after four years – but more pics and words on that part of our trip later :) Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, no matter whether it’s sunny or rainy where you are!

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Loving the current fox trend – and guessing many of you probably do too-, so there you go, this week, the ladies will feel foxy in this pretty fox skirt by Sugarhill Boutique, while the little ones play with their adorable bandit foxby Viola Studio!

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