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assymetrical + organic wreath tutorial

diy organic wreath tutorial

A happy winter solstice to you all—yesterday was the shortest day of the year. And so the light creeps back in. To celebrate, we invited my friend, floral & event designer Kaitlin Zermeno of Petaline (check her out for floral inspiration + she’s available to travel for events big and small worldwide), to give us a tutorial for organic, free-form wreaths. I’ve been wanting to make an explosive wreath with wild sprigs and tendrils, and now I finally know how. The dripping birch wreath (third from the right) & the one with the bit of ribbon are my attempts. I’m quite pleased with them, and given my dismal wreath efforts of the past, it was satisfying to figure out how to make the wreaths I’d long admired from afar. Along with the wreaths we have some inspiration for your winter table from ours including mini organic shaped wreaths for each place setting—same principle applies as the big ones! And also…a little peek of my new dining room!


Local Milk Gift Guide // 2016


A little late in the season (last minute shopper unite!) but here as usual: our annual gift guide! It’s broken into different sections for Kitchen, Baby, Home, Wear, and Apothecary because there were so many things we wanted to include, that was the only way to keep them all straight! And still we couldn’t get in everything. Stay tuned for our registry post for more baby things, and check out gift guides of previous years for more favorites here, here, and here. And for wrapping inspiration, see the post before this one here as well as years past here, here, and here.Our gift guide is a way for us to share all of our favorite things with you as well as a way to give some love to our favorite shops, makers, and products. Everything on this list is both beautiful and useful.


Gift Wrapping 2016 + A Giveaway!


The annual gift wrapping inspiration post is here full of muslin, raw silk ribbons, bits of nature, handmade Japanese paper, and thoughts about the most important person on my list, my husband + a giveaway (details below!) of an HP Spectre x360 laptop to celebrate it all! Fact: I’m actually a lousy gift giver. All I can ever think of is what I’d want myself; I still haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that a lot of people on my Christmas list don’t know what to do with homemade balsam fir syrup or preserved lemons nor do they want to figure it out. This year I’m aiming to up my gifting, not only with the wrap, but with what’s inside.

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