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Friday, December 19

12 Minute DIY // The Gift Edition 02

How's that Christmas gift list going, you guys? Are all those names ticked off? Are you checking it twice? ;) With less than a week to spare, there's nothing quite like last minute panic to set you in high gear shopping mode. But you can skip those crowded shops and malls because we have a new installment of 12 Minute DIYs today and it's a two-for! These air plant-centric gifts are a cinch to throw together and will make those green thumbers in your life oh-so-happy!






DIY Hanging Wooden Air Plant Dish //
Mini Bamboo Prep Bowls*
Drill
Yarn
Air Plant

Measure and mark four spots on your bowl, making sure each spot is symmetrical. Drill a hole in each spot. Thread the yarn through each hole (use an embroidery needle if you're struggling to get the yarn through) and double or triple knot to secure. Gather together the four pieces of yarn and knot at the top. Add an air plant and hang!

*We found these little bowls at our local food co-op where they sell a small selection of bamboo serve ware. You can find something similar at most health food stores (and we've spied them at Whole Foods Market and World Market.)

Air Plant Ornament //
Clear Glass Ornament
Yarn
Air Plant

It's not even fair to call this a DIY because it's so self explanatory. The only tricky part can be finding an air plant small enough to fit through the opening of the ornament. Once a week, fill the ornament with water to soak the plant, drain, and turn upside down to dry out. We think this ornament is darling enough to leave out year round! 



Still stumped on what to give or stuck in a present rut? Here are a few more simple DIY gift ideas to get you inspired for a crafty weekend:

DIY Dipped Decanter and Glasses / Moon Phases Mug / Tipsy Succulent Planters / Dried Sage Smudge Stick / DIY Dipped Wood Air Plant Pot / Homemade Coffee Mud Mask / Rosemary Shaving Cream

Thursday, December 18

Countdown to Christmas!

These days leading up to Christmas are sweet and nostalgic ones, don't you think? We've been thinking a lot about what makes this holiday feel so special and magical.  Things have been extra cozy around the Foxtail + Moss studio and you're hard up to find us without a mug of cocoa in our hands or a Christmas album spinning in the background. We hope you're soaking up the spirit of the season, no matter what holiday you celebrate!




Claire's favorite Holiday...

Treat // The first time I tried Hershey Kiss pretzel rings, I couldn't stop eating them! They are now my go-to cookie I make every year. These sweet and savory treats are simple to make (only three ingredients) and absolutely delicious. You can't go wrong with chocolate and pretzels!

Song // Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love is my all time favorite holiday song. You can find it on "A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector" which is a jam packed Christmas album from the 1960’s that I absolutely adore. When this song comes on the radio my head starts to bob, a smile plasters my face, and I can't help but sing along to every word.

Movie // It's A Wonderful Life is such a classic. But National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation wins every time hands down. It's hilarious!

Tradition // Buying a new Christmas tree ornament every year. Having a tree full of unique ornaments that are meaningful and show different chapters of my families life is something that makes the holidays a bit more special to me. Every holiday season when I hang these ornaments on the tree, I'm filled with fond memories from past years.

On My Wish List // I started to fall in love with wool socks last year when Chicago was hit by a brutally cold winter. Now I'm officially obsessed and have way too many, but I'm still hoping Santa will bring me another pair or two.

Lauren's favorite Holiday...

Song // Harry Belafonte's Christmas album is always spinning around our house come this time of the year. It's such a classic! And of course I'll get down to Mariah Carey's  "All I Want for Christmas is You". Duh!

Movie // It's a tie between Home Alone and Scrooged.

Treat // I'm all about hot cocoa. I love to experiment with different recipes and toppings. Dark chocolate and coconut milk garnished with candy cane. That's got to be my fave!

Tradition // We go crazy for Holiday traditions in my family! On Christmas Eve we make home made pizzas and cuddle up with hot cocoa (I told you I'm all about the cocoa!) to watch a classic Christmas movie or two. But my absolute favorite tradition is the Christmas pickle. Sounds insane, right? But it's definitely a thing. Read all about it here.

On My Wish List // I'm constantly burning candles in my home but most especially in the winter. It makes things feel so much more cozy. This candle is forever on my wishlist. Also I wouldn't mind finding this under the tree on Christmas morning!


Wednesday, December 17

HOMEMADE: Last Minute Gift Ideas


It's always smart to have a few last minute gift ideas around the holidays. A gift for a coworker you might have overlooked, a thoughtful gesture to the friendly postal worker, or something for your next-door neighbor who unexpectedly drop off a gift for you the other night: you never know when you'll need a gift in a bind. Below are two simple homemade last minute gift ideas: a coffee mud mask and rosemary shaving cream. Whip together these recipes, attach a little "how to" card, and you'll be prepared for any last minute gift situation that my arise.


Coffee Mud Mask //
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup brown sugar
(combine coffee and brown sugar in container)
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
(combine honey and ACV in container)

To make and use mask:
Combine 1 tablespoon ground coffee, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, honey, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Apply to face for 30-45 minutes. Before rinsing off that mask, dip your fingers in warm water and message face. There is will extra ground coffee and brown sugar that can be used for future masks.


Rosemary Shaving Cream //
1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil

To make shaving cream:
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt shea butter and coconut oil. Remove from the heat, place in small bowl, and mix in the almond oil and the essential oil. Place bowl in the refrigerator and chill until solid. Once firm, whip using a mixer (hand or stand) until light and fluffy. Spoon into a jar and keep in the refrigerator or a cool, dry place.
*You can also add in 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil for a mint scent that perfectly compliments the rosemary.




Interested in more last minute gift ideas? Check out our homemade gifts from last year: coconut oil lotion, brown sugar scrub, and coconut milk + oatmeal bath soak.

Make these homemade last minute gifts and tag your photos #fmholidays.

{Claire}

Tuesday, December 16

CURATED: Holiday gift guide for the littles




We could spend countless hours holiday shopping for the little ones in our lives. There are so many cute clothes and toys available, sometimes we go a little overboard. Here are a few of our favorite items we find simply adorable.

Monday, December 15

A Holiday Table + DIY Copper Branch Candelabra

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Gathering together friends and family is our favorite part of the Holidays. It's what the season is all about! But hosting and entertaining doesn't have to be a fancy, overwhelming, or pricey affair. We put together our favorite look for a Holiday inspired table. Lots of candlelight and plenty of natural elements brought in doors. Below, learn how to make this Copper Branch Candelabra with foraged branches from your own backyard!

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Copper Branch Candelabra//
Branch (any size that fits your table)
3/4 in. copper tube caps
Epoxy glue
Tapered candles
Sharpie

Step One // Mark with a sharpie where you'd like each candle to go on your branch. Mine was thick enough where I could balance the copper tube caps on it and play around with spacing.

Step Two // Use the epoxy glue to adhere the copper tube caps to the branch, open side facing up. Let dry for 30 minutes.

Step Three // Insert tapered candle into copper tubing. NOTE: when inserting the candle into the tube, you might have a little extra space. Each of my candle were rapped in plastic, so I cut the plastic to stay on the bottom part of the candle and fill in the extra space. It worked perfectly!


Make this Copper Branch Candelabra and don't forget to tag your photos #fmholidays.