If you’re December has already gotten as jam packed as mine, you probably won’t have the time to spare for making and shipping your own sweets for Christmas gifts as perfect as they may be for long distance family and friends. Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of extra time to console each other on our chaotic schedules by skipping the kitchen and heading to the good ole’ world wide web for eight of the cutest mail order sweets out there.
Of course, we all know it’s all in the details when it comes to gifts and packaging and these select favorites of mine fit the bill for that too, not just the sweet tooth. Don’t forget though, most require you to order by December 13th to meet the Christmas deadline so jump on it now! Also, if you’re a U.S. resident and Instagram user, you can keep an eye out for a chance to win a gift certificate to The Cravory today! Follow my Insta account for details!
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It’s about that time again! I’ll be hosting another free DIY workshop with Langford Market at their new West Ave. location in Houston next sunday December 15th. We’ll be making these gold leaf ornaments I shared a few weeks ago, plus free drinks, sweets, giveaways and more, what’s not to be excited about?!
photos by Kimberly Chau Photography
I’ve never been a morning person. In fact, I actually got a B instead of an A in my first period English class senior year because I was late so many times. All of this to say that if I can get away with getting dressed as quickly and effortlessly as possible, I will (this may or may not include going out in public with uncombed hair).
This is also another reason why I keep to DIY’s instead of being a fashion blogger, so when Pickwick & Weller asked me to share a peek into my daily routine, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. We also happen to have a few key things in common like believing in the power of good coffee, an empty notebook, and in looking casual but well tailored. And by well tailored I mean that I hopefully have no coffee stains on my t-shirt that day.
Contrary to popular belief, Sugar & Cloth isn’t my full-time job. I actually work at Smilebooth here in Houston by day and then double as a self-proclaimed DIY magician by night. Having a blog filled with weekly DIY’s and recipes is an insane amount of work.
I usually spend at least eight hours or more per post, and that adds up pretty quickly when you’re doing that several times a week on top of a day job, which is exactly why I can’t even think of holding conversations before I’ve had my coffee in the mornings (preferably with coffee art hearts). Catalina and Blacksmith are two of my favorite coffee spots in Houston.
I usually try to get a game plan for my day in the mornings whether that means planning out DIY’s or sourcing materials and replying to emails (which I’m terrible at). I always do better with lists, otherwise I just end up getting super overwhelmed and slightly teary eyed by the end of the week. Evernote and Google calendar are my best friends!
In case you’ve ever wondered how a lot of the tutorial photos you’ve seen here on Sugar & Cloth are done, here it is! A simple piece of white board from the Ikea as-is section, a window with lots of natural light, and clothes fit for a lot of crouching down and possible glitter contact. Hence the reason Pickwick & Weller was the perfect fit, not to mention who wouldn’t love t-shirts from a company owned by Ashton Kutcher and named after Charles Dickens’ first novel?
photos by Kimberly Chau Photography | this post is sponsored by Pickwick & Weller
Hopefully you all had a lovely Thanksgiving week and survived the Black Friday madness! In case Black Friday mass dangers didn’t appeal to you, I’m happy to announce that we’ve officially kicked off our second annual 24 Merry Days giveaway series for this holiday season! For those of you that haven’t heard of 24 Merry Days, prepare to do your happy dance..
Everyday in December leading up to Christmas you can visit one of 24 blogs to enter a giveaway for some pretty rad things from some of your favorite places like Anthropologie, Swedish Hasbeens, Public Bikes and more. You can visit the 24 Merry Days website which will reveal each blogger and prize everyday of the month. The first prize is on House of Earnest today!
Now, let’s see who can guess which prize belongs to which box..