Saturday, November 19, 2016

Friday Favorites from The DIY Playbook, Inspired by Charm, Stone Gable, Martha Stewart and More

Good morning! Happy Friday and a very happy weekend. I am so ready for the weekend. I cannot believe how fast time seems to be going and I need a rest. Can you believe that Thursday is Thanksgiving? Thankfully we are going to friends so I do not have to cook but I still feel stressed. If you are cooking for the family and need a little help check out Martha Stewart where there is a plethora of information on everything you need to know from pies, to turkeys, to potatoes, its all there.

Thankfully I have my shopping done, not wrapped and shipped yet but I'm getting close. If you are looking for gift ideas check out this fabulous Blogger Gift Guide that is the brainchild of Bridget and Casey of The DIY Playbook. They have gathered 10 of our favorite bloggers and made a complete holiday shopping guide, the best part is that you can click on each item and it goes right to the place where you can purchase each item! 

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If you like to make  holiday gifts than you could make a pile of these DIY Pinecone fire starters that Yvonne from Stone Gable featured this week. This easy DIY would be great for anyone who loves a nice roaring fire inside or out in the winter!

For the Anglophile in your life I discovered a fabulous cookbook this week, The London Cookbook written by food writer Aleksandra Crapanzono .The award winning writer has written a wonderful book filled with more than 100 unique recipes from London's best restaurants, cafes, and "hole-in-the-wall gems." If you have never been to London they have in the past had a reputation for bad food, not so much any more, thankfully they are now known the world over as a "food destination" and this cookbook has just a few of the recipes that helped it earn that status. The recipes, everything from soup, to pasta, to fish and desserts  are easy to follow, and many have beautiful photos to accompany them.  I am particularly fond of the dessert recipes and in fact have already made the Bakewell Tart which was scrumptious! If you love London or knows someone that does this is the perfect gift, part history, part travel guide, and filled with beautiful photos I am sure that anyone of your friends or family would love to receive this book. 

Speaking of DIY, if you have wood and a saw you could make these great wood stockings that Michael at Inspired by Charm made this week. I love them because they are unexpected and whimsical. 

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As I do not have to make anything for Thanksgiving I am free to bake and this week I am going to try these Pumpkin Sugar Buns from The Candid Appetite. Don't they look delicious?

 And last but certainly not least, I discovered a wonderful artist this week who makes woven sculptures many of which are life size animals. I hope that you check out Juliette Hamilton because you will not believe her work, I already have a few favorites. 

I hope that you have a relaxing and wonderful weekend! Stay safe and warm in the storm. 



  1. Those sculptures are incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great inspiration, Elizabeth! I am drooling for those pumpkin sugar buns. Have a great weekend.

  3. Pumpkin sugar buns yummo!! Those stockings are the sweetest.

  4. what a line up elizabeth! think i need the london cookbook as a gift to me :-)

  5. GOod morning dear friend! I had a rushed Friday morning so I missed this LOVELY post! I am already getting ideas from these beautiful photographs! WE FINALLY GOT SNOW, ELIZABETH! It seemed like late summer up until yesterday afternoon, then POW, here came the snow. FUN! Enjoy your days leading up to Thanksgiving!

  6. Pumpkin sugar buns....oh my!! I look forward to your Friday links all week! This weekend is all about prepping for Thanksgiving - guests begin arriving on Tuesday! Hope you have a lovely and relaxing weekend! xoxo

  7. I'm very excited about The London Cookbook. So much inspiration in all these links! Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!


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