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Top 10 Christmas Tree Ornaments

Westervin's Top 10 Christmas Ornaments - fun, handmade, and non-traditional, of course

What’s the best thing to give anyone and everyone on your list this year? (Assuming, of course, that your Christmas list doesn’t include any of those holiday-hating heathen folk who don’t bother putting up a tree.) Answer: ornaments!  They’re small and cute and come in every animal-shape and eye-blinding-color. So, to help you out, Brian and I have rounded up the indisputable top 10 Christmas tree ornaments for holiday gift giving and decorating this year. These are the best of the best, including mostly handmade and truly unique branch baubles with just the right amount of irreverence.

10. Stuffed Shark

Handmade Stuffed Shark Christmas Tree Ornament

Image above: Stuffed Shark Ornament handmade by Broderpress $16.00/ea. 

Ah, the fierce and majestic shark. This plush ornament is not for the faint of heart or the bland of tree.

9. Popsicles

Popsicle Ornaments

Image above: Clay Popsicle Ornaments handmade by Sugar + Frost $8.05/ea.

What’s more wonderful than a popsicle, I ask you? Well, two popsicles. Also, three popsicles, And four. Should I keep going…?

8. Palmistry

Palmistry Wooden Hand Ornament

Image above: Good Fortune Palmistry Hand Wood Ornament made in the USA $10.00/ea. 

Whether you’re gifted with a connection to the spiritual world or are just really into this “hand” trend I’m seeing everywhere, you’ll love this laser-engraved birch wood ornament.

7. Monster Friend

Handmade Clay Monster Friend Ornament

Image above: Ceramic Monster Ornament handmade by DragonStarArt $40.00 (only one available!)

Just look at that sweet squiggly smile! This odd fella would add some real interest to any quirky tree.

6. Mini Weavings

Woven Loom Ornaments

Image above: Woven Loom Ornaments handmade by All Roads Design $14.00/ea.

Anthropologie has ALL THE PRETTY THINGS! Case-in-point, these little loom weavings. They’re so tiny! Gimme.

5. Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs Ornament

Image above: Deviled Eggs Glass Ornament handmade in Poland $13.96/ea.

Did you know that the deviled egg dates as far back as ancient Rome? That means this platter of deviled eggs is probably the classiest ornament you could have.

Don’t question it.

4. Christmas Pickles

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Image above: Jar of Pickles Ornament Set hand-blown in Poland $8.00 for 9

If you don’t partake in the Christmas pickle tradition every year, stop reading this blog post and don’t come back until you’ve bought a pickle ornament and committed yourself to this beautiful custom. I’m making it a requirement of all Westervin readers. Seriously, get out of here.

3. Banana Bunch

Bunch of Bananas Ornament

Image above: Banana Bunch Wood Ornament handmade by Alice Oehr & Rittle $13.00

Brian doesn’t actually enjoy eating bananas, and I just can’t understand that. They’re sweet, have a bright, happy color, and are fun to mush around in your mouth as if you’re a baby monkey learning to eat. And they have an interesting history. Bananas are wonderful, I say, and perfect for any Christmas tree!

2. Fancy Flamingo

Flamingo in a Top Hat Ornament

Image above: Fancy Flamingo Paper Mache Ornament $19.95

This guy is too fabulous for any old tree, and he knows it. Just look at that cheeky side-eye.

1. Cheerful Cactus

Handmade Plaid Wool & Velvet Cactus Ornament

Image above: Plaid & Velvet Cactus Ornament handmade by Dotter Studio $18.00

And finally, topping the list is this one-of-a-kind cactus ornament made with salvaged vintage velvet and plaid wool. Because nothing says, “white Christmas is so last year,” like a desert dwelling succulent.

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30 Gift Ideas for the Classy, Barbecuing Boozehound (or things you can get Brian for Christmas)

Westervin Wishlist: 30 Gift Ideas for the Classy Guy

While for the Westervins, Christmastime is mostly about taking some time off to spend with family and watching our favorite Christmas movies (or at least my favorite Christmas movie), we somehow also find time for presents. So just like Sarah did yesterday, I’ve rounded up some nifty items and wrapped them up in a handy gift guide for you. Don’t feel the need to get me everything on this list — I don’t need #allthepresents. But some of this stuff is really cool, and you may know someone who still needs a gift. Heck, maybe you need a gift. Fair warning though, many of these items are limited in quantity or handmade, so get them while they’re hot!

Image above, clockwise from top left: Tyvek Billfold $24,  Snuggle Penguin Card $4.50, Y’all Sweatshirt $50, THICK Paraben- and Sulfate-Free Shampoo $25, Anonymous Ism Socks $28, Coconut Oil Soft Shaving Cream £16.00, Fireplace Sculpture by Layet Johnson $1,800, Natural Avocado Soap $6.50, Wood Handle Umbrella $108, Beard Oil Trio $36

Westervin Wishlist: 30 Gift Ideas for the Classy Boozehound

Image above, clockwise from top left: Skillshare Premium Membership $96 (so I can take this logo design class and more), Set of Moscow Mule Mugs $14.95/ea., 12 Tables 2015 Calendar $20, Americana Postcard Set $30 for 46, Set of Julep Cups $26.95/ea., North Carolina Sourwood Honey $22, Dinosaur Drink Stirrers $16.95, Chicken Gourd Ornaments Set $36 for 3, Mint Julep Candle $28, Liquid Intelligence by Dave Arnold

Westervin Wishlist: 30 Gift Ideas for the Classy Barbecuer

Image above, clockwise from top left: Copper Pig Cookie Cutter $16.95, Chorizo Rioja Dry Cured Salami $10.95, Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey by John Currence, Stand Mixer Flex Edge Beater $22.49, Slap Sauce $6.99, Smoke by Tim Byers, Ginger Canvas Apron $80, Custom Coffee Subscription, Deep Tea Diver Infuser $9.99, Diner Cookie Jar $49.00

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30 Gift Ideas for the Quirky, Crafty Feminist (or things you can get Sarah for Christmas)

Westervin Wishlist: 30 Gift Ideas for the Quirky Feminist

 

It’s that time of year! Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror, and it’s full steam ahead with the holiday lights and music and drinks and treats and travel and togetherness. Friends and family have begun asking what you want from Santa, and, if you’re like me, you’ve begun planning all the handmade and hard-to-find gifts and silly cards you’ll be doling out this year, complete with a color-coded spreadsheet! No? I’m the only one with a spreadsheet?

Well, if you need a little help finding unforgettable presents and stocking stuffers for your loved ones, let me help! I’ve pulled together a well-rounded set of items, big and small, with emphases on handcrafted, useful, and nontraditional gifts. The result should suit any quirky, crafty, feminist pal on your gift list (aka me, please and thank you). It’s like Oprah’s favorite things. Only weirder.

Image above, clockwise from top left: Temporary Cat Tattoo $5, Lena Dunham Birthday Suit Tee $55, Happy Holidays Log Card $5 CAD, make a Charitable Donation to the Global Fund for Women in my name, Gift Wrap Calendar $49, Organic Herbal Lip Stain $10, Aca-scuse Me Sweatshirt $39, The Boob Tote $152, make a Charitable Donation to Pads4Girls in my name, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Japanese Stoneware Mug $30

Westervin Wishlist: 30 Gift Ideas for the Quirky Crafty Gal

Image above, clockwise from top left: Online Embroidery Class $34.99, Red Grid Washi Tape $1.50, Fabric Postcards Set $12, Beachcomber Framed Embroidery Art $250, Weaving Kit $140, Black Arrows Washi Tape $2.35, Makrs Tote $22, Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon, Vintage Scissor Cuff Bracelet $86, Hand-dyed Yarn $23.50

Westervin Wishlist: 30 Gift Ideas for the Quirky Gal

Image above, clockwise from top left: Sex Trafficking Survivors Tee $28, Pickle Earrings $15, Coffee Lover Lollipop Pack $25, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Sleep Donation by Karen Russell, Luna Moth Wall Decal $3.50, Marled Boot Socks $8 ea., Cactus Handmade Ornament coming soon

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You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

december holiday photo collage

Christmas is over and the New Year is here. We are finally back at home, having brought our journey through the center of America to a close. It was a great trip filled with highs and lows and hours and hours in the car. We drove through six states starting from our homebase in Chicago and ending up in Louisiana, with a layover to see friends in Little Rock on the way back. We were able to pack quite a bit into just over a week. So much excitement, from our trip as well as some pre-celebrations in Chicago, that we just have to share some of it with you. Let’s take a quick look back before we move forward with a new year:

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A Pretty Pair

A Pretty Pair: Eyes All Aglow

photograph by Christian Patterson; painting by Deborah Forman

{ Christmas Ceiling, 2004 by Christian Patterson }  { Untitled 08, 2009 by Deborah Forman }

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The Shopping Sherpa: Holiday Gift Guide for the Conscientious Crafter

Gifts from $11 to $40:

{ Darling Young Girl Moleskine Journal from Mary’s Granddaughter }  { Custom Wood Handle Address Stamp from Note Trunk }  { The Finger Puppet Pal from The Small Object }  { Creative Mini Art Feeling from Art Mind }

Today’s gifty guide is inspired by the thoughtful, creative type. She’s delighted by tiny cute things and inspired by nature. She’s always there to take care of you when you’re sick, bringing fresh gingersnap cookies, fancy fair trade tea, and a delicately crafted card.

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The Shopping Sherpa: Holiday Gift Guide for the Badass with a Heart of Gold

Gifts from $11 to $40:

{ Rabbit Portraits Print Set from The Black Apple }  { Goldfish Tights from Gal Stern }  { Icicles Metallic Leather Necklace from Super Duper Things }  { Gold Cloud Mobile from The Butter Flying }

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to pull out your bathing suit and beach towels for a weekend in the sun. What?! I’m just seeing if you’re paying attention… It’s actually time for holiday shopping ( if you’re a rabid consumer like me) and you know what that means (if you haven’t already deduced from the title): the Shopping Sherpa’s Holiday Gift Guides are back (and better than ever)!

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Giveaway

Giveaway: Candleholders from She Sits By The Seashore

NOTE: This giveaway has ended. Please check for more recent giveaways here!

Well kiddos, Westervin is one year older, and we’re all one week closer to Christmas. We thought this the perfect time to offer another one of our famed (I exaggerate) giveaways! And thanks to the generosity of two long-time readers, Mandy and her son BJ, we can offer you a chance to win the cutesy set of vintage brass deer candleholders (say that thee times fast) that you see before you! Read our interview with Mandy and BJ below, then leave a comment to enter the giveaway.

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Daily Pretties

Daily Pretties: Mornin’ Glory

On this merry morning, I hope you arose, put on your cheery Christmas sweater and rushed to the living room to see such a sight as to fill your eyes with rainbow-colored tears of joy.

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{ Tattoo Sweater by Sarah McNeil }  { 1959 Christmas Tree by Christian Montone }

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