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Toby the Christmas cookie thief


Santa’s sleigh is on his way, so I’ll be signing off to spend time with this little cookie monster and the rest of our family :-) Hope you all have a wonderful holiday break filled with joy and laughter (and snow, if you’re lucky!) Thank you SO much for another great year here at Little White Whale – virtual high fives all around! I’ll see you back here in the new year, friends!

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DIY holly berry gift wrapping

Who wants to sign my petition to tack on 2 more weeks at the end of December? It’s always such a hectic month that all the cookies, parties, and twinkling lights go by in the blink of an eye! We’re not even done shopping for gifts, but I’ve managed to at least wrap the few that we have sooooo I guess we’re on the right track? I decided to go super simple this year with kraft paper and holly toppers, which will pack up nicely when we throw everything into a bag for our holiday travels!

DIY holly berry gift wrapping

Wrap up all your goodies in your choice of gift wrap – I used a roll of cute polka dotted kraft paper from Target. Cut out two holly leaves out of green cardstock, and use a hole puncher to create the “berries” out of red cardstock. Use a small hole puncher to punch a hole at the end of each leaf, then thread some festive string through, and wrap it around the gift once or twice. Tie a knot on the underside and trim the ends. Glue the “berries” on with a glue stick, then write the name of your lucky giftee in pen on the top leaf.

BONUS! You can use these paper holly leaves as drink markers too! Check out the DIY I put together for Mixbook – I’ll be contributing some fun projects there for the next few months :-)

DIY holly berry gift wrapping



DAY 18: Emily Henderson is giving away a mini fridge from SMEG!

DAY 17: Coco and Mingo is giving away a fun prize pack from Everything Golden!

DAY 16: Wonder Forest is giving away some super cool “smart” jewelry from Cuff!

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free flat Christmas icons

Ornament | Reindeer | Snow Globe | Christmas Lights | Wreath | Hot Tea | Snowflake Mittens | Gingerbread Man | Present

I’m spreading some Christmas cheer today with this free icon set of some holiday favorites that give me the warm fuzzies inside :-) Download away and use them in your personal projects! Did you see how Happy Looks Good On You used the Halloween icon set I created back in October? So cool!

Download the free icon set (PSD) here!


All Things Thrifty is giving away $300 worth of art!
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gift guide for children of the 80s

Life in this modern age can be pretty sweet, but you know what it’s missing? Crimped hair, leg warmers, and racking up some serious debt on plastic Mall Madness credit cards. Bring back memories of a more neon-filled era with these nostalgic gift ideas!

  1. A couple of these Girl Scout cookie flavored Lip Smakers for your friend who can still recite the Girl Scout Promise by heart
  2. This red and gold plated lego clutch for your friend who can’t help swinging by the Lego store to check out the newest collections
  3. A VHS video tape notebook for your friend who deeply mourned the loss of the last video store in your neighborhood
  4. This clever Mr. Tee print for your friend who’s still trying to rock the iconic mohawk and chains look
  5. This set of Mixtape glasses for your friend who can’t believe kids these days are missing out on the joys of swapping special mixes with friends and crushes!
  6. This Tetris magnet set for your friend who destroyed row after row of blocks until both of their thumbs were calloused
  7. This Nintendo controller iPhone 5 decal for your friend who prefers old school Super Mario Brothers to today’s slick high-tech games, handsdown
  8. This Robocup mug for your friend who continues to eagerly await the arrival of cyborgs
  9. Skip the photo album and create a custom View-Master filled with photos of you and your friend’s recent hijinks
  10. This super fresh Coolio cooler for your friends who enjoy beach/park outings with some good music and tasty food (I actually own this and can vouch for its awesomeness)

Shrimp Salad Circus is giving away a $300 gift card to Julep!
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cute Christmas cookies

White Reindeer Gingerbread Cupcakes from Kwestia Smaku | Chocolaty Melting Snowmen from BHG | Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies from Skinnytaste | Coal Rice Krispy Treats from Mallow & Co

Tis the season for eating your weight in cakes and cookies and pies! If you’re going to indulge (just a wee bit, of course) this month, you might as well spend those calories on some cute and tasty treats like these. Aren’t those reindeer cupcakes a riot??



DAY 10: Studio DIY is giving away a Madsen Cycles bike!

DAY 9: Making It Lovely is giving away 2 beautiful Ellington purses!

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jane denton textile art

Vibrant colors + modern geometric designs = Monday morning swoonfest! New Zealand artist Jane Denton’s wool embroidery artworks are like framed slices of happiness. Check out her store here!



DAY 8: Design Crush is giving away a $300 gift card to Anthropologie!

DAY 7: At Home In Love is giving away a $150 gift card to Artsy Modern!

DAY 6: Oh the Lovely Things is giving away a $150 gift card to Baba Souk!

DAY 5: Apartment 34 is giving away TWO Loeffler Randall bags!

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