Local Holiday Gift Guide

Instead of doing a traditional gift guide, I thought I’d share my local shops I will shopping this year. I think it is so important to shop local this year. Local shops are struggling, but shopping local for the holiday’s this year can really make a difference. Think I can use the word local one more time?

If you have any kids you need to shop for this year I highly recommend Ruckus and Glee. I wish this toy store had been around when I was a kid. It has toys for all ages and every price point. I easily find the perfect gifts when I go there and the staff is beyond helpful. They always have great suggestions and make sure you’re able to find the best gift. Shop in store in Wauwatosa or online this holiday season.

A great way to support your local restaurants and give the foodie in your life a perfect gift is a gift card to their favorite restaurant this year. Restaurants have been hit hard this year and a gift card is a great option to support them. Many also usually have a deal if you buy a certain amount you get a gift card for free, which can be a nice little treat for yourself.

The Sparrow Collective is another spot I like to hit for gifts this time of year. This store features tons of independent artisans who create beautiful home goods, handcrafted tees, jewelry, and art. Much of the work featured is inspired locally by the Milwaukee area. Located in Bayview, you can also shop online this season.

Another great spot to check out is Mod Gen, located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. A take on a classic general store- they feature both local and afar products. And these can range from a handmade bar of soap to a beautiful houseplant. You’ll definitely be able to find something for everyone on your list. You can shop online or in stores this holiday season.

And that rounds out my local holiday gift guide. Let me know any other spots you’ll be shopping this season. Hope everyone has a safe holiday season!

Christmas Decor

Hello all! Can’t believe it’s almost that time of year again. With Christmas less than 40 days away I have been getting my Christmas decorations in order. I bought quite a few pieces last year and plan to use them all again. But having a bigger place now I bought a few more items to help get the new place in the festive spirit.

Bright colors

My Christmas color scheme is less traditional. I enjoy a brighter pallete which includes more than just red and green. This whole whole pallete came about last year when I was at AtHome. They had a holiday collection called “Festive Folk” which I absolutely fell in love with. The collection was influenced by Scandinavian Christmas decor. This style influenced me to use plenty of playful colors. Textures such as wool, yarn, and felt are often included in Scandiavian Christmas decor. I have pom-pom yarn garland, along with yarn tassels I hang arounf my home. It truly adds a lot of brightness we would normally not have in our decor.

Bottle Brush Trees

I also keep my decor fairly simply, since everything is so brightly colored. My main source of decoration is bottle brush trees. And they seemed to have stayed for this year’s holiday decor. I can find them almost every place I look. I have an assortment in size and color. And I think you could keep them up for most of winter if your really wanted to. They’re great for small or big spaces.

I love these gold-bottomed trees off Etsy from WittyBash


Fitting with the brightly, Scandiavian themed decor- gnomes are a must! Last year I bought several gnome ornaments that I hung on the tree and around my home. This year I’ve added some small gnome figurines to the mix, which I found at Target.

A gnome tree trooper off Amazon.

The Tree

It’s often the centerpiece of Christmas decor and this year we finally have a full sized Christmas tree. I purchased a 6 ft tree with multi-colored lights already on it from Target. It was easy to assemble and was the perfect height and width. I think the best part is the lights are already on it. As for oranments I bought a pack of shatter-proof in the bright color scheme I have with my other decor. Along with those I also plan to incorporate sentimental oranments from my childhood and maybe some new baubles that hold special meaning to us. Our tree skirt is bright is also in theme- it has pom poms around the edge in various bright colors!

Let me know how you like to decor for the Holidays. I’d love to see how everyone else decorates for this season. Happy holidays and be safe!

Halloween Decor

I started decorating the inside of my home for Halloween in September. And no, that is not to early. I love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday next to Christmas. And I have always wanted to decorate my whole home for it. My mom had decorations for every season and holiday, but for Halloween she would simply fill our home with pumpkins. I always wanted to take it up a notch. And this year I finally feel like I have in my own home.

The Witches Liar:

My dining room is decked out with potion bottles and “flying” brooms and witch’s hat. I have a potion’s and spell’s book. Skulls displayed throughout and a “haunted” candle stick. Most of these decorations are from Michael’s but I did score some of those $1 potion bottles from Target’s Bullseye section. I love those things! Such an easy and affordable way to decorate and they don’t take up too much space. I also used spiderweb to a create an even spookier vibe fit for any witch.

Boris and his friends:

My living room is where Boris and his friends hang. Boris is a spider by the way. He famously has a song written after him. His webs are spun throughout our living room and he hangs with his friend Inky, the Raven. Inky is perched atop our bookcase watching over us as we dive into all the horror films we can. Along with these mysterious creatures are our friendly bats bursting from their cave.

This was such a fun way to celebrate Halloween this year. It brought a lot of the spooky elements we would normally get from a haunted house to our own home. Next year I’m hoping to really nail the outdoor decorations too. I only put our some tombstones and skeletons this year. Maybe I’ll create a whole graveyard next year? Complete with a coffin.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween from me and our headless butcher!

Happy Halloween from our very own headless butcher!