holidays

anthologymag-blog-drinks-hot-chocolate-recipes-1Last week I shared a recipe for peppermint hot chocolate, and as it turns out, that tasty beverage turned out to be a slippery slope for me. Not only have I made it for myself and friends almost daily since discovering it, but I was inspired to hunt down more holiday-inspired hot chocolate recipes to try.

There are so many delicious ways to spice up ordinary hot chocolate, and with a quality cocoa as your base, it’s pretty difficult to go wrong. These are some of my favorite recipes, chosen not just for their taste, but for the lovely presentation. If you’re planning any gatherings in the coming weeks, I recommend serving one of these seasonal sweet treats. I can almost guarantee that the gesture will not go unappreciated.

{Image above: a beautiful and festive homemade dark hot chocolate recipe from The Farmer’s Daughter}

anthologymag-blog-drinks-hot-chocolate-recipes-3{Want a vegan, dairy-free treat? Try this Chai Hot Chocolate from Tasty Yummies}

anthologymag-blog-drinks-hot-chocolate-recipes-2{A yummy coconut milk hot chocolate recipe from She Wears Many Hats}

anthologymag-blog-drinks-hot-chocolate-recipes-4{Go herbal with this lovely lavender hot chocolate recipe from Chic Deco}

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DIY Roundup: Holiday Wreaths

by Kate on December 21, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-1As the year winds down and the storms begin to bluster outside, I find myself happily ensconced indoors, tackling my long awaited list of everyday tasks. I finally did a bit of “spring” cleaning—only six months or so past the season—and am now readying myself to do a few craft projects before the holidays.

I decided to round up some of the loveliest holiday greenery projects I could find: nothing too complicated, because I don’t want to explode over my newly organized home with a lot of supplies. These simple, elegant wreath designs are just the right type of project for the coming weeks. They are all easy enough to be party-appropriate, and are the perfect activity for cultivating a cozy holiday spirit on a cold winter afternoon. Enjoy!

{ Image above: Copper & Twig Wreaths by Erika Rax }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-2 { Alyssa Hoppe’s Unique Holiday Wreath tutorial via Design Love Fest }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-3 { Festive Wreath Making, via Freckle and Wulff }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-4 { DIY Wooden Bead Wreath from Bildschoenes }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-5 { Eucalyptus Christmas Wreath tutorial, via Treasures & Travels }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-6{ Simple green mini-wreaths to dress up your presents, via Frolic Blog }

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Issue16_Cover-loresYikes. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a week away! If you’d like to give the gift of an Anthology back issues—which are available for purchase right here—be sure to order today for arrival by next Friday.

For many, the holidays are largely about spending time with loved ones. So it seems fitting that today we’re taking a look back at Issue No. 16/Summer 2014, the theme of which is “It’s All Relative.” Meg and I knew that we wanted to do an issue about family—and by family, we mean those who are kin as well as those close to us who we’ve come to consider our family. A few years in, we figured out just the right mix of stories that we wanted to feature in such an issue. While it does include a roundup of some very cool and creative children’s rooms, it’s not a kids’ issue—but rather one that celebrates the notion of family and the many ways that influences us. Here is just a small sampling of the stories we published, to give you an idea of what I mean:

All Dolled Up: Bay Area fashion designer Jess Brown is well known for her sweet, handmade rag dolls, which started out as something she made for her children 15 years ago, using cashmere and antique fabric remnants. We visited her home as well as her studio and showroom.

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Alla Famiglia!: What can we say, we love a business that has a wonderful back story. And that’s the case with Yvelise Limoncello. Mark Stevens’ grandmother and her family recipe for limoncello inspired him to co-found the New Orleans-based company. For our story, Amy Dickerson traveled to Italy to photograph Mark with his Nonna. (Bonus: Nonna was kind enough to share a couple of her delicious pasta recipes with us!)

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Creative Fix: Designer and artist Caroline Z. Hurley resides in a New York apartment once occupied by two of her older sisters. And, when the small space underwent a renovation, it was her architect sister who devised the brilliant new layout.

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{ Purchase Issue No. 16/Summer 2014 }

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DIY Holiday Potpourri

by Kate on December 17, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-holiday-potpourri-1December has its drawbacks: cold feet, dwindling sunlight, the occasional bone-chilling wind. However, I will happily endure these minor setbacks if it means I also get to enjoy the best parts of the season: the convivial gatherings, the cozy sweaters, the scents of the holidays. Cinnamon, citrus, pine, cardamom—I go into a blissful state just naming all the delicious spices and aromas that accompany the season, which is why I am head over heels for this simple holiday potpourri tutorial from Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.

Gerard’s put together a lovely DIY potpourri recipe that’s both a visual and olfactory delight. All you need are a few simple, fresh ingredients and a plain glass jar or natural cloth sack for storage. These potpourri pouches would make perfect gifts, but I highly recommend making one or two for your own home as well.

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Paulova Ceramics

by Joanna on December 23, 2014

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Paulova Ceramics is all about the perfect balance of simplicity and graphic artwork. The shapes themselves feature clean lines that are reminiscent of modern Scandinavian design, while the colors and artwork feel more casual and graphic. The result are beautifully functional, timeless pieces for your home. Each piece is handmade by artist Paula Lopez-Otero with raw clay that’s later smoothly glazed on the interior.

Her porcelain ornaments are especially darling, aren’t they?

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{ Images via Paulova Ceramics }

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