PANTONE COLOR OF 2013: EMERALD


The color experts have come out with their trends and predictions for what's going to be hot in 2013. Pantone named Emerald their 2013 color of the year, and to tell you the truth I couldn't be happier. I think this shade of green is the classiest color out there, with a deep plum at a close second. Here are a few of my favorite accessories and spaces featuring this festive jewel tone. What do you think about their choice?


















TOFFEE BLONDIES IN A JAR

This year for our neighbor and co-worker gifts we decided to give "cookies in a jar." We thought people bake so much during the holiday and have so many treats hanging around that giving something that they could make later with their kids or have on hand for a snowy day would be fun. I found several ideas online but not many had rave reviews in the taste department, just cute packaging. Because I had my own packaging idea we decided to find something that would taste great first and foremost. I stumbled upon this idea for Toffee Blondies from Better Homes and Gardens.


To assemble them you need the following ingredients:
1 qt. Mason Jar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup Heath Chips

I like to put the brown sugar at the top of the jar because if it hardens it is a pain to get out of the bottom of the jar, but they can be layered in any order you want.

Your recipient will add the following ingredients and follow these directions:
1/4 cup melted butter
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Melt some butter in a bowl.  Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Pour in the contents of the jar. Mix it all up. Pour the batter in an 8x8x2 pan coated with cooking spray. Bake  for 25 to 30 m. or until the blondies start to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool in the pan and cut into 16 bars.

To make our cute tags we found these great free printable ones from Hey Look. And I customized the recipe cards to print on the back of one of their tags. Feel free to use this file for your own gifts.


MY HOLIDAY CARDS



Yesterday we spent all day doing our Holiday cards. I was ill-prepared and realized too little too late that I basically had one day to style, shoot, design, print and address 48 lovely cards. Fortunately, we did the same info-graphic style card last year, so we just had to fill in the new details of 2012. Magically it all happened,  and I am not sure how I managed to make my office gifts, click here for those, and do 4 loads of laundry as well. (okay so there is a giant pile of unfolded laundry on my sofa right now- but its clean!) I also got a bit cracked out on the entire first season of DC Cupcakes while doing all of this, so naturally I just want to start off the day the right way with a sweet little treat.

Update: If you'd like to order cards with a similar design visit our shop here, or drop me a line for a custom design. stylemegreenstudio (at) gmail.com


HOLIDAY WREATH GIVEAWAY

Excited to announce a giveaway with Opal Design Group. We are giving away $50 to spend at West Elm, Pottery Barn, or Williams Sonoma to one lucky winner. Details below.




CONTEST DETAILS:

Entries are due on December 20th 2012

The Winner will be announced on December 23rd 2012

The winner will receive $50 to spend at West Elm, Pottery Barn, or Williams Sonoma

Simply send in a photo of your wreath to info@opaldesigngroup.com, it doesn't have to be new this year, it doesn't have to be made by you, it just has to be fun, creative, beautiful or festive!