Friday “Flare” For Ya

And now for one of many posts about fun & fabulous holiday gifts. Here’s what we got at a local gift shop (Mongrel) for our cousin who loves to camp: a ceramic campfire that you can really set ablaze with a tea-light. Bring on the mini-marshmallows!

Fred Flare Campfire

Ironically it was also for sale on Fred Flare, along with a bunch of other quirky gifts like these:

IPod Boombox Tinsel Tape Bottle Menorah

Who doesn’t want a throwback boombox with an updated twist (it blasts tunes from your iPod), some fabulous garland in 2-D (it’s tape with a sparkly tinsel pattern) and a make-any-bottle-a-menorah (it’s a cork with the candles attached). Brilliant. And you gotta love how affordable stuff on that website is. If you haven’t been yet, check out all the after Christmas sale stuff, like, right now.

But there’s also another item on this post that doesn’t hail from Fred Flare… a homemade starfish Santa. We actually made three for John’s parents’ new beach house after seeing a bunch at a few beach shops for something like $15 a pop. Making them yourself is a heckova lot cheaper, all ya need are some starfish (we got ours from Michael’s) and some acrylic paint. You can also turn ’em into ornaments by gluing ribbon to the back. Ho- ho-holy moley that’s easy.



  1. Courtney says

    So, I boke my leg a couple of days ago, and have watched all my favorite TV shows, finished reading my book, and could think of nothing better to do than go back and re-read your blog from the beginning. I just got to this post, and it made me think of the post a couple of days ago about the handful of posts with no comments… so, WOO-HOO I found one. It was kind of like my own Easter Egg Hunt.
    Thanks for the great blog, full of wonderful information, inspiration, and great humor. Keep up the good work.
    (And I think I totally should get some kind of reward for finding this post…)

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