Just a handful of links to kick off the first weekend of 2016!

Something so charming about this little brass apple box.

I’m always up for dessert, but right around this time of year I’m definitely in the mood for something lighter, maybe like these lemon sponge cups.

Seth Godin’s surefire predictions for 2016.

I was pretty sure this binder paper stripe rug was meant for my daughter’s room and then it sold out which means it wasn’t meant to be. West Elm if you’re listening…!!!

Beautiful oyster and pearl illustration by Stephanie Fishwick.

If you suffer from Imposter Syndrome you’re in good company (Maya Angelou?!), via Swiss Miss.

9 important things learned from Brain Pickings.

What food might look like in 2035, told through meatballs.

And finally, how to tell a story.

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Donna Hay Gingerbread Cookie Place Card Donna Hay Gingerbread Cookie Place Card

This gingerbread cookie from Donna Hay would make the perfect holiday place setting.

Or maybe some cactus gingerbread if you’re in the desert for Christmas?

Need some last minute DIY decor? How about holly balloon sticks!

Or some last minute DIY ornaments to give as gifts? Felt ribbon candy is a charming choice!

I have a tough time committing to color in my home, but gosh I love this rug. And this couch!

Leftover eggnog? Waffles!

Self-sustaining energy-positive house? I know what’s on my husband’s Christmas list.

Wreath form + string lights = brilliant!

Not to rush through Christmas, but lobster fennel pasta sounds like an excellent way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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Gingerbread Gift Boxes via The House That Lars Built Gingerbread Gift Boxes via The House That Lars Built

These gingerbread house gift boxes are my favorite thing of the week.

And PetitFelts is my favorite Etsy shop of the week – itsy bitsy felted animal heads? Amazing.

The secret lives of fruits and vegetables.

Peppermint White Christmas cocktails for your holiday parties.

The 13 best Google Chrome hacks (I need the Simple Blocker for Facebook).

Cookies, cookies, and more cookies:

Gingerbread cookie tree.

Lemon poppyseed linzer cookies.

Danish salted-butter cookies.

Elf movie quotes cookies.

Chocolate peppermint blossoms.

Rice Krispy treat cookies.

Chocolate orange sandwich cookies.

Lemon rosemary shortbread.

Brown butter ginger cookies with mascarpone cream.

Buttered popcorn chocolate chip cookies.

Pine nut tahini cookies.

Pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles.

And lastly, it’s been five years today since I married my best friend and love of my life, so I hope you’ll forgive me sharing our wedding with you yet again, but it never gets old for me, especially this part.

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We’re heading out a bit early this week to spend Thanksgiving with our families, but first I wanted to share some of my favorite links from the week, and to tell you how thankful I am for all of our wonderful readers, for the incredible wedding vendors who contribute their talents to Snippet & Ink, and for our sponsors who help us keep things running. Thank you to all of you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

The Gay Beards #glitterbeard The Gay Beards #glitterbeard

 

The Gay Beards always make me smile, but glitter takes it to a whole new level THAT I LOVE.

Choosing to be grateful will make you happier.

Chocolate salami is kind of strange and totally genius – what a fun idea for an edible holiday gift.

Every year right around around this time, I wonder why I don’t have a pumpkin-shaped Dutch oven.

5 things the media does to manufacture outrage.

Marilyn Monroe was a yogi? Who knew!

Pumpkin pie pudding in a cup.

Homemade cranberry sauce in a can – the best of both worlds!

I’m sure this nutmeg and pear pie tastes delish, but what I really love is the plaid-inspired crust.

And if you have leftover pie dough? This is my favorite way to use it up.

These little lights from Schoolhouse Electric Co. are so charming.

I’d never heard of shou-sugi-ban, but came across this image of a charred wood walkway, and now I’m really curious about it. I find it so beautiful and unexpected.

 

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Charles Petillon "Heartbeat" at London Covent Garden Charles Petillon "Heartbeat" at London Covent Garden

 

What 100,000 white balloons look like in London’s Covent Garden.

This incredible letter from a husband who lost his wife at the Bataclan in Paris breaks my heart.

They might have guns, but we have flowers.

Coming together at Gate A-4.

The reason this couple cancelled their big wedding will warm your heart.

Long-distance relationship? This couple stays connected with split portraits of parallel experiences.

What comfort food looks like around the world.

How long did it take you to fall in love (love this!).

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