December 22, 2014



I've professed my love for delicate gold jewelry here a million times, and honestly I love it all. But every once in a while there's a piece that makes me stop and instantly fall in love, and this love knot necklace made me do just that -- it's so simple, but simultaneously special and stunning. It's not just a pretty necklace, it's interesting and meaningful, and I love that. It's like a tiny statement necklace! And so many pieces from Leila jewelry are like that -- they're simple and minimalist designs, but they're special and unique. I think you'll love them just as much as I do. 

So I'm excited to team up with them today and give away $75 to their shop for one lucky winner -- Merry Christmas to you! 

Enter with the rafflecopter widget below, and good luck!

December 19, 2014


Once upon a time I was a painter. Did you know that? That's why this blog is called Merrick's Art, if you didn't know! For years, my entire life was painting until I fell in love with sewing and never looked back. So it was kind of strange (but definitely fun) to pick up a paintbrush for the first time in years to make this project. Wall art is such a perfect gift for anyone on your list, is so easy and fun to customize and personalize however you'd like, and it's a super quick project so you still have time to make a few before Christmas!

Now before you go and tell me that you have no artistic talent at all, I'll tell you that if you can hold a paintbrush and squeeze some paint out of a tube, you can do this project. It's so easy, and your friends will be so impressed!

Click through to find the full tutorial!

December 18, 2014


boden tee, similar here and here
pom-pom beanie via tjmaxx, c/o (similar here)
leopard bag via tjmaxx, c/o (similar here)
fur mittens via tjmaxx, c/o (similar here)

Somehow it's only 8 days until Christmas, and it's time for those last minute gifts! I shared a few of my favorite last minute gift picks under $30 yesterday, but if you're feeling the crunch and nervous to order online so last minute, T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls are great places to stop by and find some amazing gifts.

A few weeks ago I had the chance to speak with Julie Kenney, a celebrity gifting expert, and she shared some great gift ideas and tips! She said that when she's gifting to the stars, she always stops by one or more of these three stores because they have great choices for super affordable prices. And I couldn't agree any more -- I always stumble upon the best finds at these stores! They have choices for the whole family, including designer clothing, sporting goods, educational toys, pet items, food and kitchen items -- there's something for literally everyone!

My favorite ideas from Julie were stocking stuffers, since those are always the hardest for me. She suggested vintage games (she mentioned Jack's as a fun idea for my 4 year old, which I'm totally going to buy!) and vintage card games, personalized stationary, or mini chalkboards and chalk. I also totally love the idea of these oil sets! Unique and fun ideas, right? I mean I have to have something fun to go along with the socks and underwear that always show up in the stockings!

So run over to your local T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls, and finish up that holiday shopping!

Also, don't forget to check back tomorrow for one last quick Handmade Holiday DIY project!
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