ginger roots

My friend and I have always loved crafting. Whenever we get together, we are either working on a DIY project or brainstorming one up. A few months ago, she called me and suggested we start selling our crafts at local fairs and markets. It's an idea we had talked about before, and we'd always decided it was too much work....but this time I could tell she was motivated. We started talking logistics and suddenly what seemed impossible was becoming a very real endeavor. IMG_6284 
We will be selling one-of-a-kind cement & driftwood planters throughout the Bay Area at local fairs and flea markets. You can visit our website here and please support us by following along on Instagram! Right now our vision is pretty small, but we're hoping in time we'll be able to expand to local pick-ups and online orders. IMG_6306
I'm so excited to kick off this year with a fun, huge project like this... and I'm so thankful to do it with my best friend!
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recipe: the best sugar cookies

the best sugar cookies // ginger snaps blog
If I've learned anything from Pinterest, it's to expect the worst but hope for the best. After a "super simple" glass-cutting tutorial that led to a singed eyebrow, I've learned my lesson. Thankfully these cookies from Katrina's Kitchen did not disappoint. They were easy to make and came out pretty perfect - soft, chewy and the shapes completely intact. If you are planning on making any for Christmas, give this recipe a try!

ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated white sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 1 egg, 2 tsp baking powder, 3 cups all purpose flour
the best sugar cookies // ginger snaps blog
Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add in extracts and beat in egg. In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder and flour, then add it slowly to the wet mixture. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut 1/4" thick. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Let them firm up on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. When completely cooled, frost them and add sprinkles!
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gift ideas: handmade + herbivore botanicals

herbivore botanicals & succulents // gingersnapsblog
We're getting down to the wire for holiday gifts! If you're like me, you prefer to ditch the mall and buy gifts online or make them yourself. To avoid looking like a total cheapskate, I try to combine handmade and storebought items into each gift. This year, I focused on making lots of cement planters (have loved trying new shapes!) filled with little succulents and paired each one with a pampering item from Herbivore Botanicals. You guys may remember them from this post, and I'm still using them regularly and have fallen in love with some of their other products.
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This coconut bath soak is a dream - probably my favorite product of theirs. It smells really soft and leaves your skin feeling like butter after a soak. You just toss in a scoop and let it dissolve.
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This pink clay mask is pretty addicting. I don't use masks often, but I like this one because it's gentle and effective and doesn't take long to tighten on your skin.
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These calm bath salts are really pretty and smell amazing (ylang ylang + vanilla). You drop them into the tub and after a minute they dissolve and make the water smell really good. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know I use these salts.
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This jasmine oil is still something Kevin and I use regularly on our dry skin. It's not too oily and it smells amazing. Great for winter skin!
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Hopefully I've helped you out a little bit for last minute gifts!