Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

The countdown to Christmas has begun! I can’t believe how close we are to the big day. This month has really flown by.

I’m seriously behind on decorating, and one thing I still need is a tree. I was walking with my husband earlier this week, and I spotted the cutest white tree at Walgreens, of all places! I’m seriously debating going back to pick it up.

You’ll have to wait until next week for my decision on THAT! In the meantime, here are some of the things that caught my eye this week.

Selfie with My Favorite Fair Isle SweaterI was inspired to break out my favorite fair isle sweater by the cold weather here in New York.

Flamingo Toes shared a great tutorial for making Faux Vintage-Style Bottle Brush Trees. I can’t wait to try this!

Don’t miss Sweet Paul’s recipe for Dulce de Leche. It couldn’t be simpler to make and would taste amazing over vanilla ice cream.

These Printable Cookie Envelopes from Coming Home to Roost are just too cute. They’d be the perfect way to package a small treat for your co-workers.

Did you hear that Pantone named Radiant Orchid as 2014′s color of the year? SAS Interiors has a great roundup of rooms featuring the color.

My Winter villageI’m building a Christmas village, and it has been so much fun!

I just discovered foodiecrush, an online magazine. The Holiday 2013 issue is filled with tons of inspiration, recipes, and more. Make sure to check it out!

Here’s a Christmas decoration you can make in minutes with some ornaments and a knitting needle: a beautiful Ornament Tree from In My Own Style.

Brighten up your home with the free Winter Essentials print from Jones Design Company (or frame it for an easy gift).

Whimsy Renee’s Gold Pine Cone Wreath is a bold take on the traditional wreath. I need to track down some giant pine cones so I can make one for myself!

Winter is almost here! | Hello Little HomeBrr! Winter is almost here!

I wish I knew how to crochet, because these Amineko Crocheted Cats from Nekoyama are completely adorable.

These Turtle Thumbprint Cookies – which Tastes Better from Scratch describes as a pecan-coated brownie bite with a caramel center – could not look more delicious.

Are you still searching for gift ideas? If so, make sure to check out my Gift Guide for Happy Homebodies. There is something for everyone!

I love mulled wine and will surely be brewing up a batch on Christmas Eve. Kitchen Treaty’s recipe for Crock Pot Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine looks like a super easy option.

Manicure with Julep Misti | Hello Little HomeI love this pretty greyish-blue nail color (Misti) I received in my December Julep Maven box.

Daily Epiphanie has a really cool tutorial for Photo Transfer Gift Tags. The best part is that the tags can be reused as tree ornaments next year!

Finally, have you entered my giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to NOVICA? If not, make haste!

What are you up to this weekend?

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P.P.S. The anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting is this Saturday. You can do something small to help by purchasing OPI’s Limited-Edition Sandy Hook Green Nail Polish, which features the bright, bold green of the school’s colors. Proceeds help to provide immediate and long-term aid to the Newtown community and allow the non-profit Sandy Hook Partnership to continue their work advocating for change by promoting an open dialogue about mental wellness, community connectedness, and gun safety.

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