Grace Notes

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September 30, 2016

Introducing A Somerset Holiday


A Somerset Holiday


Some of us will reinvent ourselves several times over the course of a lifespan. Maybe you already have.

It’s never too late to set new goals. Change direction. Dream bigger.

Recently, one of our magazines has undergone some major changes, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

A Somerset Holiday: Easy Ideas for Gift-Giving & Decor puts a rustic-chic spin on the holidays by offering fun and simple ideas for handmade gifts.

Formerly Somerset Holidays & Celebrations, we’re completely freshening up this title with DIY-friendly gift ideas, quick packaging projects, and clever ways to make the most of a certain material, such as Kraft paper or muslin. We’re also exploring cherished family traditions and creative rituals that are sure to inspire new ones with your family and friends.

Be one of the first to catch a glimpse inside this newly revamped title!

Quick and Easy Gift Wrapping

Infuse your holidays with rustic flair with these burlap gift bags by Rhonda Pingilley.

Quick and Easy Gift Wrapping

Find unique ways to use the same material, like Kraft paper or muslin.

Quick and Easy Gift Wrapping

Top a patterned bag with a sprig of fresh greens for a lovely fragrance that will greet people as they unwrap their gift.

Simple Gift Wrapping

10 ways to … gift wrap with white paper.

A Little Bit Handmade … How to Dress Up Store-Bought Gifts

Quick Personalized Gifts

Give the gift of scrumptious baked goods with this kit for a cookie in a cup.

Quick Personalized Gifts

Festive Touches and Unique Color Palette Inspiration

Decorating and Color Palette Inspiration

Set your holiday table with vibrant hues of cranberry red and lettuce green with this table setting inspiration by Jana Carson.

Decorating Inspiration

10 ways to … decorate clear glass bulbs (like filling them with book text, rose petals, or burlap) and more!



Get Your Copy of A Somerset Holiday.


A Somerset Holiday

Congratulations to our 3 contest winners!

  1. Laura McDaniel
  2. Sheri Abel
  3. Donna Talipsky



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Comments ( 21 )

  1. Joette Breck

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I like the sugar cookie kit with the mug and cookie cutter the best. I like the chalkboard idea on the mug. It is a gift that I could do and one that the recipient would have fun receiving. Great idea!

  2. Susan F.

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Love the “Wrapping with white paper” photo. Will definitely plan on doing that this year!

  3. Tetiana Johnson

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I absolutely love Walnut Advent Calender, what a brilliant idea! I can’t wait to try to make it.

  4. Sheri

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love all the pics, but especially the Walnut Advent Calendar – it’s something that my sister would come up with! I’d love to offer the Somerset Holiday magazine to her. She is a busy single mom, yet is intentional about creating space for her and her 2 young children – ages 7 and 9 – to explore and engage in creative adventures together.

  5. Terri Fox

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    It was hard to pick a favorite… I also especially liked the wrapping with white paper picture. But here’s my pin:

  6. Suzanne

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Loved so many of these images, but this one spoke to my desire to keep things simple and from the heart this holiday season : ) Thank you for the chance to
    win this lovely publication!

  7. Linda Beckert

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love the new magazine! Can’t wait to read it. I really love the white paper gift wrap ideas, very beautiful!

  8. Teresa

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I like the clear bulbs with dried rose petals and book text.

  9. Donna Talipsky

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I pinned to Pinterest:
    So looking forward to reading this issue. It’s been hard to find Bella Grace at B/N.

  10. Robyn Briggs

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

  11. Elizabeth Waggoner

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love all of these – but particularly the white paper gift wrap – always a clean background for embellishments.

  12. Bella Grace Magazine

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Donna,

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble finding Bella Grace at your local Barnes & Noble. Do you mind sharing the city/area that you visited? It’s possible that this issue has already sold out from that particular location, but I want to make sure the staff did not just forget to re-stock extra copies on the shelves once they started to get low.


  13. Aleksa Harkness

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    The walnut advent calendar literally took my breath away! You’ve got me excited about Advent – thank you.

  14. Carole Garcia

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    After the tragic passing of my cousin’s son, Bella Grace’s inspirational stories and pictures truly helped her to find the beauty in the ugly and my be forward.

    Thank you Bella Grace!

  15. Lynne Cross

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I have a glut of walnuts – and love to display them. The advent calendar is a lovely idea. I might highlight the occasional one with gold as well.

  16. Saya Krebs-Brandfass

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Okay thanks for making this a challnege to select. I LOVE them all! I am going to place a link to this on my website and Pinterest and Business FB pages so that others can enjoy!

  17. Laura McDaniel

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love tables capes, the colors and just the FEEL of this. Things that BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER appeal to me – not just for the holidays, but GATHERING!

  18. Jeannine

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I pinned the sugar cookie kit and decorating glass bulbs – both are great ideas. Thanks

  19. Kate Bragg

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love all of these photos! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The new magazine looks fantastic! I pinned the Sugar Cookie Kit image to my Be Merry page.

  20. Stephanie D.

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I love the clear ornament with rose petals~I want to make one this year to represent my boyfriend and I’s first Christmas together. Even though we knew each other last Christmas we weren’t “together.” Thanks for the idea!

  21. Joan Hillsten

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I LOVE the glass ball ornaments!!

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