Gift Guide – For the Host/Hostess

The holidays are fast approaching and its time to start thinking about gifts!  We have already shared our gift guides for the ladiesthe gents, the kiddos and the office.  Today, we’re sharing ideas for the host/hostess of your holiday gatherings.  The gift of a fun kitchen gadget, cookbook or a personalized home decor item is a great way to show your appreciation to your hosts!  If you place your orders today, you should still have time to receive the gifts by Thanksgiving.  We hope you found some inspiration for your shopping list this week!  Happy Holidays!!

Host-Hostess Gift Guide

1 – Crackers & Dips recipe book, West Elm, $20
2 – Boska Holland Cheese Grater, Wayfair, $19
3 – Monogrammed Square Tray, West Elm, $29-34
4 – Tea Towel, H&M Home, $5
5 – Electric Frother, West Elm, $20
6 – From the Kitchen Of Stamp Kit, Restoration Hardware, $22
8 – Walnut Cheese Board with Engraved Poppy Design, Dave Marcoullier via Scoutmob Shoppe, $50
– Brittany

Gift Guide – For the Office

The holidays are fast approaching and its time to start thinking about gifts!  Her Split Ends has been sharing our gift ideas this week for everyone on your list.  Today, we’re sharing ideas for your office mates. If you work an office environment, you are spending the majority of your year with these people.  Don’t forget to show your love and appreciation during the holidays!  Our office gift guide items are all under $50 and most are under $20.  In case you missed it, we shared our gift guides for the ladies, gents and kiddos earlier this week.  Tomorrow, we will share ideas for the host/hostess of your holiday gatherings.  We hope you find some inspiration!
1 – Unzipped Glass Bag Candy Dish, Uncommon Goods, $16
2 – Dinosaur Memo Holder, Barnes & Noble, $10
3 – Hands Desktop Tray, Barnes & Noble, $13
4 – F-Bomb Paperweight, Uncommon Goods, $45
5 – Jonathan Adler Ampersand Paperweight, Barnes & Noble, $15
6 – Eye Glasses Desktop Holder, Uncommon Goods, $18


– Brittany

Gift Guide – For the Kiddos

The holidays are fast approaching and its time to start thinking about gifts!  This week, Her Split Ends has been sharing our gift ideas for everyone on your list.  We have already shared our gift guides for the ladies and for the gents.  Today, we’re sharing ideas for the small people in your lives.  We have some pretty sweet toys, books and activities for girls and boys.  Later this week, we will share more ideas for your co-workers and the host/hostess of your holiday gatherings.  We hope you find some inspiration for your shopping list!Kiddos Gift Guide

1 – Childhood Classics books, Anthropologie, $8-25
{Alice in Wonderland, The Secret GardenPeter Pan & The Wizard of Oz}

2 – Farm Animal Finger Puppets, Miracle Inspiration via Etsy, $18 for 5 puppets
{Restoration Hardware has some cute finger puppets too.}

3 – Build a Working Wooden Vehicle Kit, The Lakeside Collection, $10

4 – Teepee Play Tent, B.E. Little You and Me via Etsy, $135
OR, if you’re crafty and want to save some money….try this DIY no-sew Teepee tutorial.  

5 – Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Kit, Uncommon Goods, $37

6 – Photo Puzzles, Pinhole Press, $25

– Brittany

Gift Guide – For the Gents

The holidays are fast approaching and its time to start thinking about gifts!  All this week, Her Split Ends is sharing our gift ideas for everyone on your list.  Today, we’re sharing ideas for the men in your lives. We have options for all preferences, whether the guy on your list is outdoorsy, a gadget guy or lands somewhere in between.  Yesterday, we shared our ladies gift guide and later this week, we will share more ideas for kids, co-workers and the host/hostess of your holiday gatherings.  We hope you get some inspiration from our unique finds!
Gents Gift Guide
1 – Take A Hike t-shirt, Truly Sanctuary via Etsy, $32
2 – The Great American Ale Trail, Barnes & Noble, $17
3 – Toggle Switch Plate, Uncommon Goods, $40
4 – Desktop iPhone Gramophone, Restoration Hardware, $199  {How cool is this?!}
5 – Tiltpod Camera Stand, Uncommon Goods, $15  {Pocket-size tripod}
6 – Flex Lite Chair, REI, $70  {Great for camping! Weighs less than 2 lbs and folds down to 4″x14″}
7 – Navigator Compass Cufflinks, Larissa Loden $25 ($21 on Scoutmob Shoppe)
8 – Stainless Steel & Green Sandalwood watch, Original Grain, $195  ($168 on Scoutmob Shoppe)

– Brittany

Gift Guide – For the Ladies

The holidays are fast approaching and its time to start thinking about gifts!  All this week, Her Split Ends is sharing our gift ideas for everyone on your list.  Ladies are first (of course), but stay tuned for gift guides for the men, kiddos, co-workers and the host/hostess of your holiday gatherings.  Whether the special lady is your wife, mom, sister, daughter, or friend, we have you covered.  We hope you get some inspiration from our unique finds!
Ladies Gift Guide

1 –  3 Wise Owls, Z Gallerie, $20

2 – Monogram Jewelry Box, C Wonder, $78

3 – Jonathan Adler Fish Scales iPhone Case, Barnes & Noble, $28

4 – Crystal Conifer Collar Necklace, Baublebar, $42

5 – Good Morning Beautiful mug, Indigo, $10

6 – Taupe Suede Wedges, TOMS, $89 Make your holiday dollars go further, by supporting a company that gives to those in need!  Read more about the TOMS one-for-one giving campaign and how the company continues to evolve in its giving.

7 – Knotted bangle set, C Wonder, $48

8 – Jonathan Adler Elephant Bookends, Barnes & Noble, $50

9 –  Home Sweet Home Clock, Iluxo via Scoutmob Shoppe, $45  (Support small business owners!)

10 – Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder, The Lakeside Collection, $6.95

11 –  Faux Fur Throw, Pottery Barn, $99 (on sale!)

– Brittany

Monday Mantra: great kindness

Happy Monday!  I’ve got a short but VERY important Monday Mantra for you today.  As we move closer to the holiday season it is SO important to remember that even in the hustle and bustle of this wonderful time of year we have to be patient with those around us because you never know what your neighbor is going thru.  Show love and compassion to those around you.  Share a moment of Joy and you will get it in return!!

“Treat everyone with great kindness as everyone faces a great battle.”


We have a SUPER special week planned for you!!!  Stay tuned for a daily post (including one later today) with fabulous gift guides to help you with your holiday shopping!!!  These are not sponsored posts…but just super fun mixes of great gift ideas for you and yours!

~ Jillian

Great Hikes: Tray Mountain, Hiawassee, GA

A couple of weeks ago, my husband had a free weekend – totally unheard of in the middle of a semester!  So, we jumped at the chance to escape to the North Georgia mountains for a hike.  The timing was PERFECT to see a full display of gold, orange and red hues in the trees.  The trail was a good distance for a quick day hike and the scenery was beautiful!


Tray Mountain via Indian Grave Gap – Chattahoochee National Forest, Hiawassee, GA
Distance: 5.0 miles (out and back)
Elevation Gain:  1,500 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous (elevation)
Trail Features: forest, rock outcroppings, long-range views, Appalachian Trail

Note: To access the trailhead, you will have to drive approximately seven miles along two gravel roads, Tray Mountain Rd and Indian Grave Gap Rd, which are both quite uneven at times.  My advice would be to bring an SUV, truck or other high-clearance vehicle.  Additionally, the trailhead can be easy to miss.  Keep an eye out for the Andrews Cove Trailhead sign (see below).  The white-blazed Appalachian Trail is marked directly across the dirt road.  The white-blazed sign is the trailhead for the Tray Mountain hike.  Follow the Appalachian Trail away from the Andrews Cove trailhead.

Trailhead Location

From the trailhead, the Appalachian Trail begins in the valley of Indian Grave Gap.  Traveling toward Tray Mountain, the trail begins a gradual ascent through a shaded forest of rhododendron, mountain lauren, moss and ferns.



After approximately 0.7 miles, the trail crosses a gravel road (Tray Mountain Road) to continue on the Appalachian Trail.   The terrain becomes steeper, as the trail traverses up the approach to Tray Mountain.




At approximately 1.6 miles, a steep rocky outcropping gives the first glimpse of Tray Mountain to the left and of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.




Shortly after the first outcropping, the trail encounters Tray Mountain Road for a second time.  Cross the parking area and continue on the Appalachian Trail on the right, following the white-blazed markers.


From the parking area, the Appalachian Trail begins a much steeper ascent of Tray Mountain.  As you climb the switchbacks, the trail offers periodic glimpses of the views to come at the summit.  This trail would be an excellent winter hike.  Once the foliage falls from the trees, hikers will be rewarded with an unobstructed view of the surrounding valleys and mountains on the way to the summit.



The trail eventually crosses the peak of the 4,430 ft Tray Mountain.  From the Tray Mountain summit, hikers have a 360-degree view including the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Burton and the Nantahala Mountains in North Carolina.



At the summit, take a few minutes to enjoy a snack and rest, taking in the views from the seventh highest summit in Georgia.  If you have an additional 45 minutes, continue across the summit and descend Tray Mountain on the opposite side for approximately 0.3 miles.  Once you reach the water/shelter sign, take the trail on the left.   After a short distance, you will see a large rock outcropping on the right and an outstanding and unobstructed view.



Once you can pry yourself from the scenery, retrace your steps to ascend the backside of Tray Mountain and make your way back down to the trailhead.

Although the journey to reach the trail was a bit harrowing {do NOT take a sedan on these gravel roads}, we thoroughly enjoyed the Tray Mountain hike.  Next time, we plan to start the hike at Unicoi Gap, which cuts out traveling on gravel roads and increases the distance to a 12-mile out-and-back hike.

Where you able to squeeze in any Fall hikes this year?  Please send any suggestions for great Winter hikes our way!  The weather has officially turned cold and we’re ready for Winter camping and hiking!

– Brittany

Pin-spiration – Scarf Refashion

Scarf Before and After

This beautiful scarf was a gift from a great friend.  I LOVE the pattern and the colors, but have not worn it much because it was a little shorter than I prefer.  The issue is that the scarf was perfectly square and too short to loop around my neck.  It was more of a drape over the shoulders length.  I prefer longer scarves that can be tied in 40 different ways or infinity scarves.  It was decided that I needed to refashion the scarf, in order to get more use out of it.


Taking inspiration from this pin‘s suggested dimensions, I cut the scarf in half.  After cutting, each half was 26″ wide by 52″ long.  I measured a few of my favorite scarves and determined that I needed to sew the two halves together, in order to reach my desired length.  Note: This meant that I would have two seams in the length of the scarf.  Once the scarf is looped around my neck a couple of times, the seams will be hidden.  I just wanted to point it out, in case you try this refashion on your own piece.

Next, I sewed the two pieces together along one of the 26″ ends, lining up the pattern as closely as possible.  Now that I had enough fabric, I could start making the infinity scarf.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Following the graphic illustration on my pinned tutorial, I folded the fabric in half length-wise with right sides facing inward and making sure that my 26″ seam excess is facing out.  (My measurements were different than those in the tutorial!)

After pinning the two sides together, I sewed along the longest sides of the fabric.  Do not sew the two shorter ends!  In order to make an infinity scarf, the fabric must be sewn into a tube shape, turned right side out and then hand-stitched closed.  See steps 3 & 4.   I decided to tuck in the ends of the scarf and slip stitch the hole closed, rather than the suggested finish in step 4.    Both methods work well, but I wanted a more finished look.

I am so pleased with the finished product!  I know I’ll be wearing this scarf all the time, now that the length has been fixed.  The whole refashion process took maybe 30 minutes – so simple!

Scarf After

I hope this inspires you to make your own infinity scarf.  It couldn’t be easier!  (Well, as long as you have a sewing machine and can sew a straight line.)  This was my first attempt at making a scarf and found it incredibly easy.  In fact, I’m already planning to make a trip to the fabric store this weekend!

Have you refashioned any clothing items recently?  Any other sewing projects?

– Brittany

Giveaway!! – SilkWay (Closed)

This giveaway is now closed!  Congrats to Haleigh on winning this beautiful pillow!!

You are going to absolutely LOVE me after you read this post (that is if you don’t already of course?!?)  Our new sofa came with a bunch of pillows, which is great…except that they matched the sofa (BORING!!)  So on the hunt for fabulous pillow covers I went…and found this gem of an Etsy shop – Silkway.  The pillow covers are beautiful, unique, well priced and fantastic quality!  I could not be more thrilled with them AND today is your lucky day!  One super special winner gets their very own Silkway original!!  Not only will you fall in love with the shop, the shop’s owner and creator of these beauties, Jonail is just the sweetest!!  Here’s a little bit about her, her shop Silkway and the art of Ikat…Check it out!!! (The amazing pillow cover below is just waiting for its new home…so enter to win!)

ikat pillow

Silkway – is a story where you can buy unique uzbekistan ikat items and vintage suzani.

Like a cloud Uzbek Ikats display a great variety of patterns, may be composed of several combinations of materials and may be woven in both simple and complex structures. The single features shared by all of these extraordinary textiles is the complex dyeing process which is undertaken before the individual elements are arranged upon the loom. All ikat cloths have either their warps, their wefts, or, in rare cases, both warps and wefts dyed only in selective areas and only before those threads have been placed before the loom. The process of preventing the dyes from penetrating the entire warp or weft is known as ‘reserving’ or ‘resist dye’ and it produces the essential characteristics of ikat cloth. At the points where the reserved areas meet the dyed sections, carefully controlled amounts of color merge with one another randomly creating subtle, slightly blurred patterns. This dyeing technique ensures that each abr (cloud) is unique, and it is this aesthetic quality which suggests an analogy with clouds. There are very many Uzbek handmade articles made of Ikat: clothes, pillow covers, variety of decorative handicrafts, bags, etc.

**Giveaway time !! 

  • Prize: (1) 20×20 pillow cover – follow this link for the beautiful giveaway pillow cover)
  • To Enter: Leave a comment telling us your favorite thing that has happened today (big or small!!)
  • Bonus Entry: To increase your chances of winning, leave a second comment on this post with a link to your next most favorite piece from the Silkway collection
  • Giveaway Closes: November 26, 2013 at 8pm
  • Details: The winner will be announced as an update to this post. {so be sure to check back!!}  Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

Thank you Silkway!! & Happy Giveaway!

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: reward

Happy Monday!  I feel like lately this is the only time you hear from me (sorry!!)  Life has just been a bit nuts (in a great way) lately and i haven’t worked my blogging back into my rhythm…so THANK YOU for sticking with me.  I PROMISE I will  get back in to my more normal schedule and I have LOTS and LOTS to share with you!!!  We are also making some fun changes around here.  You may have noticed a regular blogging buddy stopping by with lots of great posts lately…Brittany is AWESOME and I am so thankful to have her not only as a friend but as a huge support of this fun little venture.  Stay tuned for lots more from us both!!  (and maybe even a few other familiar faces popping in every now and then!)  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a great week ahead!

“The real reward is in the risk you take”

on th edge

Choose Joy!!
~ Jillian