Merry Christmas everybody!
In this installment of materialistic shit I want, I’m actually going to be getting one of these dresses, if I haven’t ordered it already. Every year around Christmas Kh’s company has a Christmas dinner/party that usually entails getting all spiffed up for. The first year I went happened to be last year and she totally psyched me out over it. This year I know what to expect a bit more, so it’s making finding a dress a bit easier.
I actually don’t like parties, but I do love having an excuse to buy a nice dress. Especially an expensive one (ha haaa).
Pinup Girl Clothing is probably one of my all time favorite sites to buy fancy schmancy dresses at. They have a wide variety of styles, and an even wider variety of dresses that are open in the hip region. Can you guess what my top 3 dresses are?
Who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Especially this time of year, with the stress of the holidays and the impending New Year. While searching around, I found a few of my favorites.
I must say, anything with pineapple and rum in it I’m all over. One of my favorite bars to go to will custom make your drink right there on the spot when you give them a few ideas of what you like. No menu involved.
After I tell them what I like, and my drink comes to me, I usually find myself drinking a jungle bird out of a heavy tiki mug. Yep, I’m that person. And I’m completely ok with it.
I must say, the mojito and the jingle juice seem to be my two favorites. Who doesn’t love a mojito, or a drink that has a beautiful gradient color to it?
Drink up and enjoy the holidays! Soon it’ll be 2012! (Blows my mind!)
In general I’m not a very materialistic person. I lived out of a suitcase for about 3 years, and can’t even bring myself to buy a bed frame for fear of eventually having to move it somewhere. Well, that and I’m terrified of the monster under the bed. Don’t judge, it’s a real fear!
This of course doesn’t mean I don’t love to oogle a nice bed frame, or get excited over brand new goodies. This past week I’ve certainly gotten my fair share of new goodies to be excited over.
First up, at work we decided to do a Secret Snowflake. My secret (but not so secret now) snowflake got me this holiday survival kit!
A delicious looking red wine I can’t wait to open. My favorite potato chips. Coffee. Chocolate. And gum. Seems like a perfect package to me. I have a habit of choosing my wine based solely on the label. This one passes the test.
Second up. A xmas care package from my Gram! She included my favorite candy by far, Reeses Trees! The package wasn’t complete without chihuahua stickers.
My family, and well just about everyone I know, is well aware of my owl obsession. I’m not sure where my Gram found this little gem, but look at my new pajamas. Kh thinks I’m damn sexy in them.
Last but not least this little owl guy my Gram had made for me. She’s had a tradition of giving her grand kids ornaments since the time I was little.
Yesterday we had Christmas Palooza with two friends. Tons of good snacks were consumed, and too much soda was inhaled by yours truly. I very rarely ever drink soda and when I do I have a sugar crash like a toddler.
I love a print! Kh got me this Pendleton iPad case. I don’t even own an iPad, but I’m so in love with this pattern! Kh put a cute little owl calendar inside it, and I’m as happy as a clam.
I was also lucky enough to receive…
All of this combined with my new sewing machine (that’s arriving this week! ekk) makes me one very lucky girl. I’m so thankful for all that I have, and for those who make my life complete.
What has been your favorite gift so far this year?
So here it is. The Saturday before Christmas weekend. We have exactly one week before Christmas Eve. Am I ready? Not at all.
This past week was filled with Holiday DIY’s. If you missed out, here’s a recap!
I feel like the past few months have snuck up on me and run away before I even knew what was happening. 2011, where did you go?
Tomorrow I’ll be having Christmas with Kh, Beck and Debs. Oh, Sophia and Lucy too! Presents are not wrapped, nor even in one central location. Cookies are not baked, and groceries have not been purchased. I finished up most of the present shopping today, so that’s one positive, right?
I’ll be making peanut butter cookies, apple pie, and possibly some other delicious snacks.
I grabbed the girls these goodies while out today. Delicious doggy treats, and an owl dog toy! How could I not. Kh thinks I bought it for myself.
I love watching dogs open up presents. Especially if its a snack or something they can munch on.
Tonight we are heading to Kh’s company Christmas party. We have a hotel room, fancy outfits, and our dancing shoes on. Or at least packed to put on later.
This was taken last weekend at my company Christmas party. I anticipate us being a little bit tipsy tonight. And dancing to a lot of Lady Gaga.
Until tomorrow everyone! Have a great Saturday night.
When it gets close to my favorite holidays, I can’t help but start planning out the cards I’ll be sending out. My favorite holidays to decorate cards for would have to be Christmas, Halloween, and Valentines Day.
The possibilities are just endless when it comes to all three. Last year I made owls with little felt hearts sewn on them for Valentines Day, and festive little trees for Christmas. This year I decided to keep it relatively simple.
Using the snowflake stamp that first made its appearance in my DIY snow globe ornament, I painted a thin layer of acrylic paint onto it. From here I stamped a single white snowflake on every single card I was planning on sending out.
(You’ll need to repaint the stamp several times)
I purchased the cards at my local AC Moore in the $1 bin. I usually stock up on these, as they are quite a good investment.
Once the white snowflakes were dry, I did the exact same step only using a different paint color. I was still feeling inspired from my snow globe ornament and went with the white/red color scheme again.
These little stamps were the best investment I’ve made in a while. They aren’t the best quality, but I also found them for $1 at AC Moore in the discount bins. It’s hard to say no to that. (I bought a few..)
At this point I poured a little red paint onto a paper plate, thinned it out as best I could on the paper, and stamped each letter in the paint then onto the cards.
Let them dry, and there you have it. Your own holiday cards!
Here’s the breakdown on how much the cards cost me:
No card would be complete from me without a little owl incorporate some how.. So I’ll be printing off this little guy to include in all the cards I send out.
I just love snail mail! I can’t wait to send these out.
Today’s installment of DIY, I bring you a peacock feather ornament. This little craft is (don’t tell the others!) my favorite so far. It was the easiest to boot!
I was able to make it while cooking dinner and not burning a thing. Now that is impressive if I do say so myself.
Trim your feathers down so they are just big enough to fit in your ornament. Slide the feathers in to the opening, and at this point you may need to get a pencil or something slim enough to fit inside the ornament and move the feathers around until they are arranged how you like them. My pointer finger, I’ll warn you now, was not skinny enough.
I sprinkled a little glitter on the inside so should the feathers move, they sweep the sides of the glass leaving a small glitter trail. Oh, and the lights on the tree help make the glitter sparkle on the feathers.
Hang it on the tree, and enjoy! I’ve also seen this craft made with white peacock feathers and baling twine, which was exceptionally cute. So many ways to really add to this simple ornament.
Stay tuned tomorrow for another installment of Holiday DIY crafts!
Today marks the second day in my DIY week of Holiday crafts. I had so much fun with these little crafts, I can barely stop myself from coming up with a million more ideas and being inspired by crafts I find.
Anyways, onwards! Today I bring you a simple yet adorable snow globe ornament diy.
First I laid down a paper bag that I had cut the side out of, to give me a work place that I could get a little messy. Next on top of this work space I poured out a small amount of the acrylic craft paint, took my paint brush and painted a thin layer of paint onto my stamp.
I made a few practice stamps to make sure I had the right amount of paint on the stamp. Once I had it just right, I took a small sheet of the acetate and made several snowflake stamps onto it. Giving me options to choose from.
To give my stamp dimension, I also used red paint. Once the white had dried significantly, I stamped on top the white with the red. Let dry and repeat on the other side.
While you wait for the paint to dry, take your fake snow and put several spoonfuls of it into your empty ornament. The amount of snow you put in your ornament is completely up to you; just be mindful of how heavy it gets.
Once your stamped acetate is dry, cut the shape out leaving a little extra on each side. I chose the 2 stamps that came out the best. Which is why its good to have several to choose from. Next use a sharp object to poke a hole through the top of each cut out. I used the tip of a pair of scissors.
At this point I took red glitter and sprinkled it on top of the fake snow in the globe. I really liked the extra color it added to the ornament. You could use whatever color glitter matches the color paint you used on your stamp for an extra cute touch.
From here I took two thin pieces of string of varying lengths and tied them each to the acetate. I made a very small knot at the top. I bent the acetate gently and put them inside of the globe. And then I lost my mind a little trying to get the two stamps to hang at different lengths in the globe. Barely succeeding, I tied the other end of the strings to the metal top of the ornament.
I hid it on the tree to see if Kh would take notice and see it. I love the way it looks on the tree with the lights shining through the acetate. The possibilities are endless with this! I’m going to have to incorporate stamped acetate into more of my crafting next year.
Stay tuned tomorrow for another DIY holiday ornament!