Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Long ago, I made some painted pine cones for autumnal decor. Well, I decided it was time to make some for Christmas!
To make your own, you will need:
- Pine cones
- Spray paint (gold and silver, with a mirror metallic finish)
To add glitter, just dab on glue on the edges of the pine cones. Roll in your glitter and let dry. I like the clear glitter because it looks kind of snowy, but silver or gold would be beautiful too!
Display yours in a centerpiece, or do like I did and place them in a clear glass hurricane vase.
Fun, festive, and sparkly :)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Another month, another decoration for your door! First, though, let me just say how excited I am to get to do a bunch of Christmas crafts and recipes! I could do Christmas all year round. Seriously. To kick it off, I've got a festive little door hanging that couldn't be easier...
This month, I'm using up old ribbon from Williams Sonoma gift wrap (we had SO much from wedding gifts!!) and some pine cones to make a festive bit of door decor.
You will need:
- Pine cones
- Hot glue gun
Next, heat up your glue gun while you cut ribbon of various lengths.
Finally, glue the ribbon to the pine cone tops. Simple as that!
Tie the ribbons in a knot and hang from a 3-M hanger. These would also be cute with some frosty glitter on the edges or hung on an interior door.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Last month's book club pick was Tigers in Red Weather, and it was so good! It is set a little after WWII, and is about two cousins and their families. It turns Hitchcockian part way through and is a pretty creepy read. But I really enjoyed it :)
This month, I'm reading Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This has been on my to-read list for quite some time, and I'm so excited to be getting to it!
What are you reading this month?
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
|I took another wine and painting class, this time at Carlos Creek Winery!|
|1) Frost on the leaves of our tree in the backyard|
2) Autumnal cupcakes for a fun girl's night in
3) Pretty flowers, can't resist!
4) Caribou Coffee's hot chocolate: my must-have every winter :)
This month has been about embracing the last days of autumn, getting crafty, and enjoying delicious Thanksgiving food :) In Minnesota, a big deal is made out of deer hunting weekend. So much so that various places have special events for the "deer hunting widows" (aka, the wives of the men who hunt all weekend long). Although John isn't a hunter, I definitely took advantage of the events! My mom and I spent a day shopping at an outlet mall that has crazy sales every hunting season opener. The next day, I went up to a winery with some friends for a painting class!
Besides enjoying time with friends and family, I'm also wrapping up another semester of school. I have bunches of papers to write, but no exams (thank goodness). After this semester ends, I'll have a nice winter break followed by 8 weeks of classes, and then student teaching! I'm so excited :)
Right now, though, I'm most excited about all the winter and Christmas blog posts I'll have coming your way! I absolutely love Christmas, so I'm super eager to share some ornament ideas, home decor DIYs, and of course an occasional recipe. Have a happy weekend!!
|1) Homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner|
2) Endless edits for final papers
3) The turkey!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Well, Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I love the chance to pig out without remorse, but more importantly it's a time to be with family and friends, to be thankful for the great things you have. I think that Thanksgiving is especially important to reflect on since it is directly followed by the most consumer driven holiday of them all: Christmas. Now, I love Christmas probably 100 times more than your average bear, but I think that it's always important to remember and recognize the gifts we already have.
I am thankful for my husband, John, who will go to a masquerade dressed in a Luchador mask:
I am thankful for my smiley, happy, puppy, Inga...
who humors us by letting us do things like this to her:
I am thankful for my family, who as I am putting this post together, I realize we don't have a picture of from this year. Thankfully, Thanksgiving will give us a chance to remedy that :)
I am thankful for this blog, because it keeps my creativity going and I've gotten to meet so many wonderful blogger friends.
I am thankful for so many many things, and I hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving that helps you remember all the things you're thankful for.