…and a happy new year

2013 calendar

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. I can't believe 2013 is already here. I am not one of those people who plan for the next year in October or November...or even December. As much as I'd like to be I'm just not. For me, that's what January is for. As I was looking for a calendar to print out for the coming year I came across so many fantastic ones that I still haven't been able to choose … [Read more...]

deck the halls

deck the halls

  Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.Tis the season to be jolly,Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel,Fa la la, la la la, la la la.Troll the ancient yuletide carol,Fa la la la la, la la la la. Take it Russ!..........................................Fa la la la la, la la la la.  I can't hear Deck The Halls without thinking of that scene in Christmas Vacation. Classic. I decided that my halls … [Read more...]

diy vacation ornaments

manzanita ornament

  I like to collect sand from our vacation spots. That is, if there is sand to be collected. I bring it home in a ziplock bag then display it in a jar on the bookshelves. This year I wanted to turn some of our vacation sand into Christmas tree ornaments. We have a ornament tradition in our family and these are a perfect addition to our tree. I made these this morning and it took me less than 20 minutes. Easy peasy. First, start with … [Read more...]

from the kitchen: sugar cookies

sugar cookies

  My brother doesn't like chocolate. I know, right? And my mom was always making some delicious treat in the kitchen, but not usually a chocolate treat. In fact, I don't think my mom ever made chocolate chip cookies. Ever. But, boy, did we eat a lot of sugar cookies. That was the staple cookie at our house. My mom had this rectangular, orange tupperware that use to sit on our counter with some yummy goodie she had made inside. It seemed … [Read more...]

metallic reindeer art

metallic reindeer art

  Never say never. Two things I have "never-ed"; dark chocolate and using gold in my home. Well guess what? This year I have redacted both of those nevers. Something changed in my taste buds around summertime and now I absolutely love dark chocolate. The Lindt dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt is pure heaven. In regards to the gold, I used a metallic satin gold in my fall decorating and sorta fell in love with it.  So that's my … [Read more...]

tis the season: for christmas printables

Peace on Earth

  I love, love, love prints. And that goes doubly for Christmas prints. I love the typography and design element. And I feel like they add so much to a space. With that said, I have been going a little nuts with Christmas printables this season. And I love it! Here are 14 free Christmas printables you can download and enjoy. And I'd like to say that I have almost every single one of these in my home. I appreciate the time it takes … [Read more...]

white…branch…tree…thingy

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    I had a hard time starting this post mostly because I don't know what to call this... white... branch.... tree.... thingy. Curt suggested that I call it the white tree of Gondor. But I opted to go in a different direction. Well, whatever it is, I love it! And it looks so splendid next to my advent calendar.     I started by finding a branch from my yard, painting it white and sticking it in this white pot. … [Read more...]

music monday: have yourself an indie little christmas

paste holiday sampler

  On Saturday I told you about NoiseTrade; a website where you can legally download music for free. They have thousands of albums including some pretty wonderful Christmas stuff. I love all Christmas music, except A Twisted Christmas by Twisted Sister, that stuff ain't right. I love the traditional tunes as well as the non-traditional. These albums are brimming with magnificent, independent Christmas music. And the best part? They … [Read more...]

the weekly rave

IKEA holiday collection

    I have spent the last couple weeks falling in love with NoiseTrade. This website is incredible. You can download music for free! It's 100% legal. And 100% awesome! Check it out.   Ok, have you seen the new holiday collection from IKEA?! Holy amazing! It's like IKEA new that I was using a lot of gray in my holiday decorating this year. I love, love, love IKEA. I just want to walk in, find the first blue polo … [Read more...]