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...]

christmas mantel & snow globes

o christmas tree

    Hello! And happy friday! Any big holiday plans this weekend? I wanted to share my Christmas mantel with you all today and also some easy DIY snow globes.   I love using epsom salt in glass jars to give the look of snow.           I've been wanting to make snow globes, but didn't like the idea of having a liquid in the jars. Then I saw these … [Read more...]

i’ll have a gray christmas…

i'll have a gray christmas...

    It was in October when I became obsessed with the idea of a gray Christmas tree. I decided pretty quickly that I'd be painting a tree rather than buying one. There really aren't gray trees for sale. I found lots of silver ones, but no gray. Also, I already had everything I needed for the painting. Yep, this project cost me nothing! When I told Curt of my tree painting plans he thought I was a little nutzo. In fact, he … [Read more...]

tis the season: jack skellington ornaments

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    Hello there friends. How are your holiday funtivities coming along? Have you been busy decorating your home and making Christmas treats? As I may have mentioned once or twice I love Jack Skellington. So I decided to make some Jack ornaments this year. How great is that?!   I have used these Jack faces for a few projects before. I used them for my Jack coasters and for my Jack clock. You can download a … [Read more...]