Monthly Archives: December 2012

festive and bright

My mom, sister, and I made these for a little crafting experiment. I like the idea of a little fabric or paper banner for the wedding, so we tried out a couple tutorials we found to see what we could make. We used this tutorial for the little tissue tassels, and this tutorial for the big pom pom. I have seen some more tutorials since for the tissue tassels that might be a little better, and I have pinned them here.

I really enjoy the making and creating of things (obviously), so I am looking forward to more wedding projects to see what I like best!

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Playing the part of a christmas elf

One of the best part about the holidays is giving presents to people that you love. This year I decided to splurge a bit and get my dad (and my mom) something that I know that they’ve been wanting which was a new TV! I got a great price on it and it’s the best feeling in the world when you’re able to give your parents something nice, especially after all of the great things that mine have done for me this past year.

Another plus to this present was that I was able to appreciate the 18 hours of NBA basketball on Christmas day on a normal sized TV that I didn’t have to squint to see from the couch.

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A new bed for the puppy

In an effort to make Marley’s life a bit nicer, we’ve retired the crate and I got her a new bed this weekend since she is a pretty good dog and doesn’t get into too much trouble anyways so it didn’t really make sense to have the crate out and taking up space in our living room.

As you can tell from the picture below, Marley has quickly taken to her new bed that I got her. Supposedly it has some sort of special fabric to help reduce the smell of dog so fingers crossed that it’s true! Since she’s had it, she has laid in it probably 75% of her time being awake so I’d say she likes it.

Also, are there other dog owners out there that wonder if this is what their dog does all day long while they’re at work? Because I’m fairly certain this is all that mine does while I’m gone.

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Going to a happy new home

I really like this photo from the holidays because it’s funny and every time we mail a little critter that the girl sells on her Etsy shop, we always wonder what type of happy home it is going to. In this case, we know it’s a happy home because this little guy went home with my brother who just happens to love squirrels!

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Creating a cool heirloom

I have been very fortunate to have been able to spend some really great quality time with my family this holiday break. Christmas was really great this year and I have to admit that two of my favorite gifts were not even official presents! My mom and I were talking about watches and she mentioned that she had a few old watches from my grandpa that she thought I might like and I was all over them. The two that I liked the best are below. One is an old Timex that is really cool and the other is an old Bulova that was an anniversary gift for my grandpa when he was still working which makes both of them have a lot of sentimental value. I’m really excited to take these into a place to get them restored and fixed up a bit so I can start wearing them and then hopefully be able to start passing them down in the future…anyone know of a good place in Austin to take watches to?

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christmas cookie baking

In my house growing up, you got “fired” from certain jobs if you weren’t doing good work. I rarely got fired from anything, but I was promoted very quickly up the cookie making ranks. The cookie baking sessions at Christmas are always some of my most favorite times of the year.

Santa brought me a couple of new (and old) cookbooks, so I am looking forward to all the kitchen adventures soon to come in the new year!

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pretty presents

We were happily surprised by the gift of falling snow on Christmas morning. We didn’t even check the weather forecast, so we were all smiles when we looked outside.

After exploring the snow a bit, I warmed up with hot chocolate and turned my attention to under that tree. Wrapped presents are so pretty underneath the tree. I have to admire each one before I open it, so they know that I think they are pretty. But I try to imagine that they are just bursting with excitement for me to open them, because they know I will be so happy with what is inside.

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