Sunday, December 30, 2012


Because the snow was just so brilliant.
And how awesome is that tree!?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Beginning of New

So this is a picture from a DIY post I started that didn't quite work out. Ever have disasters like that?
Anyways, I'm not one for New Year's resolutions but I've been mulling over some fresh goals. Things that are attainable but would definitely require work. You know the way most goals work.
I think that's all I'm going to share today although I will likely be going into a bit more detail about new goals in the near future. I do hope that you are going to be posting your goals / resolutions because I find it oh-so inspiring to read what your reaching for.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Snaps

It was a day full of family and food. Just like it should be. I hope yours was blessed as well :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

DIY Texty Magnets Using Polymer Clay

This little DIY texty magnet tutorial is super easy and can be personalized a million different ways and will add a bit of quirky personality to your kitchen. (Not to mention it also makes a great little stocking stuffer for all you procrastinators!)

SUPPLIES: Polymer clay, exacto knife, letter stamps, paint, paint brush, rag, tacky glue (optional), magnets

1) Make the "tablet". I found that the block of clay was nearly the perfect size straight out of the package so instead of mushing it up, rolling it out, and then cutting it, I skipped all that and just cut off thin slabs using the exacto knife and trimmed them up. Make sure that all the surfaces are smooth and even.
2) Stamp. Gently press the letter stamps into the clay.
Since I'm going to be giving these to my dad I chose BORK, a nonsensical word he says. If you were wondering, it means whatever tone of voice you use, although it is generally used in a negative manner.
3) Bake as directed on the package.

 4) Make those letters POP! After the clay has been baked, dab paint into the letter indents. Quickly wipe away the excess with a rag to reveal a word you can actually see.

5) Stick the magnet on the back (use glue if necessary).

Altogether, including bake time, this little project took about half an hour. It probably helped that I had picked out which word I was using before I started, otherwise I could see this project taking much longer because of indecision.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Loulou's awesome ornament display

I am totally in LOVE with this industrial but feminine, dainty but tough, bouquet of baubles, ornament display Loulou put together. If you have already seen it, forgive me while I swoon, but seriously, she used salt and wire. So very Anthropologie, no?

I will admit that the pink, retro ornaments probably have something to do with why I'm so fond of it but I love that it's so whimsical and nontraditional. These bouquets would make great table centerpieces for an event, don't you think?
 Anyways, Loulou is really great at walking you through her DIY projects so visit her post for full step-by-step directions on how assemble this eye catcher.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Elephant and Flamingo

 The power has been flickering on and off because of the snow storm so I am going to try to get this posted before it crashes the router. Again. Curse you, pretty snow!

Anyways, behold some vintage goodness!
Right after I did the last Pyrex post I found this flamingo 024 bowl. FINALLY a pink piece! Soo excited to have this in my collection - especially since it's a solid. Because I'm not sticking to just one line of Pyrex pattern and am amassing the whole rainbow I think it helps things look a tad less cluttered in the kitchen not to have 20 different prints AND 7 colors. Of course, I say that now but an awesome pile of patterns put themselves in my path (how many Ps did I just use there!?) and I'll be questioning my calm v. clutter-in-the-kitchen logic all the way to the cash register.

Moving on, I also found this adorable, little rolling elephant pencil holder. When I found him, his ears where missing which is a sad, sad, sad but I made him some new ones using a leather remnant a certain awesome Aunt gave me. Before I made his ears I did some mad Googling because I wanted to restore him to original condition as much a possible but I literally turned up nothing. Anyone know anything about this guy? Maker, year, etc. I know nothing. Maybe my Google skills need some fine tuning... How awesome would it be if there is a whole line of mod office supply animals!

In other news, what time is the world supposed to end? Did I miss that? 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Take Tuesday through your eyes

Since the series has come to an end I just wanted to do a little feature of some of the lovely pictures that were submitted. As people linked up it was amazing to me how we all had the same prompt but returned such different results. I love how diverse creativity is :D

It so perfectly captures the optimism in a fresh day

Loulou totally ran with the series and shot so many great images but I particularly liked her Numbers shots. It probably has something to do with my fondness for fonts and industrial ruggedness.

Trish over at Jelly Bones captured such wonderful texture in her Flower shots

How lovely is this Yellowstone shot by Sarah Bell!? Stunning, yes?

So there are just a portion of the shots I found particularly striking. A gigantic thank you to everyone who participated! It made my Tuesdays :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Take Tuesday: Yellow

The fire hydrants have probably been yellow for years but only this week, when I was looking for something to go with this week's Take Tuesday theme did I notice them.
Why is it that fire hydrants are painted differently depending on where you go? I've seen them painted red, blue, silver, white, and green. Not orange though. And definitely not purple. Although that would be pretty snazzy.

So this is the last Take Tuesday. I've enjoyed this little series but I'm glad it's come to an end. All good things must end, right? It's been good going out and finding pictures of items I wouldn't normally notice.
On to other (better) things.

Monday, December 17, 2012

DIY Fresh Faced Notebook

A bit of quick, easy, personalized pretty.
All you need is a boring notebook, a bit of paper to mod podge into place, and a splash of washi wonder to jazz things up a bit.

I did put a top, sealing layer of mod podge over the entire cover once the washi tape was in place.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The UNglamorous side of life P3: laundry facilites

Apartment laundry facilities.

99% of the time we head to the parentals to do our clothing cleaning but sometimes necessity dictates that a journey be made to the basement.  At which point I'm doing well if I can find the washer and dryer because it's a bit of a jungle with all the out of commission appliances and exercise equipment. (Decades worth, I kid you not. I'm surprised some of the ally can collectors haven't seen this and looted the place for the scrap metal.)

But just in case I find this atmosphere cozy, management has placed a tiny to-small-for-folding table and chair directly in front of the machines. Because of its size I have come to think that this set up is actually there for people to sit at. You know, so I can watch the washer shimmy.

And another thing that gets me is that even though they appear to be roughly the same size they definitely aren't. The washer is teensy and barely holds more than a couple pairs of jeans while the drier is so huge I could probably fit in it. (If it wasn't full of other peoples linty bits I probably would have done it just to prove my point.)
Now that I think about it, I suppose the table is big enough to hold the 5 items the washer can handle. That still doesn't explain the chair though...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

tired meet atomic

Not last night, but Thursday night, Keith went on an out of town gaming adventure and left me all by my lonesome. This, obviously, translated to full control of Netflix and vegging on the couch while watching whatever my heart fancied (hours of indie rom com).
And I quite enjoyed myself except for one thing... I sat down in front of a movie with a little something for my hands to do - something I needed to accomplish but that could be done while my eyes were fixated elsewhere. Which, don't get me wrong, was great because I was feeling productive while relaxing and I love that feeling. BUT, that never happened. Because that only works when I watch a documentary. So Thursday night, I watched movies til 3:30 then spent the next 90 minutes accomplishing what I couldn't seem to get done in the previous 5 hours.  Does this happen to anyone else? Is this normal?

So, back to the present... I am tired today. Maybe it's just me, but the day after a late night isn't so bad - it's two days after that leaves me feeling really nailed. Is this normal?

Hello, Mr. Coffee.
PS- That clock sold for $189.12
Is this normal?
I need to figure out how to make one

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Details (in Christmas)

gold bottle brush trees
glitter & sequins
after punching "snow"
pink and teal Shiny Brite. Be still my heart.

Just for fun, I decided to break away from the usual color-coded theme of the detail series and share some of the holiday spirit that is around our home. This is definitely the best holiday. love, love, love it.

In other news, the semester is done for me and has been for a few days but I still have that nagging feeling that there is homework that needs to be done. Ack! How do I get rid of this looming feeling?

In other, other news, I've caught the flu and have been sick the last few days. (Which, if  you are a facebook friend, you already knew this) This whole sick thing is both a blessing and a bummer... the timing is a blessing because finals have been completed and I'm not taking any tests while on a cocktail of asprin and decongestants, but it's also a bummer because I was soooo looking forward to shopping as a end-of-semester reward. Poor me.  ;)


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Take Tuesday: Ice

So when I picked "ice" for today's theme it was because I had this crazy idea that by mid December there would be snow on the ground and icicles hanging from car exhaust pipes. Silly me. It is actually the time of down pores and freezing, but dry, wind. Trust me when I say that both those things can and have occurred in less than an 18 hour span of each other. My skin can also be a testament to it - any recommendations for a good winter moisturizing mask?

These pictures are from last December when it was all beautiful and snowy and wonderful.

So, craziness - I was sitting in the living room about 15 minutes after I took the picture of this branch when I heard a massive crack so, of course, I peeped out the window and it had fallen almost exactly where I was standing. My poor organs were nearly impaled. Yikes.

Do you have any beautiful, icy pictures because Nicole and I would love to see them :)

Just a reminder - next week it the LAST Take Tuesday so make it good!
Happy snapping!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Lately the pretty pictures over on Mokkasin have been giving me such an itch to redecorate.
 If you aren't already familiar with that blog you should definitely give it a look-see. Even though I can't understand a word of it there is just so much inspiration!

These last ones are obviously a bit young but it's just oh-so precious!