December 31, 2012

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December 27, 2012

inspiration board: new year's eve

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New Year's Eve is almost here and I was just brainstorming what to wear. I don't have a fancy party to go to, but I still dream of having a place to wear a long sparkly dress. For some reason, I feel like New Year's is the perfect time to pull out all of the sparkles in my closet. Maybe it's because of the association I have between disco balls and New Year's that suddenly I feel I must become a sparkly disco ball. I don't know. But I love these sparkles!

December 25, 2012

merry christmas!!!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Sorry, I've been taking a little break as I have been with family and loved ones. I plan to start back to regular posting later this week. In the meantime, here is a little bit of what has been happening around our house.

Don't ask questions.

December 19, 2012

new artwork up!

Check out some of the new artwork up in my art shop!

day 3: easy holiday gift ideas

If you're looking for something unique and easy to make for a gift, Drew would tell you there is nothing better than a gift with bullet shells. When Savannah and I first started selling bullet necklaces for Maiedae (Wow, that seems like a long time ago), Drew would just pick up his extra bullet casings after he went to the range and bring them back for us to use. Since he goes to the shooting range a lot, we have a lot of shells leftover. So what do we do with all the extras? We make presents with them! Hahaha. So here is an awesome bullet trivet that you can make yourself.


  • Bullet casings (If you don't have any lying around, many shops on Etsy sell them)
  • 5" square of thick cut felt
  • Epoxy


  1. Start by arranging the bullets in whatever design you want them.
  2. Once they are all laid out, measure the width and depth of your design.
  3. Cut your felt to that size.
  4. Glue the bullets to the felt using epoxy. 

December 18, 2012

day 2: easy holiday gift ideas

For Day 2 of Easy Holiday Gift Ideas, I'm bringing you an easy homemade sugar scrub recipe that makes your hands feel like silk! I absolutely love this recipe because the sugar exfoliates your skin and the oils moisturize it all at the same time. I love how my hands feel afterwards and it makes a great gift! Put it in a cute glass jar and add a loofah and you're set.


  • 1 part oil - You can use baby oil, Vitamin E oil, or coconut oil
  • 2 parts sugar - Use regular sugar for normal skin or brown sugar for sensitive skin
  • 5-7 drops of essential oil - I used lavendar oil which is good for normal-dry skin. Jasmine is good for sensitive skin and peppermint is good for oily skin.
  • Loofah
  • Container - I got mine from Target 


  1. Mix the oils together until combined.
  2. Add the sugar and mix well.
  3. Put into containers.


  1. Put a tablespoon of the sugar scrub on dry skin and scrub with your hands or loofah in a circular motion.
  2. After a few minutes, rinse with warm water.
  3. You are all clean! The sugar has exfoliated your skin and the oils have softened and moisturized. You do not even need to moisturize afterward!

I've even got these cute labels and instruction cards for you to download! They are perfect if you are giving this as a gift. Download as a JPEG or, if you want to edit the ingredients, download as a PSD below.

Download Circular Label - PSD  //  JPEG
Download Ingredients Label - PSD  //  JPEG

I hope you enjoy!

December 17, 2012

day 1: easy holiday gift ideas

Hello and a happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend :) I sure did! We had a fun girls' Christmas party last night at my place! We all showed up in pjs and ugly Christmas sweaters, then we watched Elf, decorated sugar cookies, drank coffee and wine, and opened presents. We also each picked out a white mug and a word to describe each of the other girls. Then, we took turns going around and telling why we picked that word for them. Afterwards, we wrote that special word on each other's mugs. It was so sweet.

This week, I have a special post series about easy DIY holiday gift ideas. This is great if you have waited last minute and still want to give them something unique, but don't have a lot of time. Today I am featuring customized mugs. You've probably seen this on Pinterest and the idea is simple: get a white mug or other piece of dinnerware and customize it with a favorite quote, a whimsical design, words that describe them, or their name.


  • White mug or porcelain piece of dinnerware
  • Pebeo porcelain 150 outliner or a sharpie marker (Pebeo paint is dishwasher safe, but more expensive. The sharpie is less reliable - I can only hand wash mine)
  • An oven :)


  1. Paint your porcelain.
  2. Let it dry.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


December 15, 2012

guest room finished art wall

So do you remember that art inspiration board that I posted for the guest bedroom? Well, I'm here to reveal the final result of the art I ordered all hung up! I love how these prints look together. They are perfect in the guest bedroom.


I will be doing a final reveal of the guest bedroom after I finish these things:

  • Thrift an old chair for the desk.
  • Add some old crates to the sides of the bed for extra nightstand goodness.
  • Hang my awesome pencil holder (diy to come!)
  • Spiffy up the bookshelf.

Excited to see this room come around!

December 14, 2012

project art: mountain sunset

I'm excited to show you some of the artwork I've been working on recently. New to the Art Shop is this impressionistic painting - Mountain Sunset. For this particular painting, I wanted to do a loose form of Pointillism. Pointillism is a technique of painting that uses small, distinct dots of pure color to form an image. It is a branch off of impressionism, one of my favorite art forms. I allowed my dots to blend a little bit, therefore, I wouldn't consider it to be a strict form of Pointillism. But I had a lot of fun doing it!

I absolutely love doing both portraits and landscapes. One of my goals for next year is to master watercolor portraits! I'm so excited for this challenge and can't wait to practice on some of my friends and family.

You can purchase any of my artwork in my Art Shop here - They would make great Christmas gifts! ;) Happy weekend!

December 13, 2012

diy: industrial side table

This is one of those really simple DIY projects that everyone can enjoy doing. It doesn't take much skill and you can translate this into a variety of other projects. I thought about also making a longer buffet table or even add more shelving to turn it into a media console table. Make it yours!


  • Piece of wood, stained (mine is approximately 4 feet long by 8 inches wide)
  • (2) 3/4" x 36" Galvanized Steel Pipes
  • (4) 3/4" Galvanized Iron 90 Degree Elbows
  • (2) 3/4" Galvanized Iron Floor Flanges
  • (4) 3/4" x 4" Galvanized Steel Pipes
  • (2) 3/4" Galvanized Iron Tees


  1. Stain or treat your wood.
  2. Screw in the two floor flanges to the bottom of your piece of wood. Make sure they are centered.
  3. Put the rest of the pieces of piping together as show in picture above. The 90 degree elbows act as "feet", connected to the (4) four inch pipes. Those are each connected to the iron tees. The top part of the iron tee is connected to the long 36 inch pipe. 
  4. Screw each leg into the connected floor flange and you're done!

December 12, 2012

cheer: reflect

First, let me just say what a wonderful time I've had with you during the 12 Days of Christmas Cheer. Thanks so much for joining Savannah and me as we prepared for the holidays by decorating, making special recipes, hosting holiday parties, creating DIYs, reminiscing on our holiday traditions, listening to fun Christmas music, and making our Christmas wish-lists.

Today, however, is a day to reflect on it all. And not just the past few days. It's a day to begin a reflection on the past year -- it's ups and downs, successes and failures, and to start forming goals for next year. I love when I get the chance to reflect because it allows me the opportunity to maximize what I've done well and reevaluate the things that might not have gone as planned. So, here are my tips for reflecting:

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For me, I know that I need a place where I can unwind, relax, and allow my brain to stop thinking about everything else on my to-do list. I need to turn on some quiet music, grab a cup of coffee and my moleskin journal, and spend intentional time getting secluded and focused.


Are you a list person or more of an abstract thinker? When approaching your reflection time, be sure to give yourself the freedom to be who you are. If you like to brainstorm more abstractly, don't expect yourself to write out detailed lists. Maybe bring a blank piece of paper and some markers that you can draw your thoughts on or, if you're really a "free" thinker, bring a friend who can write it down or a voice recorder! Get creative, but allow your mind the freedom to brainstorm the way it was made to.


Especially if you aren't the list type or don't enjoy brainstorming in general, bring something fun along! I know I always enjoy a good reflecting and brainstorming session when I'm with a close friend and a cup of coffee. It just puts me in the mood to sit down and do some reflecting.


Don't feel like you have to accomplish everything in one sitting. I like to think of my end of the year reflecting and goal setting as a few "mini sessions" - each one accomplishing something specific. For example, maybe you set aside a block of time dedicated to reflecting on this past year and your successes and failures. Then a few days later, you spend another block of time going over ideas that you want to accomplish next year. Lastly, maybe you spend another block of time mapping out the steps to making those goals happen.


Lastly, don't be too hard on yourself. If you're like me, you might have a tendency to set really unrealistic goals that only a superhuman could accomplish. Take a step back and realistically think about what you could actually accomplish. And, if you're reflecting on this past year, give yourself some grace. There is a big difference between ambition and compulsion. Check yourself and see if you have a healthy motivation or if you are pushing yourself too compulsively.

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Thanks again for joining along for the last 12 days! It's been a blast. As you may have noticed, I'm doing some updating here on the blog and I'm planning to get back to regular posting and fun DIYs tomorrow!

December 11, 2012

cheer: bake goodies

Savannah and I spent a lot of the day on Saturday baking goodies, including peanut butter balls, gingerbread cookies, turtles, chocolate chip cookies, and lemon crinkle cookies. I'm going to share with you the recipe for the peanut butter balls, as well as some other recipes that look really good and you should check out.


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter, (not all-natural)
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 ¾ cups (16oz. box) powdered sugar
  • 2 cups (12oz pkg.) Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsps. vegetable shortening


  1. Line baking sheets with wax paper.
  2. Beat peanut butter and butter in large mixing bowl until creamy.  Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened.  Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets.  Freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl (follow directions on the pkg. for melting in the microwave) or in a double boiler on the stove.
  4. Dip peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of the center uncovered.  Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl.  Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate is set.  Store in covered container in refrigerator. These will last for several weeks.

Other recipes that look really yummy:

  1. Cocktail Recipe Cider Rum Punch - Verses from my Kitchen
  2. Hot Cocoa Stir Sticks - Bridgey Widgey 
  3. Espresso Truffles - Real Simple
  4. Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread - Williams-Sonoma
  5. Eggnog Pancakes - Skinnytaste
  6. Peanut Butter Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust - Zucchero Dolce
  7. Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Topped Shortbread - Doughmesstic
  8. Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears - Martha Stewart 
  9. Peppermint Hot Chocolate - A Beautiful Mess

What recipes are you looking forward to making for the holidays? Do you have any special family recipes you make every year? 

December 10, 2012

cheer: christmas wish list

One thing I love about Christmas time is the intentional moments I get to spend thinking of and creating gifts for the people in my life. I also love making wish-lists! :)

Here is my Christmas wish-list for this year.

  1. Cosmic Dust Earring Set - Urban Outfitters
  2. Knit Faux Fur Snood - AE
  3. Boots - Humanoid
  4. M. Graham Artists' Watercolors - M Graham
  5. Fitted Ruffle Boyfriend Shirt - Gap
  6. La Mer Triple Wrap Watch - Target
  7. Khaki Drap Coat - Sheinside
  8. Canon EF 50 mm - Amazon
  9. Ninja Blender - Bed Bath & Beyond 
  10. iPad Mini - Apple
  11. Chevron Necklace - Svpply
What's on your wish-list for Christmas? Be sure to check out Savannah's wish list here and follow along with the 12 Days of Christmas on our Facebook page

December 9, 2012

cheer: wreath diy

For my Christmas wreath this year, I wanted to do something different and simple, but still Christmas-y. So, I took three wreaths of varying sizes and some burlap and made this simple snow man wreath. I love how easy it was, how customizable it can be, and what a statement it makes on my front door. I am thinking about adding some cute features like a hat, or some ornaments to act as buttons... I don't know. I also really like him just plain and simple. I added the burlap as the snowman's scarf, but you could also just grab a scarf out of your own closet and tie it around his neck.


  • 3 different size wreaths
  • Burlap, a scarf, or some other material to use as a scarf
  • Twisty ties or wire
  • Optional add on decorations


  1. Lay the wreaths on the floor how you want them
  2. Using twisty ties or wire, tie the wreaths together 
  3. Decorate! 

Be sure to check out Savannah's wreath here!

December 8, 2012

cheer: host a party & decorate your table

Decorating my table this year was so much fun. Mainly because I finally had enough dinnerware to fill the table and actually have people over to our home. :) When registering for dinnerware, I decided to go with a base white Lenox pattern so that during the holidays and other occasions I could still use it and it would look good. I also wanted the capability to mix and match salad plates and other pieces with pops of color and I figured I would like white the rest of my life.

For our table centerpiece, I found some odds and ends and put them together. I used a reindeer I got from Michael's, some pine cones from outside, a few white candles stuck in margarita glasses (don't judge, just being thrifty here), some tea light candles, and some glitter Christmas trees from last year. Instead of place-mats  I put down some burlap runners because I didn't want to take away from the beautiful wood table Drew made. I used gold chargers - also from Michael's - and crystal glasses my grandmother gave me to finish it off with some class.

We were able to have a few friends over for lunch recently and we all enjoyed being fancy together. :) I love a reasonable excuse to dress up and have a party. Speaking of which, we had an amazing holiday party with friends last weekend at Savannah and Jon's home. Check out what Savannah did with her table for the party - I loved being able to help out and write the names on the place-mats  I thought that was such a cute idea! I would love to maybe even add a menu to the side! What do you think?

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