I’m working on some new ideas for the blog. Want to make it much, much simpler. Might even change the web address. Taking a break from it for awhile to focus on some other things but I’ll return with everything much different. 🙂
2011, you were jam packed with memories. You brought me peak anxiety levels and also showed me how amazing life really is. You brought a first birthday, first steps, family road trips and local food trucks. You helped me find my style and helped me figure out what it is I really want to ‘do’ in my life. You brought me diy heaven and you brought me an amazing wedding that I’ll be remembering forever. You brought me a love of coffee that I never thought I’d acquire- that could be a problem. You brought me closer to the family I’ve known all my life and closer with a whole new half of my family. This year was a good one! I’m pretty stoked on all of the sweet things that are going to happen to us in 2012!
Since it’s December, I’m going to share some of my favorite holiday tunes. Oh yes. Starting with this one. And I’m not even joking. I LOVE this one. When it comes on at work it takes everything I have not to dance like a fool and sing along very loudly. I try to ignore it. But I can’t try to hate it. TRY.
I’m lucky enough to have a sewing machine and even more lucky that someone gifted it to me. The part that isn’t so cool is the part where I
tell confess to you that I don’t really know how to use it that well. I tend to jump on the idea bandwagon (the idea, not the actual act of DOING anything- everyone who knows me right now is nodding furiously in agreement). One of those idea bandwagons for me was and still is, sewing. I have lots and lots of crafty sewing books. A few of them were written by popular bloggers I follow. When I got my sewing machine I was all excited- set everything up and read through the manual. I immediately became super intimidated. How is it possible for a person to be intimidated by an inanimate object? I don’t know the answer to that but I know it is entirely, totally possible. It’s so sad! My sewing machine sits there day after day, unloved. I think I need to change this. I know there are tons of classes I could take buuuuuut I can’t exactly afford those so it looks like I need to get out my manual and get in the zone. I started a quilt when Max was about 4 months old. Nothing fancy- just patchwork squares. I cut all of them up and sewed them into rows. I still have the rows and that was a year and a half ago. See? Sad! They are all jumbled up in a bag somewhere in my closet. My mom gave me a wool blanket to use as batting and I am going to thrift a vintage flat sheet for the back. I am vowing to at least sew the rows together by the end of the month. Yes! There are so many things I want to make so I think I should probably start by finishing an old project! I can’t wait til it’s done now and I can have another warm blanket in the house! I think after that I will make a smaller one for Max, maybe out of some of his receiving blankets from when he was a newborn.
I’m really into Pinterest. Really, really into it. I have 21 boards and have had to stop myself from divvying up categories even more. The best part is I have actually made some of the things I’ve found through there, not just pinned them. Here are a few of the projects I’ve worked on, including recipes. I don’t have photos of alllll of my actually recreations, though.
This chalkboard DIY. I made mine out of an antique mirror I found at a yard sale. So far the frame hasn’t been painted, it’s the original wood, but I’m thinking some paint would freshen it up even more. I used it for the seating chart sign at our wedding.
This next one came from a blog I already read before I ever discovered Pinterest. I found the DIY again once I had a Pinterest account. Perfect timing too because I found a plain wooden frame at the same yard sale as the above mirror, and it’s exactly what I wanted it to be! We used it to display self-portraits made with the instagram app at out wedding and had it set on our dessert table. It’s now in our living room with family instagram photos.
Liquid soap from a bar of soap! I did this! I have a big bucket of soap now! Awesome! And even better, I discovered an awesome blog, too!
Tshirt to scarf– this might have been the easiest one, ever. It requires only a tshirt, pair of scissors and a little patience. It only took about a half hour and I dig the way it came out! I kind of want to make a bunch in different colors…And here’s mine!
My veil! I made this for our wedding. I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. Buying a premade veil can cost anywhere from $50 to…well, hundreds of dollars. Yes, hundreds. Crazy, right? Mine cost less than $10. I used a tshirt I got for free from a work event that no longer fit for the flower, a piece of Russian cage netting I got for $4 on Etsy, some feathers I also got on Etsy (was less that $5 for a bulk amount) and a couple of bobby pins. It took a bit of time to get right but it was worth the effort.
My ladies came over and we all put together these awesomely adorable hot cocoa favors. They were a big hit!
Chocolate chip cookies! We subbed maple syrup for vanilla extract and didn’t notice a difference in flavor. They were yummmmmy.
I have a million more to add here but I don’t want this to go on and on forever…..!
Remember my meal plan post? Yeah, that. Monday was (supposed to be) baked beans. Before my post was even up I had everything assembled and cooking away in the slow cooker. With half an hour to go I thought it was weird that the beans were still white, the same size and tasted totally…weird. Not cooked really, but also very dry inside, without any flavor despite having cooked for 5 1/2 hours in a vat of yummy flavor. My friend Kathryn came over and when I told her about it she informed me that added salt to dried beans makes it impossible for them to absorb anything, basically it causes the shell of the bean to harden and not let anything in. Crap! So that’s what happened. I had no idea. But it explains why the last time I tried making them in the oven I had basically the same results. Dan ended up saving dinner with cheater baked beans on the stove. Still yummy. But man. Monday was a total flop.
This song has been on the overplayed list over here lately. I can’t stop, it’s that good.