It took me a little while, but I’m finally in the Christmas mood and the house decorations are slowly coming together. I snapped this photo of our mantle the other day and realized that this might be the cheapest holiday decorating we’ve ever done. Let me break it down for ya…
- • Those stars and ribbon hanging from the top of our mirror are tree toppers from the dollar store. I just hung them upside down and affixed with red ribbon and tape to the top of the mirror.
- • This three glass hurricanes are leftover from our wedding and also from the dollar store.
- • The pair of wine glasses… you guessed it, dollar store. And the candy canes are leftover from last year (so if you come over, don’t eat them!).
- • The red garland, gold candles and greenery around the hurricanes are borrowed from family that’s out of town this holiday season.
So the truth is out, so far our decorations are topping out at about $8. I’m sorry I’m not sorry. Bring it on, Christmas, I’m ready for you!
I think I need a hanging roll of paper and a good Sharpie marker stash in my life.
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It’s funny how the simplest solutions just knock you on the head sometimes. This home tour provided me two such moments today. First up, I’m swapping the half dead succulents on our dining room table for these artificial IKEA plants soon. Our little secret, OK? Second, I’m finding an old ladder and putting it to use. My shoes are taking up the entire floor of our closet and most mornings I have to crouch under my hanging clothes to even reach the pair I want to wear. Not an effective solution. Time to put those shoes to work and double as display.
I’ve been sharing bits and pieces about my time at Alt on Instagram, Twitter and the faucethead blog but I thought I’d get organized and share a few of my favorite business cards from the conference here as well. Business card collecting, creating and dolling out is somewhat of a sport at Alt. There’s no shame in walking up to someone and asking for their card and handing off yours. It was pretty refreshing and, trust me, the cards are worth asking for. Some came with DIY greeting card kits, cupcake liners, jewelry, letterpressed prints, cookie cutters, the list goes on and on. The few above were some that caught my eye right away. Be sure to check out their blogs as well, they’re just as good as the cards:
- – Somewhere Splendid
- – Frock Files
- – Oh, What Love
- – Biscuit Home
- – Confetti Pop
- – Oh My! Handmade Goodness
- – A Piece of Toast
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Sometimes I confuse myself. On weeks like this one where I was working on freelance projects and home updates late into the night, I made it a priority to buy a plain wood tray from Target, meticulously tape the beast and spray the interior gold. Maybe it’s a form of DIY therapy to escape the crazy, I can’t be sure. But I like how it turned out, so I’ll go with it. I also like how in the second photo you can see our living room chair and pillows shoved into the dining room while we install cabinets. Classy, classy. I also LOVE the flowers from my pal, Kelly. You’re the best. Hope you all have a great weekend and find your own form of therapy to rise above the chaos.
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I’m kind of crazy about the idea of framing recipe cards from important ladies (or men) in your life and hanging them in the kitchen. And this image keeps popping up on my Pinterest feed so it seems a lot of you are as well! I’ll probably ditch the ribbon for my own space, but the real question still remains: what recipes will make the cut? Grandma Quinlan’s cowboy cake, perhaps? That’s the first one that popped in my head.
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The Red Head and I are throwing a little holiday cocktail party in a couple weeks and I think these Cranberry Mojitos should be included in the bar set-up. Perfectly festive and oh-so delicious, these are definitely happening.
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It’s time for a trip to the hardware store! My sister and I are making these next time she’s home from school for the weekend. It might get a bit heavy to wear for the everyday but I think they could make a statement now and then. I’ll let you know how they turn out, of course.
I had one of those slap your forehead, say out loud ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!’ moments today when I saw this. What an awesome way to send a portfolio or even just a very special mix-tape. I’m bookmarking this one for the next time I come across a book that’s begging for a fresh start.
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