Category Archives: Christmas

Calendar for Christmas

Every year for Christmas I get a calendar, and every year for Christmas I give a calendar (to Dad). In my calendar research this year I have stumbled upon a few pretty and pretty hilarious options. Here’s to 2012!

Or you can skip pretty and just get Goats in Trees.

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Danielle Thompson’s 55 Vintage Days of Christmas!

I posted about her fun Christmas blog this time last year (although I love her blog year round), and she has just as much kitschy Christmas cuteness this year. Take a look and get in the spirit!

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Ready, set, Christmas Craft

Cut me some slack. I realize we still have Thanksgiving, but if I wait to begin my Christmas crafting until after the first winter holiday… it will be too late.

I am not crafty. I pay people to make things for me, or buy overpriced “vintage” and “handmade” wonders from Anthropologie, in an effort to seem crafty and vintagy. But my favorite store will not win this year. After perusing the holiday collection and stumbling across the most wonderful tree skirt that I can’t live without only to find that it is $300, I have decided to draft my crafty friends to teach me a thing or two about a thing or two.

tree skirt

Making twelve “granny squares” (term learned this week from craft people) and putting them around a circle can’t be that hard. Mine will probably be safety pinned to the circle, but that is alright with me. I will have fake presents covering those up.

granny square

Learning to crochet in a hurry and magically replicating the above tree skirt is not the only lofty idea I have. I also want to make a couple of these wreaths, but the blogger below doesn’t make it sound like the therapeutic and rewarding craft experience that I am hoping for. While my intentions are good, I will probably end up buying this one. But I am going to attempt it, at least. Even if it is doll house size.

felted ball wreath

Here’s to blogging about my minor crafting achievements in the near future!

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All I want for Christmas – Last Minute Gift

35 hours until Christmas day. This means:

  • We will soon be eating good, fattening Christmas food.
  • We will soon be seeing people that we often only see on holidays.
  • We will soon be watching 18 of the 24 hours of A Christmas Story.
  • We will soon be sending blanket texts to everyone in our phones wishing them merry xmas xoxo lol ttyl
  • We will soon be scrambling to get gifts that we need last-minute (a gas card we pick up on the way to grandmas or a re-gifted gift you decide you can live without)… but here are some better ideas.

Run out of money? Do something homemade. Bake something tasty or make a handmade coupon book extending your generosity and time to a loved one. Get creative, make it cute, and follow through! You just need construction paper, makers, maybe some glue and glitter, and some fun ideas. Offer to wash their car, make them dinner, take them to the zoo, organize their pantry/garage/junk drawers… walk their dog(s), babysit, spend a whole day as their indentured servant. Cater to them, they will appreciate the thought.

This may just be me… but I love getting magazine subscriptions for Christmas. You have something to look forward to all year! Order it online, go pick up this month’s issue at the convenient store, hand it to them with a card that states, “Hope you enjoy! You will be receiving this once a month against your will for the next year.”

And… if you must brave the crazies at the mall or major retailer, remember two things:

  1. For women, “smelling good never goes out of style”. (quoted by Freddie Chappell LLC Trademark 2010 B&BW Lexington, KY 0012394312)
  2. For men, beer, man movies, pocket knife. Or socks.

The cutest Christmas blog

I read quite a few blogs. I often feature other blogs on my blog. One of my favorite cutesy blogs is Thompson Family-Life ..and the pursuit of all things cute, kitschy & crafty. Her recent blog entires have been some of my favorite Christmas-inspired yet. Take a gander.

All I want for Christmas – Pretty, shiny things.

In honor of the icy landscape that made its way into my life this morning, I decided to focus today’s all I want for Christmas blog on shiny things. Pretty, shiny, girly things.

I recently found this jewelry artisan, Kate Szabone, on Etsy. Her things are understated and beautiful. Perfect for any lady on your list.

Cushion/Oval Shape Rose Cut Diamond Ring

Another Etsy shop I frequent is the antique home decor and accessory shop of Sadie Olive. I love so many things on her page, but I have always thought these vanity mirrors are very timeless and beautiful.

beveled vanity mirror

I love receiving ornaments as a gift. I love adding to my tiny ornament collection and looking forward to using it on next year’s tree (even though I don’t have a tree this year, so it doesn’t really feel like Christmas… tiny…v.i.o.l.i.n….). I really enjoy vintage Shiny Brite ornaments. Just steal a few off of your Grandma’s tree and give them to friends. The Iced Penguin and Whale ornaments at Anthropologie are pretty terrific too.

Shiny Brite

Iced Penguin and Whale

What better to keep your head warm during these blustery days and nights than a sparkly toboggan from Anthro?

shiny hat

And for the very frou-frou ipad carrying lady on your list, this sequins sleeve from Nordstrom may be just watch she needs.

flashy ipad sleeve

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All I want for Christmas – Electronic elation.

It is Christmas morning. You have eyeballed several shallow rectangular boxes under the tree that are presumably articles of clothing. You scope out the really big box that doesn’t weigh very much, it has to be 4 bath towels or maybe 2 throw pillows. At this very moment you realize you are an adult and the things you get for Christmas are often things you dread shopping for yourself, so you ask your parents to do it for you. As your eyes leave the “need-based” gift boxes, you see a tiny box in the corner. It was easily looked over because of its size, and the weight of the object inside is slightly more concentrated than that of the possible towels… then, you remember…

Whether it is an ipod, a computer, a roomba, whatever… there is nothing quite like receiving an electronic wondertoy. It is my favorite thing to open. You take it (wondertoy) out of its slim, stylish box. You peel back that clear protective covering with perfect preciseness and touch the screen slightly with your finger tip to make sure it is real. Then… power on. The noise it makes, the sudden ignite rumble it sets off, that very first introductory display screen, the feeling cannot be described. Here are a few of electronics that I will only dream of getting this year. (click the pictures to see more)

Nikon D7000

HTC Desire HD (although it isn't available in the US)

LG Infinia LX9500

SlideHD 16GB

Roku xds

Navigate your computer...with your mind...

Olive O6HD Music Server

Snowy weekend in Kentucky

I decided to drive around and take pictures of some of the prettiest houses in Lexington, made prettier with snow.

My favorite

Very pretty

Colorful

Beautiful

At my Grandma's house

The peacock farm

Grandpa's holly tree

snow

All I want for Christmas – A card

You may dread it, you may put it off until the last-minute, or you may justify in your head that it is merely a card and no one will notice not receiving one from your return address this year… 

However, there is something so special and fun about sending and receiving cards filled with love and well-wishes during this season. Go grab that good pen you love to write with, put on some snuggly pajamas, sip a cup of hot chocolate and put your heart and soul onto that glittery, magical paper. Whether you make your own or buy in bulk, give a card.

Take a look at some of my favorites this year, they are guaranteed to inspire some good old-fashioned Christmas card writing joy.

Antlers

Bicycles

DIY Recycled Legos

Cozy

Santa smokes

Watch parade, eat, DECORATE

Thanksgiving is so great. Yes there is food, family and the Macy’s parade, but there is also the exciting unspoken permission to go decorating crazy for the next big holiday. Here are a few of my favorite decorating ideas this year.

This first spectacle isn’t necessarily a holiday decoration, but for some reason the picture below strikes a sense of holiday mystery and wonder that I want present this time of year. Burniture

Burniture

Gingerbread houses are always fun to decorate and decorate with. This is a very traditional project that allows for supreme creativity and modern-day spins. I want to take a stab at this idea (mainly because of my boyfriend’s passion for mid-century modern).

MCM Gingerbread House

Gumdrops, coconut, tiny Eames

I am always a fan of DIY decorating projects, I rarely engage in any, but I like it when others do. I plan on tackling a few of these this weekend. They seem easy enough for the craft challenged human, such as myself. I may have to call on Kalie Templin for some of her craftiness and expertise.

Paper Ornaments

This DIY tree stand may be the sexiest Christmas installation of all time.

Step 1 - Find a lumberjack

Step 2 - Have lumberjack bring you tree stump

Step 3 - Lumberjack sets up tree stand

Step 4 - Decorate tree with lumberjack

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