When I was in Sweden this past summer I found this adorable Tomten fabric. I knew when I saw it that I would eventually make a stocking out of it for my daughter and here it is. She's too young to appreciate it but I know someday she'll love it too. How could you not?!?
I love this time of year! I love the cool of the air, bundling up with blankets & hot cocoa, watching holiday movies, & special moments with family.
As a child my mother always did a wonderful job of transforming our home for the seasons and now that I don't live with my parents anymore (and haven't for sometime...let me just clarify) I find myself longing for those feelings of old. And though my daughter is no where near able to appreciate my efforts this holiday season I refuse to let that stop me from creating the "perfect" holiday home.
Here are just a few of the ways I'm making my holiday home...
I grew up with a mother who always put a good meal on the table. Little did I know at the time they weren't always complicated and time consuming. I figured if it tasted good it probably took some great effort. Please don't mistake this as a knock on my mother! I'm actually saying that she's a genius coming up with delicious, quick meals that fed the whole family.
Here's one of our family staples adapted from a Betty Crocker recipe.
I am a chronic procrastinator. There that's out of the way.
Today I was in the checkout line of my favorite store, you may have heard of it...Target?
As I awaited my turn I spotted, conveniently placed right in front of my face, these cheap yet classic plastic pumpkin buckets for sale for one whole dollar. As the moments passed by and the person in front of me continued with their checkout I brainstormed what I could do with it.
Call me crazy but there's just something about a homemade Halloween costume that makes the holiday special. I grew up on homemade costumes so I have an affinity for them and refuse to settle for anything less. So when I was perusing the aisles of JoAnn's and spotted these little cuties I thought why not make my daughter, the little stinker that she is, a little skunk!
If I could some up my dream decor I think it would be a rustic, farmhouse, with a touch of modern flare. My house, however, does not embody much of these characteristics. Partly because we don't want to invest the money into it right now and largely because we're renting and have no ability to change any fixed feature...ugh.
For those of you who don't know, my family recently made a large move from one state to another. In our move we left our sweet little home, which we had just finished remodeling, behind and found ourselves a bigger but generic one. We're talking white walls, beige carpet, and dare I say...oak cabinets!
(no offense people if you like these things I, however, don't)
So in an effort to make my home feel more like I'd like it to we make small changes here and there to bring it around. This is the segue into the introduction of my new dinning room table...
a few months ago I was on Pinterest, shocker! Whilst wasting much of my time there I came across an easy, quick, and rustic yet modern table that fit into my budget!
You can see the original pin here at Helt Enkelt , I recommend you spend a little time there cause even though you probably can't understand anything she's saying (since it's in Norwegian) it's a beautiful blog.
So without further ado...
The chairs were an investment from Restoration Hardware but I love them!
Over the weekend my "little" cousin (6'1" and 6 months younger) got married!
Though he lives in California they decided to get married in a small town in New Hampshire.
But there really isn't a good airport to fly into closer than Boston Logan so...we decided to spend a little time in a couple of different places! And though they got married in New Hampshire we didn't stay there, instead we stayed in the most perfect, quaint, gorgeous town called Woodstock.
Below are just a few of the pictures we took over the course of 4 days, starting with Boston.
I had been planning my daughter's 1st birthday since she was about 7 months old. My sister brought it to my attention that my daughter would be celebrating her golden birthday this year since she was born on the first of the month. I was very excited about this because it meant I had a theme and it wasn't one that was cheesy or over done! So I got crafting...unfortunately for you we got caught up in the day and failed to take any good photos of the decor :( So you're just going to have to use your imagination...you remember how to do that right?
Here's what you can't see...
I made gold pom poms out of fabric and tulle and hung them above the cake table.
I made a string of gold fabric garland using scraps of fabric knotted onto a gold string and pinned it above the table as well.
I lined the table with a gold table cloth that gathered around the front.
I made my daughters hat(with some help from a girlfriend), skirt, and bow (they are pictured below).
My husband & I collaborated on the cakes. Our daughters is pictured but the adult one is not. It was our take on a traditional Swedish Princess Torta to honor my husbands heritage.
Most of the rest is pictured. I am soooo very sorry I didn't take better photos. Please enjoy the ones we have and know that we were just having too much fun I guess!
As the months flew by and the day quickly approached I found myself quite apprehensive about turning the big 3-0. Lucky for me I was distracted by all my party planning, friends, and family that it made the leap into the next decade rather smooth.
In the past I haven't made much of a fuss when it came to my birthdays but this one...this one was 30! How could I not embrace it to the best of my ability and throw a really great party???
When I was deciding on what to do for my party I was in the middle of my cleanse which put my mind on all the things I love to eat but couldn't. I wanted so badly to have pancakes and coffee! This became my inspiration for my birthday party.
Ok so I know I had said that I had no idea when I'd get a new post up since I was in the process of a move. Well I guess today is your lucky day ;) This little project just happened to be one that I needed to get done for our new place and in the process I thought "hey that's a new blog post!" So please enjoy a very simple post on adding a pop of color with very little expense or commitment!
This bad boy cost me a whopping $12 and I even had leftover fabric!
Usually when I'm slacking on my blogging I carry a sense of guilt and I feel like all I want to do, if I can't blog, is apologize for not blogging! This time, however, I can't say that I'm feeling all that guilty...you know why? I just moved from one state to another! Needless to say my life is PURE CRAZINESS right now. Between packing, unpacking, selling, renting, and just plain trying to feel settled I have had ZERO time or engery to get a project underway. So this is my no apologies apology...maybe I'll start to feel guilty soon. Until then hang tight ;)
I'm sorry! I haven't forgotten about you! In fact I think about you everyday. I usually aim to create a new project and post it at least once a week but lately I've been M.I.K. Missing In Kitchen ;)
Exactly 11 days ago my husband and I started day 1 of our 30 diet/cleanse and let me tell you it's a lot of work to eat good...particularly one this strict. This fabulous cleanse leaves no room for gluten, dairy, soy, any fruit but berries, sugar, coffee, I feel like I've missed something. For the past 11 days we've been living off of beans, brown rice, quinoa, lots of veggies, nuts, occasional meat (I'm actually a vegetarian!), salad with olive oil and lemon juice. What I didn't know when taking on this diet was that it's like having a full-time job!
Because almost everything we eat is fresh fruit and veggies I'm at the grocery store about every 3 days. Then I'm in the kitchen making lunches and dinners for both my husband and myself everyday. All that to say, at the end of the day I'm exhausted and lacking in creativity :(
BUT I'm feeling ambitious today and brainstorming my next project.
Hopefully I can make it to the craft store tomorrow so I can get moving on it. In the mean time THANK YOU for you patience.
I know I've been on a sewing kick over the past few months,
particularly now that I have my very own serger! And believe me there is definitely
more to come in that department.
But today I wanted to share this awesome blog that's filled great recipes for both you and baby.
I was excited particularly by this one on how to make your own teething biscuits! I've personally been making my daughter's pureed baby food since she started taking solids but for whatever reason it hadn't occurred to me that I could go beyond the puree and actually make her teething biscuits!
So sorry it's taken me a few weeks to get a new project up! I was actually on vacation and now I'm back and sewing again! And once again I made a skirt :) What can I say it's just in the air! This skirt is super comfy but it comes with a warning...it's NOT for beginners. In fact, unless you have the patience of a Saint, I would only attempt it if you have access to a serger. I was lucky and borrowed a friend's.
If you're brave you can accomplish this on a regular sewing machine...but don't say I didn't warn you!
Ok so I'm officially on a skirt kick as this is my third one in 2 weeks. With spring in the air I just can't help but want to live in spring things!
This diy skirt is similar to the other one I did but this one has a sash and is fuller...which I think is way fun! To purchase this exact fabric go to my etsy shop! If you're not up for making it you're in luck! I now sell it on my etsy shop too!