Friday Finds :: Day After Xmas Shopping

DSC_1097Going shopping on the day after Christmas has become a pretty solid tradition around here. I always look forward to browsing the sales, even when I don’t have anything in mind that I need. This year, I kind of wanted to get some new sneakers, but didn’t have a whole lot of luck with that. The purchase I’m most excited about is the First Aid Beauty kit I picked up from Sephora. The funny thing is, I came really close to getting one for myself, my mom and my sister for Christmas and then we all ended up buying one on our shopping trip! I had heard really good things about the brand and then the Sephora employee gave a rave review, so I was officially sold. A few days in and I’m loving this stuff!

My best bargain award goes to the folded base tote bag I got from H&M. It’s from the Maison Martin Margiela collection, which I didn’t know much about and assumed had long been sold out. This bag was thrown in with all the other totes and marked down to…$20! I honestly don’t think I would have noticed it if it weren’t for the red sale sticker and I certainly wouldn’t have bought it for the original $199! A (kind of weird) leather bag for $20 was too good to pass up. I think it will make for a good airport bag. Did any of you brave the crowds after Christmas? Any good bargains??

DSC_1102      :: yes, it is very tempting to try to unfold the bottom! ::

DSC_1114      :: a few little goodies. Necklace and nails from Forever 21. Glitter polish from a drugstore run on the way home ::

20121228-172641.jpg      :: necklace in action ::

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:: heeeeeey guys! :-p Cozy flannel from J.Crew ::

Merry Christmas Eve!

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I finished wrapping presents not too long ago. When I emerged from the super secret wrapping room I looked out the window to see, SNOW! Looks like we’ll have a white Christmas after all. It’s so pretty already. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas morning. I can’t believe it will be here in just a few short hours. I’m looking forward to a full nights rest tonight and a cozy, relaxing day tomorrow!

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Christmas Village

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It’s been a long standing tradition at our house to put up a ceramic Christmas village. I’ve always loved setting it up and trying new arrangements every year. It’s the urban planner in me, I suppose. My mom wanted to make sure that my sister and I got to have our own Christmas village while we aren’t at home, so she got crafty! She let us pick a theme and I went with a glittery woodland theme, which matches my little tree as well. The end result was a total surprise (I know she used the Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge) and I love it so much! She even included some flameless candles to go inside. The flickering lights in the windows are so pretty and cozy.

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:: Gotta have the schoolhouse ::

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:: I would loooove to have a glittery door ::

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:: she even decorated little trees! ::

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:: so cozy ::

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:: It looks so tiny under the giant window! ::

20121219-220337.jpg:: I also had to share a pic I received of my sister’s. SO adorable! Makes me kind of jealous I didn’t choose pink glitter ; ) ::

Christmas Critters

DSC_0904I made these felt woodland creature ornaments when I was at home for Thanksgiving and I finally got them all on our tree! There was a lot of felt ornament crafting going on at home. That inspired me as well as my felt bunny iPad case and the bird wearing a hat ornament (below) that I got at Target on Black Friday. We went at like 9pm just for fun and did not get pushed or shoved BTW! I didn’t get much aside from this ornament, but I was very pleased with this $3 find! To prepare for my crafting session I went out and bought a bunch of sheets of $0.69 felt at the craft store then looked for inspiration pictures online. I was planning on printing out some animal templates, but ended up just free handing it! I found a few pictures of felt animals that I liked and cut out basic shapes to layer and glue on top of one another. I think the whole project took around an hour, which is pretty awesome! If I had a bigger tree, I would totally make more. I really like the cute and whimsical feel they give to the tree without being too kiddy (just kiddy enough).

If any of you made or are making felt ornaments this year I would love to see them!

DSC_0907:: I’m scared of birds so It’s unusual for me to be drawn to anything with a bird on it (Portlandia anyone?) ::

20121210-232137.jpg:: Critters in progress ::

DSC_0909:: Bunny hangin’ in the there ::

20121210-232152.jpg:: Squirrel and mouse friends ::

DSC_0901:: Not pictured: cute little round tail on the backside ::

Candyland Christmas

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As you could probably tell from my first Christmas craft post, we usually have a candy theme as part of our family Christmas decor. My mom is always finding or making cute new additions for the display! We started the decoration transition on the day after Thanksgiving, as usual. This year we have a new, bigger(!) tree and a new, chewy(!) puppy, so some things had to change…like fake snow, pine cones (already chewed) and low hanging ornaments. We got everything up pretty efficiently though and I think it looks beautiful and fun!

DSC_0709:: We get an ornament every Christmas and this is one of my favorites! A Frenchy food truck!! ::

DSC_0722:: Styrofoam cupcakes anyone?? ::DSC_0728:: My sister’s new Elf themed chalk board art ::

DSC_0699::The aforementioned chewy puppy was totally mesmerized by the process ::

DSC_0732:: Every room gets a Christmas touch ::

DSC_0730:: Candy cane banister decorations ::

DSC_0724:: Life is sweet – so is Christmas ::

DSC_0737:: And the grand finale! The treeee ::

Let the Holiday Crafts Begin…

It’s officially okay to acknowledge that Christmas is almost here! We started doing some Christmas crafting the night of Thanksgiving, but I must say that I cannot take credit for these adorable lollipop ornaments. I guess I was too preoccupied with taking pictures of everything that day…But don’t worry, they said I could share them, and how could I not?! I did spend enough time watching my mom, sister and grandma to know that to make these you’ll need popsicle sticks, felt, embroidery floss and some cotton balls. Embroider a little swirl, or whatever you like, stuff it, attach to the stick, sew it together, and tie your bow! Cute and a perfect family craft!

We did all of our Christmas decorating the next day, which I’ll be sharing with you soon!

:: It’s a Christmas rainbow! ::