A Holiday Sale Gets Me Every Time


Is your holiday countdown in full effect? I mean, the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve just seem to fly by. At least in my world they do. But, of course, there are a couple things to take care of before the ball drops, we kiss and then wipe that slate clean for 2015. And to help you out with that, here’s a little holiday sale. Save 15% with code HOLIDAY14 over in my Etsy shop.
il_570xN.568166193_hj2wIf I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, these business card holders are a perfect gift for coworkers, bosses, employees, brothers, sisters, parents, new grads, etc, etc…
il_570xN.680828952_j97pAlso in the shop are a few wine stoppers which are perfect hostess gifts. Or stocking stuffers. Or treats for you. So, the shop: Etsy. The code: HOLIDAY14. The savings: 15% off. Happy Holidays to us.


A Secret Treasure Book Gets Me Every Time


I’ll admit it. I used to turn down the corners of book pages to mark my place in books. I highlighted books. I wrote in the margins. I made books my own. And I occasionally still do. When I actually have a tangible book rather than an e-book. But, if you’re a book purist, you might want to stop reading.


This simple crafty project involves very few supplies. A book. A notecard. An X-acto knife. The thing about the book… it needs to be one you’re willing to part with. Or, not part with altogether. Just part with the story it contains.


This book was a collection of stories. I found it second hand. Appropriately enough, the book leads with Treasure Island. I left that story whole. I flipped to David Copperfield and cut out the entire story around this notecard.


I  cut about 10 pages at a time, then just flipped and cut more and more.


I went about 150 pages through. I sliced through Copperfield and Call of the Wild. There’s one more story at the end of the book, too. I just couldn’t help but have this wolf peeking through the window.


I packed the book with tiny toy dogs and shipped this one off to my nephew as a Christmas gift.


Isn’t it the cutest? I almost wanted to keep this for myself. It’d be the perfect place to hide a stash—of money, gifts, hopes, dreams, wishes, love notes, etc. What would you hide inside your treasure book?

New Year’s Resolutions Get Me Every Time



You guys. I gotta admit. I didn’t make any set New Year’s resolutions. No goals to reach. No challenges to tackle. Nothing to hunt down. Not a thing to check off. Instead of setting myself up to not meet some lofty goal, I plan to just live 2014 as it comes. You know, celebrate every single day. Make moments count. Capture life in photos, words, wrinkles and everything else that comes with getting older. Here’s to another year.

ps. I don’t have anything against resolutions. So, if you got ’em, get to ’em.

New Year’s Cards Get Me Every Time





Happy New Year, Internet! I hope you didn’t stay up too late ringing in the new year. ‘Cause it’s here. And it’s time to get moving. But not without a little peek at our New Year’s cards. (We don’t send Christmas Cards because ain’t nobody got time for that. But New Year’s I can totally handle.) I feel like sending a New Year’s card after Christmas is a way to hold on to the holiday spirit a little longer. But that’s just me.

Now, it’s our tradition. Funny, do something once, it’s nothing. Twice, nothing. But three times, it’s a tradition. Right? And this is one of ours.

Enough about our cards. Get out there and get to New-Yearing. 2014 is waiting!

Around Here Gets Me Every Time












Happy Monday! And a Merry Christmas to everyone. Yes. It’s still Christmas in this house. (We keep our tree up until the Epiphany so, if you don’t and you’re having withdrawals, just swing by.) Our holiday has consisted of a lot of what yours probably has: fireplaces, drinks, food, sleep and, of course, cookies. The Mr. and I still have a few days off this week so we’ll be doing more of the same. Maybe, minus the cookies. And plus all the laundry.

Need a gluten-free cookie fix? I can recommend following these recipes: Chocolate Truffles | Homemade Milano Cookies | Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

A Holiday Party Gets Me Every Time


There’s a big story here. It’s about this swell lady, Elizabeth, pictured above. She makes gorgeous necklaces. Also pictured above. And those necklaces need a little lookbook. So Elizabeth threw a party. And this is it.


So, a few bloggers got together to set the scene for a festive afternoon. And what’s a party without a hashtag? It was decided that it’d be #ECSHoliday. And the party was on.


There were lots of photos.


Lots of flowers.


And lots of fabulous necklaces. Which we all grabbed to get the party going.


And then we each grabbed a drink. The Blogger Bellini. Perfectly poured by Kate.


And we drank them under the prettiest garland. Expertly strung by Janee.




Elizabeth makes these great bangles too. I was half tempted to run away with this lettered one. But Fenway, the belle of the ball, probably could have caught up with me.



The necklaces were the stars of the party, but the food came in a close second.


Alaina made a delicious rosemary, bacon and white bean dip. I brought a tasty spinach and artichoke dip.


Kate share these super brie and jam pinwheel bites.


Ana brought a delightful Brazilian dish, brigadeiro. Tasting is believing.




I’ll be sharing my recipe, as seen here, next week.


Amanda brought her amazing sense of humor and this beautiful caprese salad.



And Alex whipped up these tasty peppermint whoopie pies. (As tasty as they are cute.)


The baubles were the stars though. So, don’t forget to check them out.


(Special thanks to our hosts Elizabeth & Fenway! It was wonderful sipping and socializing in your lovely home!)


This Little Wreath Gets Me Every Time


This is it. The Craft-Up success* I promised in follow-up to last week’s serious fail. It’s nothing to write home about. But from a distance, this DIY wreath doesn’t look too bad.


I started with some foam leftover from the headboard project. I shimmied it on to a coat hanger and bent the whole thing into a loop.


This is where things got interesting. Because the original plan was to wrap the whole thing in yarn. But, that didn’t work out too well. I devised a plan, first, I’d wrap it in gauze, and then in yarn. That was a no go as well. I decided to wrap it in some left over fabric instead.


From there, The initial idea was that the wreath would be an ever-changing, all-season thing. So, I then wrapped some festive ribbons around the wreath and pinned them in place.


Who knows, maybe in the spring, the red and green will come off and some nice pastel ribbons will turn this into an Easter wreath. Autumnal ribbons for fall? We’ll see.

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Louise is even enjoying the new holiday look. (Actually, she’s simple sitting on the radiator cover to stay warm. She could care less about the decorations.) The tree was on sale at Target last year after Christmas, so as much as I’d love to say I made it, I didn’t.

*success is a relative term. In this case, it means I successfully made something.

Giving Thanks Gets Me Every Time

We have so much to be thankful for today and everyday. More than can be expressed in words. Here’s hoping your holiday (or just another Thursday) was wonderful. And here’s a few snapshots from ours.

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From the top: our dining room starting to feel like a dining room | a beautiful centerpiece | place card holders (in the shop soon!) | gluten-free chocolate chip cookies | our chain of thankfulness | the bird | carving together & some autumnal flowers

Another Year in the Books Gets Me Every Time


Signed, sealed, delivered. Perhaps to a mailbox at your home this holiday season? The Mr. and I were fortunate enough to have one incredible, fantastic year. And while some people measure their time in footsteps or milestones, we decided to remember 2012 with toasts.

See, I sorta missed the boat on traditional “Christmas Cards,” so we went with a New Year’s theme instead. Maybe a new tradition? Maybe not. We’ll see.

I simply made a photo grid of pictures we’ve taken (with phones and actual cameras) in Photoshop then laid the graphic and text on top of them. The photos are all from throughout the years at various locations in multiple locales, with different friends and family. I used VistaPrint.com to print these double-sided notes and I was quite pleased with how the quality and the quick turnaround.

As this first year of my blogging adventure comes to a close, I’d like to think I’ve done ok. I’ve got plans for next year for my little corner of the web, but I’m not going to mention them until they come to fruition. I know, the anticipation is killing you.


Resolutions aren’t my thing, but I’m a sucker for a good project. So, keep an eye out for more of those. Everyone have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve and I’ll be back with more in 2013! Happy New Year!card6

City Lights Get Me Every Time


The other evening I took the night off from making Toyidermy to take a quick stroll around Boston. I wanted to get caught up in the holiday spirit, and that’s just what I did. The city can be a magical place during the holidays—I’ve got photos to prove it. Just take a look.


I love these reindeer. I may have to go back and get one. But enough about me. Check out the lights.






This is one of my favorite houses in our neighborhood and it’s even better during the holidays. lights11

The holidays can be so hectic, it’s nice to stop and enjoy them once and a while. I suggest you and yours do the same. Happy Holidays!