Winter Solstice

As the shortest day of the year turns into the longest night, I dress in neutral grays to match my surroundings, but with pops of color; stripes and stars hat, green gloves, blue cons. I've got some ideas of where I want my blog to go in the new year. I'll share those thoughts with you soon, but for now I hope you are enjoying this holiday season with friends and family.
Outfit Details:: Hat (Old Navy), Coat (Thrifted/DIY), Jeans (F21), Sneakers (Converse)


Christmas DIY Gift Guide

So you want to DIY all of your own Christmas gifts, right? You DIY all year, but maybe you're lacking in the idea department? And you want to make stuff that you're loved ones will actually, well, love? Look no further. Here is your Holiday Guide to DIY. These suggestions would make great presents, OR, if the person you are gifting to is DIY oriented, why not put together a little project kit? I know I love being given project supplies!
Canvas Slip-ons (Target $16.99), Glitter (Hobby Lobby $2.99)
First up: some really rad glitter slip-ons, inspired by Anthropologie, without the Anthro price tag. Glitter is trending (as it should be) so why not use the holidays as an excuse to break out the glitter and bedazzle some shoes? Perfect gift for the fashion forward person in your life and inexpensive enough to make a pair for yourself too! If you need some guidance, check out this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.
Fabric (Joann Fabric $7.99/yd), Emroidery Floss (Joann Fabric $.74)
Second: who doesn't want a handmade quilt in their life? A bold floral fabric makes this quilt pop, perfect for chasing away the winter blues. Use a bright thread or embroidery floss to stitch haphazard lines. Quilts can seem daunting, but by using one fabric for the front and one for the back, it minimizes the sewing involved and creates a rustic, charming quilt.
Mug (Crate&Barrel $7.95), Nail Polish (Essie $8.50)
Third: how about a gift for the coffee, tea, and hot cococa drinkers in your life? These simple watercolor mugs can be made with dollar store mugs and whatever nail polish you have lying around. The artistic splash of color is sure to please. How fun would it be to give sets in personalized colors? Checkout the tutorial on Poppytalk.


Wednesday Wisdom

Cheers to jumping right in, trying new things, failing/learning, and trying again.


Marbled Clay Jewelry Dishes

 When I saw these clay ring dishes over at A Beautiful Mess, I knew they would make the perfect little Christmas gift for my aunts and cousins. Plus, any excuse to have craft time is A-OK with me! These little jewelry dishes are wildly simple and addicting to make. The size and shape are limited only by what oven-safe wares you have at your disposal.
To make these dishes I followed ABM's instructions, but instead of using a bowl I used tiny scalloped baking dishes to get ruffled edges. After I rolled out my clay, I pressed it into the molds and trimmed any excess. They baked for 15 minutes. After they cooled, I removed them from the molds. I'm happy to report, that even with the ridges, the clay dishes were fairly easy to remove. The next time I make these I think it might be cool to use cookie cutters to get some unusual shapes. This is such a simple DIY! Perfect gift for the holidays :)


Do Work, Son

All Photos Via Pinterest
I feel like I haven't been generating really great content lately and there are a few reasons for that. 
1. I started a full time job and it is too dark to take decent photos when I get out of work. 
Also, not super inspired to do anything after working for 8 hours. 
So, I need to adjust to this new schedule. I'm going to try to get
more posts photographed and written on the weekend so my blog doesn't look so lonely.
2. The snow storm from hell hit this past week, so much of my "free time" has been
devoted to reclaiming cars and driveways from Mother Nature's wrath.

Pinterest is really a beautiful thing. I can't tell you how many of my ideas have been
sparked by awesome things I saw on Pinterest. Such a great tool. Today I thought I'd share some
cool work spaces. I've been working on a table for a work/sewing space in my room
and these photos inspire me.

This week I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving (obviously) and getting mail again. I'm expecting some exciting packages :) Happy Monday to you!