Saturday, December 22, 2012

merry christmas

Merry Christmas friends! Thank you for a fun and magical year of blogging. I'm signing off for the rest of the year. I'm going to enjoy the holiday season back home in Phoenix with family and friends. I'm looking forward to some time off. Although I'm always creating my happy, it will be nice to unplug for a while. See you in 2013.

P.S. If you're reading this then that means the world didn't end. We survived! Now lets all treat each other with love and compassion.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

festive baking

I haven't done a lot of baking this holiday season, in fact, I think I've done more indulging in other people's delicious baked goodies than baking myself. But I was able to find time to bake these delicious loaves of bread: eggnog chocolate chip, cranberry banana nut, and pumpkin cranberry.

I'd still like to bake this bread, these cookies and this cake, but I'm really trying to embrace this saying.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

the sight of the stars

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, December 17, 2012

happy monday!

I think this is a perfect quote leading up to the last week before Christmas. It's a good reminder to enjoy what's really important!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

week in photos

12.09.12 - 148

12.10.12 - 149

12.11.12 - 150

12.12.12 - 151

12.13.12 - 152

12.14.12 - 153

12.15.12 - 154

Friday, December 14, 2012

handmade holiday day 17

These are the handmade gifts I bought for my sister's boyfriend's kids. It was tough coming up with separate gift ideas for a teenage boy and a 6 year-old girl but I think I did an ok job. What teenager wouldn't love a zombie beanie? Perfect for the impending zombie apocalypse. And for the girly girl this personalized apron is super cute!

Only 11 more shopping days until Christmas! Are you making your list and checking it twice?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

handmade holiday day 16

Pretty polka dot pencils to write down all your heart's desires. These patterned ones are cute too! I'd give these pencils along with one of these pocket notebooks for a perfectly paired gift.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Happy Beckoning of Lovely!

In case you didn't know, Amy KR is one of my favorite people. I've been lucky enough to cross paths with her on several occasions since I've moved to Chicago: we chatted on the phone once, I rode on a train with her, Ebert and I beckoned the lovely with her on 10.10.10 and she even shared my experience on her blog, and I randomly ran into her walking down the street after the greatSnowpocalypse.

When I hear Amy KR's name I just smile and when I watch her videos they bring happy tears to my eyes. She is inspiring and creative and wants to save the world with loveliness.

If you want to join Amy and me and all the other Beckoners of Lovely from around the world in saving the world then here's what you do:

  • Grab some yellow post-it notes and something to write with, I'd recommend a pretty colored marker but that's just me.
  • On your yellow post-it write "Please BECKON LOVELY 12/12/12 - 12/21/12" and add a drawing if you like.
  • Go out and share your lovely!

Who knows, we really might just save the world.

To find out more about 12.12.12's Beckoning of Lovely watch Amy's Ted talk.

Do something lovely today- "make the most of your time here"!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

week in photos

12.02.12 - 141

12.03.12 - 142

12.04.12 - 143

12.05.12 - 144

12.06.12 - 145

12.07.12 - 146

12.08.12 - 147

handmade holiday day 15

I really, really want to make this apple cider syprup. It may take a few hours to make but I love that the only ingredient is apple cider. She suggests pouring it over brussel sprouts or to put in a hot toddy. Both sound delicious!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

week in photos

11.25.12 - 134

11.26.12 - 135

11.27.12 - 136

11.28.12 - 137

11.29.12 - 138

11.30.12 - 139

12.01.12 - 140

Friday, December 7, 2012


What a great quote for a Friday. Now go kick some ass this weekend!

handmade holiday day 14

Wooden bead swizzle sticks that will pair nicely with these holiday cocktails.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

handmade holiday day 13

With the busyness of the holiday season sometimes there just isn't enough time for DIY projects. If you're like me and are having too much fun with holiday gatherings this week, hence the lack of posts yesterday, then don't spend time making coasters buy these cute modern grey felt coasters instead. There are lots of other design and color options to choose from if you don't like the neutral tone of greys.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

gin cocktails

I'm acquiring a new fondness for gin. I've always liked gin & tonics as a summer drink but never really thought of it as a liquor to drink during the fall and winter months. Then I discovered this rosemary gin cocktail and it tastes like a delicious fall night. I think trying out new cocktail recipes will be a great winter activity.

handmade holiday day 12

Original artwork can be a wonderful gift and reasonably priced too. I've always loved her photos- pretty art prints from original polaroids. Her shop has so many great options. This one is another favorite of mine.

Monday, December 3, 2012

sunny in seattle

I'm really happy to share with you a new favorite blog of mine...Sunny in Seattle. The creator is my lovely cousin Andrea. Isn't her logo super cute? I'm looking forward to keeping up with all of her adventures in Seattle. I'm even more excited that I'll get to see her soon, we'll both be back home in Phoenix for the holidays. Less than 3 weeks until the family fun!

handmade holiday day 11

Today I'd like to share with you the holiday gift guides from some of my favorite bloggers -

  • Unruly Things
  • Design Is Mine
  • A Cup of Jo
  • Going Home To Roost
  • Anthology
  • With gift guides like these searching for great Christmas gifts is almost as much fun as giving them.

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    handmade holiday day 10

    Christmas ornaments make great Christmas presents!

    Every year since we've been married Ebert and I have bought an ornament to a go on our Christmas tree. We wanted to start our own ornament collection since both of our childhood ornaments are still at our parent's and it just doesn't seem right to take them. The funny thing is that we've never bought a Christmas tree for our ornaments to go on. In fact, we've never bought a Christmas tree together...ever! One year we will.

    This was our first ornament. We found some great handmade wooden ornaments for year two and year three at the Kindlmarket. We've decided to keep with the theme of handmade and wooden for year four with this awesome solid walnut snowflake ornament. I can't wait for it to arrive! I really like this tradition of handmade and wooden ornaments, themes are good. I think the only exception will be for every 5th year we'll do something different. I'd still like a handmade ornament but just a little bit fancier.

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

    handmade holiday day 9

    via saveur

    These candied clementines look so pretty in glass jars. Tie some bakers twine or fabric around the jars for a festive look. I'd love to try the clementines in a cocktail. Putting pieces of them on top of this cake is probably really delicious too!

    december 1st

    Here's to this last month of 2012 being filled with love and magic. Happy December 1st!

    And here's a look back from 2011 and 2010.