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December 2011

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Bring It On 2012

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  • December 30, 2011

Is it really going to be 2012 in just 2 days?! Insanity.

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions (except for how I always vow to keep a journal..which gives me an excuse to go out and buy a really cute one, only to stop writing in it on January 2), but I wanted to set a few goals for myself for the upcoming year.

1. Build something. I want to build something from scratch with very minimal help from anyone else. Ok, ready for a DIY confession? Walking into the lumber aisle at Lowe’s frightens me. When I look at plans for how to build things on Ana’s blog, I find my head spinning. I know I’m perfectly capable of doing it, I just have to light a little fire under my booty and get going. And I’m thinking that my craft room will be the perfect motivation (I have lofty dreams of building myself a crafting table).

2. Get up close and personal with power tools. This kind of goes hand in hand with my first goal. I want to learn how to use more power tools. Right now I’ve got a handheld drill and a power sander in my arsenal of knowledge, and that’s pretty pathetic. I’d like to add some saws, a nail gun, and a Kreg jig. Oh, and I’m gonna go ahead and tack on sewing machine to this list. Not technically a power tool, per say, but I’d like to become besties with one this year 🙂

3. Finish what I start. Yikes. This is a toughie. I constantly have a million little things going and it drives JP insane. This isn’t to say that I’ll makeover one entire room from start to finish. No, this is more like…I vow not to have a half dozen partially finished crafts laying around the house. Anyone feel me on this one?

4. Cook healthy. For the period of a couple months before we moved, I was doing pretty well with cooking consistently (thanks to my meal planning tool). However, I have really fallen off the bandwagon since we moved. It seems like we just barely got our pots and pans put away, and then came Thanksgiving and Christmas and totally threw us off of our schedule. So, in the new year, not only do I want to cook consistently, but I also want to cook more healthy. I want my husband and I (and out future children) to live long, happy lives, time to cut back (notice I said cut back and not out..trying to be realistic here) the Reese Sticks and soda and add in a few more salads.

5. Get some stinkin’ Google Friends. Just kidding. Sort of. It seems a little shallow and silly, but I’ve been stuck on 3 (including me) forever. Actually, in general, I just want to connect with more bloggers because I truly love doing it. I’m really grateful for the growth I’ve seen in the past few months, and it still shocks me that anyone other than my mom and my husband reads this at all. So, to all of you reading this, THANK YOU! You really do make me day. (Oh, and if you decide to click that little follow button on the Google Friend widget, that’s just the cherry on my sundae 🙂 )

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? And tell me, do you really stick with them or do they fizzle out pretty quickly?

{PS- There won’t be a Best In Show post tomorrow, but I’ll get back on that schedule next week!}

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Christmas Highlights

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  • December 28, 2011

Hello, lemon-droppers! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed your time with loved ones. It’s always a little sad when the Christmas season is over..I so enjoy this time of year and being with our families is the icing on the cake.

So here are some of the highlights from our Christmas celebrations!

Our precious niece was so much fun to be around..she is SUCH a pleasant baby!

My mother-in-law got us new bedding for our guest room. It’s just the kick start I need to finally get going on that room!

Check out the WW2 inspired sign I made for my sister. I followed the same steps I used to make our subway sign.

My mom made us a sweet little pillow with one of our wedding it!

Yesterday, my family came up to our house and we were able to grab a family pic (with all of us, which is rare) before they left.

What were some of the highlights from your Christmas celebrations?

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Christmas Card Tree

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  • December 21, 2011

I don’t know about you, but getting Christmas cards is one of my favorite things about the holidays. It’s always exciting to get actual snail mail (that’s not a bill), especially when it’s a card from friends or family. So of course I wanted to find a good way to display all of our cards, rather than just stick them all on our fridge.

I love the look of the Christmas card trees I’ve seen around the web, so I headed out to the woods behind our neighborhood and collected a few branches. Then I just popped in a vase with some split green peas as a festive little vase filler (they were left over from a failed project…don’t ask. But yayy for repurposing!), and hung all of our cards with some twine.

See the split peas? Kinda festive, right?

I tried to pick out branches with lots of curves and secondary branches coming off of them so that I’d have plenty of places to hang our cards.

I’ve seen some people spray paint their branches white, but I decided I liked the natural look.

I even used some of my leftover gift tags for further holiday-ification. Oh, and that’s my sweet niece, Lyla, that you see there in the background. How adorable is she?!

Is anyone else doing any last minute decorating? How do you display your holiday cards?


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Thinking Pink

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  • December 19, 2011

So I mentioned last week that I’m finally giving into my obsession of turning one of our spare bedrooms into a craft room. And we’ve made our first little bit of progress..painting!

I chose Wild Aster by Benjamin Moore and it is the absolute perfect shade of pale pink. Hubby swears he can’t even tell that we painted because it’s so light, but it’s JUST what I wanted.

Don’t mind the mess..we’ve got quite a bite of re-arrranging and Craigslisting to do 🙂 You can probably best see the difference when you look at the wall compared to the cream colored closet doors (which will soon be a nice, crisp white!)

I love that the pink isn’t overwhelming at even has a slightly purple-ish undertone..LOVE!

So, obviously there is a LOOOONG way to go in this room, and I probably won’t get to any of it until after the first of the year, but here’s my to do list for the room.

Paint doors and trim white

Replace or spray paint hardware

Get a counter height crafting table (I have a picture of exactly what I want..I may even try to build it, GASP!)

Find a storage unit for fabrics/textiles and larger crafting odds and ends

Get a rug

Create some wall storage for smaller crafting items

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

Replace lighting


Easy peasy, right?! Ha, it should only take me 17 years or so…

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Best In Show

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  • December 17, 2011

Sooo who’s rushing around today doing last minute holiday preparations?! Lord knows I’ve still got plenty to do..ugh, I don’t even wanna think about it! So let’s procastinate a bit longer and look at some pretty inspiration, shall we?

Michelle from Decor and the Dog did a bang up job transforming her plain bathroom into an uber sophisticated space! That stencil is to die for!!

I absolutely adore Heather’s Christmas mantle over at The Lovely Cupboard. I love the color palette and that Merry and Bright canvas art!!

This felt garland from Nicole at me oh my! is an adorable alternative to a traditional greenery garland. And the best part is you can reuse it year after year!

Alright, I suppose that’s enough procrastinating for now..let the Christmas madness resume!

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

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  • December 13, 2011

For the last week, I have pretty much been obsessed with the idea of turning one of our spare bedrooms into a crafting space. A ‘woman cave,’ if you will.

So when JP called me today and said, “When you get off work, let’s go to Menard’s and pick out some paint for the craft room,” I pretty much squealed with excitement! That’s not a phrase you’ll hear out of your husbands mouth very often. Well, at least MY husbands mouth 🙂

I’ve been gathering some inspiration for the room (you can check out my Pinboard to get an idea of what I’m going for here) so I knew I wanted to paint it a very pale pink. What more perfect color for my woman cave than pink? After googling around for some suggestions, I narrowed it to two choces: Wild Aster by Benjamin Moore and Reverie Pink by Behr.

Wild Aster is on the left, Reverie Pink is on  the right.

They’re extremely similar, however Wild Aster was a lot more subdued looking on the  walls and so I went for that. I want the pink to act almost as a neutral because I want to bring it lots of fun, bright accessories!

So tonight we’re going to be busy painting and hopefully I’ll have something to show you guys tomorrow or Thursday!

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Best In Show

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  • December 10, 2011

Well, you may or may not have noticed that I missed my Best In Show post last week. I actually really look forward to doing them each week, it’s been a great way to connect with other bloggers! So to make up for my bad blogger behavior, I figured I’d give you a double dose this week! That’s right SIX awesome projects/ideas for the price of three! Enjoy!

I love this idea for a Plaid Party by Natalie of mint love social club. I think it’s perfect for the holidays! She’s got several posts that break down everything from the invites to the decor to the food, so check it out!!

Mandi of Vintage Revivals always has the most awesome room makeovers and her new entryway is her most recent triumph! Can we please talk about that awesome bicycle art? And that herringbone ceiling?! In the words of Uncle Joey: Cut. It. Out.

I’m kind of obsessed with craft rooms right now because I REALLY want to make our spare bedroom a craft least until kiddos come along. Kara over at Kara Paslay Designs recently revealed hers and I LOOOOOVE it. First off, the lockers? Genius. Secondly, I love that there is also a daybed in the room so it can double as an extra place for people to sleep. Great job, Kara!

Looking for some Christmas tree decor on the cheap? Whitney from Becoming… recently just shared her DIY approach to decking the halls. Last year, she made all of her ornaments from..get this..candy!! Pretty creative, and yummy if I don’t say so myself!

Kimberly from Of All The Fish In The Sea always has the most creative furniture makeovers. She does some very intricate hand drawn designs and they always blow me away! Check out her latest design domination!! (Uhhh…did I just make up a super awesome term..DESIGN DOMINATION?!?!?)

I always love seeing people rescue furniture destined for the junk pile and repurposing it for something awesome.Brooke from All Things Thrifty took an old coffee table and used it as a pot rack! Love it!

Shoo, folks. That’s a lot of inspiration for one week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

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Oh No They Di-in’t

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  • December 9, 2011

A few days ago, I was appalled to receive this text from my sister:

For those of you that can’t really make out that picture, let me blow it up for you.

Yep, Quaker is now marketing these oatmeal breakfast cookies. And if you’re a follower of the blog, you’ll know that this was totally my idea.

I’ll be expecting a cut of those profits, Quaker.

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It’s a Christmas Miracle!

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  • December 8, 2011

I just love it when a plan comes together. Name that show-turned-movie.

Last year, we bought our first Christmas tree. It was nothing special, just one of the small pre-lit ones from Wal-Mart, but it fit into our last house just fine. And we had every intention of using it until we had kids, at which time we’d upgrade to one of the big boys. But somewhere in the move pieces of it got lost, leaving us treeless. Now, we easily could’ve gone out a bought another cheapy but seeing as this house has incredibly high vaulted ceilings, a little 5′ tree probably would’ve looked sad. And unfortuately for our wallets, the trees that were 8′ or taller (which is what we figured we needed) were far too expensive for my taste. There was just not way I could justify that kind of spending.

So I came to terms with the fact that we would not have a tree this year, and we would just buy one when they went on sale after Christmas. I told myself that we didn’t have kids yet, so it really wasn’t that important. But in all truth, I was more than a little sad at the thought of not having a tree. Ever since I was a kid, decorating the tree has always been one of my favorite Christmas activities. But I told myself, “Dacia, you’re an adult and you can make do without a tree for ONE year.” Picture my adult self thrown on the floor, kicking and screaming about how I want a tree.

But the story doesn’t end here, my friends. Last weekend, JP was telling a man in our church about our tree dilemma and, out of the blue, he said, “Well, I’ve got an 8 foot tree that I’m not using’re free to have it if you’ll come get it.” Say WHAAAA?!?!? My voice is getting all high and squeaky just thinking about it!

So last night we picked it up and brought it home. Do you guys remember that scene in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation where they bring home the tree and Chevy Chase unties it only to have it bust out their windows and grow to ginormous proportions? “Lotta sap in here. Little full, lotta sap.”

Griswold Family Tree

That’s kind of what I felt like when we untied the bungee cords on this tree. It’s HUGE! And FULL! And PRE-LIT! That’s right, he even left all of the lights on it so I didn’t have to worry about buying any! Cue the angels singing!

Isn’t she beautimous?!?! (Minus the couple of strands of lights that need replacing, of course)

Thank you, Bro. Mitchell, for saving our Christmas!!