Christmas Decorating

Friday, November 25, 2011

I rearranged my living room furniture in anticipation of my book club meeting at my house/putting up my Christmas tree, and I think I like it well enough to leave it after the tree comes down!

BEFORE




AFTER





What do you think? Have y'all started decorating for Christmas?  Any great tips or ideas you'd like to share?

Picture Frame Earring Display

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I promised you a how-to on how I made my earring holder/display, so here it comes.


Supply List
Picture frame of your choice - $? (mine were buy one, get one, so $22)
24" x 5 ft Hardware Cloth - $10 from Home Depot (in the garden center with the chain link)
Light duty staples - Free (already had it!)
Multi-purpose staple gun - Free (already had it!)
Hammer - Free (already had it!)

The actual putting together is easy.  Here's a tip: MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE.  I didn't and had to cut three times, resulting in wasted mesh.  Oops.


1.  Take the backing, any inserts, and the glass out of the frame.



2.  Lay your frame flat on the ground and stretch the mesh along the back.  Don't try to measure to fit the lip, because odds are, that part of the frame will be too thin for your staples.  (I'm speaking from experience.)  Be sure to leave a row or two of mesh extra so that you have something to staple.  (Again, speaking from experience.)  Use regular scissors to cut through the mesh.  It helps to have something to hold the mesh down with, since it's sort of like uncoiling a slinky - it keeps wanting to roll back up.

Tip:  Be careful when you make the final cut, because the mesh will spring back at you.  If you're especially concerned, a pair of safety glasses might not be amiss.


3.  Once your mesh is cut, smooth it on the back of the frame and get to stapling.  It helps to do the corners first so that you can free up your hands and not have to worry about it springing back at you while you staple along the sides.


4.  The staples don't have to be perfect.  Even if they don't go all the way it, you can tap them down with a hammer.  My hammer just sort of squished the nails rather than driving them in, but not a problem.  It still holds the mesh down.  Tip:  When choosing your frame, look for a wall frame so that it comes with hanging hardware pre-installed.


5.  Flip it over, hang it up and get to hanging!


C'est fini!  Très chic, non?


I always make a mess when I craft.  ;)  Tip:  If you have little feet (or tiny paws) running around your house, run a vacuum over your crafting space to get up any bits of metal that broke loose when you cut your mesh.

Sorting Out My Jewels

Monday, November 14, 2011

If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed a few new additions to my Chic Organization board.




After getting sick and tired of never being able to wear the perfect necklace for my outfit because I was running late and didn't have time to untangle the wicked rat's nest my necklaces had somehow woven themselves into, I decided to make use of the very nifty linen closet I have in my master bath.


I'm just guessing, but I'd say it's about 2 1/2 feet tall and maybe 1 1/2 feet deep.  Lots of storage and, more importantly, two very long doors.  So, armed with about 50 cup hooks (98¢ for 5 at Home Depot) and a hammer and nail to poke the hole to screw the cup hook into, I did this:


(Ignore the myriad of haircare and skincare 
products - I swear I'm not that high maintenance.)

Now my necklaces are easy to find, tangle free, and readily accessible.  YAY!  

But...

I don't just have a neck.  I also have an ear.  In fact, I have two ears, which means, you guessed it...I have a ton of earrings.  While my earrings weren't prone to getting tangled in my jewelry box, they were prone NOT following the buddy system, meaning I could usually find one but rarely both.  Do you see where I'm going with this?


TA DA!

Nifty, huh?  I'm going to make another one to go on the other door to hold the rest of my earrings, but my stomach is growling and Hart of Dixie is calling.  I'll post a How-To with photos tomorrow, in case you feel the urge to sort out your own jewels.

Me & Vincent

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I don't know if I've mentioned on the blog before how much I adore Vincent van Gogh.  He is probably my favorite painter and I could have spent days in the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (as it was, I was there until closing and way after my travel pals were ready to go).  I love his use of color, the way you can feel the emotion in his art just by looking at it.  I think he's just amazing.


This Thursday past, I was volunteering at a benefit for my local ARC, an organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  There were a lot of local artists as well as art by ARC students as well, and I had a really great time.  While there, I met a local artist who had a gorgeous van Gogh-inspired skyline of my city.  It had already sold, but I told him how much I admired it and he revealed that he had a smaller one at home.  I got his card, shot him an e-mail last night, and, after making beaucoup bucks babysitting tonight, have agreed to make it mine.


Isn't it fantastic?  I'm more than a little obsessed and I can't wait to bring it home!  See what happens when you help others?  Good things come your way!

Awesome Giveaway

Monday, November 7, 2011

Oooh, y'all.  My pal Rachel is hosting a Marley Lilly giveaway for a $50 gift certificate.  If you're a Southern blogger, you probably already know about Marley Lilly, but if not, let me tell you about their fabulous monogrammed products and a few suggestions about what you should get with your $50.

Fleece Vest - $46

Weekender Bag - $44

Baseball Cap - $25

Derby Hat - $30

iPhone Cover - On Sale for $50 (Hotty Toddy!)

Ostrich Dot Clutch - $50

So many cute things, right?  And there's so much more on their website that I couldn't include here.  But you'd better hurry and enter now - the giveaway ends November 14th!

Party Like It's 1699

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My law school pal's roommate decided back in August that she wanted to have a Thanksgiving-themed birthday party.  I'm a little obsessed (read: a lot obsessed) with the roommate's dog, Penny.  Penny is a Goldendoodle that likes to hold hands.  Like, if you sit down next to her, she'll lift her paw in the air like she wants to shake, but she doesn't shake it.  She just lets you hold it.  Then, if her arm gets tired, she'll switch hands.  So precious.

Penners!

Did I mention I was obsessed?  Anyway, I went as a pilgrim because, to be honest, making a Pilgrim costume is a lot easier than making an Indian costume.  I had the perfect amount of fun and was home around midnight, meaning I was up bright and early today to check things off my to-do list.  Plus, I had a lot of fun with my Pilgrim pals.  :)



Clearly, my friends and I enjoy a good costume party.  Basically we want to be back in college and going to swaps/functions.  Who doesn't miss those weekly costume parties?

Robble, Robble, It's the Hamburglar!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My pals finally posted Halloween pictures on Facebook, which means I get to share them with you.  Note to self: take more photos with your camera.



My pals are so creative in their costumes!  That's a unicorn, Wonder Woman, Sookie Stackhouse, an Indian, and the Black Swan!  Love them!  Did everyone else have a great Halloween?

Christmas Cards!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Because I think it's a little weird to send a solo pic of myself to my pals BUT my grandmother pouts that she doesn't have any recent photos of me, I'm having two Christmas cards this year.  One features Lilly (and y'all helped me pick it out!).  That one's a surprise, because I don't want to spoil it for those blogging pals who will be getting one.  :)

The other card is for the family and features me and my pal Ben.  Big Ben.


Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.


Cute, right?  I was really excited to find a travel-themed Christmas card to commemorate my big trip from this year.  Plus, Shutterfly was having a great deal of 25% off holiday cards PLUS free shipping for orders over $30.  While I was only planning on ordering 15 cards, if I ordered 20, that qualified me for free shipping and I ended up with 5 extra cards for just $2 more.  Love combining those coupons!

Autumn in Dixie

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Who needs Autumn in New England when you have this?



(Dutch, my grandparents' dog)







(Chili, my aunt and uncle's new dog)


Happy November, everyone!