We are only one week away from Christmas! Kyle and I are heading out to Chicago to see my family this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. Our plans include baking far to many cookies, designing an elaborate gingerbread house, and generally enjoying being together! Times like these I just love the work from home setup so that we can stay for two weeks and still be able to work if needed. Continue reading “Velvet Reversible Christmas Stocking Sewing Tutorial”
How to Decorate a Natural Christmas Tree
Something about 2020 has me starting Christmas early, but the good news for you is that I can share all of my inspiration and research before most of you get your trees up! Now that we have moved up to Colorado and are surrounded by snowy woods, I have been really inspired to go for a natural and more neutral Christmas tree. We got all of our supplies in and quickly got to work decorating! What do you think?Continue reading “How to Decorate a Natural Christmas Tree”
White Chocolate Christmas Reese’s Recipe
CHRISTMAS. EXCITEMENT. SUGAR OVERLOAD. BAKING STRESS. Words describing me trying to come up with an impressive, yet doable after work, baked good for my work Christmas party this week. Continue reading “White Chocolate Christmas Reese’s Recipe”
Velvet Off the Shoulder Holiday Top Sewing Tutorial
While most of my focus lately has been on holiday eating – think hot chocolate, cookies, and comfort food – I have also been thinking about holiday clothing as well. Besides the obvious PJ and blanket scarf combo, there are a ton of parties that need a little bit more glitz. (Wait, I can’t show up in my leggings and a huge sweatshirt to this company party?) Christmas and New Years always lend well to sparkle and shine, but I was inspired by something a little different this year. Continue reading “Velvet Off the Shoulder Holiday Top Sewing Tutorial”
Flannel Blanket Scarf DIY
The last couple of weeks in Houston we have seen some bone chilling 50 degree days. I know it sounds lame, but the humidity makes it feel 20 degrees colder, I swear. Though I’ve stocked my house with cozy pillows and shareable sized blankets, sometimes we all need to leave the couch to stock up on more hot cocoa and tea and for some reason wearing a comforter as a coat isn’t acceptable. The solution: blanket scarves. Continue reading “Flannel Blanket Scarf DIY”
Fri-DIY: A Golden Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I have been working on getting a menu prepared, drinks taste tested, and decor… well, I’m working on it. This year I am staying back in Houston and celebrating with a group of good, similarly money-minded friends (flights are crazy expensive!). Knowing this group, there will be plenty of football watching, cheery drinking, and experimentation on cooking. We’re ordering a turducken, and it’s quite intimidating… any tips anyone?
Since most focus goes into the food and there are plenty of people helping out with that, I’m trying to get creative with the decor this year! After much searching and thought, I’ve agreed that gold is best. It’s been trendy for a couple of years now in home decor, and there are so many inexpensive items that you can purchase or make to really gild your table to glittery perfection. Chargers in shimmery gold can be purchased at Michael’s for about $1.50 a piece. Old wine bottles can be covered in gold paint or glitter to hold fresh flowers. The frugal options are endless! Check out my list of DIY’s and inspirational photos to get excited about your table this year. Bonus: this theme works well for Christmas and New Years too!
These DIY gold and glitter bottles from Yahoo Makers are too easy and so glamorous. I love the greenery coming out of the tops too.
Martha always has good holiday ideas. These gold dipped pine cones could easily be used for place cards or just placed sporadically along a table runner for a rustic chic look.
It’s hard not to love these gold spray painted Christmas lights from Landee See Landee Do – I would leave these up all year! Strung along the center of the table or in some tall glass vases would make for a glimmering centerpiece.
I’m also really into these gold branches from Pop Sugar. Throw them in a clear vase, hang some ornaments on them, and you are ready to go!
Though I usually send invites out on Facebook for my events, I really like the idea of sending paper invitations for special occasions. These gold accented invites from Paperless Post really caught my eye!
For more inspiration, check out the photos below!
Gold Table Display by A Pumpkin and A Princess
White and Gold Table by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Christmas Gold Display by The 36th Avenue
Rustic Holiday Table by Junebug Weddings
Do you guys have anything beautiful planned for your tables?
White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti Recipe
As I freeze my bum off in Chicago over the Christmas holiday, I find myself consistently cupping a big mug of tea in my little hands trying to warm myself up. And nothing goes with a big mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate like a good, old-fashioned biscotti. Crunchy, dunkable, and filled with yummy goodies, it’s hard to say no to a biscotti at tea time. Continue reading “White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti Recipe”
Christmas Breakfast: Gourmet Egg Tart Recipe
Christmas morning is possibly the best morning of the entire year. My siblings and I have always lined up at the top of the stair (even as our horizontal growing has made it quite a tight squeeze), and then rushed down to the glorious site of the tree all lit up, hot chocolate on the stove, and presents galore! Though present opening takes a good 3 hours and chocolate and candy canes seem like enough breakfast to tide us over until dinner, a fabulous breakfast treat is never turned away. Continue reading “Christmas Breakfast: Gourmet Egg Tart Recipe”