How is everyone today? Happy Last Day of the Year! Can you believe it? I can hardly believe it is the last day of 2012. Where did it all go? I remember last New Year’s Eve like it was yesterday … well, at the least everything before, let’s say, 10pm. ;) Kidding. What better way to wrap up the year in a fancy little bow than to recap a few of our favorite projects and posts from 2012.
Do you have those places that just make you smile? They might not be specifically meaningful for any particular reason. But whenever you encounter them you just find yourself smiling somewhat awkwardly to yourself until you realize people are looking at you strangely. A quaint little street in Cambridge, Maryland has that effect on me. Cambridge is a small, coastal town on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay where we lived for 5 years before our move to Curacao. (more on why I was back in the area here) High Street is my smiley spot, it is a cobblestone street that in it’s hay day housed top level executives of the Phillips Packing Company and not only do I find the stately, historic houses amazingly gorgeous, but during the holiday season it’s always fun to see how the current owners do up their festive decor … or don’t do up any decor at all. :) Lucky for me, I found myself smiling to everyone I saw on that street on a sunny December day and here is what I saw. Double chimneys galore and apple wreaths and arrangements above the door. (If you expect this whole post to rhyme, I will just warn you now that you will be sorely disappointed.) :)
So I was waiting around at the deli for my Italian cold cut sub and my eyes started to wander. It’s one of those quiet little small town delis, and no one else is around … the employee who took my order is now in the back making my sandwich. “and what to my wondering eyes should appear…” Well, a bag of white chocolate and peppermint covered pretzels. :) And, like any DIYer would think, I thought “I could totally make those”. Now, I’m no fancy cooker lady, and DIY in the kitchen is oh-so-not-even-remotely close to DIY around the house. But apparently I am the arrogant kind of DIYer. You know the type. “Hi, I’m Karah and I like to make crafts and do home improvement so clearly I can cook anything I see in a bag in a deli.” Lucky for me, this little treat was so incredibly easy my 5 year old nephew could do it. Which isn’t really a fair comparison because he did have to explain to me the other day what a periscope is. #iamnotsmarterthana5yearold Anyway, here is how I made some easy little white chocolate and peppermint pretzel sticks and still have enough kitchen prowess left over to whip up some dark chocolate and peppermint bark for a little Christmas party treat.
Thanksgiving. Yep, that happened. Oh right … and the first two thirds of December. That happened. And in just a couple weeks I’m going to be saying “2012. Yep, that happened”. I try not to say it every month, but seriously, time is a flyin’. Who’s ready for Christmas? Yeah, me either. :/ So here’s a belated look back at what we called November 2012, a review of the month in minutes. :) Projects!
Happy Tuesday everyone. We were going to post our party features yesterday but decided to participate in a little blogger day of silence to honor those affected by the tragedy that happened on Friday at the school in Connecticut. It’s not much, but any gesture of goodwill towards others is a worthwhile gesture in my book so we were happy to participate. And, silly little Christmas crafts don’t seem all that important, but it’s what many of us do for fun and enjoyment and sometimes we need to be reminded to spend our days doing what we love … no matter how silly it may seem to others. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check out the links from the crafty Christmas party yet? There are over 300 links of awesomeness and inspiration. I always find it super hard to narrow down just a few to highlight, I shared a bunch on our facebook page and pinned as many pretty pictures as I could. And I tried to comment on every single link, blogger comments were giving me a bit of a fit for a while Saturday morning, tho. Know that I did visit each and every one of your projects and thank you so much for taking the time to link up. And, without further ado, here’s my list of the Top 12 Christmas crafts to make this year.
Hey, hey! How are you? I know, this whole Sunday post is not normally my thang, but there have just been so many weird and crazy things going on in the world I thought I’d take a few minutes to get my thoughts in order. First, is there anyone out there who can fathom the tragedy of the school in Connecticut on Friday? I, for one, am just never able to get my mind around those things. I can’t imagine being in a kind of situation like that, I can’t imagine being personally affected by such a situation, I can’t imagine being one of those child witnesses and growing old with that experience on my brain. But that which I can’t even imagine is now the reality for so many. My heart hurts for them and my head grasps for reason. And it just never comes. And late last night I found out that an old friend of mine has stage 3 rectal cancer. She is my age with 2 young daughters. There are no words. What I am extraordinarily grateful for is the perspective that it gives me when a totally out of the ordinary experience happens with Joel’s work in Curacao. Just yesterday we learned we may not be on the island much longer … or we may. I know, confusing right?!?! We’re the ‘take it as it comes’ type so that’s all we’re going to do and I’ll definitely keep you posted when I know more. It does get you day dreaming about where we may go next tho, doesn’t it?!? But, with so many little details up in the air all I can do is try to get it all in order. And I’m still in Maryland trying to get a bunch of home improvement accomplished. … continue reading
Today’s the day. The last day to get linked up to our crafty Christmas party. And, even if you’re not linking up, the links will give you some amazingly creative inspiration to create a crafty Christmas of your own! And to wrap up this week in style my friend Cassie is sharing her Christmas craft. Let me tell you, this girl is funny! And crafty and her specialty is a mean furniture upgrade. I met Cassie at the blog conference in June and had been following her blog for a while before that so it was very refreshing to see that she really is how she seems to be on the blog. Totally awesome. :) So, for the crafty Christmas grand finale head over to Primitive and Proper to find out how she made this great Hoop Art. And … you guessed it …
Note: The winner of the Wallpaper for Windows giveaway was selected. Find out if it was you here. I have to say, I am fairly new to Ashley’s blog … but I am in love. When you head over you will find so many creative ideas I’m sure you’ll be just as impressed as I am. And today, as part of crafty Christmas week, Ashley is showing you how to make some awesome Christmas craft. I don’t know what it is yet, but it is sure to be inspirational so check it out at Cherished Bliss. And, if you haven’t linked up your own crafty Christmas tutorial, the party is open right HERE. And be sure to …
Is everyone all linked up to our crafty Christmas party already? Don’t forget to link up your favorite Christmas craft from this year here … the party is open until Friday right here! Now, as you read this I am up in the stone cold north, working on projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but I wanted to give you the rundown of this little sea glass and driftwood Christmas craft that you saw on my mantel. A great project for the kids big enough to use the glue gun, too.
Happy Tuesday!! Are you all linked up to the crafty Christmas party? It’s open all week, so get your craft on and then show us what you made! And today you should head over to Lisa’s blog, Before Meets After. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in Atlanta at the blog conference I went to in June. We were both lucky enough to go to the wrong restaurant to meet a larger group for dinner on the very first night. :) Lisa hosted a 12 crafty days of Christmas series last year and this year switched it up a bit and here we are doing a crafty Christmas week together! Today she’s showing you how to make this awesome Snowflake Wreath, so go check it out here! And …
Happy, happy Monday! It’s pretty festive around here today since it’s party day!! Note: If you have any areas of your home you’re looking to hide you need to check out our giveaway going on right now here! This giveaway is now closed. Hopefully you’re here to link up your favorite Christmas craft projects from this year. Which means, if you’re here looking for some crafty Christmas inspiration you’re in the right place, too!! If you saw our Christmas mantel … you may have noticed this cute little guy. Late one night, while getting caught up on a few episodes of Revenge … ’cause nothing screams holiday spirit quite like a little revenge … or something like that. ;)
Over a month after vacation is the right amount of time to post the pictures, right?!? Yeah, sorry about that. :/ And thank you to everyone who has repeatedly requested the pics. It’s nice to know you want to see our random take-aways from our little worldly excursions to sometimes obscure places. And this time around I was armed with a few new tools. You know about the new camera we bought in August, but I didn’t tell you that I had also been studying up a bit. A little refresher course on some photography basics and then a little more advanced photo mumbo jumbo in the form of e-books. Specifically, these e-books from Kristen Duke Photography. Both of these books print out in a convenient 4×6 inch page size … perfect for stashing them away in your camera bag for continual reference. And trust me, you will want to do just that! I have found the info I learned in these two little books invaluable as I continue to learn and experiment with my photography skilz. :) Say NO to Auto is the perfect book for anyone ready to take that first step and get your camera out of Auto mode. Kristen gives easy to follow instructions on how to find the appropriate buttons on your specific camera, great insight into aperture adjustments (which I loved since I’m all about adjusting my aperture these days) and breaks down the 3 basic steps to understanding manual mode. If you feel like you have that all under control, Get Focused is the e-book for you. This is the perfect follow-up for those of us who are working in manual mode, and now need an understanding of how to make our photography more creative and unique. Kristen shares 12 of her personal tricks for … continue reading
Happy Wednesday to you. I’m not sure if you’re following along on our Facebook page, but I’ve been posting some random pics of the projects I’m tackling at one of our rental properties. They are pretty scary beautiful! If you want the sneak peeks, follow the fun here. Now, do you remember that 16 foot long board I drug home from the beach back in February and then finally made into a desktop in September? #efficiencyismymiddlename And did you happen to notice the shoes and is that a hanger on a pair of sneakers and even an orange shirt strewn about behind the window? Totally great, right?!? Or not. :/ So when Wallpaper for Windows contacted me to see if I wanted to try out some of their product I said “why yes, yes I do”. And then when they asked if I wanted to give away a $75 gift certificate to use on their website I said “Fruitcake Yes!”. Unfortunately, I think only Robin is going to get that … but it’s a pretty emphatic YES! And, can I just say, this product was so easy to install, and made such an immediate impact I was inspired on the spot to make my first video tutorial. Unfortunately, that spot that I was so inspired in was a first thing in the morning spot, a without any make-up spot, and a spot that had never seen the video option on my camera before. But, more on that later. Let’s take a look at that immediate impact I’m talking about. Pretty great, right?