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December 29, 2011

Well, after three years, I have finally made the switch to my own domain.  How exciting!  I’m moving over to  On the new site, you’ll be able to subscribe through Google Friend Connect, see what’s new in my Etsy shop right from the home page, check out which blogs I read, and more.  I’m going to be redirecting this blog over to the new site soon, but this will leave a little time to switch over subscriptions and bookmarks.

                   To celebrate switching to my own site, and reaching 20,000 views and 200 subscribers over here on WordPress, I’m having a giveaway over on the new blog!  Entries will be accepted until January 25th, and the winner will be announced on January 26th over on the new site.

stay warm, lovelies!



December 27, 2011

just a few snaps from the holiday weekend…

these adorable knee-socks were a Christmas present from my mom– aren’t they sweet?  the blue dots remind me of little robin’s eggs.

and now I’m snuggled under a blanket and watching Sex and the City and making things.  I am a happy girl.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas weekend!

blue christmas

December 24, 2011

It’s Christmas Eve morning… Every year up until now, I’ve always gone with my dad and my brother to a diner in town for soup and rice pudding.  Each table has its own little jukebox, with Christmas music available no matter what time of year it is, and we always made sure to bring quarters so that we could listen to Winter Wonderland, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and Blue Christmas.  We’d take a stroll in the park, too– when we were little, this was so my mom could have some time to wrap Christmas presents without us knowing about it.  I don’t know what we thought she was doing– we always had to wait in the car while my dad checked if we could come in yet.  But he would walk around the park, reciting the first few lines of “The Village Smithee,” a poem he had to write a hundred times as a punishment in school.  If he could find a bench to stand on while he was reciting it, he was even more pleased.  Zach and I would tug on his arms– “C’mon, Dad!  Stop it!  We’re cold, let’s get in the car!”  But Dad would always insist we walk around the park just one more time.  I would give anything to be able to take just one more walk around the park.

We’re having a blue Christmas without you, Dad.  Love and miss you so much.

christmas kitty ♥

December 23, 2011

It’s so close to Christmas!

I’ve had so much fun playing with this adorable game from Everyday Cute.  It’s dress-up Pusheen the Cat!

Here’s one of the ways that I decorated Pusheen and her cute little world.

make your own dressed-up Pusheen here.  You can decorate her Christmas tree, too!

fill-in-the-blank friday ♥

December 22, 2011

via the little things we do

1.   The best way to spread Christmas cheer is giving out homemade cookies, preferably tied with red and green satin ribbon.

2.   The thing I love most about Christmas is  getting to spend time with my family– as I’m typing this, Kaleigh and I are ‘making a ruckus’ at my grandmother’s house.  There has been singing and laughing and running around.   We’re tired now though, and will probably fall asleep within the next ten minutes.

3.  The holiday season is a time for decorating and hot chocolate.

4. My favorite thing to eat at the holidays is oyster stew.  Soooo good.  And apple pie. Oh, and sugar cookies, of course!  My mom makes awesome ones.

5.  I will be spending Christmas  with my dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve and my mom’s side on Christmas Day.  It’s going to be a weird Christmas and I’m not all that excited about it.  But it is really nice to be with my mom, I miss her a lot when I’m at school.

6.  Tis better to (give or receive?) give… I like finding or making just the right gift.  I recently received an amazing gift and I haven’t been able to find something that I feel is an adequate present in return.  Hopefully I’ll remedy that very soon.

7.  I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.  C’mon, let’s have some snow!

procrastination station

December 21, 2011

Y’know what I should be doing right now?

Packing to go home tomorrow.

Y’know what I’m actually doing?

Pretty much everything else.  Seriously.  I just darned my socks. 

Alright, so random life updates until I get back in the groove of blogging and can come up with actual paragraphs!

(No, really.  I think this is the result of being on twitter way too much, I’m thinking in 140 characters or less.)

♥ Remember my end-of-semester Anthropologie bonanza?  And how I said I was going to feel silly when the Braided Toggle Sweatercoat went on sale after I paid the semi-ridiculous full price for it?  I wasn’t predicting it would go on sale within five days, as did the Mushroom Picking Chemise. So I got an amazing price adjustment even though I was on RA duty and couldn’t come into the store because their customer service is awesome.  And now it’s sold out!  So instead of feeling dumb, I feel preeeeeetty smart. Yesssss.

♥ I’ve become slightly obsessed with the blog Eighteenth Century Sluts.  It’s so bizarre and hilarious.  Just to give you a taste of what it’s like, here are three of my favorite recent posts.

Haaaa.  I’ve got the giggles even posting these.

♥ I have been making stuff in lieu of packing!  Now in the etsy shop:  two cards and two notebooks.  I have a zillion more cards that will get put up in the next few days, but I’m excited about them.  I’m so pleased with how everything is looking!

I’m especially in love with this notebook

Alriiiiiight, I guess I should go shove stuff in suitcases.  I’m planning on having one suitcase and one garment bag for clothing, and one suitcase of craft supplies.  That’s normal, right?

bubblegum barbie

December 20, 2011

One of my projects this semester was a tailored wool coat.

I’ve been affectionately referring to it as my Bubblegum Barbie coat because it reminds me so much of something a 1960s stewardess Barbie would wear.  I actually shortened mine by nine and a half inches from the pattern our professor gave us– a straight, below-the-knee coat just isn’t something that has a place in my wardrobe.  It would smoosh all of my twirly dresses.  But I love it at this length!  It’s hard to tell when it’s on the dressform, but the shortened version of the coat has a cute little balmacaan shape, it’s much less boxy when it’s on a real life person.

As for the ‘bubblegum’ aspect…

The lining is bubblegum pink!  I’ll probably wear it with the sleeves cuffed like this because, being 5’7″, long sleeves tend to stop about an inch short of my wrist, which is just really awkward-looking.  So 3/4 sleeves it is.  The whole coat is so comfortable, it’s made of a slightly felted wool, so it has a nice spongy feeling.  (Ew, I never noticed what a gross word spongy is.  Spongy.  Sponnnnngy.)  Oh, and then there’s my favorite part of all…

Are these not the cutest  buttons ever?  There may have been grabby-hands made when I saw them in M&J.  Luckily I had a very tolerant professor who didn’t mind that they are definitely not the kind or size of buttons he told us to get.  I just adjusted the buttonhole size, moved them over an extra eighth of an inch from the end of the lapel, and tah-dah!  Flowery goodness.