Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It’s the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again….everybody’s favorite gift giving Holiday. You know the one…

I set up my Christmas Tree the other day. Every year I pick a different theme and run with it. This year it was Nature Chic. You have to say that all fancy like, you know, with a subtle French accent. At least, that’s how it sounds in my head. I’ve never hid the fact that I’m weird people, you just have to deal with it.

So I dug out all my super awesome Christmas Tree paraphernalia.

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Seriously, that’s all I have. 2 measly tubs. You’d think with having a different theme every year, I’d have more tubs. Alas, I work with what I have. So I pulled it all out and began setting up my tree. I garnered some immediate interest from a certain curious animal. You know how those cats are. Check him out in all his instagram-y coolness. That is one cool-cat. I couldn’t resist people.

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It continued, with me torturing the dogs. Eisenhower was a typical male and wanted nothing to do with decorating the tree or himself. He retreated to the bedroom immediately after this picture.

Picture 017 As you can see, he was already in the midst of running away. Hemingway however was her usual sweet, compliant self and let me pose her to my hearts content. Check this sweet, heart melting picture out. It’s the eyes that get you. Gahhh, I just want to snuggle her!

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After torturing the animals (not literally people, come on!), I finished assembling the tree and then I added lights.

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That’s right! I put the tree on the Milk Crate so it stands taller. It’s like stilts for a tree. Then came time for some baubly goodness. Some of my favorite people came over and we had a sweet craft/laugh-it-up/drink-delicious-sangria/eat fest. You know the ones! So we got down to business…to defeat the huns… wait, sorry that’s a Disney Song. We did get down to business though. And it involved some MAJOR glittering. A week later, I’m still finding it and trying to clean it up.

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Look at all that glitter. Then there was some stick snapping on the back porch, and more glitter was involved. And then there was twine too. And maybe feathers. Things got out of hand. Picture 036 Anyways….here is the final product and some close-ups. I’ll be back later with the nitty-gritty details on how certain things happened.

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Meet Monty the Moose and Ivan the Reindeer. They are the primary suspects in the Glitter-fied house. Doesn’t matter. I love them.

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I also Mop’n’Glo’ed (it’s a verb now people) some glass ornaments and wrapped twine around others. To top it all off, I added some gilded feathers in there. And viola it is done. And I am both fancy and festive. Deal with it.

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And there it is. Nature Chic. (Did you say it in the voice again? I did)

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Earrings on the Cheap

Currently I have two pairs of Stella and Dot earrings that I am obsessed with. I wear them at every possible moment. If you are interested in these earrings you can order them from here and here.

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So when I was in Target (those of you who know me, know Target is my favorite all time store) the other day , and I found these charms on sale. Originally they were supposed to be Bracelet Charms, which struck me as odd, because they are HUGE for a bracelet charm.

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I also found them in Silver and Navy, which you’ll see. But I thought to myself, these would make perfect additions to my favorite earrings collection. So with a few jump rings and earring backs, which I already had on hand, plus less than 10 minutes, I had two new pairs of earrings.

First, pry open the jump ring at the top which holds the clasp to the charm. 

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Second, replace jump ring with smaller jump ring and earring back. Squeeze jump ring, shut, and VIOLA! Seriously, it’s that easy. I’m not kidding.

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Here are the completed pairs. One in Orange/Gold, one in Silver/Navy.

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And here I am modeling. Please excuse the cheesy self-portraits. They are weird. Also, why does my hand look like it belongs to a 70 year old woman in the photo above?

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