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And it is December 1st! Yes, my holiday merriment kicked into overdrive the day after Thanksgiving this year, but there are still so many things I have left to do, I even started making a list. Then I decided to share that list with you all. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an item or two to add to your own list.
Deck the halls, living room, dinning room, kitchen, guest room…. Trim the tree, at least half a dozen times since the cats will spend all night undoing the previous day’s trimming.
- Make hot chocolate, from scratch, with the special marshmallows.
Make a Christmas flower crown. Have holiday themed afternoon tea. Wrap gifts while listening to holiday music.
- Sing carols.
- Wear something tacky and festive.
- Try to make the cats wear tiny Santa hats.
Make Christmas cookies. Drink spiced cider. Have a Christmas crafting party. Locate the stockings, then hang them with care.
- Make s’mores in the fireplace.
Have a holiday party. Take my mom to Starbucks and enjoy a holiday treat. Snuggle up on the couch and watch holiday movies. Go to a holiday festival.
- Decorate a gingerbread house.
- Make paper snowflakes.
- Pick out Christmas PJ’s.
Drive around and look at lights. Send out our Christmas cards. Take impromptu photos of holiday merriment.
- Random act of holiday kindness.
What seasonal antics are at the top of your “to do” list?
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It’s resolution time, people. I am now in the first bright and shiny year of my thirties, and boy howdy, do I have plans. Here, for your reading pleasure, is my list of 30 things I would like to accomplish before I turn 31.
Go somewhere I’ve never been.
- Take 1 class a month.
Intuitive Painting – May
Intuitive Painting – June
Sea Glass Painting – August
Intuitive Painting – August
Glass Fusing – January
- Visit the west coast.
30 days of minimalism challenge. Have high tea in another state. Have a girls only mini vacation. Try 10 new restaurants.
Salt Water Seafood Co
Liberty Bar & Restaurant
Brick & Spoon
Green Truck Pub
Southern Public House
Make 12 recipes from cookbooks I already own.
Chocolate Toffee Coffee Cake
Orange Spice Cookies
Everyone’s Favorite Birthday Cake
Blood Orange Tiramisu
English Chocolate Tea Bread
Dark Chocolate Fudge
A Very Vanilla Sprinkle Cake
Cinnamon Streusel Cider Muffins
Dolly’s Doughnut Cake
Cranberry Maple Muffins
Irish Tea Bread
Apple Pecan Cake
Make 5 projects off of my Pinterest “Craft” board
Jingle Bell Wreath
- Finally, finally, FINALLY open my Etsy shop.
- Go to a blogger meet-up.
Read 30 new books.
City of the Lost – Kelly Armstrong
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
The Mermaid’s Sister – Carrie Anne Noble
Redemption Song – Craig Schaefer
The Living End – Craig Schaefer
Plain Dealing Villain – Craig Schaefer
The Killing Floor Blues – Craig Schaefer
The Spirit Class Charade – Colleen Gleason
The Clockwork Scarab – Colleen Gleason
The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison
The Paper Magician – Charlie N. Homberg
The Glass Magician – Charlie N. Homberg
The Master Magician – Charlie N. Homberg
Play Dead – Anne Frasier
Stay Dead – Anne Fraiser
Pretty Dead – Anne Fraiser
The Body Reader – Anne Fraiser
Shes Not There – PJ Parrish
The Moonlit Garden – Connie Bomann
The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort – Judith ArnoppMagic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie N. Holmberg
The Bloodletter’s Daughter – Linda Lafferty
The Crying Girl – Glen Ebisch
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
Weightless – Kandi Steiner
The Room – Emma Donoghue
The Heir of Linn Haug – Karen Charlton
The Sans Pareil Mystery – Karen Charlton
Betrayals – Kelly Armnstrong
Wear fake eyelashes. Try to do 3 creative projects a week. Walk on the beach and collect sea shells. Get my makeup professionally done. Try purple lipstick. Get a tattoo. Formulate a five year plan. More original content for the blog. Work on my photography skills. Collaborate on projects with other creatives. Host a Sunday brunch. Get better at participating in social media.
- Finish the gallery wall in the master bedroom.
Paint and decorate the guestroom.
- Paint the guest bathroom.
TBD – Complete an entire puzzle Make something that I can wear. Get my home office to the point where I can actually work in it.
I left 28 as sort of a swing goal. Every year I run into something challenging or interesting and what better way to force myself into action than to add it to this list where I have you guys to follow along and keep me accountable. Last year I did pretty well if I do say so myself. You can check out my 29 before 30 here and see how I did.
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After my rather…enthusiastic Link Love last week, I bet it comes as no surprise that the first day of the month of December is pretty exciting for me. It’s the official 25 Days Til Christmas Countdown, and in honor of that countdown here are 25 things I am planning to do this month.
- Bake Christmas Cookies
- Deck the halls and mantles and bookshelves and the doorways…
- Buy festive holiday stamps
- Send out my Christmas Cards
- Procure a Christmas tree
- Decorate said Christmas tree
- Fill the advent calendar for Andy
- Finish my Christmas shopping
- Wrap ALL of the gifts
- Mull some cider
- Break out one of my big fluffy sweaters
- Sip some Russian Tea
- Celebrate the Solstice
- Wear silly holiday earrings
- Go to at least three community Christmas events
- Use the fireplace
- Do 5 Holiday DIYs
- Watch Elf
- Drive around looking at Christmas lights
- Have a Holiday Girls’ Night In
- Listen to Christmas music until I don’t want to hear it for another year
- Make treat boxes for friends and family
- Make Christmas Dinner
- Make Boxing Day Dinner
- Trick at least one of the cats into wearing a Santa hat or bowtie
What’s on your “must do” list this month?
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There is a whole list of things I want to do…
- Go to McClay Gardens
- Have a picnic
- Find a tree, spread a quilt and have a lazy afternoon of reading outside
- Buy the giant economy size of Claritin so I can fight the pollen
- Buy all the spring flowers
- Watch the cardinals build nests in the azalea bushes
- Break out my flip flops
- Brew some iced tea
- Bake a lemon loaf
- Find outdoor lights for the patio
- Make an Arnold Palmer with the aforementioned tea
- Get a pedicure so my sandaled feet don’t scare people
- Have brunch outside
- Have lunch outside
- Have dinner….you guessed it, outside
- Take advantage of all the beautiful spring veggies
- Get the grill up and working again
- Plan my birthday week
- Get a birthday tiara
- Pull my sundresses out of the back of the closet
- Plant two scarlet rose bushes
- Draw funny pictures in the pollen coating Andy’s car
- Get some butterfly plants for the front walk
- Take a walk around Lake Ella
- Grab and iced chai and watch the baby ducks
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According to my friend Verhanika, it is the week of the new moon, which can leave one feeling contemplative and finding it hard to focus. Sounds so much better than distracted and moody. I feel so bad for Andy when I get like this. Poor guy, works all day and then has to come home to an overly dramatic wife that recognizes that she is being a bit ridiculous, but just can’t seem to stop. I guess knowing that I am being dramatic is a step in the right direction. And according to GI Joe, knowing is half the battle, so maybe even more than a single step in the right direction. Unless there are only two steps to the whole process and then it really would be a single step to be at half way. Usually there are more, 10 or 12 steps, but I digress. I’ve been working on a list of things I’d like to try this summer, not goal per se , but something hanging out on the edge of my “to do” list. Sun printing is one of them, and fortunately for me Terrain has not only a kit available but a tutorial.
What You’ll Need
Cotton sun printing kit
Leaves, petals, or cuttings from the garden
Water for rinsing the fabric
1. Gather your favorite botanical specimens. We used sprigs of ferns and fresh leaves.
2. Arrange your specimens on the cotton in your desired pattern or design. Place the cotton fabric in the sun for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to have your arrangement thought out ahead of time and try to work quickly, as the image begins to process as soon as the fabric is exposed to light.
3. Remove your botanicals from the cotton.
4. Rinse fabric in water until the water runs clear.
5. Allow to dry– remember that the image will continue to process even after it’s dry! Try hanging on a strand of twine as a banner as shown above, draping as bunting on the porch, or snipping into pennants for a festive addition to summer décor.
Tutorial and supplies from Terrain.