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Holiday To Do List

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.

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  1. Deck the halls, living room, dinning room, kitchen, guest room….
  2. Trim the tree, at least half a dozen times since the cats will spend all night undoing the previous day’s trimming.
  3. Make hot chocolate, from scratch, with the special marshmallows.
  4. Make a Christmas flower crown.
  5. Have holiday themed afternoon tea.
  6. Wrap gifts while listening to holiday music.
  7. Sing carols.
  8. Wear something tacky and festive.
  9. Try to make the cats wear tiny Santa hats.
  10. Make Christmas cookies.
  11. Drink spiced cider.
  12. Have a Christmas crafting party.
  13. Locate the stockings, then hang them with care.
  14. Make s’mores in the fireplace.
  15. Have a holiday party.
  16. Take my mom to Starbucks and enjoy a holiday treat.
  17. Snuggle up on the couch and watch holiday movies.
  18. Go to a holiday festival.
  19. Decorate a gingerbread house.
  20. Make paper snowflakes.
  21. Pick out Christmas PJ’s.
  22. Drive around and look at lights.
  23. Send out our Christmas cards.
  24. Take impromptu photos of holiday merriment.
  25. Random act of holiday kindness.

What seasonal antics are at the top of your “to do” list?

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30 before 31

To Do

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.

  1. Go somewhere I’ve never been.
  2. Take 1 class a month.
    Intuitive Painting – May
    Intuitive Painting – June
    Sea Glass Painting – August
    Intuitive Painting – August
    Glass Fusing – January
  3. Visit the west coast.
  4. 30 days of minimalism challenge.
  5. Have high tea in another state.
  6. Have a girls only mini vacation.
  7. Try 10 new restaurants.
    Blaze
    Salt Water Seafood Co
    Grain
    Liberty Bar & Restaurant
    Thai Basil
    Brick & Spoon
    Sugar

    The Edison
    Mayuri
    Green Truck Pub
    Sentient Bean
    Gnome
    Dellz

    26 Devine
    Southern Public House
  8. 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
  9. Make 5 projects off of my Pinterest “Craft” board
    Sharpie Mug
    Scrabble Ornament
    Jingle Bell Wreath
    T-shirt Vest

    Filled Ornaments
  10. Finally, finally, FINALLY open my Etsy shop.
  11. Go to a blogger meet-up.
  12. 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 Arnopp

    Magic 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
  13. Wear fake eyelashes.
  14. Try to do 3 creative projects a week.
  15. Walk on the beach and collect sea shells.
  16. Get my makeup professionally done.
  17. Try purple lipstick.
  18. Get a tattoo.
  19. Formulate a five year plan.
  20. More original content for the blog.
  21. Work on my photography skills.
  22. Collaborate on projects with other creatives.
  23. Host a Sunday brunch.
  24. Get better at participating in social media.
  25. Finish the gallery wall in the master bedroom.
  26. Paint and decorate the guestroom.
  27. Paint the guest bathroom.
  28. TBD – Complete an entire puzzle
  29. Make something that I can wear.
  30. 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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December

December

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.

  1. Bake Christmas Cookies
  2. Deck the halls and mantles and bookshelves and the doorways…
  3. Buy festive holiday stamps
  4. Send out my Christmas Cards
  5. Procure a Christmas tree
  6. Decorate said Christmas tree
  7. Fill the advent calendar for Andy
  8. Finish my Christmas shopping
  9. Wrap ALL of the gifts
  10. Mull some cider
  11. Break out one of my big fluffy sweaters
  12. Sip some Russian Tea
  13. Celebrate the Solstice
  14. Wear silly holiday earrings
  15. Go to at least three community Christmas events
  16. Use the fireplace
  17. Do 5 Holiday DIYs
  18. Watch Elf
  19. Drive around looking at Christmas lights
  20. Have a Holiday Girls’ Night In
  21. Listen to Christmas music until I don’t want to hear it for another year
  22. Make treat boxes for friends and family
  23. Make Christmas Dinner
  24. Make Boxing Day Dinner
  25. 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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Now That It’s Spring…

There is a whole list of things I want to do…

Picnic

  1. Go to McClay Gardens
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Find a tree, spread a quilt and have a lazy afternoon of reading outside
  4. Buy the giant economy size of Claritin so I can fight the pollen
  5. Buy all the spring flowers
  6. Watch the cardinals build nests in the azalea bushes
  7. Break out my flip flops
  8. Brew some iced tea
  9. Bake a lemon loaf
  10. Find outdoor lights for the patio
  11. Make an Arnold Palmer with the aforementioned tea
  12. Get a pedicure so my sandaled feet don’t scare people
  13. Have brunch outside
  14. Have lunch outside
  15. Have dinner….you guessed it, outside
  16. Take advantage of all the beautiful spring veggies
  17. Get the grill up and working again
  18. Plan my birthday week
  19. Get a birthday tiara
  20. Pull my sundresses out of the back of the closet
  21. Plant two scarlet rose bushes
  22. Draw funny pictures in the pollen coating Andy’s car
  23. Get some butterfly plants for the front walk
  24. Take a walk around Lake Ella
  25. Grab and iced chai and watch the baby ducks

 

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Things I Want to Try: Sun Printing

 

Sunprint

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
Bright sunlight
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.

Want to learn more? We’ll be sun printing at both of our stores during the month of July. Stop by the Glen Mills and Westport events pages for details.

Tutorial and supplies from Terrain.