Wednesday, November 30, 2011

let's get out of this country

I've been reminding myself that the mister and I promised we would take a real vacation for our anniversary. A delayed honeymoon if you will. And that anniversary is coming up quickly enough that it's time to do some serious prepping. For starters- figuring out exactly where we're going, doing the research, booking, and getting passports. I for one have sadly never been out of the country. No, scratch that. I went to Canada when I was somewhere around 10 years old. Just to the other side of Niagara Falls. I remember seeing black squirrels there. That's about it.

Anyway it's time for me to get a passport and take a good European vacation already. So I've been doing what any reasonable person would do. Looking for accessories for the passport I need for the vacation I hope to take in the near future.

I could go trendy:

Or cute

Or classic:

But I guess the important part is just that I GO.

Monday, November 28, 2011

hoop dreams

I don't even know what to say about what I'm about to show you. There is apparently so much talent out there that this one person can create something every single day for an entire year. And none of them suck. They are all perfectly composed using materials practically made for this purpose and oozing with charm and personality. 

Lucky Jackson has unfortunately stepped away from her Etsy shop in order to dedicate herself to the 365 day project, and thank goodness because if she could maintain them both at one time I might just throw up my hands and wonder why I even bother waking up in the morning if I can't be so inspired and productive.

I want to line a long hallway with these embroidered portraits. So Much Love.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

pucker up!

Just a little something to make you smile today, spotted on A Cup of Jo.

Getting ready for our trip to the grocery store, doing some prep for Thanksgiving dinner! How are your plans coming along?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shop Update!

Yes, the long awaited shop update is here!

I just listed three new knit hand muffs in my etsy shop today, and of course I wanted you guys to be the first to know! It's just the first batch, and as I have ironed out some kinks I should be cranking them out a little bit faster from here on out. Please let me know if you would be interested in any holiday gifts ASAP so I can make sure I get them out in time. Custom orders are welcome.

You've seen this one before

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

bah humbug

I've been talking about this at work for a couple of weeks now, but somehow no matter how many times I admit it (isn't that the first step?) I still can't get myself out of it. Denial. Complete and utter denial. 

I have put up festive decorations, photos of people all bundled up with their stacks of Christmas presents or the tree on top of their car. I have hung ornaments and peppermint candies and Christmas crackers in all the windows. Christmas music has been on our playlist for at least a week now, and I even caved and put the She & Him Christmas album on my iPhone last week (and have listened to it exactly once because I realized I just wasn't in the mood).

Yesterday someone reminded me that Thanksgiving is next week (well, they were talking about Black Friday, but same difference) and I was FLOORED. I had to check the calendar. It's true. Thanksgiving is NEXT FREAKING WEEK! And it still doesn't feel like the holidays. Normally at this time of year I'm getting anxious to put up the Christmas tree and being forced to wait until after Thanksgiving, and frankly this year it feels like it's just coming and I'm trying not to think about it. I should be watching The Grinch and Scrooged and A Christmas Story. I should be cutting paper snowflakes. I should be buying presents. Holy crap I haven't even thought of buying a single present yet! I understand this is normal for many people, but it is not normal for me.

So I'm determined to find the time to dive head first into this holiday season in the next week, and come out of next weekend officially ready for it to begin! And I have found the first project on my list over at How About Orange:

I'm hoping they are a little bit easier than they look because they sure are cute!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

new tunes

So it's been nearly a month since my birthday and I'm just now getting around to sharing some most excellent new records that I got for the occasion. I go through record buying spurts sometimes where I just need to have them in my life. I don't necessarily think this is one of those spurts, rather, these two albums happened to come out at roughly the same time and this is how I choose to support my favorite bands. I refuse to purchase MP3s. I just won't do it. And what's the point of owning a CD anymore? Records are prettier and come in limited edition colors (I am such a sucker for colored vinyl) and  they come with a free digital download most of the time, so it's a win/win situation.

I have been holding out on listening to the She & Him Christmas album, but I have to admit I just put it on my iPhone today. So. We all know where this is going. Christmas music for the next two months! Yeah!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

baby love

I'm sorry I haven't posted much lately. Things have been bananas over here. I'm exhausted. I'm getting ready for the holidays at work (!!!), and also I haven't slept for more than 4 hours at a time thanks to this thing right here.

Doesn't she look peaceful? Don't let her fool you. She's crazy.

Except when she's not. Aw.

She certainly has her moments. In between the biting and chewing and barking and pooping in the house. And hating everything we buy for her. Eating the mail, our shoes, hands and feet, my hair, but never her chew toys. Puppies are great, aren't they? 
Truth be told, it is pretty satisfying to see her learn commands. She's getting pretty good at sit and sometimes I don't even have to ask her to sit before I feed her, she's just sitting and waiting instead of jumping and trying to dive into her food container like she used to! And we have even found a toy that she seems to like!

The tennis ball is almost the size of her head, but she is somehow able to pick it up and carry it around in her mouth and she LOVES IT! But she still confuses my foot for the ball sometimes and goes after it with unmatched ferocity. Darn those sharp puppy teeth!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the mister thinks I don't need a new jacket

I happen to disagree.

Piccadilly Coat from Modcloth. It's dying to be worn with a skirt, tights, knee socks, and boots. And a hand muff. Of course a hand muff. So cute!