Wednesday, December 17, 2014

last minute diy gifting

I found out on Monday that I had to bring a white elephant gift to a holiday party I was attending two days later. This is not a lot of time to find a good gift, especially as this wasn't the fun kind of white elephant where odd/weird/funny/novelty gifts were encouraged. After wandering frantically through several stores at lunch and finding nothing I thought would work, I decided to make something instead. Inspired by animal planters I'd seen on pinterest, and odd shaped vessels for airplants, I decided to sacrifice one of my beloved extra large dinosaurs to the cause.
After holding the air plant up to a couple of them I decided it would look best with the stegosaurus, so I set to work cutting a hold in his back.
It looked pretty rough in there after all the cutting was done, and my desk area was a total mess of hot plastic dust, but I cleaned it all up quick and rummaged around in the cupboard with all the spray until I found some I thought would look good with some greenery. Several coats later (which I applied precariously outside under the back stairs as it was raining but I didn't want to set up all the plastic sheeting required for indoor spray painting) and I had this guy!

And of course for the final touch I wrapped him up like a train ran over him with a mess of ribbon and stickers and it's a total mess so hopefully it will not be obvious which one is mine, because that takes all the fun out of it!
(also I think I'm going to need make one for myself)

Monday, December 15, 2014

non-holiday holiday cards

One of the projects that I worked on this fall was coming up with some options for a corporate holiday card. However, to make things challenging, they had to have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, which meant no presents, no Santa's, no trees or snow or snowflake motifs, no deer, and nothing red and green (among many other specific and random 'no's). 
These are a few designs that I came up with that didn't end up being selected, though. It was a fun challenge regardless of their choice, and I'm thinking I might just have to send out the fruity one myself because it's crazy cute and also I haven't gotten a Christmas/holiday card out myself yet!

Friday, December 12, 2014


Due to the apocalyptic rain that started yesterday my office was shut down and I found myself with an unexpected 'rain day' which was truly wonderful. Not one to waste such a boon I decided to try out some baking recipes I've had in mind. Starting with these scones flavored with oranges and honey. They were great on their own warm out of the oven (which also did a bang up job of warming up the house and making it smell excellent) or with butter and berry jam. My roommate told me he could tell I was baking as he came into the building because it smelled like butter in the lobby. I'll bet less than a week passes before I make another batch.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

the non-tree tree

As promised a couple more pictures of my non-tree christmas tree. It grew from one big roll of butcher paper and a fair amount of doodled ornaments and two garlands, one of white pom poms and one of green felt circles. I'm figuring I can just roll it up and use it again next year if I like.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

changing colors

As planned I have switched out stuff in the living room here and there to change the colors. I was getting really tired of the orange's and coral so I traded it for green and blue. Mostly green, of course, thanks to aaaaaaall the plants (including these beautiful tall paper whites my mom started for me!) I also made the quilted pillow to add to my fur pillows on the couch.


I moved the artwork around a little and the house installation went on the wall behind the table to make room for my christmas "tree." Oh and the wire lights were spray painted white which I love so much more. I think they look excellent against the gray walls.
 I also managed to recover the dining chairs to blend in better. I used some leftover cotton from curtains I made last year which I stamped with gold polka dots using a pencil eraser. I was going to do things right and remove the orange before recovering but then I really liked how the orange underneath made the white fabric look just a little bit, I don't know, warmer? Anyway, I'm really liking the change which, along with the rearranging of the furniture, makes it feel like a whole new room.


( I think I need to find some of those lightbulbs with with the gold top, or perhaps some sort of edison bulb? Because as much as I like the way these bulbs look, they are a bit too bright at night and I would prefer a softer light )

Monday, December 8, 2014

holiday cheer

I decided to finally get in the spirit this weekend. I made a tree for my apartment (just one for the wall since I will not be here for the holiday itself) and couldn't resist adding some twinkle lights. This is just a quick phone snap but I may take some more detailed pictures because it's actually a very pretty little scandanavian inspired tree doodle to which I added some cute mini garlands. Even though I won't be here it's nice to feel festive in the house every night.


I've also been embarking out on a new love affair with my slow cooker. I tend to make lunches for myself for the week on sSundayevening so that I don't have to worry about it, and the crock pot is a perfect way to do that with the absolute minimum of work involved. Yesterday I made this thai coconut curry and it took a total of ten minutes to chop and throw in all the ingredients (I did also have to open one can of coconut milk- so difficult!) and then I let it sit there cooking for four hours and then it was ready! Perfect way to have a delicious meal with the most minimal of efforts.
I'm seeing my winter stretching out before me full of curries, roast chickens and stews and I am totally okay with the plan. I will try to write down my recipes for future use and sharing.