I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I am so grateful I have such a wonderful family. I had a total of four Christmas gatherings I was able to make this year. I have quite a bit of family so it’s hard to fit everyone in every year. Although the holidays aren’t all about gifts, I did get almost everything I had on my list.
I feel like your officially an adult when you are more excited to give than receive. I like to go by people’s lists that they give for ideas, but a surprise is even better. I surprised my mom with a sign I purchased off Etsy. It had the family last name on it and year of her and my step dad’s marriage. She loved it and it felt good knowing she wasn’t expecting it.
I did a couple handmade gifts. I should’ve started much sooner than I did, but I did get them done in time. I made my brother a small “ribbon hanger” for his work at the fair. It was made out of wood from our barn that was torn down. I attached a wire to a couple screws and the ribbons will be held up by wood pins.
My sister knew what she was getting. She was searching for a new white dresser before Christmas arrived. Her wooden one was very old and falling apart. I told her to hold off on buying one and I had one at my dads house I could refinish for her as a gift. She loved it and it was totally worth all of the hard work put into it!
I apologize for the quality of the “after” photos. By the time everything was dry and ready to go, we were heading to Christmas and it was dark out. I hate using interior lighting for photos, natural light is usually best. Bare with me here and enjoy!
This project taught me a couple more things about painting furniture. One, white covers horribly. This took 4 coats of white paint, some parts could’ve used another to be perfect…but I was completely out so it was good enough. Second, you can get a cracked look from chalk paint, which I didn’t mind since this was a distressed piece. If I am doing a solid color in the future, I will sand in between coats next time.
I applied Bauhaus Buff by Amy Howard for my white color with a paint brush. It took me 4 coats of paint without using a primer. I let it dry 3 hours in between each coat. It was distressed with sandpaper. The handles took 3 coats of black spray paint. My top coat for this piece was poly, it didn’t seem to yellow at all (thank goodness). Overall, I love the transformation!
A couple weeks ago I went shopping with some gal pals of mine (like actual shopping, not the online shit that I do most of the time). I feel like when I shop online I can spend a bunch of moola in a matter of minutes, but when I shop in person I really have to fall in love with something in order to buy it. I should probably get away from the internet and save some cash, huh?
Anyway, I was doing really well. I spent less than I had planned on my boyfriend’s Christmas gift (score!). We were about ready to take off towards the exit until my friend said, “ooh lets stop in Aerie quick!”. You know this is the point of the trip where we are all ready to go to BDUBS and chow down on some mildly hot wings and stuff our faces with French fries dipped in ranch… and maybe a drink or two.
We put on our brave hangry faces and went in. Don’t get me wrong, I love Aerie/American Eagle, but at this point I was ready to go… Until I picked up a few amazing sweaters that felt like I was touching soft plushy clouds.
Seriously, you guys have to check them out. If I had the cash, I would buy a pile of them and just roll around in them. They are the most comfortable sweaters to wear.
Unfortunately, I have only enough cash to roll around in my tears, so I only bought three. I am a little hesitant to buy a top over $50. I really have to love it. The price tag was a little under that mark (forty-four dollars and ninety-five cents to be exact). But when I put this sweater on… I felt like I was taking the first bite into a warm gooey cinnamon roll, sipping hot cocoa with mini white marshmallows, and watching snow softly fall outside my window…there was no other option. I had to have it.
We brought the sweaters up to the counter and to my surprise, they were on sale. It was meant to be. *heavenly noise inserted here*
The sweater I am showing you today is a “deep burgundy” color. I would say it looks red in some lighting and slightly orange in others. The sale price I bought it for was $26.97! I spent less than $100 on all three sweaters together. *gasp*
I wore a pair of my American Eagle jeggings, these awesome boots socks (I can’t remember where I got them, because it’s been like two years, whoops), and my Corral boots. To accessorize, I wore this amazing necklace from my hometown décor and fashion boutique, The Porch On Main. I love it, because it is so neutral.
Today I have the second part of my Christmas Tour to show you! This tour will consist of my dining room. I had my tree placed in my living room last year. We rearranged the furniture so it wasn’t going to work there this year. I feel this corner of the dining room is a great spot for it!
I was hoping to get a flocked tree this year, but I didn’t have the money to drop on a new tree. There are DIY methods to create a flocked look for a low cost. We were gifted this tree so I would like to keep it the way it looks and use it on years I choose a traditional theme.
Here is the second part of my tour, hope you enjoy! 🙂
This year I decided to get way more involved with my Christmas decorating than I did last year. I was hoping to go for some crazy colors this year. I’ve seen so many awesome ideas for turquoise and blush, but I decided I should stay on budget and use items I already had. I obviously had to get some new, but I saved some cash reusing the old.
Last year I went with red, silver and gold. I stayed pretty neutral with my color palette. This year, I chose to do red and gold with more pops of red throughout my home. Along with more color, I played with the idea of more Christmas lights this year.
I am splitting up my tour into two posts, because I took quite a few pictures this year. For the first part of my tour, I am going to show you my living room and porch. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
Well, we finally got some snow here! November was kind of an odd month for us, we had very warm weather compared to usual. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have a feeling that we will have to pay for it in the spring, but let’s just hope this will be a short winter.
To keep me warm on this snowy day, I wore my pink v neck sweater which is on sale for $25.00 right now! It comes in three different colors: beige, black, and blush. What better colors are there? Seriously…my favs.
This sweater is so fuzzy and comfortable, I just love it! I paired it with white skinny jeans (my most comfortable pair of jeans) and black knee high boots. My Guess purse is so neutral and I love it, but I have a black one on my Christmas list that would go even better with this outfit.
I went a little softer with my makeup today. I usually like to put dark shadow and a little eyeliner underneath my eyes, but this look needed to be a bit softer and elegant. Pinks and light colors were chosen to compliment the sweater and a more natural look.
So, I was going to have this awesome chicken recipe for you guys this week, but let’s just say it didn’t turn out very well. I’m thinking I left it in the crockpot a tad bit too long and it turned out pretty bland and dry. Guess I’ll have to try that one again.
What I do have is this awesome leopard cardigan to show you! I wore this for Thanksgiving this year and I loved it! It’s super soft, comfortable, and how can you not love leopard print?! Unfortunately, this sweater was so popular, it sold out! The original one from Hollister was about $50, but here is a similar one for $59.
This ivory colored tank is perfect under a cardigan, but is also beautiful on its own for summer months. I love the lace detail and the best part, it’s only $25! The jeggings are American Eagle Super Super Stretch (I seriously can’t get enough of them, they are SO comfortable!) and are on sale for $29.99! These suede over the knee boots are from Bohme. They are very soft and have a beautiful lace up pattern on the back.