Sunday, January 12, 2014

Christmas catch-up--back online! :)

It's been such a LONG time! For the fourth time since we've been married (which has only been about a year and a half), we moved AGAIN! Haha, this time, however, we plan on staying for at least an entire year--for which I am EXTREMELY happy about. :) 

Anyway, because of our move and financial reasons, we have been without internet since October! I didn't think it would be such a big deal--I mean, I grew up without internet, I don't NEED it, right? However, turns out that these days internet is rather necessary in our lives, and at the very least, it is extremely helpful to have. We have been holding out for free internet from Google Fiber (we see the trucks around town all the time!), but they have yet to make an appearance at our apartment complex, so this past week we re-budgeted and made some changes, and now we're finally online! :)

Okay, so after that long explanation (and partial venting on my part, haha), time for a little look at Christmas this past year!

Having our very own apartment this year, you know I was SUPER excited to decorate! I mean, decorating is at least half the fun of Christmas, right?? ;)

Our lovely little sparkly tree:

The weekend before Christmas my husband got SUPER sick, which is very unusual for him, and had to stay in bed all day. I still had some ornaments to finish from a Relief Society crafting activity I had attended with my mother (and of course I didn't actually finish the projects during the activity--haha, I never do!), so I stayed with him and worked on my ornaments. If not for 12+ hours of nothing else to do, I'm not sure I couldn't have gotten them done--thank goodness for silver linings! ;) 

And, funny story, at the time I bought my Christmas tree several years ago, I also bought several things to put together a matching Christmas wreath. Sadly though, I never got around to making it, and had all but given up on the endeavor. This year, however, I decided it was time--I started working on it early in December, but admittedly didn't finish until just a few days before Christmas--but I did finish! (I'm like Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, I can't NOT finish things, even if it takes me a few years :P)

Along with our tree and Christmas wreath, we continued our tradition (well, decided it would be our tradition now, haha) of getting a new nativity for our collection. Throughout the years I have collected a few nativities from around the world (we love exploring the different cultures). 

My mini-nativity from Mexico (this one fits in the palm of your hand!):

Olive wood from Israel:

Hand-painted from Mexico:

 Last year my husband and I were pursuing at Deseret Book and fell in love with this strange little Celtic Nativity, as well as an Eskimo Nativity; we couldn't afford to get both, so we drew straws and the Celtic won (remind you of FROZEN?):

But this year I finally got to go back and get the Eskimo one! (I have been waiting all year for this).

And now, last but not least, my FAVORITE Christmas decorations from this past year--stockings that my mother MADE for us! Aren't they so beautiful?? They even have our names embroidered on them--I have the best mom in the world! :)

On Christmas morning, Vera was the first to find her gifts under the Christmas tree--and didn't let them out of her sight the rest of the day!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Can you believe how quickly the cold is taking over?? I heard that it was even SNOWING in some places! Crazy... Fortunately, we have our beautiful headband ear warmers in shop just in time to warm up--check them out HERE! :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall is Here! :) Zyrtec Beauty Tips to Combat Allergy Face

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"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." 

~William Cullen Bryant


Autumn is by far my favorite time of year! To me, it's even more beautiful than Spring; the colors, the crisp feel in the air, the warm festivities approaching, I just love it. This week I've noticed that we are finally moving into the Fall season, and I couldn't be more excited! There is only one flaw to this almost perfect time of year: the transition itself. When the season's change, they bring with them a brand new set of allergies to face--it's most obnoxious. That's usually how I can tell that Fall is coming--my eyes get dry, my nose and sinuses stuffy and runny, my throat turns into a toad each morning, and my face and skin break out in random patches of itchy redness. It's not even close to Christmas and I already look like Rudolph.


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Monday, August 26, 2013

What I Wore: First Day of School

I started school this past week at the Art Institute! It's so exciting--so far, I am just loving it, it is everything I could ever want, and it's just so much fun! Anyway, my dear husband is such a sweetheart, and reminded me that it was my "first day of school," so just like back in elementary school, we needed to take pictures. :)

This is my lovely school pack I got for my program--when they told me to go downstairs to pick up my "supply kit," I had no idea I would be receiving an entire suitcase!

 It came with all sorts of goodies--I'm so excited to start using them! :)

Well, I'd better get back to work--I have some homework I need to finish--can you believe that? I have homework again! I'm such a nerd, I love being in school! :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

What I Wore: A New Chapter

Since marriage, I have spent a lot of time pondering over the future and what direction my husband and I wish to take our new life. In the end, I have decided... drum-roll please... to go back to school! :) Crazy, but things just fell into place and worked out so well, and suddenly I find myself enrolled at the Art Institute studying my passion and dream, Fashion Design!

I signed up to have the school send me just some information and pamphlets--just to check it out--but one of the advisers actually called me, and I was so impressed I set up an appointment for a private tour. We did that on a Monday, came back Tuesday to meet with the financial department, and I suddenly found myself registering that Thursday--it all happened so fast, but so exciting!

For orientation, I went for a safari theme--this lovely Mikarose khaki dress and cheetah-print tights, ring, bracelet, and earrings:

My little girl just loves the camera--she can't let me take pictures without her. :)

Complete with snake-skin print shoes:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sewing Machine Cover

I was visiting my mom a while back to see her new sewing lesson room; first of all, it is beautiful! (I'll have to get pictures, it's so cute) Second of all, I was very impressed by all the sewing machines lined up in a row, covered nicely with sewing machine covers. I haven't really sewn much since I got married (sad story, I know--I am in the works of remedying that), and decided that my machine definitely needs its own personalized cover to keep it clean and safe. 

I looked for patterns to make one, but couldn't quite find one that would fit my machine or what I was really looking for. My goal was to make a cover much like my Cricut machine cover (made by my amazing little brother for Christmas a few years back--isn't that just the sweetest Christmas gift ever??); however, I wasn't really sure how to do it, but I attempted it any.

Basically, I just measured my machine (height, depth, length), added a bit for seam allowances, and well--just fit it around the machine the best I could. I actually didn't have any fabric big enough to make a cover either, so I pieced together various scraps that I had--in the end, I think it turned out pretty cute:

The sewing machine design seen here is actually a quilting paper pieced pattern I found on (she's got lots of really cute designs).

Next up, a cover for my serger--wish me luck! :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

What I Wore: Color Block Dress

So, turns out I really haven't sewn much since I got married--my husband pointed this out the other day (he's never seen me actually make a dress--he's just seen all the things I've made, but never seen the process)--I know that getting married is definitely a whole new phase in life and it's taken a while to get used to things, but I didn't realize how much I miss sewing! We went to the fabric store and my husband helped me pick out some fabric and I got to work--and here is the finished product:

I finished it just in time to wear it to the wedding of my husband's friend--What can I say, I'm still a little girl at heart, I just love dressing up. :)