Christmas Is All about Giving

IMG_0152Take a look back to the early 90’s.  These were the days when it was exciting to get a toaster oven for Christmas.  We now find ourselves in the 21st century when it is exciting to get the latest version of the iPad.  Thanks to the recession and life, most of us cannot afford to give our friends such lavish gifts.  Instead of searching around TJ Maxx to buy something luxurious for your friend at a bargain basement price that you can afford, give them something that will make a lasting impression.  Nothing says you care like something homemade.  I decided this year that I would make an assortment of cookies and other treats to share with my close friends.  You can make cupcake platterss, cookie trays, gift baskets.  Don’t forget that you can even have small dinner parties for your friends to enjoy your homemade delights.  I can guarantee that they all will appreciate the time you have put into your creations.  My grandmother always told me that the greatest gift you can give is your time.  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.  Make sure you step back and take time to enjoy it yourself!

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These are lemon cream cheese frosted vanilla cupcakes topped with a ginger molasses cookie.IMG_0214
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This is a picture of my dining room all decked out with Christmas. ‘Tis the season.

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My New Favorite

As you might remember I spent some time this fall updating my living room. Since I moved, I decided to upgrade some of my furniture and go with a different color scheme than my previous place. This is long overdue, but here’s the finished product.The living room

Do you love all the new pieces? I got a new coffee table, rug, side table, and couch. Plus I got a couple throw pillows for good measure. I’ve been accumulating all of it over the 6 months since I moved. I liked piecing it together little by little, plus it helped my wallet that I did it one piece at a time. While I love all of my purchases and will happily sing their praises, my favorite item, is my new throw! I’m proud to say I made it myself!throw

I got inspiration for it from a pin I saw on Pinterest and I found the pattern on Lionbrand’s website. I love that it’s a little out of the box for crochet and it shows a little extra effort. Plus even though I used cheap yarn from Michael’s it still looks fabulous!

So basically I just wanted to brag about my crochet skills. I also recently made 18 placemats for my parent’s house. I forgot to take pictures at Thanksgiving, hopefully I’ll remember when I go home for Christmas. Now the only question left is: what should I make next?

The Best Christmas Songs

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve been listening to Christmas music sporadically since Halloween this year. I know that’s a little early, but it’s just because Christmas music is so uplifting, and sometimes you need some positivity.

I have been honing the optimal Christmas playlist for years now. I usually make a new mix CD every year with several classics plus some new hits. I really think my list is pretty optimized at this point.

Every one loves to put their spin on the classics, here are my favorite versions of the standards:

And here are my favorites that are more artist specific:

The Christmas Queen
The Christmas Queen

 

Ok, Which ones are your favorites?