Thursday, December 27, 2012


It's that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear
Seems to say
Merry Christmas
May your New Year dreams come true

frosted windowpanes

My heart is stuffed with  marshmallows and's full haha
of cheer?
I said I was making up for the year without Christmas..
 Merrymaking mission accomplished.

 These little vintage Santa fellas have been part of Christmas my whole was pretty horrifying to watch the same one burn/melt off in the tree scene in National Lampoon's Christmas joke. I had to rewind to see it again! haha
It's tradition to watch it every year..and Bad Santa.
I'm into cheeky comedies.
Edward Scissorhands, The Muppets, and Elf make me happy too.

Traditional primary Christmas colors make me feel all nostalgic, grandma Betty used to stuff our presents in a cream burlap "santa sack" every year. She made it so much fun.


We had a pretty amazing Holiday!
and ate a lot..
Christmas Confections

iced wintermint cake
I spent the days leading up listening to my favorite classic songs and being
a mad scientist in the kitchen baking/making giftable treats.

I've been making these vanilla marshmallows for a few years now, I use a Martha/Ina method combo..they come out perfect every time. Even without the kitchen aide stand mixer I'm dying for..15 min by hand haha. My first time making a big batch!
So amazing melting in hot cocoa..

I always dab any leftover lid nilla on my wrist per my baking days with Betty.. the house and I smelled amazing.

Apple Pie infused whiskey
Betty Jo's Fudge
 went ham on the cooking section at Tj Maxx
had to have silver sugar pearls!

scallops and snowflakes
Scored these last minute on sale for under 5, for 6 perfect little boxes! Last minute shopping is awesome sometimes. Martha saves the day.

Packed full with:
caramel/nutella fudge
walnut-chocolate cookies
vanilla marshmallows

caramel apple cloud
and last minute present wrapping
Went the classic wrapping route- hoarded this Scotch plaid paper a few years ago, tied up with black string and simple white tags.
We're tuckered out. Luke thinks he pulled something wrapping presents..probably haha
We recovered with movies and Chinese food..don't all good Christmas stories end with laughter and Chinese food?
Hope you had a Happy Holiday!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.

The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her,
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

-a vagabond song

Bliss Carman. 1861

A favorite, written around the same time our house was built!
The wind is rattling these old bones and whipping the forlorn leaves around..along with the first flurries of snow, a white Christmas perhaps?

My girl..the first antique photo/frame I ever bought. This old girl's made it through a lot. It's the kind of eerie old photo who's subject's eyes seem to follow your every move. Love it. Perfect colors and a Tambourine in hand.
I like to pretend she's my long lost great grandma.
 Her music making hangs over my old record player and stand.

I've been busy working on my mantle, I like to change it up with the seasons. The weather outside is frightful..these make me dream of pretty places.

My bestie just got back from Spain! and Portugal! and Africa! Lucky girl. I was joking before her trip about making her watch Taken ..
Tooken 2, starring the incomparable Liam Neesons. haha

I have a lot of places I want to see..for now I'll have to live vicariously through my friends.
Both real and fictional.

summer sounds and beekeeper bookmarks

wearing my warmest over the knee sweater socks and oversized warm. This old cardigan follows me everywhere, vintage Irish wool with perfect little grandma pockets-homes of Donegal "MacGintys BallyBofey"

teal is having a moment in my life right now..
I'm working on painting a few more little accents, put those alleyway saves to good use haha

Hope you're staying warm!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

pretty project : frosted

The vintage accents in my living room are mostly antique gold colored so I wanted to do a metallic/retro theme using what I had around.  I'm balancing a ton of little projects so I'm really into quick and easy lately!

Pine cones,bright gold ornaments,and random vessels I've hoard er collected over the years.

 Gold glitter and glue..I always have glitter. Spray adhesive works best, and chunky glitter. I'm still finding sparkly bits everywhere, tis the season!

 I wanted some of them to be less shiny/new more frosty old mercury glass-esque, like grandma's(right)
This spray paint..from my wedding maybe? I'm sure I said caramel latte a lot haha

after the frost, a little closer to my vintage ones

I set the ornaments and pine cones in an old paint tray and gave a light dusting on each side.
Not a complete paint job, more imperfect..with the original finishes showing through.
The frosty touches made it a little more cheery around here!