• Daily Life

    Christmas Gifts

    Oops, I forgot to publish this earlier.

    I, in boring adult manner, asked for gift cards since I wanted to buy things for my apartment. With said gift cards I bought a bread knife, sheets, mattress cover, and pillow covers.

    I also received flatware, glasses, Pioneer woman dish towels, some scrubbies, lots of chocolate, mixed freeze dried fruit, a few office type items, a Christmas blanket, a Christmas tin full of Nutella fudge puddles, a Jane Austen devotional (there are some gems, see photos below). Color Street peel and stick nails (which I meant to put on for Christmas, but per usual, didn’t have time, was still working on presents, most of which I still haven’t finished), pink moscato, organizer caddy, hot chocolate and marshmellows, lotion, soap, shaving cream, socks, a mango, three hand sanitizers (hand soap and hand sanitizers were a more than usually popular gift item this year, I feel like its usually lip balm). A very grown up list of items.

    I gave my grandfather an Ancestry DNA test (in his stocking) and a 6 month Ancestry membership. My grandmother I gave our state True South puzzle, the puzzle line I discovered on the Laurel Mercantile site (aren’t they darling?!). I also gave her two of my cinnamon ornaments and an embroidered heart ornament based on this (mine looks more like Micky Ears, I wish I trimmed it down) after my failed attempt to embroider velvet (I’m not beaten, I will embroider that velvet). I loved this so much I want to make one for me! But improved.

    I drew my sister in law and got some homegoods from her list. The rest of the siblings and in-laws got belated birthday gifts which were games, two of which were Harry Potter (the theme of my life is lateness if you hadn’t noticed).

    I don’t always get my parents anything, Dad just buys anything he wants, Mom often says she doesn’t want anything, but I know she always wants something special which is what I’m working on. This is an idea that I had over a year ago, at least a year and a half. I changed it’s medium this year, months ago, but still didn’t start on it really until, you know, the week of Christmas, actually a couple days before Christmas. My goal is to finish it before the end of the 12 days of Christmas, I’m pretty sure that is possible.

    And my niece’s gift, I’d also had the idea months ago, did I start on time, no of course not, that would be practical. I started it last minute and then decide to give it to her when her sister is born. It will be more memorable that way anyway. She was a bit overwhelmed, distracted by the gifts she got anyway. And she got TONS.

     

     

  • Handicrafts

    DIY Christmas Inspiration Videos

    3 DIY Christmas Ornaments Inspired by Anthropologie. I’m determined to make those gold temporary tattoo ones with those exact ones from Rifle Paper co and their peacock ones. I almost got them this year, but mistakes and budget happened, maybe I can get them soon for next year. I did get tiny glass ornaments for this, and they look lovely, like little bubbles just hanging on my tree. I will do my little tea set that I bought last year for the tea cup ornament. And I’d like to do the globe as well maybe in a different color scheme, silver and teal maybe.

    DIY Cozy Christmas Decor: Ornaments, DIY Stocking, & Village. I might have to do some of these next year too. I usually just love about anything she does, we have similar tastes. I am hoping to do a lot more DIY next year when I will be in my own place and have more room and less fear of disaster with pets and people.

    DIY Hand Painted Christmas Tree Ornaments. I think I want to see if I can make a few of these as gifts if I can find some at the dollar store or Walmart maybe, I know we have acrylic paint in the house somewhere I think. I especially love the beige and white.

    3 SIMPLE last-minute gift wrapping ideas that also act as gifts!  I love gift basket type of gifts, it feels like opening a treasure chest, I thought this one was especially unique. I think I might have to make those little hats for gifts.

    Cinnamon ornaments. I’m also planning on doing these this week. I had a fail with the orange garlands this year. I’m hoping I will be more patient and careful with these.

  • Daily Life

    Christmas Countdown Activities 2020: Week 2

    Sunday, December 6
    • Started decorating my tree and room.
    • Pinterest failed on the orange slice garland.
    Monday, December 7
    • Listened to Bing Crosby’s Christmas on the way to work.
    • Watched Hallmark’s A Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas.
    Tuesday, December 8
    • Started rewatching Hallmark’s With Love, Christmas.
    • Finished cleaning and decorating my room.
    Wednesday, December 9
    • Listened to some Christmas songs. Not really in the mood for that. Just needed something Christmassy for the day.
    Thursday, December 10
    • Listened to some Christmas music.
    • Watched Hallmark’s USS Christmas.
    • Rewatched a Hallmark fav, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
    Friday, December 11
    • Listened to some carols. A bit of the struggle during the week to do Christmas stuff if we don’t watch a Hallmark. I’m looking forward to getting my Christmas books from the library.
    Saturday, December 12
    • We did our family gingerbread decorating via Facebook messenger. I’m going to attempt to build mine today (I’m finishing the post Sunday the 13th). We’ll see, its a bit fragile.
    • Watched Hallmark’s A Little Christmas Charm.
    • Finished rewatching Hallmark’s With Love, Christmas.
    • Watched Hallmark’s Christmas Ring.

     

  • Daily Life

    Christmas Countdown Activities 2020: Week 1

    Since if one wants a unique or really just any advent calendar, one must start looking in SEPTEMBER and since I haven’t scored a sort of choose your own adventure from a thrift store (my mom has found a lovely sort of advent calendar cabinet, and I’ve seen a too expensive log house version, still hoping for a reasonably priced gem), I decided that doing a Christmassy activity every day was the way to go.

    Tuesday, December 1
    • Watched Hallmark’s Christmas Waltz
    Wednesday, December 2
    • Watched Hallmark’s If Only I Had Christmas
    Thursday, December 3
    • Wrapped Christmas presents
    • Put away Fall decor
    • Helped  decorate our family tree (I think it’s one of, if not the prettiest, we didn’t overkill on the decorations and the colors were more cohesive, also it’s a new faux tree that is super realistic looking)
    • Watched Hallmark’s Holiday Engagement
    Friday, December 4
    • Bought my little real tree!
    • More Hallmark
    Saturday, December 5
    • Watched I’ll Be Home for Christmas on Disney+(they have quite a few Christmas movies to choose from). Its funny how you can have 90’s nostalgia without having seen the actual 90’s movie itself.

     

  • Reading

    A Literary Christmas 2020

    I’m joining in with Tarissa’s A Literary Christmas like I did a couple times a few years ago. I looked, and I think I did NO Christmas posts last year. What?! I’m hoping for many Christmas posts this year.

    I have struggled to find Christmas books for adults in past challenges (I mean sans Hallmark ones), but I think I’ve found some resources to draw from for this year and next year anyway. I am trying some Hallmark authors I think. This is more a potential list than a set in stone TBR, so we shall see.

    Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
    Christmas in London by Anita Hughes
    The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford
    A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
    Alaskan Holiday: A Novel by Debbie Macomber
    It’s a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965 by Susan Waggoner
    Norman Rockwell’s Christmas book
    Christmas at Fairacre by Miss Read
    Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott (I think a reread, I own this, and I think I read it years ago)
    Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories by L.M. Montgomery (reread, if I can buy it in time, our library seems to no longer have it)