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A Classy College Christmas Party

To avoid end of semester work I decided to throw a Christmas party. This was the first year I had a whole apartment to decorate so take a look:

For decorations I made paper chains out of a holiday JCrew magazine and added newspaper snowflakes using soda can tabs as hooks.

recycle christmas decorations

For added festivity I went out into a mysterious wooded area behind my building and cut greens and bittersweet. As for food my roommate and I made reindeer cookies, and peanut butter cup peanut butter cookies. I also made guacamole because everything is way better with guacamole. It’s not in the photo below, because it’s shy and also I forgot to take it out of the fridge.

christmas party food

For invitations I again took inspiration from Kerry at the Tragic Whale with her homemade present tags. I had made a holly stamp last year, but of course threw it out once I was done. The new version of the stamp was made with an eraser and a kitchen knife… and amazingly I still have 10 fingers!

stamp christmas invitations holy

I obviously have no pictures of the actually party since that would be logical, but here is one from before the party of our two fireplaces! Few places have a need for that much fake warmth.

college living room christmas

If you wish you had a TV that doubles as a fireplace check out the movie on netflix “Fireplace for your Home” There are two episodes.. I like the first one best, but you can spend hours watching it by yourself to decide.

And no party would be complete without a snow globe of me in the bathroom.

personalized snowglobe

Doesn’t it make you want to pee?!



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I’ve been Framed!

Well I saw this a few days ago on pinterest…

Source: shelterness.com via Kerry on Pinterest

And conveniently in the corner of my room I had an old frame that I had been avoiding doing anything with, because I envisioned it becoming something spectacular. So I ended up making this.

(ps. i took that photo crooked accidentally.)

(pss. i took that photo crooked intentionally.)

I think there either needs to be more things in there or less, and more darker colors. I can’t really decide where I am going to go with it.

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Like Dog Tags, but for Christmas

So Kerry over at the Tragic Whale made a post a few days ago on DIY holiday gift tags and I loved them.

She made stamps out of erasers. I decided to make some of my own, but switched it up with holly instead.

I don’t have a typewriter like she does, so I was forced to go all marker on it.

Here they are on the presents. Go small families!

Merry Christmas!


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How to Make a Hallmark Movie

1. Make the plot be about Christmas


2. Get former child star.

advice: avoid meth addicts. try former cast of Full House or Step by Step


3. Add quirky common characters.. example: the mother in law who just wont leave, the neighbor who keeps bringing cookies, the Santa who is stalking the main character.


4. Ask cast to share boring stories on set, so the viewer can feel like they really know the cast.


5. Put in large amounts of product placement for kitty litter or dog food (know your audience).

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Be thankful for things!

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Another case of Blogalking

Once again I find myself blog stalking. This time it is the fashion/do-it yourself blog, Runway DIY. Arianna is amazing because she makes complete tutorials of how to make fashionable clothing and accessories by using clothes, hardware, and random things you don’t know what to do with. If that is not an amazing feat in itself she is also a consistent blogger, posting one to three tutorials every week. Seriously impressive.

My new plan is to get better at sewing, and make this dress.

If that doesn’t work out there are a ton of other pieces she made that are cool:

Industrial bow necklace

Spray painted clutch

Finger dot top

Foxy pants


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Truly Natural Furniture


 This is very cool, but looks like so much work to make.. I don’t think I am a DIY kind of girl. Check out the instructions at the article.

Sprout a Couch.

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How to catch a spider!

1. See small spider and scream. 

2. Watch in fear for a couple minutes.

3. Muster up courage to put a cup over it, then scream a little bit.

4. Freeze in fear for 10 minutes.

5. Spend 2 minutes slowly sliding paper under cup.

6. Tape cup to paper, so there is no chance of spider on hand.

7. Hold breath, while placing on floor.

8. Call nature-oriented friend and ask for help.

9. Wait for them to come and take picture for Tumblr.

10. Watch nature-oriented friend free the spider outside.

11. Congratulations, you have learned to catch a spider.

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Let the birds begin again

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Click the pic to find out how to make a skittle rainbow. Seems unnecessary, because it is.

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