Monday, December 19, 2011

My first Christmas

This weekend I played hostess for the first time. My mom's side, the Kaufmans, all came over on Saturday to celebrate Christmas. I don't have a lot of decorations or money, so I tried to throw together a few things that wouldn't be too expensive.

I bought some garland and used icicles I already had along with some homemade snowflakes to add so festiveness to the kitchen. I hung a few more throughout the house.

I also made myself a wreath to use the blue/red combo that I couldn't find anywhere.

The elements

The finished product
I ended up really liking it and it's hanging right outside the kitchen. I especially love the sparkly red pine cones.

Saturday went really well. Everyone showed up between noon and 1:00 and we had chili, oyster stew, ham sandwiches, and appetizers/snacks. We do all holidays potluck style, so I didn't have a ton of responsibility in the food department.

Appetizers and snacks
After lunch came presents. The kids drew names earlier and the adults do a white elephant every year.

 Since there's more room in the basement, we opened gifts down there. Isn't that a huge tree?

Blake's gift included a framed 8x10 picture of my cousin Kurt. It was pretty popular.

Blake also had a really good time.

People hung out until 6 or 7 that evening. We played games and sat around and talked. Overall, I think it was a successful first attempt at hosting. My mom was awesome enough to stay from Friday night until late Sunday morning to help with set up and clean up. She also brought extra tables and chairs to make sure everyone had somewhere to sit. Thanks, Mom!

Now to get through the rest of the holiday season!

Oh, one last thing. Want to have nightmares? Ok, here you go.

Remember Bat Boy that used to be on the cover of those supermarket tabloids? That's what this picture reminds me of.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mommy/daughter photo shoot

Sylvia's been pretty much hilarious lately. A few nights ago, we were left to our own devices when Blake went to hang out with friends. We did what any normal mother and daughter would do. I dressed her up in my clothes while we did laundry and I took pictures. You know, a regular Friday night.

Take 1, love Sylv in this picture, Mom not so much

Of course, we couldn't look nice in the same picture. If you're wondering, She's wearing her turtleneck and one of my tank tops. I had to tie the straps so that she could wear it like a dress. I'm actually wearing that tank top today.

Take 2

Take 3

You get the system

These are all pretty good. Sylvia was making that hilarious face, so I thought, "You know, it would be funny if we were both smiling like that.

So then she won't make the face, until we looked at each other. I look pretty good, huh? There's a reason I didn't post these to Facebook, I don't think everyone wants to see the inside of my nose. You probably don't either, I'm sorry.

Here's Sylvia being mean to me. It's hilarious if you can't tell from her face.

Here are a couple of Sylvia's shots by herself. That girl can be so photogenic at times and other times... Well, other times she takes pictures like these. While hilarious, I'm sure she won't like them when she gets older.

Last but not least, this is the Mommy's tank top/tutu combo. I think it looks great, especially with the jeans underneath.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

That time I made curtains

Last night I finished up the kitchen curtains I've been planning on making since this summer.

Now, they're not perfect regardless of how awesome they look in the picture ;) I made them from a set of bed sheets I bought at an estate sale down the street from us this summer. Since I'm still pretty much a novice when it comes to sewing, I decided rectangles of fabric are probably about all I can handle right now.

The curtain are based on this pattern. In a stroke of genius, I thought to myself, "Why not use that longer hem on the top of the unfitted sheet as the bottom hem of the curtain?" So I did. I also used the entire width of the sheet by cutting the piece in half and hemming the top and one side of each curtain. The curtains only took a little bit of cutting, a little ironing (and pinning), and a little sewing.

I really liked the way they turned out, and it was a bargain since I only paid about $1 for the sheets (which are adorably vintage, if you ask me). The most expensive part was buying a new curtain rod and clips, and that cost me about $12. But now all I need is some cheap fabric and I can switch things up whenever I feel like it. Maybe I should work on Christmas curtains!

Question. I'm thinking about painting the cupboards in the future (and dreaming about beautiful cherry wood floors), what suggestions do you have for me?