the crazy busy Christmas season…

I love Christmas – definitely my favorite time of year – but it can get sooo crazy with all the Christmas concert rehearsals, caroling, cookie exchanges, corporate parties, etc.

I’m writing this on Sunday since I’m not home any other night this week! I have 2 concert rehearsals, 3 performances of the concert, and we’re going to see the NY Philharmonic perform Handel’s Messiah (super excited about that one!!).

Well, I don’t have quite enough Christmas lights put up around my house, but I thought I’d share a sneak peak of my decorations, the projects in-progress, and just some photos of life lately :)

I’m planning to share more holiday pics of our home next week.

christmas coffee table |

coffee table tray styling

christmas stockings |

I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves this movie!! *this pic is from the beginning of the christmas season – evident by the pumpkins on the right side of the mantel that were still out :/

christmas tree |

our christmas tree :) umm it’s really difficult to take good pics of christmas trees

rifle paper co postcards! |

Can’t wait to send out my Rifle Paper Co holiday postcards!! you can find them here:

christmas party |

my company’s holiday party… #bejealous #onlythebest

music retreat |

teaching at the winter retreat for the youth orchestra I grew up in! so much fun… these kids are much better than my group was…

future progress |

hmmm what could I turn this into?? you shall see! hopefully tomorrow…


pinecone garland!

Remember the pinecones I painted last year? Here’s the post in case you missed it :)

I decided to make them into a garland this year! Super cute and super simple!

Of course, I checked pinterest for some tutorial ideas, but most of them were kind of complicated. It’s so much easier to just knot the pinecones with yarn.


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tying knots on the gold-tipped pinecones… i think they might need some more glitter…


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all the pinecones tied together


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hanging on our fireplace!!


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the stockings that I made last year :)


new gallery wall

Moving into the new house meant moving our little gallery wall! I showed the beginning of my gallery wall in this post, and the collection has expanded since then.

For our housewarming party one family bought us a chalkboard print sign, and Eric’s aunt had one of her photographs printed on wrapped canvas. We love that almost everything has a family connection or a story behind it!

I decided to start hanging in the hallway – I know the walls will stay bare there. The living room furniture might move around, so I didn’t want to put holes in the walls quite yet.

Here’s a photo of the planning process!

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I decided to remove some things and move some things around… and came up with this:

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The river/ nature photo is from Eric’s aunt, and the “Bless this house” sign is from our friends. Both were housewarming gifts! so cool!

We definitely have room to grow! Our walls are plaster though, so we’re trying not to hang up too many things and mostly sticky-tac anything possible.

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Also, the walls are GREY. not blue. just in case it comes up.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed the “tour” of our hallway!

H&M wishlist

First of all – IT’S DECEMBER. The most wonderful time of the year!!

I realize I should have posted this before Black Friday sales… but better late than never. And still in time for Christmas.

You might say I’m obsessed with H&M, especially since they have a home collection now… But I really like shopping in store for home (I just can’t picture it in my home based on the online photos), and online for clothes (the store is usually kind of messy).

Let me know which are your favorites!

H&M wishlist


i’m baaaack

Finally! We’re officially moved out of our apartment (handed in our keys today!! Ahhh!!) and we are all moved into our house.

We had our housewarming party back on the 15th, but decided to leave a lot of the junk in the apartment. We had way more stuff there than we thought….

I’m the kind of person that needs motivation in order to actually get anything clean… so I not only had a housewarming party, but also hosted Thanksgiving dinner.

*Before you get too impressed – my parents own a catering company and prepared 60 turkey dinners. They just threw in 1 more for me :) I didn’t cook, just needed to clean up and prepare to entertain.

Of course, there were a couple things other than cleaning that I completely forgot about – a tablecloth, napkins, candles, anything Thanksgiving related. But it worked out. I text my mom and she brought some cloth napkins and a tablecloth.

I want to note that I did have a chance to make napkins. I thought to myself “I have 2 tubs of fabric in my closet. There must be something autumnal! I can make napkins right now!!” and I did. I didn’t quite get to the hemming part of the napkin, but no one noticed. We ended up using them as placemats because my mom brought some very nice orange napkins that matched my runner perfectly :)

But it was so much fun to be with all the family! It’s pretty amazing to have both of our parents living nearby, and being able to have both of our families together for the holidays. I know so many couples have to split up the time between states/ in-laws, and I’m so blessed that we can have everyone together – and it’s so much fun!!

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My thanksgiving table before the food :) the runner is from Eric’s mom – so pretty! Notice the leaf placemats that I quickly cut up before everyone arrived :) All Emma dinnerware from Pottery Barn – Seriously the best dishes. My advice to every engaged couple is to buy this instead of fancy china. It goes with every holiday/party you will ever host. It’s beautiful, and honestly not that much more expensive than the dishes at BB&B. You will love it.

first thanksgiving |

Now with some food!! a little chaotic… but soo yummy!

My cousins brought their ADORABLE pocket dog (Morkie = maltese + yorkie) to dessert. My father-in-law was quite attached and almost took him home.

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“Beast” the Morkie puppy snuggling in his sweater…

Did I mention the snow? Oh yeah, it snowed for 27 HOURS. The lake is beautiful, though.

Now that my life is closer to normal, I have several posts I can’t wait to share with you!! Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Tours of our new home! I’m obsessed and have been dying to share pics!!
  • my t-shirt quilt! so close to being finished!
  • quilting through my massive amount of fabric
  • book reviews – I’ve been reading more than writing lately :)
  • scrapbooking

Guys, I have really missed blogging – I think about it everyday. I’m so happy to be back.


So i haven’t posted in about 2 weeks now… ah! But I have a good reason, I promise.

We bought a house and we’ve been moving! So much work! I would show before/after photos, but some things were gone within the first hour of owning the house – the ugly, dirty carpet of course.

I’ve been busy painting, pulling staples out of the floor, and cleaning cleaning cleaning. Sometimes I have to wear a mask from all the dust :/ not sure the previous owners dusted at all in the 30 years they lived there.

But we love it! The little house has so much character and it’s really perfect for us right now.

Did I mention it has lake views and a hot tub??

My ridiculous commute pretty much stays the same, but at least it’s feel worth it now. Commuting 1.5 hours each way is awful when you are coming home to an apartment where you can hear your neighbor snoring.

Anyway, I will be back soon with my home-renovation projects, more photos of the house, and crafts for fall!!

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