Goodbye 2012!

What a year it's been! So many accomplishments and great memories...
 
A trip to the Bahamas with Bill...
 

 Ran the Susan G. Komen 5k in May and decided to start training for the half marathon...

Started my new career in Marketing and moved in with my friend in July...

Decided to start my own home and event styling business in July...

Celebrated my 30th Birthday with close friends in Puerto Vallarta in October...

 
Completed my first half marathon in October...
 
And got engaged in December!
 
 
What a whirlwind of a year! I am so excited to see what 2013 will have in store!
 
I have several friends getting married. One close friend is having a baby, due in June!
 
So much to look forward to!
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
 

Friday's Fancies // New Year's Finest!

{Sources, clockwise:: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5}
 
Happy Friday and almost New Year's Eve Fancy Ladies!
 
I can't believe it is almost 2013! I better get started on planning my wedding!
 
Tonight I will be going out to dinner with some friends to celebrate the engagement.
 
Saturday the parents will meet for the first time! We are going out to dinner. I'm actually excited for them to meet.
 
I will be attending a cocktail party for New Year's Eve and am hoping to sport something sparkly gold and black!
 
Here's what I would love to wear to the party...
 
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I am definitely planning on incorporating gold and black into the outfit!
 
 
What are your plans for ringing in the New Year?
 
I'm linking up with {av} from {long distance loving} for Friday's Fancies!
 
 
 

Did that just happen?!

Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday, but I was still realing with joy after the best Christmas ever because....WE GOT ENGAGED!!!

 
YAY! I am so excited I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend!
 
It happened at his house on Christmas while in my PJs making cheesy potatoes for my family's Christmas dinner. We were babysitting my parent's dog and my dog Louie so that they would not terrorize the guests at my parent's house.
 
Somehow, Bill got Louie into a Santa costume in a bedroom and attached the ring box to his collar with out me hearing or thinking anything...Then, as "Santa Claus is coming to Town" came on que on Pandora, he came out with Louie and the ring and got down on one knee...
 
It was the perfect proposal for us! He included my fluffy son, in our PJs, in front of our 2 favorite food groups (cheese and potatoes)...Perfect!
 
I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with the most wonderful man! I am so lucky!
 
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Here are a few shots from my Christmas and the Christmas tablescape I styled for our family Christmas dinner!
 
Christmas Eve at my parents' house...
 
Louie and his bow tie on Christmas Eve...
 
Right after the proposal! hehe
 
Popping a bottle of champ {a Christmas gift from his boss} to celebrate in our PJs! :)
 
Louie Claus...
 
A few other gifts I received...
 
"Love" necklace from mom and the ever-so-popular gold polka dot PJs {via Target} from Grandma!
 
New iPhone case {via Nordstrom} from Dad! Also came with a coral color insert, so I can change with my mood/outfit ;)
 
I also received a DSLR Cameras for Dummies book and some cash towards my new camera savings account! I think the purchase is happening pretty soon and I can't wait to start learning how to take better photos for the blog-site and personal use!
 
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And now, here are some photos of the Christmas tablescape I styled for my family's Christmas dinner...
 
 
 
I made the three gold fringe trees and used a tooth pick to attach the sequined ball to the top of each. I found the sequin balls at Michael's. I cut some greenery from my parents back yard to add some pine green to balance out all the gold. The brass candle sticks are vintage from my mom that my Dad polished up for me. The gold and cream chevron table runner is from Paper Source! I got a 50 foot roll for $30 {not including shipping}! So, you may see this used in other projects in the future ;)
 
Pine tree in my parents back yard...
 

 
 
 
I got the gold bow napkin rings from Target - 8 for $16 {not including shipping}! I can't find them on the website anymore, so they must have sold out. I did see some in the store right before Christmas so they may be on clearance now?
 
The dishes are my Mom's Haviland dishes that have been passed down my family. We only eat off of these on Christmas and Easter. I had to incorporate them in the theme! I love the gold trim and detail!
 
I love mixing something new and modern with vintage details. I added a spring of pine to each place setting for a little something extra :)
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday filled with family, friends, laughter and love! I know I did!
 
 
 

Merry Christmas Eve!

I'm having fun making these little gold fringe trees for our Christmas tablescape tomorrow! Merry Christmas Eve! {Here's the how to if you missed it}
 
 
 
I'll be back on the 26th with a recap of my Christmas and the last Christmas Craft of the year! My DIY Christmas tablescape!
 
I hope you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas! Remember what this special holiday is all about...cherish relationships and be thankful for all of your blessings!
 
 

12 Days of Christmas Crafts // #11 Chalk Board Coasters

 
 
Well, I had planned to have a nice DIY for chalk board mugs, much like the ones {here}. Unfortunately, I am a very impatient person and I went ahead and tried to make these without fully reading the directions...BIG mistake!
 
You see, when painting porcelain mugs with chalk board paint, you must use a special type of chalk board paint {which you can find here and here}. You have to bake the mugs after painting to seal in the paint so that it will not chip...Like this...
 
 
So, I decided to try something else with the same type of regular chalk paint you
 can find at any craft store. I purchased a set for 4 pine wood squares {4.5" x 4.5"}. I painted them with 2 coats of the chalk paint and let them dry. I applied 4 small felt circles to the bottom corners of each to protect against the coffee table.
 
 
 
After the chalk paint dries, it's important to rub a piece of chalk all over the chalk board surface and then wipe off. This will create the chalk board look.
 
 
 
 
Write a fun note on each, tie with ribbon and stick them in a stocking or on the tree for a last minute gift!
 
 
I'm linking up with Katie and Steph for Saw it, Pinned it, Did it! Hop over and check out some of the other Pinterest inspired posts!
 
 

Guest Post:: 12 Days of Christmas Crafts // #10 No Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

Christmas Craft #10 comes from Katie via Keep Calm and Carry On. Not only one of my favorite blogs to read, but also a fellow Ohio-ian (that's a word, right?). Take it away, Katie!

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Hi there.
Nice to "meet" you all! :)

I'm Katie from Keep Calm and Carry On.
This week for Lindsay's fabulous blog I'm sharing one of my favorite DIY projects I've done!
 My No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt...which is perfect for the holidays and if you can't find a tree skirt you are in love with (or don't want to shell out big money to do so...)

I saw a similar version on Pinterest (typical, right?) and knew I needed to re-create it in my own way to put in our household. Burlap and ruffles are a winning combination in my book, so I decided to use burlap and red fabric.

No Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt:

You'll need-
-old tree skirt (to use as a base)
-fabric cut into 2 1/2" wide strips: I used approximately 2 yards of each fabric
-hot glue gun and glue sticks (lots of 'em!!) 


What you do-
First, you get your game face on.
Then, you lay out your old tree skirt.

Try and distract any furry animals in your home that are desperate for attention.
Or just try to get them off your tree skirt so you can work...



Cut your fabric into strips.

Start at the bottom of your skirt and by the edge where your opening is. Start gluing small sections as you go creating ruffles and gluing them down.








Continue to make layers and gluing down the fabric. 
Trim up any messed up spots and don't worry, it won't be perfect but you won't be able to tell when it's finished.




Ba-da-bing. Ba-da-BOOM.
You're done!

Making this type of tree skirt is really easy, but just make sure you have a lot of glue sticks on hand.
Like 20. or maybe 30. ;)

Thank you for having me, Lindsay!
Hope to see you all soon over on my blog.

A Blogger Day of Silence for Sandy Hook...

12 Days of Christmas Crafts // #9 Glitter Letter Mantle Banner...

 
 
Hello lovelies! I'm back with yet another Christmas Craft! This one has been n my to-do list for a few weeks now and I'm so glad I completed it, because it really makes me so happy to see it when I walk into my apartment every day!
 
The roomie decorated the mantle {and did a fantastic job!} with items she has purchased over the past few years. I wanted to leave my little {sparkly} mark on it as well, so I decided to make a gold glitter letter "NOEL" banner. I got the idea from {this} and also {here}. I thought it would be a pretty easy project and I was correct!
 
Here's what you'll need:
 
1 // cardboard
2 // block letter printed from web source {I actually free handed mine!}
3 // scissors
4 // Elmer's glue
5 // sponge brush
5 // gold glitter
6 // ribbon {color of your choice, I used gold}
7 // hot glue gun
 
 
 
 
Step 1: cut letters out of cardboard
Step 2: brush glue on one side of letters
Step 3: sprinkle on glitter
Step 4: let letters dry for a few hours {I waited a day}
 
 
Step 5: hot glue top edge of letters to ribbon...
 
Step 6: spray with clear acrylic coating to seal in glitter...
 
 
Let it dry, and you're done!
 


 
So fun and easy!
 
More Christmas Crafts/DIYs to come later this week!
 
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FYI:
 
I will be taking a blogger day of silence tomorrow for Sandy Hook Elementary...Please visit this page to make a donation to the youth and families that have been effected by the tragedy in Newtown.
 
From the site:
 
"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING."