2017 Star Wars Half Marathon : The Light Side

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In mid January, one week after our wedding, Hank and I decided participating in a half marathon was a good idea. To be completely honest, we signed up for the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland last summer hoping that its proximity to our wedding would help keep us in shape. We’d train for the race, be in stellar shape for the wedding, and run an amazing pace. Great plan, right? Oh… plans. That’s cute.

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2017 – The Year of “Finish It”

As I embark on my new beginning, I’ve realized that I’m bringing with me quite a few unfinished projects along with me. These unfinished projects have been weighing me down for years. Literally, years. Therefore, 2017 is the year of finishing them. Said in the Mortal Kombat voice. FINISH HIM!

Normally, I would start the year with my good friend V over at Scribbles & Bits with #JustStashJanuary. However, I’m making this a Just Stash Year. That’s right. This year, I’m emptying the tank.

I went through my craft supplies and box of “Some Day Projects” (do you remember that from the Craft Purge of 2015?) to make a list. There’s a mix of projects for me and projects for my Etsy shop, so if you like what you see, you may be able to buy it! #Winning (isn’t that also from 2015?)

Here’s where I’m starting:

  1. Halloween Haunted House Cross Stitch Pillow
  2. Christmas Advent Cross Stitch Pillow
  3. Photos Organization
  4. Green, Black and White Striped Scarf
  5. Twine Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornaments
  6. Patriotic Santa Cross Stitch
  7. Christmas Snow Flake Hand Towels
  8. Cooking Santa Cross Stitch
  9. Christmas Recipe Book
  10. World Postcards Cross Stitch
  11. Mail Center
  12. Fabric Panel Books
  13. Ho Ho Ho Stitch Cards
  14. Red Snowflake Stitch Cards
  15. Old Sweater Hand Warmers

I’m sure I have more laying around here waiting to be made…

A lot of cross stitching in there to0! I’m looking forward to getting through these projects to make room for oodles of other techniques I’d like to try. It’ll be hard to put new ideas on the back burner, but I’ll be really happy when my desk is clear!

Stay tuned for all the fun and check out #ProjectFinishIt2017 on Instagram to see live updates! 

Decorating Our Small Apartment for Christmas

2016 was a tough year to get into the spirit of Christmas. With our wedding looming just over the New Year, decking the halls and fa-la-la-ing kept slipping to the bottom of my to-do list. As you all very well know, I love the holidays, but this year, I struggled to put in the full effort to do a holiday theme and max out my celebrating with cookies, custom gifts and good cheer. However, we did get a chance to decorate our apartment.

The layout of our 650 square foot apartment in San Diego is basically a box, but a few architectural details provided fun decorating opportunities. I didn’t get a chance to decorate my bookcases and dining room like I usually do thanks to a hoard of boxes related to the wedding (ahem – cases of wine), but we did get to experiment with garland throughout the rest of the space. Check it out!

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Santa’s Key

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I love the tradition of Santa Claus. The big jolly man with a large white beard and a stomach that shakes like a bowl full of jelly coming down the chimney to deliver gifts for all the good boys and girls of the world. What’s not to love about this? Really, what?

Well, over the years, I’ve come across people who have a bad taste in their mouths for the tradition of Santa Claus. It’s not that they hate Christmas or dislike the idea of Santa giving gifts, thus taking their credit. No, it’s more of a… logistical or philosophical issue. I’ve found that parents who struggle with Santa tend to fall into two categories:

The No Chimney Parents and The No Intruders Parents.

I have a solution for both of you.

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Free Printable Penguin Christmas Gift Tags

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Tis the season for gift giving! I love picking out the perfect gift and carefully wrapping it in beautiful paper and bows. This year, instead of doing a full Christmas theme (we have a wedding on the front burner), we picked a holiday character instead. PENGUINS!

All of our paper either has penguins on it or is red, black and white, with bows and ribbons to match. Of course, I had to design matching penguin gift tags.

Aren’t they too cute?! The graphics are from ClipArtopia on Etsy.

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To print your own for free, click the link below! Happy Wrapping!

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Christmas Penguin Gift Tags

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Like many Gilmore Girl fans, my Thanksgiving weekend was completely hijacked by watching the Netflix special Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. However, I paced myself, spreading my viewing over four days so I could truly digest each episode and analyze the direction of the storyline. This presented the unique challenge of avoiding Facebook, Twitter and certain news websites because I really wanted to pull my own thoughts and feelings from the special. As I watched, I took notes, thought it through, and what follows is the culmination of what I truly felt about the show.

Warning: My Gilmore Girls fandom is about to be exposed.

Also… obviously, spoilers to follow.

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Pumpkin Carving 2016

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Ah – that glorious time of year, when pumpkins are just begging to be turned into frightfully fun jack-0-lanterns. I absolutely love pumpkin carving. Aside from seeing everyone’s ridiculously creative costumes, this is my favorite part of the season.

The theme for this year was easy – Halloween couples. With my upcoming nuptials, I had to do it. As I thought through the traditional couples, none of them quite inspired me as much as Victor and The Corpse Bride.

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