Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bidding Adieu to 2013

2013 has almost come and gone, so it's time to bid adieu to the year. There have been 365 days of challenges, blessings, laughter, adventures, lots some shopping, and let's be honest, more than a few cupcakes!

I've made a couple of flipagram videos to chronicle some of my 2013.

My 2013 Travels

Lola's 2013
Looking forward to 2014! 
 Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas! {2013 Christmas Card}

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Cookies

I made Christmas Cookies a couple of weeks ago during the iced in days, but then I started feeling poorly, so I never got them decorated.  I stuck them in the freezer until I felt better and had time to decorate them.  I finally got around to doing that on Sunday...



These ornaments look really cool in person, but didn't photograph so well







Monday, December 23, 2013

ICE! {The Nutcracker}

I met my friends Abby, Brian, Emery, Brooks & Graham, as they traveled through town on Saturday morning. We went to the Gaylord Texan for the ICE! display.  We went three years ago when it was the Peanuts theme.  The last two years have been Shrek and Madagascar, which didn't really interest us.  This year was Nutcracker, which seemed worthy of another visit.

On the way to ice, we stopped to look at the giant gingerbread house...

Let me just tell you that, going at 10:00 a.m. was so much better than the afternoon we attended in 2010.  In 2010, we waited in lines, to wait in lines (I'm not even kidding).  This year, we were able to walk right up without any lines.  It always starts off with a video that explains about the ice sculpting process, and warns you that it's kept at 8 degrees inside the exhibit.  Right after the video, it snowed in the room!


After that, you stop off for you giant blue parka...
I may be partial because I'm his Fairy Godmother, but I think Graham is about the cutest thing ever!




They always have ice slides
Brooks...
Emery...
and Brian enjoyed the Ice Slides
We didn't love The Nutcracker theme as much as Peanuts, but then they surprised us with a 
Christmas in New York portion.  We all loved the NYC part!




They always have a great nativity at the very end...

This year, we all also enjoyed the snow tubing...

The decorations at the Gaylord are always lovely to look at too...



Loved these poinsettias...


It was a fun morning!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Decorations ~ Dining Room {2013 Edition}

The Dining Room decorations are definitely jazzed up this year, since this room got the newest tree...The Travel Tree!

It's a tree that is still in progress since I want to continue adding ornaments as I travel each year.
It's a new pre-lit tree that I bought, but I've decided that I need to add some extra lights next year.  I often do this...my living room tree has an extra 600 lights that I added because I didn't think it was bright enough!

For the tree topper, I used left over ribbon from last year.  It is some of the same ribbon I used on the living room tree topper, but I made it go with the theme by adding some mini flags from some of the countries I have visited... Ireland, Canada, US (of course), United Kingdom, and Mexico.  I hadn't seen anything that prompted this idea, it just came to me as I was driving one day, but I think it turned out brilliantly.

Do you see that adorable tree skirt?  How perfect is that for a travel tree? 
Santas from around the World!
The best part... I've had it for around 15 years, but haven't used it in quite some time.  I was so happy I'm a pack rat and hadn't donated it to Goodwill!

Just realized I forgot to put the red candles in the silver reindeer's antlers.  Well, nothing is ever perfect, right?




This isn't really in the dining room, but since you can see it from there, I will include it in this post...
This Christmas Card tree is new too.  I had a metal one in the past, but it got kind of wonky, so I got this small tree.  I made a bow topper for it out of the same left over living room tree topper ribbon.  I put two strings of battery powered LED lights on the tree.  They aren't great, but they provide a little glow, and I didn't want the cord to hang down for "real lights".  I just got some gold lame fabric and wrapped around the base.  When I get a card, I punch a hold in it, and run some gold ribbon through it to make it an "ornament" on the tree.  I love how it fills up throughout the month of December!

I love the new additions to my forest of Christmas trees that are in my house!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Decorations ~ Home Office {2013 Edition}

I have a completely new tree in my office this year.  I had wanted this 6 foot skinny tree from Hobby Lobby for a couple of years.  I always thought it was too expensive (even with their 50% off).  I had big plans to go after Christmas last year and get it for cheap, but when I got snowed in Nocona, I thought all hope was lost.  Actually, it worked out for my benefit, because when I finally made it back home, I was able to find the tree for 75% off!


I've named this my "white & bright" tree.  I love it and it makes me super happy!

I used a few ornaments that I had been using on the smaller tree in my office for years, but I also was able to get many on super sale last year.  I bought some pink ribbon on sale last year too, and used picks I already owned to make a topper for this tree.
This tree skirt was one I already had as well.  It is one I made several years ago with a piece of glittery felt that I cut and sewed some fur around the edge.  I think it is perfect for this tree...perfect size, perfect color, perfect fun accessory!

 

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