Hey! It’s still the Holiday’s around my house. Christmas turns into New Year’s. New Year’s turns into my kids birthdays. My kids birthday’s turn into Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day turns into my birthday. So, around the first of March we will stop partying. It’s a rough life I have, I know. You can send me sympathy cards whenever. My address is: Janel the worst part of the world. where . . .
Archives for December 2012
Christmas is coming and here in Wisconsin it is a rare, rare thing indeed to not have a White Christmas. But, I am sadly aware that many of you are in warmth, with beaches and palm trees. First of all, no sympathy. Not happening. Suntan lotion, cabana boys, and girly drinks sound pretty heavenly! But…at Christmas time there is something magical about Wisconsin and snow. They just go together. Like . . .
These are the Tags of My Life. I could come up with fabulous and crazy amazing gift tags and pass them off as something I do ALL THE TIME. Or ever. But, let’s face it, who has time to spend hours creating awesome tags? I barely get the gifts wrapped, never mind look pretty. Geesh…some people are over-achievers! (I like getting gifts from over-achievers, . . .
We’re Minnesotans. We know what winter looks like, and how hard it can be. We’ve lived through the crazy snow drifts and the negative temperatures. We’ve dealt with frozen car doors and impossibly dense snow. We’ve lived through the Polar Vortex...twice, is it? And we still live here. Crazy, aren’t we? Sure, sometimes we all ask ourselves why, and dream of . . .
It’s annoying that I have to say Twinkie substitute. How lame is that in a title? I can’t just say Twinkie’s. No, they don’t exist anymore. Darn Hostess going bankrupt. Ruined my title for Twinkie Tiramisu. Okay, I’m done ranting. For now. It will probably come up again. At the most random time. That's the way I roll! Short sentences, randomness, and sarcasm. I'm working on it...they are . . .
Did you know Bubble Bath’s help you de-stress? I did. But, I’ve been underestimating their power. I’ve been downplaying their goodness. I think “I should go take a bubble bath…I’m stressed” and then not follow through. I’ve been giving Bubble Bath’s (yes, in my world…it’s a proper noun and deserves capitalizing) a cold shoulder…no pun intended. No Longer. No. I hereby declare that I shall . . .
I had good intentions this year of making and creating Christmas gifts! And, I did make many. I slaved and slaved for hours, burnt almost every finger at least once on the hot glue gun. And…smeared paint, glue, or stain on one or two decent pairs of jeans. All, for a homemade Christmas gift for each and every gift. Alas, I’ve lost. I’ll end the year turning towards the dreaded gift . . .
I apologize to Santa for killing Rudolph. Do I redeem myself if I say this is just a stuffed version…not the real thing? This is a faux taxidermy. This Rudolph the Reindeer mount is adorable. Just make sure your kids know he’s only fabric or you might make them terribly sad! Materials: stuffed reindeer ( you could use a stuffed moose like this one and just add a red nose) wood . . .
Just make sure you don’t set these presents with Sugar Cookie gift tags on top of each other. Broken sugar cookie tags would be sad. Talk about a way to ruin a Christmas. Anyways, I’m a simple wrapper kind of girl. Either pretty paper and a sharpie with the name written on it. Or brown paper with great tags. Not both. That’s just overkill. This year the brown paper on a roll . . .
I've never owned a nativity set before. I just generally don't like them. I find them chinzy, or fake, or overly elaborate, or a hundred other negative things. They all just seem a bit ridiculous to me. But I also don't want to be a scrooge. I love Christmas, and a cute little nativity set seems the perfect addition to most decorations. So I set about making . . .
A while back I had posted a question on Facebook. Which brings up a question...are you following me on Facebook? you should. we have loads of fun and silly questions! Anyways, back to the task at hand. the question. What old-fashioned food should I make? (or something along that lines) And the answers kept coming! you all had suggestions, suggestions, suggestions some of which I had never . . .
These are Christmas placemats made out of the new holiday prints Duck Tape has rolled out. Why are Duct Tape placemats a good idea? Well, because no one else is going to have them. Because they are adorable. And…wipe on, wipe off!! That's right...these placemats or so much easier to clean the most! Materials needed: Duck Tape sharpie. yes. that is . . .
I’m not the greatest at doing centerpieces. And I’ll be the first to admit that a vase of flowers is about all I can manage for my table. And those don’t last as long as they should. The cats always eat them and then puke them up on the table. Okay, sorry. I’m waaaay off topic. What were we talking about? Oh yes…centerpieces. So, I’m not so good. But…I had some fabulous bedsprings from Lori . . .
Did you know I have friends? I know, you can gasp and giggle and not believe me. But…it’s true!! In the blogging world that I find myself I even have friends. And a group of us decided to do something fun together. We call it… It went a little bit like this… Once Upon a Time a lovely blogger named Lori sent a box of old rusty springs to another blogger named Nellie. The instructions . . .