Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Hi everyone! It's taken awhile, but I've finally set up a new blog where I'll be posting from now on. This one will remain here for now. I don't have any real plans to take down posts or do anything new with it, but I will be sure to keep you posted if that changes. But please take a look at my new blog and let me know what you think! As always, I can be reached at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com or any of the social media links on the sidebar. Thanks so much for reading!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


2013 is officially over. It was a weird year for me. I don't know if I would call it "good," but I did have some good times. Here's a little look back:

So now it's on to 2014. In year's past, I've gotten really into new year's resolutions and all that, but I always end up forgetting about them or changing my priorities throughout the year. So instead this year I'm going to focus on one general thing: quality over quantity. This is especially relevant to blogging. Recently I feel like I've been posting just for the sake of posting and I'm not really that excited about it at all. So in the new year I'm going to take a little break to re-evaluate/re-build. Then I'm going to come back with a new sort of blog and more quality posts. I'm already in planning mode and I'm much more excited about it than I have been for a long time. I'm not sure what I'll do with this blog exactly - for now it will stay up and I might post some personal things now and again. But for more regular updates you can find me on: instagram, twitter, or tumblr.

So here's to a new year! Do you have any goals or resolutions?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December Wrapup

I honestly can't believe it's the last day of 2013. This year went by faster than any other. I'm not even sure how I feel about it just yet, and I certainly haven't had time to do an entire wrapup post like all the other bloggers out there who are evidently 100 times more organized and prepared than I am. For this and similar reasons, I have a lot of changes in mind for 2014, but I'll get into that in a later post. For now, here's a typical monthly wrapup post.

Lately I've been:
  • cleaning up the after-holiday mess around my house
  • trying out all of my new kitchen gadgets I got for Christmas
  • planning lots of new things for 2014

Goals for January:
  • make more food at home so I spend less money at McDonald's -__-
  • get completely organized for the new year
  • read more books

Favorite posts from December:

What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Easy M&M Holiday Bark

This is a new thing I tried making this year. I usually do some kind of candy bark, so this year I decided to use red and green M&M's for a little festive look. It's so easy that it's almost not even fair.

What you need:
  • 1 package dark chocolate chips
  • 1 package vanilla chips
  • 1/2 package holiday M&M's
  • red and green candy coating

Start by melting the dark chocolate and then coat the bottom of a cake pan or cookie sheet with edges. Do the same with the vanilla and pour it over top of the dark chocolate. Before it dries, sprinkle the M&M's over the top of the vanilla. Melt the candy coating and spoon it over the bark in whatever kind of design you want. Put it in the fridge to cool overnight. Then break it up with a knife or a mallet or whatever. (that part is really fun)

It's super rich but it looks awesome on cookie trays and let's be real who doesn't want chocolate on chocolate on chocolate at Christmastime?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Home Alone Embroidery

This is my last holiday project of the year I think. Probably. Maybe. I don't know. It's not a DIY project, because I don't really know how to embroider that well myself, much less explain it to other people. But despite the utter sloppiness of this project, I'm pretty proud of it and just wanted to share it. So here you go.

Now when people leave my house, this will be their goodbye. Now I'm going to watch Home Alone for the fifth time this season. Happy holidays!
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