Monday, December 31, 2012

December Wrapup

Happy New Year's Eve! I'm sorry I've been a complete stranger to this blog this month. I would say I've been busy, but really it's mostly because I completely lost my motivation. But I am back and plan to blog regularly again starting now. Anyway, over December I took a trip to Disney World, ate some good food, tried to enjoy the holiday season, and spent time with friends. I hope you all had a good month and I hope 2013 is even better!

Favorite posts from December:

And some goals for January:
  • Get back into blogging regularly
  • Start doing yoga again
  • Don't completely give into the annual winter hermit lifestyle
What are your plans for 2013?

Friday, December 7, 2012

DIY Simple Styrofoam Snowmen

These little snowmen are really cute decorations to put around during the holiday season, and they're so easy. All you need are two or three styrofoam balls in different sizes, scissors, hot glue, and a couple of yarn scraps.

Start by cutting into the sytrofoam just a bit to make a flat surface. You'll need to do this on two opposite ends of the sphere except for the smallest one, which will just need one flat surface. You could even use sandpaper if you find that easier than scissors. Glue the two or three pieces together and let it dry. Then, using your glue gun, create eyes, a nose, and some button embellishments on the front of the snowman. You can paint over these later if you want to, but I kind of like the way they look as is.

Then take a short scrap of yarn and wrap it around the neck a few times to make a scarf. Glue it and place and you're done! You can continue adding other embellishments like a hat and arms if you'd like, but I think these are just really simple and cute without anything else.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What I Wore: Lazy Winter

I haven't been feeling super thrilled about my wardrobe lately. I've been spending a lot of time in sweats, which is actually pretty rare for me considering I work at home. But right now all I really want to wear is anything oversized and comfortable like t-shirt dresses and big sweaters. Do you get like that at the start of winter too?

Outfit details: Madewell dress, Old Navy blazer, Modcloth tights, gifted scarf, Payless shoes, DIY purse
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Piemaker

I said in my fall goals post earlier this year that I wanted to bake at least three pies - that didn't exactly happen during the fall, as I just finished two of them this weekend, but I did do it!

I ended up making another apple pie, which turned out just as delicious as the first one I made, along with a cherry and a lemon "meringue." For the cherry pie, we used a pre-made filling so it wasn't exactly homemade. But my mom made a crumb top from scratch, which I hadn't ever tried before, and it was really good. I tried to make a lemon meringue pie completely from scratch, but my meringue didn't actually meringue so it was more like a lemon pie with some sugary stuff on top. It still tasted good, but it looked kind of weird.

I think pies are probably my favorite things to bake, and I definitely plan to make a couple more this winter. Do you have any pie making experiences?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Over The Weekend

Over the weekend, I spent a lot of time in Detroit with friends. We went to the 40th annual Noel Night in Midtown, where there was shopping, art, lots of Christmassy things, and best of all: food trucks. I got some fried macaroni and cheese that was just as heavenly as it sounds.

We also went to brunch and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair the next day. I got some cool stuff for my apartment at both Noel Night and DUCF: Pantone note cards, letterpress magnets, a few cute canvases to hang on the walls, and a print of a fox knitting (obviously...)

Since I've been kind of a hermit lately I just wanted to share some of my ventures outside my home. I'm hoping to keep taking advantage of all the cool events around town throughout the rest of the season. How was your weekend?

Friday, November 30, 2012

November Wrapup

Well, I guess it's the last day of November. I must say this has been one of my laziest months ever. I mostly spent it drinking hot chocolate, decorating my apartment for Christmas, and starting some new projects. I'm hoping that December brings much of the same, but maybe with a little more venturing outside the house. Here are a few snapshots from the month:

My favorite posts from November:

And a few goals for December:
  • Host a fancy Christmas party
  • Buy some handmade gifts for friends and family
  • Try a bunch of new baking recipes
I hope you all had a great November and I hope December is even better!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter Wonderland Hallway

In an effort to find creative ways to decorate my little apartment for Christmas, I ended up spending a lot of time turning my boring hallway into a "winter wonderland." It's basically just tinsel garland, white led lights, and paper snowflakes, but I'm really liking how it turned out.

Want to make your own? First, you'll need to buy two tension curtain rods that fit in the width of your hallway. Hang them up at even heights at each end of your hallway.

Then start by tying the garland around one of the rods, string it around as many times as possible, and do the same with the lights. Make your favorite paper snowflakes (I don't need to go over this one right? I think everyone made these as a kid...) and tie them onto the garland and the light strands using either white yarn or string. My yarn has some sparkle, but I suppoooooooose that isn't mandatory.

Done! Now I feel very festive every time I walk through this hallway.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cool Stuff

I shared a little holiday DIY over at After Nine to Five this week for glittery star garland.

I'm in love with this tutorial for friendship bracelet hoop earrings by PS I Made This... so creative!

This girl made a really detailed dollhouse to look like the homes in The Hobbit. I seriously love The Shire and would definitely love to have those skills.

I think I need to make this sparkling pumpkin cider beertail from Brit+Co.

I love this idea for faux striped walls in Apartment Therapy. I can't paint the walls in my apartment, so I may just have to give this a try.

If eight of your favorite websites were Pokemon... need I say more?

Find any cool stuff this week?

Monday, November 19, 2012


Yes, I'm wearing jeans. This is a rare sight, but I'm too lazy to do laundry and I need more pairs of fleece tights for the winter (I'm also too lazy to iron my clothes if you'll notice...) But at least it's cold enough to wear boots regularly and these are my favorites.

Outfit details: Modcloth tunic, Target cardigan, Macy's jeans, Von Maur boots (similar), vintage earrings *This post contains affiliate links

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sponsor in December

It's almost December and I seriously can't wait! I have so much fun stuff planned for this blog, so here's the monthly reminder that I'm accepting pay-what-you-can sponsorships and trades with other bloggers. Email me at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com for more info. And check out my awesome November sponsors!

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