Friday, November 14, 2014

Making traditions

There is such a pressure with family traditions. What do you do? What new traditions do you have with Ella? AHHHH. I don't know and I don't know! We just do what we do and do what we like. 

But I did start one tradition. And if you think about it, it came from being selfish. See I decided I want to decorate the big tree in the living room. The way I want. With burlap and mercury glass and German glitter.

Yes, you've already seen this picture.

For all of the other ornaments, I gave everyone a little tree.
I'm all about giving.
One, two, three like Goldilocks. 
Everyone can put their ornaments on their own tree and they all sit together at the top of the stairs together. Three. Like our family that is perfect to us.
Every year I buy E and Mark a new ornament.  They have a little tree to go on at the top of the stairs.

Time to get real.  The best is the before to this after. 

Get this girl to stop moving so we can get a little picture. Yeah right.

I just carry the trees downstairs after Christmas. Ornaments and all. But every year, we re-ornament the trees. Fluff and ornament. Exhibit A.

We examine everything and talk about when she got things. Who got this for me? When did you get that? Can I have that one?

Mom my tree is leaning. 
Well she changed that and did this. 
A little heavy handed on the bottom Ell.

A little sparse thru the middle...

But as you back away...

It all just falls into place.

What is a tradition that's special to your family?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Awesome day

I won't gush for long, but yesterday's turnout for my Holiday Open House was awesome. I was nervous until I didn't have a second to think about being nervous. My customers know what they want, so off we went. Orders orders orders. I'm gonna be busy for a while. :)

Here are a few pics of the day.

Now I don't have to decorate for Christmas!  All done.  A little early...;)

That battery-operated candle is the one I tried to light earlier in the day.  Didn't work.

Carbs anyone? Little spice cupcakes with carmel apple frosting. And a crockpot hot tottie!

A tray of some of my favorite earrings.

Cowls.  Never enough cowls. 

The other side of the table with the headband suitcase. 

A frame tray of Christmas pretties.

The aftermath. lol!  Look at that.  I'm still laughing because I turned around after taking orders and it looked like this!  

Thanks again for supporting me!  Have a great snowy Monday! ;)-Katie

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday favorites

Try this. A sleepover + daylight savings = many extra hours for this mom!  It takes a lot for me to lay down for a nap.  I'm raising a little girl just like that.  
She might miss the wind blowing! Who needs sleep!

So how about a few favorite things I've seen this week. 

I acquired a great collection of pink vintage ornaments last year after Christmas.
 I can't wait to put them on display and this is perfect.  I don't have pink in my home decor, so a splash of it will be a little festive.

I would like to thank Anthro for letting me watch this beautiful frock for months and months waiting for a sale. Low and behold it's gone! Not even clearance A-thro?Whahhhh. I just keep looking at it here, on my phone and the over-priced sellers making a buck on Ebay. 

I love this idea!!! I have tried tons of ideas to keep my necklaces from getting tangled. You put your jewels in between two pieces of the heaven-sent Press'n Seal.  I don't care how horribly uncute it looks.  At least you won't have 5 necklaces stuck together with an earring sticking out of the middle.

I love this idea for an advent calender or countdown calender! I'm gonna hit up Goodwill later today to get started looking for Christmas books. My little reader will LOVE this. 
We don't have any big trees that I can get a branch from...but I have friends that do!  Or neighbors....

If you come to my Open House, you will taste this yummy goodness. 
Apple cider + butterscotch schnapps. A little hot toddie to help you shop better. :)

What are you currently pinning? You can follow me here on Pinterest and find all of these ideas there.

Next Sunday I will be having a sale online so you can all get some good deals  It will start after my Open House....stay posted this week for details!

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Up to my eyeballs

This is what's new. A ton of crocheting and wondering if I will ever have enough 
for my Open House next weekend.  
I will.  
I will have more than enough.
If you can't make it because you don't live near me, 
I will have the same deals online for Sunday only.  :)

So get your holiday list ready.  Wouldn't it feel good to get some items crossed off your list?

My purse always looks like this.  

 Working at my garage sale.

This was next to me.  I made a good dent.  And have some new products for the Open House. :)

A couple of my favorite patterns.  I made a bunch of these cute earrings and other favs of mine. 

An afternoon I wanted hot chocolate.  Not sure what the whipped cream had to do with it.

One very early morning.  I paid for this early morning. I think I might still be paying for it.

Such a fun blog post.  I'll try to do more crochet pics next time. ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cold weather lip favorites

It seems that I am becoming smarter as the years in MN pass by.  Like gearing up and being prepared for colder weather and winter with my favorite go-to lip favs.  I might do some more of these, but for now let's start with the smacker.

First.  I have bought scrubs, but you can make them for cheaper and IMO, they can taste better. You need to exfoliate your lips.  For this I use:

An empty chapstick tube (I emptied it)

Next grab your:


I have no recipe.  Get a bowl and spoon.  Maybe start with a teaspoon of each.
 I use more sugar than oil.  The coconut oil goes a long way.  
Mix it in a bowl and then fill the tube with the mixture.  
Voala! It's a great scrub and  you can just lick it off. 

Another staple around here is good 'old Aquaphor.  We mostly use this on our lips.
But it's good for any cracked or chapped skin.  I heart Aquaphor.

I also have 6 (because E told me) of these.  But I buy them on sale here.  
And you don't pronounce the L in Salve. But I d...;)

And good ole Bag Balm.  Yes, that's a cow utter on it.  But I use it for my lips.  Moooooo.

What are you favorite lip products for winter? 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fill in the blank

Can I first show you what a friend made me?  The letter K with the wood behind it?  I am in love and thought everyone should enjoy it's awesomeness.  Thanks T!

I saw this over here and thought it was a fun idea. Here we go with what's going on.  Let's enjoy the excitement. I have been:
Making : Cowls like crazy
Cooking : loving soup right now 
Drinking : Coffee/chai/water        
Reading: I'm trying to do more. Right now I'm reading #Girlboss.            
Wanting: more Alex and Ani bangles
Looking: for peace                                                         
Playing: Sam Smith
Wasting: time worrying about things I can't control
Sewing: I have a pile of clothes that need sewing done on them.  Aka "Katie's Hackshop"       Wishing: every space in my home was organized
Enjoying: this weather. I love fall
Waiting: for Scandal to be on
Liking: this face spray
Wondering: if I will ever live in the city
Loving: listening to Old Strawberry Shortcake stories being read to me
Hoping: I can see my family and far-away friends soon
Marvelling: off to google "marvell"
Needing: to sleep in
Smelling: chlorine on E's skin
Wearing: way over-sized sweaters, dresses, boots and leggings
Following: every cast member of Scandal on IG
Noticing: my hair is growing really slowly
Knowing: winter is near and I'm nervous
Thinking: about Anniversary date night 
Feeling: balanced
Bookmarking: diy gift ideas on Pinterest
Opening: I still love opening mail
Giggling: at E trying to be sassy with her hands

Give me a few of your!  This took way longer than I thought! Lol

Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY-Frame a bag

I was walking around a craft store the other day.  That sounds like a joke.
I took a little turn down the clearance aisle and found this cute little bag.  I knew what I was going to do with it right when I got it...for .90.  Scrore!


I cut it to fit inside this frame and now have a little cute new picture!

That's the kind of DIY I like!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Team cowls!

Go team!  Here are some options for you to wear to your favorite sporting event...even it you are just watching tv.  I thought I would make it a little bonus cowl.  You pic the color (any available but here are a few local favs) and you get an accent of shabby flowers to go on it!.  You can wear it alone, with the flowers or just wear the flowers on something.  I think it's such a fun idea!  I hope you do too!

First up to batt (just kidding!) is the Packers.  Let's be real, we know who rules the house I live in. ;) The cowl is yellow with an emerald green bunch of flowers to attach.

U of M.  That's the University of MN for those of you in Michigan who are confused.  This is maroon-ish red cowl that comes with a mustard yellow bunch of flowers to attach.

The vikings.  Eh.  ;)  I have 2 options.  
The deeper purple above that comes with a mustard yellow bunch of flowers to attach.

The vikings also have a yellow cowl with a brighter purple bunch of flowers to attach.

So what do you think?  
Let me know what sports teams colors you would like to wear 
and I will make something sporty for ya!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Time for fall outfit ides!

It's almost time for my very favorite season: fall.  Cozy sweaters, leggings and boots are basically my uniform in the fall and winter.  I can't get enough.  Pair that with coffee and a snugly blanket.  You can find me on the couch for months. (that sounds kinda hermit-ish doesn't it?)

Fall might only last about a week here in MN before you know what comes.  I thought it would be fun to put together some outfit ideas to pair with your Trixiegirl accessories.  These are just ideas.  Just like that Pinterest folder you never go back to.  I really need to look at those!

Weekend Outfit
Everyone has or lives with someone that has a flannel shirt.  I really should have saved the 35 flannels that I had in college.  Pair a flannel/plaid shirt with some comfy jeans, a cream cowl and some booties and you will be comfortable and cute!
Trixiegirl cowl, dailylook shirt, jcrew jeans, ae booties

Dinner Date 
I would wear this any time, but if you are a yoga pants girl (I think that means everyone), this is just a step up.  If you don't want to wear leggings, just wear some stretchy black pants or tights with a black tunic.   Put a long, warm sweater on, pull on some tall boots and top it off with some earrings. Totes Cute. (It's funnier when I say it outloud. Or if I was 9.)
Trixiegirl earrings, Free People sweater, Frye boots, Hue Leggings

Ball Game
I think I'm speaking to 99% of my friends with this one.  If I can't get a hold of a friend, I should just go look at the ball field.  Early morning comfort is key for those girls. I love this coat (my wallet doesn't), cute pants, shoes and the hat all of my friends love to wear.  
I'm so thankful their kids play sports!
Trixiegirl hat, Lululemon jacket, Target pants, New Balance shoes

Casual Outfit
I love this outfit.  I love an army green coat or vest with anything.  It makes boring basic pieces, become a little more interesting.  Pair it with some earrings or a clip and some boots and 
you're good to go!
Anthropologie outfit, Trixiegirl earrings and clip, Frye boots
.So, maybe you aren't ready for fall, but this will get your mind moving!

What is your favorite thing to wear in the fall?