Tag Archives: Christmas

The Canyon & the Ring

Grand Canyon and my new ring

This Christmas, we went to visit the boy’s family in Arizona, and got to do a little side trip to see the Grand Canyon at the same time. It was my first time seeing it, and the experience did not disappoint! It was just Ian and me for the side trip. The canyon is about a 4 hour drive from where his parents live. The first afternoon we got there was around 50 degrees, nice and sunny but super windy…. Read the rest ⇒

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah. Season’s Greetings. Happy Kwanzaa. Joyous Holiday Season. However or whichever holiday you’re celebrating, or even if you’re not celebrating at all, best wishes for you and your loved ones.

December Etsy Round-Up


December makes me think of one thing: Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas. (We’re not much for the whole ice and snow thing here in Austin). So this month’s Etsy treasuries are all about that. The first is about Christmas colors, red and green. The second is a neutral, natural take on Christmas. Take a look: Crimson & Clover Antiqued Necklace – Reddish Brown Focal Bead – Spotted Porcelain Bead – Curved Puff Oval Bead – Earthy Brown – Scarlet Red… Read the rest ⇒

Seasonal Recipe Round-Up

Seasonal Recipes

I may not like the weather that accompanies this time of year (it’s currently only 28 degrees out – ick!) but I have to say, I do love the food. So today I’ve got a round-up of some of the best fall and winter recipes I’ve featured on the blog in the past. There is some good stuff here, check it out: Snacks & Appetizers Creamy Brown Sugar Dip – great with apples, pretzels, etc. Homemade Chex Mix – that… Read the rest ⇒

Shop News

Holiday Bazaar Postcard 2014

First and foremost, don’t forget you can find me this Saturday at the Rockin’ Around the Holiday Bazaar in Round Rock, TX. More details here, and you can RSVP/share the even here. I’d love to meet some of my blog readers and shop fans in person! You can print off this postcard and hand it in at the entrance to be entered for a door prize: Secondly, Annie’s Artist Lookbook did a wonderful surprise write-up on me and my shop,… Read the rest ⇒

Florida Through a New Lens


One of the Christmas gifts I received this year was a new lens for my DSLR camera. The boy got me a 50mm 1.4f lens! We were in Florida over the holiday, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Verdict: I am in LOVE with it! Super speedy focusing and beautiful blurred backgrounds make me happy. Here are some shots I took while getting to know my new lens: Do you have an SLR or DSLR? What’s your favorite… Read the rest ⇒


Photo by Nina Matthews Photography.

I’m off to Florida for Christmas, y’all! I’ve got a bunch of posts scheduled to come at you next, and I’ll be back in a week and a half. Happy Holidays!  

Holiday Jewelry Round-Up


This month’s Etsy round-up is all about jewelry, and all about the holidays. These red and green pieces span a range of styles, and are great for anytime, not just around Christmas. Take a look: Red & Green Jewelry by Dragonflight Dreams Emerald green filigree ring,… DarkenroseJewe… $28 Laser Cut Leather Cuff Brace… LydiaWallMilli… $36 Green Triple Triangle Geomet… totinette $34 Red Patina Earrings, Boho Fi… Redpeonycreati… $21 Scarlet Red Hand Painted Bra… GarnettJewelry $28 Dark Green Jade Earrings –… Read the rest ⇒

5 Things Friday


  1. So the evening of Christmas Day saw us take a trip to the emergency room because Ian was having severe pain in his ear and jaw – meds weren’t helping and it was getting steadily worse. This is the guy who doesn’t really like to go the doctor, so the fact that he opted for the ER when the urgent care center was closed told me it was pretty bad. But they couldn’t figure out what it was…. Read the rest ⇒