Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Wreath Crafting

I recently took one of Michael's crafting classes and was super impressed! The project was a holiday wreath, advertised that you buy the wreath and they provide the rest of the materials. In total, thanks to a huge sale and the supplies in class, I walked out with a gorgeous wreath for $5!

White DIY Christmas Wreath

The class is drop-in style so you come and go as you'd like. They set you up with what you need and you craft away. I'm not an expert crafter so I personally would've liked a little more direction, but at the same time, I appreciated being able to socialize with my friend while creating the wreath instead of listening to an instructor.

Students selected from a traditional green or white sparkly wreath. I did the latter. The materials used were:
-3 bunches of florals
-hot glue
-wire twine
-metal-cutting scissors

Once you have the materials you start building the wreath and when you like the placement you can use wire and/or hot glue to secure. It's best to glue the base of the florals, as opposed to the leaves and petals themselves. I was doing it that way but it wasn't sticking. A few of my pieces fell off after so I suggest wire as well to be sure all is secure. Please ignore the doodles in the photos below, they are not mine haha!

Supplies for a Christmas Wreath
Supplies for a Christmas Wreath
Making a Christmas Wreath at Michael's
Making a Christmas Wreath
Crafting a Christmas Wreath

The whole experience was really wonderful! I highly recommend you stop by Michael's for a craft. They even have classes for kids, too. Be sure to check out their calendar to upcoming events!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Post Thanksgiving

Happy post-Thanksgiving! Did you all survive? I went to Arizona to be with family for a week and while it was nice to catch up, five days is a little too long for me ;)

Of course I forgot to take pictures and only snapped a few. But I did do a lot of eating, sleeping, football watching, and cactus spotting - including the beautiful pink ones below. Who knew I could like the desert?

pink cactus pink cactus

On Thanksgiving day itself, some family members decided to play beer pong - but instead of using beer they used Fireball. Not only were they cracking jokes, singing, and dancing, one uncle passed out in the kitchen and got sick in the sink. Totally normal right? I guess this is why we dress casual for the gathering lol. How did you spend Thanksgiving? I love hearing about others' traditions!

Stop by Thursday to read about my experience crafting at Michael's and see how easy it is to make a gorgeous Christmas wreath!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

give thanks

How is it already Thanksgiving week? Wasn't it just Christmas?! Now it's almost Christmas again! I swear the older I get, the faster time passes. This week I'm off to Arizona to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. I won't be posting again until next Monday so I wanted to take the time now to wish you all (in the States) a wonderful holiday and to tell you I'm thankful for YOU taking the time to be my blogging friend!!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas Crafts

This year, I am so that person who has lost it for the holidays. I am a firm believer of holding off 'til after Thanksgiving but this year I started watching Hallmark movies weeks ago, listening to festive music, and craving everything peppermint. Last week it was 95 degrees so I don't even know how I have Christmas on the mind, but I'm not even sorry about it!

This weekend I'm doing some Christmas crafting and wanted to share some ideas I found on Pinterest. (unfortunately to see the pins you have to view this post in desktop version, mobile won't work)

Do you have any other craft ideas? Send them my way!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday

I am doing my best to not make frivolous purchases right now and have been doing pretty well. BUT that doesn't mean a girl can't browse, right? I have some Nordstrom credit, plus Santa can help foot the bill for these items on my wishlist!

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($16): I use eyeshadow primer and makeup setter but have never tried a foundation primer. Crazy right? I heard that this Smashbox product is a good one. What do you recommend?

2. Rechargeable Smart Clutch ($68): Having a battery charger in a clutch is genius! When I go out I want to capture the moments, but taking photos and using Snapchat, IG, etc., the phone dies within hours. Not a worry with this purse.

3. Knit Cape ($109): I've always wanted a cape but never had the fashion guts to buy one. I think I'd feel silly even though this one is adorable. It would be perfect for Southern California weather that's a tad chilly but not cold enough for a coat, though.