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Cheery Things

2012 December 13
by Becky

This time of year I get a little overwhelmed, a little sluggish, burnt out.

It’s the stall between preparing for Christmas and the day actually happening.

Not sure if it’s the mounting excitement of the holiday or the late nights I can’t seem to stop doing or the feeling I’m forgetting something…whatever it is, it needs to take a backseat to my Christmas cheer.

So I’m dedicating this post to happy things…stuff I’ve loved this week. Some are little, some are bigger, but they are all cheerful.

Starting small…
boot socks, DIY boot socks, sweater socks, DIY sweater socks, recycled sweater

Boot socks. Warm, cute, and fun. Made out of a GoodWill sweater I bought for five bucks this summer. The rest of the sweater went to a pillow cover, while the arms were saved away for these chilly days.

sirius holly, sirius radio, christmas music

I know, it’s a fuzzy pic, but I’ve been blasting Sirius Holly in the car every chance I get—that is, when Ethan isn’t insisting I play the “1,2,3,4 Song” (by Feist…it’s his favorite). Christmas music around the clock…how can anyone stay in a funk listening to this?

home depot, DIY play kitchen, play kitchen, toddler kitchen, glass tile

The sweet, sweet man at Home Depot who helped bring my play kitchen dreams to reality by tiling the backsplash with the beautiful glass mosaic tiles I picked out months ago. Raaj cut, stuck, and grouted…all out of the kindness of his heart. It looks amazing and I can’t wait to share pics!!! 

building museum building zone, building zone, DC toddler activities, DC kid activities, national building museum


A play date with Ethan’s buddy Altan, son to my friend Stacy, at the National Building Museum. We went a few months back, but this time was even more fun. The new “Play Work Build” exhibit is for kids of all ages and is incredible. Blocks of every shape and size kept our boys totally engrossed for an hour before we headed down to the “Building Zone”—a kids-only area with a huge indoor sandbox, interactive tables, a huge play house, blocks, giant legos, and a hundred other cool toys. Ethan played in the sandbox like his life depended on it (while I’m a self-confessed sandbox hater, this one was bearable due to it’s cat-poop-free status).

Awesome band. Give ’em a try. My Imagine Dragons inspired Pandora station is rocking my mind right this very minute. One of their songs will even be featured in Ethan’s Two Year video (see his one year video here). 

DIY burlap stocking, burlap and felt stocking, shark stocking, animal stocking, christmas stocking

burlap stocking, burlap and felt stocking, christmas stocking, DIY stocking, DIY burlap stocking, animal stocking

Our stocking problem is a thing of the past. The problem was we didn’t have any. I almost forked over obscene amounts of cash on three adorable felted stockings in an owl motif at Whole Foods (darn them and their amazing non-food items!!). Just what I need, another $90 in stockings on top of my crazy-expensive grocery bill. So I decided to use some leftover burlap (from my tree skirt), super soft flannel I couldn’t resist buying on my last fabric run, and felt scraps (from making Ethan’s magnetic alphabetto make some stockings of our own. Ethan’s three favorite animals seemed to fit the bill. Still need to stitch on “Mom” and “Dad”, but I got excited and hung them up anyway.

music ornament, sheet music ornament, DIY music ornament, DIY sheet music ornament, clear glass ball ornament

Yet another DIY ornament completed. I love the result. I literally just cut long lines of photocopied sheet music and stuck them in clear glass globes. SO easy and very pretty.

anthropology, window shopping, christmas gifts, anthropology christmas gifts

A very good thing about having an Anthropology within blocks of my house: frequent checking of sales and reasonably priced items. I stopped in just last night to find some adorable oven mitts (something on my very short christmas list…a text was sent to the hubs), sweet fabric letters for less than $8…perfect for a nursery so I got an “E” (may be back tomorrow for the “V”), and a beautiful spoon rest (another text was sent). There were lovely ceramic berry crates, bowls, plates, platters, pot holders, dish towels, books, and other awesome gifts for very very nice prices.

I may or may not have left with an awesome pair of sale-rack red corduroy leggings.

Are you done Christmas shopping? Who’s left on your list?!




3 Responses
  1. December 14, 2012

    Great ideas! Love the stockings.

  2. December 16, 2012

    the museum looks amazing!
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      December 16, 2012

      It is really fun. The boys were in heaven. Even the waterfall in the incredible lobby was entertaining for them!

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