Christmas is approaching and I am worrying about where we are going to fit our tree in our tiny house (I will not downsize our tree. Sacrilege.). Our house is the cutest most cozy house in the world, but since buying it there certain thoughts have preoccupied me such as, "Why are these windows made of plexiglass? Who laid the tile so uneven? Is this Pushmatic electric panel going to explode in the night?"
We took care of the electric problem back in October, so I can safely say that not only are we not going to explode [from the electric panel], but the built in heater we didn't realize we had in the bathroom is working again. This is such a good idea, by the way. You are always going to be colder in the bathroom than in other rooms, so install a heater specific to the bathroom. Brilliant.
We got a professional to take care of the electric, but now I have a big list of DIY projects that I want to take on. For example:
Ok, Christmas is totally a time for traditions, yes. I am the biggest tradition stickler out there. Growing up, my brother and I had this ornament on our Christmas Tree that we called Seek Secret. Seek Secret was a little pompom creature (maybe a bear?) that lived inside a plastic canvas yarn box. It looked more or less exactly like this. Seek Secret was the shit. He lived inside his little box all season long, and on Christmas morning we would open the box and let Seek Secret out. I would FREAK OUT when we finally got to open Seek Secret. God, that was such a freaking good tradition. Seek Secret lives on. He found a new home on my brother's tree where I am sure he is delighting my nieces with his seek secrecy.
That is all to say that I love holiday traditions. However, there is one part of my holiday fervor that I like to mix up from year to year. Every year Rachel and I choose a different theme to inspire our Christmas decorating. There are somethings that are consta...
It's the day before Thanksgiving. You are wondering what you can bring to your family's holiday dinner that will say, "I am an adult, but I am also fun." Your mother just heavily implied over the phone that you shouldn't cook anything because the food you bring is often "weird." You realized too late that you shouldn't have brought up the cured egg yolk you were thinking about repackaging as a hostess gift.
When you want to bring booze to the party but also want to look like you have your shit together, try bringing the booze wrapped in produce. I don't know, something about repurposed produce screams, "Not failing."
Listen, you can turn a pumpkin into a fairly impressive punch bowl just as easily as Cinderella's fairy godmother turned one into a carriage. It's actually extremely self-explanatory, but let's walk through it anyway.
1.) Get a pumpkin. There are so many options. I really like a Cinderella or a Cheese because they look the most like a...
I think we can all agree that there is nothing more special than an advent calendar (we've already been over this.). Advent calendars are the freaking shit. In fact, I think we should have advent calendars to celebrate the coming of all sorts of things. I can't believe I didn't think of that before. That's a fucking brilliant idea. I will have advent calendars to count down the days until President's Day. And Voting Day. And my birthday. You are probably saying, "Lizzie, they only sell advent calendars around Christmas," which makes you a Debbie Downer. To combat your pessimissm, I present you a printable DIY advent calendar for you to use to celebrate any holiday you can count down to.
This is pretty self-explainatory, but here are the steps:
4 sheets of beige cover-weight paper (or any color you damn well please, really)
24 wee baggies (you can buy empty tea bags anywhere that sells loose leaf tea)