mad for plaid

I love plaid, and this isn't something new either. I suppose it's the northern country farm girl. I've been searching for a new duvet, one with a rustic country, yet chic touch.

This is it!

Maple Falls Duvet from Anthropologie

And I don't think a woman can ever have too many aprons! This one was love at first sight, ruffles and all!

Highland Fling Apron from Anthropologie

homemade Christmas gifts part 2

Monday.....goal for this week- finish all of my homemade gifts. December arrives in just a couple of days and I don't like to be that girl that gives her gifts late. Especially since they are homemade, mostly edible. I want my loved ones to be able to enjoy during the holiday season. Sure Christmas treats are good after it's all said and done, but they are even more yumm-o before!

Inspiration #2


Candy-Cane Marshmallows {Martha Stewart}

This will go fabulous with the homemade cocoa mix I'm also making. I'm filling & decorating jars with the mix to include in my gift baskets. Each jar will have the directions attached. I'm thinking of cutting the marshmallows with cookie cutters into cute little Christmas shapes.

Hot Cocoa Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup non-dairy creamer
1 dash of salt
miniature marshmallows, optional

Combine ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.

Yield 4 cups mix

To make:
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of mix to your favorite mug and fill with boiling water. Stir to blend. Add some marshmallows or cream.

Are you making anything to give away this year? I'd love to hear your ideas!

homemade Christmas gifts part 1

Every year I make several homemade goodies and creations to give away. This year is no different, except of course that I've decided to make a Christmas basket with a variety of things, rather than just a couple of items. It has been a huge labour of love!

Inspiration #1

Foolproof Holiday Fudge (Martha Stewart)

Kim's smokey eye


I love Kim Kardashian. But I have never watched her reality t.v show.... all I can say is this woman is gorgeous, down to earth and knows how to rock the red carpet. I came across a few makeup tutorials on youtube. Being a fan of the smokey eye myself, I love this one:

Check it out:

warming dresses

It's been so chilly lately- I love it! I've been digging out my warmer wardrobe and being inspired by these 2 looks:




Quote that spoke to me today: Attitude is the Only Disability..... we have the ability to enable or disable ourselves with the right attitude. We may not be able to change our circumstances, but have complete control over what we can think about them and meanings attached to them. Instead of negativity and gloom, choose what is right, and shine with joy and love! Thank you God for all blessings!

Happy weekend!

as we grow up


As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back....

loft love

Since I've been home visiting with my parents, I've had the chance to express my decor and interior design ideas with them. My father built and remodeled homes for a living growing up. I think I get it all from him. Earlier this week we silently "fought" over the creation of a better bench in the entryway. Naturally, both loving crafty things, we both had to claim some of the effort.

As I mentioned in my last post, this is my parents retirement home they dreamed about for years building once they had an empty nest. My father built a large shop matching the home's exterior beside it. The bottom part is his shop and a place for storage of many things. Now the upstairs.....this is where I get a wee bit over excited with ideas in creating a livable space. A little getaway, if you will. It's large enough to put a good sized bed, and a place to lounge.

I am loving this idea:

lovely quotes

A few lovely, true quotes....


“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”

“Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.”


“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”

"To successfully care for the other half of your heart, and to successfully allow your heart’s other half be cared for, you first have to deeply love and care for the half that is you. There is no successful half-love."

"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."

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Link Love

The following are lovely blogs I frequent. If you are new to A Pretty Little Day, please let me know and leave a link to your blog in the comments section!


Lovely Clusters Torie Jayne

inspired room Bright, Bold, Beautiful sweetopia_banner

Sandy a la Mode

Inspiration


- Frosty & White holiday tablescape
- Silver & Gold holiday theme
- Candy Cane decor
- Christmas Candyland



- Homemade Christmas gifts {part 1}
- Homemade Christmas gifts {part 2}





- A Pretty Loft Retreat




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I guess you could say I'm a bit girly girl. I like pretty things and am always being inspired. Fashion, DIY home projects, crafty little things, home decor, beauty, and anything else that makes my eyes twinkle!