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Belated Thanksgiving 2012 Update

Now that we’re safely into the new year (ohhh, by almost two months!), I think it’s time I posted my thanksgiving decor. It was super low budget, but I accomplished the feel I was going for. Without further ado, our alfresco Thanksgiving dining experience:

First, I painted the stems of small pumpkins gold.

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Then I cut the pumpkins on the bottom in order to hollow them out and create luminaries. This was my first time carving/decorating a pumpkin, and I was surprised at how tricky it is! You have to really put some muscle into it. Those seeds are a beast to get out.

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I found a rather Tim Burton-esque looking face while I was working.

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Our sweet white rabbit {who is no longer with us 😦 } loved getting some of the scraps, while Diesel our dog supervised.

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For the table runner, I use a long sheet of craft paper and stamped two different sized circles all over it at random with gold acrylic paint.

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The gold circles tied in with the gold stems of the pumpkins.

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I continued the “polka dot” theme by drilling circles in the pumpkins that would  allow the luminaries to glow.

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For place cards, I made a few batches of carmel corn {recipe here, though I added a ton of cinnamon, SO good!!} and filled individual, name-stamped paper bags with the crunchy goodness. Guests could munch throughout dinner, or during dessert if pumpkin pie didn’t float their boats {holla!}.

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You’ll notice nothing on my plate but carbs and veggies. 🙂 None of that turkey nonsense for me.

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Our table full of lovely neighborhood friends . . .

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The pumpkins came alive as the sun went down.

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The food was placed around this buffet table my mom set up. I love the placement of the crates and pumpkins!

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That wraps up our thanksgiving festivities. We all gathered around the fire-pit for dessert when it started to get chilly.  I say it very often, but I love where I live! So grateful we were able to enjoy our thanksgiving meal outdoors this year. 

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Nails Nails Nails

Here’s my recent manicure roundup courtesy of my Instagram account. 🙂

Confetti Glitter

It's always a confetti kind of day in my book! #glitter #confetti #mani #nails

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Copper Micro French Tips + Dotted Accent Nail

Aqua + Glitter Accent Nail

Blueberry scented nails on my new snakeskin clutch. #nails #mani #scented #blueberry #vintage #thriftstore #thrifted #snakeskin

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Subtle Pearl + Copper Plaid

Nails #nailart #subtle #plaid #mani #konad #copper #champagne #showusyourtips #zoya #nailpolish

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Ombre Ingredients {+ Breakfast}

Morning tea, cookie, and nail polish. You know, the basics. #breakfast #cookie #horse #pink #nailpolish #ombre

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Pink Ombre + Ring Pops!

Ring pop power. #bachelorette #ringpops #candy #jewelry

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Nude + Gold Polka Dots

@burchgirl inspired some polka dots! #nailart #nails #polkadots #mani #nailpolish #nails #nude #gold #sparkles

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Black & White Checkered French Tips + Gold Glitter

Crazy nails. #readysetgo #mani #manicure #nailart #nails #diy #konad #glitter #blackandwhite #checkers #frenchtip #tacky

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Ballet Pink  + Silver Glitter Accent Nails

Last week's neutral and sparkly nails. #mani #nails #accentnail #silver #glitter

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Metallic Foil Purple + Silver + Black Scalloped Tips

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Festive. #nails #nailart #metallic #foil #silver #purple #black #scalloped #mani

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I still can’t believe how huge and popular nail art has gotten! Such a fun and creative outlet for me.  I wonder what my Thanksgiving nails will be! Ooh . . .

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Decoupaged Day Planner Part 2

Happy weekend! Only a few hours left until Monday; hope you’re making the most of your Sunday night.

Without further ado, here’s my made-over day planner post I promised last month. {See part one, here!} I needed a new one (and had to end the school year planner cycle by jumping into the June section of a Jan.-Dec. calendar planner. No more school; bittersweet!) but am always on a super-tight budget, so I headed to the 99 Cent Store and found one in a size I liked. It was plain, but I liked the color, so I went ahead and splurged for $1. 🙂

I decided to jazz it up with a chevron-inspired pattern using masking tape and paint.

The paint all peeled off, so I retaped and instead used a paint pen. Thankfully, this method worked.

Then I topped the gold paint pen off with some sparkly nail polish for some extra pizazz.

Ta-da! Easy peasy, and one of a kind.

While putting together this post, I took a break to make kale chips that are now completely gone. haha. Now to wash them down with a little something. . .

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Mani Mania Part 2

Stamped and dotted

These were my graduation nails. 🙂 I didn’t put much too much thought into them, but I ended up loving them for the occasion. They seemed appropriate for beginning a fresh chapter of my life.

4th of July

These ended up looking rather Egyptian/80s

Lace print

Confettiesque

Playing around with nail art polishes

Nude dots & stripes

Another nude mani that I first painted  with gold to look dipped. . .

. . . then topped that with gold & copper glitter. Reminds me of champagne bubbles.

Fuchsia and glitter accent

Bubblegum pink & black leopard  over super foiled  silver

Black tips over shimmering hot pink

Still more to come! Wow. If you want to see more crazy nails, check out my Pinterest board Nail Fun. There are some really talented artists out there!

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Polish: Pink with Diagonal Glitter

Hello again!

Here are my nails from Thanksgiving. They weren’t themey, but I did add some glitter to make them somewhat festive.


I was delighted to learn they perfectly matched a bottle of sparking wine my friend had brought to the occasion. Of course, she knew I would fall madly in love with the bottle, and bonus because it tasted DELICIOUS. Fruity, sweet, and bubbly, just the way I like it!

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