Almost finished Advent calendar + one more

I worked on my
Advent calendar this weekend, CraftStylish's Button Advent Calendar.

I'm still looking for the perfect tree topper and you won't see it's full splendor until Christmas...

Basically, you take a styrofoam cone, cover it with felt or fabric, glue flathead tacks to buttons (the "ornaments" you get to add daily) and voila! I also used a little fake cobweb left over from Halloween to create a snow effect.

And there's still time! Here's one more more Advent Calendar project to try:
Design*Sponge Advent Envelope Garland

Happy Hour: lovely lemon drop

Start off your next ladies night with a lemon drop. Why? It tastes like candy. You can drink it martini-style or go all hardcore and drink as a shot.

Martini-style version (as seen in image):
1/2 oz lemon-flavored vodka (like Absolute Citron)
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
Simple syrup (aka sugar water)

In a martini shaker, muddle 3 ice cubes and 2-3 slices of lemon (to get the juice). Fill the glass with ice, add lemon-flavored vodka (like Absolut Citron) and a dash of simple syrup. Shake Shake Shake Señora.

Add sugar to the rim of your martini glass: rub the edge of the martini glass with a lemon wedge, and flip glass upside down into a pile of sugar.

Strain and pour the liquid goodness from your shaker into your martini glass.

Countdown: 35 days! Time to make an Advent calendar

Oh my! Only 35 days until Christmas. Are you ready? I'm not. It's okay to be honest.

Even more pressing though...Advent begins on November 30th. Yes, that's in 10 days. I have big plans to finish my Advent calendar this weekend because next week is Thanksgiving with it's own business to take care of. But which one will it be? It's too hard to pick just one of these creative tutorials:

The most elegant Advent calendar ever from The Red Thread. Complete with birdies!

Über-colorful Magnet Advent Calendar from Dollar Store Crafts.

Pocket Advent Calendar from my little mochi (uses Dentyne packs!).

Button Advent Calendar from Craftstylish.

Oh yes..and one more. For your iPhone! :)

Handmade hat roundup

It's getting colder. Yay! That means hats and hoodies and candles and hot chocolate. But, I actually don't like to be all. In fact, I'm sitting next to my heater right now. I can't take it with me though. I think it's time for hat(s)!

Make 'em!

Crabby Crafter's Bobble Headband

Basic Beanie from Lion Brand maybe add a quick flower?

Buy 'em!
Here are some of my fav hats from Etsy.

Love the vintage feel of this wool cloche from lizarietz.

Yes, you can even look stylish on your bike this winter with Riding Pretty's custom helmet cover.

I'm thankful for Thanksgiving decor

Does it seem that stores have skipped a holiday? Soon after Halloween, shop windows started displaying snow-filled scenes with Christmas trees, presents and other winter holidayesque settings.

Well it's still fall people. There are still a few rebellious leaves that ain't goin' no where no how. And next week is Thanksgiving!

I get hungry just thinking about it, but I've never been a great cook. Even when I was a kid I tried to stay out of the kitchen by working on extravagant place cards.

Thankfully (hardy-har-har) the crafting world has not forgotten about Thanksgiving and offers many DIY and handmade ideas for your big T-day that are pretty and functional too. Here are some of my favs:

Apartment Therapy's Etsy placemat roundup
Placemats you can hang when not in use...brilliant!

The Purl Bee's Appliqued Quilted Runner + Fringed Napkins
A table runner that doubles as a hot pad...brilliant!

Hats for Warm for Winter

I procrastinated (surprise!) to the very end, but still managed to bust out two crocheted hats for the Interfaith Council's Warm for Winter hat and scarf drive. I think they have another drive in January. Stay tuned for details!

The pattern is from Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.

Make teacup candles

My grandmother collected teacups, so I have special fondness for them. And don't you think the teacup is making a come back? Now you can use them for more than just sipping. Check out this tutorial to make candles from teacups from Design*Sponge.

Quilted baby blanket

I love when my friends have babies because it gives me an excuse to buy Minky...

"Whip up" some crocheted flowers

Check out Whip Up for a collection of tutorials for crocheted flowers.

Even just looking at the pretty designs makes me almost forget that we are about to head into 8 months of fall/winter/greyness...and then I look outside...


by Shepard Fairey

Halloween is over :(

Last week, we finally and feverishly finished our Halloween costumes: LEGOs! It was such a fun night: people were honking at us, stopping us for photos, and we won a costume contest at the Bonza Bash for Best Group Costume. Here's a few photos with more here.