A Holiday Cookie Party

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My fondest childhood memories of the holiday season involve our annual cookie decorating extravaganzas. My mom and Aunt Patty spent forever mixing and rolling out and cutting and baking batches and batches of cookies and then mixing and coloring and spreading icing and then yet another forever cleaning up after us sprinkle-loving creative kiddos. Now that I’m a semi-adult and it’s the holiday season, I wanted to re-create that with some of my friends here! We had a total blast watching Disney Movies, decorating cookies, and drinking our spiked hot chocolate!

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In the foreground, my roommate’s boyfriend eats a snowflake-shaped cookie while my other roommate (I have 2!) makes one of her signature derp faces in the background.
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A friend and roommate struggle a little with the Wilton canned icing, which was otherwise easy-peasy and tasty too!

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Here I am gettin’ real serious with my cookies.
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Two former roommates and good friends giggle merrily
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A kind soul brought us a pizza so we ate and watched High School Musical 3 when the decorating wound down.

I had such a great time with all you lovely ladies (and some lads!)! Thanks for coming to our first annual cookie decorating extravaganza!

Nesting as Procrastination

I will be done with the semester in less than two weeks (!!) and I have lots of work to do. I wish with all my might that I could tell you I’ve been working hard like the perfect student you all want me to be, but instead I have been sitting in bed dreaming about ways to  zhuzh up my room.  I have furniture– bed/desk/bookshelf/nightstand/lamps– so I’m not living in an empty room. When we moved in I intentionally kept my room pretty blah, but now we’ve lived here for four months and I have a sense of what the space feels like and how I want to use it. Here are my ideas- suggestions and recommendations welcome!

Bookshelf 

Mostly I just want a place to display the typewriter I got for Christmas last year, but my current bookshelf isn’t deep enough. Also, I don’t have all my books in NYC yet, so I don’t need a huge bookcase for my whole collection. I like the look of that blue dresser with the prints over it, so I thought I would recreate that with a bookshelf!

Bookshelf inspiration

Miscellany

These are just various things I’ve seen around the internet that I’ve taken a liking to. My love affair with gold has surprised me this fall– it makes an appearance in almost everything I pin to my Apartment Inspiration board. My crafting supplies are about to outgrow their space in my desk drawers, so they’ve got to find a new home. That ikea bar cart is a perfect size for a little craft corner (although to be completely honest I’m running out of corners!).

Wardrobe

Currently, I have under-bed storage, and all my clothes that don’t go on hangers (pants, workout clothes, socks, underwear, etc.) are in one drawer and it’s driving me nuts. I saw this Pax Hack on Domino a few weeks ago and was smitten. I’d like to keep all my makeup/jewelry/clothes that don’t go on hangers in here so I can just close the doors and be done. And put stuff I don’t need every day in the drawer (cleaning/laundry supplies).

Inspire Tuesday: Why Do We Make Things?

Inspire Tuesday: Why Do We Make Things?

I just got back to NYC from Boulder yesterday afternoon and didn’t even have time to go back to my apartment before class, which I think tells you a little about how my next two weeks are going to go. I’m missing home a lot today, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite making-related quotes. I am incredibly thankful for the weekend I had with my family in Boulder, and I am ready to kick some ass here at the end of the semester in NYC. December can be insane so don’t forget to carve out a little you-time to make something!

Friday Finds: Girl Power & Selfies & Studio Apartment Dreamin’

Happy Friday, Everyone! Can you EVEN believe Thanksgiving is next week? I for one am super excited. As I get older (ha, I’m 20), Thanksgiving is becoming more and more my favorite Holiday. Good food, family, and a parade?? What else could a girl want? Here are my favorite things from Around this internet this week. Did I miss anything?

Feeling bored with your usual date night routine? Try these ten cute ideas!

Finals are around the corner (terrifying, I know) and if you’re not like me and actually have them this year, you should try out some new study tips. Teen Vogue has some that are actually pretty ingenious.

Did you know that the National Science Foundation sends an Artist-in-Residence to Antarctica every year? The one this year is keeping a tumblr about her experiences there.

This article about selfies hits the nail on the head! As someone who thinks a lot about the intersection of femininity/internet culture/feminism a lot, this was a really great read.

The selfie flaunts the restrictions of “good girl” culture like a badass teenager sitting in the back of the classroom, refusing to apologize for what she says. I, for one, want to sit next to her in detention.

Guys let’s talk about Dr Ruth for like 5 minutes. She’s on twitter and Buzzfeed put together a list of 12 Tips for Improving Your Sex Life. They’re all so cute!

Jacqeline Clair of York Avenue had the cutest apartment tour on The Everygirl earlier this week. I’m completely in love with her little studio apartment and it’s got my gears turning about how I could do one of my own…

Ooh this delicate Crystal Necklace from Stripes and Sequins is too pretty to deal with. I’ll add it to the long list of things I want to make when the semester is over.

Say what you want about Miley Cyrus but she KILLS her performance of Summertime Sadness and her version of Jolene is pretty great too.

I’m watching Scandal as I write this post (in bed, drinking tea) and I, much like every other woman in America, want to dress like Olivia Pope when I grow up so this article about her wardrobe had me frothing at the mouth.

Three words: Dairy Free Eggnog.

I just got this Linen Bulletin Board from Poppin and it’s perfect in my room for hanging pictures, inspiration, and finished products.

My mom sent me a link to this print on Etsy and I am 100% in love with it and all the other stuff in the store.

Friday Finds: Typewriters & Bookcases & Movies

If the video piqued your interest, head over to Uppercase Magazine to grab a copy!

Looking to decorate your walls? Here are some simple guidelines to get you started.

My incredibly talented friend Olivia wrote an article for the Atlantic (!!!) last week about her struggles with OCD and how our culture belittles and stigmatizes those who suffer from it. An excerpt:

“Obsessions fuel compulsions. When I had thoughts of hurting people I loved, I would kiss or 
press my tongue to the floor, recalling a ritual I’d seen in church. My loving God became a vengeful deity, one who would kill my family members before he would watch me disobey a compulsion. When I was 17 and living in Manhattan, this meant kissing dirty streets and subway floors. I would pretend to search for something under a seat on the train and peck the spotty ground with my
 lips. “

My NYC history class saw The Human Scale three weeks ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Three weeks is FOREVER in Millennial Years™ you guys. It’s about urban design and city planning and it will terrify and heart warm you all at the same time.

I’ve lived in New York for almost 3 years and I’ve FINALLY found a hair person I adore. Her name is Angela, and she has a cute little salon (3 chairs I think) in Park Slope called Union Beauty. If you’re looking for a wonder woman with curly hair, she’s your gal.

Are we friends on Pinterest? We should be! I’m particularly proud of my DIY Ideas board and my Not Your Grandma’s Embroidery board

I’m swoooooning over these 21st Century Mod pictures.

I went to a montessori school and I still use a lot of the principles I learned there today which is why this playroom warms my heart.

Traveling places that are off the beaten path is the best. The last trip I took was to take a sociology class in Abu Dhabi, which I would add to this list of Seven Underrated Places to Travel.

I live with two of my best friends, and it’s so rewarding in SO many ways but it means that I can’t just decide to paint walls and buy furniture and style things however I want in our kitchen/living room/bathroom, and we rent so there’s little I could do even if I wanted to so this roundup from Apartment Therapy was a nice reminder to love the home you have. 

That’s it for this week! Did you see anything around the internet that I missed? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Finds

In case you didn’t know, Grumpycat visited Disneyland this week and it was the only thing that mattered.

I just moved into my first ever apartment, and I’m having issues with storage! I love what Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook did with her ikea wardrobe.

Boulder, CO store Two Hands Paperie is one of my favorite places on the planet. Whimseybox did a really great profile of them over the summer that I totally dig.

I grew up next door to Anne of Anne the Adventurer, and now I’m so stoked to know that she’s makin’ it as a writer and blogger. Her mushroom risotto recipe looks killer.

Who doesn’t love baths? No one. Lush makes the. best. bath products, but why buy when you can dee eye why? (okay you can shoot me now).

Let’s have a big crafting party and make all these things. Okay? okay. 

When I go out to eat with my family, my mom and I always yell at my dad and brother not to eat anything until we’ve taken pictures of the food. It drives them crazy, but I’ve been trying to keep these 5 tips for food photography in mind when I do it.

love tumblr. A lot. Here’s my new favorite.

Sad Etsy Boyfriends is a look into my boyfriend’s future and I’m already really sorry*.

Well this is great! 13 Ways to Travel When You Have No Money.

THERE ARE NO WORDS. Stitching + Cats + Ninjas. !!!!

*I’m not that sorry.

Inspire Tuesday

Now that we’ve taken Monday to get your lives in order- let’s all get making, shall we? This week I’m working on my ongoing embroidery projects & a research project for school. Earlier today, I watched this video on Rookie and wanted to share it with all you guys as well. I know I struggle with starting projects and staring at blank paper/fabric/word documents with utter terror. It’s always nice to know that other people are right there with me.

What are you making this week? Share in the comments!