Happy December!! Can you even believe it’s almost time for the holidays ONCE AGAIN?! Whether that means for you cheesy movies, cookies, and celebrating with friends and family or just a quiet relaxing last month of the year before new adventures next year!
It’s also been ONE year since I started this blog. That’s hard to believe. I have had so much fun sharing my adventures this past year, even though I haven’t posted nearly as much as I wanted to. I really enjoyed doing the 30 day blog challenge I did last December and wanted to do a similar challenge to keep me motivated. That and I clearly need some structure for my posts (I sound like my high school teacher!!) 😀
Which got me to thinking (UH OH!)… a sadly neglected hobby of mine that I’ve been craving to do more of all year is BAKING!!! I already need to do a little bit of baking for work and gifts this month, plus I really want to increase my skills and most of all have a ridiculous amount of fun. So I rolled it all up into one and created a 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BAKING CHALLENGE!
I didn’t want to leave it too open or make it all cookies, so I’ve added a bunch of festive ingredients like peppermint, chocolate, and even a little bit of fruit (you mean healthy things in MY Christmas treats?!?), along with different varieties of baked goods. This is what I’ll be trying to tackle up until Christmas Day:
It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Rainbows, chocolate coins, and good luck galore! I’m not Irish, but it’s just a fun day to celebrate SOMETHING even it’s just because you can!
This years’ celebrations fall on a weekend so there’s lots of time to throw together a super fun party (I’m celebrating with my cat so there’s no excuse!)
I completely forgot to pick up some Lucky Charms ~ so I made my own (sort of – they’re probably not AS tasty!):
Everything – the bowl, spoon, and marshmallow charms (no cereal bits here either ;)) – is completely made of felt with stuffing on the inside. It’s nice and squishy so I may never get it back from Sugar! Yes that’s also a leprechaun hat you’re spotting!
I also made a tasty shamrock shaped pizza:
Obviously pizza is not very Irish, but jalapenos are playing along with the green theme! You could also try green peppers, avocado, or even rainbow vegetables to try to find the pot of gold at the end!
This awesome and very easy recipe comes from good ol’ Good Housekeeping – which you can find here!
How else to become absolutely giddy as a leprechaun?!
♧ Add a dash of green dye to your morning cup of milk or evening bevvie! ♧ Or maybe a dash of Bailey’s Irish Creme in your coffee or hot chocolate would pick you up 🙂 ♧ Add some rainbow to your eyeshadow or nails as rainbows scream St. Patty’s as well!
And remember to wear that green so you don’t get pinched 😉
It was-52 degrees (that’s in celsius!) with windchill this morning, so I was kind of dressed up like the Pillsbury Dough Boy in all my layers rather than my usual floofy fancy-free self!
So to add the FUN to my outfits even when it’s dreary, I’ve been making more handmade brooches! I had previously showed off my Pie Day pie, and rainbow, but I’ve been busy creating all sorts since!
I like matching these guys to my outfits or even those silly “internet” holidays that are constantly trending on Twitter (I like using this website as you can always tell what “holidays” you should be celebrating!) just to make myself and other people happy!
Yesterday I made a quick little sunshine friend to hopefully remind people to BE HAPPY!
Today is apparently National Pie Day! Of course it’s a silly holiday but I’m always ready to celebrate, because we all need a bit more FUN in life!
Pie Day calls for a special pie themed outfit for What I’m Wearing Wednesday, of course! Unfortunately I don’t have a pie dress (YET!), or an actual pie (that’s crusty!), but I have the next best thing: a homemade PIE PIN!
It’s a delicious piece of felt cherry pie! Don’t you just want to dig right in?!
I’m usually a pretty simple outfit wearer: just a dress, tights, and cardigan. So I really love a couple of thoughtful accessories – as tiny little details really bring your whole outfit together and allow you to be ANYTHING! So I threw on my pin and my day was a slice! 😀
I spent New Years Eve enjoying a bunch of leftover Christmas treats, making a quick colourful 2019 headband, and chasing after my cat who kept stealing the pompoms!
I had so much fun, but ended up falling asleep at 9 – oops!!! I was trying to stay up, and I was even going to set an alarm just in case I fell asleep but then fell asleep before I could do THAT! Hahaha!
I ended up watching fireworks this morning (on Youtube ;))!
My one big goal for this year is to CREATE EVERY SINGLE DAY! Even if it’s just a little bit of something. I dream of having a magical house full to the brim with colour, fabrics, knitted things, craft projects, and the constant smell of fresh baked goodies ~ my own enchanted little paradise!! And then post my creations every day (or so) here on this blog! I hope this challenge will allow me to be productive and constantly learn new skills!
I also just want to be HAPPY this year, fight through my anxiety, be healthy, and as bright and unique as can possibly be!
2018 was my absolutely best year ever, and 2019 is guaranteed to be EVEN BETTER! Can’t wait to enjoy it with you all! xoxo