DIY Christmas-ish

Happy Holidays!

I am currently snuggled up in a big quilt enjoying a snow day. I really never thought I'd see one of these when we moved away from Utah, but lo and behold, I had my first white Christmas!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was aiming to do a DIY Christmas, and guess what? I failed miserably! No surprise, but I'll still show you what I came up with!

For my mom (who if she didn't get married might of become the pigeon lady in Home Alone 2) some painted TOMS.

My dad used to always say this fun little poem to us called their "Their Once was a Puffin." I rewrote the poem, illustrated it, and then made him a little book. These are a few of the pages:

For my youngest sister-in-law I painted a pair of The Walking Dead shoes. (That is supposed to be Daryl... I am not so good at portraits.)

And my grandma's and aunt got some homemade cards

That's kind of where the success ended. I bought a canvas to paint something for my other sister-in-law. After working and reworking it for hours... it pretty much turned out like puke:
... so we got her some Bath and Body Works and house supplies instead.

Raquel (Christmas fanatic) got this little jewel:

Mammaw got a pedi/mani certificate.
Bo got a purple Nike golf shirt.
Kate got a paper cutter and a book of scrapbook paper.
My brother got this awesome game. (I game it to myself for Christmas too)
Breck got a keyboard for his iPad/2K13/John Varvatos Cologne (he smells soooo good!)
And Dalo got a big bone. :)

I also got to help a few other people with their Christmas presents! Niles knew they didn't make Vans in his wife's favorite color anymore, so he had me make some just for her. (With a little bit of extra character in the back!)

Kirstin asked me to do a little "family portrait" of her sister and their dogs.

It was a great Christmas! Made better that it was filled with 2.5 hours of pure joy as I watched Les Mis. I thought Russell Crowe sounded just fine, thank you very much.

Oh and this happened, and I am probably going to take the original picture, blow it up and put it in our living room:



Hi friends! Today, I feel like this:


2. It's a super cool job that I can actually explain without confusing people! I'll be a jewelry designer for a company that sells to Dillards, Nordstroms, etc.

3. I will make the same amount of money plus I FINALLY will have insurance so I don't have to be so paranoid about getting hurt/sick! AND I get to work doing something I LOVE!



First Anniverserary

So it's been a year. A year of waking up next to this face.
Let me say this:
While the world continues to decay, it is so precious for me to know that, although I have many flaws myself, I am part of something as perfect as my relationship with Breck. To know in the midst of it all, something as beautiful as the love we have each other can go unblemished is the greatest comfort. In the past decade, I feel like the view of marriage has become so twisted. But let me be a witness of what I know is the truth. Marriage with the right person is liberating and interesting and hilarious and victorious.

Marriage is like when Molly Weasley took out Bellatrix.

It's like the Google commercial about Sophie and her dad.

It's like when you judged Susan Boyle and then she was the best singer you'd ever heard.

It's like this dad.

Or when this happened.

It's like when soldiers come home from war.

Or when everyone stood up in your theatre during Miracle.

It's like when the dad came and helped his son finish the race.

Pretty much whenever I think about it, I just want to stand up and start a slow clap. Marriage is awesome. And I'm so glad I get to share it with Breck. I'm so grateful it happened to me.


Careers + Christmas + Cameras

Oh my gosh. I apologize, I feel like it's been weeks!

But I have a great excuse. I'm on the job hunt! Which is thrilling and scary and above all EXHAUSTING! I've been working from home in a position that pays well... but has become unfulfilling. And although rolling out of bed and working in pajamas can be nice, it's also pretty lonely.

So, I'm excited to have some cool interviews lined up! Change is good. (But prayers and good luck wishes are very appreciated!)

Let's talk about my best friend in the world, Kirstin Gunn. She is fabulous and living in New York working at a big time ad agency. AND because she is so awesome, she spends a bunch of her free time helping the people who have lost their homes and possessions in Hurricane Sandy. Take a second to watch this video she made. Think about what it would be like if this was what you had to call home this Christmas. If you have the means to help out, I hope you do so. She will be giving the gift cards directly to those that need it and documenting the reactions so you can actually see the results of your donation. Email her for more info at kirstingunn@gmail.com. Also, no gift cards to Walmart because there are no Walmarts in NYC!

Speaking of Christmas gifts, this year my mom and dad gave us a camera! I LOVE it! I swear I just want to play with it every other minute.

Here is a pizza we made the other night, I ruined the sauce but it was still pretty good:

If Breck isn't awake when he needs to be, I find that using the flash is the best way to fix that:
I sure love him!
He is proud that that he took this one:
And here are some of my cheapo (a.k.a. completely free) Christmas decorations.
Also, Breck brings me Christmas sprinkle pancakes in the middle of the night. Sorry ladies.