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  • Heels: Part 2

    This is Katie.

    *Applause*

    I have been sporting a SECOND pair of heals!!! Still scary. However, I really have been loving them. I would like to thank Elise for believing in my ability to be brave, and to all of my friends who choose not to laugh at me while I learn to walk in heels. Also to Franco Sarto for consistently making the majority of the shoes in my closet.

    I am so pathetic....

    Because Christmas and New Years are right around the proverbial corner of time, I challenge you (and moi) to wear some heels in the next proverbial...corner...of...time... you know what I mean. Get your heels on gurl.

  • The Softest Gingerbread Cookies In All The Land

    This is Elise.

    These will be the softest, most wonderful gingerbread cookies you have ever eaten. It is, however, imperative that you follow my instructions as they will self-destruct at the end of this message.

    *This is the part where you preheat the oven to 375.*

    You need:

    3 cups all-purpose flour

    1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    3/4 teaspoon baking soda

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1 tablespoon ground sugar

    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (or maybe more...)

    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

    6 tablespoons unsalted butter

    3/4 cup dark brown sugar

    1 large egg

    1/2 cup molasses

    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Mix the wet ingredients and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Beat them into submission. Then mix the dry ingredients together in a smaller bowl. Add the dry to the wet about a third at a time, not all at once, it's easier to mix together that way. Separate the dough into two balls and chill for about 15-20 minutes. Flour a surface and rolling pin and roll out one of the balls of dough to about 1/2 thick. If they are thinner, don't bake them for as long. To achieve that softness, they have to be thick and not over-baked. Lay them out on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.

    For icing:

    Um, so I never actually measure out the ingredients for the icing, cause it's more about the consistency you achieve. Lots of powdered sugar, a liiiiiittle bit of milk, one egg white, and about a teaspoon of vanilla. ALSO - ready to have your mind blown? Some lemon zest. Trust me. Whip it all up until you can pull the beater out of the mix and the tips of the icing stay up... you know what I mean?

    To decorate with sugar:

    Brush egg whites onto the cookies after they cool and sprinkle sugar over them. Or use the icing! Go crazy.

  • DIY Painted Gift Boxes

    This is Katie.

    So at this point all of your christmas shopping is done, right? I think I finally picked up the last of my trinkets today! I think. Now the best part comes...WRAPPING!

    This "wrapping"  DIY is inspired by a sort of watercolor-smudge affect. I am loving this colorful look for christmas!

    What you'll need...

    Plain Boxes (or bags?!?!?!?!?)

    Paint in shades of holiday cheer

    Paint Brushes

    For my paints I decided to incorporate two differnt looks.

    For the first think mulled wine and rosy cheeks...merrry indeed!

    The second, frosted...like a forrest covered in snow with bits of iced green and grey.

    The process of achieving the "watercolor" look is done through layering. This means swiping one color  to the box at a time and allowing it to fully dry before adding the next shade. Time consuming? It can be, depending of course on the number and sizes of your boxes! Worth it? Keep scrolling... 

    Smudge, dry. Layer, dry. Annndddd just when you think you're done, swipe a few smudges of the color you started with to the top layer. This gives your box a more finished look.

    Top with trim and give with love!

    Worth it.

  • Holiday Home Decor

    This is Katie.

    Welcome to my home! Holiday decor, for me, is all about complementing the space with little "moments" that greet you from room to room. I like decorations to feel natural in a space! My favorite is tucking greens into EVERYTHING and adding twinkle in unexpected places!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • DIY Dish Towel Stockings

    This is Katie. 

    Growing up I had a handmade, cross-stitched stocking that my Granny had made for me. A detailed little girl holding a doll and my name at the top...trimmed with lace. Of course. But when I got married two and a half years ago I decided not to take it with me. New family, new traditions. I still loved the handmade charm, but decided to go a route less complicated. 

    Dish towels make great stockings. The fabric is durable, the size is perfect, and there are so many cute Christmas towels out there. 

    To start, fold the towel long ways. You can use the folded edge as a side to the stocking and save on sewing, but I wanted to incorporate the ribbon at the corner for hanging. 

    Draw a stocking to your liking and cut! 

    Now flip the pieces so the "pretty" sides are touching. Sew around the stocking leaving the top open....because it's a stocking. Not a pillow! Notice the top edges are already nicely tucked and professionally hemmed...nice.

    Once your stocking is sewn, flip the whole thing inside out so the "pretty" sides are on display.

    Embellish and hang!