Seasonal fun!

I love decorating my house for the holidays and this year is no exception. Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, I head to Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts to treat myself to some new decor as well as some new crafting items.

My friend Victoria, who writes the lifestyle blog vmac & cheese, hosted a gathering after Thanksgiving this year and I was inspired to recreate her beautiful DIY fluff lanterns she had displayed on the mantle at her home.

While the lanterns do take a little time to produce, they’re totally worth it and absolutely stunning. If you would like to recreate them for your home, you can check out Victoria’s instructions here.

I placed them on the piano and covered the cord with green garland and this red ball garland I picked up at Crate and Barrel Outlet. They look like big lit up snowballs — I love it!

Dr. O also needed a stocking so rather than buy a prefabricated one, I picked up a natural stocking from Target (puppy size of course) a red glitter pen from Paper-Source, and glue-gunned a star decal I had in my box of tricks. We’ll be able to fit a few treats from Santa and Mrs. Claus in there for the good boy!

Life is good!

Wow, I can’t believe Christmas is just a few days away!

You may be wondering what I’ve been up to since I finished the semester. Well … mostly this!

Meet Oliver — our newest family member. He’s a yellow lab that basically has an ON/OFF switch. In case you were wondering, he is OFF now.

Oliver (or Dr. O) is smart as a whip, adorable, cuddly, and growing like a weed! We absolutely love him and couldn’t have asked for a better boy. Even our cat Penelope is enjoying him (with conditions of course — she is a cat after all!) and I’m sure will grow to love him even more as time passes.

BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER!