What are you up to this weekend? I am attending a Friendsgiving with all my favorite college friends on Saturday and then having a holiday spectacular day with my hubby on Sunday. What's a holiday spectacular, you say? It's basically an epic day of holiday shopping, sightseeing and snacks that we do every December. In my mind it's almost as exciting as Christmas itself!
We also got our tree this week (above), so decorating it is on the top of our list this weekend (that and sending out Christmas cards, photos of those to come!). What are you up to? Anything festive?
If you are laying low and looking for some fun distractions, check out these fun things:
I want to put these on every holiday package I wrap this year.
Texting + exes + crazy song lyrics = awesomely awkward.
I just signed up for this class; so excited!
Clampersand. Love it!
How to recognize the work of famous painters; I don't necessarily agree with these tricks but they are funny!
Pretty gift list; I'll take one of everything, please.
Keep the grammar police at bay; check out these helpful and clear tips.
What a nice print; perfect for a city girl.
These videos are making me drool.
Happy weekend, friends!
How crazy cool is this project? Optical illusion meets installation art meets land art—it's an amazing new project by artist Phillip K. Smith III. Created in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California "Lucid Stead" features a 70-year-old shack that has been retrofitted with sparkling panes of mirrors in the windows, doors and siding. The mirrors reflect the landscape back at the viewer and make the structure look transparent, as if the alternating slats were hovering in the air. Its an incredible illusion that fits right in with the hallucinatory heat of Joshua Tree.
Read more about the project at Colossal here.
I have been a bad art nerd recently and haven't been going to museums or galleries nearly as much as I should. I live in New York! I should be taking advantage of all the culture! Instead, time seems to fly by and I keep missing all the cool events in town.
Well not this month. Here's a shortlist of some of the buzz-worthy exhibitions I am planning on hitting up before they are over.
What shows are on your list? Have you seen anything cool recently? Tell me in the comments!
What are you doing for Thanksgiving? I am headed to my parents house, where I will be joined by husband and his family plus several family friends. I don't know about you, but I love Thanksgiving! I love the relaxation of sitting down to eat with all my favorite people and just chatting (or doing some fun activities!). I also love having the opportunity to bake up a storm . . . in fact as you read this I am almost certainly elbow deep in pie, cookies and cranberry applesauce (a family tradition). Just in case you aren't as psyched about turkey day as I am, I have rounded up a couple of crafts, ideas and resources that are sure to get your mind a-whirring.ONE | pretty DIY gourd-candle centerpieceTWO | turkey day slot machine menu generatorTHREE | reminders for keeping fido safe during dinnerFOUR | wishbone DIY place cardsFIVE | wooden candle centerpiece DIYSIX | essential thanksgiving tips from NYTimes expertsSEVEN | grateful letter garland how to
Have a lovely holiday! I will be back here next week.
p.s. I am thankful for you guys, my lovely readers!
One of my favorite activities growing up as a kid was to play MadLibs. I loved how silly the fill-in-the-blanks game was, creating wild and wacky outcomes just through the random selection of nouns, adjectives and verbs. So I thought it would be fun to create my own version for you to play with friends and family this Thanksgiving. It's the perfect activity to do while you are waiting for pie to be served or trying to scarf down that second helping of stuffing.
So, care to join me in some silly sentence-based shenanigans? Download and print a pdf of the O.I. turkey-themed MadLibs here. I have designed it to print on a regular sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper; just fold the paper in half and fill out the right side (without looking at the text and spoiling the surprise) and when done, unfold to reveal the crazy sentences you have just come up with. Sound good?
Enjoy! And Happy ____________ Day!
With Thanksgiving coming up this week I totally have food on the brain. Do you too? Last night I planned out all the desserts and treats I will be making and I swear I could feel my mouth watering.