November 30, 2009 § Leave a comment
I can never remember what I want in my future apartment… so I am going to collect them here. feel free to take my awesome decorating ideas and findings
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For your tables, you can purchase a piece of glass for $100.00 and use any number of things for your base. Large Flowerpots, cement columns, and even bricks wrapped in fabric will make a great base for your dining and occasional tables. If glass is too expensive, you can purchase plywood or MDF board and paint or tile it instead. Use the same methods to build a desk. On top of two, file cabinets, place glass, MDF, or a hollow core door.
If you find yourself unable to get a free sofa, you can build one yourself. Two solid doors can be turned into a sofa by cutting one in half to use for the sides and using one horizontally as the back. Screw these items together to make the back and sides, and then assemble a base for the cushions out of 2X4’s. Your other options are to take a bench made for the outdoors, or a twin-sized bed, and convert it into a day bed using pillows.
For your bed, all you really need is a mattress, but you can build a simple sturdy bed with plywood and cinder blocks. For your headboard, the choices are infinite. You can use a fence section, an old door, or a standing screen.
November 28, 2009 § Leave a comment
but the fire is sooo delightful! Christmastime is one of my favorite times of the year. The best part is the Christmas spirit and spending time with your family. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our normal busy lives, we start to forget what it’s like to relax with your family and spend some quality time with the ones you love. Here are some fun ideas in ways to celebrate the holidays in a memorable way. enjoy
1. Decorate Christmas Cookies. Go back to your youth and get creative with candy and icing. It also helps that you can eat your result 😉
2. Put up Christmas lights and tacky homemade decorations. Popcorn strings and paper snowflakes are time consuming but calming.
3.Drive around and Look at Christmas lights. Especially wearing pj’s and drinking hot cocoa while listening to Christmas music!
4. Write heartfelt letters to each of your relatives. Words can mean the most to a person, especially when it’s from a loved one.
5. Give a reminder what Christmas is all about. Sit your family down a read the Nativity story/ Christmas story/ memories of years past/ whatever applies to your beliefs or relationships with one another. You will look back at that evening and smile.
6. Host a Santa party (or whatever theme you desire). It’s fun to dress up, especially for the kids, so let the child in you come to the surface and put on antlers and a red blinking nose.
7. Fall asleep by the Fireplace. This is self explanatory.
8. Create a New Tradition. There is something heartwarming to know that you are always going to do a certain action/ thing with a loved one; whether it be writing a letter to each other, partaking in fondue, or making a new Christmas ornament. You will remember each year like it was yesterday.
9. Sing-along. Rally your family/ a group together and go Christmas Caroling or just unite and sing in your livingroom. It’s really fun if you have a musical friend. All original, no itunes…
10. Secret Santa. Sometimes it’s fun to be surprised with an extra little gift from someone that you aren’t expecting. Make it silly and fun.
November 27, 2009 § Leave a comment
it’s that time of year when it’s acceptable to stuff your face with food… what a great tradition America has. One of my favorites. not only is it about food, but about family. even though I’m here in Europe, I’m still with my brother in switzerland 🙂 I love it here and I’m very happy to be sharing this American tradition in a different country. I hope everyone has a happy thanksgiving!!!!
November 25, 2009 § Leave a comment
So since I have been in Europe, I have been going through withdraw from American foods… eventhough I don’t like most of them, and I dispise American food habbits, I do miss some tasty pleasures..