PHOTO: Tait Simpson
My plans for 2013:
• wear more sparkly shoes
• send more cards + letters
• go on more dog walks
• watch more movies
• draw + write more often
• buy more fresh flowers
• make more cocktails
• spend more time with friends
I’m anti-resolution, so this is my lighthearted attempt at keeping myself accountable for 2013 and beyond. Are you a resolution maker? Any good at it?
Clockwise from top left: Bubble Champagne Flutes from Indigo, Rosy-Cheeked Coupes from BHLDN, Edge Flute from Crate&Barrel, Inside Out Champagne Glasses from MoMA Store, Platinum Rim Stainless Champagne Glasses from West Elm, Night Sky Toasting Glasses from BHLDN, Honeycomb Flutes from West Elm, Dainty Champagne Flutes from Olive & Cocoa
New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that’s really easy to hype up and then be massively disappointed by. My dream evening is a party at my own house, with friends who feel free to dress in cocktail attire or pajamas. Lots of appetizers – because by that point in the holidays we’re all bloated and tired of sweets – and plenty of cocktails. Throw in some party props and I’d be one happy girl ringing in 2013!
Apple Cider Cocktail – Sugar and Charm
Blood Orange Champagne Cocktails – Martha Stewart
Fig Sidecar – Valley & Co. Lifestyle
Fresh Cranberry and Vodka – Sweet Paul
Maple Concord – Etsy
Orange Margarita – Confections of a Foodie Bride
Sparkling Apple Sangria – Spoon Fork Bacon
Spiced Chai – A Beautiful Mess
Winter Thyme & Key Lime Cocktail – Sweet Paul
Foil Dot Napkins – Anthropologie
Fold Unfold Tablecloth – A+R Store
Kamal Snow Dos Dinnerware – West Elm
Metallic Leather Coasters – Woonwinkel
Resin Champagne Bucket – Calypso St. Barth
The Countdown Glasses – Indigo
Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs – Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Buttery Roasted Chestnuts Bon Appetit
Lemon Goat Cheese Dip – Country Living
Mini Apple Calzones – Delightful Crab
Bourbon Infused Sugar Cranberries – A Subtle Revelry
Peach Prosciutto Ricotta Crostini – Bon Appetit
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus – Eat Drink Paleo
Roasted Red Pepper + Goat Cheese Truffles – How Sweet It Is
Sweet + Salty Roasted Almonds – Refinery29
I chose this photo for this post a few weeks ago. Back when my stepdad’s mom was in the hospital for what we thought was going to be a quick bout with gallstones. Now as I type this we’re several weeks later, Betty’s been in the ICU for awhile, and I’m heading back to Pennsylvania a day after returning from Christmas because they don’t expect she’ll make it through the weekend. I guess I just wanted to let you know that it’s a really tough time around here right now, and my blogging break is going to be extended another week or so. I haven’t had time to get any guest posts together to fill in for me, but I think you understand. Family first, always. xo
PHOTO: Our Labor of Love
What is it about the new year that makes us take stock of our lives and ourselves? Time inevitably moves forward no matter what we do, but there’s just something about throwing the old calendar out and starting the new that makes us all take a closer look. After making my yearly goals (not resolutions) I found myself reading Erin‘s post about the exact opposite – non-goals. And I started thinking about the things that I manage to accomplish fairly well and would hate to change about myself.
- Keep finding amazing friends. You have a knack for knowing who you’re going to gel with immediately.
- Keep putting family first. They’re always there for you in the end.
- Keep having a soft spot for animals. They need you just as much as you need them.
- Keep up with the mad organization skills. They always pay off.
- Keep on learning, even from the most down and out circumstances. Life is a series of lessons.
- Keep trusting. (Maybe just listen to your gut a little more this year.)
- Keep taking risks. Even when they seem like safe bets to others.
- Keep taking naps. You’re really, really good at them.
- Keep staying true to yourself.
- Keep not settling. You’ll only regret it if you do.
What things about yourself are A-OK by you?
Happy first Monday of 2011! I hope your year is off to a rousing start. This week is going to be a bit front heavy I’m afraid, Wednesday I’ll be heading back (once again) to Pennsylvania for Orthodox Christmas. That means things should officially be back to normal around here beginning next Monday. I can’t wait.
Truth be told I had some bigger things planned for New Years on the blog but, well, life sort of got in the way. (As life tends to do.) You might recall that in past years I’ve been a staunchly anti-resolution girl. And I can’t say that that’s changed for 2011. What I can say is that I have some things I want to pay a little bit more attention to.
1. Volunteer more often.
2. Get a new hobby. Like boxing.
3. Become involved in more creative collaborations.
That’s it. Three things. Three things that I actually want to do. And with that… beat it 2010. You sort of sucked.
PS: Thanks for hanging around for another year and reading Design Crush. It brings me more joy than you know!
+ What a clever idea, a holiday Sputnik mobile.
+ Have you seen this art made entirely out of typewriter letters and punctuation marks? Genius.
+ Cute holiday cookie stencils to download.
+ Thinking about this recipe for Bacon and Egg Soup!
+ If you’re late on your holiday cards maybe consider sending out Happy New Year cards instead.
+ Check out The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike and Edward Gorey. Love it.
+ Really want to check out this bar.
+ I’ve been reading this poem almost daily for the past two weeks.
+ Love this father/son art blog.
+ Pouring through this from What Katie Ate.
Holy crap. There are less than three weeks left in 2010. Just enough time to pick up this resolution reminder bracelet for New Year’s and think about all you want to accomplish in 2011.