Next year.

as i check in on instagram, and the other social media 'sources of inspiration' time-suckers sites, i continue to add to my 'next-year' list.  the 'next year' list that is 1/2 full of items/pictures/projects from last year that were supposed to be implemented this year.

well, the tree is up, shining bright.  the other decorations are well on their way.  new outdoor lights {'old-fashioned' ones... a 'to-do-this-year' task that was actually done} have been purchased... leon has arrived, and is monitoring as close as ever.  *homemade card supplies were ordered weeks ago...

...but still untouched.  advent calendars just put out yesterday... on the 6th of december. not the creative-thoughtful-diy kind either.  the cheap-easy-low-grade-chocolate-filled-paper-box kind.

looks like those pine cones may have to wait one more year before their trims are painted white as snow.  and those christmas card supplies might just be perfect for next year's holiday cards.   

ryan's in his last wave of classes, life is chaotic, our lists are never even closed to being checked off..... and 'in the big scheme of things' it's alright.  and it IS temporary (a necessary- daily- reminder).   
but speaking of next year...

i saw a gorgeous olive wreath the other day that i'd love to try my hand at creating my own version...

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and also, a magnolia leaf one...

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both trees in which we have.  both very simple and seemingly doable.
next year.  for sure.



  1. Ha! I got inspired on Pinterest to make these cute mini-wreaths. The original crafter bought the actual twig wreaths - something I wish I had done. Or maybe I should have waited until the girls were in bed to make them and gather the supplies. Sticks turned into "swords". Glitter was a-flyin'. While I was peeling secreted holiday stickers off the furniture, a dishwasher tablet got spread all over the carpet and someone drew all over the stairs with a stolen green marker. And we haven't even decorated the damn things yet.

    I'm not discouraging you from making wreaths BTW, just that your experience is similar to mine. The glowy, beautiful holiday experience is in my head - it just doesn't seem to translate easily into real life. :)

    Now they took a nap, I took a deep breath and got all the supplies onto the table. Wish me luck. . .

    1. i LOVE your comment. because i can picture it oh so well- as if i've been in almost that *exact same scenario before {many times} :). and you are totally right. something always gets "lost" in the translation there.

      i want to see a picture of the final product!! (inspiration for me. for NEXT year)

  2. Love this post. I adore all the packaging but I am dreadful at it. LOL. I am tssking you "next year" comment. :) Don't set yourself up for that because then you'll be all "OH! I wanted to make that wreath this year and I am going to do it!" and it will be 3 a.m. and you will be crying with magnolia leaves cursing pinterest. I kid you. They are both gorgeous.

    1. exaaaaaaaactly.

      (well then, i'll just have to set myself up properly... with something a little extra *cheery to sip on all the while...) :)


  3. beautiful wreaths. i caved and bought all mine, although i'd love to make my own sometime. can't wait to hear about your homemade cards!! i'm keeping with my valentine's card tradition as i never seem to make the holiday deadline and took myself off the hook for that after my first baby was born :)

    1. "took myself off the hook"... LOVE that.

      it all started with valentine cards... cute little hearts and ribbon, and pretty paper... then somehow it graduated to christmas... one "small" difference being that there were about 10x the amount of people on the 'christmas card list' then the valentine's one.

      we try to keep it simple... something that can be "executed" with two children... something that is not overly detailed or messy. but it is still a LOT of work...

      so, i have officially taken myself (us) "off the hook" for cards this year. *next year*. :)

  4. I am so with you on all of those things- of course not christmas at your moms but at mine:) Hope your christmas season is going merry! LOL!

  5. I have the plastic version of the magnolia wreath (with magnolia flowers too). It looks incredibly real deal - though I really do think there is nothing like real leaves. I just bought some silver pointy shoes which leave glitter all over the floor and it makes me so happy!

  6. Torrie- i am always inspired by your long and thoughtful lists. It makes me want to sit down and brainstorm. :) I hope you are having a wonderful holiday break with your friends and family. Happy New Year to you. xx Naina

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