not sure how I came up with the idea, but I was brainstorming Christmas gift ideas and decided I was going to get my niece miss K a real necklace..a real piece of jewelry. She’s 6 years old now and I remember how special I thought it was at that age to get something of real value.
I’ve ordered her a pendant necklace from The Vintage Pearl…it has her initial on it and its sterling silver. I cant wait to get it in the mail!
Then like I always do when I simply buy something for someone, I think…”wow, how much more would I appreciate giving a gift to someone if I’d sacrificed my time and my efforts and talents or LACK of talent, to make that gift?”
And then it came to me. I’m going to make her a jewelry box. Out of an old book. A beautiful vintage jewelry box that I make myself, where she can keep said necklace.
old book. I’ll be enlisting ben’s help to hollow out the inside of the book with a box cutter of sorts, leaving about an inch of book pages around the edges to form the wall of the box.
pretty pink fabric for the cushiony bottom of the box. I’m going to sew some cotton balls and good smelly stuff inside of the fabric.
razzle dazzle. i’ll be decorating the outside of the book with these beauties. every little girl loves rhinestones!
paint and glue. i’ll be painting the outside edges of the pages all the way around the book, in order to keep them stuck together. (a little emerald green and gold shall do the trick!) I’m also gluing the bottom pages to the back of the book so everything stays in place.
This weekend is my last weekend to get my crud together for christmas. It never fails…every year…something drastic happens to us financially around the holidays and we’re stuck waiting until the last second to get things done. Anyone else out there pining away for the day when they arent scared to fill up their gas tank for fear of draining their bank account? Such is our life right now. Ben’s still looking for a full time job and helping me out, and thats where life is right now…it just is. Christmas isnt about gift-giving though, remember? I did write a blog post about that. Guess I should down some spoonfuls of my own medicine.
I’ll let you all know how the jewelry box turns out. I cant wait to put it all together! Tomorrow we are back to our regularly scheduled programming, with Thursday’s LLP post! stay tuned!
its that time of year.
parties. family. get togethers. constant activity. the time of year where I eat about 4985 times my share of a normal persons diet. awesome!
we’ve traveled almost the entire last 2 months…nuts! we miss church and our friends. It was so good to go morning and night service yesterday and worship with our community. the best time of our week!
a few things that got opened up in my Photoshop today:
this is the craft table at my brothers xmas party at his apartment…he lives with 5 other boys. they are beyond hilarious. read the sign carefully, and proceed to die laughing.
this is my littlest niece, miss R. we were in Tallahassee the first weekend in December, and Bradley (my bro in law) initiated some s’more making at the fireplace. good times, even better s’mores.
this, my friends, is a reminder that christmas is in 12 days. lest you had forgotten….makes me uber sad. I wish Christmas was like, 3 months long. it is not a fun thought for me that my lights and decorations and cider making and The Carpenters Christmas Album playing has to be done and put away in 13 days. i dont like it one. little. bit.
and this….well, this is my saving grace. this, laid out on my kitchen table, is a small little reminder that “Real Simple Mag and the New Anthropologie Catalog are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”. Yea, you thought BEER was proof…nah, Real Simple Mag and the new Anthro catalog are proof. Ya heard? (yes! Katie Perdue my subscription came! aren’t you relieved for me!!)
I would insert a picture, now, of my awesome and totally ballin’ Kallima Xmas Party over the weekend…if I had taken a single picture, that is. On one hand I think, “man, that was dumb”…on the other, I realize that it felt AMAZING not to pick up a camera and to simply dance my tushy off for 5 straight hours to the musical stylings of the jammin DJ Sean Nyffeler. To those of you who missed…be sad. Be very sad. There’s always next year! Bigger and Better it will be.
Next up in the Hood World:
re-brand of the kallima blog and website before Jan. 1
xmas in deland
Will keep everyone in the loop, as always. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s design Tuesday, I’ll hopefully be outlining and photo documenting my adventures in making my niece her very own vintage jewelry box for christmas.
It makes me so happy when I find an old friend whom I’ve lost touch with, who has fallen into the art world like myself. This is the story of Sarah Gittens and I. We were in the same homeschool group (yep, homeschool. group. homeschool group. you heard it first, you heard it right…here. i was homeschooled. all jokes aside, and all bitterness aside…its fun to talk about it NOW when im an adult. moving on.) We also played basketball together for the Good News Academy Lions for many many years. Millions of roadtrips to games and state competitions, hundreds of 20 ounce mountain dews, and a few hideous koolat pants later….here we are. I’m a photographer and Sarah Gittens find and sells vintage gifts.
Charity Gems was started by this sweet girl and I love her website.
“Charity Gems is an online boutique which began with a simple idea to sell good quality items with a portion of each sale given to benefit others. Charity Gems began with a desire to make a difference combined with an interest in fashion. Throughout this website you will find jewelry and accessories that we hope will serve to enhance your personal style or make a wonderful gift for someone special. Motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world around us, a portion of every sale will be donated to a charity. Happy online shopping.”
Fantastic, right? Great idea, even better intentions, all combined for the love of helping others and looking fabulous.
Here are a few of my fave pieces and gifts from the site. Seriously, this year why not fore-go the annual mall trip and snag a few meaningful gifts from a local girl trying to do some good? Trust me, there are some beautiful things to be found. Check these out! (all items under $20! seriously!)
vintage jewelry travel case, around $10
vintage blue earrings, around $3
vintage flower pendant necklace, around $8
vintage white leather clutch, around $15
Shop some Charity Gems this christmas..feeling good and looking good never felt soooo good.Tell Sarah I sent you!
all images courtesy of charitygems.us
so its no secret i love sugar.
i could have cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast, a fruit salad for lunch, and cake for dinner. literally, this is my world and im a prisoner in it. i love me some sweets!
cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, doughnuts, candy, fruits, sugar of all kinds….
over thanksgiving we always head up to tennessee to spend the holiday with bens family. the women cook for hours and hours day of, but we have to split our time between two sides of the family and eat two thanksgiving dinners, so its hard for me to contribute to the cooking sometimes. this year, i was determined to make a contribution. something in me is screaming to be cooking and cleaning and home all the time…what the deuce…
am i becoming suzie homeaker? did i just make my husband leave for 4 hours and deep clean my house like i was gonna host the president for dinner tonight? YES. do i sometimes cook dinner for my family “just because”, and secretly desire to roll around on the floor all day with my kiddos? (that nice vacuumed, swept and mopped floor?) YES.
so anyways, my suzie homeaker desires kicked in and made me a bit sad i wasnt having a thanksgiving at my own house and being dubbed “hostess with the mostess”…so i thought, meh, why not make a baller cheesecake to throw in the thanksgiving food mix…its not really thanksgiving food, but hey maybe somebody will eat it and i wont be too embarrassed now that i have something to bring to the table.
enter real simple magazine, november. (the recap going up THIS FRIDAY ladies so stay tuned for full details…). gingersnap cherry cheesecake recipe? yes please. minus the cherries plus some strawberries. yes please.
check out the recipe here ladies, and ive copied and pasted it below. for the crust half and halfed gingersnap cookies with gingerbread graham crackers (makes a nicer consistency in the crust). and i also bought fresh strawberries, chopped them up and added a bit of sugar to them before i let them chill in the fridge for a while.
the result? i happened to find the last piece buried in the fridge the day after thanksgiving. it was devoured people, literally devoured. certain family members had multiple pieces. said it was the best cheesecake theyd ever had. better than their mommas…and their mommas mommas…
make it. eat it. love it. its a great holiday staple peeps! bens family has already made me promise to make it and bring it every year now!
p.s. i felt very good about this cheesecake because it was the first one that id ever made, and it didnt split down the middle or break or cook funny…it was delicious and beautiful, so ben made sure to take a pic of me with the very first yummy piece. enjoy!
- Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, combine the ground gingersnaps and butter. Using a straight-sided dry measuring cup, press the mixture into the bottom and 2 inches up the side of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in ½ cup of the sour cream and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.
- Pour the mixture into the crust and bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 ½ cups of sour cream, ¼ cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Spread over the hot cheesecake and bake until set, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool in the pan, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake before unmolding.
- Spread the preserves over the cheesecake before serving.
I’m finally taking steps to get that black bookcase into tip-top organized and decorated shape. My recent fascination is colored glass. I love yellow, blue, green, teal, and purples. The only ones ive been able to find thus far are green in color. I picked these up today from goodwill for under $5! I’m also going to add in some white to this shelf, because it is black and needs a bit of brightening up. I found a cute book-end today that I need to paint, so you’ll see that one later.
(p.s. i love bookends! please, if anyone finds a good cheap and cute bookend or knows a good resource to find them, let me know or snag it for me! I seriously have such a hard time finding them..)
I did a bit of browsing and here are some images of some colored glass that im diggin’:
And I stumbled across this article on how to make your OWN aqua blue glass jars with glass paint! who even knew glass paint existed, i didnt. I’m so stoked to try this! You can get a can of this paint from cheap joes art stuff for under $5. Omgoodness this is going to change my life! Stay tuned.
another encouraging organizational note from Caroline Parker:
“I have two wooden spoons on hangers right inside my lower tupperware cabinets for Sadie to play with. She has learned to hang them back up when she is done:) functional AND its a toy:)
This inspired me to create a space just for Jos. He’s constantly wanting to get into the kitchen cabinets…no amount of “no” deters him from trying. So I made a special cabinet just for him. Tupperware, plastic mixing bowls, the bottle/baby utensil holder for the dishwasher, some rubber kitchen utensils, and whatever else I can find that is jos friendly will now reside here!
p.s. sorry for the obnoxiously large font on the watermark above. i seriously need to proofread things before exporting out of photoshop. maybe if i had more time in my life…
I also put a command hook to hang utensils from….aaaand I should have studied the small holes on the ends of said utensils because they are definitely too small for the the hook. So, I’m going to get a different hook:)
This morning Ben videoed Josiah seeing his cabinet for the first time. He did it on his phone so I’m not sure how to upload it here, but it’ll be on my facebook soon so check that out. (http://www.facebook.com/rebekahmhood) There was an “ohhhhhhhh” and a immediate swinging open of the cabinet door. Everything was out in a matter of seconds. Success!
Stay tuned for more organizational tips from Caroline and projects coming to completion!