Weekend Inspiration

Yes, those are cross-country ski tracks down the alley a few blocks from my house.

This week has been a pretty weird one, because we got more snow than we’ve ever gotten in my lifetime, and nobody saw it coming. We got a foot of snow, and even the meteorologists are like, “That was crazy, we only expected a few inches! Our models were totally wrong! There was freaky snow lightning!” As someone who grew up in the Portland area and is used to only getting a couple of inches once or twice each winter, I am NOT complaining. The snow is beautiful and fun, and will be gone soon, so I’m enjoying it while I can. It has actually made it really difficult to finish some work I needed to do this week, but I’ve still loved it. Also, it’s been forcing Steven and me to get pretty creative with the contents of our pantry and fridge, which is actually kind of fun. Though I think we’ll need some fresh provisions soon. So I’ll be trying to get out of the house a bit this weekend!

Love these beautiful DIY wood wall hooks.

Make these fun zodiac constellation plates for your next party.

The stars would go perfectly with these moon phase candles.

These raw vegan lime cheesecakes look too good to be true.

As soon as I can get the yarn for it, I’ve promised to make my husband a version of this simple knit beanie.

DIY Suitcase Record Player

Portable record players, in their cute little cases, aren’t known for having the best sound. The style is adorable, and if you can find a vintage one, be sure to snap it up. But you can get the same look by making your own DIY suitcase record player. It may not be quite as travel-friendly as a real portable record player, but it’ll sound better, and really, I doubt that most people actually take their record player anywhere, it’s all about the looks.
How to convert a vintage suitcase to hold a record player

How to convert a vintage suitcase to hold a record player

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2017 Goals for the New Year

Happy 2017! I had a nice little break, how about you?

How do you feel about new year’s resolutions? Do you make them?

In general, I don’t make new year’s resolutions. They’ve always seemed so cliché, plus the types of drastic changes that many people strive for seem doomed to fail. So I usually ignore the whole deal. But this year is different. Maybe I should be thankful that this election has shocked me out of my complacency, but it has really got me seriously thinking about how I want to live my life. There are a lot of things I can’t change in the world, but I saw a great Angela Davis quote on a protest sign the other day, and it really resonated:

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.

I know she meant it in a more political sense, but I think it works for personal changes, too.

Unlike resolutions, these goals don’t have fail states. They’re things I want to want to work on, and the new year is a good time to put my intentions into action. Most of these won’t noticeably affect this blog, but a few will.

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Weekend Inspiration

Happy Friday! Since it’s a vacation week it doesn’t really feel like a Friday, but I’ll take it. Like most bloggers, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from creating content this week, but my post on money tree care went up this week on Apartment Therapy. While working on some other projects, I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for the next year, but I’ll save that for another post. This one is about inspiration for this New Year’s Eve weekend. I don’t have any particularly exciting plans, how about you?

Great advice for how to end 2016 right, and ways to help make 2017 even better.

Need a 2017 calendar? This one and this one are both simple, and free.

This chocolate whiskey cake with salted caramel buttercream looks divine, but if you’re overloaded on sweets right now, this delicious-looking spicy arugula rice salad is on the wholesome side.

There’s still time to make these fun confetti coasters for New Year’s Eve.

If you need a bit of pampering this weekend, try your hand at making your own eye treatment mask.