Embossed Christmas Cards


I prefer to make my own holiday cards rather than buy them from a store. Last year, we got creative with construction paper, cotton balls, buttons, and ribbon. This year, we decided to go with a very sparkly look, which included our first try at embossing.


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We wrote text with a glue pen, and then quickly sprinkled glitter over it before it dried. This can be messy, but thats to be expected any time glitter is used.


For the embossing, we used a snowflake stamp with gold ink and embossing powder. It’s so fun to watch the process as the heat from the embossing tool is applied.


We kept it simple and just used the gold ink and stamp for more snowflakes on the outside of the cards. Working with the embossing tool was pretty easy and fun. It’s a great holiday craft that I look forward to doing again in the future.


Christmas Decorating


Now that Yuletide is upon us, we’ve pulled out our holiday boxes from high up in the closet and let them see the light. We try to keep our holiday decor fairly cohesive using reds and golds for a sophisticated, classic look.


We switched out our fall table set up with a new red table cloth, and gold candles. The brass reindeer gives it just a hint of whimsy.


Last year was our first Christmas living together, and we could not find regular sized stockings that we were happy with. We opted for these smaller ones instead, and included two more for our kitties.


I had bought a wreath and decided to add a few fake pine cones, poinsettias, a round golden ornament and a large bow to make the wreath extra festive. The red door also helps add to the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas!

Trip to Minneapolis



We went to Minneapolis in mid-October for a wedding and we had a ton of fun. I had never been to Minneapolis before, but I had spent some long summer weeks in another Minnesota town. Back then, thirteen year old me was not impressed with looking out at soy fields all day. This trip to the land of ten thousand lakes was much more pleasant than that of my youth, however.


One of the first things that we did was take a walk to the Mississippi River. We were staying in a hotel in downtown Minneapolis and were only a short distance away from Mill Ruins Park and the Stone Arch Bridge.



The Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse is a particularly beautiful Romanesque structure.


Here is a glimpse of the wedding venue inside of the eclectic Varsity Theater.


We had the opportunity to do our first photo booth together.


We discovered this Mary Tyler Moore statue and couldn’t resist striking the pose.


The Mall of America now stands on what used to be Metropolitan Stadium, home of the Twins and Vikings before the Metrodome.


Here is James outside of the current home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field. Not only are the Twins James’ favorite team, but he happens to be an identical twin himself.


On our last day, we took a stroll through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. This large spoon must have been built for the purpose of taking photos like this one. If not for this wedding, we may never have visited this city. I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to make these memories here with our newlywed friends.