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DIY Christmas

So I wanted to share the DIY gifts I made for Christmas this year for my friends and family.  Unfortunately you will have to deal with crappy cell phone pictures (I lost my camera battery charger for like 3 weeks in December, fail!).

Vanilla Extract. It is SUPER easy to make and you can get a bunch of vanilla beans online for much, much  cheaper than in the local stores.  I bought mine from Beanilla.  All you do is fill your jars up with vodka and add split vanilla beans. The ratio is about 1/3 cup of vodka to one vanilla bean.  You’re supposed to let it sit for at least six weeks in a dark, cool spot before you use it.  I cut out some circle tags out of kraft paper, stamped them, and attached them with some cute bakers twine.

I also made some fun necklaces. You can’t see them well here I know, but it started as a light piece of wood.  After lots of cutting, a dremmel purchase, sanding, staining and painting…they were done!  They were all the same colors (a dark wood stain with gold paint), but the shapes and designs were irregular.  I loved how they came out.

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Gimme! Birthday edition.

My birthday is in a few days (yay? I dunno. Not sure how I feel about turning 26 yet, but I am hoping in the next year something amazing will happen), so I thought I’d share with you some pretty things I wouldn’t mind having.  Also, thank you Pinterest for storing my many, many things that I would someday like to have 😉

Can’t seem to find this pretty necklace on Etsy now…shoot!  Anyone?

I’ve been looking for the perfect dark grey nail polish; I think this is it!

I need a nice looking camera bag SO badly.  I have a crappy one that I got last minute and I grabbed whatever they had at Wal Mart :-/ So fugly.

I obviously need this shirt.

I think this cake stand was made for me! 🙂

SO cute! I think I’d buy a set and hang it on the kitchen walls 🙂

I actually already know of the “big” gift I am getting, and any birthday money my family gives me will go right to that. I’ll share when I get it 🙂 So excited!