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I'm always a little sad once Christmas is over. But, this year, I'm also a little glad that it is. My Christmas holiday was very nearly perfect, and I fear that one more day of festivities could have done something to ruin that.

I'm not, however, ready to let go of the sparkle of the season. Tis still the season for sparkle, ya'll. I'm particularly loving the sequined mini trend. And really, New Years Eve is the one night a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut disco-ball, and no other girls can say anything about it.

{images via : Pinterest; 1, 2, 3, 4}


a {pretty} weekly wrap-up

Pretty neat things I discovered this week – the holiday edition:

These free, downloadable holiday knit gift tags. – The closest I'll get to the whole "holiday sweater" thing. Or so I think.

DIY cupcake bath bombs. – If I were to give this as a gift {a great idea BTW} I'd be sure to make real cupcakes to give with them. Absolutely no disappointment that way!

This glitter bow DIY. – A DIY gift wrap idea that I can actually do myself? This looks to easy to be true.

This DIY mini wreath wrapping. – A DIY gift wrap that I'd just make a mess of, but it's pretty, nonetheless.

These Christmas light nails. – Way cute! And way too time-consuming for me. Adorbs though.

On a non-holiday related note, The Dark Knight Rises trailer was released this week. – And it looks chillingly good... thanks in large part to the fact that Christian Bale's Batman voice isn't heard in it.

Also, this is my Christmas card to you this year. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!


pretty awkward, pretty awesome {Thursday}

{pretty} awkward
Trying to talk to my dad while he's on a cell phone. My dad: "Hello? Is it... is it on speaker phone? Or... or what? What's going on here? Hello?" Me, meanwhile: "Dad? Dad! I'm here! Dad, stop talking. I'm here!"

Putting up the Christmas decorations in my office with packaging tape. Like MacGyver. Kind of.

I just had to Google how to spell MacGyver.

Changing from a skirt into jeans in a Buffalo Wild Wings bathroom stall.

Wearing tights under said jeans, for the rest of the day.

Wrapping Christmas presents. It basically takes me an hour to wrap a gift that could easily be mistaken for having been wrapped by a 5 year old.

Getting to sing a solo, or two, in my church choir's rehearsal. Not sure how that happened, but I don't want it! And let's just say, I'm hoping the actual Christmas Eve performance goes better.

{pretty} awesome

My younger brother graduated from college this past weekend! I bet those 5 1/2 years felt like forever ;)

My mom and I having a major giggle fit, thanks to something my dad said. And I don't think he got why we were laughing so hard. Go figure.

Going to bed at 8:30 last night. Yep. It's the little things.

Wearing new, pretty underwear. P.S. I hate the word "panties", and refuse to say it.

Getting a couple of unexpected freelance design jobs lately. Yay, extra moneys!

It is snowing. Right now. My cats are watching intently out the patio door, like they've never seen it before. That's how long it's been since we've seen snow{actually, I guess, this is how long}. And, while I'm not a huge fan of the white stuff, I am wishing for a white Christmas. Here's hoping it sticks around.

Having the exact right amount of candy canes to last me through Christmas day... I hope.

Oh, and you guys, this weekend is Christmas weekend! Eeeeee!

Anything awkward or awesome you'd like to share? Do so in the comments. Yay!


a {pretty} weekly wrap-up

Pretty neat things I discovered this week:

This still from the 2012 movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby surfaced this week. – And my God, do you see how gorgeous Leo looks? It reminds me 6th grade/Titanic era Leonardo {be still my heart!}. This movie will be perfection.

Cute felt ball garland. – A DIY for you DIYers.

These shoes. – I literally gasped when I saw them. And, you can use them as mirrors to check your lipstick! 'Cause that wouldn't be awkward, when you're sitting at your desk, or walking down the street, or driving...

Kitten Covers! – Puurfect... I had to. {found via : Milk}

Pom Pom scarf. – At one point I would have thought scarves with pom poms on them were for eccentric, older ladies. The ones who wear red and purple together. You know who I'm talking about? But this one is just pretty. {found via : coco+kelley}.

This is what Emma Watson's younger brother looks like? – And he's officially legal 18? Booyah! Just kidding. Really tho. He is pretty.

This pretty dress. – Needs to be mine.

The Rock of Ages movie trailer was released this week. – Have I every fully expressed my love for ROA on my blog? Best. Musical. Evers.

Discover anything interesting lately? Let me know!


a {pretty} weekly wrap-up

Pretty neat things I discovered this week:

Typographic quilling. – I'm pretty sure I need to try my hand at quilling.

A scalloped felt wreath DIY. – Simple {and pretty} enough for me!

Just a pretty room.

Hot cocoa cookies? – Yes, please!

Leggings. – I like.

Hamburger wrapping paper. – Although, technically, I think that's a cheeseburger.

This video is too well done not to share. Chills, you guys. Chills. Harry Potter fans will surely like her videos.

Old love. – A little sad. What is it about celebrity couples that intrigues me? {via : A Cup of Jo}

Discover anything worth sharing this week?


pretty awesome {Thursday}

I couldn't come up with awkward things that happened to me this past week. I know. I suck. Or maybe it was just a good week. Anyway, here are some pretty awesome things...

{pretty} awesome
Spending some time, however brief, with one of my besties this past weekend.

Florence + The Machine radio on Pandora.

Eating at Noodles & Co. twice in the past two weeks. Magical.

Candy canes.

Candy canes on my coffee. "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."

How my world turned into a winter wonderland this past weekend.

The 12 foot snowman seen on my way to work. And the gigantic cardboard top hat that's atop his head. I salute the ambitious people who made him. And I hope to God he doesn't come to life like in that freaky song, 'cause I feel like we'd be in some trouble.

My pretty fur babies posing for the camera. Sorry to go all "proud momma" on you now that I have a good camera on my phone. But there you go.

And, this freaking cute video, that I cannot. stop. watching. "We love pink, and we like the fluffy dresses!"


{pretty freebie} winter wallpaper

Heeey December! For those of you who procrastinate {like me} and have yet to change your desktop background to something wintery... here you go. Some wintery prettiness for your desktop, designed by yours truly... inspired by the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest and the sea of swirly twirly gum drops.

If you don't know your screen resolution, you can find it out here.

2560 x 1440   •   1920 x 1280   •  1680 x 1050   •  1600 x 1200   •  1280 x 800   •  ipad   •  iphone

{via : Pretty {much} Art}


pretty {me}

Some things you probably didn't know about me...
Barns and Noble is my favorite store.

When I go into Barns and Noble, I head straight to the YA section.

I'm currently reading The Book Thief. I'm only admitting that because it's a book about Nazi Germany and not about vampires or princesses... Um, I'm also reading this, and this.

When I sign my name, I save my middle initial for last.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people use the word literally wrong, like "that literally scared the crap out of me." Eeeew. However, it's only when people don't know that they're using the word literally wrong, that bothers me. At least use it ironically, like I do. Or just say it {literally} all the time. Like Rachel Zoe.

I don't usually tell people I have a blog, because I'm worried they'll judge me as being self-absorbed.

I like blogging because I'm really shy in real life, and never open up to people I don't know well.

I'm 26 and am living at home with my parents. And I only find that weird when other people find that wired.

I have a hard time spelling "wired". I love to write, but I hate to spell.

I hate cutting my nails.

I always count down backwards in my head when microwaving something. Actually, I count down backwards in my head for a lot of random things; how long I think it'll take for the light to turn green, how long I think it'll take for my computer to boot up... basically anytime I'm waiting for something.

Sometimes I think I have a slight case of OCD.

This little list of random things you didn't know about me will probably become a {somewhat} regular feature on my blog. I want to be able to open up to people more. And I want to make this blog more of a documentation of my life. Not that that makes me self-absorbed.


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Pretty neat things I discovered this week:

A DIY Christmas banner. – And it sparkles.

This. – Currently tiled as my desktop background.

Just pretty makeup.

Pretty poppies made from coffee filters. – I love coffee, I love poppies, I love pretty things.

Pretty baby blankets. – I'm not having a baby, and I can't knit {or whatever it is I'm supposed to do in order to make one of these}, but I want this baby blanket kit.

Tiffany & Co. – Actually discovered last year, but this Christmasy ad campaign is just about perfect.

The U.S. needs more ads like this. – It's so sweet. {via : A Sweet Release}

10 Things 90s Kids Will Have To Explain To Their Children. – Long before he was spending his days foisting his mediocre children on us, Will Smith was actually the perfect human specimen. Also, Lisa Frank.

90s TV Characters As Roommates. – As long as we're having fun. The 90s where the best!

Texts From Bennett. – More fun.

Discover anything worth sharing this week? This weekend is Pretty {much} Art's last craft show of the season! Come see us!


pretty awkward, pretty awesome {Thursday}

{pretty} awkward
Calling a customer, asking if it was Jerry, only to find out it was Jerry's wife. Sometimes it's hard to tell if a person is a guy or a girl when all they say is "hello"...

People named after their parents. Is this not confusing to anyone else? Especially when I've only ever talked to Kevin Sr. over the phone and then Kevin Jr. answers and I didn't know there was a Kevin Jr. and therefor didn't know that Kevin was a Kevin Sr. and therefor didn't know which Kevin I was supposed to be talking to?? Like I said, confusing!

P.S. My job shouldn't allow me to talk on the phone. I'm too awkward for that.

I couldn't use the bathroom at work because the shop guys {my office is connected to an auto shop}  already shut the lights off and couldn't find switch. Hey, it gets dark out by 5:00 now! I had to hold it for 45 minutes!

I couldn't use the bathroom at our other office because the toilet was plugged up and the co-worker who was supposed to unplug it {can you "unplug" a toilet? What am I trying to say here?} didn't. I had to hold it for two hours!

My bladder must be expanding, 'cause I'm getting good at holding it. Annnd that was too much information. And that was awkward. Oh awkward and awesome Thursdays, how I've missed you.

{pretty} awesome
Hey! We have a tree in our house! And it's pretty! I love the time of the year that is "tree time".

I finally got frames for the amazing prints, sent to me by oh-so-talented ara133photography. You'll have to trust me that they look prettier in person. Mr. Raccoon thinks so too.

I took all of the above pictures on the new phone, that I got for FREE on Black Friday – which shall henceforth be known as the greatest almost holiday of the year. P.S. I'm sure many of you have some {pretty} awkward stories form black friday {and I'd love the hear them!} but my black friday was just awesome. So there.

Thanksgiving. The fam. The Packers {winning}, and enough food to feed an elephant... if elephants ate turkey and pumpkin pie and stuffs.

I just saw an ad for the Napoleon Dynamite cartoon. Heck yes!

Our paper delivery guy bringing us pizzas at lunch yesterday. Just because he's a nice guy and wanted to do something nice for us. Are you kidding me?? There really are genuinely nice people in this world, who perform random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return? Pretty awesome.
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