Best Christmas Decorations EVER-Haters, Line Up! Yoo Hoo, Pinterest, I’m Calling YOU!

 I hope you enjoy a repeat of one of my most clicked on posts of 2012 while I spend a little time with my tugboat man and my son, Angel Boy.
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It was last year that I was inspired by other topnotch decorators who so kindly blogged about their DIY Christmas tree masterpieces.

In fact, I was so inspired and so thrilled to be stuck here all alone for the millionth time during the holidays that I created a masterpiece of my own, just for you, my loving internet family.

As I looked around my house, the elliptical seemed like it had the best “bones” to adorn.

Plus, it had a ready-made beverage holder!

I didn’t have any Maxi-pads or other feminine hygiene products–‘cos THAT ship has sailed–if you know what I mean. (Hey cool, a nautical reference jauntily tossed in. Damn, I’m good!)

I added a toilet paper garland, a couple of Sophie Kinsella novels, two glittery seashell ornaments, a bottle of wine in the beverage holder, a white plastic poinsettia, a few EMPTY gift bags, and a festive plush Hello Kitty toy.

You can’t really see it very good, but there’s a chocolate bar too, which I don’t have to share with anyone! I’m such a lucky girl! This is the best use I’ve found for the elliptical. Hanging freshly ironed shirts hanging on it is a close second.

Now you can carry on with your day; just take a moment to let it all sink in.

The moral of the story is that it might not be a good idea to leave Princes Rosebud alone for long periods of time.

Don’t HATE…Emulate.

Decorated for Christmas elliptical

Property of Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife

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Property of Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife

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Best Christmas Decorations EVER-Haters, line up! Yoo hoo, Pinterest, I’m calling you!

I was inspired by other topnotch decorators who so kindly blogged about their DIY Christmas tree masterpieces.

In fact, I was so inspired and so thrilled to be stuck here all alone for the millionth time during the holidays that I created a masterpiece of my own, just for you, my loving internet family. S

o, Cousin Fur and Aunt Cheeky and Second Cousin Far Removed Tracy F for Fantastic, this one’s especially for you guys.

As I looked around my house, the elliptical seemed like it had the best “bones” to adorn.

Plus, it had a ready-made beverage holder!

I didn’t have any Maxi-pads or other feminine hygiene products–‘cos THAT ship has sailed–if you know what I mean. {Hey cool, a nautical reference jauntily tossed in. Damn, I’m good!} 

I added a toilet paper garland, a couple of Sophie Kinsella novels, two glittery seashell ornaments, a bottle of wine in the beverage holder, a white plastic poinsettia, a few EMPTY gift bags, and a festive plush Hello Kitty toy.

You can’t really see it very good, but there’s a chocolate bar too, which I luckily don’t have to share with anyone! I’m such a lucky girl! This is the best use I’ve found for the elliptical. Hanging freshly ironed shirts on it is a close second.

Carry on with your day; just take a moment to let it all sink in. Don’t HATE…Emulate.

Decorated for Christmas elliptical decorated elliptical

Filling Up The Minutes And Hours. Tick Tock.

I’m looking out my kitchen window which frames our backyard and I am not kidding, a ROADRUNNER just ran across the lawn and up the steps to the back part of the property. A ROADRUNNER! I know we’re in SoCal, but this is not the Anza-Borrego desert, this is a neighborhood full of houses. Wow, I just ran outside to try and snap a pic, but he ran under some sagebrush and I didn’t want to scare him. How. Cool. Is. That. Seriously.

What do I do besides going to the gym and shopping? I do an awful lot of reading. I read books the old school way. I like the feel of paper between my fingers. I like to dog ear the page corners.  I love chick lit; Emily Giffin, Sophie Kinsella, Plum Sykes, Diana Gabaldon, Elin Hilderbrand, Lauren Weisberger, and even a tiny amount of LC (Lauren Conrad). Giffen is wonderful, Hilderbrand is an enigma to me; I wish I liked her writing more than I do-I always feel a little unsatisfied, a little unfulfilled by the end of the story. Of course, you can’t be healthy with a diet full of sweets, so I do read more conventional lit too, like Faulkner and Lawrence and O’Conner and Welty. In fact, I named my Border Collie Stella Rondo, in honor of a character in her short story, Why I Live at the P.O.  Right now I’m adding a little protein to the menu ‘cos I’m re-reading Jane Austen’s Emma.  Confession: I am guilty of reading-and liking-the Gossip Girl series. Actually, I admire anyone who can get their words published!
So sad to hear about the death of Maeve Binchy. I think I have read just about every book she wrote. Although they don’t really fit the category of chick lit per se, her character development draws me in every single time.

I have another DIY Chanel creation-check out the hat!
Just my opinion:I just heard that my local Kamay store is closing which is too bad ‘cos I drive right by Ulta to go there. I have noticed that for some reason, I am invisible when I go to Ulta. No one wants to help or answer a question. It’s happened more than once, so it wasn’t just an off day. It’s like my being there is an imposition or I don’t fit in with their target demographics. So, I always go to Kamay because they have great customer service.  I was wondering how to make my OPI Pink-ing of You opaque and the really helpful sales associate showed me how to use a coat of white underneath to make the pink stand out better. Plus, she told me about Hoof Lacquer as a top coat, which is awesome.