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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 4 – How Will You Celebrate You?
How are you going to celebrate yourself this festive season?

To me, the holiday season is about doing for others – buying presents, sending cards, getting together to connect. Which is why I love today’s prompt; it’s so easy to lose ourselves in the rush of the holiday season.

One thing that I do to celebrate myself is decorate my house. I live alone, and I’m sure many people wouldn’t bother going through all the trouble. But to me, making my surroundings festive adds “sparkle” to my life.

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Another thing I do for myself to help celebrate is to buy some new clothes to wear to the holiday festivities.  I love the incorporation of sequins into everyday items like sweaters, because it makes  it so easy to create a special look.

I use makeup to help get myself dolled up for the holidays.  I’m planning on pampering myself with a pedicure, because looking down and seeing red toes makes me smile.  I think I may just buy a special holiday nail polish, as well, so that I can add a bit of glitter to my nails as well.  Of course I love breaking out red lipstick during the holidays – red is a great color on me, but I only wear it this time of year, because it seems like a bit too much during other months.

How will you celebrate YOURself this season?

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 6Make.
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)

A few months ago, I would’ve shown you some photos of a new recipe I tried, but I haven’t been cooking much lately because I’m trying this whole pre-portioned frozen entree thing to help with my calorie counting, and it’s working.  I’m losing!  I do miss cooking – the planning, the shopping, the chopping, the cooking, the creative aspect, and the feeling of completion of a job well done.  What I don’t miss – the cleaning, the time, and the hassle.  I love cooking too much to let it  go forever, so I know that I’ll be back to it before too long.

But for today, the thing I’ve been “making” lately is my house into a home.  I love decorating (I got that bug from my mom, who should be an interior designer) and since it’s the season, I’ve been concentrating on sprucing up the house for Christmas. In fact, after I cleaned the entire house from top to bottom yesterday, I began to decorate, only to realize that so many of my previous decorations were so blah.  I think I didn’t notice it as much in years past because my old place didn’t get a lot of light.  Here, in the full light, they looked dingy.  So much so that I was feeling a bit down.  Until I put out the newer things I’d purchased, did a bit of sprucing up of the older things, and decided to spend a bit more money and go back to Pier 1 to buy the other decorations I really wanted.  So I took today off of work and my mom and I are going later this morning.

But I do have a few items that I’d love to share:

I bought the doormat at Kohl’s weeks ago, and then on a recent trip to Michael’s I found the snowman “calendar.”  The wreath was originally really plain, until I borrowed my dad’s hot glue gun and added the striped ornaments.  Now I think it looks really festive and welcoming.

This is still a bit of a work in progress. I need to buy colorful votives to put in the candleholders on the black metal piece.  I love the bowlful of whimsical ornaments(Michael’s), and how perfectly those colors go with the rest of my room.  And I found that card tree and knew I had to have it.

I love swirls, so this card tree holder (Pier 1) was an instant hit with me.  I added the Christmas card I made of Lulu & me, and then two fun ornaments (Pier 1) continuing the swirl theme.

This next item is either brilliantly creative or the worst, most ridiculous thing ever.  You decide:

I purchased the bowl of pine cones from one of my students for an orchestra fundraiser.  I added the gold and silver ornaments that I had from years past.  And then I added the “branches,” which I used to put in my two huge vases, but I didn’t like that look this year.  So instead of throwing them out (which I was this close to doing), I thought they might be a nice way to add some height to my dining room table arrangement.  I liked how the silver and gold balls on the branches reinforced the balls in the bowl and I also liked the pop of color the red berries add.

So while I didn’t “make” anything from scratch, I do think there is an art to home decorating, and I’m going to continue to do it, because I enjoy it so much.  So far I’ve decorated for each holiday/season, and I’m going to continue that throughout 2011.

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