A big fat happy new year my friends! How was your night?
I do have to say I'm ready for detox that's for sure! Food and alcohol gluttony. The short break went by way too fast and I didn't get any of the stuff done that I wanted to, I even still have my Christmas decor up. Drives me nuts.
And on another note we are broke. Did I mention that our heat broke right before Christmas? I think I did. And that was right after we had just replaced our dryer. Well, last Saturday our hot water heater died too and it turns out we had to get one of the more expensive ones since we have natural gas. This is so frustrating when stuff like that happens right around Christmas. Ain't nobody have time (or money) for that, right?
And then my shoulder/arm problems haven't really gotten taken care of either because I have a $400 deductible, which makes me feel like a car. So I'm done venting and welcoming the new year with a lot of enthusiasm.
Besides all the complaining up there, I had a really good Christmas with our little family. We always have fondue on Christmas eve and then unwrap our gifts. That's just how you do it in Germany.
I got lots of things that I really wanted. Yay! Hubby bought them before stuff started breaking ;)
Should I share with you? Well some of you have seen the treasures already on Instagram but I'll share here again.
I got the fox (or I think it's a wolf) door knocker that I wanted so badly. And my hubby drove to Philly to buy it for me on Craigslist. The guy who sold it told him that it was from the home of the artist Andrew Wyeth. Sounds like a great story but there is no documentation to back up that story and I think that he was fibbing. It is definitely a unique large and heavy piece of brass though. I have no clue how to hang it on my door. My current door knocker is messing up my plans. Darn screw holes that don't line up and are exposed.
I also got a brass swan and tiger. Love the tiger especially.
I wanted this nuLOOM shag so badly too and guess what, I got it! I'm a huge fan of the original Morrocan rugs but they are made out of wool and that is so hard to clean with my cats and kids. And of course way more expensive. Did you know that the natural fibers stain much more? That's why I use natural cotton fabrics for when I paint fabric. Synthetic fibers are great on rugs for cleaning at least in my book.
I'm so excited to tell you that I got a large disco ball too. My hubby drove all the way to NYC to pick one up for me. How sweet is that?
And I received my lip print that I wanted so badly. I'm totally loving it. I did feel awful though because Jen from "Made by Girl" commented on my one Instagram photo asking if my brush stroke art was her Coco&Hearts artwork and I had to tell her that I'm a darn copy cat. So embarrassing! I hope she is a little flattered though. I mean a lot of people have copied the black and white brush stroke art too that is also being sold at West Elm for example. And I never lied about who the art idea came from in my post. I know…I'm trying to talk myself out of this situation. She'll probably hate me forever! Ugh!
I had fun photographing my things. Don't know if I will keep the lip print where it is right now though and in case you are wondering, the black and white pillows are from H&M home and you can find them HERE.
I'm so so happy with all my presents and the kiddos are way too spoiled too. They had the best Christmas ever.
If you missed my 2013 Flipagram video on Facebook (the one I had on Instagram was way shorter) then you can see it by clicking HERE or the 2014 below. For some reason it didn't let me upload it onto my blog from youtube.
How was your holiday? I know it's not all about the presents. This post totally sounded superficial. I did enjoy our family time on Christmas Eve, just the four of us together the most ;)
Come back on Friday because I have planned a very silly post.