carving pumpkins.

I absolutely love holidays. and all of the activities + fun that go along with them. I’m also big into holiday traditions. and although [J] & I don’t have a family yet doesn’t hurt to create traditions a little early, as a family of two.

one of our favorite halloween activities is pumpkin carving. of course. we select our pumpkins, set aside a night, open a bottle of wine, and get to work creating our masterpieces. last year we decided to jump on board the craze, and instead of carving ..we painted. see our pumpkins here.

this year we took it up another notch: painting + carving.

pumpkin carving //

pumpkin carving //

pumpkin carving //

the first thing I did was: cover my pumpkin in stars + swirls. using black puffy paint. and while I let it dry, I watched [J] spray paint his pumpkin.

pumpkin carving //

pumpkin carving //

pumpkin carving //

once the puffy paint designs were dry, I spray painted my pumpkin gold.

pumpkin carving //

I used mod podge + gold glitter to add a little extra sparkle.

then we opened a bottle of wine and it was time to get to carving.

pumpkin carving //

pumpkin carving //

the finished product.

pumpkin carving //

pumpkin carving //

they’re day to night pumpkins.

pumpkin carving //

7 days ’til halloween.

happy thursday.


the week in photos.

usually I’d be overjoyed friday is upon us, but who else thinks the holidays are coming entirely too quickly? call me horrible – my christmas shopping is yet to be done, my plans are yet to be etched in stone, and I’m just plain in denial that it’s already december. let alone almost 2013 17 days!!!!!

[J] & I are mailing our christmas cards today! [oh yeah baby we’re that couple! the ones that send out holiday cards, pre-marriage. better yet, pre-engagement. but we share the same address. and have been together longer than a good chunk of married couples I know. all the reasoning I needed]. what is better than receiving mail? receiving holiday cards! I want to be part of spreading that joy we send out cards. judge away, judgers! [I’ll reveal our card on christmas morning. it’s a gem].

moving on ..

the week in photos.

twinings tea samples

I received these {twinings} gems in the mail. the chai almond is two+ thumbs up!

new desktop background

I was probably on pinterest, when I stumbled upon a personalized desktop background. genius! so I created one for myself. [J] says I should just utilize my computer’s folders more effectively. whatever boy, this is prettier.

ugly chipmunks

while browsing through best buy, we took a detour to the mac’s. where [J] thought we should star in the photo booth, chipmunk effect. alvin would be terrified.

celebratory brunch

the way to my heart: a breakfast skillet. we were celebratin’ ..

business partner

he added on to his long list of titles: boyfriend, roommate, BFF,  and now ..biznas partner!

yay we did it!

we were actually unfazed by the “significance” of the date, but more that we opened our own etsy store {TwoCoins}. [which I’m sure you know by now].

champagne toast

more celebratin’ – in {TwoCoins} fancy stemware.

bad mani into an xmas mani

to make a {bad situation} better, I upped the fun by adding a green nail. [just painted over the no-chip].

enjoy the weekend.

I’m going out on a limb to say, it’s the last before the holidays are in full swing. next week: gingerbread house competition. ornament exchange party. starting & finishing christmas shopping. I think I just gave myself a migraine.

[don’t forget to enter the {alcohol-inspired giveaway} I’m hosting on Mish Lovin’ Life’s blog].


welcome santa. & all your cheer.

the holiday season is without a doubt upon us.

we are after all, three days into the month of december.

there’s nothing like twinkly lights + an overdose of red & green to get you in the spirit.

[J]’s mom is a christmas decorating master. & his dad is a pro at exterior illumination.

let me give you a small glimpse of the beauty around here ..


xmas tree page[yes, after 5 years in this happy relationship ..I made it on [J]’s family tree].

dining room page

SONY DSC[even the wine bottles got festive].

we had a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony. it was the sweetest thing. there was a champagne toast. I was in heaven ..

SONY DSCSONY DSC[out the front door].

SONY DSC[down the brightly lit street].

SONY DSCwhat better place/way to write this post ..than at a christmas-inspired table, drinking a christmas ale.

I hope this filled you with holiday cheer. on this fine monday.

we’re working for the weekend holiday, now!!


[J] & I had our first “us” christmas last year, in new york. making this is our second christmas living together. traditions are important to me. so I’m brainstorming! [if you have any ideas, let me have ‘em!]

happy monday!

[only twenty-two days to go].