Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Ten of 2012

Happy New Year's Eve! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend lots of time with friends and family. I have been doing exactly that, plus enjoying time off from work and some fun new gifts. If you follow me on instagram you know what I mean : )

Today I wanted to officially welcome the many new followers of this little 'ol blog who have subscribed by email, RSS, Facebook and google friend connect. Thank you so much for taking the time to join me here...I truly couldn't imagine my life without blogging and wouldn't have much of a blog without you guys! And, thanks to Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Housewalk Party (and Pinterest!) I now have a lot more of you to share with! I thought I would do a couple of posts just to recap our house/my style so you're up to speed on everything : ) The first is a look at the top 10 posts of 2012. Some of these were surprising to me, some were not, but I think it gives you a good glimpse at everything we get to chat about here at Honeycomb Creative Co!

Top Ten of 2012

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10. Christmas by A Prairie Market
In this post I shared some of the goods I would be selling at the boutique where I'm a vendor, The Cottage Collective. I think I have Pinterest to thank for this post making it in the top 10 - those mason jar snow globes were a total hit, both in the store and on the web!

9. Powder Room Redux
I shared our pretty little bathroom with you guys, and got so much sweet feedback. For a tiny apartment, I do really love the size and layout of our little powder room...looks like you guys did too!

8. Be Mine
This was the first time I'd gotten to photograph our bedroom with my DSLR, and it was all decked out for Valentine's Day.

7. Autumn's Arrival
After a visit to a favorite store, I was inspired to completely recreate our living room for autumn. Naturals and neutrals set the tone for our fall-themed living space.

6. 28 Cents
I made what is probably the greatest score of my junking career and paid just 28 cents for this old wire three-tiered stand. I use it as a display piece in the shop, and even though it's marked, I still get tons of requests from customers to buy it : )

5. The Linen Closet {Small Space Storage}
I have to say, this was one of my favorite projects this year. I completely cleaned out and reorganized the only real storage in our apartment, and it has made life so much easier. Not to mention it looks pretty too!

4. Our Wedding
I'm flattered you guys! I do think this one gets a lot of clicks because it's a "button" on my top navigation bar, but what bride doesn't want to show off her big day? It's still the very best day of my life and I'm honored you guys want to take a peek at all the details!

3. Living Room Refresh
Our living room sure is popular! Again, having a DSLR made all the difference in this first shoot I got to do of the space with the new camera.

2. Our Christmas Living Room Part 1
I got so much web-love on this post, from Pinterest to link parties. Thanks everyone for sharing in our Christmas cheer!

1. Holiday Housewalk Tour
Many thanks to Jennifer Rizzo for hosting the party to end all parties! And thank you to you guys for coming over to take a look at our home all gussied up for Christmas! It was so fun to both decorate and photograph our space, so I'm glad you all enjoyed it!

2012 has been a wonderful, exciting, sometimes-scary, surprising and blessed year. From getting a big promotion at my job to opening a vintage/handmade store and growing my blog, it's been a year packed full of good things. This year has probably been the busiest, most stressful of my life, but it's also been the most rewarding and I've gotten to learn so much about myself, my husband, and the plans God has for me. Thanks for coming along on the adventure! I can't wait to see what 2013 holds for us all!

{live beautifully}

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and Pretty Presents

Merry Christmas Eve! We have been busy with last minute preparations, shopping, gift wrapping and more. Poor Matt and most of his family have had the flu. And sadly my grandmother suffered a stroke a few days ago that has left her in pretty bad shape. Please keep her in your prayers if you think of it!

I spent a good part of the day wrapping our Christmas gifts. I had the worst time deciding on a "direction" to go with them, but I think it turned out well.

I made my own tags this year with some fun font and festive sayings.

I used a mix of vintage postcard paper, kraft paper and sheet music, along with several different types of ribbon.

I got both the postcard print and the sheet music paper at TJ Maxx.

I have to say though, I'm fairly in love with the post card print : ) I think I'll frame some if there's any left!

I think the mix ended up going well with the rest of our holiday decor, especially the burlap pieces.

I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases! I'll probably take a bit of a blog break as I spend time with friends and family. Have a wonderful holiday!

{live beautifully}

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Simple Gift {And Free Printable}

Around the holidays, I'm always looking for simple little somethings to give to friends and coworkers. I saw this idea on Pinterest for tying a "for your mistle toes" tag to nail polish and knew it would make a fun, easy gift that felt thoughtful without spending too much.

This is my current favorite nail polish color, Glamour Purse by Essie, which I seem to be wearing constantly this season. After falling in love with the shade, I picked up a few more bottles at TJ Maxx to give to friends at work. I get to work with several girls my age and we all have so much fun together and are such good friends! I like to think it's like those movies where the character gets to work, hang out and talk with her best friend(s) all day on the job...that's pretty much what we do : )

I created my own tag using the same graphics/font as our Christmas cards (can you tell I'm loving this look this year?). Then I just printed out a sheet of tags on cardstock, cut them out, hole punched them and tied them to the polish with silver baker's twine. Simple and easy as can be!

If you'd like to give some mistle-toes as gifts too, you can download the tag here. Please note this is for your personal use only as some of the font is licensed and I was not the creator of the wreath graphic.

Happy gift giving!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Christmas Cards

I spent a few nights this week addressing and sending out this year's Christmas cards to friends and family. Many of you may know that part of my job in the field of communications is graphic design. So naturally, I designed our own cards this year. I used olive green and gray, along with some of our favorite photos from the year in black and white. 

Though you can't tell in the photos, I had them printed on linen paper, my favorite finish because it feels elegant and gives a little dimension to text and photos.

The wreath graphic is by Besotted Blog, and I used my two favorite fonts for the wording (Ecuyer Dax and Nelly Script Flourish). The three photos are from our trip to Atlanta, a recent wedding in Kansas City, and one of my best friend's wedding last spring. All great memories from our second year of marriage!

Part of our gift wrapping this year...silver baker's twine!

Our address stamp was one of the first things I purchased when we were married. I was so excited to have a pretty stamp to address things with!

I guess I shouldn't show your ours with our home address on it : ) It's this design by NoteTrunk on Etsy.

As much as I love everything the web has to offer, there is still something so special about sending pretty paper cards to loved ones at the holidays. What about you, do you still send Christmas cards to friends and family?

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Housewalk 2012

Good morning! Today I'm joining in Jennifer Rizzo's 2012 Holiday Housewalk Tour! If you missed the featured blogs on the tour you can click here...I assure you you don't want to miss any of them! Let's get this party started, shall we?

If you're new here, this is my husband and my first apartment and our second Christmas as a married couple. Our apartment has tons of character and charm, but not a lot of space. I love to get creative and make the most of our less-than-1,000 square feet on a newlywed budget.

This year's Christmas living room was done with lots of greenery, silver and mercury glass with a touch of black.

You can see more photos and get all the details on our Christmas living room here and here.

When Matt expressed his...concern...that our living room didn't look all that Christmas-y, I decided to try to step out of my neutral comfort zone and bring some pops of red into the kitchen.

I tried to make the kitchen feel cheery and festive, as compared to our more natural and refined living room.

I added simple pops of red with candy canes and peppermints, plus some meringues, for a Christmas confections look.

You can see more pictures and get all the details of our Christmas kitchen here.

Our bedroom is a very soothing, serene space done in white, silver and gray, so I stayed with that theme and only added bottle brush trees, mini pines, greenery and silver.

Just a few clippings from our yard make the usual bedside decorations feel special.

The gray farmhouse bench at the foot of our bed got treated to some sparkly bottlebrush trees, simple white candles and greens.

You can see more photos and details about our Christmas bedroom here.

I hope you all enjoyed the tour of our little apartment! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a very Merry Christmas!

{live beautifully}
Courtney can see our house at Christmas last year here. It's amazing to me how far both my photography and decorating skills have come in just a year!

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