goodbye, 2013. it's been real.

holiday family pix 2013.
holiday family pix 2013.
holiday family pix 2013.
holiday family pix 2013.
holiday family pix 2013.
holiday family pix 2013.

2014. Like, whoa. And wow. But mostly whoa. (And a lil how ?) Seems every year passes by in a blur of colors and memories and sounds. Just like that old saying, 'Time goes faster as you get older.' How can that be, you say? Time is all relative! Well, my friends, don't question the mysterious ways of the universe. I'm still trying to get over the fact that it's not 2010 anymore! Yowza. But there is some grain of truth in that saying. One blink and suddenly your life is fast forward into the next year, the next decade, the next phase of life. Anyways, I'm not gonna sit here and reminisce about the passing year, putting the retrospect into perspective. I just know I'm not getting any younger.

So embrace life. Change is a good thing. Chasing your dreams is a good thing. Do what you love and love what you do is a damn good thing! Makes for a happy, fruitful life. Happy 2014, y'all. Hope this is your year to shake things up and make it happen.

#yolo.

besos ... jin.

diy // gold pine cone garland.

diy // christmas pinecone wreath.

Another Christmas project that was supposed to be done last Christmas (waited too late, of course) aaand here we are a whole year later. Trying again. At the last minute. Of course. ;-) But I was determined to actually get it done this year, being our first Christmas in Austin and all, and so the Monday before Christmas I got busy. Check it out!

diy // christmas pinecone wreath.

Materials // Pine cones. Gold Metallic Spray PaintScrew Eyes (any reasonable size will do). Newspaper. Drill (not pictured). String. Scissors. Plyers (not pictured). Glue gun (optional / not pictured).

How to // 1. Lay some newspapers down outside, plop your pine cones down and spray paint away! // 2. Let paint dry. // 3. I ain't gonna lie. It's so much easier to drill a tiny hole in the pine cone first before applying the screw eyes. But if you can do it by hand, go for it. Use plyers for better grippage when getting those screw eyes in! // 4. Thread the string (of your choice) through the screw eyes. You can tie a knot at each screw eye as you go, but I'm OCD and I like my pine cones evenly spaced. To get that even-ess, skip the tying knot part, lay garland-in-process out on the floor, and shift pine cones up and down the string. Once satisfied with the spacing, bust out the glue gun and glue string to screw eye. // 5. Find a good place to show off that pine cone garland snazzyness!

diy // christmas pinecone wreath.
diy // christmas pinecone wreath.
diy // christmas pinecone wreath.
diy // christmas pinecone wreath.
diy // christmas pinecone wreath.

At one point I wanted to gild gold leaves onto the pine cones. Why not? Had some sheets left over from the Terra Cotta Pot project. But that would've taken a lot longer than need be (no bueno for last minute projects, you see) and besides, the gold metallic spray paint stills gives a nice pretty sheen. Now my tiny little living room window looks all festive and wintery and shiny and new for Christmas and New Year's! 

besos ... jin.

diy // christmas photo wreath.

DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.

I know, I know. Ain't gotta tell me. Another last minute holiday project done a couple of days before Christmas and just

now

posting 2 days after Christmas. But let's get past that teeny weeny lil fact. Crazy busy holiday schedules don't play nice on time management!

DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.

So on to the real reason why we're here. The photo wreath. I did tons of thinking and planning and thinking on this one (about a year) and when I finally got around to DIYing (albeit last minute), I purposely made the photo wreath sort of seasonal neutral. Transitional, if you will. There's no use going all out Christmas-y when you're only gonna have the wreath up for a bit. But with the right color palette, I feel the glittery goldness will sneak it's way well past New Year's. Maybe even make an early cameo next year around October when the Fall decors come out to play. Here's how I did it:

DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.
DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.
DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.
DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.

Materials // Styrofoam wreath. 8 Flower stems. Tons of 2" or 3" mini photos. (I resized my pictures using Photoshop). Tape. Glue gun. Ribbon. Plyers (not pictured). Safety pin.

How To // 1. Arrange the mini photos in a circular pattern. Use the styrofoam wreath as a guide as I have. Or not. Up to you! Play around until desired collage and arrangement catches your fancy. // 2. Use small pieces of tape to tape down your circular photo collage. Tape on top of the photos. This is just a temporary secure. // 3. Now flip the collage over, backside facing up, and heavily secure the pictures with tape, tape, tape. // 4. Flip the collage over once more and remove the tiny pieces of tape. // 5. Glue gun one side of the styrofoam wreath. // 6. Very quickly attach your collage onto the styrofoam wreath. To do this, lay your photo collage flat, backside facing up, and plop the styrofoam on it. This way you have a better idea where to place the styrofoam wreath, as evenly as possible, onto the photo collage. // 7. Time to add the flower stems! Stick them into the styrofoam in an even pattern. If the stems are too long, simply cut them shorter with plyers. // 8. The ribbon can easily be roped around the wreath. Just shimmy the ribbon between the pix and foam. You might have to undo some of the glue work, but that's ok. // 9. Safety pin the ribbon together.

DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.
DIY Christmas Photo Wreath.

I absolutely LOVE this quirky spin on the holiday wreath - if you're like me and love anything unconventional and weird and different and in search of a fresh way to display the loads of pix you've taken over the past year. (Trigger happy? Fist bump.)

besos ... jin.

merry (belated) christmas!

merry + bright

This past Christmas was a first of many. First Christmas in Austin. First Christmas celebrated with our new puppy dog. First Christmas spent as a family of 3. First to cook a full course holiday dinner. First to really deck out our humble abode in the spirit of Christmas. And our first Christmas to truly make it our very own. Small, intimate, memorable, genuine.

Hope y'all spent the Christmas season happy and grateful with full of laughter like we did. Merry Christmas (a day later!) from The Ferrer Family!

besos ... jin.

diy // christmas photo tree.

diy photo xmas tree 2013.

Materials // Photos of various sizes. Washi tape. 

diy photo xmas tree 2013.
diy photo xmas tree 2013.
diy photo xmas tree 2013.

If the Christmas branch ain't doin' it for ya and your tiny space, I gots another space savin' Christmas tree solution to offer: the photo tree. It virtually takes no space whatsoever and it's a fun, unique twist to display personal pix of the past year in a somewhat unexpected way. Can we say ... conversation starter? Slap on a lil gold-striped washi tape. (Or hot pink, like I originally had planned.) Perhaps a glittery topper for added festive happiness. But ya know, I can live with it as is. The understated facade looks a bit classy, no? Kinda draws out the quiet humbleness of seeing snippets of your life / past year clumped together like so. Literally like seeing the big picture!

besos ... jin.

diy // christmas branch.

diy xmas branch 2013.
diy xmas branch 2013.
diy xmas branch 2013.
diy xmas branch 2013.

If you're kinda pressed for space like we are - absolutely no place to put a Christmas tree or festive decorations around a hearth, etc. - you kinda have to get creative and think up ways to have that tree and stockings and ornaments and the whole cake (and eat it, too!) without taking up too much of the already precious space. So try this. Take an ordinary branch, put it on a wall (in our case, between our room and the laundry closet) and bedazzle the hell out of it. Totally customizable to your own taste, which I luuurve, so get on with your bad self, girl, and decorate to your heart's content! This year I opted for a Charlie Brown inspired tree. Been on a minimalist binge lately and I find that this style gives me the most flexibility with my own personal taste without compromising any Jinisms. Marching to the beat of your own drum, ftw! (Seriously, get on with your bad self!)

Now sit back and revel in the awesomeness of a Christmas tree and stocking holder in one.

Winning.

besos ... jin.

[diy] christmas in a box.

diy christmas in a box.

So this 'Christmas In A Box' is something I almost always do every year as Christmas favors for close friends. Almost 'cause there are years where V + I would travel our little hearts out for the holidays. =) These boxes are usually filled with homemade baked bite-size goodness, and every year, as a challenge to myself, I never give away the same holiday treat. There are so many yummy delectables out there, why bake the same recipe twice, yah?

diy christmas in a box.
diy christmas in a box.

This year the boxes were filled with Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites and Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bites. Christmas for your tastebuds, if you will. ;-)  A little bit of mint tissue paper, red/pink nylon string, gold glittery birds (thanks to Heather's awesome cricut!) A nice eco-friendly looking treat box for good measure. Boom. All gussied up and ready to subtlely wow!

diy christmas in a box.

Hope this inspires your own 'Christmas In A Box'!

besos ... jin.