deck the halls


Merry Christmas! Here is a bit of Christmas cheer from my home to yours. Enjoy ūüôāxmas-1 xmas-2 xmas-3 xmas-4


merry christmas…3 more days



Fa la la la little dipper



Baby, it’s cold outside.


Baby, it's cold outside.

Happy Dec. 2nd!

The ABC’s of my non-blogging life, part 1

Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Liz Derby… maybe you remember me from that blog I used to keep up with? Happy 2012 everyone! I can feel it. Its gonna be a good year.

I guess the irony of calling this the “ABC’s of my non-blogging life” is that by blogging about it, I am admittedly intertwining the two parts of my life, however, I wanted to call this post by that name because of my recent blogging hiatus. I wanted to let all you avid LD followers (if you even exist) that I haven’t really dropped off the face of the earth, just the face of the¬†blogosphere. I have actually been quite busy, hence the lack of social media correspondance. Seriously, you think my blog is bad, you should see my twitter feed.

I have been thinking about this post for a while and what I would post about given my long absence. Then, I thought of this brilliant idea. Ok, maybe “brilliant” is over stating it a little, but I mean I still think its decent. I decided to do an ABC’s list of what I have been up to for the past month and a half or so. I plan on posting this in segments. One a day for 5 days straight.¬†So, here goes nothing — A through E of Liz Derby’s holiday from¬†Little Dipper.

A is for Anthropologie. I love it. I can’t afford it. The reason its on the list? First, I love looking through the site for inspiration. Browsing their accessories and home sections are great places to look for ideas. In fact, I started a quilt (look forward to Q for more details on that) based on one from Anthropologie. I also made a snowglobe-esque winter decoration from a glass jar, pictured below, based on one sold for around $30. Second, they have awesome sales every once in a while. See boots below. Lets just say I was able to save $200 off the original price. Oh how I love a good sale.

A is for Anthropologie.

B is for Beyonc√©. Let’s just say I have been listening to a lot of her. From the treadmill to the highway, listening to¬†Countdown¬†seems to compliment an array of my daily activities. Plus, I think its fitting to put her on the list given the arrival of baby Blue Ivy Carter. I mean who doesn’t love a celebrity baby, especially when her parents are music royalty?

B is for Beyoncé.

C is for crafting. As you know, if you know me at all, I love crafting. With my time off from work and the creative juices flowing from all the Anthro browsing, I was ready to create. I made a headband and necklace out of buttons I had lying around.

C is for crafting.

D is for Derby bonding. I have been hanging with my parents a lot, since I still live with them and all (see picture below of the last¬†time it was just me and them in the house). But with Thanksgiving and Christmas and my sister home from school, family togetherness reached a whole new level. ¬†Its all good though. I like them ūüėČ

D is for Derby bonding.

E is for Etsy.¬†I have a store on Etsy where I sell some of the crafts I’ve made. Right now all I have up is bobby pins, but I definitely want to add more. Beyond selling (2 sales so far!), I love to browse the site to find pretty things. From homemade items to great vintage finds, I always find something I want.

E is for Etsy.

Stay tuned for the next installment tomorrow!