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



happy winter, friends! #firstrealsnow


happy winter

In honor of today’s snowfall in Minneapolis, I’m posting this.

Baby, it’s cold outside.


Baby, it's cold outside.

Happy Dec. 2nd!

Oh my Gourd.

This weekend I saw David Sedaris with my parents at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. He reminded me that 1) I love him and 2) I should catch up on my This American Life podcasts and 3) lots of things can be funny–even colonoscopies and dental surgery.

Oh yeah, and also, the State Theatre is really gorgeous. And old. I felt like I was back in Europe or something.

Also accomplished this weekend:

    • I cleaned my apartment–dishes and all
    • Re-watched the last two seasons of¬†Arrested Development in preparation for its comeback in January 2013
    • Took a yoga class…ahem…a restoration¬†yoga class, meaning I didn’t break a sweat but rather laid on the floor of a dimly lit dance studio at the Y with a group of middle aged women
    • Took a Kick-Boxing class, where I did break a sweat…and can only imagine how I’ll feel tomorrow
    • Made “adult grilled cheese,” that is grilled cheese that is made from gouda and wheat bread–not suitable for children


    • AND bought my mother a birthday present. Win.

While Halloween may have passed, we still have one good fall holiday left before we deck the halls, so I have decided to post some desktop patterns inspired by the season–before it’s too late.

I took these photos last fall at the arboretum and used some new (and old) patterns to spruce them up a little and add some more interest.

Comment if you like…or if you’re REALLY feeling adventurous, I have added a Pinterest button to share this post ūüėČ

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!