Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Blogger Spotlight: Victoria Grace Howell from Stori Tori's Blog

Wow, it seems like December has flown by. I'm sure you're all a little tired of the Christmas-y goodness, so I thought I'd end the month of with our usual Blogger Spotlight. I'm so excited to bring feature Victoria Grace Howell on SOI today. I've been following her blog Stori Tori's Blog for awhile now, and I'm so impressed with her dedication to her weekly features. It's great to see such driven bloggers in the blog-o-sphere. Now, I'll stop chattering and let you get onto the interview!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Book Inspired Christmas Ornaments

 This is going to be a short and sweet post, but I wanted to share some last minute ideas for DIY ornaments that you can gift to your favourite book-lover (or yourself. Let's be real, probably yourself). I know that at this point you've put your crafting skills away and are simply enjoying time with your family, but I wanted to squeeze in one last Christmas themed post. My sister and I had a grand time making these, so I hope you enjoy!

 This first one is a little Christmas tree covered in book pages. First we cut out a tree shape from a piece of cardboard and then we torn up strips of book-pages from an old book. We then proceeded to cover the cardboard with the strips using white glue. To give it a finished look, be sure to fold the pages over the edges of the cardboard. The final glitter step is optional, but since we love glitter so much, we decided to outline the trees with a bit of green glitter. The final step is to hot-glue a piece of twine to hang the ornament.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Plaid, Sparkles and Hot-Glue: Christmas Bookshelf

I love Christmas decorating, so it's only natural that my decorating extends to my bookshelf. This year I went for a more low key design; most of the decorations can stay up past Christmas. Since it took me so long get everything up this year, it would be a shame to take it down in only a week! If you're running behind like me, but would still like to enjoy some Christmas spirit surrounding your books, maybe this will inspire you!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas (I'M BACK!)

It's been a little while since I've been active in the blog-o-sphere, but I wanted to hop back into it and celebrate Christmas over here at A Splash of Ink!

As many of you know, I'm in my second year of university and working on a double major in English and Medieval Studies. This semester I took an online course in addition to my regular on-campus classes. Let me just say that I admire all of you who do online courses full time. You have my utmost admiration (and a teeny bit of jealously for being able to manage it all!). Anyways, three of my four exams are complete, so I am on my way to being a free woman, at least for a couple of weeks before it starts again in January.

This past week, my family and I went to get our Christmas tree from a local nursery and I was swept up in the Christmas spirit. The pictures above are compliments of that trip. And yes, I was THAT person who was taking pictures in the store; all those twinkle lights are just too picturesque to pass up. After that lovely Christmas-y experience, I thought it was about time that I brought A Splash of Ink into the festivities. I have a few exciting festive ideas in the works, so be on the look out for those over the next few weeks, including my customary bookshelf decorations post. And of course, as soon as this is posted the Christmas header will be going up.

A Splash of Ink has a bit of a past with Christmas-themed posts, so to open the season I wanted to highlight a few of my favourites:

So that's my little update! Here's to finishing 2015 strong! Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Seasons Greetings/ Happy whatever you celebrate!

Do you have any Christmas posts on your blog? Feel free to shamelessly plug them in the comments. And do let me know how you've been in my short absence! Exams? Christmas stuff? Boring stuff? Let me know!

Reading: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Listening: "You and Christmas" by People You Know
Watching: The Sim Supply on Youtube
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