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2017: So It Begins

Hey all !

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I had a wonderful Christmas and an uneventful New Years, but I’m looking forward to a new beginning. Let’s catch up!

For Christmas, I started celebrating in Buffalo at my aunt’s annual girls only holiday party. Sine my aunt and uncle went their separate ways a few years ago, my aunt Lynn took tradition in her own hands and started a new one! She first started a single girls party, but recently expanded who gets invited. This year, we each filled a pair of holiday socks with some treats and my cousin read us “The Night Before Christmas” and we passed our pair of slippers to the left or to the right depending on the story. My hand knit Mukluks were a big hit and my aunt Missy ultimately ended up with them! There were a few jokes of me taking orders.


I headed back to Rochester on Christmas Eve to work (boo!) way too early and then came home to exchange gifts with Cody! He always does a great job and bought me a fermenting kit, Alton Brown’s new cookbook and….we are getting a DOG!!! (…or a cat…or a new bike if all else fails.)  He was hoping to rescue a dog from a shelter to actually have for me when we exchanged gifts, but as we’ve learned, it’s surprisingly hard to adopt a shelter dog. There is a lot that goes into each application. We’ve submitted a few and are just hoping for the best right now!

Since our families live about two hours away from each other, we spent a lot of time in the car. Luckily for me, that was a few hours of being the passenger and ended up with some uninterrupted knitting time! I was working on Andrea Mowry’s Range, which just came off the blocking board.


I also added a new Instantpot to my kitchen! I’ve experimented a little bit and starting collecting a few must try recipes. Do you have any favorites?

All in all, I feel beyond lucky to have had the holiday celebration that I did with ALL of my loved ones. This was the first year that I didn’t celebrate Christmas Eve at my brother’s house and it was a little upsetting to not be there. But I learned that you have to take advantage of who is with you and that relationships are all about sacrifice. I had a really heartwarming chat with a customer at work about how holidays change when you’re a “grown up.” She said to me that whenever someone would give me a hard time about not being able to be somewhere, they were really trying to tell me that they loved me and would miss me not being there.


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well and that 2017 is treating you well!

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Dollar Tree:Christmas edition 

True story: I love the Dollar Tree! You can’t beat $1! I have found plenty of craft supplies and lots and lots of household supplies. Now that the holiday season is upon us, I have made a few trips to my local Dollar Tree to stock up on some essentials.

Last year, I DIY-ed this garland. This archway splits my apartment in half, separating the kitchen from the living room. I braided together three strands on 15ft garland that I got from the Dollar Tree and with some lights that I had. Although I wish it was more substantial, I love colored lights and the festive spirit they bring. These Santa hat chair covers are also from the Dollar Tree. 


Last holiday season, I also picked up all of these supplies: vase, ornaments, and the garland. This year, I added the garland and gold ornaments. I feel like the garland fills a lot of the spaces left between all of the ornaments. 

I also plan on DIYing a tree topper one of these days, but between work, shopping for presents and holiday gatherings, I hope to find time to make it! I hope your holidays are merry and bright! 

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Baking For Two’s Cinnamon Rolls 

I recently purchased Baking For Two through Bookbub, a weekly email that sends a list of discounted ebooks that I may be interested in. I have always loved baking, but now that I just live my boyfriend, Cody, a whole batch of baked goods is not a good thing to have on hand. 

Since I’ve bought Baking For Two, I’ve already cooked three different recipes-chocolate chip cookies, herb and cheese savory scones, and these beauties: basic dough Cinnamon Rolls. I followed the recipe as is and they turned out great. I probably left them in the oven just a little too long. If I were to make them again, I might change the frosting-a little on the sweet side and Cody isn’t a fan of cream cheese. The recipe just makes four cinnamon rolls, which was a perfect size for us. The filling also utilizes brown sugar, which I thought was a nice addition.

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HI!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to Day Off DIY, a blog to be dedicated to crushing the hours between work. We all have many responsibilities in those hours, but I think dedicating time to your hobbies and passions is just as important as watering the plants (sorry, houseplants. I know it’s been awhile.)

My name is Alyssa and I love DIY projects. I have spent many hours browsing Pinterest and have learned quite a few crafts along the way. I’m in my mid 20s and live in upstate New York. Although I do enjoy spending some time outside, my neck of the woods isn’t so conducive to being outside from November to….April. I picked up knitting in my early teens and have put the needles aside from time to time. Right now, I’ve been knitting like crazy and have about six projects lingering on the needles. There really isn’t a limit to the other things that I have done in my spare time too, and I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy what I’m up to!

As for work, I earn my DIY budget at a bank. I won’t get too specific, but most days, I love my job. I love getting to interact with lots of people throughout the day. Money is one of the biggest concerns to most people and it’s something to be taken very seriously. I never imagined that I would be working in a bank as I went to college for history. I don’t know if it will be a long term career, but for now I’m enjoying it!  Although working in a bank often means I have to work on Saturdays, I also generally am given at least one day during the week off.

It’s been at the back of my mind for a long time to start a blog. I’ve gone back and forth and back and forth. After talking with my boyfriend, Cody, that I feel like I should start a blog,  he asked what it would be about. In the first series of back and forth, my answer was “crafts…and soup.” (We eat a lot of soup for dinner. See: cold outside for too long.) I’m hoping that Day Off DIY will be a little more interesting than just crafts and soup, but that will be main ideas here. In my indecision to actually start this blog, I have also felt a little at a loss for direction lately. Despite how serious that sounds, I spent the majority of my life going through school and now that I’ve been free for a few years, just going to work and coming home hasn’t been cutting it!

If you ever have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or send me a message through the contact tab up at the top! As I develop this blog a little more, I will round out the ways that we can interact!

Thanks for stopping by!

Alyssa 🙂