Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Here comes Santa!

Last night was our small group's Christmas party!  I made a little prop for our pictures if you'd like to watch the tutorial!
I made a little photo backdrop using a sheet and some hand made snowflakes!  I think the pictures captured the abundance of fun we had last night!  Great times!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My first Vlog!

I recorded this a while ago, but Big A just helped me figure out how to get it up on my blog!  It's super fun, and I have a feeling that there will be many more to come! :D  Enjoy!  Also, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube page!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Today I made little treats for Andy's coworkers.  I really jump at any chance I get to bake :)  So, of course I made chocolate chip cookies!
 They turned out so perfect, soft and fluffy!  I got these adorable little treat bags at Wal*Mart for $1.27, and they came with the twisty ties.
 I packaged up 8 cookies in each bag, and added some delicious mint hot chocolate to put into the neat little tins that were only $1!
 Tucker was really wanting to get in on the action, so I suggested he make the cards.  I think he did a great job! ;)
 Aren't his little hand prints adorable?!  They make cute little reindeer :)  (oh my goodness, the crafts you can do with little hands and feet!!!  I am LOVING this age!)
 Everything got neatly packed inside (it all fit perfectly!)
 And the card really tops it off!!!
Each gift was made for under $2 each, but the love that was put into it is priceless!!! :)  I love making great gifts at little to no cost!!!  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Under the weather

I seem to have a caught a bug (oooooorrrrr gave my family food poisoning :/) this week.  It started Monday night, and then Andy got it Tuesday at work :/  T has been doing great the whole time, which I'm so thankful for, but the last couple of days we've allowed the couch to mold to our bodies.

I have actually been doing some orders, which I'll post pictures of later, but other than that, I don't have much to talk about.  I don't want to deprive you of the whirlwind of randomness that is my mind, so here are a few thoughts I've had recently!!!

*I struggle to come up with a Christmas list every year, and as soon as I get other people's lists and go shopping for them, I find a MILLION things I want!!!

*I LOVE the Christmas decorations in my house!  It's not so bad being sick when you're surrounded by a colorful winter wonderland!  ...have i talked about my decorations too much?!

*I anticipate the sound of the mail man each day so I can run out and see if we have gotten more Christmas cards to hang on the fridge! :)

*No matter how hard I work on the house or laundry, it is never apparent to anyone who comes into my house :( I kind of feel like a failure...a lot

*I'm hoping that the lack of snow so far will promise for quite a bit of snow days and 2 hour delays for Andy after Christmas break!!!

*I only want to wear sweat pants.  Every day.  All the time.  And never have to wear "real" pants again.

*I'm almost done with my Christmas wrapping!  I can't wait to stuff stockings this year, and am SO excited that the Hinton's will be staying with us during Christmas! :D

I hope you're having a great Thursday! I'll try to be more exciting next week!  Any random thoughts you want to share?!  Go ahead! I'd love to read them!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


 This weekend our church celebrated Belle's Brunch, all the tables get decorated by different women, brunch is served to us by the men, and music and a speaker is enjoyed by all.  I LOVE doing this!  This year my mom and I created the theme "Kid's Christmas," using many of the traditions my sisters and I had growing up!  It was SO much fun!
 Afterward, mom and I got to wander through the mall, stroller free (thanks, A!)) and browse through shops we usually just rush through.  We were soaking up Anthropologie when I spotted these:
 YES! New blue glasses!!! Unfortunately they are reading glasses and not fit to my specific prescription... so mom got them :/
 I'm a little jealous, to say the least, but it seems only fitting that my crafty partner in crime would dawn a similiarly-hued pair of specks!!!  Aren't they just gorgeous?! Speck so ;)
 Let's just say we weren't feeling the Sally-Jessie/Harry Potter look, so I think she made the best choice :)
It was a great weekend!  Did anyone try the hanging ornament craft this weekend?!  If so, send me pictures! :)

Ooooh, also, does anyone know of a cheap website where I could possibly find an adorable pair of turquoise frames?!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Craft!

Hanging Ornaments:
The last couple of years we've gone the "simplistic" route of trimming the tree.  I've only put the brightly colored balls on the tree, and kept the other fancier ones in the box.  ...I had a kid, don't judge! ;)

Anyways, I wanted to do a little extra this year to make it feel more like the North Pole :)  After hanging the ornaments on the tree, I still had a good bit left over, so I came up with this little decoration!
*Ornaments-colorful, different sizes, your favorites!
*Ribbon-different colors, sizes, textures (use your scraps, or buy some on sale!)
*pretty easy, huh?!
 Cut your ribbon to different lengths, and tie them to your ornaments.  Next, either tie them to your curtain rod, or use an ornament hook and attach it to your blinds. 
It brings a color and cheer to your windows, especially on those gloomier days, and it's a great way to display some of your favorite ornaments!  Enjoy!