Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Night

How is it Christmas Eve tomorrow?  I am so far behind! 
 I have to let you guys in on a little secret.  I am pregnant.  My new sweet little baby should be arriving in mid-July as long as everything goes well.  But that means right now I am about 9 weeks along and have been very prego sick and tired for about a month now.  Add to that the fact that Thursday morning I woke up to a killer sore throat that quickly grew into a sore throat, fever, head and body ache kinda thing and I have been laying around dying for the past two days....  you can see why I am feeling behind.
But like we learn from the Grinch, Christmas isn't about boxes or bags it is about a little bit more and nothing can stop Christmas from coming.  Not even a sick mommy.  It will come just the same.
I hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas.  And remember the joy and hope that was brought to us all by the birth of a baby so long ago.

Merry Christmas!
and Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have You Seen This Awesomeness?

I have been in full holiday mode.  I love the holidays, but I hate that I can't ever seem to stay on top of things.   I have a couple cool projects up my sleeve that I am working on and I am planning on starting my holiday baking on Wednesday so you can look forward to some yummy cookie posts in the near furtue.  But for today I want to ask you a question??  Have you seen this awesomeness?

I LOVE this.  If you could I would just put it right in my front room.  I am thinking I need to find time to make one for my family room   I don't have room for all three, but I think one large print like this could be amazing between the windows in my family room.  Landee has the free printables in a much more manageable size here.

Yup.  That is some serious awesomeness from my blessed life.  I LOVE all the layers of details.  How does she keep her kids from destroying this.  Pretty sure my kids would knock over the flowers and try to use the sled in a matter of minutes.  Is it just my kids or have everyone elses kids gone crazy recently?  I think they are just excited about Christmas being so close... or it could be that I met each of them make their own gingerbread house this year and I am letting them eat them....  Bryce, being the wise almost 2 year old that he is dumped handfuls of M&Ms in the yard of his house.

You can see Bryce's M&M house in the background here with Logan.  Silly kid.  I know at one point that day he was properly dressed and his hair was done.  But I love the umm..... pose.?  He really likes to pose for pictures, to bad his poses are't usually ones that I would have chosen.  At least he is not lacking personality. right..

I totally ADORE the garland on the railing.  Ahhh Someday.....  I also love pretty much everything else about this set up.    It's like Christmas at Martha Stewart's house.

Also I have been completely un-inspired when it comes to decorating my front porch this year.   We are having a big Christmas Eve party at our house and I want it to be really welcoming, but I am just not feeling it.  Any ideas???  I guess I will have to waste some more time on Pinterest.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Night Features - Christmas Crafts

I don't know if you watch the news (I don't.) but if you do you may have heard about a major wind storm in Utah on Thursday???  You may have even heard the town Farmington UT mentioned as one of the places hit the hardest.  We are talking reported wind gusts of over 100 mph.  Yeah, I live in Farmington.  It was CRAZY.  and get this... They didn't close the SCHOOLS!!!  What?  I kept my kids home... heck I made my husband stay home half the day, but after the power went out and he couldn't work from home he decided he had a risk it and go in to work.  At least by that point they had realized they needed to keep semi trucks off I-15.  
We were very lucky.  Our power was only out for about 11 hours and the damage to our house was minimal (although there were several moment during the storm that I thought for sure the whole east side of the house was going to blown away), but my neighborhood and a lot of other places were hit HARD.  Roofs blown apart, windows broken, fences blown away, siding and stucco blown off, swing sets blown over.  My husband called me on his way to work.  By that point in the day not a lot of people were going out and he said it looked like a war zone.  

Tonight I am just grateful to be sitting here, on my computer, with electricity and not hearing the sound of wind outside.  Ah it feels good to have things feeling normal... ish.

Shall we move on to the features?  You ladies have been busy.  I love all the Christmas stuff!  I still feel very behind on all my Christmas decorating.  I think next year I am just going to do it before Thanksgiving.  I have done that in the past and I feel like it really gives me more time when December hits.

As I have been getting out my Christmas stuff I realized that my taste has changed over the years and I kinda don't like about half of it.  I wish it all looked more like this.  I love this "Oh, Christmas Tree" mirror, sign, art thing from 52 mantels.  I may be copying that.

I am also rather in love with this felt ice skate garland.  I am thinking maybe using it as inspiration for new stockings.  I could do a different color pom pom thing for each person.  That way the boy's wouldn't be too girly.  That is a great tutorial at Ruby Jean.

What a cute idea from Pocket Change Gourmet.  The embellished canister is really great.

I am loving this advent calendar from 36th Ave.  I think it would have made a great neighbor gift and I love the colors.

I am all about trying to make sure my kids (and I) remember the real reason  we celebrate Christmas.  I think I will have to make one of these for my kids.  You can get the tutorial at Sweeter than Sweets.

And well I am on advent calendars, don't you just love this one from Paper Vine?  I really like the little shadow box area in the middle.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Calling all winners

okay, if you were one of my Saying Thanks Day of Giveaways winners and you have not received an email from me PLEASE send me a quick email so I will have your email and I will get your info passed on so you can get your prizes.

I am looking for JL, annemaire, Sherrie (bird lady), The Creative Hick, and sandyandcosmo.  I don't know what the deal is, but my computer will not let me email you guys so please email me laura(at)


Monday, November 28, 2011

Winter Wonderland Wreath

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I know I did.  We decided to head up to Washington to visit family.   It was SO nice.  The kids had a blast having sleepovers with cousins and the adults actually played games.
 It is about a 12 hour drive from our house to Seattle and the kids were amazingly good the whole time.  Unfortunately the kids got some kind of stomach bug in Seattle (I blame it on eating lunch on cement tables outside at Pikes Market, it is fun, but not really very sanitary).  Anyway I lost count of the number of times I had to turn around to catch throw up in a plastic grocery sack.  I think it was around 18 during the long drive home.
Even with the less than fun drive home the trip was still totally worth it.  Sadly, I came home to a street full of Christmas lights aglow and my house still had fall leaves and pumpkins all over the porch.  You should have heard Emma, who is 7, freaking out about what loosers we were and how we needed to get our Christmas stuff up right away.

Suddenly I feel SO behind.   I spent the day unpacking, doing tons of laundry, and buying Christmas presents on-line.  I only have a few more gifts to buy.  Wish me luck.  I am hoping to find a few more really good deals without having to wait in any long lines.

So, today I want to share with you my winter wonderland wreath.  It is one of the few Christmas decorations I have up.

Do you want to know how to make one of your own?

You are going to need:
A STYROFOAM wreath (I used an 18" wreath because I wanted it big, but that size was a beast, so you may want to use a 12" wreath, it goes a lot faster.)
A pack of white card stock (about 50 sheets)
A 3" scalloped circle paper punch
Cut out paper snowflakes (I used my silhouette to cut them out)
A small strand of white Christmas lights
berry sprigs
2 packs of dollar store snow flakes
little pine cones
glitter blast diamond dust spray paint
glue gun and glue

Wrap your Christmas lights around the wreath.  Easy enough so far.  You may notice the computer in the back ground.  Yes, this is a "watch a move while you do it" kind of project.  Also, you will see I pressed the plugie-ine end of the lights into the wreath so it is all nice a tucked away.  If you are planning on hanging this somewhere where it will not be easy to plug it in you may want to get those battery powered lights.

Before the wreath is too covered in paper, tie a ribbon or whatever you are planning to hang it with on the top.

Next, I attached the snowflakes to the lights.  I cut them down the middle and them glued the two open sides together so it kinda makes a cone shape.  Oh and I would like to point out that you do not need to worry about the lights catching the paper on fire.  Paper burns at 451 degrees and little Christmas lights will not get anywhere near that hot.

Next I glitter blasted the pine cones and glued them on around the wreath. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of this part, but I have faith that you guys can do it with out them.

Next make your cones.
You are going to need A LOT of cones.  Like 300+ cones.  I like to make some skinny and some fat and some short and some long.  So just make all kinds.  Also I make the cones as I go, but you can make 300 first and put them on.  Just put a dab of glue on the point and press it into the STYROFOAM.  I used a 3 inch paper punch to cut out the circles.

I also glued on plastic and paper snow flakes as I go.  I laid some right on top of the wreath and then I broke a few and stuck them in.

keep going until the whole thing is covered.

And you are done.    YAY!

Hang it on the door.

or inside.

I am still trying to decide where I am going to hang it.  I love it as part of  this Christmas vignette.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Winter Wonderland Snow Globes

When I thought of these snow globes I totally thought I was being so original, then low and behold Anthropologie totally stole my idea.  The JERKS.  No, I am sure they didn't do it on purpose.

Mine are better than theirs anyway, because mine are on the cute little stands and mine were $18 for 5 and theirs are $25- $30 EACH.

Start by gathering up some supplies.

Okay, get yourself some jars. (they are like .25 at thrift stores.)  I also used a baby food jar.  It is so cute.  Get little wood candle sticks and wood discs to make the bases, some trees from the dollar store, some 3 inch foam balls, white spray paint and hot glue.

To make the wood bases just get little wood disks and candle stick things.  Glue them together and to the top of the jar lids, then spray them white.

Cut a STYROFOAM ball to put the trees on inside the jars.  I sanded it using another piece of STYROFOAM.  Glue the STYROFOAM disk to the base and the tree to the disk.

To make the snow I used a little of the iridescent snowflakes from a craft store mixed with snow I made by rubbing two pieces of foam together.  I put a little snow in the jar screw it on the the base, shook it around and enjoyed my new snow globes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Saying Thank You Day of Giveaways - Winners

 And the winners are...

Danettekay Creations $30 gift certificate
who said "My fav is the boy Sock Monkey Hat. Great work Danette!!"

Lily Bella Fabric $20 gift certificate
who said "I would buy some Amy Butler fabric - love all of it."

Pillow cover of your choice form The Orangerie

Sherrie (Bird Lady)

who said "Love the fabric flowers, and I really love the bird pillow cover, since I am the Bird Lady!"

Ornament of your choice from Younique Ornaments
The Creative Hick
who said "I think the "All that Glitters" and the "Watercolor" ornaments are beautiful!"

A box for Christmas cookies from me
who said "Your neighbors are so lucky! I would love to win some yummy treats!"

Congrats to all the winners!!! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wise Men Still Seek Him Christmas Sign

I am so ready to start Christmas decorating.  Bring on the tree
 Although, some how I know that is will be the year someone will knock over the tree (cough...Bryce).  We have never had a Christmas tree get knocked over before, but we have also never had a almost 2 year old Bryce before.  Don't worry when it happens I will take pictures and tell you all about it.  I am actually considering nailing the tree stand to the floor.  Is that weird?

Anyway, I have been SO good this year about not decorating the house for Christmas super early.  I have only done this one lone vignette at the top of my stairs.

And I only put this stuff out because I made most of it and it seemed silly to put it away for a week... right?  That would have been silly?

Today I am going to share with you how I made the "Wise Men still Seek Him" sign.

I started by laying down some leftover 2x6's I had from building the boy's bunk beds.  You can use pallet wood, cut down fence posts or whatever.  I just lined them up and screwed them to some 1x4's I also had laying around.  Yup so far this sign was FREE.   Oh yeah, the 2x6 are cut to 21 inches.  The over all sign is 21x33 inches.

Next, I used a water based express color wood stain.  I just brushed it on nice and thick and let it sit for about 15 min.

Then I took a lint free cloth (it started out white) and rubbed the stains off.  I did have to rinse out the cloth a few times.

Next, I got the kids ready to go play in the first snowfall of the year.  Come to think of it, you could probably skip this step.

I used my Silhouette to cut the "stencil" for the letters out of vinyl.  I used vinyl because I was going to be glitter blasting it and I didn't want to risk getting it under the stencil.

And since I was going to glitter blast it I covered everything up before I painted it.

I painted the SEEK HIM all white because I really wanted it to stand out.  I let the paint dry, and the I sprayed all the words with a nice thick layer of Diamond Dust Glitter Blast.  (This was my first time using Glitter Blast spray paint.  Word of advice, buy it at a craft store with a 40% off coupon and shake it up a LOT before you spray it.)

Next, I alter Emma's choir t-shirt for her concert.  Ummm okay, this step is also probably not necessary either, but can you tell how her shirt has cute little sleeves that actually fit her.  (she it the one in the white boots.)

To make the star I printed out an 8 point star I found on-line.  I printed it out basically 8.5x11.  Then I glued it to a sheet of STYROFOAM and used a kitchen knife to cut it out.  To sand the edges nice and smooth and use a scrap of foam.  (You may want to save your foam scraped for another project.)

To make it all pretty I sprayed it with gold spray paint and then glitter blasted it.

Once it was dry I hot glued the star to the sign.

Best thing about this sign... the end cost too me was FREE.
I love free awesomeness.