Friday, February 11, 2011


If you came to my house right now you would definetly be able to tell I've been crafting. It literally looks like a bomb exploded flowers and paper all over my front room. The up side of the disaster that is now my front room is fun new creations to keep and share.
This weeks fun was wood blocks made for a friends baby shower gift. The base and letters were the easy part... can't go wrong with pink and brown for a baby girl, but the mess began when I had to find embellishments to decorate the fronts of the blocks. Out comes anything and everything pink to see of it would match the pink on the paper... can't be too big or too small and all the other concerns that go along with it.
I'm happy with the results of my project and the mommy-to-be loved the gift.
When you craft do you leave a huge mess in your wake? How long does it take for you to clean it up?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Getting my scrap on

Since the holidays are over I am finally getting a chance to play with my scrappy supplies. I just recently bought a kit over at Croppin' Paradise, a very cute bo-bunny mini album. It's an older kit but the paper is cute and the theme was something I can always use. I had a lot of left over paper from it so I put this page together using the scraps. I've also made some cards with it as well. The layout is a sketch I used from Page Maps, originally for a 8.5 x 11" horizontal page, but I think it works well for my cutie girls' pictures.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gingerbread houses

Yesterday the kids and I finally were finally able to make our gingerbread houses. It was late in the evening after shopping most of the afternoon for food. Grocery shopping is my all-time least favorite chore. Anyway after putting all the food away we got out the kit. Jesse was super excited about it after pleading with me for over a week to put them together. I had bought the kit some time in November and hadn't bothered with it since. We were quite surprised that when the box said five mini houses, they really meant it! These houses towered a whopping 3 to 4 inches.

Jesse's house with help from mom. We had a bit of difficulty getting the chimney to stay put. It kept sliding slowly down the roof until the icing set.

Kylie's house. She kind of gave up on it, deciding that playing with friends was a better use of her time.

Ally's house. She was last to decorate, so she used whatever was left and still managed to make it look wonderful.

Emily's house is the most like the picture on the box. It's cute and more detailed... adorable and just fun to look at.

Zac never came down to make his... too busy leveling-up on WOW.

The kids had fun and I enjoyed watching their creativity. Now I have three mini houses (Jesse ate his) to show off! I found it quite funny that after putting the "snow" on our little houses I woke up to this all over the neighborhood.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas pretties

My countdown calendar I made with a Making Memories kit. I found the frame (which was once green) at DI and stapled some chicken wire to the back so I can tie on the little envelopes. Maybe next year I will add fun little things for us to do in a few of the pockets.

My family tree. It looks a little less hodge-podge this year due to buying new red and gold ornaments. I also bought four bushes of pointsettias (hope I spelled that right), cut them apart and shoved them in there as well to give it some variation. Please ignore the mess in the background. :D

Ididn't realize how blurry this photo was on my phone's screen... well, anyway i really love my tree. This is the one that is mine, all mine to decorate as I please and sit in the front room for all those who drive by to see.

I finally have enough stuff to fully deck out the nook above the entry-way closet. This place gets a lot of viewing since my stairs wrap around it and by the time you are half way up the stairs all of this is at eye level. I think my favorite piece is the Santa hanging for his life off the ledge. His hands and feet are weighted so he can hang just about anywhere by his hands or feet!

This is my new favorite ornament. Jesse gave it to me yesterday after school. It's just a plain glass ornament but his teacher helped the kids in his class paint their hands white, place those sweet hands onto the ornament and after drying the paint let them decorate the handprint fingers into cute little snowmen. this cute ornament came with this poem:

These aren't just five snowmen as anyone can see,

I made them with my hand which is a part of me.

Now each year when you trim the tree,

you'll look back and recall Christmas of 2010 when my hand was just this small!

Okay, it really doesn't flow but I still think it's cute.

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Just a few pictures of some of the stuff I've got up around the house. I love decorating for the holidays, and better yet finding a great deal on fun things to add here and there.

Christmas is coming...

And I'm not ready. Just seven more days to fa-la-la, wrap gifts, bake treats, and stress about what you still need to get if you're like me.
Today I think I'll be getting the rest of the shopping done and tomorrow the kids and I will attend church and make gingerbread houses. I'll let you know how they turn out.
I hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

In need of help!

Lately I have been having a bit of trouble with coming up with dinner ideas. So today I'm coming to you (if there's anyone still reading this blog) for help. I'm looking for quick, kid-approved, dinners that require minimal to no oven time for the summer. I hate turning that heater on during the hot months of summer, so crock-pot and grill ideas are great. Please leave a comment, link, or ideas! Thanks!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Three down... two to go

and I'm not sure I like it. Today is the last day of school.
It's not like I don't want summer to come, I do. I love sleeping in, no homework, camping, swimming, lot of things to do. I'm just sad that Ally is moving on to junior high after today. Leaving Kylie and Jesse the last ones in elementary school. How did it all go so fast? Today also marks the beginning of Emily's senior year! I had forgotten about that, or maybe blocked it out. I'm not sure I'm ready for this. I just need to live for today and really enjoy every moment I've got left with my not so little children. They'll be gone before I know it.