Nov 30, 2011

Blogging: The Prequel {Part 2}

At this time last year life was super busy.

I had a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and a 5 month old.
I had a husband who had just started a new job and was working incredibly long hours.
And the thought of starting a blog was just an idea, slowly churning in my mind.

As Christmas approached I happily crafted away, making most of our kids Christmas presents and decorations for around the house.  Life was busy, yes, but man, did we ever have a good Christmas!  

One of my favorite projects was the Advent calendar I made.  I worked on each little felt ornament as soon as the kids were tucked in for naps or the night.  The calendar isn't perfect, but I think I'll cherish it for a long time to come, and the kids are so excited about getting to hang a little ornament on the tree each morning.

I shared this back in June when I participated in a "before blogging" link party, but last Christmas, Boden's big gift was this bean bag toss game that Zach and I made for him.  Zach did the constructing of the giant game, and I did the painting.  We had such a good time working on Boden's gift together, and Boden was so excited about it, too. 

With each great-grandchild that is born into my extended family, my Grandma crochets a beautiful Christmas stocking.  With three lovely Christmas stockings, I decided we needed a proper place to hang them.  I made this stocking hanger from an old cabinet door, ripped up pages from an old book and handy-dandy Mod Podge.  I really like the aged look of the finished stocking hanger, now we just need to hang it up!

We have a gigantic window in our living room.  Late last November I convinced Zach to build me a cornice box for the window, so I could finally put up curtains.  I absolutely love how the cornice box turned out!  The window treatment added just the touch of charm that our living room needed.

Wanna see my Christmas tree all decorated for this year?

Oh, and just so don't feel compelled to tell me, yes I know my tree is leaning slightly to the left...I happen to like the slightly imperfect look, ha!

Thanks for dropping by today!
Be blessed,

I'll be linking up to a few of these fine link parties:

Nov 28, 2011

Frosted Winter Wreath

Wanna hear something funny that is totally unrelated to this post?  

Every once in awhile I'll be typing in my blog URL or my blog email address, and I'll mistype it to say
"I Can Stop Crafting".  I give a little chuckle each time it happens.
Not that funny?  Okay, I'll move on then.

Last week I was browsing blogs, checking out some really great posts when I came across this post from Sparkle.

I'm quite certain that Jessa is a genius, 'cause I am in love with her brilliant idea!  She took some tree branches, sprayed 'em with spray adhesive, and rolled them in epsom salts.  Could it get any easier?

I figured I could totally do just that, but as tends to happen in the blog world, Jessa's idea gave me a different idea.  I wondered what it would look like if I were to do the same thing Jessa did, only to a wreath instead.  Here is the fabulousness that followed:

To create a frosted wreath for yourself, you just need to grab a bare wreath, spray it with spray glue and rub it in a pile of epsom salt.  Let it dry, then take it outside and tap off the excess salt that isn't totally stuck to your wreath.

Then do the same with a handful of pine cones,

and a handful of glass ornaments.

Then arrange the pine cones and ornaments however you like and hot glue each one in place.  I also added a few fresh cut sprigs from our cedar tree in the backyard. 

And that, my friends, is that.  

Be blessed,

I'll be linking up to a few of these fine link parties:

Nov 25, 2011

Head-to-Head Showdown #4

I can't believe this is already my fourth link party!  Once this party closes and I've gotten the final three most clicked on links, I'll put together a post all about my very favorite most clicked on link, and I am SO excited about that!

Let's get to this weeks top three links!

In third place we've got the lovely Paper & Lace Snowflake Ornament from Lisa's Craft Blog.

Filling in the number two spot is the Homemade Snow Village from Farmhouse Porch.

And snagging the number one spot for most clicked on links.....

Again, I have been majorly impressed with all of the fabulous links that were shared!  Thank you all so much for participating and making each week such a great success!  Be sure that you grab a featured button if your link is one of the top three featured.

Here's the rundown:
Link up as many of your own posts as you like, try to keep them fairly recent.  You could post anything from recipes, crafts, and refinished furniture, to essays, photography, and fashion, whatever you do!  The party will be open until Tuesday evening.  At the end of the week, I'll show the top three clicked on links.  At the end of the month I'll do a feature on my favorite of the most clicked on links.
I only ask a few things:
1. Please only link up posts you have written, created, etc.
2. Please display my party button somewhere on the post you're linking or on the side bar of your blog.
3. It's a party, so hang out and visit a few other link ups as well!
4. I'd love for you to follow my blog!

1. Easy DIY Curtains

2. Memories

3. Musical Ornament

4. Felt Gingyhouse Ornament

5. dollar store redo

6. What to do with Christmas Cards?

7. {coffee filter} wreath

8. hickory dickory dock

9. Scrappy Tutu

10. evening bag inspired pillow

11. Christmas Wreath

12. Snow Globes {Anthropologie Knockoff}

13. DIY: Felt Rose

14. Ruffled Slipcover

15. Glitter Christmas Bulbs

16. Necklace/Jewelry Organizer

17. Simple & Tasty Peppermint Bark {2 Ingredient}

18. Simple Advent {a Kiss for a Kiss}

19. English Breakfast Cardstock

20. Inner Tube Holiday Wreath

21. Master Bedroom Reveal

22. Family Pictures

23. Wedding Card Ornament

24. Photo Display

25. Hockey Bag Pillow

26. Driftwood Christmas Trees

27. Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

28. Turn a Vintage Pillow Case into an Apron

29. Whimsy Trees

30. Upcycled Trees

31. Quick Baby Gift

32. Dessert Tacos

33. Chili

34. Origami Christmas Goodies Box

35. Pinecone Ornament

36. Burlap Flower Ornament

37. Wooden Slat Tree Ornament

38. Simple Scarves

39. Stenciled Thanksgiving Tablecloth

40. Winter Wreath Tutorial

41. Anthropologie inspired showercurtain tutorial

42. DIY Earring Holder

43. DIY Vanilla Bean Sugar

44. Nifty Egg Ornament Tutorial

45. Craft Hutch

46. Chewy White Chocolate Cookies

47. Quilled Snowflake

48. Burlap Christmas Trees

49. Hot Cocoa on a stick and Homemade Marshmallow

50. Decorating Tip

51. Out of scraps. . .

52. Girls Twirling Skirts

53. Vintage Ornaments & Tree

54. Antiqued Mirror Project

55. Yellow Dresser

56. DIY Deer Head Sculpture

57. paper garlands

58. Copic Markers Storage Box

59. Upcycled Library Card Cabinet

60. Fingerprint cuff links - Grandparent gift

61. DIY Herringbone Wall

62. Christmas Garland

63. Scrap Garland

64. Christmas Mantel

65. $4 Snowflake Banner

66. Sheet Music + Chalkboard Wreath

67. Lighted Garland

68. Apple Slab : )

69. Poufs!

70. Christmas Cranberries

71. Ornament

72. Glass Ornament Tutorial

73. DIY Christmas Wreath

74. twig tree and decorations tutorial

75. thrifty believe sign

76. doily glass dec

77. mini book page decs

78. raid your button jar

79. king and queen table runner

80. book stag 3d

81. stenciled dresser

82. book page rose wreath

83. Baby Sleep Sack

84. Mantle Clock Makeover

85. DIY A Frame Tent

86. Love Letter Ornaments

87. Mason Snow Jars

88. Glitter Queen

89. Jute Wrapped Orbs

90. How to transfer image to wood

91. Latest Thrifty Finds

92. Gifts sign for reception

93. Holiday "Glow Wine"

94. Oh Christmas Trees!

This linky list is now closed.