Sunday, November 15, 2009

Let the Christmas Crafting Begin!

These are clear glass ornaments filled with rolled paper. I cut about a 1/2 inch by 12 inch piece of paper and roll it around a pencil and quickly stick it in the ornament! I decorate the outside of the ornament with a Christmas saying and adorn it with several ribbons and charms. These are a quick craft and every year turn out a little bit different. I love giving these to teachers and friends!

These are my mini spool wreaths. I decoupage the spools and wrap the paper around the mini spools. I really enjoy making these. I added a Melissa Frances sticker and a jingle bell and it's oh so cute!

These are my paper trees that I typically create every holiday season. They are rolled paper and decorated with buttons, paper flowers and small metal charms. I love creating these. This year I used all My Mind's Eye papers.

This is my tiny house ornament. I used a house template and decorated with fake snow and mini Christmas tree. This can attach to a tree by a small clip underneath house.

So, I have been extremely busy with all the happenings in the past few weeks. I came down with strep throat and that about did me in! It was a horrible week and thankfully I'm feeling much better now. The kids have been staying busy with school and dance. The weather has been staying pretty nice too! I have started my Christmas crafts and I'm excited for everything this year! Hopefully I will be able to find more time in the coming weeks, but for now...these are what I have created!

Thank you for stopping by today!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

First snowfall

We had our first significant snowfall yesterday. I think we got about 2-3 inches of the heavy, wet snow! The kids were really excited to go out into it and burn off some energy. I think Isabella sat in front of our window for about 30 minutes just staring at the snow asking when she could go outside. I told her when Dad got home from work she could go out. I didn't think I could handle 3 kids outside by myself. I eventually gave in. The kids really enjoyed playing on their sleds and using their shovels for the first time this year! We managed to survive about 30 minutes outside before Isabella wanted to come in. I think next time I will wait for Dad. It proved to be too much for me trying to manage Liam who doesn't have snow pants yet for the season! He did not want his mittens on and he didn't know what to do with himself once he got into the snow! It was hilarious! I'm glad I was able to capture these memories! Today the snow is melting, but I'm sure there will be tons of more snow fun in the coming months!
We are looking forward to Halloween this year. Ava will be a Queen, Isabella a Bride, and Liam will be a Lion. The kids have already broken in their costumes and have worn them several times around the house! I'm excited for them, hopefully the snow will have melted!
I have started my Christmas crafts. I have been working pretty steadily on them for the past 2 weeks. I like to get things started before the rush of the season begins.
I hope everyone is enjoying the last remaining days of fall!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Keeping Busy

Sorry I haven't updated my blog in quite some time. I have been super busy with the kids and their activities and homework for Ava. I haven't done a lot of crafting lately either. I am going to be starting my holiday crafting soon though, which I am extremely excited about. I love making holiday things for people, especially the girls teachers. I will be posting those as soon as I complete them. I'm just waiting for an order to come for some more supplies.

One of my favorite things to create are these little paper trees. This photo is from last year, this year's will be similar but with different paper and supplies. I really enjoy making these, and they are usually a big hit with people!

Another thing that I usually create are these little spool wreaths. These are made from tiny wooden spools that I decorate with patterned paper. These are always fun to make, but extremely time consuming!

Anyways, I should be off. Thanks for stopping by today!!!

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Friday, September 25, 2009


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall Festival

We had a blast at the Quarry Hill Fall Festival this past weekend. The kids got to color pumpkins, decorate butterflies and dragonflies, take a tour of a cave, have their faces painted, and a lot of other fun stuff. We had a lot of fun and I think the girls favorite part was going into a cave. We had to use flashlights which is always interesting with a 4 and 5 year old. It was really cold in the cave and it was really sandy. Bella kept saying that there is sand on the ground. It was cute and was neat to experience it with them. I had never been in the Quarry Hill cave so it was a first for me as well. We had a really good time and we off to another busy week. School and dance! I hope everyone has a good week!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Baby Boy Album

I created this little album for my son. I used all Melissa Frances supplies. I wanted something that I would be able to easily refer back to. I cut my own chipboard for this and added rings to combine. The baby boy tickets are so darling and I have been wanting to use them for so long! I sewed Liam's name on the front cover and I think it turned out nicely. This was on of the projects that I made for the Melissa Frances Blog for the guest designer spot this month! Thank you so much for looking.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Melissa Frances Projects

I created this picture stand with all Melissa Frances supplies. I wanted something for my daughter's room. They share a bedroom so I wanted to have something that I could feature both girls in. I have made it possible for the journaling to slide out behind both girls. I love how this came together. The papers and coordinating supplies from the French Twist line are so beautiful! It will fit well in their room!

I created this layout of my kids with all Melissa Frances supplies for my guest designer spot this month on the blog. I hand cut the flowers from the Thankful paper collection and layered them with beads and glitter glue. I had a lot of fun creating this layout!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Altered House

I love creating these little houses. There are endless possibilities as to how to design them. Melissa Frances products made it so easy for me. I loved creating this. I think it was my favorite project for the guest designer spot for the blog this month! Thank you for stopping by!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Melissa Frances Guest Artist

I am honored that my work is going to be featured this month on the Melissa Frances blog.
The first project I created was a wreath made out of all of
Melissa Frances Thankful patterned papers.
The supplies you will need are:
1. 12 inch styrofoam wreath base, I found mine at Michaels.
2. hot glue gun and glue
3. staples- a lot!
4. 6-8 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, depending on how full you want your wreath
5. and anything else you want to decorate your wreath with.
What I did was cut all of my paper into 3/4 inch by 3 inch pieces. This took me 2 days or so to cut it all. Once done, I inked all of my edges for a more worn look. I then stapled the pieces end to end, make sure not to make a fold because you want the loop effect. You also can use adhesive to keep the ends together, but that gets kind of expensive considering the amount of adhesive you will need. Stapling them worked better for me and a lot faster! I then start at the top of the wreath and work downward to the middle. Doing sections at a time and stopping to look every so often to make sure it looks right. I adhered the loops to the wreath with hot glue which seems to hold nicely and goes quickly. I'm sure there are other methods, so feel free to do what works best for you. Once you have all of the loops on I usually decorate my wreath with a ribbon which allows for easier hanging once done. I love making these wreaths, they are a lot of work, but the end result is so worth it.
If you have any questions on anything else that I missed, please don't
hesitate to e-mail me:
Again, I'm so honored to be a part of the blog this month!!! Thanks for stopping by today!

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