Monday, November 17, 2014

:: How To - making your own "Trimming the Tree" video

Monday, November 10, 2014

:: Christmas - homemade advent calendar

A few years ago, I was in Utah visiting family 
and my mom took me to one of her favorite antique stores.
I found this vintage coke crate and fell in love with it.  
And it was only $15, so I knew it had to be mine.
Christmas was approaching and I had an idea.
It had 24 sections . . . perfect for an advent calendar.

So, after days of looking on etsy and ebay, I was able to find 
those old wooden bingo numbers and snatched those up 
(had to get them from a few different sellers).

I glued each bingo number above it's designated section.

After hot glueing those on (almost done!),
I had some bakers twine that I wrapped around small white envelopes.

And in each of those envelopes I placed a fun Christmas activity that we'd do that day.
I usually sit down sometime in November and try to plan out when we'll do what . . . 
for instance if I know we're going to a party and they'll see Santa, I'll put that in the envelope for that day.
Here are some ideas:

have a picnic dinner under the Christmas Tree
write down 10 things you've been grateful for this year
do a secret act of service for someone
christmas lights scavenger hunt
make snowflakes
do a christmas craft with Mom
start a new Christmas Tradition
watch a Christmas movie
the Christmas Express
decorate the Christmas Tree
wrap your holiday gifts
make and decorate sugar cookies
write a letter to Santa
make a gingerbread house
deliver Christmas gifts to my friends
snowball fight (real snow or crumbled paper wads)
sit on Santa's lap
have a cup of hot cocoa
help Mom put up Christmas decorations
go Christmas Caroling
read the story of the birth of Jesus

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mother's Day Gift - chalkboard flower pots

Hello.  My name is Amy.  And I've been VERY absent from this blog.
Hopefully, if I get my act together, you'll be seeing more posts in the near future.

I wanted to post this before Mother's Day . . . if there are any of you who need to give a last minute gift.
We made these chalkboard flower pots last year for our mothers and grandmothers.
And {I hope} they were loved!
It's pretty self explanatory.
Buy some terra cotta flower pots and chalkboard paint/spray paint.
After you paint the pot (it does need time to dry - 24 hours), place soil and beautiful flowers inside.
Then last, but not least, write a message to that special mother of yours.
In my humble opinion, handmade gifts are the very best!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

:: Nursery - sneak peek

I love Anson's nursery.
The colors. The simplicity.
There are many times when I catch myself staring at the world map,
imagining my family roaming far off places.
Maybe one day, but for now, I'm content with watching my baby sleep. Or cry.
Whichever he's wanting to do at that moment.
Life is grand.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

:: Deals -

Right now, is having an amazing sale.
40% off of regular priced items and 50% off of sale/clearanced items!
It ends on the 29th (tomorrow).
This is when I like to stock up on the children's clothes for the next year.
Their winter stuff can be pretty affordable with sales like these.

I bought this dress for less than $15 and these shoes for $6 
as Ava's birthday dress.
So go over, now!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

:: Hair - twirl curls

I've discovered this amazing makeup blog, Maskcara.
Love, love, love it!
Not only does she have amazing makeup tips (that I definitely need),
but she also has some hair tutorials.
And there's always a need for that.
This is one tutorial that I love.
You need to try it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

:: Refashion - girl's dress

In 2012 when I was pregnant with Anson, I found a cute tunic on clearance at H&M.
I wanted to make it into a dress, so I bought two of them. 
This is what I came up with and you can see the post here.
After sewing the bottom half of the second tunic onto the first tunic, 
I had a top half left over.
I decided to make it into a dress for Ava.
Friends. . . this is a top that I've been meaning to refasion for more than a year.
My poor sewing pile.
I was determined to finish it.
Almost a year and a half later.  Ha!
I used another dress of Ava's as a pattern and just hoped that it turned out.
And luckily it did!
It looks darling on her.
And she's quite the little model.

I'll be sharing this here.