Tuesday, November 30, 2010

how about a giveaway?

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful week.  I am off to fill holiday orders, but thought I would leave you with a fun giveaway over at Simply Modern Mom.

Head on over and enter to win the necklace of your choice!!  Yippee!!

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, November 29, 2010

what i made monday: a handmade holiday wish

Welcome to the third installment of What I Made Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend as much as I did! 

This weekend Reid and I made a Merry Christmas banner to send to some loved ones.  We always send out a family photo card for Christmas, but there are a few people that we really wanted to send some extra special holiday wishes to. 

Confession: this idea is not my own original creation.  I first saw it when a cousin sent my parents a Get Well banner last year.  It was adorable and we all oohed and aahed over it.  I thought we could make a modified version for sending out some handmade Christmas wishes.

If you'd like to make one, here's is what you'll need:

:: Decorative paper {the heavier cardstock works best since it won't rip when you slide it onto the ribbon}

:: Paper punch {optional}.  I used a 3" round punch, but you could also just trace and cut the circles if you don't have a punch.

:: Standard hole punch

:: Ribbon and/or twine

:: Crayons

:: Round tin

:: Tacks

:: A sweet child

Step 1 - Cut out your circles and have your child write a letter on each one. 

Step 2 - Hole punch your circles

Step 3 - Thread your circles one at a time onto the ribbon.  I used a decorative paper to separate each word and to start and end the banner.

Reid wrote a message on another circle which I attached to the top of the tin with some double stick tape.  The banner went in the tin along with the tacks for hanging and we tied it up with some twine and that's it!

You could use so many fun paper combinations and you could also add printed photos.  I think this is a fun way to send a Christmas wish to a loved one far away. 

I hope you like it!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

a few turkey day photos

Our Thanksgiving Day started off pretty mellow.

Reid was getting a little restless waiting for the excitement to begin so we rolled out some craft paper and he went to town.

Poor little Grant tried to get in on the action, but Reid was not having it.  It's hard to be the little brother sometimes. 

Here's his finished creation.  It says, "To Mrs. Browns Class from Reid.  P.S. I made it all myself." 
{Nice touch, Reid}

My sweet hubs went out and got me a coffee...It's been really cold here, so I've been trying all the holiday drinks at Starbucks.  Right now my favorite is the Egg Nog Latte.

We picked up hydrangeas at the Farmer's Market and I set the table the night before.

I like a really simple table.  In lieu of a table cloth I used a length of craft paper.  We had fun doodling on the table.

For a touch of whimsy, I put crayons in a few spots around the table in these fun glasses. 

Mark made the glasses from wine bottles.  I love them and I wish he would make 50 more.  They are perfect for vases, or fun drinking glasses {or crayons} and I love that he made them.  Maybe I can get him to do a What I Made Monday post...


I love hydrangeas and I love how simple they look in this big glass canister.

Of course we used the wine tags and name cards I made last week


It was a gorgeous day.

With lots of turkey...

and lots of football...

Some tic.tac.toe...and lots of love.  I hope yours was just as wonderful as ours!

Friday, November 26, 2010

today is the day!

Have you heard about the Black Friday promotion going on over at the shop today? 

For today only:

Order ANY necklace and we will add a FREE Taylor necklace to your order!! No need to add the free necklace to your cart. Just let us know what initial you'd like in the notes at checkout. There is no per person limit, so if you want to order more than 1 necklace, come back and place a separate order for each one and get an additional free Taylor each time you place an order all day.

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I'm a lucky girl and I realize how fortunate I am to live this happy life surrounded by the people I love more than anything. 

Sometimes I take that for granted. 

But, today is Thanksgiving, and I am going to soak up every hug and snuggle and laugh.  I am going to cook a big turkey and eat some pumpkin pie.  I am going to sit by the fire, watch some football and maybe even play some Jenga.

 Because these are the days that bring shape to a family and memories to a child. 

My babies are still little, but they won't be little forever.  I don't want to miss these moments and I don't want to forget how fast time will pass me by.  

I am thankful for my life and for countless other things, but at the end of the day, the thing that I am most thankful for are the people I love. 

For me, today is about enjoying them.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

beauty + inspiration {and a huge announcement}


I thought I'd share with you all some of my favorites from the week. I made the wool ruffle wreath above using a military issue blanket that my dad gave to me {I checked and he was totally okay with me using it for this purpose - thanks Dad!}  The tutorial was from Emily.  You can find it here.

I took this photo of Reid as he was reading some of the gratitude tags that have been coming in.  After I made the Gratitude Garland last week, I sent the tags to all of our family members.  I included a return envelope addressed to Reid and he has been checking the mail, reading them and helping me attach them to our Garland as they come in.  It's been fun, and I think {and hope} he is beginning to grasp the concept of being thankful.


This cheery golden yellow is one of my favorite colors right now {especially when it's mixed with black and white}.  I picked up this lotion on our last trip to Catalina and I am totally addicted to it.  Mark and Reid say it smells like Trix cereal.  Love it.

The fun pillow is from Target.  I haven't quite figured out where to put it yet, so for now it's been hanging out in an empty chair in the dining room.  It's so cheery and fun.  I am totally on board with the fabric rosette trend, especially in fun colors.

I bought these boots at Macy's a few weeks ago at the shop for a cause event.  I have to stop myself from wearing them every single day because that's how much I love them.

Okay, are you ready for my huge announcement? I have been trying to think of something fun and out of the box to do for Black Friday and after some brainstorming...

I have decided that for every order placed this Friday, I will include one of our new Taylor necklaces for FREE!!  Yippee!  There is no minimum to spend {that means you can buy a Taylor for $22 and get a second one for free!}.  There is also no per person limit so you can come back and make as many purchases as you like and for each separate order,  I will add a Taylor to it at no charge.  It's a great way to stock up on the gifts you need to buy, maybe even get something for yourself while you're at it and save a bunch of cash!


This promotion will start at Midnight {Eastern} on Friday 11/26 and will run until Saturday at Midnight {Pacific}.  That's 27 hours to take advantage of the promo!! 

PS You don't need to add the free Taylor to your cart.  They will automatically be added to every order.  Just make sure you let me know which initial you'd like in the notes section of your order when you checkout.

Click here to start shopping!

Monday, November 22, 2010

what i made monday: a fun handmade gift under $5

This weekend I made these fun and colorful stone coasters.  I think they would make the perfect hostess or neighbor gift.  You can make a set of 4 for under $5 and in about 30 minutes.

 This is a fun project that your kids can help with too. 

If you'd like to make some, here's what you'll need:

~ Stone Tiles {I used 4x4 Travertino Light.  It came in a pack of 9 tiles from The Home Depot for $3.77}

~ Mod Podge {and brush to apply}

~ Self Adhesive Cork Liner {to protect furniture surfaces}

~ Scrapbook Paper

Here are the steps:

Before you get started, wipe off your stone tiles with a damp paper towel to get all the chalky residue off. 

Step 1: Measure and cut your cork backing to be slightly smaller than the tile so you don't see it from the side.  Since my tile was 4x4, I cut the cork squares to be 3.5x3.5.

 {I got my roll of cork backing at Michaels for $5  - it's enough to back 32 tiles and it's got a measuring grid on the back which makes it much easier to cut your squares}

You can round the corners of your cork squares for a more finished look if you prefer.

Step 2: Peel off the paper backing and affix the cork liner to the back of each tile.

Step 3: Cut your paper to 3.5x3.5 and round the corners if you like.

Step 4: Brush the tile generously with your Mod Podge.

Step 5: Place the paper on top of the stone and apply a second coat of Mod Podge on top. Make sure you use the brush in one direction and be sure that the Mod Podge is applied evenly to the top of the stone and around the edges.  Set the stone tiles on a cup or other surface while they dry so that the edges don't have a chance to get stuck to anything while they dry.   

 Once they dry, you'll have this:

Pretty cute, huh?  I love the idea of making gifts with your kids and I also love the idea that a thoughtful, well loved gift doesn't have to cost a lot. 

There are so many beautiful papers you can use, the possibilities are endless.   

I hope I've inspired you to make some colorful stone coasters!  

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