Wednesday, November 30, 2011

a handmade holiday wish {repost}

This was originally posted last November as part of my What I Made Monday Series.  I thought it would be fun to share it again today since it's that time of year!  If you have loved ones far away, this is a fun project to do with your littles!


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!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

tuesday randomness via instagram

Every Tuesday I share a few instagram photos taken from my phone.  Little bits of this and that.  Nothing too earth shattering...just a little glimpse into our day to day around here!

There is just absolutely nothing sweeter than that first kiss early in the morning when your babies wake up.  Grant had just gotten up from his crib when this photo was taken.  I'm telling you, sometimes as a mom I literally feel like my heart walks outside of my body.  It's not even possible to describe how much I love them.


The night before Thanksgiving prep.  Arranging the centerpieces and whipping up a last minute banner to hang.  One thing I always do the night before we host a big event is open up all the recipes that I'm using, list out my menu and create a cooking schedule.  It's sounds dorky/type a {and I am both} but it works to keep us on schedule and chaos free. 

I spent most of Black Friday with my sis in law.  We got matching pedicures, followed by an afternoon of shopping.  So fun.  {Hopefully she doesn't kill me for posting this photo of her on the blog!  But, seriously, isn't she gorgeous?!}

My Black Friday purchases included a book for Reid, a cookie plate to use for Santa and shoes...oh, and a pedicure.  Does that even count?!

Shopping for the perfect tree, putting up lights and the finished masterpiece! 

Grant has started doing "thumbs up", but he never puts his thumb up.  So when you say, "Grant, how is your breakfast?" he just throws his fist in the air.  It cracks me up every time...

I hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

thanksgiving recap

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  A few weeks back I posted a little Thanksgiving inspiration and shared a few of the plans I had for my Thanksgiving table.  I thought I'd show you all how it all turned out.

You can see our gratitude board got pretty full by the time the big day arrived!  I placed a few gratitude cards in each of the guests wine glasses so everyone could add to our board when they arrived.  And, no I didn't make anyone read them!

I put a burlap tablecloth over my new white table.

You can see I didn't waste any time ironing it.  Oops.  Once it was piled with food I don't think anyone noticed.

I had originally planned to use a burlap tablecloth on the main table too, but I ended up sticking with my tried and true craft paper tablecloth/runner.  Thanksgiving tic-tac-toe and doodling have become a bit of turkey day tradition...and it's just so easy!

Cut wine bottles filled with crayons and simple white candles lined the table. 

I used a corner rounder, heart hole punch and printed name labels to fancy up the gratitude tags I had already printed.  I added some ribbon, tied them on to the wine glasses and placed them in the center of each setting.  They did double duty as place cards and wine glass labels! 

Since we needed to add a second table to the Dining Room, I brought in a small folding table and draped it with long pieces of burlap on all sides to create an instant tablecloth.  I used the black chairs from the boys study and some barstools from the kitchen to add seating.

The centerpiece at the second table ended up being just a wooden box that I filled with burlap and a layer of pears.  So simple and easy.

The centerpiece at the main table?  Stalks of cabbage in a big mason jar.  I went in to the flower shop looking for ranunculus and they were {of course} out of season.  While I was scrambling to think of a back up, I spotted these and snagged every single one they had! 

The cabbage stalks were perfect!  The green and plum tones were exactly the colors I needed. 

And, since I ended up using fruits and vegetables instead of flowers, I ended up spending just $15 on my centerpieces.  Total.  For both.  Yeehaw.

A "be thankful" banner that we hung above the small table.  That was a project I started at about 11:00 the night before Thanksgiving.  Welcome to my life.  My poor husband.  I am always thinking we could use just one more project....and then one more.  My wheels never stop turning.

You have a yellow dump truck in the middle of your Dining Room too, right?!

I don't want to leave you thinking everything is perfect around here.  Check out my messy, messy kitchen!  This was right before we ate.  Pots and pans and drinks and dishes....everywhere!!  Thank goodness for Mark and my brother and sis in law who did all my dishes and cleaned my kitchen for me that day!


I hope your day was happy and I hope you enjoyed the peek into ours!  Hopefully I didn't overwhelm you with too many photos!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

it's here!!! today is the day!!!

Oh my goodness, I am so excited about today.  It's Black Friday!!  Today is the one day a year that I give out free necklaces.  All day long. 

A free Cameron necklace will be automatically added to every order placed today.  No need to add the free necklace to your cart.  Just be sure and let me know what initial you would like in the custom notes section when you check out.  {If you miss the custom notes section, don't worry, because I check every order and I'll email you asking for any missing info}

There is no limit, so you can come back and shop as often as you'd like and a free Cameron necklace will be added to your order every time you check out.


{The Cameron necklace comes with 1 initial charm, but if you would like to add 1 or 2 additional charms to your free necklace, you can add them for just $6 each}.

Happy shopping!!  I am off to get a pedicure and get a little shopping done with my sis-in-law.

Hope you enjoy the long weekend!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving

My heart {and my hands} are so full.

Life is so sweet and so full of blessings.  Everywhere I turn there is much to be thankful for.

I get to wake up every day to a husband who adores me and treats me like a queen.  I have two boys who I love more than life itself and I get to do work that I love.

I am thankful for the sweet sleepy voice of this little boy that comes to the side of my bed every morning and says, "Can I get in bed with you?"

And I'm thankful for the sweet chubby little cheeks of this guy that I get to smother with kisses
I'm thankful for hands to hold, children to love, a warm house to keep us safe.  The blessings are truly all around us.

I hope today you treasure every hug and smile and sweet moment.  I know I will.

I hope your day is filled with love and gratitude.  From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for you.

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