Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Busy Weekend and fun freebie!!

Had a busy weekend with the kids at a school holiday workshop. The kids spend hours making gifts for family and friends and had a blast!! Glitter is everywhere!!

They made a ton of gittered ornaments, soup mixes, zipper pulls, flower pens and even catnip toys for their cats!

Today I have to get to crafting some of those many Christmas gifts.. but I thought I'd share a link to a great blog and wonderful FREE pattern for an advent calendar. Maybe I'll have time to complete this project for next Christmas!! Check it out!!http://www.oliverands.com/blog/2008/12/free-holiday-mitten-ornament-pattern.html

Friday, December 5, 2008

Getting Started..

Well, I am feeling a little better and am starting to tackle that mound of Christmas boxes. I have a buffet of sorts built in the kitchen, so I decided to re-arrange so that my reds and greens are all put together. Who says it all has to be Christmas themed, right? Color is everything. I really need to get to crafting because I have so many ideas and half completed projects that these vignettes will change many times before Christmas, I am sure! I just need to purge all of those Christmas items that I really don't have a use for anymore. I always feel like everything I have should be put out or it won't be complete.

This is a antique childs snow shovel that I have and I love it. It was propped up outside, then kept getting knocked over so now it has been moved inside and is propped against the fireplace, but I am thinking of now hanging it on a wall somewhere..Hmmmmmmm....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Etsy Christmas Contest

Just thought I'd tell you about some of the ETSY sellers featured on my last post about the contest busy moms blog is hosting. After scouring the wonderful shops featured, I found a few I'd like to share with you. You should definately check them out!!

Articulations http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5969587 has these wonderful lunch box notes for your little ones and there are many to choose from. What a cute way to send your child some extra love with their lunch!! She also has many other papercraft items and some wonderful Christmas cards and tags.

Cookie art by Sarah http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5560052 Has WONDERFUL hand decorated sugar cookies. Makes me want a tall glass of milk just looking at them!

Another great shop with beautiful sugar cookies is Cakebox Cookies
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5661893 I loved all of her designs, but I thought I'd share these adorable baby cookies.

And if these cookies inspire you to get in the kitchen and do some baking, Boojiboo
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=59241 Has some wonderful vintage style aprons for you to wear. They are all awesome, you should check them all out, but here is a cute Christmas one I was partial to!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Still Trying!!

I am still trying to get some things done around the house. My four year old has the stomach flu and a fever of 104.. so I've spent the day sanitizing the house, washing sheets, and cleaning up various bodily fluids...lol. I did manage to whip up these tablecloth curtains for my kitchen window.. the window needs more sprucing up though. I made breakfast burritos for dinner and now I am going to attempt to finish up a scarf for my daughter while I watch a little TV and drink a hot cup of Joe.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Starting Christmas

Well, today I thought I’d get a jump on the Christmas Decorating.

My husband brought in all of the boxes this weekend and I’ve got to get them organized and out of my living room…. I’ve got crafting to do!!

I Got this vintage tablecloth from my mom last week and the stains are too big to use on the table for it’s actual purpose, but I am thinking of making it into a curtain for above my kitchen window. We moved to a new home in September, and the house is a big white blank canvas. I haven’t done much except for painting the playroom and the baby’s room. I need to figure out exactly what colors I would like to run with before I get paint crazy. The kitchen is not only painted white, but there are white cupboards and white tile countertops.. A lot of white!! There are some glass display cabinets I need to set out to decorate as well.. Haven’t commited to a color scheme yet, so it has all been seasonal stuff so far. I used to live on the west coast and had a lot of vintage cottage décor.. Reds, yellows, greens and pinks. When I moved to Michigan, I decided to go a little more country cozy and even incorporated a lot of prims to my décor. I stopped painting items white and distressing them and started painting furniture black and distressing it. It seemed to go with my first country house. I am now debating going back to my old color scheme and chucking the prim accessories. The nice thing about cottage décor is that it is eclectic and I can still incorporate and keep my favorite pieces. Once I get this blog going and have more readers, I will post pics of my rooms I will be working on and try to get suggestions from you all.. But that will have to wait until after the holiday’s.. and after I have a plate of yesterday’s cookies!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's snowing!!

Remnants of Summer....

Well, today it is snowing like crazy.. my kinder is home sick from school and my pre-kinder is gone at school..

Thought I'd make some Toll House cookies..seems like a cookies and milk kinda day. My 4 year old will squeal with delight when she gets off of the bus and my 6 year old daughter sick on the couch may drool as well...

As I prepare the ingredients.. I can view my very fit neighbor cross-country skiing ( what is she thinking?!?) and I have a view of a sink full of dishes.

Forgot to add the eggs one at a time...ooops!

"Mom, are those cookies done yet?"
I think I just may eat the dough.. that's the best part anyway, right? Now I am off to wait for a bus, eat some dough, and maybe get some dishes done:)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm Jumping in...

Christmas / Winter 12x12 pages...

Baby Boy Album using Cosmo Cricket Happy Days Paper and embellishments!!

Turned out very cute, I must admit!!

Well.. here goes nothing!! My first blog entry..so bear with me!! Just thought I'd share what Iworked on all day. I have to raise money for Christmas for the three kids and so I've jumped back into selling on Ebay. Tonight I worked on scrapbooking items and basically ignored the rest of my home!! Hope to get more done tomorrow. Hope you like!!