Friday, December 16, 2011

Free Holiday Printable

Happy Holidays to you! Feel free to grab this free printable froms yours truly. (click on image to pop it into a new window, right click and save image) What will you do with it? We spread cheer in our office with the large version or you can print it out and cut it down for a smaller frame. Have fun!

PS. Someday I'll actually set up another account where you can download the PDF version, but this will have to do for now. ;-)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our Family Monogram

I was so smitten by the monogram from Southern Proper Monograms that I decided my family should have our very own monogram!

Here's what I came up with. Thanks for the inspiration!

Oh So Posh Giveaway!

This gal is great and I really enjoy her posts on FB. She offers some great action sets and now she's giving back to her fans with a chance to win a Nikon D90!! I'm not lucky at all, so I'm not too hopeful in winning this, but those of you that know me well know how much I need a new camera! The old Fuji with the delay just ain't cutting it for this girl!

Crossing my fingers. :-)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I think I'm in love. Enough said.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

That Old Trunk In The Basement

The other day my co-worker was on her way to donate a bunch of unused items she had found in her mom's basement. Of course I requested to see it all before hand. You just never know what kind of treasures you can find, right? Well, here is one of them. This old suitcase has a charm all its own. I simply threw some greenery in it, along with lights and pine cones and some left-over red bulbs to dress it up for the holidays. It looks just darling sitting in our entry at the office.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Crafty Christmas Canvases

So, I was inspired by this, which I think originally came from here. Anyway, I thought I would jump into my stock pile of scrapbook paper and do something fun with it for the holidays. No, I don't scrapbook. I am just obsessed with the patterns and colors of scrapbook paper!

I simply placed pieces of paper on some canvases that I painted this bright blue color and then modge-podged it all. Some of the paper warped and some stayed flipped off the canvas but I didn't mind that little bit of dimension. The two tall trees are definitely my favorite as the large one didn't quite turn out as great as I wanted.

They both add a fun touch to my Christmas decor.

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 8

Movie Night! Cozy blankets and ELF. Enough said.

"Smiling's My Favorite!"

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 7

Game Night! Candyland and our retro MasterMind games were the choices. For a twist, though, we got to play in mommy and daddy's bed with our jammies on! (Note to Self: The little pegs from MasterMind are not fun to find in your bed the next few days. Probably want to avoid that brilliant idea next time.) Kids loved it, though!

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 6

Mommy was busy with the KMSU Auction, but the kids were able to peel the 'glue snowflakes' we made the other night along with the snowflake swab project. (simply make snowflake patterns on wax paper with Elmer's Glue, let dry and peel off) They also got to have their favorite casserole over at grandma's so it was a win win!

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 5

Icey Snowmen! We took these snowman silicone cookie molds and filled them with water. Then the kids threw in some Christmas sprinkles and mommy added some food coloring. Next we placed a long string, dipping a portion in each snowman to make ice garland and placed it outside overnight to freeze.

If you recall last February we did something similar with our valentines. The Christmas sprinkles were a nice touch because they froze inside the snowmen and looked fun throughout the ice. I haven't had the chance to snap a pic of our final results, but we are going to hang the garland on our tree outside.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

More Easy Christmas Decor Using Things I Already Had

I actually swiped this idea from the Taube's Holiday Tour of Homes this year. They had done something similar in one of the showcased homes. I grabbed a few ornaments I had on my tree, found ribbon I already had and a picture frame I wasn't using and finished it off with a big bow that I had used last year for my daughter's birthday. I decided to tilt the frame, which was different than the one I saw, and I really like the effect. Simple. Easy. Adorable.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Plaque Using Uppercase Living

I just love how my latest project turned out! Using a small Uppercase Living expression and a small unfinished wooden plaque from Hobby Lobby ($2.50), I simply painted it yellow and sanded the edges a bit and there you have it! Another great piece for my mantlescape!

I'm also enjoying incorporating some 'non-traditional' Christmas colors this season. I've been blending my brown/blue/gray scheme with a pop of yellow and red for Christmas. I guess I've never been a traditional red and green Christmas girl anyway, but it is fun using a little different palette this year.

To order your very own Uppercase Living, just visit my site at I'll provide the vinyl and inspiration, you bring the glitter and glue!

Monday, December 5, 2011

To Garland or Not to Garland. The Big Debate.

Well, it's not really a debate, but rather some fun I was having with friends this weekend. We had the chance to attend the Taube's Holiday Tour of Homes this weekend and one thing that came out of it was a discussion on garland. Tacky or not tacky? I actually used it on my mantlescape this season, but I feel I'm safe using the newer, more 'funky' type garland! Plus it sparkles in the sunlight and the kids and I have a blast dancing on the floor and making it shake on the ceiling....but that's another story....

So, on our final stop of the tour, we visited the basement of the Taube in search of some Christmas bargains. I came across some silver garland for $2 knowing I could just do something cool with it. Here is the end result. I also had enough to make a wreath. I'll post pics when I'm finished with that.

If I do say so myself, this garland and my VERY economical Christmas tree decor is getting the thumbs up on the cool meter.

(((one cone tree thing from Joann's at 60% off, a couple strings of my $2 used garland, and two sprigs at .$50 a piece))) WHA-LA!!!!!!! FAB!!!

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 4

Snowflake swabs. I got this idea from here.

Q-Tips, glue, wax paper and glitter. Still waiting for them to dry, so we'll see how they turn out...

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 3

Construction paper and glitter and glue. Our projects are not extravagant!

Mommy cut out ornaments and added glue stripes while two year old had a blast sprinkling with glitter!

Five year wanted to make his own creation and came up with this.

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 2

Countdown to Christmas construction paper chain. Easy peasy for both kiddos. I cut the strips, they glued them. Each night when the day is done, we take off a link.

24 Days of Family Fun: Day 1

BINGO! Simple enough. We played Bingo! My five year old learns his numbers and my two year old, well, she just like turning the cage around and around stealing the little Bingo balls.

We have a set similar to this but seriously, I think this should be my next purchase!

24 Days of Family Fun: The Beginning

I was inspired by a friend of mine who is taking advantage of this holiday season by spending more time as a family doing things together every night. I already try to do projects with the kids; both for entertainment sake and also to boost their creativity. I have kids who would rather sit and color in a coloring book than play Wii (although I expect that will change with time) and I want to nuture that while I can.

Anyway, in an effort to do even more fun things together, I am going to try harder to set aside some creativity time this month. Feel free to share any family activities you and your kids do together. One place I am always inspired by is Family Fun! magazine.