Friday, December 31, 2010

i serve a creative GOD

I got a challenge for you all this year! Check it out by clicking the button on the left or up in the bar! I really truly hope you join me!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Tonight and tomorrow will be full of parties and fun! I'm glad it's finally here!



I sent out Christmas cards this year but didn't order quite enough to include everyone! So if you didn't get one in the mail, you can just look at it here:) Oh, and if you don't have one and you think you should, I didn't mail them out until the 23rd!

I will be back with lots of family pics and exciting Christmas morning pics too:)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the Stone family

This photo, to me, is the epitome of a Christmas card:) I'm sure his mother probably doesn't think so. I know if I were his mother I wouldn't think so.

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oh! but I love it!

Thank you, Stones, for a great time!

all I want for Christmas...

is something like this...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Santa's...err...Slone's list

this cracked me up

Slone wrote this the other night. He and his brother had been especially ornery with each other. Slone was hollering about how Santa is not going to bring Bo anything. That night as I was picking up, I found this written on the back of his art set.

You see Bo is in the "bad" column, while best friend and cousin Jack is in the "gud" column:) Don't look at me for the spelling!  His kindergarten teacher told us to have him sound out everything instead of telling him how to spell words.

I'm surprised he didn't write his on name on the "gud" side.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fleece Blanket Tutorial


I know you all have seen these blankets a million times, but I absolutely love them! They are by far the warmest blankets, super soft and wash up like a dream.

I locked my keys in the car had some extra time to kill the other day and luckily Joann's was right across the parking lot. They had all of their fleece 50% off. I had just made one of these blankets for someone for Christmas and really wanted one for myself when I was done with it. I found this awesome gray houndstooth fleece. I love it! I thought about putting it with red, which I still think would look really good, but I went with a mustard yellow. It looks so good together.

I got two and a half yards though instead of the two yards that was suggested. I like my blankets up around my neck and still covering my feet. To me, this is the perfect size.

First things first, lay both of your fleece pieces out flat, one on top of the other. This way you can cut through both layers at the same time and everything will match up easily. You will need to cut a square out of the corner. I cut mine about 4x4 inches. You will need to cut it the same lengths that you will be cutting your strips.

step one

I did one side at a time. I cut about one inch strips all the way down one side and then came back and knotted them all. Then I cut the next corner out, cut the strips on that side, then knotted them.

step two

yummy knots all in a row

Do all four sides and you're done! The fleece ended up being around $3-5 a yard with the half off discount. So I got a great blanket for around $25!

Sorry these aren't in the greatest light. It was dark at 4:30:( Is it spring yet?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Slone's Lego Party

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Well, we survived another party:) This time, Slone wanted a lego party. I don't really go all out on decorations but I try to make their cakes to go along with their theme. The lego man head is just a regular cake with a cupcake cut down to size on top, then frosted with yellow frosting.

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He got an art set. He also got a book on how to draw 101 pets...BIG hit.

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Of course, he got some legos!

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lego cookies
Slone's own giant cookie

My friend, Evie, just started up her own cookie business ~ Too Little Time Cookies ~! I thought cookies would be fun instead of just cake this time. I was right. Four dozen cookies and not a single one left over! (Click on the link up there for her fb page. You can contact Evie there for your own cookies!)

lego cookies


We had a great time! Thanks to everyone that came! Love you!

Friday, December 3, 2010

the Rea family

I had a great time photographing this little family! They are soon to be one more! Tracy is a friend from my MOPS group, so it was a real treat to see her outside of the group!

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Little M was such a sweetie.

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas ornaments


I was in a Christmas ornament swap on flickr this past month. I know I've explained these swaps in the past. You should really check out flickr if you never have. There are tons of things to learn there.

Anyway, everyone had to do three ornaments. And you should receive three back. I have only received one back so far. I'm interested to see what else I get!

So for this swap, I did felt ornaments. For supplies you need: some felt, something to trace a circle, glue, sewing machine, some ricrac and sequins if you want.

ornament supplies

You will also need just a little bit of stuffing for them too. I also used the fabri-tac for attaching the sequins.

Start by tracing a faint circle on your felt. Then lay out your felt strips. I sewed these onto one side of the ornament before I cut the circles out. I also used the sewing machine to stitch all the way around the ornament (don't forget to leave a little opening to put the stuffing in). Then I cut the whole thing out with my pinking shears.



Once the ornament is cut out, you can stuff it. I then took a little scrap felt and some ricrac to fashion a little hangtab. Then I sewed it shut.



PS - I did not think these up on my own. I saw a picture of some that a girl made on her blog. I cannot, for the life of me, find said blog! When I do, I will post it!

Hope you have a terrific Christmas season!!
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