Archive for the category “Holidays”

Inspired By You: Felt Wrapped Wreath

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Last week Janee of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard posted a tutorial for a paper wrapped wreath.
 
My favorite seven year old loves crafts, so when we get to hang out I am always in the lookout for something fun and crafty.

Using Janee’s beautiful work as inspiration, 7yrold and I made this cute felt-wrapped wreath.

First we cut red glitter felt and green felt into long strips. We covered a section of our styrofoam ring in homemade decoupage glue. (Just mix equal parts school glue and water to form a paintable paste.)

We wrapped the strips carefully around the wreath form. After the wreath was fully wrapped we trimmed off the excess felt and secured it with a dab of hot glue.

7yrold had a grand time decorating the felt wrapped wreath with snowman stickers from the craft store.

Self-LOVE: the holiday edition

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As we all know by now, I’m spending my days hanging out with Santa Claus and taking pictures of kiddos. I’m certainly finding this job worthwhile. I’m driven and motivated while here. I’m passionate about providing a simple, but treasured, holiday moment for families.

This job has helped renew my spirit and find a passion I can take with me post-holiday season. All of this positive career energy has me thinking about this rest of my life. How am I treating myself? Do I love myself as much as I love others?

The truthful answer is no…and I haven’t for some time. So this year, I am wrapping up a pile of self-love. I’m going to give myself: mind, spirit and body the love I deserve.

Today, I am taking a simple step. I’m going to be aware

o

f

what I

use

to

fuel

my

body. In a

mall

environment–

without access

to a fridge

or

microwave–I

have been

finding making good choices difficult.

Toda

y, I am

grateful for making good grocery choices.

What

are

you

doing just

for

you

this Christmas?

Self-LOVE: the holiday edition

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As we all know by now, I’m spending my days hanging out with Santa Claus and taking pictures of kiddos. I’m certainly finding this job worthwhile. I’m driven and motivated while here. I’m passionate about providing a simple, but treasured, holiday moment for families.

This job has helped renew my spirit and find a passion I can take with me post-holiday season. All of this positive career energy has me thinking about this rest of my life. How am I treating myself? Do I love myself as much as I love others?

The truthful answer is no…and I haven’t for some time. So this year, I am wrapping up a pile of self-love. I’m going to give myself: mind, spirit and body the love I deserve.

Today, I am taking a simple step. I’m going to be aware

o

f

what I

use

to

fuel

my

body. In a

mall

environment–

without access

to a fridge

or

microwave–I

have been

finding making good choices difficult.

Toda

y, I am

grateful for making good grocery choices.

What

are

you

doing just

for

you

this Christmas?

Holiday Traditions

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that families can easily create there own traditions. I am finding that as I grow older and create my own family with my wife and Ziggy-kitty, I get so much joy learning about how other families celebrate their holidays.
As we approach Christmas, I am floating on a cloud of red-green-glitter induced joy. That could be because I spend my days hanging out with Santa. This time of year brings out the little kid in me.

Of course I can’t keep my holiday sparkle to myself. So, I invite you to share with me a bit about how you celebrate.

One of my most treasured Christmas traditions involves tree trimming. For as long as I can remember my mom has, left a beautifully wrapped package for us to open on Christmas Eve. They always contained a new holiday ornament.

When I moved out and got my own house, my mom packed up my ornaments and sent them to me. I was able to deck my halls with ornaments that held so  many holiday memories.

It’s a tradition that Anne and I have continued in the four Christmases we have shared. It’s one I plan to continue with any future children.

Whats your favorite family tradition? Please share.

Xoxo,
Erin

Deck the Spooky Halls

Yesterday’s snow put me in the mood to start thinking about Christmas, but today I’m back in the Halloween spirit. It’s my goal over the next few years to build an array of creative, beautiful decorations for all of the major holidays. I think holiday decorating helps everything feel fresh and new. Now…if only these items would magically make their way in to my closet.

‘Deck the Spooky Halls ‘ by BeeWeave

Halloween Decorations I am coveting…


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Creepy Jack O Lantern

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$5.00

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$9.00

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$30.95

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$10.00

HAPPY HALLOWEEN garland/ swa…

$14.50

Vintage Halloween Decor Sold…

$32.00

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$50.00

Autumn Glass Centerpiece / A…

$18.00

Halloween Witch’s Shoe C…

$58.00

fall foliage – fuzzy tan fel…

$18.00

wool acorns felted fall foli…

$24.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Snow: Nature’s Halloween Costume

I’m trying out the new wordpress app on my phone…so bear with me if this is just a bit quirky.

Though I have lived north of the Mason-DIXON line for longer than I lived south, I’m very much a country girl at heart.

I still think there is something magical about snow. I have certainly never seen the white, stuff fall in October before. I must say…waking up to snow showers put me in a holiday spirit…but that holiday is not Halloween.

I am dreaming of peppermint, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and making paper snowflakes…

*the photos from my snowy drive were taken by a passenger. I know better!*
Do you have more Halloween-esque weather in your neck of the woods?


Inspired By You: Spooky Halloween Ornaments

Any girl worth her crafting salt knows that the best inspiration comes from those awesome, crafty chicks you surround yourself with. There is a reason why I surround myself with creative, wonderful people. The energy of the amazing people I know, and the one’s I have connect through the blogging world provides me with constant inspiration to try new things. In honor of the community we are building here, I have decided to add a little feature to the blog known as Inspired By You.

Last week, the beautiful Jenni of Treacle and Ink posted a wonderful tutorial about making inexpensive Christmas ornaments using salt dough.  It could not have crossed my Google Reader at a better time. I had promised the little boy I nanny that we would do a special project on Friday evening while his mom was out for the evening. I had been planning on making baking soda and vinegar volcanos, but the pouring rain was causing me to rethink that plan. No way was I going to allow a six year old to blow up a volcano indoors.

Friday was the first day of fall and I was already filled with thoughts of pumpkins, apples, changing leaves and all the other inspiration associated with my favorite season. So, I quickly decided we would spend our friday even making salt dough Halloween ornaments.

Things You’ll Need:
Standard table salt
All purpose flour
Water
Halloween or fall inspired cookie cuters
Cookie sheet
Oven
Markers
Glitter pens

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Mix up one part salt and one part water to two parts flour. Knead with your hands to form a firm dough. Roll out the dough and punch out shapes with the cookie cutters. Take a pen or pencil and gently poke holes in the shapes to string up the ornaments. Bake in the oven for about an hour, flipping over halfway through.

Allow the shapes to cool completely and then decorate with the pens and glitter.  Hang and engjoy.

Here are the fruits of our labor. I apologize for the ridiculously bad quality of the photos, but my regular camera will not communicate with my computer for some reason. I’m working on it, in the meantime, please bear with me.

Thanks again to Jenni for the inspiration! I think the boy’s green monster/vampire that he handcrafted is my favorite. Have you ever played with salt dough?

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