Valentine’s Day Decorations.

So it’s almost February 14th and I’m so excited because I’ve actually made a couple of decorations this year. I’m not entirely finished but I wanted to share some of the goodies so far.

1. Decorated Dollar store glass jar with candy inside for teacher’s gifts.

Easy-peasy goodness with just a dab of glitter on a chipboard letter for the teacher’s initial, doilie heart…

…and ribbon on the handle. Ta-Da!

2. Spruced up “Follow Your Heart” and “Be Mine” signs.

Hello Target, I love you.

I spent just $1.00 for the Follow Your Heart Sign and then I added a paper flower I made at Spark in October. Cuteness

For $2.50, the Be Mine sign became mine and I threw on two bits of scrap ribbon. Done and done!

3. Hugs and Kisses Garland

Die Cut x’s and o’s…

….attached to some twine with mini clothespins. Umm, yes – please!!!

And finally – LollyPops in three sizes.

Paper cut in squares then folded accordian-style and hot glued to a stick.

Decorated with a little bit o’ this and that. Inspired by Margie Romney-Aslett. Sigh. Love.

I’m getting ready to take an online class with Christy Tomlinson and The Gilded Girls on February 13th called A Gilded Valentines. I can’t wait to see what I learn! Want to join me? Have you started decorating for Valentine’s Day, yet? If not, I hope I’ve inspired you. Hugs and kisses!

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Living The Dream In My New Apron

I’m a “pile” girl. You know – piles of bills, piles of clothes, piles of toys (and because I work at home) piles of project related stuff.

Sorta like “stacks”.

Except less dangerous.

So I’m at work this morning at my dining room table making my through one work related “pile” and I kept glancing back to my Christmas craft stuff “piles”.

I’ve been blessed with a lot of work this month and so happy! But a little bit of me aches when I see my glue gun and mod podge just sitting there without anything to stick together. Unfulfilled.

So I gave myself a mini deadline (write one more sentence then take a break – very attainable) and then put the work pile aside and got on my new apron.

Which made me really excited because How STINKIN’ cute am I in this apron?!!!

Aprons are fabulous when you think about them. They keep you tidy, make you look thinner (hello? two please!) and keep everything you need close by (well – if your apron is super cool with pockets like mine is).

I got my apron at ApronsandSmocks.com. They have all sorts of styles and colors available and they are very inexpensive. You’ll see that they cater a lot to the food industry because (obviously) a lot of people who cook and serve food wear aprons (and they carry caps, shirts and other chef apparel, too) BUT aprons aren’t just for cooking!

Think painting, glueing, gardening, spraying, dabbing, cuting…lots of messy activities.

I’m also totally wearing mine at next year’s community garage sale and I think it will be great for wearing up at school when I work on PTO stuff. And they do carry art smocks – but I love aprons…even when I’m doing art!

The kids aprons are so sweet and only $4.05 each. I’m thinking about getting them for Annie’s next birthday party to wear while we do our project then they can take them home as a party favor. Cute?!

Aprons and Smocks.com does embroidery, too so you can get “Still Living The Dream” sewn on your apron in different colors of threads and in different fonts. I mean, they’ll write other stuff, too – but you should totally get a “Still Living The Dream” one I think.

I mean…it works. No matter what you are doing (cleaning the garage – not fun) or making snowflake garland (fun) you can say, “I’m living the dream!” just with a different tone of voice.

Because sarcasm is needed for the first scenerio.

Unless you like cleaning the garage.

Which is weird but I’m not here to judge.

I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without a “Still Living The Dream” branded pink apron. Wearing it, I’m already happier.

I’m working on some decoration ideas I got from my friend Margie Romney-Aslett. I recently took her Spark Your Christmas class online and its full of all kinds of homemade goodness. Check it out! It’s not too late to get your glue gun on! Just get your cute apron, first Ya’ll!

Music note covered clothespins for attaching tags to gifts.

Glittery foam snowflakes to use as decoration in your home and on presents.

These went to my super-cute and the most wonderful, bestest grandma in the world in New York!

I received an apron to review from Aprons & Smocks.com but no other compensation was received. All opinions and thoughts are my own… and quite frankly – they are sometimes scary! 

 

 

 

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Art is Therapeutic

Yesterday was a very, very sad day for me. My husband and I had to put our sweet dog, Sadie, to sleep. She was a part of our family for 16 years and I can’t yet put into words how much I miss her.  When I am able to write more about how much she meant to our family, I will. But today I’ve just felt empty.

When I woke up this morning I walked over the spot where she used to sleep (in the middle of the hallway!) and have started several times to let her out back. I can almost here her little feet on the tile floor and her scratching at the back door to let me know she’s ready to come back in.

Not really knowing what to do with myself…I made a prototype of the ornament I’m going to contribute to the Jesse Advent Tree project I’m doing this year.  A group of 25 friends have gotten together and we each drew a day of advent (December 1 – 25). Using the symbol of that day – we will each make 25 ornaments (one for ourselves and one to exchange with each person). When we are all done, we will have 25 different ornaments to open each day of advent along with a bible verse to read and reflect upon. I’ve done this before and decided that I’m going to give my set as a present to someone very special to me.

This year I drew the 24th of December – an angel. I used some techniques I learned at the mixed media art class I took while at Spark.

Sadie was my angel.

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Cool Bracelets


This one goes out to my crafty-type readers.

Found this new company on a blog I read – www.donnadowney.typepad.com…DIY Bangles. Are you kidding me? These are so cool! I want one! Check ’em out at www.diybangles.com. You can totally customize your bracelet with all kinds of stuff…paint, bling, fabric. Hello? Totally fun.

Donna is giving one away on her blog today – but don’t enter because I want it! 🙂

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Countdown to Christmas

It’s chilly today and I have Christmas music playing while I’m sitting at my computer working. I’m feeling very Christmasy and I wanted to share a little project I made to help my family countdown the days until Christmas. I got the idea from my favorite scrapbooker, Stacy Julian. You really should check out her website at http://www.stacyjulian.com/. She’s the bomb-diggity and has tons of great ideas.

I made this from just paper and ribbon. on a silver ring. There’s a page for each day and behind the page is a pocket with a tag. On each tag is something to do that relates to the season. Since we can’t afford some of the activities we’d love to do – like going to the Nutcracker Ballet or riding on the Polar Express train in Rusk, I had to get creative with fun things that are less expensive or free. It’s a little harder in Houston where we don’t have snow or a lot of traditional winter-type sports and activities (can’t build a snowman or go sledding)! And, because I’m trying to teach my children about the season and how important it is to give, not just to get….there are some that involve giving to others.

Here is a list of some of my ideas:

  1. Talk a walk around the neighborhood at night with hot chocolate
  2. Build a fire in the fireplace
  3. Go caroling
  4. Write a letter to Santa on www.emailsanta.com
  5. Read a Christmas book
  6. Watch a Christmas movie (The 25 days until Christmas on the Family Channel makes this easy and I have our Christmas movies in a basket by the TV).
  7. Make Christmas crafts (we are getting together with some friends to do this next week)
  8. Bake cookies and give to someone else
  9. Decorate a Gingerbread house (Michael’s craft store has these on sale!)
  10. Go ice skating (at the mall!)
  11. Make a Christmas box for Operation Child charity
  12. String popcorn
  13. Make an ornament

Additionally, I plan to leave some small goodies outside our door on December 6th – which is St. Nicholas Day. Check out www.stnicholascenter.org to learn more about this holiday celebrated in other countries, but not observed as much in the U.S.

If you live in Houston – I’ve found some fun things going on that you might want to do with your family. We are going to try to do some of them!

  • Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour on December 11 and 12 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Lights in The Heights on December 12th
  • Dickens on the Strand in Galveston December 5 and 6
  • Snow Flurry at the Museum of Natural Science December 5th from 1-4 pm
  • Holiday in the Woodlands (ice skating and shopping) www.holidayinthewoodlands.com

I’ll also be posting some unique gift ideas and special finds on both www.healthyhoustonkids.com where I’m a contributing writer and my blog. Check back from time to time and let me know if you have any ideas of things to do or give this holiday season!

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