Print Blocks During our trip to Northern California, during our holiday, we decided to hit up a few shops in the old historic downtown. Eureka, California is not only a beautiful area surrounded by trees, mountains and ocean, but the town itself is full of all sorts of cute little stores, amazing architecture and coffee shops. My kind of town, really: great for the outdoors and indoors. They also have amazing thrift stores to boot!  Note: Check out this SUPER cute shop, Shipwreck. You can click here for more fun pics of their cute shop as well! If you love local, handmade goods among vintage treasures, you will appreciate this store!  We visited one of my husbands favorite thrift stores in the area off of the 101. We were drawn to a box of mix matched print block letters. The wheels in our head began to turn and we decided to take a few home and do a little project. With a little glue, it’s amazing what you can do! Now, we have a few decorative pieces for our home and possibly our little store! For 50c each, you can’t go wrong.  So, what did you think? Your comments would be most appreciated! ...

Craft Night Success Well, it was a long night of crafting fun! The girls and I had a good time with our lovely project and were all very happy with the end result! We gabbed over coffee, hot cider and fresh baked cookies. We exchanged stories and laughed hard…can’t expect anything less with these gals. It was nice being able to unload and rest knowing that you had a group of good friends to be with. Here are a few pictures of our fun night together: …my fellow crafty friends Getting ready for the task ahead Working ever so hard, poor Kelly took 1 1/2 to finish her tree. She’s a bit of a perfectionist!  This was a very tedious project, but it goes quick when you have girls to chat with Done!  And done! The aftermath…. The girls had a lot of options to choose from: white, black, metallic gold and silver, plus glitter galore!  A little treat to take home! Thanks girls for making this craft night a success! Can’t wait for January!...

December: Craft Night Tonight’s the night! The girls are coming over and we are going to have ourselves a jolly good time! I’m busy trying to get my house in order, goodies made, craft supplies ready for use and squeeze in a little picture editing time. I’m telling you, my life is crazy right now, but I am so looking forward to this night of fun with some of my best gals! If you are a crafty person or really want to be, I strongly recommend devoting one night a month to just that. I have found that the past 4 months we have been doing this, I have been less stressed and a bit more optimistic. It is so nice to have that one night to do something I really wish I had more time for. If you want to craft along from a far, please do! This month we are doing a festive craft, which I blogged about earlier this month: Magazine Christmas Tree. This time, however, we will be using colored spray paint to decorate our trees, so I’m excited to see the results! You can also visit here for a video that will show you how to create your own tree one step at a time! I will post pictures soon about our craft night! Feel free to let me know what kind of things you do to get away from the hustle and bustle of life…maybe you have your own version of a craft night! I came across this picture in another blog. I love to see that other bloggers are doing similar projects!...

Glittered Leaves The other day we had a little storm blow through. It rained and poured and made a mess of our little neighborhood. Now, we have piles and piles of leaves around our home. My husband decided to start raking yesterday and I decided to be the helpful wife I am and help out too. Of course, I’m sure this isn’t what he had in mind! I decided that some of the leaves were too beautiful to put in the trash, so I  collected a few to use as a little decor in our home. At least I can say I contributed a little bit in yard work! This is a two minute craft! Go outside and hunt for something fun to put on display in your home…. I picked a few large leaves from two of our trees. Spray with adhesive glue and sprinkle the glitter.  I chose a little bit of silver and red, since it matches our Christmas tree.  There you have it, another easy and simple project! ...

Magazine Christmas Tree If you are looking for a way to put some old magazines to use, this is a great way to recycle and reuse. I have a million magazines sitting around the house and why not put them to some good use by decorating some space in your home! I did a couple of trees for my dining room table and not only are they unique, but they are adorable!  Simply pick a magazine you no longer find useful. Bend the magazine to break the spine.  Fold the top right page into the seam of the magazine, then one more time. Repeat for all individual pages. Fold the bottom triangle of each folded page up so that the magazine is now flat at the bottom.  Spray paint your tree any desired color and immediately sprinkle glitter while the paint is still wet. For a more unique tree, leave natural so pages of your magazine are exposed. Apply adhesive glue and immediately sprinkle with glitter.  Ribbon is optional, but adds a little something extra!  There you have it: handmade with love.  I can’t wait for our upcoming craft night, take one guess what the girls and I are going to do! I think that this was a good trial run, but next time I may use some color. Hmmm…..white or gold, what do you think? Let me know if you give this one a try, I would love to see the results of your magazine Christmas tree! ...

Knitting During Christmas, it seems we have started a new tradition in my family. Each year we unwrap a knitted treasure made especially by my mom. Last year we all received  scarves, but this year we were given a tuque (or beanies if you will). I am amazed at how quickly and beautifully my mom can knit her creations…they are so wonderfully made. I watch her as she knits away while watching a movie or visiting…I can hear the clicking from the needles and it’s so comforting. These are the presents I will cherish forever, because I know it was made especially with love in mind (I don’t care if that sounds cheesy…cause it just happens to be true)!  As I looked at the massive ball of yarn at my mothers feet, I realized that this is something I would like to try…again. Yes, I tried once a LONG time ago and knit my neice a very small scarf. Then, I got bored and moved on (like I do most things I try to get into). But, I’m ready to try again! There are so many things you can knit and have fun with, so we will see how far I get. Here are a few knitted things I love!  Here are the lovely toques we received this Christmas!  A cute little knit cupcake Love this scarf! And this one too! Not sure what this is all about, but it looks fun… Darling brooch These are just too adorable! Someone was hard at work here ...

Handmade Ornaments I’m finally back from my much needed holiday! I had a fantastic time with family and friends in the cold, but amazing country of Canada. There is nothing more beautiful than the white snow and crisp skies. You can see the smoke exiting the chimneys and every detail of the trees as they are covered in frost. I love the crunch your shoes make as you walk through hardened snow and cozying up under a blanket while sipping on a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate. I took in every moment while I was away and tried to release all that stress I had allowed to pile on my shoulders. It was refreshing being away and spending it with positive and loving people. I felt so renewed as I started back into regular routines like work, house chores and grocery shopping.  Today was a good day! On that note, I shall jump right back into my bloggy blog world. My husband joined me in Canada for a few days and brought with him a project he has been working on for the past week. He was given a new scroll saw and has been putting it into good use ever since. In our home, the Christmas tree is an assortment of many lovely things, but mainly it consists of unique snowflakes. Each year we go out and buy a new ornament (snowflake of course) and add it to our growing Christmas tree (this is our fourth Christmas together…wow, time flies!). This year however, we decided to have a handmade ornament added to our collection, which is great...

Pinup Wreath I am slowly starting to put small projects together for Christmas. I came across a wonderful idea the other day and thought I would share it with all of you. I’m sure we all get tons of Christmas cards from friends and family, but where do you put them all? I use to display them on the shelf for all to see, but it took up so much room and didn’t look so good with the rest of my home decor. I love the idea of a holiday-card wreath. You can decorate your wall or door with this super easy project! And once again, like most of my crafts, it’s super cheap!  ::You’ll need:: About 14-inch-diameter embroidery hoop clothespins Ribbon Christmas cards ::Here’s how:: Clip clothespins and cards to embroidery hoop (you can use wood glue to secure clothespins to hoop, but it’s not necessary) Alternate clothespins to point both inward and outward and space them about 1 1/2 inches apart Suspend from a ribbon and display you cards as you receive them! Told ya, it’s that easy! As you can see, I haven’t collected too many cards as of yet, but I hope to have it full by Christmas! Hope you try this craft out, let me know if you find this helpful! ...

Spray Paint and Water Technique My husband and I love to experiment with paint techniques and I especially love this one. Each item appears unique and you never know how it’s going to turn out exactly. Which is daring, but fun! Recently, my husband went on a hunt for some finds and came back with 2 glass owls and a few other items as well. We wanted to try this technique on the owls to see what it would turn out like and the result was beautiful. We wanted something you could display as Christmas decor, but with a modern twist. This way you could also keep it on display once the holidays are over. Here are simple instructions to a beautiful project waiting to happen!  Midnight Owls You’ll need: ::1:: A glass item of your choosing that you want to spray paint ::2:: Spray paint of your color preference (Gold metallic, silver metallic, brown and light blue also look great….we chose silver and black) ::3::Spray bottle filled with water Here’s How ::1:: Cover entire glass object with black paint (or other color of your choosing)  ::2:: When the black paint is dry, spray the glass object with water and then immediately apply the silver spray paint (or other color of your choosing).  ::3:: Repeat steps 1 and 2 with opposite colors (or completely different colors). The result  This is a great project to experiment with! Feel free to comment me if you give this a try, I’d be happy to hear all about it! ...

Our first Christmas card. Ever. After three years of marriage, we decided it would be best to send out a Christmas card. Some people are so good at getting them done every year for every holiday. We are always the ones being showered with cards from others. So, this year we thought we would show our friends and family just how much we love them and think of them during the Christmas season.  Thanks to Shutterfly, it was super easy and we had a lot of fun doing our little photo shoot! ...
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