Monday, November 29, 2010

Giveaway Winner!!

To make it fair, I wrote everyone's name down on Post-Its and put everyone's name in a big coffee cup I have here at work and the winner is....


photo source.

I'm so glad she won! She has been a good friend of ours and she's an AMAZING photographer.

For everyone that entered that did not win, I did post the source of the pattern for the trees, if you want to try it out and I'm planning on doing more giveaways in the future!! Happy crafting!! :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.

I had a FANTASTIC weekend. I hope you did too. I'm currently working on making a granny square Christmas stocking for myself and Kimber. I might have to post this as tomorrow's D.I.Y. It's really cute. The Christmas decor around the house is coming together nicely. The only thing we have left to do is some wall art and Jason is supposed to put the Christmas lights on the house.

OH! And I have awesome news. We just ordered my birthday/Christmas present.


I don't have to annoy you guys with anymore stupid mobile pictures!!! It's so pretty. I can't wait to hold it. I'm already thinking about doing a 365 project. Remember to enter my giveaway!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Give-Away!!!

This is my very FIRST give-away on my blog!! Yay! Up for grabs is a Crochet Christmas Tree Garland handmade with love by yours truly. Value of this give-away is $25. This is JUST in time for Christmas decorating. It's perfect in an entry way or hung on your fireplace. Each tree is approximately 5 in. X 4 1/2 in. The whole garland is about 4 feet in length. All you have to do to get this darling garland is LEAVE A COMMENT and FOLLOW ME!! I will pick a random winner on Monday. Good luck!!

unedited picture with real color.

Monday, November 22, 2010

24 Before 25.

I will be turning 24 on December 4th. This is a goal list of 24 things I want to do before I turn 25.

inspiration found here

D.I.Y. Monday! Crochet Gingerbread House.

Happy Monday everyone! Today I'm doing a lot of catching up on my handmade Christmas gifts, so here is a tutorial I found on that is now on my list of things I need to crochet before Christmas...along with 4 blankets, a tree skirt, garland and I haven't finished ONE of them yet. EEK! I'll be crocheting a blanket ALL day today until I run out of yarn. NOTE TO SELF: Buy A LOT more yarn this week.

tutorial found here

TIP: This OH so cute gingerbread house can be made into a really cute holiday garland or hang it on your tree as an ornament.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

D.I.Y. Magazine Christmas Trees.

This D.I.Y will save you money and help save paper. :)


These Christmas Trees made from magazines are great for a Christmas Dinner centerpiece or fantastic on a fireplace mantle. All you need for this is one old magazine (doesn't matter what size) and your hands. The more pages the magazine has the fuller the tree will look. You can also spray paint them and decorate them however you want. I'm going to be spray painting mine silver once I get home from work tonight.

Step One:
Break the magazine binding by bending it back and forth.

Step Two:
Starting with the front cover, fold the right corner of the page to the center (as shown in picture). Repeat process on every single page of the magazine.

Step Three:
Starting with the front cover again, fold in half from right to left. The fold will look kind of like a tie. Repeat process on every page until the end.

Step Four:
Starting with the front cover, yet again, fold the point of the "tie" and tuck inside. Repeat this process on every page until the end.

Step Five:(optional)
Spray paint any color you want. Make sure you're in a well ventilated area. After the spray paint dries you could spray it with adhesive and cover it in glitter, glue on cute buttons, felt balls, the options are endless. GO CRAZY!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Christmas List.

1.) Any Cathrineholm Lotus Enamelware piece. I want to start collecting them.


2.) This Singer Sewing machine.

found here

3.) Pow Wow Poncho Blythe. She's so pretty!!

Buy here.

4.) Yarn, Yarn and more yarn. I can never have enough yarn.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I Apologize.

For not posting a D.I.Y tutorial today. I've been crazy busy with planning for the holidays, crocheting Christmas presents until my hands bleed, chasing down my two year old that is always going a hundred miles an hour and Mondays are usually pretty crazy at work...I just need to

I promise to have a D.I.Y. post tomorrow. Love you guys.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

10 Things I Love Sunday!

Hey guys! It's been a while. I actually had a long time off this week, so I decided to spend it with my family, but I'm back with this week's "10 Things I Love Sunday! Enjoy!

1.) Our Christmas tree. :) I'm pretty proud of our Christmas set up so far.

2.) Tiny Gingerbread Houses. How-to found here

3.) I'm pretty obsessed with this song this week.

4.) I love that Conan is back!!


5.)I love Mad Men.


6.) These cute Christmas embroidery patterns from the Wild Olive. I bought some earlier today. I can't wait to work on them! They will go perfect on the wall next to our Christmas Tree.

7.) My dad's Creme Brulee.


8.) I lovey, LOVE this DIY Emroidery Holiday Deer Card Kit.

9.)This adorable Mini Goals Chalkboard

10.) Lune's Gypsy Crown Tutorial. SO CUTE!

Monday, November 8, 2010

D.I.Y. Monday! Crochet Retro Christmas Ornaments.

These little retro Christmas Ornaments are beyond adorable. You could use them as ornaments, make them into a cute little Christmas garland to be wrapped around your Christmas tree or on your fireplace, gift tags, the list goes on and on.


-Yarn. I'm using two colors.
-Crochet hook. F/5-3.75MM
-Things to embellish the ornaments, i.e. buttons, embroidery thread.

-Start with magic circle method.

-Round one: Ch 3, 11 dc into ring. Pull string tight. (as shown)

slst in top of beginning ch.

*if you are going to change colors, do so now. Fasten off first color and sl st other color at beginning st. (as shown)

-Round two: Ch 3, dc in first st from previous round, 2 dc in each of next 5 st (as shown)

2 treble crochet and picot* in next st, 2 treble crochet in the next st, 2 dc in remaining st, sl st in top of beginning ch.
*To make the picot ch 3 and sl st into third ch from your crochet hook.

-Round three: Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in next stitch, fasten off. Weave in any lose strings.

-Embellish with embroidery string, buttons, etc.

Hang and enjoy! 'Tis the season for crafting!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

10 Things I Love Sunday!

This week's list is going to be a 10 Things I Love Sunday inspire by MUSIC.

1.) Favorite re-make of a song.

I have to explain my number two on my list. He's kind of my guilty pleasure...probably because my husband looks a lot like him. Try not to drool on your keyboard.
2.)Gerard Way's new hair...and their new music video.


3.)I love how Explosions In The Sky brings me back.

4.)Dry the River

5.)Interpol-Obstacle 1. Still one of my favorite songs and music videos.

6.) LOVE this version of "My Boy Builds Coffins"

7.)Monsters of Folk-Temazcal.

8.) Chief-Night and Day.

9.) Chief-Your Direction.

10.) Radiohead-Nude.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

What's in My Bag?

Usually, I'm HORRIBLE about keeping my purse clean. You could say I sometimes use it as a portable trash can. I've been doing good for the past month or so keeping it clean, but every so often, there will be a envelope or 2...or 5. :/

Here's what's in my bag today!

1. A nifty re-usable plastic bag to hold a wet umbrella.
2. Green wallet that I got at Forever 21 for like $3.
3. Kimber's Brobee toy? I don't know how this got in there.
4. Extra crochet hook size H8/5.00mm.
5. Burt's Beeswax Lip Balm.
6. Random clothes pin?
7. Victoria's Secret Noir Body Spray.
8. Sterling Silver vintage-looking earrings.

D.I.Y. Monday! Crochet Hair Bow.

This is a SUPER easy pattern that you can whip out in about thirty minutes.

-Yarn. I'm using Vanna's Choice 100% Acrylic Medium Yarn.
-H8/5.00mm Crochet Hook.
-Aligator clip or bobby pin.

Ch 40,
Row 1 - ch2, Sc 40 then turn
Rows 2-7: repeat row 1.
You should now have a rectangle. Fasten off yarn. Slst both ends together.
Center of Bow-
Ch 7 then ch2, Sc 4 rows. Fasten off yarn.
Slst bow center around bow, gathering the middle of the bow and joining at back of bow.
Attach alligator clip or bobby pin to the back of the bow and enjoy! You could easily attached this bow to a headband if you so desired.

Happy crocheting!

Halloween 2010!

Last night was Halloween and it was the first Halloween that Kimber got to Trick-or-Treat! I hand sewed Kimber's costume for about 6 hours while I was a work. I wish I could bring my sewing machine up here. I could of whipped that thing out in like an hour. Oh, well. It still came out SUPER cute.

She had so much fun trick-or-treating!

She had a lot of fun passing out candy to all the fellow trick-or-treaters with daddy.

Daddy Bear and I went to a Halloween Party on Friday night. I went as Zooey Deschanel's character in the movie The Go-Getter. No one got it of course. Ha! I thought it was good. Let's compare.



Jason went as Willie Nelson. I got to braid his hair.