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my finished handmade felt heirloom advent calendar

December 5, 2014

I finished this up last weekend after Thanksgiving, just in time! I may have an addiction to felt needlepoint. New favorite craft for sure. I call this an “heirloom” advent calendar because the materials are high quality and labored over┬áby me with love so I am definitely forcing it on one of my kids when they grow up. :) I want to give another shout out to my mother-in-law for getting this for me way back in the spring or summer (an early Christmas gift!) so that I actually had time to make it for this year. I love it so much. If you want one, you can find them here. It requires basic needlepoint, embroidery, and sewing skills. Advanced…
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project life 2014 : weeks 45 – 46 (+ my plans for 2015 & other creative updates)

November 28, 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was very full but so much fun and the kids did great. Today I am home with the kiddos and the plan is to get our Christmas decorations up. It might be a 3-day process with a crawling, teething baby and a preschooler who wants to “help” around, but I’m determined to have fun. We have holiday movies lined up and nutrition is kind of out the window for the day. I might venture out to the craft store at some point, but only if I get up the nerve. :) I just wanted to share my most recent project life spread with you, and talk a little bit about my…
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project life 2014 : weeks 43 – 44

November 12, 2014

Weeks 43 – 44 is from October 20 to November 2. I think this is one of my simplest spreads yet. I didn’t have much time to physically put it together so I did a little more digital work ahead of time (using Paislee Press templates and planning with the Project Life app). The only embellishments are a few stamps. I just adore this picture of the kids smiling at each other. The first week was a fairly normal week. Other than my standard “week in review” the only journaling I did was an update on Liam’s health. The second week was week in the life. I decided to just include two of my favorite photos from that week (the…
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homemade gift ideas

November 10, 2014

I love the idea of homemade gifts, and even though I’ve pretty much given up on the idea for this year (I can’t do it all), I did do some research and brainstorming for some ideas. There is still time to make these happen if you’re up for it! Candles – making your own candles is actually really easy! I’ve done it following this tutorial. It doesn’t take long either. Or you could do a simple drugstore candle makeover. Dip dyed placemats – I’ve never done any of my own dyeing but I hear it’s pretty simple. These are so pretty! Stained letterpress block – I’ve been meaning to do this one for awhile. A five-minute, personalized project, perfect to…
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project life 2014 : weeks 41 – 42

October 29, 2014

Here is my Project Life spread from October 6 -19. It has a hint of fall to it (even though we are still nearing 90 degrees daily, but let’s not go there). I wanted to mark the season somehow, so I put a photo of our fall mantel right at the top center. The rest of the left-hand side is mostly updates on Liam. On the longer journaling card I wrote kind of an overview of the two weeks. On the right-hand side are a few pictures from our trip to the pumpkin patch, and a few everyday photos. I have fun making my own filler cards when needed, but I usually end up doing something super simple like this,…
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