Friday, November 30, 2012

DIY: Felt and Fleece Stockings

I made these Christmas stockings last year. Jack was only a few weeks old and I was feeling crafty. I made the whole set in less than an hour.
1 yd of fleece
1/4 yard of felt
matching thread
hot glue gun
STEP 1: Cut stocking shapes out of fleece and sew around all sides (with wrong sides facing), leaving the top open. I liked the look of the raw edges.
STEP 2: Cut strips 1" by 4" strips of fleece. Fold in half and sew to the left inside corner of the stocking.
STEP 3: Cut embellishments out of felt and hot glue to the front. I cut strips for my husband's stocking, large flowers for mine, small flowers for my daughter's, and a chevron pattern for my son's.

Since I have no shelves to place the stockings on, I used some old shower curtain hooks to hang them on our curtain rod in the living room.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Getting Away: Disneyland

I still haven't shared about our Disneyland vacation back in September! I'm not shy about my love for Disney and this vacation (although it had many ups and downs) was still magical:)
We always stay in a cheap hotel across the street and what it lacks in makes up for with a fireworks view!
 Baby boy's first time in the ocean:

Sandy baby toes:

Jack dumped all his goldfish crackers on the blanket and made a lot of bird friends within a few minutes. They were hoping he might share;)

The next day was Disneyland...I was almost too excited to sleep!
The princesses were our first stop and they did not disappoint! Mulan was our favorite:

 Cinderella + kitschy cuteness = perfection:
 Hello Minnie...nice to see you again!

Relaxing on a boat tour:

The parade is always the perfect ending to a perfect day. And yes...that would be Cinderella waving at MY daughter! She couldn't contain herself.

Counting down the days until we get to visit again!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY: Advent Calendar

I've never been consistent with the yearly Christmas advent calendar. The wooden ones in the store are cute...but I don't want to pack one...or try to find little things to fit in the spaces (it just leads to more little things to find between the couch cushions or to step on in the middle of the night, right?).
This year I decided I would do an activity themed calendar, filled with things we can do as a family. 
Oh, and did you notice I only have 20 cards in my calendar? Well, I decided to do a few less, that way if we miss a's all good. (Plus, I only had 20 win, win.)
I made these cards in Photoshop, folded them in half, and wrote down 20 different things we can do as a family. I used an old frame and strung them on yarn taped to the back. Most of our activities cost little to no money.
Some examples are:
-have a slumber party in the living room
-write letters to family members telling them what we love most about them
-watch a Christmas movie
-pick a child off the Angel Tree at church and shop for them
-have dinner out on the patio
-get hot chocolate at a cafe'

I'm really looking forward to our month of family activities and teaching our children that it's not about opening a present every day...but about being together as a family and giving to others.
Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Vintage Motorcycle Birthday

Jack's first birthday party was this weekend and we had a great time!
Such a great time, in fact, that I forgot to take pictures of all the treats and favors I made! Oh well, it was such a fun day and we had a blast celebrating our little man.
I've mentioned before that motorcycles are kinda a big deal in our home. My husband used to be a Harley mechanic and now teaches the subject for a living. He also owns a it was obvious that the birthday theme would have something to do with motorcycles. We compromised and decided to go with a vintage motorcycle theme.
I made this sign in Photoshop and we stapled it to a wooden stake:

On the dessert table I had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, cookie dough truffles, cheesecake truffles, and s'mores...all on popsicle sticks. I wrote the name of each treat on the popsicle stick like these treats from Bakerella. I used a plastic table cloth as the backdrop and printed out the monthly pictures I've been taking of Jack to string up. I made the "one" letters in Photoshop as well and used mini clothespins to hang everything up. I also used up some left over scrapbooking paper to make confetti:

Mmmm...cupcakes. I used box mixes for the cupcakes and classic Wilton buttercream for the icing. I got a lot of compliments on both and they tasted pretty close to a bakery cupcake.

I made brunch since the party was early in the day and it was a hit! Not only was it a cheap option to feed a large crowd...but it appealed to both the parents and the children.
I cut down paper straws to fit in the cups and printed out a "fuel up" sign. I saw that idea on Pinterest;)

We already had this vintage Harley metal sign, so I propped it up in a stand and framed Jack's 1 year old picture in a frame I already had for the food table.

Instead of making games for the kids, I set up a cookie decorating station for them outside. It was so much fun and something I will definitely do again. I couldn't resist driving a little out of my way to the cake supply store for this motorcycle cookie cutter! It's all about the small details, right? I also made the "customize your ride" sign in Photoshop.

I made a little paper bunting for the front of the highchair:
I kept the smash cake simple and color free! Ha! I made a small double layer 6" cake and used my star decorating tip to frost it.

The kids went home with homemade chocolate motorcycle suckers and each family got a goody bag with flap "jack" mix and a box of Cracker Jacks. (will post those photos later).
It was such a great day and we all slept really well when it was over! I can rest for a few months until the Little Miss has her birthday in the spring;)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Turning One

This little man is going to be one in a few days.
I am refusing to accept it.
I saw a Dreft commercial the other day that said, "You only have a baby for one year."
Wow, thanks for bringing a mom down.
I can't wait to share his birthday party with you, but for now, I am going to cuddle him and kiss him as much as I want.
Or, you know, until his birthday in a few days...when he's not a baby anymore.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY: Painted Oven Mitts

I needed some new oven mitts and while I liked the price of the dollar store ones...I didn't care for how plain they were. I found this old stamp in with my paints and decided to stamp my new mitts with some fabric paint.
fabric paint
paint brush
foam stamp
oven mitt(s)
STEP 1: Brush fabric paint onto stamp and press on oven mitt. Let sit for 24 hours (or however long the fabric paint bottle says) and then use!

These would make a great Christmas gift or hostess gift for the holiday season.
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 12, 2012

RECIPE: Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

I finally got around to buying a donut pan last week. Having a 60% off coupon at Joann helped too:)
I know everyone is all ready for Christmas lights and peppermint flavored everything...but we can't forget about pumpkin yet! It's still November and I had to try a pumpkin spice donut.
1 1/2 teaspoons PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
1 1/2 teaspoons SALT
1 1/2 teaspoons BAKING POWDER
1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons FLOUR
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
STEP 1: Beat all ingredients (except flour) together until smooth.
STEP 2: Add flour and stir until smooth.
STEP 3: Fill greased donut pan 3/4 full with batter.
STEP 4: Bake 15-18 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let sit in pan for about 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack. While still warm, dip in mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Happy a lovely day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Catching Up

At first I was going to apologize for not posting...then I realized I'm not that sorry.
No's just nice to take a break sometimes. We might be spending way too much time baking cookies, renting too many books at the library, playing Sorry, and staying in our jammies all day.
This girl loves story time at the library:
When I have no idea what else to do with this energetic little boy...he gets put in the bath. But, he learned how to unplug the baths don't last too long;) 
Finding the perfect party favor snack for Jack's 1st birthday (thank you dollar store!!):

I used some scrap wood to make shelves for the kids' room:

Enjoying the last days of the splash pad. He loved it!

Baking motorcycle cookies for the kids to "customize" at Jack's birthday (we are doing a vintage motorcycle theme):

And...I can always count on this little guy to undo whatever I have organized:

Now excuse me while I go cuddle and watch The Lorax...
What have you been up to?


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