January 27, 2011

Busy Busy!

Is it really almost February?  I swear I think time this year is in fast forward! 

This year right after we got home from D.C. (like...yesterday?), I took all the Christmas decorations down.  I was glad to have my house and some space back, but it felt really sad and boring.  All the lights, color and greenery went to nothing but plain walls and an empty mantle.  So, I decided to bask in all the loveliness I could take and began decorating for Valentines Day.  Nothing like pink hearts to happy-up your house!  I am using two little crafts I've spent some time on lately as the basis. 

I'm really into wreaths right now.  And I LOVE the thought of using them for things other than Christmas!  So I decided to try to make a few that can work for Valentines.  My first attempt was a coffee filter wreath I saw on a blog I follow (Nesting Place).  LOVE IT.

Start with a cheapo straw wreath and some (note: A LOT) standard coffee filters.

Get your glue gun and get ready to not be able to feel with your finger tips for a few days.  Fold filters into fourths or eighths and start gluing.  (if you have kids this will be a 3 day project.  If you don't, probably a couple hours).

This is where you get tired and want to give up...don't.  Its totally worth it.  Pick up that phone and tweet about it or send a picture to some friends...accountability for what it looks like in the end, ya know?

 And after all your work....viola!  A beautiful, puffy, shabby chic wreath that you can use for just about any occasion.  I had this one tied with a Christmasy ribbon on my back door for Jesus' birthday.  Now it is simply hanging with a ribbon taped (yes, taped) behind it and a cardboard glitter heart sitting inside.

Add some milk glass (weakness) and a few twigs and you've got yourself a whimsical winter mantle.

And now...for the other.  Start with another wreath form.  I used a straw one but I'd recommend a foam one since it is more uniform.  Then I found some yarn left over from some crocheting projects.  
Now start wrapping!  
Here is a picture of my almost finished wreath.  It would have been done by now but my yarn keeps getting tangled up from someone using it as a jump rope.....

Happy Valentines Day!!

January 6, 2011

Tis the season!

Wondering where we've been?  The answer is a little bit of everywhere.  Apologies to all those who have been anticipating an update on life (ie: pictures of the babies)!  I have been trying to find time to send a little update but life just hasn't slowed down.  I caved when I got a text from a friend pleading for an update.  Oops!

So lets see....we left off at Eden's Mickey Mouse birthday....

We spent Thanksgiving with my extended fam in Belle.  Love that place.  Life just seems slower and more restful there.

  I cant hardly handle this.  My Papa and Eden looking at fish

 Lil family photo complements of my skilled step dad

And then we decorated.  I LOVE THIS HOUSE.

 It was a family affair

 We celebrated a sleeper!  Praise the Lord!!

 We got a little snow on the most perfect weekend

 We ate doughnuts. We. Love. Dunkin.

 We got Miss E a little something to bless us with :)

 Made some new friends while enjoying Shelby for Christmas:)

 We bombarded this little stud with pictures.  How cute is that dimple?

 Got more snow!  Wooo White Christmas!

 Went to DC to be a part of the Al!ve conference.  It was amazing!

Prayed for the nation.  How breathtaking is this pic?  Hundreds of college students praying for our country and its leaders!  Lord hear our cry!!

And got the flu...or something equally as icky.  Sorry....no pics for that.