Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 10 Posts - Your favorites from 2011

Pin It To close out this year, I thought I'd highlight what you all liked the best from my blog.  It was fun looking back to see which ones pulled the most traffic on Google Analytics.  Any guesses?  Okay, so I'm going to try this David Letterman style starting with...

Before and After Vintage Skirt

How to Make a Ruffled Tank

Pumpkin Dress + Vintage Buttons

Make a Book With Fingerprints

Free Printable Christmas Tags

Button Art

Upcycle: Old Sweater Into Place Tags

How to Make a Simple Skirt for $7

Upcycle: Christmas Tree Garland

Upcycle: Napkin Rings from Milk Cartons

There you have it, your favorite posts from 2011.  It's funny that the least expensive projects made this list.  Just goes to show you can have a lot of fun on a little budget.

I just want to thank all of you for taking this ride with me!  If you're reading this, you are some of my first followers and I'm grateful for all of your inspiring comments and kind words.  I have lot's planned for 2012 so I hope you stick around.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Free Thank You Notes - A Collection

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I've rounded up a small collection of free thank you cards that I thought you all would really enjoy.  As the business of the holiday season dwindles down, now is the perfect time to sneak in a few minutes to send loved ones a sincere thank you card.  I can't think of one person that doesn't like to be thanked, so whichever you choose, I know it'll put a smile on that certain someone.  

74 Lime Lane shares these bright and cheery thank you cards here

Cute, sweet, and simple!  Jennifer Ferguson, the genius behind Squirrel in the Attic shares these here

Make sure you follow Mique for these thank you cards that you can find at 30 Handmade Days

I'm lovin' the print on these little gems.  The Frugal Style shares them over here

Great for kids or adults, these thank you cards were created by Mom and Wife over here


Beautifully written thank you notes from JDC that you can find here

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.”

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Where's Winter?

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Well, we're in the homestretch now!  Christmas is just around the corner but you'd never know it by looking at the thermometer.  

Wednesday, Dec 21
partly cloudy (day)
Rain Chance: 0 %
Thursday, Dec 22
partly cloudy (day)
Rain Chance: 0 %
Friday, Dec 23
partly cloudy (day)
Rain Chance: 10 %
Saturday, Dec 24
partly cloudy (day)
Rain Chance: 10 %
Sunday, Dec 25
isolated thunderstorms
Rain Chance: 20 %
Monday, Dec 26
mostly cloudy (day)
Rain Chance: 20 %
Tuesday, Dec 27
partly cloudy (day)
Rain Chance: 10 %

In the Florida spirit, I'm leaving you with a little sun, sand, and an umbrella decorated cocktail.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our little home to yours.

I'll see you all in the new year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Embroidery & Fabric Scraps Christmas Tree

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Since I have tons of time doing nothing {enter laugh track here}, I decided to try my hand at a little embroidery.  Nothing big, just a few stitches like this and this.  Since I have a million scraps of fabric invading every space of my already cramped sewing nook, I decided to make a scrappy Christmas tree with a little embroidery to embellish it.  I was inspired from a picture I found in Stitch Craft Create.  Okay, here's what you'll need...

fabric scraps
embroidery floss
5 x 7 white cotton fabric
three various sized circles to use as templates

I started by color coordinating about six different fabrics.  They're not overly Christmas looking, but a couple greens and reds help.  It will all come together in the end...I promise.

I used Word to create the circle templates.  To give you an idea, they vary in size from a dime to a quarter.

I laid out my circle cuts and buttons before attaching anything.

Under the tree, I freehanded the word "Believe" and used the stem stitch to sew over it.

Here's the finished need of some serious ironing.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sequined Ornament Giveaway

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Hey guys!  I'm over at One Artsy Mama today giving away a sequined ornament.  There's 17 of us giving away ornaments!!!  That's practically a whole tree's worth {maybe a mini tree}.

Just about every ornament I have on my tree tells some kind of story.  Wouldn't it be fun to say twenty years from now you won an ornament on someone's blog.  Who knows, blogs may be history by then which of course will add more to the story!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Photo Shoot Gone Wrong

Pin It We took really nice family photos this summer that I fully anticipated using as our Christmas cards.  What I failed to realize {bing bong} is that babies turn into toddlers really, really, quickly.  So our daughter looks totally different now than she did five months ago.

Enter Christmas card photo shoot!

Now, I'm not one of those bloggers with a fancy camera.  I own the "less cool" version Canon Powershot.  It's a great camera, but it doesn't take photos super quick and you have to be super quick to photograph a toddler.  And when I say super quick, what I really mean is speed of light quick.  They don't sit still for long.  Especially when there's so much to explore.  Why sit on some dumb bench when you could be playing with dirt and sticks?

To give you an idea of what took place that day, I have some of our photos to share with you...

The funny thing about pictures of your kids is that none of them are ever bad.  Somehow the "bad" ones become the ones you remember most over time.  They tell a story.

Obviously these didn't make the Christmas card, but I'll keep them forever.  One day, when I'm old and grey {wait that's me now}, anyhoo, one day when we're older, we'll pull them out and laugh.  What's not to love about that?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Whimsical Christmas Tree Garland

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In case you've seen it already here, I'm sorry for throwing it in your face a second time.  But if you haven't {enter firecracker sounds here} then check it out.  This is a really, really, uber, duber inexpensive project, but I'm not going to lie, it takes some time cutting the circles.  If you have older children, you could always ask for help and maybe, just maybe bribe them for a fancy hot chocolate.  Or, if you're like me, you can always find some mindless television, a good cushiony chair, and a smidge of wine.


To make whimsical Christmas tree garland you will need...

old sweater
baker's twine
pom poms
wine corks {one cork per four trees}

I found this old sweater at the thrift store for a whopping $2.60.  After a good washing she was ready to go!

To achieve the the stacked Christmas tree effect, I created several circles using Word.

Once I had my circles cut out, I started tracing them onto a sleeve of the sweater.

I did a bunch of the same size first and then moved up the latter to the smaller circles.

Here is my first tree, stacked and ready for thread.  Double up the thread on your needle and tie a knot at the end.

If your sweater is "holy" like mine, reinforce the bottom with a little felt.  Take your needle and thread and pull it through a couple of times on the first circle.

Okay, now take each circle and start to layer from big to small.  To get the whimsical effect, space out each circle just enough to let them bend and twist.  

 Cut the thread from the needle and leave enough room to tie a knot around the baker's twine.  Now, take your baker's twine and place it on dop of the thread.

Tie a knot around the thread BUT make sure not to pull too tight, or you'll pinch all your circles together.

Now cut your wine cork using a knife with a serrated edge {I used a bread knife}.  Glue to the bottom of the tree.

Here's to wishing all of you a happy and healthy holiday season! 

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Free Printable - Christmas Gift Tags

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I'm excited to share this post with you today because I really had fun creating these gift cards.  It brought me back to my college days - sitting in the art lab designing projects for class.  Except this time I'm not graded {although A's are appreciated}.

To download the gift tag file, simple click here.

To create the look of the gift cards above, stop by your favorite craft store and locate scrapbooking paper with a little weight to it {more along the lines of card stock}.  I found the paper above at this cute little store.  For $.99 a roll, I purchased four spools of ribbon at Michaels.  If your printer cannot hold the 12 x 12 scrapbook paper, just cut it down to 8 1/2 x 11 and save the leftovers for another project.

Happy gift giving!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter Giveaway Winner

Pin It The winner of the Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter Giveaway, chosen by is,:

kluckingbear said...
I follow you on fb as Tabitha Swain Klucking.

Thanks to all of you for participating in this giveaway!  I have a super cute FREEBIE I'm posting tomorrow, so stay tuned.  I promise you'll like this one.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Guest Post on Tatertots and Jello

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Hey readers!  I'm guest posting over at Tatertots and Jello today!  The whimsical Christmas tree garland was made from an old Christmas sweater.  Come check it out!!!

Don't forget about the Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter Giveaway happening now through December 4th!

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