Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Day!!

And they're off!!!!!!!!

And the aftermath!!!!  What a blessed bunch of kids!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Gifts: Part 2

It's pretty much a given that every Christmas our parents and grandparents will receive a new picture of our family.  Well this year I decided to spice things up and add a little drama to these otherwise blah frames!!  I LOVE how they turned I want to do a little something to ALL my frames!!  Ha!  

Anyways, here are pictures of what I did to the frames...all the frames came from Hob Lob...which are ALWAYS 50% off by the way! ;)

Burlap rosettes...white!

Rosette and pretty!!

Red burlap rosette!!  I love the simplicity of this one.

Have a great day...and keep on crafting!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Eve Gifts

Every Christmas Eve the kiddos get to open up one gift...I don't know if they've figured out yet that it will be pjs every year!!!  Ha!  Owen, Aidan and B were excited...but poor Finn was not feeling well.  Cough, snot, fever...Oh, my!  But he was still glad to open a gift!  

Owen got "Santa's Helper" pajamas...

Aidan got Beatles pajama bottoms...

Breslyn got Paul Frank girl monkey pajamas...

And Finley got Star Wars pajamas!

All dressed, ready for bed...and SANTA'S visit!!!  Yayyyyyy!!  

Christmas Gift:Part 1 and Tutorial

For Christmas this year I wanted to do something special for my Grandma.  We didn't have a lot of money, but I wanted to give her something that was meaningful.  Then.came.Pinterest!!  Whoohoo!

I saw this idea and decided I MUST do it!!  She loves games of any kind....card games, dominoes, Quiddler, etc!

Here is my version (and tutorial)!!

3rd: Really this should be done early in the planning process...find a shadow box frame that will be big enough for your names/words.

4th: Paint the frame. {FYI: after the paint dried and before I reassembled everything I used sandpaper to rough up the edges of the frame a little.}

5th: Gather Mod Podge, sponges, backing of frame and material/paper for the background.  I chose to use material because I didn't want lines to appear from my 12X12 frame was 12X16.

6th: Apply Mod Podge...let it set for 30 seconds.

7th: Lay material down...flattening and smoothing out all bubbles and wrinkles.

8th: Cut off excess material and begin to assemble names/words.  I did not take a picture when I painted my Grandma's name tiles.  I wanted her name to stand out more that all the others so I just ran a little bit of paint along the edges.  I didn't worry about the paint being perfect...I kind of liked the uneven/uniqueness of those tiles.

9th: Assemble everything.  Then try and take a picture which is very hard to do when glass is involved!!  Ha!  My reflection was in almost every single picture I took. :(

And there you have it!!  It was a super fun project and I loved doing it!!  I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!! :)