Friday, December 26, 2014

Top Picks of 2014

This was a slow year for me craft/blog wise. An extra baby and taking the summer off contributed to that. Just this season of life. My word of the year for 2014 was Intentional and in order to be a more intentional mother I needed to scale back on my time commitments. Again, its just a season of life that has, thankfully, moved on to a less demanding-on-mommy's-time season. Its been good to get back to crafting-around, even if its at a slower pace than before.

Here are the Top Four posts of 2014: 
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And here are some Honorable Mentions from my stash of favorite projects: 
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All-in-all, it was a great year crafting wise, much was learned...more about that later in a future post titled: Embracing the Fails. Already, the to-craft-list for 2015 is pretty long. I look forward to tackling that and posting the before and after pics. Maintaining a craft blog definitely helps keep me focused on finishing projects. Otherwise, my home would have more than its share of half-finished projects. lol

Thanks for following along and commenting. I appreciate feedback, especially as I try out new techniques. I look forward to the linky parties this coming year. Its inspirational seeing new ideas, upcycles & makeovers, and learning about new painting tips & techniques. Blogland is a wonderful exchange of ideas! Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Map Garland & Holiday Fun at our House

This project was totally inspired by duct tape and denim's peace-earth-christmas-banner-globe
You should check it out if you haven't seen it already. 
Here is my version:

My favorite map piece is the compass. 

 This was a simple and easy project. It was easily completed while watching TV. If you like the chalkboard sign, you can check it out here.

I'm so thankful for Pinterest and all the ideas pinned there. The kids & I had a fun time this week trying out some of these pins. 

Making 3 Ingredient Peppermint Pie with the kiddos. They LOVED using a hammer to smash the candy canes. It was yummy! Luckily we have one left in the freezer for later. :) 

Baking up a batch Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti. The only drawback is that these go! So yummy! Seriously! Way too fast! 
Pair this with Gingerbread Spice Coffee Creamer. YUM! 

Making Warm Apple Cider & Rum Punch. This also goes! Delish!

I'm a star nut and just adore the star shape in these apple slices. 

 And breaking out the Christmas decorations. :) 
We aren't doing a tree this year since our youngest is mobile and very curious. Instead we put a couple mini trees on the mantle and some scrappy wood decorations outside. click here to see

Watching our favorite Christmas movies --- vintage style, ya know, on VHS. 

And some holiday reading favorites. 

Its been unusually warm here hitting the high 50's and low 60's most days. It looks like Christmas inside but not outside. We're expecting snow this weekend. It'll be nice to get into that "white Christmas" mode. 

I'll be baking another batch of that Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti while getting a fire going. :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scrappy Wood Christmas

Come February our basement is getting finished. It'll be a wonderful addition of space, but....I have my craft-hoard in the corner+ of the basement. I've been on a cycle of purging, crafting, storing, for the past few weeks. I feel like a kid who is cleaning their room, I stop and play with all the "new" toys I find instead of finishing the cleanup! lol
This may or may not be a lot like how I clean also...

Candy cane is my favorite Christmas pattern. The Christmas card holders (pictured above) were made from two pieces of pallet wood: whitewashed and painted red stripes light-handedly.
The clothes pins were stained with homemade stain. Made it a bit more rustic looking.


I'm thrilled with how this scrap wood nativity turned out. Its made from a piece of fence, broken lattice (Mary & Joseph), pallet wood, jar lids, a random spring (baby Jesus) and a star ornament from Michael's. 

On the other side of the yard I put this scrap wood Christmas tree. I have at least a dozen scrap wood trees pinned to my Christmas Pinterest Board and was excited to finally make my own! 

This twig star has also been on my to-craft-list for awhile, too. Gave it a generous coat of gold glitter paint. 

Now we just need some snow! 

Wood sources:
I hated bringing home these large fence pieces but now I love them! 
They are an awesome source for plenty of projects. 

You can see the chair legs sticking up in the far left of the dumpster.
 A couple of them were painted green, distressed, then put on the Christmas tree. 

Christmas tree pieces prior to painting: they were given a couple coats of homemade stain.

back to cleaning the basement....