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December 20, 2013

Our Minted Christmas Cards

Soooo, this post was suppose to post two days ago...but the pictures were all messed up and didn't load-- which was Good (a little Christmas miracle) because I don't like to show anyone our pictures until they've gotten their card in the mail, First!  And since Tuesday was the day I was putting the cards in the mail, I didn't really want this post to go up that day, too.  (I had thought I would have gotten my act together faster and the cards would have been in the mail way sooner than their reality).   But by now, hopefully you've all gotten your cards.

And it wasn't easy, but it was fun -- we Finally picked our Christmas cards this year.

As previously mentioned we used the FABULOUS site: minted.

We set up the tripod in the middle of Indiana University and told the kids to puh-lease smile...and then we would give them a good treat afterwards.  They did really great.

Here are all the lovely cards that didn't make the cut.




This one (below) had everyone's name, but I blurred them out).

The one that we did choose?



And WHY did we pick this one?  I happily designed them all and presented them to my husband.  He looked them all over and in about two minutes declared this one the winner.  Sweet works for me!! 
 I seriously loved them all and couldn't decide on my favorite.



Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

December 13, 2013

Guesting posting on U-Create!!

Good evening, everyone.
 I'm excited to be on U-Create this afternoon sharing my Easy Quilted Christmas Stockings.



Hop on over HERE to read more.

December 11, 2013

Merry Christmas Chalkboard

 There's so much lovely Christmas chalkboard ideas floating around lately, I often have trouble settling down and picking a favorite.

This week's favorite:

Inspiration for this board came from Lil Luna.

December 5, 2013

20 of the Most Darling Handmade Nativity Scenes


 

I was thinking about the cute nativity set I put together last year and thought I'd do a quick search for more cute handmade nativity sets-- before I knew it I had a nice little round-up for ya.


Starting first with this one we're enjoying in our home by Freshly Completed


Christmas Peg Doll Set tutorial with PDF download via lilblueboo.com
This one is too darling.  I remember when it came out last year and I thought, I have got to make this.  From: Lil Blue Boo

I love the simplicity of this one from Serving Pink Lemonade


Printable Nativity Set

This is a sweet printable from Christmas Your Way

junk model nativity
Toilet paper rolls?  Who knew? From Nurture Store

The Chicken Chick makes a darling nativity out of blown eggs and a cut up snow white dress.


Darling from Little Inspirations

Nativity Ornaments

This is a free printable that you can easily make from Wild Olive

How to Make Felt Nativity Hand Puppetsthumbnail
E How tells you how to make some felt puppets.

Craftily Ever After makes hers out of pots and wooden balls.

Gracelaced show a real beautiful one.

And now a couple Popsicle ones:

What to Except shows this simple, cute one.

DIY Nativity Ornament made from popsicle sticks or craft sticks.
This one has a little more detail from Country Woman Magazine

Craft Stick Christmas Nativity
Craft Bits shows a darling one.
Today's Fabulous Finds shows you how to make this darling one.  I love the moss roof.

These next two are both done by children.


Kids and Glitter shows how she taught her 4th graders to draw this using oil pastels.

I LOVE this one (done by a 3rd grader) from Kids and Glitter

Nativity Scene Craft Page 1
Here's a cute, easy printable from Kim Mitzo Thompson

Creative "try" als shows you how to make this cute, simple nativity.


And my last one is something you could purchase.

Unique Nativity Sets has this for sale.  But wouldn't it be easy to make a rock nativity set?  Hmm, gets the wheels turning doesn't it?


December 3, 2013

A New BYU Shirt-- DIY



A couple weeks ago my boys left for a really fun boys weekend to attend the Wisconsin vs. BYU game.  About 1 hour before they left we were checking to make sure everyone had their BYU shirt-- it was then that we realized that my oldest did not have a shirt.  

What?  How did that happen?  Well, that little stinker has been growing...and grew out of his shirt I made him last year.  It actually fits his younger brother perfectly now.

Well, I actually had the blue shirt and was planning to make him a new BYU shirt-- I just hadn't gotten around to it.  I can't resist the end of the summer season deals.  I can usually find shirts at Target for around $2 so I always try to stock up.

Well, for this shirt I wanted something very specific-- a helmet with a Y on it.  I started by making my own helmet, thinking I could add a Y.  But then I thought I oughta google this thing and make my job easier.

Then I found this image via this site:


I cropped everything out and saved up the helmet to use for my pattern.  It's pretty pixilated, but it did the job.  Click HERE for your own helmet.

Then the rest was just like last time.

Traced the image onto freezer paper, cut it out with an exact-o knife, ironed it in place, then painted two layers of fabric paint onto the shirt.

Then the shirt was OFF on it's way to Wisconsin with instructions for my husband.

Once completely dry, peel everything off, iron down with a towel in between. Enjoy!



Game DAY!  I was sent this picture in the morning.  Darling boys!


November 26, 2013

Holiday Homemade Craft

I'm over at Persia Lou this morning sharing a Holiday Homemade Craft.

Total cost?  $0.  All things I had on hand already.  I love projects like that.


Go here to read all about it.

November 25, 2013

Don't Eat Peeta-- the printable Game

Have you seen Catching Fire yet?  So good.  We saw it this last weekend on a date night. 
 We really enjoyed it!  
We thought they stayed pretty true to the book and kept it fun and exciting.

Once we got home I was reminded of that game I made last year.

Don't Eat Peeta!
CLICK HERE to print it off and see the post I wrote when Hunger Games came out.

Time to get ready for turkey day.

November 20, 2013

Minted Blog-- Jelup

If you received a really rad Christmas card last year, there's a good possibility it came from Minted.  They really have the freshest, most beautiful card designs.

Some of my favorites:


Card:  This one is so beautiful.  The colors are so lovely.
Blushing Christmas Christmas Photo Cards

Card: This one would work great, since our household had a lot of changes last year.
Family Year in Review Christmas Photo Cards

Card: I love the simple wood look.
New Year's Dream Christmas Photo Cards

While I was looking over their site I noticed a button I never noticed before: They have a blog.


Click on that button and it leads you to their blog julep.


What a really sweet site filled with DIY and Design.  You must go there and explore around. 
 It's filled with tons of really fresh, fun ideas.

I love this one for a paper pumpkin centerpiece.  
I'm totally planning on making up a few of these for our Thanksgiving feast.


Paper pumpkin craft

I also think this is a cute idea for illustrated portrait place cards.  
Wouldn't this be fun for the kids to do?



Go visit Minted today for tons of beautiful Christmas cards + a  really fabulous blog.

Disclaimer: This post was written for Minted.  All opinions are 100% mine.

November 19, 2013

Chalkboard Church Party Invite

My Relief Society president knows me well.  She asked me to make the ward Christmas party invite.  She gave me two themes "Joy to the World" and "something that looks like chalkboard" and if it wasn't too much trouble, could I make two?

Done and done.



First I headed over to Walmart and picked up two black, thick poster boards and a box of chalk.  I was worried the chalk would smear if little fingers touched it, so I should buy something more permanent, but the chalk worked perfectly on the board and didn't move at all.


Then I headed over to Pinterest for some inspiration.

I decided to incorporate ideas from these three chalkboards.

o come all ye faithful printables



Then, just looking at these ideas I free-handed it right on the poster boards.


#1

#2


And a little side by side.  
I think I like # 1 better.


This fun project has really got me in the Christmas holiday mood.