Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gifts and Gratitude

     I've been chronicling my gratitude, both through journaling and photos (primarily instagram.) It's helping me remember all the beautiful. I never want to stop. 

a peek into my journal. 
"the man in line, who paid for the stranger's lunch."

a blurry naked booty, running through the house. 

 Sweet Daddy/daughter time. 

surfers, always going against
the grain, inspires me to do the same.

 my view on morning walks. 

                                                         my other view on morning walks.

sparkly Christmas time, everything putting on it's shine. 

a toddler's design contribution: monkeys in a tree. 

little footprints that will never again be this size. 

the way He speaks to me over the deep. 
"Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves
and breakers have swept over me." 

and always, the eyelashes. 

What are the little gifts that you have been grateful for lately? 

Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY: Silhouette Ornament Tutorial

     As promised, in this post, here is the tutorial to make your own Silhouette Ornament! I made the original ornament of Adoration's profile on a craft night during my girl's mountain trip. I didn't have any photos or a printer, so for the original, I just drew the profile freehand from a picture saved on my iphone. Drawing isn't everyone's cup of tea, so this tutorial is much more user friendly! 

You will need:

    Since I already had an ornament of Adoration, I thought it would be fun to do a pet! This is my friend Erika's dog, Lola, as a puppy. My printer didn't print the top of her picture, so I sketched in the top of her head. ;) 

Cut out the profile, be sure to cut around the little details like eyelashes, wispy hairs, or in this case: the tip of Lola's tongue. It will give your silhouette character! 

Place the cut-out profile in the middle of your ornament ( I put a little piece of tape on the back so it 
wouldn't shift around.) Trace. 

Using a thin-tipped brush, paint the outline and fill in. The hardest part is painting the outline. 
You could use any combo of colors you desire, but I went classic with black, gold, and white. 

Paint around the silhouette in a contrasting color. Let it dry. 

When the front is dry, paint the back. I'm using the back as a chalkboard surface. You could use
actual chalkboard paint for this, but I just painted it black. 

When the back is dry, flip it back over and paint a border. I painted a scalloped border. 

The finished product! I added Lola's name to the front and left a chalk message on the back. 
Erika and Matt, get ready for a present in the mail!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Learning at Home: Button Tree Ornaments

     My daughter just loves playing with buttons, as seen here. I pulled out the buttons for some play time this morning and on a whim, turned her button play into a Christmas craft! It was super easy and Adoration was so proud of her little creations. 

Supplies: green craft foam 
1) Cut a Christmas tree out of foam. 
2) Spread some glue all over the tree. (I started by just doing a line of glue, but quickly figured out it would be more fun with the glue all over the tree.) Older kids can do this part themselves, but I was not about to hand my toddler the glue! 
2) Let your little one put buttons all over the tree, pressing them into the glue.  
* I demonstrated this for Adoration and she quickly got the idea. At one point she just started dumping as many buttons as she could on tree. I helped her a little bit, making sure all the buttons on the glue surface got pressed down, but mostly she did this herself!  
3) After the tree is dry, hot glue a loop of ribbon on to the back. 
4) Hang the little tree on to your big tree!

*This is a great activity for developing fine motor skills.  
*Talk to your child throughout the activity. Point out different colors, sizes and shapes. Talk about how the glue is "sticky." Adoration is at the point where she mimics the words I emphasize. Talking to your child is the best way to build their vocabulary! 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Surprises are the best.

    The last couple of months have been quite the whirlwind, with our move and trying to make a home in a brand new place. I've also been dealing with some hard/stressful family stuff. So instead of putting myself out there and trying to meet new people, I've been a bit of a hermit. In the midst of an emotional time, forging new friendships just seems exhausting. I just want to be around the people that know me, love me, and that I don't have to explain myself to. 
    During an especially emotional/stressful week, the hubby said, "We've got to get you up to Charlotte with your girls." We are tight on our finances right now (still recovering from moving to a new state, it's expensive!) so I didn't even think a trip to Charlotte would be a possibility. Sometimes the heart is just more important than a budget, and my husband saw my need for some soul therapy. Our decision to send me to Charlotte just happened to coincide with a trip to the mountains the girl's already had planned. I hadn't planned on going on the trip when it was first planned because of our finances, but those plans changed! I schemed with my friend Jessie, and we decided to keep my coming on the trip a secret and make it a surprise! This involved me having to straight up lie on more than one occasion, with friends asking, "Are you sure you can't come on the trip??" 
    I flew into Charlotte the night before we were leaving for the mountains and stayed at Jessie's house. All the girls met up at her house the next morning so we could all caravan together. They had no idea I was there. Here is the video of the surprise. Brace yourself for lots of screaming....

Talk about making a girl feel loved! 

A girl's trip to the mountain was just what the doctor ordered. We left all our toddlers at home and were able to truly relax and enjoy each other.

To my loving husband:
Thank you for sending me on this trip. It was the best Christmas present ever.
your wifey. 

I love these gorgeous girls.  

photos by my amazing photographer friend, Anna of The Colorful Living Project.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All the Trimmings

     I just got back from a mountain trip to Asheville with some of my Charlotte soul friends (a blog on the trip soon!)  But now I am back in south Florida, and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, ya'll! There are still some projects I might add on (there are lots of things I want to cover in glitter.) But for now, this is what we've got. Enjoy the tour of our Christmas bling!

This tree is always here. One side of our wall in our great room is mirrors and shelves (ughh...Florida.) So I found this huge branch that had fallen down, spray painted it turquoise, and stuck it behind our tv to help distract from the humongous mirror behind it (we have tall ceilings.) The glittery star is it's Christmas bling. 

Dining table centerpiece: mason jars, water & cranberries, and extra ornaments. 

 Advent calender on the chalkboard and crafted hymn page ornaments. 

birds and a Santa. 

Wine rack card holder. Currently more cards than wine. 

$4 ten thousand villages garland (souvenir from the mountain trip.) 

 and an ornament I crafted while on our mountain trip: a silhouette of my Adoration. 

I'm planning on having a tutorial up soon of the silhouette ornament! I'm kinda of in love with mine, pretty much cause my kid's face is on it. 

Hope you all are having a sparkly, happy Holiday season!
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