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December 21, 2015

Little Sweetie's Birthday Dress

My baby turned THREE the other day.  I can hardly believe it!

For her birthday dress this year I decided to sew her another Fairy Tale Dress by Oliver + S.

I love the way this cute dress turns out.  

It is fully lined and darling collar and tulip cap sleeves are so cute!

This time I decided to try "View B" with the Huge bow in the back.

It gets an A+ for looks, but looses some points in comfort of sitting against something.  I have to untie it for car seats and sitting in church pews.  But when she's walking around it is Adorable!

 Just a bit more sewing before Christmas is upon us!

December 13, 2015

Embark is the Service of God

I work with the young women at church, ages 12-18.  I really love it! 
 It's a Ton of work! But I feel grateful I can work, learn and grow with them.

This year we decided to have this be a year of Service.  Each month we dedicated one of our activities to serving others.  There was so much growth and joy found in that service.

Here's the video I made, documenting what we did.

December 10, 2015

Disney Princess Peg Dolls

My youngest daughter is obsessed with Princesses!

When asked what her favorite Princess is, she will gladly tell you, "Elsa-Punzell"  Because she can't quite just pick one favorite.  As long as she was old enough to pick up books or toys she has always heavily gravitated towards Disney Princesses.

We have very few of those items in our home, in fact, we only own three Princess movies.  But at the library and at friend's homes, she goes crazy if she ever sees a Princess.

And, as you'll remember, she was Elsa for Halloween (by her own choosing, of course).

For her birthday coming up, I decided to paint her some peg dolls.  

I really love peg dolls!

After I painting them all, I put them in a recycled speaker box and printed out this cute page from Lil Blue Boo

Here's the princesses up close, after I put glossy mod podge all over them...on a sunny day.  So the glare factor is turned Way up!  Sorry, about that.


 To paint my princesses, I didn't follow anyone else's princess peg dolls, though believe me, there are tons to look at.  I just went to bing.com and searched for their actual images, then made my own, following the original designs.
There are a lot of peg dolls out there with only eyes and whereas I think that's cute.  I think they look strangely muted.  So I insist on always adding little mouths of my dolls.  Girl's gotta sing, ya know.

Peace On Earth-- Our Christmas Cards

Our Christmas cards are here, delivered, and out the door to our family and friend's homes.  


As previously mentioned, this year we worked with Pear Tree for our Christmas cards.  There are so many cute ideas, it really was hard to narrow it down.  I always fully design my top four or five favorites, and ultimately let my husband pick his favorite.

Here's his pick!

I love the way the cards turned out.  Just as I hoped.  The quality of card is so professional looking, sturdy, and classy.  I also love that the cards are matte and not all glossy/shiny.  They really look fantastic!

And, bonus, most of their cards on their site include a front and a back to design.  We were excited to utilize the back for our quick yearly update.  Usually we type something up and send it in the envelope, I was so thrilled this year to just have it on the card-- One less thing.

(The children's names are removed) 

Here's the cards that didn't make the cut.






Such cute cards, hard decision, I know.

December 2, 2015

Reusable Cotton-ball Santa Countdown

I got a Christmas project done today, technically two days into December, but better late than never, right...?

I saw this idea for a cute Christmas Countdown on the Crafts Unleashed blog. Where she shares her cute printable.  In typical fashion, I used her idea as a springboard, and took a left turn and came up with my own design. 
 I had all the materials on hand, so this project cost nothing. 

Here's how to make your own:


1. Print off Santa pages.
2. Red, Black, skin colored, and blue paint
3. Glue
4. Glue gun/sticks
5. Velcro stickers
6. Canvas board
7. Cottonballs
8. Thick cardboard

STEP ONE: Print off the Santa pages and paint in the red hat, black eyes, and skin colored nose. 
At first I was careful to paint into the line, then I was like, "Hey, I'm cutting this all out, I don't need to be that careful."

STEP TWO: Using the cut out beard piece as the pattern, use it to trace around a circle on the canvas board. 

STEP THREE:  Paint on the canvas the skin-colored paint.  On the top-half is needed.  Blend in rosy checks, if desired.

STEP FOUR: Paint the rest of the canvas blue.  
I colored it all blue, then added dark blue and blended it in the bottom.  Then I added a little white and blended it in at the top. 

STEP FIVE: Paint in snowflakes.
Here's a look at how I did that. 

STEP SIX: Glue the beard in place. Then add the mustache, nose, eye pieces, and two hat pieces.  Glue everything in place.

STEP SEVEN: Using very thick cardboard, trace out 25 circles and cut them out.

STEP EIGHT: Hot glue Velcro pieces in place on the beard. I did them next to the numbers. (I used sticky Velcro, but they don't ever seem to quite stick as well, so the extra hot glue should ensure everything stays put.)
Hot glue cotton-balls onto cardboard circles.  Once cooled, hot glue the Velcro on the back of the cardboard.

STEP NINE: I made a tiny pom-pom out of gold yard, and glued it to a little squared cardboard, then glued it in place at the end of Santa's hat. 


And from here I can't decide if I want to start at the top and go from 1 to 25.  
Or start at the bottom and countdown from 25 to 1.

Decisions, decisions.
23 days to go!