Friday, December 9, 2016

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?!?!

So, as it usually starts...I saw a neat project that someone else makes and sells, and wanted one. I didn't want the ones I saw though...I wanted images that spoke to me. What did I see? Tins the size of an Altoid tin with a fun image covered with resin on top and filled with fun knitting notions. I immediately thought of making one with one of my photos from Venice and then making a project bag with the same image. But then...I was on Pinterest when I saw other uses for decorated tins. And decided,without ever having made one before...that I would make one for each of my friends for Christmas. Without knowing if I could really do it. Crazypants!

So, I scoured the internet and couldn't find a tutorial or anything so I had to figure it out as I went. First step? To Mod Podge the images and get them ready for the resin. The Mod Podge seals the paper and makes it resistant to liquid. Stay tuned for more!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Tree Trimming 2016


It all started innocently enough when Little Man was little. I made hot chocolate cool enough for him to drink and we sipped cocoa while trimming the tree. Then we added music the next year and before I knew it, Hubby and Little Man began anticipating Polar Express Hot Chocolate every year while trimming the tree.  There've been a couple of years where I've been frantic and just wanting to get it done, but I've been able to slow down and make the hot chocolate since it means a lot to them.


This year with our cocoa we also watched the movie "The Polar Express"


No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you...the lights on our tree do change colors!



With the mantle and tree decorated it officially feels like the Christmas Season has started!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's Not My Project


Here's a project I didn't take on! Hubby may not knit socks but he's pretty crafty too! We had talked about building a built in desk and shelves for the home office and Hubby decided he wanted to get it built before the end of the year so the old desk and shelf units could be gotten rid of...here's his progress so far, the room will look so much bigger when the project is done!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Craft Chick Thanksgiving


 I hesitate to say Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday, because that makes me sound like such an "eater"...but I really love the holiday. I obviously love the turkey and trimmings, but I also love taking stock of all that there is to be grateful for, the beautiful colors of the season, the decorations...everything.

This year the holiday was perfect. The weather was gorgeous and before the turkey was in the oven we went for a beautiful autumn walk through the neighborhood.



I love seeing leaf prints on the sidewalk!



Then, as the turkey was in the oven, Hubby and I enjoyed sitting in the screen porch catching a gentle breeze.



I had a nice cool glass of wine too!



The turkey came out perfect! Juicy with a crispy skin...YUM!



I set the table earlier in the day.


I tried to talk Hubby into not bringing all the food into the dining room but he said his favorite part is seeing all the food together (and that he didn't want to have to get up between plates of food).




And after dinner we had my husband's favorite: my chocolate pecan pie with homemade whipped cream.




The only thing that wasn't perfect? My tummy could only hold so much!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yarn Ball Craziness

I am soooo embarrassed to show this yarn. I have been in a major declutter mode and I went through my craft room. Yes, my CRAFT ROOM. I downsized QUITE a lot of yarn. Like, seriously a lot. It all went to a good home (my grandmother-in-law) so it felt pretty good. I'm sure she will enjoy it and I was able to part with yarn that wasn't bringing me any joy. Well, I came across this huge ball of yarn that I purchased back when I was a knitting newbie (yikes, about 9 or 10 years ago). It came with a learn to knit DVD and was in a cardboard carton that you could knit directly from (there was a hole to feed the yarn through and a carry handle).


Well, as you can imagine I've learned quite a few things over the years. I had originally never used it because I needed a great project for so much yardage. But then, as I'm reading the label I notice that it says it's 400+ yds of yarn. WHAT?!?! That's like a sock skein! Wait a minute... and I used my finger to kind of shove yarn aside to see...a BIG ASS foam ball. Dang!


SO I wound up the yarn into a new, foam-free ball and would you LOOK at the size difference? And that big ol' ball of yarn has been sitting around all this time! Well, no more...it will look AMAZING, in Christmas socks, don't you think?? With the festive, glittery red? 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Batman Pop-Up


Sometimes I think there isn't a paper craft in the world my Silhouette can't take on! I didn't get my nephew anything too exciting for his birthday so I decided the only way to spice it up was through a pop-up card...and I found the perfect design and whipped this Batman card up for him. Did you know the Silhouette store has some trademark characters like Batman, Superman, etc? YES! They're licensed to sell them, so it's a great place to find great projects with characters....like this one!! And it was super easy to customize...since originally this project was supposed to be an invite.



Monday, November 14, 2016

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part 3!

 When the Hogwarts Express arrived in Hogsmeade I don't think any of us expected we could still be so amazed. But there was such a different magical feel that it felt like a completely brand-new experience. We walked around a bit taking in the town...



...and Little Man stopped into Honeydukes for a chocolate frog and some Bertie Botts every flavor beans.


We walked on and our mouths practically dropped when we saw Hogwarts for the first time! We walked in to begin the tour of the school that is the cue for the ride inside. We all agreed the ride was fantastic!



And we loved seeing things we recognized from the movie, like the entrance to Dumbledore's office.



And the talking portraits!



And the sorting hat!



When you board the ride you see the enchanted ceiling!


After the ride we grabbed dinner. My sister had a ginormous turkey leg.


Hubby had a platter and Little Man had fish and chips while I had shepherd's pie. With butterbeer of course!



We had dinner at the Three Broomsticks.



Butterbeer has long lines!! You can get the original, slushy version, ice cream version or during the cold months you can have hot butterbeer.




We all agreed that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly magical...even for someone who hasn't seen the movies! It was a fun way to celebrate Little Man's birthday!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part 2


The first shop that Little Man wanted to go to was Ollivander's. It's the wand shop. We were not prepared. There were so many to choose from. And there were so many people. Little Man wanted an interactive wand so at least that narrowed it down a little. We went to the case and he found one he liked best and then we tracked down the box. The interactive wands enable you to do magic spells throughout the park.  Think making water shoot from a fountain, making window displays move,etc.




After he had wand in hand we headed to the Leaky Cauldron for lunch. We loved that you order and then the food is delivered to the table. The traditional English pub food was so yummy! Oh, and you don't have to find your own seat! AND...it was at the Leaky Cauldron that we had our first taste of BUTTERBEER! Little Man was definitely a fan!



My sister had some Butterbeer too!



My sister and I both thought the Fisherman's Pie (a mix of cod, salmon and shrimp in a creamy sauce topped with mashed potatoes) and Fish and Chips looked good so we ordered one of each and split them. They were both SOOOOO good!




Little Man and Hubby both had the banger sandwiches.



After lunch Little Man walked around waving his wand and checking out some more shops like the candy shop, magic shop and magical pet shop.


Then it was off for our first ride! We headed to Gringott's Bank and waited and waited...and then we saw the inside of the bank and it looked just like the movie too!




There were even goblins at work looking at us while we waited.


After the ride we headed to the Hogwart's Express for it to take us to Hogsmeade. To get to Platform 9 3/4 we had to walk through the wall...


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Once we boarded the train we enjoyed the ride and the show during it.



We arrived in Hogsmeade and the Harry Potter fun kept going, I'll share more next time!


Friday, November 11, 2016

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part 1!


A couple of years ago when Little Man had hit a point where reading the Harry Potter series was possible, we started Harry Potter nights. After he read one of the books I cooked a meal from the Harry Potter Cookbook and would find a little gift that was Harry Potter themed. Then, while we ate the dinner we would watch the movie that corresponded with the book he had just read. We didn't watch any of the movies with him before he read the book. The books get to be pretty big, so Hubby and I told him when he finished the last book of the series we would take him to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. Fast forward to this past spring and we weren't in a place time-wise or financially to take him at the time. So, as his birthday approached Hubby and I decided to do what we needed to to finally make it happen.

We left the day before his birthday and drove to my sister's place, had dinner with her that evening and then turned in early to be ready to get up with dawn the next morning for the drive to the theme park.




We started with Universal Studios and walked through City Walk, Then we walked through Production Central, New York and San Francisco before making it to London where the Harry Potter Wizarding World begins.

We made a call to the Ministry of Magic from the phone booth...






...and stopped to talk with the Night Bus driver and the shrunken head! The shrunken head actually chats and interacts too...he talked to Little Man and wished him a happy birthday....later he asked my sister if she had been attacked by a werewolf because her jeans were ripped...too funny!



We actually had to ask a witch for help finding Diagon Alley! It was so well hidden it felt like magic when we found the opening!

It was so fun and lively!



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I may have squealed when I saw the magical knitting needles...although I still haven't decided if I would really like some or not...seems like it would take all the fun out of it!

Stay tuned for more of the magic!!