Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Day of the Dead Themed Birthday Card

My bestie's 40th birthday quickly came right after mine and so I decided to make her a card I really thought she'd appreciate. She loves the skulls used to celebrate the Day of the Dead, so I saw a perfect sticker set to make her something completely unique, just like her!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Italian Night with an Italian Friend

I used to work with my friend, and we have a lot of fun together when we can get our schedules together. She texted me a week ago and asked about us making pasta...well that sounded like a great way to spend a Saturday evening!

I put together an antipasti plate to nibble on while we made tagliatelle and drank wine.

She had never made pasta before, so she learned something new while we talked and caught up.

Here we both are...and I'm wearing my apron from my mom....it has a Cajun cooking print...LOVE IT! I'm really drawn to Cajun/Creole cooking and the culture, so the apron is perfect for me.

We finished our evening by...EATING our freshly made pasta with an easy mushroom cream sauce.

What a great time we had!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hubby's Apron

For Christmas, Hubby and I both received aprons from my mom that she found at a craft fair. Here he is wearing his Carolina Panthers aprons!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snow Day and Surprise Date Night

It's always exciting when we have a snow day where we have enough for it to be fun and not just a mess.  Last year was the first time I ever tried sledding...so I admit I was excited to get out there too this year. There's a great hill on the golf course that families actually drive to...but we can walk there in 5 minutes! We took turns using the sled...and the moms even took a turn going down the hill together.

After snow fun Little Man and his friend came over and had hot chocolate and played. Then, his friend offered to have Little Man over for the night...and suddenly there we were unexpectedly alone. 

We sat and had dinner alone (with a candle...SO FANCY) and talked, and hardly knew how to act without Little Man there being his usual goofy self. It was nice to enjoy our spaghetti dinner without him being picky about the sauce.

It was a different kind of day in many ways.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Christmas Cards on Display

 Someone had asked me how I display the Christmas cards we receive...and I couldn't take a photo until after we had gotten back because we had a lot of cards come later than usual so the display looked pretty empty. The photo below is our foyer. The garlands twisted up the railing light up at night, and we hang the cards here where we can enjoy looking at them. It's a pretty laid back way to hang them!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Doozer, Waylon and Gratitude to Start 2017

Once we got back from PA, we had less than 24 hours until my sister and Waylon her puppy dog arrived from FL. We ate, we hung out,we watched movies, went to a restaurant that was voted to have some of the best tacos in the country...and rang in 2017!

For our first brunch of 2017, I made a hybrid of eggs Benedict...they had scrambled eggs, roasted asparagus, prosciutto and hollandaise sauce over an English muffin...so good!

Later in the day we read the slips from our Gratitude Jar.

I set the table for dinner...

...and we all enjoyed heaping plates of pork and sauerkraut.

It was an awesome way to start the new year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Christmas Crafting

Last year's craft was cute, but I think it was a little intense for the boys. With hundreds of pins and punching paper (and running out of pins twice) they were pretty to look at, but not the fastest projects to finish. In fact, my nephews didn't get to finish theirs! So this year I ordered more pins so they could finish, and I found a new project that wouldn't be as much work. We tackled this year's crafts first....wreath ornaments made with mason jar lid rings and pipe cleaners.

The assembly was pretty simple and everyone had fun decorating their wreaths to make them special.

My Mom went with a red pipe cleaner bow and red pompom ornaments.

My nephew made his Harry Potter-themed with pipe cleaners the colors of the Gryffindor house and a lightening bolt decoration.

My little nephew went full Doc Octopus with pipe cleaners sticking out.

Little Man did a striped base and a reindeer sticker in the middle.

My husband used a star and pompoms....with help from my brother's girlfriend making the star.

And I used paper branches and a red bow.

Then my nephew finished his tree.

And Little Man finished his 2nd tree.

Look at all the gorgeous Christmas crafting we did!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Check This Out

I have to show you this nifty gift my mother found for me! She picked it because of the Jaws-themed fabric....but it's also awesome because it's so meditative! It's handmade...and filled with pellets and hidden ocean-themed charms. There's a list attached so you find the items in order, and you could just sit and sit squishing the pellets around looking for things...so fun! Have any of you see anything handmade like this before?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 Christmas Eve Sock Cast-On

Last year, right before the holidays, I was on Instagram when I read about Little Bobbins Knits Christmas Eve cast-on tradition.  I had such a fun time, I decided to do it again this year. Sipping some wine, watching a Christmas movie, and knitting cozy socks is an awesome way to wind down from my birthday...and a little bit of calm before the crazy of Christmas the next morning.

I'm trying to watch my craft spending...so I decided to use red for accent and this inexpensive yarn from Michaels for the main sock.  The pattern has a lacy look to it, so these socks will be so different from what I made last year. I cannot believe how much I've come to enjoy knitting socks!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wonder Woman Tin

Good grief making this Wonder Woman tin was rough! I first tried printing the image...but then I Mod Podged the printed image and the inks ran. So, I decided to cut each color out of cardstock and then glue the layers together. The image looked great like that...but then it was time to apply the resin. I poured enough resin onto the design to fully cover all of the layers...but then the resin ran...and there was no fixing it. There was a huge resin mess. And I had to start over...SIGH. BUT, the last try was a success! Just in time for Christmas!