Saturday, November 15, 2014

Be Merry!

Hi there!  I haven't shared any projects in a long time, so I thought I'd show you something I've been working on.

I've been making handmade banners for my Etsy shop.  It's the perfect project to do while I catch up on my favorite TV shows.  Speaking of tv - have you seen the Blacklist lately? Oh. My. Goodness. And Grimm? It's so good this season!

Anyway...  You can check out this Be Merry banner here.

Each flag has a hand stitched letter that I have so much fun creating.  But I think my favorite part is packaging and shipping the banners.  I love wrapping it all up and sending it out to someone that will enjoy it.

I'm also selling this Be Merry banner in navy blue and teal.   Christmas is just around the corner and it's almost time to start lugging all the decorations up from the basement.

This year is going to be a little different for me.  Normally I'm all about an untraditional color palette.  Like last year's hot pink & kraft paper and neon 2 years ago.  Not to mention that my tree is white and not green.  But this year, I'm going as traditional as possible for me - red.  Red everything.  I'm very excited.  Hurray for Christmas!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hannah's Second Birthday

This post is coming a little late (like a month late), but I'm over it.

We celebrated Hannah's second birthday last month.  This little lady is not so little anymore.  She's growing up by the second and she is such a big talker.

Nose kisses with her mommy.

Sorry, Hannah.  This is not the most flattering photo of you, but I love it anyway.

Birthdays are great excuses to go through Target and buy every single piece of cute clothes and accessories.  This headband was the cutest thing.  It looked even better on her.

Her big present from Grandma and Grandpa was a big doll house.  She loved it.

And so did her big brother.

Cam and Hannah put all the candles on the cake.  They used every candle in the box.  It was a little hard for Hannah to wait to get to her cake.  I love this photo of Char intercepting a little hand heading for the cake.

This video is just too cute!  I love Hannah's face when we sing and I LOVE hearing Cam say "Hannah, make a wish."  Such a fun little party.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Cozy Home

Fall is finally here.  You know how I know?  It smells like fall.  The air is crisp and cold.  It's absolutely delightful.

The sun is setting early and I have to actually turn on lights.  It's a bit of a bummer because I do miss the sun. But I must admit that I love the cosy feeling of my home at night.

This star started as a Christmas decoration.  I hung it in my front window with plans to take it down after the holidays.  It never came down.  I fell in love with the glow and warmth. 

For the past year, I've been collecting frames and art for the hallway.  This wasn't a project that I wanted to start small and slowly build.  I wanted everything before I hung anything.  After a lot of sweat and (if I'm honest) a little swearing, I had managed to get enough nails into the wall to hang everything.  Thats the wall I share with my neighbor... I think it's made of steel.

My calendar from 1canoe2 has been my favorite piece of art in the living room. Esther got it for me last Christmas and I've been smitten ever since.  It's more a piece of art than a calendar.  It will definitely be up past the new year.  I'm not gonna lie, this calendar has made me super excited for November.  That's my favorite design and I cannot wait to see it on my wall.

This is Charlie's spot.  It's where she always ends up when I'm moving around the first floor.  When she sits in that exact spot, she can see me no matter what room I'm in.  It's her fave carpet spot.

I hate ceiling lights.  I feel like I'm under a spotlight.  It's weird and I don't like it.  I have two lights on my side table and they are the only lights I use in the dining room.  Those two lights along with 2 candles are the perfect atmosphere for dinner.

Random fact about me - I eat dinner at the table every night and I light the candles every night.  Eating dinner while sitting on the couch is the worst.  It's too messy.  So I eat dinner at the table every night and I light the candles every night.  It's just what I do.

Esther got me this lucite G for my birthday.  I'm just a little bit obsessed with it. 

The light under the microwave is always on the low setting in the evenings.  Maybe I'm weird (well, we all know I'm weird) but I've found that I don't turn a lot of lights on at night.  This light under the microwave is pretty much all I need.  Plus, with only a low light on, I can't see how dirty my kitchen is.

As usual, photo time ended with a play session.  This dog is obsessed with this cone.  It's been her favorite toy since she was little.  It's amazing that after 6 years it's still her favorite toy.  That reminds me, I'm out of cones, I need to order more soon. 

I hope you have a wonderful October full of apples and sweaters and bon fires. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day with the Fam

It's incredible how much fun it can be to spend an afternoon with two little people under the age of 5. They make everything interesting and fun and today was no exception.

This weekend, they got their first pet.  He's a beta fish named Rainbow and he is very much loved.

Can we just talk about the fact that Hannah's hair is long enough to go into a pony tail?  Can we also just say that it's the cutest pony tail ever in the history of the whole world?  We are all just a little bit obsessed with it.

"Hi, Rainbow. Hi, Rainbow. He's swimming! Eat food, Rainbow."

Lunch time is always exciting.

After lunch came naps for the kids and Charlie while Char and I enjoyed some movie time.  "I said pointy feet not pointy words. Point words are mouse turds."

Cameron and I did a little sewing together. I was working on something while we watched the movie and when Cam was done with quiet time he wanted to help.  He chose the colors and did the design completely on his own - I assisted with needle safety and threading.

Hannah wasn't allowed to touch anything in my little kit except for the thread... that she then piled on our little project.  She also gave it all to Char at least 3 times.

Charlie has learned to live with the craziness that happens when we are with the kiddoes.  She doesn't love it, but she's learned to live with it.

A little longboarding in the house? Why not!

Hannah is holding the puppets that Cameron made.  She's also in a full out daze.  I had to wave my hand in front of her face to get her to wake up :)

The puppet shows were amazing.  Everyone got a turn.

It's pretty comfy back there.

Char got a turn and Hannah decided to assist her.  While Char was putting on a show, Hannah was putting all the other puppets on top of Char.

Cam said, "Aunt Esther, you sit on the chair and I'll sit on your lap." Getting bossed into cuddling might be the best thing ever.

I've officially given up on asking Han to say "cheese".  It never works.  This time I asked her to say "hi" to Charlie.  It worked like a charm and I got the biggest smile out of her!

Esther's puppet show was excellent.

This last photo ended up being one of my favorites.  How cute are his little feet?  I love the teamwork.

What a fun day.