Friday, November 30, 2012

Angelic Christmas Treats

What's a mom to do?

You know, when her daughter begs, 
"Please, Mom?  Can you make me cool birthday treats?"

"Can I just do cupcakes?"

"Moooooommm...  Nobody does cupcakes anymore!"


Cool treats it is.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Useful Gifts {Homemade Laundry Detergent}

I have to give my sister-in-law, Lissa, all the credit for this one.

She finally converted me into making my own laundry detergent.

With  7 people to wash clothes for, 
our name brand laundry detergent bill was getting a little pricey.

I had gotten sick and tired of going through a container of detergent 
every 2 weeks with our 25+ loads of laundry a week.

Watching the price on detergent rise the last couple of years 
had left me pretty frustrated.

This is where Lissa comes in.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

No-Sew Stockings

And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

(Or if you don't have chimney...)

The stockings were hung on a Goodwill shelf 
(that I scored for $5.00) 
in the back corner of the living room 
over the top of my son's toy corner...  
with care, of course.


And yes, they really are no sew!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Salt Dough Stars {Tutorial}

I'm sure like most Americans, 
and maybe some of you in other countries, 
Christmas this year is about 
being a little more "creative"
 in my decorating due to things being 
a little "tight" financially.

If it can be re-used....

Re-use it.

If it can be painted...

Paint it.

If it can be made...

Make it.

So, that's what I've done this year.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Mantle 2012 {Reveal}

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby...

Keeping watch over their flocks at night.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Festive Coffee Filter Wreath

Ever since Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage 
made her gorgeous Coffee Filter Wreath, 
I have been promising myself I would make one.  

I finally got around to it.


Almost year later.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Decking the Halls with Dollar Tree

A few weeks ago, Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage 
Debbie from Debbiedoo's announced... 

Well, I decided after the Primpin' Your Pumpkin debacle, 
I would not wait until the last minute this time around.

I always seem to miss their fun parties!

(Yes, I'm a party pooper.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Give Thanks In ALL Things

"In everything give thanks."

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Have you ever tried to be thankful in ALL things?

I mean, ALL things.

Friday, November 16, 2012

An Honor {And Some Really Talented Bloggers}

This week I've been a little slack on the blog front.

Between school conferences for 4 of the 5 kiddos still in school...

Finishing up a long awaited custom job for the ever patient Brenda Crom... 
(You rock, girl and it was so fun to finally meet you and your sweet girls!)

And generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off...

Blogging was totally put on the back burner.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Showing Some School Spirit

We're huge black and gold fans around here.

We root for Iowa. 
(Even though when, like this year, it's hard to root).

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The "Believe" Ornament

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air
There's a feeling
of Christmas
Children laughing
People passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'll hear...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012