Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Few of the Christmas Gifts I've Been Working On! :)

Lately, I've been working on A LOT of Christmas gifts, but I can't post them up here as I make them because people will see them! :)  Here are some projects that I gave away today at Family Christmas Party #1. :)

This tray was made for my 14 year old cousin.  She looooves Zebra print. :)  This was one of those unfinished wooden trays from Hobby Lobby and I painted the edges and Mod Podged some squares and strips of zebra scrapbook paper to the bottom and painted her initial to add to the center.  Part of me wanted to turn it upside down, pretend it was a W and keep it. :)

I made these clips for the younger girls in the family.  The one of the left reminds me of a lollipop. :)  The pink flower was made with ric-rac and looks kinda like a rose! :)  I found the lunchboxes at Garden Ridge and used them as wrapping for the clips because I figured the girls could play with them or keep other hairbows in them! :)


I'm linking up with Along for the Ride for Saturday is Crafty Day! :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Cards Ordered and Sent!

Check out our snazzy Christmas cards this year! :)
Isn't the tree so cute?
And aren't we so cute? :) :)

Thanks Julia for taking our pictures that day! We love love love them all! :)

By the way, these guys came in the mail SUPER fast.  I ordered them Friday afternoon, got an email Saturday saying they had been shipped, Sunday they started traveling to my mailbox, and I picked them up Monday morning!  I spent the rest of the afternoon working on my calligraphy skills on the envelopes, stamping the back of the envelopes with my Christmas stamps, and stamping them.  I had them in the mailbox before dark Monday afternoon (which these days is about 4:45 or 5pm!!)  I was pretty excited as you can tell! :)

PS I scheduled this post to go up a few days late so Mom would see it in real life first haha! :)






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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sweet Potato Cupcakes :)

I made these the other night with one of the other girls in my building and they are really good! :)



How do you like the pumpkin shapes on top?

Here's the recipe:

2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick of butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups pureed sweet potatoes (about 3 sweet potatoes)
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix it all together and bake in a 350* oven for 18-20 minutes.

For the frosting, we melted some mini marshmallows and mixed them with some powdered sugar (a messy, but yummy process).  We then cut the marshmallow fondant into pumpkin shapes with a cookie cutter (...if you want them to not stick to the surface you're rolling the fondant on....don't go crazy with the rolling pin. haha)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Glass Etching - Fun Way to Make Personalized Gifts!

I posted this tutorial on my building's blog last week
and I thought y'all might be interested in learning to etch glass! :)

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We're etching glass tonight!  

You need:
Contact Paper
Clear Glass
Armor Etch etching cream
cheap paintbrush
something to trace (image, monogram)
sharpie
masking tape
rubber gloves
X-Acto knife
These are like the glass in the picture:

Step 1
Tape a piece of contact paper (still on the paper backing) over the image or letter you are tracing.

Step 2
Trace the image with a sharpie.  I find it helpful to fill in all of the areas that you want to be frosted so you know what to cut out later.  Place the sticker on the glass where you want the image to be.

Step 3
Can you see the lines where I cut around the image with an X-Acto knife?
That's what you should do! Trace around the image/letter.

Step 4
Start peeling away the contact paper to uncover the part of the glass that you want to be etched (or frosted).

Step 5
Looking at the glass now, everything that is uncovered will be etched and everything covered will stay as it is.

Step 6

Wear gloves for this part!!  Start painting the ArmorEtch onto the contact paper.  Make sure to cover the areas you want etched.

Step 7
Let sit for 5-10 minutes

Step 8
Rinse in the sink (still wearing your gloves).  Remove all the contact paper and your glass is done!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree....

I'm linking up with My French Country Home to show off our tree this year! :)

It's an artificial tree that my parents have had for as long as I remember...but we hadn't used it in the house for years.  A few times, we put it on the front porch and decorated it there.  Now I've adopted it until (1) Mom decides she wants it back or (2) We decide to invest in a newer one.


This is a cell phone picture, but the lights stand out really well, so I like it! :)

I managed to find the star at the Dollar Tree a little while back and I loved it because it was orange, so it went wonderfully with my blue ornaments from Hobby Lobby.  The rest of the tree is decorated with Fireman-themed ornaments, Coffee-themed ornaments, a few Auburn ornaments, a few "1st Christmas" ornaments, a few gifted ornaments, as well as some older ornaments from when Adam was a little kid. :)

I think my project between now and next Christmas is to make a tree skirt.  Now it's a little too late, because the sad little skirt we have is already covered in presents...but next year I should have a pretty one!! :)

GRAB MY BUTTON

Last Monday :)

"And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends"
-Michael W. Smith



Last Monday, I got to see one of my best friends from high school that I haven't seen in a long time.  Granted, I haven't seen many about 90% of my graduation class since May 26, 2005, but this one is different.  I haven't been able to just call her up if I had something to tell her (although I did find a loophole where I could feel like I was texting her...by sending text messages to her email. :) ).  I've written about her before...it's my good friend Holli who has been living in Mongolia as a missionary for a little over a year.

Well, she came back to the states for a few weeks and I got to hang out with her! We ate some delicious frozen yogurt, despite the chilly weather, and then just talked and  hung out for about 30 minutes or an hour.  She gave me some awesome fabric back that is orange and blue!!  I've got a few ideas of what to make with it...I just have to decide! :) The blue is the front of the fabric and the orange (sorry about the glare haha) is the back! I want to make something that will incorporate both sides of the fabric... :)



By the time she left, I was incredibly happy.  What a way to make a good day even better. :)  I do wish I had remembered to get Adam to take a picture of us before she had to leave.  I've decided we can improvise later over Skype and take a picture of both of our faces on the screen. :)

It was a great way to start the last week of classes. :)

Holli, I hope you have a fantastic Christmas!!! :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Wreath!

Here's the Christmas wreath I talked about! (And the door to go with it!) As I get Christmas cards, I want to hang them on the door...although I just realized that I will only have residents in my building to see my door until Friday really...so they may never see any cards I may get! Oh well!! :)

PS In case you haven't heard....the Auburn Tigers are the SEC Champions!!! :) There were one or two people rolling Toomer's Corner tonight...ha. More like HUNDREDS!! People were standing in a line that wrapped around Tiger Rags to get a SEC Champions shirt that has the season's scores on it.  They look pretty nice I have to say! :)

I'm slowly updating my blog...slowly....this semester is wrapping up, so I'm working on studying for Finals, making breakfast for my girls during Finals, making sure I've got everything settled to graduate in May, and closing up the building for Christmas.  Next week will be quite calm though.  Everyone will pretty much be out of this town for the month.