Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Seriously...where has the time gone?  Four years ago today, William Ryan, you gave my body a run for her money.
And we wouldn't have traded it for anything.  Although you didn't have your name yet, you and your namesake already had a great bond.
First birthday night...


Fourth...{winking at your preschool celebration!}

Happy Birthday, Willie.  You own my heart.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


On Saturday, I co-hosted a COMING SOON baby shower for one of my besties.  Here are a few of the details...

I scrapped the cake idea, and went with {popcorn} cupcakes!
And, of course, popcorn ball favors!
The Happy Couple under the COMING SOON banner...

And, the equally happy Clean Up crew...Willie (with about 1/10th of the leftover goodies!).


Friday, December 10, 2010

Appliqued Onesies

I'm co-hosting a baby shower tomorrow for a friend I met on the first day of kindergarten - in the advanced reading group, thank you very much.  And now, we live on the opposite side of the state from where we grew up, but just 10 minutes apart from each other.  She is one of the busiest people I know, so I am ALMOST positive she won't look at this before the party.  I found a great deal on the newborn onesies with the cuffs on the hands (If I was OPRAH, I'd give them away on my Favorite Things show!).  So, I picked up a few, and got to work with some of my favorite fabric scraps - vintage and new.  This is a NO PINK sort of family (that is, until she arrives and loves pink!).

 We live in San Diego - Day of the Dead is BIG business down here.  I LOVE it!
 This vintage fabric is too cute, although I can't remember where I got it!
 The hedgehog (a running inside joke in my family) is by far my favorite vintage-inspired fabric here.
Monday - a picture of the cake I make.  IF it turns out close to how it looks in my mind.


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Preschool Performance T-Shirt

Willie's preschool holiday performance is coming up next week.  Although he has been secretive about the particulars, I have been hearing a lot of "won't you guide my sleigh tonight...?"

It's not an event for me if a handmade t-shirt isn't involved!


Get your craft on Thurs.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dollar Store Ornament Wreath

I have been seeing these ALL over blogland and facebook (Thanks, Nicole and Liz!).  I made a trip to my local 99 cent store, and picked up a few containers of ball ornaments, and one special sparkle embelishment ornament.  Then, I scoured blogland for tips and tricks, cause this just seemed too easy.

The best tip I found was to take the tops off of each ornament, then hot glue it back together.    I started with a wire coat hanger, and just randomly slipped the ornaments on.  They really do just fall into place!  I added the snowflake ornament and some ribbon I had on hand.  I love it!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Card Display

On Friday (ok, AND Saturday), I stopped by a few estate sales.  I picked up a picture frame, along with about 10 other items, and swung by to pick up spray paint on my way home.  Hub Dub's biggest pet peeve is my growing mound of unfinished projects.  I figured the spray paint was my ticket to a safe entry of the picture frame.  So, I spray painted the frame, and a couple of other items from my "to spray paint" pile, that very day!  Last night, I added a few other items, and got this...

1. Cute kid meets preschool dress-up picture day.
2. Painted frame meets me with some twine, and a new staple gun.
3. Ornament balls from the 99 cent store on top of (FREE) candlesticks from said "to spray paint" pile!

Here is the frame up close, and a photo of the clothespin details.  I just added ribbon, and buttons.  Easy Peasy.  I think I may leave it up all year long, and just swap out the clothespins for each season.  My family has cute little peeps.  We are always getting photos and cute photo cards to display!

Baby.Got.Craft. (FINALLY!)