Sunday, December 9, 2012

Crochet Snowflake Garland

So if you follow me on Facebook at all, you have seen my new obsession hobby of crocheting. I looove making things with my hands and feeling the achievement of finishing a project. I also love making things for others - because Acts of Service is my top Love Language. (Please read The Five Love Languages! One of my favorite books that has taught me so many things!)

So this new love of mine is so fun and relaxing to do in my free time. I've made a baby blanket, a couple scarves, and lately a BUNCH of children's/baby's hats. The hats have been so fun to play with the colors and try different hooks and tension to get the right size. I've been pretty successful so far. I'm really proud of the work I've done. A post will soon come with the pictures of hats.

But I wanted to make a little Christmas ornament or decoration for the first Christmas in our new home. So I went to the Red Heart website and did some searching. This website has lots of cute projects for all skill levels.

After looking at all the cute decorations, I found this Mitten Ornament and decided to try it out. So cute and I thought it would be a good one to try out the intermediate level, because I have been sticking with the beginner/easy levels so far. I did the mitten and the snowflake - and I wasn't wow-ed. I didn't really want it on my tree, even though it was cute. But then I kept looking at the little green snowflake I made and thought, I'll just make a few of these as ornaments. So I went to it. Then as I was making my third one I thought, I'll just make a bunch and make a fun little garland for my mantle!!! Even though it was more work - I went to it!

I think I made 6 green snowflakes and 6 red snowflakes. Soooo adorable - I showed Steve every single one because it was cuter than the last!

So dang cute!!

Strung them all on a piece of yarn.

Up on the mantle.

I forgot that it would overlap with the stockings. Whoops. But I'm leaving it because I love it so much.

The cute fireplace and mantle.
I'd say it's pretty cute for a first Christmas in our new home. And I'm in love with my new little garland. When the room is painted, I plan to make a proper lovely fireplace/mantle setting. But it's good for now.

I hope your season leading up to Christmas is as relaxed as ours. We have really enjoyed our relaxing evenings since we finished our shopping. This week is finals week for Steve, and then we'll be able to really enjoy the holidays! Can't wait! Have a good week!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

12 Days of Christmas to Christ

We finished with Christmas shopping really early this year! That is usually what happens. That never happens!! I had extra time and did some shopping online, and got most of it delivered. And it's all wrapped and under the tree.
Since we were done early with the gifts and material part of the holidays, I decided we should start a new tradition to really focus on the reason for the holiday season. A while ago I was on Pinterest and found a cute little Twelve Days of Christmas to Christ thing on LDS Living. Here is the site: 12 Days of Christmas to Christ. I liked it because it was Christ and gospel centered, but not exclusively Christmas-y. I think it will be a fun, new tradition that we can do every year, together and any future children.
So to make this all cutesy, I typed up all the little representations in a cute font. Then I cut out those slips, and cut out wider slips in cute Christmas paper. Folder the cute paper in half, stapled one staple on each side, hole punched the top corners, and strung some ribbon through the holes. Then I folded the paper slips into thirds (I think) and put it in the little pocket. I had some little numbers that I traced and colored in to show the days. I had cute little advent-ish ornaments. A sweet, new tradition to start in our new home.

I'll update about how it goes and what cool things we learn. I'm really excited!!
And here is our fake little Christmas tree in our cool front window in our first home!!! I love our tree and our collection of ornaments we decorate it with. I especially love our personalized Disney ornament so we can always remember that vacation.
I just have one more little ornament to make to make a memory of our first home, then it will be complete for this year.

I hope your holiday season is getting off to a great start! This is my favorite time of year, and I'm excited to celebrate it in our home for the first time!

Painting the Bedroom

Well it is about time we tackled painting another room. We decided to go for the bedroom a couple weeks ago. Since this is our house and we can choose any color - we went bold. I made sure it was a color we both liked, so then even if it was a little too bold, at least we wouldn't hate it too much.
Don't you loooove that sheet window treatment? Classy ... I know.

Yes, the little pillow says "Hello Sexy".

All of our bedding is old from my old bedroom, or my dorm things, or given to us by Steve's parents. The plaid one on top is the comforter I had all through high school. But NONE of the comforters or blankets we have actually fit our king size mattress.

The door on the left is to our little master half bath.


I LOOOOOOOVE this color sooo sooo much. I fell in love with it after the first wall was finished. We obviously have a lot to finish - put up our blinds on the window, paint the trim, do a second coat on the ceiling, my plan for the closet doors, putting up pictures and other things on the wall, and we're saving up for new lovely bedding.