Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sock Monkey

My older brother threw a hint at me a couple of months ago.
He mentioned that he had never had a sock monkey before.
Michael loves monkeys.
So I knew right then that I had to make him a sock monkey for Christmas!
This was going to be my first project ever using my sewing machine!

I got the pattern and pair of socks from my boyfriend's mom, 
who is amazing at sewing!

I was so excited to start working on the sock monkey!
After playing around with my sewing machine I felt confident enough to begin the sock monkey!
I was so excited when I got the two legs done!
My first sewing project was coming to life!

I am very pleased with how the sock monkey turned out!

And I must say, I am in love with using my sewing machine!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Superman Pillow

This year I racked and racked my brain trying to figure out 
what to make for my younger brother for Christmas.
After much browsing on Pinterest and through my craft books,
I still didn't have any idea.
I knew that he liked Superman, Cowboys, Tarheels, and frogs.
I couldn't think of anything to do with Cowboys or Tarheels
and I had already made him several frog items.
Finally, between brainstorming with my boyfriend and Mom,
we came up with the idea of a Superman pillow!

Well, I am new to using my sewing machine and don't have a lot of material.
I have quite a bit of felt so I decided to make his pillow out of felt.
And so the process began..

I cut out the diamond shape on yellow then on red.
I hand drew the Superman emblem with maker onto the felt.
I then cut out the emblem out.
I hand used black permanent marker to go around the edges of the logo and add depth.
I used black embroidery hread to hand sew the logo.
I used yellow to hand sew the logo onto the blue of the pillow.
I then used my sewing machine to sew the pillow together and then stuffed!

I love the way it turned out!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ornament Swap

I participated in an ornament swap on Facebook this month.
You could make the ornament out of whatever medium you wanted.

My swap partner wasn't picky and said she would be happy with anything.
So I got a paper mache ornament from Michael's that was round in shape.
I decorated it with scrapbook paper, bling, ribbon, chipboard pieces, and stickers!
I did both sides differently so it was like two ornaments in one!

My swap partner sent me the cutest ornaments in return!
She made me feel special by sending my THREE cute ornaments!!

Aren't they just the cutest?!
Thank you!! :)

Did you make any cute ornaments this year?
Feel free to link to your blog posts with your handmade ornaments in the comments!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Baking

Sunday, I spent the day baking.
Our house was filled with smells of chocolate fudge and sugar cookies.
I think I may have added on a few pounds just from the smell!
Better than any candle!

Fudge getting ready to go into the fridge to chill.

One of many, many batches of sugar cookies!

As much as I wish that I could buy everyone a gift for Christmas, I just cannot.
So instead, I make coworkers, neighbors, and such homemade goodies!
I will be packaging these up soon and passing them out!

What Christmas goodies have you been making?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reason for the Season Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Reason For the Season" blog hop. We're happy to have you all here with us today to celebrate the reason for the season. Each blogger will have their own interpretation of their reason for the season, and I hope that you find loads of creative inspiration along the way. 

We have an amazing line up of crafty ladies, as well as a generous amount of  awesome sponsors to help make this blog hop an amazing one!!

**To be eligible to win any of the giveaways in the hop today, you will need to comment on each blog in the hop and become a follower of all blogs in the hop as well. It is not a requirement, but I do kindly ask you to show our sponsors lots of love on their blogs and/or Facebook fan pages thanking them for their generosity in sponsoring this hop. I will have a link below to each sponsor's store, as well as their blog and Facebook fan page if applicable.**

I want to thank ALL of our sponsors so very much for their generosity. I appreciate each and every sponsor we have today and thank them a million times over!

Here are our AMAZING sponsors!!  It's a long list! 

Peachy Keen 
PK has sponsored a face stamp package ($25 value) 
PK Store - Click HERE
PK Blog - Click HERE
PK Fan Page - Click HERE

Timeless Twine
Timeless Twine has spnosored a 100 yd party pack
Timeless Twine Store: Click HERE
Timeless Twine Blog: Click HERE
Timeless Twine Fan Page: Click HERE

Unity Stamp Co. 
Unity has sponsored 10 Itty Bitty stamps
I'm doing 2 winners (5 stamps each)
Unity Store: Click HERE
Unity Blog: Click HERE
Unity Fan Page: Click HERE

Pazzles has sponsored a tool kit (1 winner)
Pazzles Website: Click HERE
Pazzles Fan Page: Click HERE

Xyron has sponsored 2 mega runners - 2 winners
Xyron Store: Click HERE
Xyron Fanpage: Click HERE

Make the Cut 
Make the Cut has sponsored one a copy of their program (1 winner)
MTC Website: Click HERE 
MTC Fan Page: Click HERE 

Pink by Design 

Pink by Design has sponsored a stamp set to 1 winner 
PBD Store - Click HERE
PBD Blog - Click HERE
PBD Fan Page - Click HERE

3 Girl Jam 
3 Girl Jam has sponsored a $15 GC to their store. 
3GJ Store - Click HERE
3GJ Blog - Click HERE
3GJ Fan Page - Click HERE

The Beary Scrap
The Beary Scrap has sponsored a prize package. 
TBS Store: Click HERE
TBS Fan Page: Click HERE
TBS Blog: Click HERE

Jen Shorey
Jen sponsored this stamp set (1 winner)
Jen's Blog: Click HERE

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs 
LSHD sponsored a $20 GC to her store (1 winner)
LSHD Website: Click HERE
LSHD Fan Page: Click HERE

Bugaboo Digital Stamps
Bugaboo has sponsored 10 images to one winner
Bugaboo Store: Click HERE


Gel-a-tins prize to be determined by Gel-a-tins
Store: Click HERE
Fan Page: Click HERE

The Scrapbooking Queen

TSQ Blog - Click HERE

My Creative Time
MCT has sponsored a super cute stamp set (1 winner)
MCT Store: Click HERE
MCT Fan Page: Click HERE
MCT Blog: Click HERE

Scrapadoodles Scrapbooking 
Scrapadoodles sponsored this super cute stack (1 winner)
Scrapadoodles Fan Page: Click HERE

Kristi W. Designs 

Kristi W Designs has spnosored a $25 GC to her store (1 winner)
KWD Store: Click HERE
KWD Fan Page: Click HERE

Your Next Stamp
YNS sponsored a stamp set (1 winner)
YNS Store: Click HERE
YNS Blog: Click HERE
YNS Fan Page: Click HERE

Charms 24/7
24/7 Charms donated this awesome set above (1 winner) 
24/7 FB Group - Click HERE

Lucy  - Close to my Heart Consultant
Lucy has sponsored some fun Glitter Gels (1 winner)
Lucy's CTMH website: Click HERE 
Lucy's Blog: Click HERE 
Lucy's Fan Page: Click HERE

Scraptastical Kreations 
SK $20 GC to the store (1 Winner) 
SK Website: Click HERE
SK Fan Page: Click HERE

NOW... let's get on to the hop!!!

Here is the complete line up

Kristy -

If you're coming from Cathie's blog, then you're on the right track. If you just happened to stop by my blog today, be sure to head on back to Kristy's blog and hop from the beginning.

My project is one that was inspired from several different ideas I have seen on Pinterest.
I created a mini album book to give to my boyfriend for Christmas.

The Alphabet of our Love

I started out with a chipboard album that I got out of the dollar bins at Michael's.
I took two of the boards out and the ring.
I covered the boards in paper and decorated the cover.

I then traced the board onto the 26 pages I wanted to use for my book.
I cut them out varying between regular scissors and different patterned scissors.
The pages varied in colors from white, to red, to brown, to patterned.

I have a large selection of mix matched alphabet stickers left over from different projects.
I used a wide variety of them to highlight the alphabet letter for each page.

I then used a word that began with that particular letter of the alphabet to base each page around.
I decorated with many different embellishments.. ribbons, tags, stickers, drawings, just to name a few.

A - Always
B - Best friend
C - Care, Cherish
D - Dream
E - Everything
F - Faithful
G - Grateful
H - Happy
I - I love you
J - Joy
K - Knight in shining armor
L - Life
M - My grease Monkey
N - Nobody knows me like you do
O - Optimistic
P - Perfect
Q - Quality time
R - Remember
S - Sweet
T - True love
U - Understanding
V - Very important
W - When we cuddle...
X - XoXo
Y - Years of memories
Z - curling up and catching Zzz's

Now it's time for you to head on over to Vickie at 

Thank you so much for hopping along with us today, and we all hope that you were filled with loads of Christmas joy, as well as loads of inspiration!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beautiful Commercial Photography

I have a friend I met through Etsy.
Her name is Marcie and she is a sweetheart!
I am glad to say she is not only a customer, but a friend as well!
She has some beautiful photographs in her Etsy shop that I want to share with you!
Since it is December, I want to stick with the Christmas theme!




These are a few of my favorite Christmas ones from her shop!
She has sooo many more beautiful images!
Please go check out her shop, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Cards with a Winter Chill

These pretty Christmas cards were created with a Winter chill in mind.

I had a Christmas paper pad that I had ordered from Oriental Trading several years ago.
I flipped through that, finding paper that would fit my Wintery theme.
Pretty papers of blues and purples did the trick!
Each card has blue ribbon with snowflakes running across it.
A tag was then adhered. Each tag has a white glittery brad.
Each card has either a snowman with rhinestone buttons or a Christmas ornament with a rhinestone and a "Christmas Wishes" sentiment.
Some of the cards are embellished with chipboard snowflakes with bling or with bows.

Cards, such as the ones above, can be found in my Etsy store

Monday, December 10, 2012

Vintage Inspired Christmas Cards

I got some really cute chipboard Christmas reindeer, ornaments, snowmen, and doves from Michael's.
These embellishments inspired me to create some vintage inspired Christmas cards.

I had a Christmas paper pad that I had ordered from Oriental Trading several years ago.
I flipped through that, finding paper that would fit my vintage theme.
I had some country Christmas ribbon that worked well with the look I wanted.
I ran the ribbon across each of my cards.
I then used vintage like tags and tied a bow on them with twine.
I then adhered the chipboard embellishments to the tags.
Pretty red Christmas flowers with gold brads add a little extra "pop".
Each card features a Christmas sentiment that are puffy stickers.
I added in a few rhinestones on each card for a little extra bling.

Cards, such as the ones above, can be found in my Etsy store