Thursday, December 29, 2011

My First Affiliate { Expressions Vinyl }

Hello fabulous!!  Do you play with Vinyl?  I do, and must say that Expressions Vinyl has the best deal around!!

You can do so much with Vinyl, and they have an awesome space designated to project tutorials!

They also sell Vinyl Kits that you can DIY!  These make great gifts, and for yourself if you do not own a vinyl cutter.

This is their July Kit, and is still available for $32.99! Such a great Deal!  Click on this link and shop for vinyl!  I promise you will LOVE it if you have never used it before!

I am also proud to say that Expressions Vinyl is my very first affiliate!!

Here are a few things that I have done with Vinyl.

My Scrapbook room labeling

Custom wedding gift coat hanger
Vinyl Alpha Stickers for scrapbooking

So check them out, and play around with some Vinyl!  It may be a whole new craft you might enjoy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Color Me Happy { a gift album }

Each year I create a mini album for each set of grandparents and great grandparents.  This is I chose to do a walk down memory lane with picture from the past 8 years!  It was so much fun putting it together.

I used some Behr paint samples to create the album and it turned out amazing!

Enjoy the photos!


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Christmas to remember.....

I was give the best gift ever! My two special boys that you read about here. I wont go into full detail, but let's just say that I got to spend my Christmas with both of them, making it the most magical Christmas ever!

And yes that was my very silly daughter getting soooo excited for the big man to arrive!

We spend Christmas eve at my parents house every year.  This is a tradition that for some reason I never want to let to go of!  I may be 50 years old, and camping out at my mom and dads on Christmas eve... who knows! (and who's to care right?)

This year was no different.  We all got together for dinner and enjoyed an amazing Seafood Feast.  We had Fresh Whole Crab, Giant Shrimp, Oyster Stew, Fresh Oysters in the half shell, and Caesar Salad made from scratch.

Here are a few pics to enjoy!  And most of all I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!  I can't wait to get started on my home project list of 2012!

My Parents get their very elaborate trees at a fundraising auction each year for a local hospice house.  This years tree came with a one week rental house in Cabo Mexico!  The trees are usually very fun and full of all sorts of goodies!

Here is little J SO excited to give uncle Allen his present!  He made sure it was the very first present he opened!

Happy Holidays to you all!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Walking in a Winter Wonderland { First Grade Style }

I was asked to help plan the First grade party in my daughters classroom this year, with one very big detail.  NO CHRISTMAS!  Of course this had my brain going for a couple days as far as a theme, and then it came to me!

I would use the party stuff from our carnival party, and make it a "Winter Wonderland" theme!!  Perfect!

And what is so perfect for a Winter Wonderland?  Hot Chocolate!!   Here are a few pictures from the party!  Enjoy!  My Best friend and I designed all of the fun prints for the party as well!

I took these pictures in a rush to be able to make it to the holiday program in the gym.  Two other moms and myself rushed in while the kids were at lunch to decorate and then rushed off to watch all the littles sing in the program!  So please forgive me if the pictures are not too detailed.
This is the "Wonderland Craft" table.  The kids each made a snowflake ornament.  The snowflakes were cut out on the cricut, with each childs photo as the center, and then they glued on silver spray painted puzzle pieces and added a touch of glitter!   They turned out adorable!

And because I am me, I had to deck out the hallway for the kids to walk through when they returned from the program!  They loved it, even Mrs. Backlund!

We set up a quick game using the cans from the carnival party, and turned it into a "snowball toss" by using white wiffle balls!  This was a HUGE hit!!  I also created a big playlist of different artists singing "Winter Wonderland" to stay with the theme and not using the word Christmas.
And to keep our 8 year tradition, we made Magic Reindeer Dust for all of the kids in the class!
  Such a hit!  I used my Cricut Imagine to cut out the top not using My Minds Eye paper, and then used my E2 with the Jolly Holidays cart to cut out the Reindeer.  I then added a red glitter nose and a black eye by hand along with his little red scarf!  Soooo cute!

I hope you enjoyed our little party photos!  The kids had a blast, and so did the parents!

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