Tag Archives: Christmas

I’m no elf, but here’s the best I could do!

I’ll admit that I don’t know how the elves manage to make all those gifts every year. It’s exhausting and stressful! This year, I didn’t make as many gifts as I’d have liked to. Not only is it (usually) cheaper to make some gifts, it’s also so special to give someone something you spent time […]

“Home” for the Holidays

Welcome back, all! How was your Christmas? We spent Christmas with our families, all of them, driving all over the place to visit as many people as we could during this special time of year. We went to two different churches, slept in two different beds (together, just on different nights!), and had two delicious […]

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve!

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve everyone! I didn’t get to everything on the Christmas to-do list, but I’d say we did pretty well considering I was sick for a week and we had a few other unexpected bumps in the road we weren’t planning for. To see the posts that go with these projects, just click on […]

A quick note to say…

I know I didn’t blog today. I actually had a much-needed visit with a friend to work on some holiday snack-making, crafts, shopping for each of our Hubses (is that a word? Wait, is “Hubs” a word? Hmmm…), and making some homemade Christmas gifts for those we love. (Just Hubs so far for me, but […]

The stockings were hung…and decorated, now it’s time to fill them!

So, I made our stockings a few days ago, and they were fine, pretty good for my first ever sewing machine adventure. However, I thought they needed a little something else, so I set to work making some decorations for them out of yarn. Using the technique I told you about here on how to […]

Yarn Pom-Poms (And Garland!)

I have recently become quite enamored with these adorable little yarn pom-poms. I want to make a million of them and drape them in garlands all over our house. So far, I’ve only made one red one. Because I’m not a crazy cat lady, however, and because I share my home with a man who […]

NOEL (Yarn Letters)

I saw this on Pinterest last year and fell in love. Of course, we didn’t have room for anything like this in our apartment so I had to wait. When we bought our house, which had a fireplace (Actually we have two, but I haven’t even started thinking about the one in the basement yet), […]

DIY Sweater Stockings

Last year, I made a stocking for Hubs by hand. It went pretty well, even though it took forever to sew since I didn’t have a machine. He had made mine several years before as a Christmas gift when we were dating. (I was still in high school at the time!) And while I love […]

Ready (or not!) for Christmas

Well guys, I’m finally decorated. Almost. These snowflakes are from our apartment last year. I still like them, though, so they went up again this year. It was probably the cheapest project I’ve ever done–and the messiest–those little slivers of paper get everywhere! I mean, I’ll probably still fiddle with the mantel and (hopefully) add […]

DIwYatt: Building a Nativity Set Stable

So we were looking for the right holy family and manger scene for our home, but we ran into some trouble from sheer picky-ness ( yes she makes up words and I can too ).  We really like the Willow Tree Sets because of the carved wood look and because there are no facial features, […]

Ruffled Tree Skirt

Last year, Hubs and I wrapped a blanket around the bottom of our Christmas tree. It worked fine and looked okay I guess, but it wasn’t all that festive or pretty. (It was however, very Linus-esque of us.) Plus, it meant we were without our couch blanket for a month. Yikes. So this year, I […]

Lighting up my heart

Tonight’s post is a quick one to say that we now have Christmas lights up on the outside of our house. Now, I’ll admit that they don’t look super fancy, and are even a tad sloppy. It was cold out and we were rushing to beat the sunset and we were working with no hooks […]

A not-so-soft (but still really awesome) pillow (and a FREE PRINTABLE!)

Today’s post is the first in a series of Christmas-themed DIY projects I’d like to post for you guys before Christmas is actually here and it’s too late for any crafting. We’ll see how that goes. I had seen burlap all over Pinterest recently, and I caught the burlap bug. There are burlap stockings and […]

Christmas Countdown

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” Well, not really, because I have’t started decorating yet, but I’m good and ready for it to look that way now! Yup, I’m a Christmas girl. Last year, our decorating was fairly minimal, both because we didn’t have many decorations, and because we didn’t have much space […]

Dinner with love…

Tonight I made dinner from this: It’s a “fill-in-the-pages” recipe collection from my family, and full of love and tasty things. I’ve made 2 things from it so far: MaMa’s chicken and noodles (Success! Can’t wait to make again!) and meatloaf from my mom (I’ve made it several times before but now I don’t have […]

I started to cry in the parking lot…

It all started with a math problem. A sixth grade math problem to be exact. We were helping to figure out a problem for my little cousin’s homework and Wyatt thought of a way to get the answer that I thought was too complicated to try to explain. He was upset because it seemed like […]

Paper Hearts Tutorial

I wanted to post the last Christmas craft I made for our apartment this year. I know it’s after Christmas, but these would also be great for Valentine’s Day (which is the next holiday coming up, just a little plug…) It’s super fast and easy! And fun! Have I convinced you to try it yet? […]

STILL in the Christmas spirit…

Today, Hubs and I both have the day off work. What have we done so far? Well, we’ve  had breakfast, cuddled on the couch, and googled what else we wanted to do today. We’ve found a restaurant we want to try tonight, as well as a fun afternoon and evening of stuff to do in […]

Tree Tutorial…Stacked Version

Ok, so I know it’s past Christmas and you probably don’t want to make Christmas tree decorations anymore, but I said I’d post these, and I am going to, dangit! So, use these trees to decorate for January, or have a tree-themed party sometime in the next month as an excuse to make these cute […]

“Honey, how’s your belly?” (Another sleep-talking adventure)

On Christmas night, we indulged in a late dinner of delicious, rich, and not-so-healthy appetizers and sweets aplenty at my parents’ house before opening gifts together. When we went to bed, Hubs had a bit of a bellyache. Now, normally, this wouldn’t have been an issue, but since my sister had been sick the day […]

Christmas time…was here…

First of all, I want to say that I hope all of you had a great Christmas and that I missed all of you very much during our crazy Christmas spectacular. I apologize for my lack of blogging, but as we were traveling for five days to celebrate seven Christmases, I hope you’ll forgive me […]

Paper Tree Tutorial #1 (Folder Version)

Just to let you know, I had a nice blog post all ready to give you yesterday and WordPress had a slight hiccup and somehow it all got lost. (So much for the automatic saving, right?) Anyway, I apologize for the delay, but here’s what I was going to share with you yesterday but didn’t […]

Our stockings are hung…by the kitchen with care…

It’s Christmastime here in our tiny apartment. I’m used to having a whole big farmhouse all decorated in greenery and snowmen. But here, we have neither greenery nor snowmen. What we do have is Christmas spirit! Or rather, I have that and Hubs just plays along to make me happy. Don’t get me wrong, he […]

Stealing things is a lot different than stealing joy

Friday night was not a great night here in newlywedville. (Yes, I know that’s not a real word, or a real place.) Just to give you some background information, neither Hubs nor I owned a credit card before we got married. In fact, we had a slight panic before the wedding when we were trying […]

Dates in December

Last night Hubs and I went to the church where I volunteer to help staff an event. We had a good time wrapping presents for little kids and just doing something different than our usual schedule of staying in. (Not that I’m complaining, I LIKE staying in.) But afterward? We did something even better. WAY […]

A birthday weekend…

First of all, Hubs turned 24 this weekend on Saturday. (Happy birthday, hubs!) He doesn’t love to celebrate his birthday as much as I love to celebrate mine…but we did the best we could. Here’s how it went down and what I learned this weekend. 1. Friday night we went to a friend’s house and […]