Although it’s still relatively warm around here I am told the cold weather will come and when it does it stays for months. I figured what better way to keep warm than have a little station dedicated to making warm tasty beverages. The buffet in the dinning room was the perfect location and we snagged a new Keurig from Target on Black Friday.
It was the perfect excuse to make a fun printable.
And finally purchase this beauty I have had my eyes on for awhile.
I filled it with lots of coffee, chai latte, and a variety of hot chocolate packets. The top holds some accessories to make each cup extra yummy.
Then I found some tacky but cute Christmas mugs to make it a little more festive.
There are two things that make me happy during the bitter winter months; hot chocolate and snuggly warm blankets. I decided I wanted to make the perfect snuggle blanket for the Mr. and I for the chilly nights we have coming our way. Since I am still a beginner sewer I decided to try my hand at a tie blanket. A family friend had made each of the kids one when they were born and it has been some of our favorite go to blankets.
I purchased 2 1/2 yards of a red plaid and gray fleece from Hobby Lobby. The plaid just shouted Canadian winter to me!
Here are a few tips:
– When deciding on the size blanket make sure to factor in about 6 inches on each side that you will lose from the ties.
– Fleece is pricey so wait until a sale of after a holiday to score a good deal.
– Pattern fabrics can be tricky if the cutter doesn’t cut the fabric straight (or make sure the previous person did) so watch them carefully.
When I got home I aligned both pieces on the floor and trimmed the access off.
Now for the cutting…
You will want to cut a 6 inch square out of each corner, then cut 6 inch deep and 2 inch wide strips down each side. I found that the natural lines in the plaid pattern made it really easy to cut straight lines. Since my blanket was rather large I decided to cut a few strips and then tie continuing that pattern around the entire blanket. I used a simple double knot making sure to pull tight on each one.
I was worried about each piece shifting in the laundry so I used crochet thread to make small knots throughout the blanket.
I am pretty excited about my first tie blanket. It looks so warm and inviting and I am sure the Mr. and I will be able to snuggle up underneath for several movie nights come winter.
Overall this project cost about $30 (because I didn’t get the fabric on sale :/) and took about 45 minutes to make. I had so much fun doing it I decided to make each of the kids a stroller tie blanket for our winter walks or skating down the canal.
Parker has the attention span of a gold fish lately so I try to find quick activities we can do to focus on his fine motor skills and creative freedom. Salt dough ornaments only require a few ingredients found in most kitchens, are very easy to make, and don’t take much time to decorate.
A batch of salt dough ornaments requires 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1-2 cups water. Mix the flour and salt together adding in water a little at a time until the dough is sticky enough to form a ball. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. After you roll out the dough use cookie cutters, play dough tools or good ole hands to make your ornaments.
Bake for 30 – 45 minutes depending on your oven. Some of the ornaments may bubble up but you can make a small slit on the side and push the air out. Once they are cooled it’s time to paint!
Luckily they are safe if a munchkin decides they look too much like cookies 🙂
If you follow us on Instagram you may have notice I have a slight, okay maybe huge obsession with pajamas for the kids. Especially matching Christmas ones. I have been getting a lot of questions about where I found some of the pajama sets and decided to put together a post with links and photos!
The top left two are from Target (here and here). I had found them on Black Friday (well technically Thursday) when they had all of their clothing 40% off for $7.49 each. While they aren’t matching, I think they both go well together and will be the perfect outfits for one of the photo scenes we are doing this weekend.
I was able to find a few pajamas in both the kids sizes so there has been some fun matchy matchy which makes me so happy. The elf pajamas are also from Target, here, that I snagged during their 40% off sale for $7.79 each. The next two are Child of Mine brand from Costco and Walmart (here and 18 months here/4T here).
A few months ago Zulily had Christmas pajamas for the whole family on sale. I went a little crazy and found something for all of us to wear on Christmas Day. And of course I could resist getting the last pair, also from Zulily.
Hi friends! Tonight’s post is going to be short and sweet because this momma is in desperate need of some R&R and an early bedtime. Maybe a nice hot chocolate in bed with all the fixings.
As we get closer to Christmas Rob and I have noticed more and more people saying “joyeux noel” which I now know means Merry Christmas in French. I realized that in all of my Christmas decor I didn’t have anything with Noel. So I rummaged through my stash of crafts and found various materials to put something together.
I found a perfect spot for it up in the mantel which is now complete!
… were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
I’ve been wanting to work on a pallet project for awhile now. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest and with the holiday season coming up I decided to turn one into a tree. When I was home in NJ we took Parker outside to pick some apples in the backyard. I noticed a pallet at the end of our driveway. I asked my Dad what it was doing there and he said he had put a free sign on it. As I started literally skipping down the driveway I yelled, “are you kidding me you don’t give these away!”.
My Dad helped me cut the pallet into a tree shape and reinforce the horizontal pieces.
I love how imperfect the wood on pallets are. It really gives it character.
I wanted to keep it rustic looking but did a quick sand to avoid splinters.
I used my Silhouette to make a stencil for the quote and we added the & at the top for a “star” effect.
It was still missing something so I painted some white snowflakes to add to the holes on the tree.
I am SO happy with the final product. We made sure to secure it safely to the wall. We also used heavy duty hooks to hang each stocking so Santa can fill it with goodies!