Chalkboard Gift Tags at the Nest!

Hi all! Are you getting excited about Christmas?  My kids are constantly asking if we can start decorating, and make presents!  My latest contributor post at the Nest is super easy to make and perfect for the kids to help with...in fact, they kind of are a gift in themselves!  Check out my tutorial for these "Chalkboard" gift tags at a Nest for all Seasons!  Enjoy!


A Family Portrait

So I've been wanting to do this for a while and I finally got around to it with the kids.  I thought it'd be fun to make a family portrait out of food to hang in the kitchen somewhere, and I thought the kids would get a kick out of using food as an art medium.  It was so much fun!!

I couldn't believe how long it kept the kids' attention...they LOVED it! We just used bread for the face and then all sorts of miscellaneous food for all the facial details.  In fact, the kids didn't even want to just stick to faces.  Ellie's head has arms (out of her ears...so funny!) and Lu made herself as a whole princess.

When they finished their faces they took apart all of the pieces and assembled them into more creations for even more fun.

Now I just have to figure out where to hang our family portrait!  This one's a keeper!


30 Gifts to Make for Kids

Those of you who've followed my blog for a while know that I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with making things for my kids.  Since it's getting to be Christmas time, I thought it might be useful to put all of my tutorials in one place.  The links to each of the projects shown above can be found by the corresponding number below.

26.  Book buddy

I'll go ahead and put the link to this post on my sidebar too, so that it's easier to find all of these tutorials.  Thank you so much to all of you who follow this little blog of mine!


We survived pool fill-in...

I promised to share a bit of what's going on with our home addition (which you can read about here and here), so today I thought I'd share what happened after we turned our pool into one last big awesome art project.  Let's just say it's a whole lot of messy and not a whole lot of pretty, but I think it will be fun to follow the whole transformation of our house over time, even if it means some not so pretty blog posts.

On the day that pool fill in began, I ran out for a few hours and came back to a yard I almost didn't recognize.  Getting the bobcat into the backyard was messy business, and I'm sad to say that many of my plants didn't survive.  The plus side though is that I now have the freedom to landscape our yard however I'd like!  The bobcat began by poking holes in the bottom of the pool (for drainage) and then destroying the sides of the pool.  According to code in our area, some of the pool pieces could be left in the pool, but the rest had to be removed and lugged out.

Curious about more details?  Keep reading for more about the process as well as what our yard looks like now...


Thankful Wine Charms

This post is sponsored by Vagabond House.   I was provided some of the materials for this post, but the opinions are my own.

I'm super excited about today's post. 

Have you ever heard about Vagabond House?  When Amy from a Nest for all Seasons contacted me about doing a sponsored post for Vagabond House, I'd never heard of them before.  I looked them up, and I couldn't believe how GORGEOUS their products are! Vagabond House specializes in handcrafted pewter tableware, and after being able to see their products in real life, I can honestly say that their products are heirloom quality. There are so many beautiful items to choose from too!

Each of the Nest contributors were given some items from different Vagabond house collections. Vagabond house sent me some beautiful products from their Harvest Collection: this lovely autumn vine cheese board, this leaf pewter handle cheese knife, and these lovely corn napkin rings. Aren't they stunning?

Could they be more perfect for Thanksgiving or a fall get together?  I live in an area know for it's wineries, so when I think of fall the first thing that comes to mind is the harvesting of grapes and the beautiful colors of grapevine leaves changing colors.

I figured what better way to compliment Vagabond's beautiful Harvest line than some "Thankful"wine charms:

I made two types of wine charms.  For the first, I set of charms listing things that I was thankful for. Perfect for Thanksgiving, right? The second set I used buttons to make circular charms stamped with assorted shapes such as bees and flowers.   Don't the charms look like they could be real metal?  They aren't!  That's right, these faux metal charms are super easy to make and you only need a few things.  Want to make your own wine charms?  Keep reading for the full tutorial.


DIY Cloth Napkins

Wow!  Can you believe it's already November?  I'll be back on the blog later this week with a totally fun post, but for now I just wanted to let you know about my latest contributor post on a A Nest for All Seasons:  how to make cloth napkins (and embellish them with cute little felt pumpkins!)

And do you recognize that cute little felt pumpkin tied into the napkins?  It's a fabric version of my perfect paper pumpkin from last year.  I think I like the fabric version better....what do you think?


Last Minute Halloween Crafts and Costumes...

I don't know about the rest of you, but October has been a very busy month for us.  I normally write a calender each month on the chalkboard door in our kitchen, and I realized on October 15th that I'd yet to write up October's.  Instead I had a stack of random notes--some written on scraps of paper and napkins--in a pile by the door.  Oops.  And let's not talk about the state of my house...which I probably should be cleaning right now instead of writing this blog post.  Oh well....

In fact, these were the crafts that I really didn't think would happen this year, but when we had to cancel many of the activities this past weekend because my oldest is sick with a fever, these crafts seemed like the perfect activities!  Now the hubby and I have costumes to go with the kids Anna and Elsa costumes, and we've got a great Halloween craft to share with our friends at a Halloween party we are going to this week (Note: this ghost craft was inspired by this craft here).  Want to make your own?  Keep reading for all of the details.


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