Wednesday, December 17
All of the smells, sounds, and tastes of this chilly season really make my heart happy. I know I really didn't want summer to end this year, but almost-winter is one of my favorites. Bundling up in cozy things, sitting by the fire sipping tea or hot chocolate, listening to Hope playing Christmas songs on the piano downstairs while I'm upstairs working... these are all the special little things that remind me to let go of stress and just ENJOY.
Coat: c/o Dear Creatures; Pants: borrowed from my sweet Gowa; Shoes: c/o ModCloth; Hat: H&M; Tote Bag: Culture Flock Clothing
I'm currently wrapping up all my last minute gift-buying... and paying all the extra shipping to make sure things arrive on time. ;) Soaking up the holiday season is finally in full swing in our house. Baking with the lil gals and having a Christmas carol sing-along around the piano are the next things on top of my to-do list.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
Tuesday, December 16
December has been a whirlwind of a month. I've been working, working at getting all my ornament orders sewn up and getting everything shipped out (and they are and it's a huge relief), we traveled last weekend for Hope's first gymnastics competition of the season, our band has still been playing most weekends, and I've been squeezing in Christmas shopping when I can. All good things, right? I can't believe Christmas will be here next week. How is that possible? I'm going to take a little time to myself over Christmas break and read a book (WHAT?) and make something for fun. It's good to reenergize when you can.
**Hope loves to read in her tree and Poesy wanted to be just like sis.
**Sometimes in life you steal your kid's Kin Ship Goods (we love them!) sweatshirt and wear it because it's cute and you can.
**Driving past KC, MO
**Hope on the balance beam
**Hope on the floor (I'm not super at action shots, but I love to have these to look back on)
**Cutest little spectator
**A little batch of guys going to their new homes. I wish I had an entire group shot. Maybe next year.
**Hope at her piano recital. She's got nerves of steal, I tell ya. With all of this competing and performing, I just grow prouder and prouder. That stuff isn't easy!
I hope your week is off to a great start! I'll be in the studio sewing all day-- I'll be sharing more about that soon! xo.
Friday, December 12
I've done quite a few kid DIY projects over the years. They are one of my very favorite types of DIY, not only because are they fun to make, but you get to gift the product to excited little faces. Here are a few past projects you might be interested in working on for the holidays.
Make your own drums
Plantable garden box
DIY stick horses
DIY lacing cards
Custom painted ukele
Traditional rag doll
DIY felt doll family
DIY memory house
Secret notes monkey
Build your own doll house
Customized library book totes
I hope these give you a little inspiration if you're looking for handmade ideas for kiddos! Happy weekend and happy crafting!! xo.
Wednesday, December 10
Guys. Let's just talk about how the sun came out this day and it was everything. I never used to be so bad about having the gloomy day sads, but it's a very real thing in my adult life. I think by the time I'm a grandma age I'll have to live in the sunniest part of the world. This day, though... I was productive, I wore my favorite Family Affairs dress (swoon), and the sun was waving a special hello to me. It was a good one.
Dress: c/o Family Affairs; Socks: Tabbisocks; Shoes: c/o Bali ELF; Flower crown: Manzanita
I've had a serious crush on Family Affairs for years now, so any time I get to own a piece or work with Nina, I basically turn into a Backstreet Boys fan in the 90s. Actually, while I was typing that I wanted to reference being a DuJour fan, but I thought less people would know what I was talking about. (Josie and the Pussycats anyone?) Anyway, this dress is on super sale today, so if you're thinking of getting yourself a little prezzie, now might just be the time to do that. It features Nina's own hand-printed drawing, inspired by a patchwork she made as a kid, so if you thought this dress couldn't more charming, well, there you go.
I'll be spending all of today packing up ornaments and get them out to you guys. I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the support. You guys are great, great, GREAT. xo.