One Year Old Birthday Party Highlights!

I feel like I did a pretty good job of not going totally overboard on the birthday party I hosted last week. I love seeing pictures of some of the sometimes outrageous birthday parties that kids have, but I decided that for us, this year, we would go somewhat simple. I am so glad I did! Not only was I excited with how it all looked, but I didn’t spend hours slaving away for the party and I didn’t feel like everything had to be perfect all of the time during the party! Here are a few pictures from the big day…
birthday printable
I made an easy printable by typing up the Birthday Song and using different fonts for each line.
birthday banner
I was excited that I got to use my no sew birthday banner again too!
birthday paper streamers
 These paper streamers were SO easy to make. I used this tutorial to make them.
 Don’t mind the leftover Christmas candy, but it was a good way to get rid of some of it! I still love my balloon wreath so much. It was worth the pain and time! 
I printed off pictures from each month of the first year and put them up on the mirror. It was really fun to laugh with the party goers about when Harper’s high calorie formula really started to kick in.
I made my “Let’s Party” banner a while ago and never made a tutorial for it. It is made from wooden banner pieces that I bought from Pick Your Plum. I love it because I can put it up for any type of party!

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Winter Glam Pine Cone Wreath

There is something about taking down Christmas decor that is therapeutic for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but I also love getting rid of all of the clutter that Christmas brings. I grew up with a mom who would take Christmas down on December 26, sometimes even on the evening of December 25. I don’t know about taking it down on the 25th, but I am a big fan of taking it down once it isn’t Christmas anymore. The problem is, once it is down, we enter the most awkward decorating time of the year. How do you decorate for winter when it isn’t Christmas? I have a post on that topic coming your way SOON, but today I will introduce you to my new winter wreath.
how to make a pinecone wreath
I love it! It was such an easy project too! Here’s what you need to make your own…
pinecone wreath
*Grapevine wreath
*Pine cones (these are SUPER cheap right now in the clearance Christmas sections)
*Ribbon
*Brooch (Mine is a fun piece of jewelry from the Styled. By Tori Spelling line)
*Spray paint in the colors you want. (I used white, blue, and silver)
*Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint
*Hot glue
Forgive me, I don’t have step by step pictures because I made this wreath at about midnight and I didn’t think the pictures would turn out well enough to even take them. PLUS, it is SO easy that I really don’t think you need pictures to learn to make a pine cone wreath.
1. Lay out your pine cones and spray paint them. I divided up my pine cones 3 ways because I had 3 colors.
2. After the pine cones have dried, set them on the wreath until you have the placement of where you want them to all be on your wreath.
3. Glue all of your pine cones onto your wreath.
4. Tie a bow with your ribbon and glue it onto your wreath.
5. Glue the brooch in the middle of the bow.
6. Spray the entire wreath with the Krylon Glitter Blast.
Pine Cone Wreath
DONE! Isn’t it just dreamy?
 

Etched Glass Votives

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I love taking something that isn’t normally a home decor item and turning it into one. One of my favorite things to see during the Christmas/winter season is the contrast of lights with the dark sky. It gets dark very early now, so it is a tie to really be able to appreciate that. Finding decor that can fit in with both Christmas and winter is difficult, but I think decorating with items that add more light during the winter gives it a great, cozy feel. 
I decided to make some fun little votives out of old baby food jars that I had. I have been wanting to find a use for them and this does the trick! Here is what you need for your own…
*baby food jars
*tea lights or electric tea lights
*accent color of vinyl (mine is gold)
*scissors or paper cutter
Cut the vinyl that will be in the background down to size so it can go around your jar. Mine was 7.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The accent colored vinyl needs to be a little smaller so you can see both colors. I cut it to be 7.5 inches long and 1 inch wide. 
Stick your edged glass vinyl onto your jar. It doesn’t have to be totally perfect because the other vinyl will help cover any imperfections.
Put the other vinyl strip on top of the edged glass vinyl. 
Make as many as you want to put all over in your house. These make great party and wedding accents too! They are so easy, and take very little time and money!
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Top 10 of 2012

I can’t believe that 2012 is almost over. It has been a HUGE year for me. I became a mother, took a leap of faith to be a stay at home mom, and decided to take blogging a little more seriously. It is crazy to see how much this little blog of mine has grown in just a matter of one year. I know that there is a lot more in store for it in 2013 and I can’t wait to experience it! It was so fun to see what my top 10 posts for the year were. Let’s see if your favorite posts made the cut!
This was such a fun, simple project. I loved participating in the My Sister’s Suitcase 12 Days of Christmas series too. The tag on these drums is one of my very favorite printables that I have ever made too.
This may be the craziest thing I have ever done to my house, but I LOVE it! It was a lot of work, but so much cheaper and easier than putting in a new floor!
I didn’t realize how much I loved Fall/Halloween decor until I started decorating this year. This pillow is probably my favorite decoration for that season.
This was my Halloween costume about 3 years ago. It is still one of my all time favorite costumes! So easy to recreate too!
There was no cuter Hedwig in the Halloween world. This costume was a lot of fun to make and best of all, it took ZERO sewing skills.
It is a miracle. I actually did sew something. Once I entered the world of tablets, I decided it was time to make myself a cute case to protect it too.
I forget that some of you don’t know that I am a cosmetologist by trade. It was fun to throw in a little curve ball and show one of the most basic, easy hairstyles that I use constantly!
This was a really easy way to make a boring piece of furniture more of a custom piece of furniture!
I can’t take all of the credit for this one. I loved the format of another chore list I found and I customized it for myself!
It blows my mind that one little solution to an unorganized problem went as viral as this tutorial did this year. I still love this board and use it constantly! I don’t know what I would do without it.
I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to read my blog. It really means the world to me. I have been able to experience some pretty awesome things this year because of my blog and I am so grateful for that. Did your favorite post of the year make the top 10? What kinds of things would you like to see in 2013? 

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Missionary Advent Calendar

 
Well, today is the big day. I am going to say goodbye to my little brother for 2 years while he serves an LDS mission. He will be serving the people of Bogota, Colombia. He is 5 1/2 years younger than me. To most people, that seems like kind of a big gap, but I think it is just right. We have always been pretty close. It is hard to think that I won’t be able to talk to him whenever I want and that I won’t be able to see him for 2 whole years, but he will be an incredible missionary and I know he and my family will be blessed for supporting him.
We wanted to have a little Christmas night with him before he left, so we all got him gifts that he could use on his mission etc. I wanted to give him something for Christmas that would really mean something to him, so I made him an advent calendar. I want him to feel like he gets to celebrate Christmas too. 
I got 12 pieces of scrapbook paper and I cut them in half. I folded those pieces in half and taped the sides shut to create little pockets. I decorated each of the pockets with the number of each day he would have to open them and a little extra glam cause I can’t really do anything without a little glam! 
In each pocket is a slip of paper. On the odd days, they are random facts about how the celebrate Christmas in Colombia. In the even day pockets they are some of our favorite scriptures along with an explanation of why they are special to us. On some days, he gets an added bonus. I got 6 wallet sized pictures and put them in random pockets as an extra surprise for him (including my husband ultra funny/dorky school picture this year).
On Christmas, I wanted him to get something extra special, so I wrote him a letter for Christmas Day. 
He was really excited when he opened up this gift because he could tell that I put a lot of thought into it and it is something that he can really look forward to doing each day. It is something that could be easily made for missionaries all over the world too because it is pretty light weight and would be easily shipped. He was also excited that they were all flat and could be crammed into a suitcase pretty easily. 
Wish us luck as we drop him off today! I know it will be tough, but totally worth it. I am so proud of him and the choices that he has made to be worthy of serving a mission.
I am interested in what kind of gifts you have sent to missionaries. I will have quite a few other holidays that I will send him gifts for, so tell me what your missionary gift ideas are!
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Leaf Covered Pumpkin Tutorial

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Thanksgiving is next week? How do the holidays always seem to creep up on me every year? I love everything about this time of year… except for the snow that keeps trying to come before Thanksgiving. In my book, snow comes after Thanksgiving and leaves right after Christmas. Of course, I live in Idaho, so it usually comes before Halloween and doesn’t leave until about Easter… sucky. ANYWAYS, I made a little lovely to add to my Fall decor that I want to share with you!
I think this little guy would be oh so cute on your table as you enjoy your Thanksgiving feast. It took no time and was really inexpensive to make too. Score!
You will need…
Faux Pumpkin (I got mine on clearance at Michael’s)
Glue gun and hot glue
Leaf Garland (On sale at Michael’s)
Start by peeling off the leaves off of the plastic garland. Put hot glue on the back of a leaf and stick it to the bottom of the pumpkin. Repeat this step and work your way up the pumpkin. Be sure to mix the different styles and colors of leaves to add more dimension. Feel free to flip the leaves around in any direction to make them fit onto the pumpkin where you want them to be. Cover the entire pumpkin so that you can’t see the pumpkin at all. When you get to the stem, put the leaves all the way up to the base of the stem.
So easy! I love what a simple statement this pumpkin makes. It is a fun, unique way to marry two Fall themes together too. Happy creating!

Falling Leaves Door Decor Tutorial

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I am excited to share the newest addition to my Fall decor with you today, my door hanger. Not only is it so easy, but it is inexpensive too! You can’t go wrong with that.
You will need…
8 felt leaf place mats (I found mine at the dollar store!)
Burlap garland or ribbon
Ribbon (this will be hidden)
Hot glue or Tacky Glue
Spray starch
Flat iron
You are probably thinking, a flat iron?! Yes! I didn’t want the leaves to be totally flat against the door, so I decided to give them a little dimension. Just spray some starch on each of the leaves. Curl the edges of the leaves with your flat iron, by clamping down and curving the flat iron as you pull towards the edges.
Lay out your leaves how you want them to be and glue them together. I used hot glue because my door hanger isn’t actually outside. If it is going to be outside, I recommend using something like Tacky Glue.
Put a ribbon through the top of the leaves. I poked a hole in one, and laced the ribbon through the center slit on another leaf. Tie the ribbon in the back. This is how it will hang up on your door.
Make a giant bow out of your burlap ribbon or garland and glue it to the top of your leaves.
Hang it up and enjoy! I know that there are a lot of people out there who are celebrating Christmas early and putting up their Christmas decor right now, but I just can’t do it! I love Fall decor too much! Do you have Fall at your house or are you decorating for Christmas already?

Duck Tape Trick or Treat Bag

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A few weeks ago, I was the lucky winner of a gift basket full of Duck Tape! Does life get any better?! I love me some Duck Tape. A lot of it in the gift basket was Halloween themed so I knew I needed to come up with something quick before it was too late to craft with Halloween Duck Tape. That’s when it hit me like a ton of Duck Tape. A trick or treat bag!
I really like how it turned out! It is extremely sturdy and waterproof too.
Here’s what you’ll need…

*2 rolls of printed Duck Tape. These aren’t as long as the solid Duck Tape, so you will use the entire roll for both of them.
*Solid colored Duck Tape This isn’t pictured. I didn’t know I would need it til I ran out of the printed kind. If your bag is smaller than mine, or if you use a solid color for your bag, you won’t need this additional tape.
*Scissors
*Duck Tape stickers (optional)
*Bag about the size you want your bag to be.
First, measure out a piece of tape for the bottom of your bag by putting tape right against your bag and cutting it to the same size.
Lay out the piece that you just cut. Cut another piece of tape the same size. Lay them side by side, overlapping them a little so they stick together. 
Repeat the last 2 steps with the other printed tape. This will be the lining of your bag.
Wrap a piece of tape around the bag. Cut a piece of tape long enough to go around the bag. 
Cut several more pieces of tape the same size and overlap them a little to make them stick to each other. Do this until it is as tall as you want your bag to be.
Cut the same amount of pieces in the same size in your other printed tape. Lay the outer layer with the printed side down and stick the print that will be the lining on top with the sticky sides together.
Make handles by taking two pieces of long tape and sticking them together. Bend to look like a handle and tape onto the print that will be inside of the bag. Do this two times so that you have one handle on each side of your bag.
Fold your bag over and tape the edges together. This will make it look like a bag without a bottom.
Insert your bottom piece inside of the bag. You will have to bend it a little. Tape it in on the inside and the outside to be sure it holds well.
Now you have a bag! You can stop there, or you can embellish it a little! 
I added glow in the dark Duck Tape stickers to mine to add a little more fun to it. I love that the inside and the outside of the bag are different! 
Now go get your tape on! 
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No Sew Baby Owl Costume

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Every year of our marriage, I have wanted to dress in theme. We come up with funny ideas, even think of ones we would actually do, then realize that we most likely won’t be doing anything on Halloween that would allow us to really dress up. Needless to say, it never happened. Well guess what?! It is happening this year! Harper is an adorable little owl when her parents aren’t dressed up, but when they are….. She’s HEDWIG! I am so excited about it! After looking for a costume I noticed a few things. One, Hedwig costumes are lame, and ugly. Two, baby owl costumes are really colorful. And three, costumes in general are really expensive. I had most of the things I needed to make Harper’s costume, so I only ended up spending about $5.
Here’s what you’ll need…

*Warm and Natural batting. The amount of this varies on the size of costume you are making. For mine, I used close to 2 packages of the craft size that measures 34×45 inches. I found mine at JoAnn’s. (Tip: Use your 40% off coupons or watch for these to go on sale)
*Glue Gun
*Scissors
*Feathers. These are optional, but really add a lot to the costume. I had some ugly ones I wanted to use up.
*Measuring Tape
*Bowl, lid, or something similar to measure your baby’s head.
*Marker
Cut your material to the size you want your poncho to be. I wanted my poncho to be a square, so I chose a size I thought would be good for Harper, and cut the material into a square. Mine is 26.5×26.5 inches.
Put a bowl or dish on your baby’s head to measure how big to make the hole for the poncho. This may be the best part of the tutorial. She made some pretty great faces with that strange thing on her head. (P.S. Mine ended up being too big, so don’t go off of my picture for reference)
Put the bowl in the center of the material. Trace a circle around it and cut it out.
Try the poncho on your baby. If you did what I did, you can insert swear words here. I cut the hole a little too big. Don’t worry! There is a solution to this! If you cut your circle out just right, skip the next step.
If you cut your hole too large, just fold over the inner circle a little until it is the size you need it to be. Glue the material down onto itself. It will all be covered up by features later on.
Speaking of feathers, now is when you get to cut out the feathers. My feathers range between 3-5 inches long and vary in width too. I took the other material that I had and folded it over twice so that I had 4 layers. I cut 4 feathers at a time that way. Cut them in a feather like shape. They don’t need to be perfect, you just need quite a few of them. I cut nearly an entire bag of Warm and Natural just for the feathers. Sit down and watch a good TV show, and this seems to take no time at all when you are cutting 4 at a time.
Now, let the gluing party begin! Starting from a bottom corner, put some hot glue on the material in a zigzag pattern. I did about 4-6 inches at a time. Place your feathers on top of the glue and press down. Don’t worry about overlapping them side to side, there are enough feathers that lay on top of it that you won’t notice. Continue doing this layer by layer. When you go up a layer, put your glue about 3 inches above the top of the feathers in the line below. When you get to the neck hole, layer the feathers a few times and glue right to the edge of the hole.
Next, glue the real feathers around the poncho. Glue them underneath the fabric feathers to hide the ugly tops of the feathers.
Finally, you can put the poncho on your baby! Isn’t it the cutest?
To make the owl headband, you need…
*Glue gun
*White or ivory feather hackle pad (I sell them in my Etsy shop. You can find them in several other online stores or in some craft stores as well)
*Brown, tan, yellow, and white felt
*Big, black beads (I found mine at JoAnn’s)
*Elastic baby headband
*Scissors
This headband is super easy to make!
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Find items that are about the sizes you want the circles for the eyes to be. Trace them onto the brown and tan felt. Cut them out. Cut a triangle out of the yellow felt.
3. Attach the hackle pad to the headband. Put a little piece of the white felt behind the hackle pad and glue it there for added support. Sometimes you need to glue a few of the feathers down so that the feathers aren’t sticking straight up. (Step 3 and 4 can be done in either order)
4. Glue the felt face pieces onto the hackle pad. Glue the black beads on top of the eye circles.
5. Ta da! You are finished!
Now you can enjoy your little owl (or Hedwig)! Hoot Hoot!
Happy Halloween!
Our Harry Potter family Halloween costumes were all about our little Hedwig owl!
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I borrowed a Harry Potter robe from a friend and Dave wore his scarf and tie he already owned. We put a little lip liner “scar” on his forehead to create a Harry look and I let my hair air dry to get into the Hermoine character. Simple, but when they are all put together, they were great!

DIY Halloween Costume: Progressive Insurance Flo

 Two years ago, I made my favorite Halloween costume.
Flo from Progressive Insurance.
Pardon the not so pretty pictures. I didn’t plan on sharing it originally, but in the spirit of Halloween, I thought I would share my favorite Halloween costume. It is also the easiest costume to make too!
Here’s what you need…
White apron
Blue ribbon
Blue iron on vinyl or printable iron on transfer
Blank button, sticker paper, or regular paper for button
Paper for name tag
Red lipstick
Liquid eyeliner
Mascara
White shirt
1. Print off the Progressive Insurance logo onto the printable iron on transfer paper or cut out Progressive logo on blue vinyl.
2. Iron logo onto the top of the apron.
3. Print out I (heart) insurance onto a paper or sticker. Cut into a circle and either put it in a button, or tape onto the apron.
4. Print off name tag with the name Flo written on it and blue and red stripes above it. Tape onto the apron.
5. Tie a blue ribbon around in your hair, give yourself a little flip at the bottom and a big poof on the top.
6. Wear a white shirt under the apron.
7. Wear red lipstick, dramatic cat eye eyeliner, and mascara.
Now go get your Flo on! This costume was a total hit. Have a Happy Halloween!
Progressive Insurance has seen how popular Flo is for a Halloween costume and has added a page to their website with tips for dressing like Flo! Check out their tips here!