Framing Homemade Art

First I have to apologize for being MIA lately. As everyone, I started out having big plans for 2018! Those were quickly shut down on our way home from Virginia when I got the flu and just two weeks later got food poisoning. So it’s been a rough January. Luckily I’m on the the upside now and am determined to start using my craft room again! Today I’m sharing how I framed an embroidery based on a super cute love story

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More on a Homemade Christmas

 

Sneak peek of Caroline’s post tomorrow 😍#handmadeChristmas

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As a follow up to last week’s collaboration post I thought I’d share how I created a felt advent calendar ornament set, some other good homemade Christmas gifts, and my favorite holiday cookie recipe. All in today’s post! ↓

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Fall Favorites

Kimberly

A couple weeks ago I posted about our thankful project where we are decorating things we are grateful for on the back door over the course of the month. I added this little string of lights and now my kids keep asking for dimly lit dinners and dance parties. Of course, I love that!

Fall usually seems to mean a lot of logistically focused days for me. I’ve been working on travel plans, what parties and shows to attend (we’ve settled on Disney on Ice, The Nutcracker, and the Motab Christmas concert for this year), etc. My son also has his birthday right around Thanksgiving and it definitely sneaks up on me. I’m staying sane by listening to podcasts and searching the internet for the perfect winter slippers. (Top contenders: HERE, HERE and HERE.)

Kristine

This season I have fallen in love with trees. There are so many beautiful decorations out there and trees are a theme that can bridge the fall/ winter/ Holiday season. These wooden ones are adorable, but unfortunately sold out. I will be on the lookout for some trees to add to my collection this season.

Also, I’m pregnant and with the weather changing my “uniform” of yoga capris and flip flops isn’t quite keeping me warm. Thankfully these shoes to the rescue. They are easy to slip on and off and super comfortable.

I’m also discovering the beauty of what Old Navy calls “Track Pants”. Basically glorified sweatpants which can hopefully pass as real pants and keep me warm (and have a handy- pregnancy friendly- elastic waistband). I’m debating between these and these, but maybe with a good Black Friday deal I’ll get both 😉

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Caroline

Like most people fall reminds me of pumpkin spice and everything nice! Except I live in Idaho so it’s more like pumpkins and snow days. This means lots of baking and candles- would be a nice fire, but unfortunately I do still live in college housing. Side note: at work I get a personal heater at my desk and it is just the best in the chilly mornings! I was gifted this candle by Kristine for my birthday and my only complaint is why isn’t it 20 times bigger because I love it so much! It reminds me of pumpkin spice, but isn’t in your face like a lot of fall candles are. I’ve heard it’s the official scent of fall 2017, which I can totally see because it feels like you are in front of a wood burning fire at a cabin in the woods when you light it.

I’ll also share a new favorite fall recipe from The Recipe Critic for pumpkin cheesecake brownies. I have to say I love my fair share of pumpkin, but I can’t stand when it’s so overwhelming. Pumpkin pie has never been tempting for me. Hence why I totally fell for these brownies! There’s only 1/2 cup of pumpkin in the whole pan which gives the hint of fall instead of like fall literally fell into your mouth (which is how I feel with most pumpkin desserts). So if you’re not a huge fan of in your face pumpkin try out these brownies!

Herringbone Quilt Tutorial

Anyone else start new projects and totally ignore the relevant pressing projects? Or stay up all night imagining really great craft ideas when you already have five “started” projects taking up every table in your house. I’m sure I can’t be the only one. I started this project about two weeks ago as a gift for my friend that was due last week with her first baby. On Tuesday her husband texted saying she was in labor and that was the motivation I needed to finish it! I would say finish all your projects before starting a “simple baby quilt”, but sometimes the cuter projects get precedence.

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Juanita’s Crusted Tilapia Tenders

As we know from previous posts I love tilapia and last night I made a new dish I couldn’t resist sharing! I hate throwing away a bag of chips with just the crumbs left and using them for dinner is the perfect solution. If your child refuses to eat any kind of fish (like I did as a kid) I highly recommend these homemade fish sticks!

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