Monday, December 31, 2012

Let's Ring in the New Year

I'm just popping in, in the midst of our New Year's party prep, to share some snippets of what's going on so far.  The past few years we've been hosting laid back get togethers with our family.  It's always a nice way to ring in the new year.  We eat, drink and be merry! 

I didn't spend a lot of money on decorations this year, I tried to use what we already had.  The few items that I did buy were found in Target's 50% off holiday section.  So, without further ado...

I totally saw this fun count down using wine corks and numbers on Pinterest.  I actually already had the paper numbers, and of course the wine corks.

This table will be filled with yummy food, so I just did a simple centerpiece and hung some gold garland from the chandelier.  I think it would make for a pretty Christmas centerpiece, too.

As everyone arrives, they can grab a noise maker and funky glasses to get the party started.  Accessories are a must at a New Year's party, right?

I'm looking forward to celebrating all that was 2012.  It was an incredible year, for sure.  Most of all, it brought us our sweet Charley girl.

I hope you have a fun and memorable New Year's Eve.  Cheers to 2013! Pin It

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mission (Toy) Organization

The past couple of days have been a mixture of relaxing, playing, Today show watching, pajama wearing and TOY ORGANIZING.  Kind of perfect, really. 

A certain little lady lucked out in the toy department this Christmas, which has led to lots of tweaking in the playroom.  Actually, play areas, not playroom.  I've been creating various nooks throughout our main living space. 

A couple of years ago I took an online course through Playful Learning, (thanks, Asha, for the recommendation!) and it was all about creating playful spaces for kids.  At the time, I was creating spaces for my kindergarten students so it's exciting to finally think about spaces for my own daughter.  One thing that stuck with me was to use nooks and crannies throughout your house, so that's what I've been trying to do for Charley.

I started by changing out some toys in her playroom nook.  Now there are soft stacking cups and a wooden bird house.

Next, I gathered her felt fruit basket, a wooden fruit and vegetable book, and a cash register to create a little grocery store nook in the kitchen.  I added a round rug to make it cozy.  Actually, it's another $10 bath mat from Target.  I can't get enough of those things.  They are perfect for small spaces and they're already non-skid, unlike a lot of rugs.

This is probably my favorite nook so far because Charley loves to follow me into the kitchen, and instead of heading straight for Libby's water bowl, she stops to buy some fruit at the grocery store first.

Now onto the family room.  Charley got a few dolls and stuffed animals for Christmas so I gave them a comfy felt basket to live in next to a basket full of books.

And finally, the far side of the couch creates the perfect nook for Charley to play.  I bought an inexpensive sheepskin rug a while ago for this space.  I decided to turn it into somewhat of a musical area with her new instruments and jumbo music block.

So that's how I've been spending my time off of work.  Hopefully this weekend I'll tackle some other projects on my list.  Happy Friday! Pin It

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DIY Hair Ties

I've admired these Multitude Hair Ties from Anthropologie for quite some time now but never found it completely necessary to spend $15 on a set. 

Multitude Hair Ties
Anthropologie's Multitude Hair Ties

I was so thrilled when I came across this tutorial with a link to order my own elastic ribbon for way less money.  It was a no brainer, really.  I ordered a few yards of ribbon in various colors and got my craft on. 

I followed Love U Madly's simple tutorial that I mentioned above to make a set of four hair ties.  I cut a piece of card stock, stamped it with a K, added the hair ties, and I had a simple gift for my sister.  They'll look so fun in Kris' hair when she does a side braid or a loose side pony, both of which I'm incredibly envious.

Speaking of gifts, here are a few pics of my most precious gift, just for fun.

I just loved Charley's festive Christmas Eve outfit that Daddy bought from Jen's Tutu Cute Boutique.

And I couldn't pass up this sweet scottie dog dress and black shiny shoes from Baby Gap for her first Christmas dress.

 I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Packages

A couple of weeks ago in this post I showed some packages that were inspiring me this holiday season.  I thought I'd share what a few of our actual Christmas gifts ended up looking like.  They're a much simpler version of the ones that inspired me. 

I used brown kraft paper and yarn for the wrapping and then white crayon for the hand drawn gift tags.

I hope the you all have a Merry Christmas and happy wrapping!

On a completely different note, after the holidays I'm thinking of painting the doors to the deck.  You can see that they're brown in the picture below.  They've been brown since we moved in and it's time they got a fresh coat of YELLOW paint.  Yes, yellow.  What do you think?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Homemade Cards

Outside of thank you cards, I'm not one to purchase various types of greeting cards to have on hand whenever an occasion arises.  I wish I was, but I'm not.  I do, however, keep a few card making items around the house that allow me to piece together simple, personalized cards for any occasion. Some of those items include; white note cards and envelopes, letter stamps and a few other stamps, scrapbook stickers and decals, scrapbook paper, glitter and a glue pen.

Most recently I made this simple wedding card.  I used brown kraft paper to make a heart and added a monogram for the couple's last name.  Inside I used a rub on that said 'happy wedding day'.  Any card I've ever made is super simple, nothing fancy or intricate. That's just how I roll.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Giveaway Friday, Say Whaaaat?

The lucky winner of the first ever giveaway on My Life in Projects is....Amy!  Thank you for reading and have a Merry Christmas!

That's right, friends.  It's the first ever My Life in Projects giveaway!  In the spirit of Chrismas (and channeling my inner Ellen and all her 12 days of giveaways glory), I've decided to giveaway one of my FAVORITE things to one lucky reader! 

So many ideas crossed my mind as I thought of my favorites.  Scarves, notebooks, Philosphy face wash, Essie nail polish, anything with a bird on it...the list goes on.  But the one thing I kept coming back to and finally decided on is Anthropologie's Volcano Candle.  It's. To. Die. For.  I currently have two of these candles in my home and I can't get enough.

Capri Blue Candle Tin

There are lots of different colored jars to choose from in the store and online, but for this giveaway I chose the blue tin that you see pictured above.  Not pictured: the festive pine needles and match sticks wrapped around the tin with silver garland ribbon.  Oh Anthropologie, your details are too much to handle. 

Let's get to the fun part, shall we? 

HOW TO ENTER:  Leave a comment on this post naming one of your FAVORITE things.
*You must be 18 years old and have a U.S. shipping address to enter.

DEADLINE:  Enter by Monday, December 17th and one random winner will be announced on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hostess With the Mostess

This past weekend we went to our friends' Christmas party. I tried to think beyond the typical bottle of wine for a hostess gift.  I always love the holiday scented hand soaps from Bath and Body Works, so that's what I went with.  I tied some brown raffia into a bow and attached some festive paper for a gift tag.  Very simple.

Here are some other items that I thought would be fun hostess gifts or just gifts in general.

Conversion Dishtowel from Crate and Barrel.


Homegrown Monogram Mug or What to Eat Notepad, both from Anthropologie.

Homegrown Monogram Mug

What To Eat Notepad

Can you believe there's less than two weeks until Christmas?! That's just crazy-town.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Kitchen Curtain Update

After living with the bay window curtains for a little while, I realized I needed to add a backing to them.  Originally it was just one layer of fabric and the light was shining through, which didn't look very good.  I ended up using another layer of the same fabric because I had enough leftover.  The extra layer makes them seem more substantial (or something) on the window. 

While I was at it, I added a trim of pom pom ribbon to the bottom.  I think it softens it a little and the color ties in with the kitchen window curtains.  B.J. asked if I was finally going to iron the curtain while I had it down.  I said yes.  But oops, I didn't do it yet.  I better get on that.

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