Friday, December 31, 2010

This Moment - Ancient Edition

Well, it seems as if blogger's having some issues with uploading pictures, so here's a moment from the archives. But that's ok, because it gives me the perfect chance to say...

Brian, I'm so blessed to have spent another year with you. With each passing year our love deepens and I think the next will be our best yet.

Happy New Year, my dear!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Been wondering what I've been knitting over the past few months? This might be my favorite Christmas surprise. :)

A few years ago, I was going through some old boxes in my parents shed and stumbled upon a funny looking mitten-type thing.  Mom said it was a mitten that you could hold hands in; someone had knit it for my parents as a wedding gift.  Brian and I got such a kick out of it. We called it "The Uni-glove" and wore it a few times on our winter walks in college.

After I learned to knit, I wanted to see if I could find a pattern for one. I started by knitting one for Brian for Christmas...then I brought it to work to show a friend and pretty soon I had lots of orders for Christmas presents! So, I've been knitting these "Smittens" all autumn long...

Behold, the Smitten: 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Subway Art

I had seen this project around and decided to make my own version for one of Brian's Christmas gifts this year.  Check out this post to see a whole bunch of different ways to make your own "subway art". Here's how I made mine...

I began by buying a square canvas and painting it with white acrylic paint.  Next, I borrowed my friend's Cricut and cut out the words that I wanted on my canvas.  I decided to do places that are important to Brian and I as a couple, for example the streets that we've lived on, where we got engaged, trips we've been on, etc. Next, I bought some temporary adhesive spray and glued the letters onto the canvas.  After they were all placed the way I wanted them, I spray painted the entire canvas with black spray paint.  When it dried, I simply peeled off the letters and put a coat of mod podge on it to give it a nice sheen.

Even though this project took quite a while (and it would have taken so much longer if I didn't use the Cricut!), I really liked how this turned out...and so did Brian, which is most important!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Personalized Typography Art

Here's a project that I've been working on for a few months now and can finally share now that Christmas is over!  This was my main Christmas gift for most of my family members.  Although they were more time consuming than I initially thought, I really think the end product is worth it.  

The first step was to walk around town and take lots and lots of pictures of letters and numbers(I suggest doing this before winter sets in! brrrr!) Make sure to find letters that are not touching any other letters (easier said than done!).

Next, I downloaded all of my photos, then put them into Picasa (a free program from google), cropped them to 4x6 and made them black and white.

Next, select all of the letters you need and the, click "collage" on the bottom of the screen. I made my collage 8x10, then added all of my letters onto the collage space. You can then resize and put your letters in any configuration you may want. 

The last step is to save your collage and then get it printed on 8x10 photo paper. A few mattes and black frames later and you have yourself a beautiful piece of personalized art!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Continuing the list

I made it too 1,000 blessings last week, but I so enjoy listing my blessings, that I think I'll continue...

-coffee with Liz and Jessica
-teaching Bekah to crochet and heart-to-hearts
-Our neighbor's kind gift
-Kirby's sermon
-sleeping over at my parents' on Christmas Eve
-a neck in neck Settlers game
-Christmas texts
-many kind and thoughtful gifts
-giving gifts
-homemade Corn Chowder during a blizzard
-my new car seat warmer
-Christmas notes from my husband
-sugar cookies
-British comedy
-time with family
-Christ's arrival
-answered prayers
-a sign of hope
-being snowed in, safe and warm inside the Sea Kettle...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Short and Sweet

Hoping you all had a joyful and blessed celebration of our Lord's birth! I was certainly blessed beyond measure and I hope you were as well. Enjoy this sabbath day, my friends. Be full of joy, hope, peace and love.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Good people all, this Christmas time,
consider well and bear in mind,
what our good God for us has done,
in sending His beloved Son.

-From the Wexford Carol

Friday, December 24, 2010

The List

A moment that I'm pausing to remember and savor...
One of my student came to school yesterday with a white beard, red hat and a large pillow under his shirt..oh yeah, and a really long "naughty and nice" list. Luckily, I was on the latter...phew!

{this moment} - A Friday ritual

 Joining with SouleMama

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mod Podge Ornaments

Here's a simple craft the kids did at school this week.  All you need is some glass ornaments, tissue paper, mod podge, ribbon and some glitter. Quick, easy and they look really pretty when the lights on the Christmas tree show through them!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


uhhh, so it's really hard to blog when everything you're doing is a surprise! Looking forward to showing you what I've been up to, come December 26th...

and now, a little tease-

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

From the Art Room: Winter Paintings

Here's what we've been working on in the art room recently... we're hoping that these winter paintings help summon the snow!

Monday, December 20, 2010

One THOUSAND gifts!

991. this season
992. dinner with the Russells
993. relief
994. new friends from "Scotland"
995. time with Mom J.
996. Christmas elving
997. A successful surprise 50th birthday party for Mom!
998. warm house, tree all lit, wrapping
999. prayers
1000! A full year of thanks, these one thousand gifts, these one thousand counted blessings from God.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My eyes have seen...

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Luke 2:28-32

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at Work...

one big happy family! (with awesome sweaters...)
..and the head tilt!

Friday, December 17, 2010

This Moment

A moment that I'm pausing to remember and savor...

..this winter sunset and my husband driving us to the ocean just to capture it (and the sweet kiss that followed).. 
{this moment} - A Friday ritual
 Joining with SouleMama

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chocolate Chip

A spontaneous winter visit and baking with my sister...mmmmm. 

And Kimmie (the littlest sister) is just home from her first semester in college! 

They're sure to be oodles of family fun in our very near future...