Sunday, December 21, 2014

This week's menu and a survey!

Hey everyone!  It's that time of year when I take a few weeks off from blogging!  This blog will be on vacation from today, December 21st until January 4th.  I'll be posting a few round ups an end of year round up of my most popular posts this year, but in the case of new content, I won't have anything new until the first week of January!

I can't wait to start the new year off fresh!  Speaking of the new year, I would love to see what you guys are looking for content wise!  I made a survey for you to fill out and would love it if you filled it out and tell me what you think!

As for my menu plans, Matt will be on vacation for the next two weeks, so I'll probably be doing more spur of the day planning and making what sounds good that day instead of doing a big plan each week!

Even though I don't have a menu plan for you, I have some Christmas conversation cards for you! Download and print your own set now!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Harry Potter inspired Christmas tree skirt

One of my failed goals this Christmas season was to make a Harry Potter Christmas tree.  I bought everything to do it, but just never go to actually doing it.  But what I did finish was this tree skirt, and honestly, it kinda made my whole holiday!  

My intention was to only make a small one for the small tree I bought to be my Harry Potter tree, but instead, I decided to try making one for my main tree first.  I mean, why make one small one when you can make one large one and then a small one!

A white sheet
A black Sharpie
a stock pot
a stamp kit from Silhouette

The first thing I did was take an old white sheet and lay it out on the floor.  I cut a big circle out of it using my old tree skirt as a very rough stencil.  When it was cut, I then cut into the center of the circle and then cut another small circle from the middle so it would fit around my tree base.    After it was cut, I brewed some tea in a stock pot.  I used probably a gallon of water with 6 bags of tea.  When the water was boiled and the tea had steeped, I crumpled up my white fabric into a ball and shoved it into the stock pot and let it sit for 45 minutes. 

While that was soaking, I went to my Silhouette and using the stamp starter kit, I cut out some shoe prints.

After the sheet was done soaking, I ran it through the washer on a rinse cycle.  And then I dried it. This is how it came out, which to me, looked like a well worn piece of parchment.

To write out the map, I searched out some fan fiction pictures of the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter.  My map is kinda a mixture of 4 or 5 maps I found on Google.  Mainly I wanted to make sure I listed the main subjects but I didn't include the dormitories since they are all on different levels of Hogwarts.  I mean, technically the classrooms are as well, but it made sense for them to show all on the same level for my tree skirt.

When all was said and done, here was my final result.

Last but not least, when I was done writing out the map, I used the foot print stamp that I made to make the trails of people in the castle!  I have a few of the characters listed including Harry, Ron and Snape.  I will probably add Hermione to the library too.  

I have to say, I have pretty much geeked out at this tree skirt.  I show everyone that comes over how awesome it is and I can't stop looking at it.  I really should just make myself a blanket like this.  Oh wait, there is a great idea!  A Maraurder's map blanket!!!

So, have you geeked out lately?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Awesome Things Tuesday


Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! This week is going to be a little more special! Why is that you ask? Well this week's Awesome Things Tuesday is going to last until January 1st!  That means you can keep coming back and adding your links!

And don't forget, my blog will be on vacation starting December 21st and I won't be back sharing crafts until January 4th.

This week's features are all about everything I love about winter. Christmas, comfort foods, cozy decor...let me just say we have some really awesome features today, is one of them yours?

This week's features!

Randi's Pick - Christmas Believe Banner from The Happy Scraps

Ashley's Pick - Simple Wood Nativity from Carissa Miss

Lindsay's Pick - Felted Acorn Ornaments from Making it in the Mountains

Amanda's Pick - Easy Sugar Cookies from Blooming Homestead

Dee's Pick - DIY Paper Stars from Apple Green Cottage

Danielle's Pick - Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes from With a Blast

And the most clicked link from last week...

Floating Candle Decor from With a Blast

Go ahead and grab a button folks!

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Now that you've seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they've been up to!
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Ashley Emmett - My Craftily Ever After
Lindsay Fekitoa - Frenchie Wraps
Amanda Corbet - Krafting Kreations
Dee LeBrilla - Cupcakes & Crowbars
Danielle Cole Reeves - Busy Moms Helper

We've also created a Pinterest board dedicated to the awesome things you link up each week! Make sure you are following it because we will be pinning ALL of our favorites links, not just the features!

Please read and follow the rules before adding your link.
  1. You may link up as many projects as you would like. They need to be YOUR creations and projects.
  2. Link directly to your post and NOT to your main blog.
  3. Please no giveaways, promotions, items for sale, roundups, or posts that do not belong to you.
  4. Please make sure to click and check out the other projects linked up!
*By submitting your link you are authorizing me to post your projects and pictures as a feature and on various social media websites along with links to your post. I have the right to delete links that do not adhere to the rules.