Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Stockings Were Hung... Happy Holidays!

Stockings created by the lovely and talented Leslie Marsh.
We wanted to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I'll see you in the new year.  I plan on spending the week with my family so I won't be posting until 2013.  May each of you be blessed with health and happiness in the new year. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Is it Christmas Today? Advent Calendar Inspiration via Pinterest

More days than not, my four year olds will ask me as they get up in the morning if it's Christmas today?  It must be so hard to not have that concept of time yet.  They understand a bit of it, but one month feels like an eternity.  Stevie in particular is having the hardest time.  Probably because he has a list a mile long that he wants from Santa.  Bella, on the other hand tells me that she wants whatever Santa brings her. 

For the first time this year I bought the kids Advent calendars.  Hurry up December 1st so we can start using them!  Each year I've thought about making one.  There are so many adorable creations out there!  These are some of my favorites that I've been pinning.

I love the bright colors on this one. Must be because of my kids but I've been drawn to bright colors and lights these past few years. This one is unique and the little cans give you more room for little gifties and ornaments or whatever little treats you want to put inside. You could also re-use food containers and cover with scrapbooking paper.

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I've always loved these cookie sheet calendars!  They are so adorable with all the little decorated magnets.  But, unfortunately with three small children I worry about them going into little mouths.  Maybe when they get older it could be a project we all work on together.  They *love* their crafty projects. :)
 
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And I'll leave you with one more that I loved.  AND because I've always loved projects with those cute little matchbooks.  You can buy a big package of them for pretty cheap, add a little scrapbook paper and - adorable!  This one is found on the Just a Girl blog.  Go visit. 
 
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We are busy, busy shopping and wrapping presents!  Hope you're taking time to enjoy this holiday season too.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving and Decorating for Christmas

Has anyone started decorating for the holidays yet?  My girl, Laurie probably has! :)  I haven't started decorating but I have started thinking about my ornaments and which decorations we'll put out and what we'll make with the kids.  In recent years I'm drawn to brightly decorated trees like the gorgeous Candy colored Christmas tree done by Centsational Girl.  We did a candy themed tree a couple years ago.  I think it was the first or second Christmas when we had the twins.  We cut out our wooden candy shape and glittered them so there wouldn't be anything breakable on the tree.  I put on some bright beads, candy canes and gumdrop candies on tree branches.  It was one of my favorite trees.  

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The kids are SO excited for Christmas this year.  They feel it's "taking sooo long" for Santa to come. :)  Only in a 4 year olds mind.  I think we'll be writing our letters to Santa over the next few days.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  We have so many things to be thankful for this year.  Enjoy your turkey and all the fixins!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Into the Woods

We cleared a few trees in our yard to make room for our chicken coop and garden expansion next year.  It's the kids favorite new spot to play.  Talking, playing catch, balancing and who knows what else each day brings.
 
 
 
Gosh, my last blog post was almost 6 months ago.  I guess you could say I needed a break.  I've been busy with kiddos and just living life on a daily basis.  I wasn't feeling very inspired to blog.  I wasn't even reading many blogs, which is so unusual for me.  I was seeing all these gorgeous blogs with people who have kids and couldn't understand how their houses can be so "perfect" when mine is chaotic.  :)  I embrace the chaos most days and go with the flow.  Or try to anyway.
 
 
I know that the time goes by so quickly.  What is the quote I just read recently?  "The days are long but the years are short".  I do try to remember that. 
 

I want to enjoy every day with my ever growing children.  Why is it that when I look at their pictures, they appear so much older?  They have become little people with thoughts and opinions (some stronger than others).  Ahem.
 
 
Little brother wants to join in too.  We can't leave him out.  They can be so tender together and then scream at any given moment.
 
 
I do love being outdoors with them.  It seems they do less fighting when we're outside.  I love that these three are so close in age. 
 
 
The Three Amigos, as Stevie calls them.  Life is moving quickly.  I want to document and remember.
 
 
 
Let's not forget our Halloween and dress up fun either!  I think they are almost more excited that Halloween is over so they can wear their costumes on a daily basis and not have to "save them" for Halloween.  My Rapunzel and crime fighting super heroes!  Life is good.
 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Herbs and Chickens!

What a gorgeous weekend it's been!  Happy Memorial Day to you.  I hope you're enjoying it too.  We've been preparing to plant our garden and also expecting the arrival of our chicks that arrive this week.  Twelve baby chicks will be here on Wednesday or Thursday and I can't wait to show you pictures!  We've talked about getting chickens for several years so I'm excited that we're finally getting them.  


We've been clearing out a few trees in our yard preparing for the chicken coop that hubby will be building.  The chicks stay indoors for about a month so we have a little time.  With the trees that have come down I now have a very sunny spot along the side of my house that I could only have shade plants there. 


Now it's a nice and sunny spot so I planted some basil, parsley, thyme and cilantro.  I already had chives growing there and a few flowers.  It's right outside our kitchen door so I love that I now have this little sweet smelling spot to grow and pick my herbs!  The back yard is in a bit of disarray but we do have a vision of what we want it to be.  With time, I see strawberries, blueberries and a small orchard.  We'll get there eventually.  Hope you're enjoying your day.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Eiffel Towers :: Design Team Share

Good Morning and Happy Monday.  I'm up a wee bit before the kiddos and having a nice cup of coffee, enjoying the quiet.  We've had a busy month of May with lots of family activities and family visits.  My Dad was here from Virginia and luckily had a beautiful week!  I miss him already.

I'm really so excited to share this month's Design Team projects.  I think the team has totally outdone themselves with our new Eiffel Tower shape!

Dawn did some beautiful hand soldering work and decorated with jewels, gems and cool wire.



Closeup of some of the cool pieces..


 Joyce created this totally girly piece with French papers, bling and her favorite, dress forms. :)  She has more information on her blog on how she created the look.

    

Love these pretty pins!

 Julie Ann made a She Girl with her Eiffel Tower.  The She Girl is inspired by Julie Nutting's book, Collage Couture.  It says, "She discovered she had a sense of adventure".  


Julie Ann painted the Eiffel Tower in black chalkboard paint. 
 


Laurie painted hers pink!  So adorable.  And she used Vintage button covers on hers.


Oooh la la. :)


Each one is so unique and different from each other.  Rae used a soft blue with striking black accents.


And last, but certainly not least.  Julie created some glitz and glamour with her Eiffel Tower with glitter and sequins.  Yes, sequins. :)  Don't you love it?!

I love the sequins and bling on the seams of the glitter.


Such a beautiful job!  Each one is so unique and fun!  I can't believe we have only one project left for this Design Team term.  We'll be posting a new Design Team call so check in again soon if you're interested in playing with some of our products each month.  Have a Happy Monday!  xo

Monday, May 07, 2012

Wooden Eiffel Tower for Baby Girl Tutorial

Welcome back Say It With Letters readers. :)  I've been enjoying time with my little ones and also recovering from ALL of us being sick.  We had our April school vacation and all five of us got sick.  Not much fun let me tell ya!  But we've recovered and are spending time outdoors in between the rainy spring weather we've been having.

I'm excited to share pictures for a new shape we designed.  We've had several people request an Eiffel Tower shape and now I'm excited to share it.  You can find it in our Etsy shop HERE.  Design Team member, Kim created this darling Eiffel Tower shape for a friend who's having a baby girl soon.  Isn't that the sweetest?!  I never know what the DT will create with their projects and hadn't thought of it for baby but I think it's so perfect!  Beautiful job Kim.  Read on for a great tutorial that Kim created for us!


Eiffel Tower for Baby Girl Tutorial
by Kim Schofield

1)      Gather Your Supplies – I’m using paper and stickers from Graphic 45, Zip Dry, Scissors, Exacto Knife, Sanding Tool, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, blending tool, foam tape, and adhesive.


2)      Apply Zip Dry to the entire piece (note that I rarely paint my pieces before applying paper because I love the natural look of the wood.  Others may want to paint first, using acrylic paints, to match their papers)


3)      Using the entire piece of 12x12 designer paper, press the glued piece onto the back side of the paper you wish to be on the FRONT of your piece.


4)      Use scissors to roughly cut off the excess paper, cut as close to the shape as possible.


5)      Use Exacto knife to cut off remaining paper; use the edge of the shape as a guide.


6.  Turn the piece over and use a sanding tool to smooth all of the edges.  A nail file works great for the small corners!


7.  I wanted a vintage look to this piece so I used dark brown ink and a blending tool to apply ink to all of the edges.  This is also a great way to hide any minor flaws. 



8.  Here’s the fun part…Decorate!  Use stickers, rhinestones, pearls, buttons, whatever matches your style to decorate your piece!



9.  Finished piece!  Perfect for a friend who is expecting a baby girl in a few months…


 Such a sweet project.  And thanks, Kim for the awesome tutorial.  I hope you all enjoyed it too.  You can visit Kim's blog for more inspiring projects.  She's a beautiful card maker too. :) 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mosaic Seahorse

Are you having a nice week?  I can not believe how mild our winter is here this year!  I probably shouldn't write this, but we haven't had much snow at all this year.  We had a huge snowstorm (about 2 feet of snow) on Halloween so I thought for sure it was a sign of a snowy winter but that hasn't been the case.  Less snow = less shoveling and plowing so I'm certainly not complaining.

Design Team member Dawn, sent me a picture of some mosaic work she did on our SEAHORSE shape.  I've always been so fascinated with mosaics because I find them so pretty and cool that you can take broken dishes and other pieces and make something so pretty!  Don't you love what she created and the pretty colors she chose?!  I sure do. 


If you have something you've created with our letters and shapes, send them along, I'd love to see your work!

If you're friends with my on Facebook, then you've probably already seen this picture.  But I just had to share it here too. :)  My sister took this picture a couple weeks ago and I thought it was too cute. I can't believe my kids are growing up so much.  They'll be 2 and 4 in April (all April birthdays) and I can hardly believe it.  Have a fun week everyone!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fabric Covered Wooden Butterfly Tutorial

Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!  I left little goodies for my kiddos 
on the table as they haven't woken up just yet.  I'm excited to see their 
happy faces.  I hope you have a special love day too.
 
I'm really excited to share a tutorial that Design Team member, Laurie  
created with our {butterfly collection}.  Aren't they puuuurttttyy??! 
I just love them so much!  The red and pink with black contrast are 
really striking to me.
 
Read along to hear how she covered them in fabric. 
 
SIWL Butterfly Tutorial
by Laurie Cass-Griggs   

These butterfly shapes are adorable and they come in a set of five  
from large to small! Right now I'm all about fabric and I wanted to  
make these girlie and fun for Valentine's Day, so I used lots of pink  
and red.

 
First, pick 5 different fabrics that you think go well together. Lay  
the butterfly shape on top of the fabric and trace around it. I use a  
black ballpoint pen so I can see it well. Then cut out around the  
shape, cutting just within your tracing mark. Do this for all five  
pieces, alternating your fabric colors in a pattern you like. Don't  
worry too much if your fabric is a bit wrinkled, the glue will take  
care of this problem. 
 
 
I then take my Aleen's glue and squeeze a thin layer of glue directly  
onto the shape. 
 
 
I use a bit of scrap cardboard to spread it out in a  
thin film, making sure to get it all the way to the edges. Then I  
place the fabric down on top, matching the edges first and then  
smoothing out the center until it's flat and there's no bubbles of air  
underneath.

Try not to go overboard on the glue or it will seep through to the  
front of the fabric. A little works great.

 
Then apply your fabric to the rest of your shapes. After you get them  
all covered it's time for the fun part - embellishing! 
 
 
I used this really cute fabric that had words like: "adore," "love" and "pretty"  
printed on it and it seemed fitting for this project. I also used some  
flowers, buttons and other embellishments, including a silver frame  
that I really like. I adhered most of the embellishments with glue or  
glue dots.  I loved the way they turned out! :) 



I love the way they turned out too, Laurie!!  Laurie's been on the Say It With Letters DT since the beginning and I have to say these are my favorite project of hers and I've had quite a few favorites!!  :)  Thanks for sharing your creations with us, Laurie and thanks to each of you for checking in.  Laurie also has an Etsy shop, Trinkets, be sure to check them out too!  It's a happy place.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!  xo

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Butterfly Wall Collection

Happy February!!  It is the shortest month but sometimes it feels so long because we usually have a ton of snow by now.  This year we've been pretty lucky and haven't much at all.  Just enough snow in the back yard so my kids can slide down our small hill and love it!  I actually love the month of February. It's my birthday month for one thing.  But it's also the month of love!  I love little Valentine cards and little presents and now I get to do school Valentine's with the kids.  We aren't doing anything fancy but they are very excited because their Valentine's include pencils and erasers. :)  No candy allowed so we had to do something fun.

I'm SO thrilled to show off our new {butterfly collection} available in our Etsy shop.  It's such a sweet set of shapes and the Design Team has yet again out done themselves!!  I mean seriously!!!  Check these out...



Pamela created some dimension with her layers of butterflies.  The buttons and coordinating papers are so pretty.

Raechelle's are so soft, pretty and SPRINGY!!!  I love the flowers she added.


So pretty...


Kim has such pretty colors with the papers she chose.  I especially love the quotes she added.


And of course the family photos....


And a little bling never hurt anyone!

Look at this cute little guy. :)

Gorgeous, gorgeous job ladies!!  I have two more projects to add including a tutorial so please check in again soon.  Hope you're all enjoying your February.