Happy New Year!

I hope you all have had a wonderful 2009. I can’t wait to see what 2010 brings for us!

Stay safe and have a great time!

Free Amazon movie download

Amazon is giving away a $4 credit for their on demand movies. We watched one a few nights ago and will be watching another one with the hubby’s credit tonight. The quality was surprisingly good.

Here’s how to get the deal:

1.) Make sure you’re logged into Amazon.com
2.) Click here
3.) Click the yellow “Enter Code” button and enter AVODGIFT
4.) Voila! Your credit has been added. Now you can browse the rentals. To rent a movie, click the “Rent” or “Buy” button associated with the movie you’re interested in

Promotional offer is valid from December 23, 2009 12:00 AM PST through January 3, 2010 11:59 PM PST. You must use the credit by January 3, 2009.

Freebie: Wish Cards

Download your own free wish cards for showers or your own keepsake. I’ve got em in Grey, Blue, Brown, or Yellow.

If you like what you see, please visit my shop!

Stacked wood fireplace

I just love this stacked wood fireplace from Small Notebook. So unique and awesome!

Woodland Baby Shower

My brother’s wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant with the first baby on my side. She’s having a little boy in March and we are all so excited! She lives in D.C. and the day after Christmas was really the only available time, so we went with it. It was a little crazy with all the busyness of Christmas, but it came together nicely, I think. This is the second shower I’ve ever thrown. The first was a bridal shower for the same sister in law last summer. Thanks for letting me practice on you, Elizabeth! haha

First up, the invitations. These are heavily based on another design I saw on an invitation site. I printed them on cardstock and rounded the corners. The kraft envelopes were leftovers from rehearsal dinner invitations I did last year. Purchased from envelopemall.com.

Wrap around labels made with Avery sticker paper

I just love big stacks of letters ready to go out!

Now…onto the shower

I only purchased a roll of ribbon and hooks for the pinecones for decor. The rest I found in nature or in my house! :) The ‘tablecloths’ are actually $9 drop cloths from Walmart. I bought up a few of these a month or so ago to make myself some curtains. Of course, that project hasn’t happened yet, so they were all available to stand in as tablecloths. I made a runner out of burlap. Remember this project? I had tons leftover. I also hung a evergreen wreath with a piece of burlap over the table.

I made my pinecone garland similar to  this one from Twig and Thistle. Luckily, my neighbors have some gorgeous pinecones. I had no problems finding good ones! I screwed the little hook in the bottom of the pinecone and strung them on a baby blue ribbon.

The mommy to be gave this little owl to my husband last Christmas. It’s sort of become a joke. He’s just so random and adorable! And he fit in just perfect with the shower.

My aunt Cindy (who was so generous to let me use her house for the shower) even had a coo coo clock with pinecones hanging at the bottom. Good job coo coo clock, you dressed perfectly for the occasion.

We had guests clip a mini clothespin to their shirt. If they said the word ‘baby’ at any point, whoever heard them first could take their clothespin. The person with the most pins at the end won a prize. I also had guests fill out a card of ‘Wishes for baby’. These had lots of starters and provided a sweet little keepsake for the mommy to be to take home. Download your own here.

Here’s the gift table all set up. I got the white tree at an after Christmas sale last year and had it out at my house for Christmas decor. It worked perfectly for the shower. Also, notice those little puffball animals in and around the tree? That was a Martha Stewart pom pom woodland animal kit I bought months ago. I didn’t know what I’d do with them, but mom had the genius idea to put the squirrel and owl in the tree and the rabbit at the base. I loved it!

Ashlie filling out the gift/guest list

Probably my favorite gift she got. A houndstooth onesie for a little Bama baby! Our family is full of Alabama fans and she’s for Auburn. They’ve agreed to raise their boys for Alabama and the girls for Auburn.  I have a feeling my husband and I (another ‘mixed’ marriage) will not be so civil. ha!

Blanket that Granny made for her. I can’t believe she’s going to be a GREAT grandmother!

Mom, Elizabeth, and her Mom, Judy

All the girls in the family. Me, Ashlie, Cindy, Elizabeth, Brittney, Mom, and Granny

Can’t wait to meet you baby A!

Reusing Christmas Cards

If you haven’t thrown out those Christmas cards yet, please donate them! St. Jude’s Ranch has a card recycling program. You can send in any type… thank you, birthday, Easter, etc. The kids there reuse the front of the cards to make new ones and they sell them to raise money.

I am always at a total loss with what to do with mine. It hurts me to throw them away, but if I keep them, they stay shoved in a drawer. This is the perfect opportunity to be a little green and donate to a wonderful cause.

They’re accepting cards through February 28th. Find out more info here.

2 years ago…

I married my sweetie.

It’s been such a wonderful ride….

And I’m so excited to see where life takes us.

2 years down, forever to go!

Off to have a wonderful dinner, enjoy anniversary cupcakes and champagne!

Sweater vases

Here’s a way to keep your table or desk cozy and reuse an old sweater. These were inspired by these ceramic candles at Anthropologie.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Old vases, coffee, soup or small paint cans
  • A sweater (mine was thrifted for $1.99)
  • Glue gun

I first started with my glass vases. I used the ends of the sleeves for these. Just pull it down around your vase to measure the length and cut. Be sure to leave a little extra to tuck around the bottom. You want the end of the sleeve to go around the top of your vase and the frazzled cut end can just tuck itself underneath. The sleeve should fit snuggly around your vase, so no glue is necessary! When you’re tired of the look, pull em off and you can reuse your vase. :)

These are pretty by themselves, but are also pretty filled with flowers or twigs or lit up at night with a candle inside (there’s no fabric inside, so no fire hazard!).

After you’ve used both of your sleeves with the cuffs, you can still use the rest of the sleeve, but you’ll have frazzled edges. If you want a clean edge like I did, gluing will be necessary.  I just secured the edges around the inside of my coffee can and hot glued, then did the same for the bottom. Since you’ll have fabric on the inside of this one, I’d avoid putting any type of candle inside.

But it does make one mighty fine pencil cup!

(Last Minute) Gift Idea: Magazine Subscriptions

This year I gave a ton of magazine subscriptions as gifts. They can be very inexpensive, there’s something out there for everyone and I see it as the gift that keeps on giving year round! :) Amazon runs specials frequently for $5 subscriptions and any google search for the title you’re looking for + ‘discounts’ will most likely lead you to a good deal. All the subscriptions I picked up were $4-10.

I made up little cards to let each person know which magazine they were getting and when the first issue should arrive. I tried to pull the newest cover from each magazine. All were easily found through google searches.

I handled about 15 gifts with just an hour of clicking. No crazy crowds for me!

Personalized gift wrap

I promised myself I wouldn’t go out and buy any gift wrap this year and I’ve stuck to it! I’ve mainly gone with brown contractor’s paper I bought almost a year ago at Lowe’s. This $9 roll has lasted me forever! A box wrapped in brown paper definitely gives you a blank canvas to work from. I’ve been trying to find ways to dress it up. Here’s one of my favorites. It takes a little effort, but I really like how it comes out.

Start by printing out your names in a font of your choice.

I used a light box, but you could also use tracing paper…or if you’re lucky, a Cricut, which would allow you to skip this whole silly tracing process.

Trace the names onto a pretty paper. I traced on the back of my paper so I wouldn’t have to worry about any accidents I might have while tracing.

Cut out name with scissors. You can adhere it to your package with glue or spray adhesive.

Ta-daa

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