Friday, December 30, 2011

A Crafty Christmas

I wanted to take a break from my regularly-scheduled lack of blogging to brag a bit on my crafty family.

There were lots of homemade gifts at Christmas this year, and I just had to share.  My sisters and I have had a $10 limit for gifts for each other for the past few years, seeing as how none of us are exactly wealthy.  It works great and forces you to get creative.  This year, they both outdid themselves.

My sister Courtney made us these adorable necklaces (as seen on Pinterest).  She said they were pretty easy, so if you are interested in trying, you should!  The three stones represent the three of us sisters :)  Adorable!!

Next, my sister Caitlin made all of us our own set of coasters.  She's not even on Pinterest!  Mine are a lovely green pattern and were made with paper, tiles, and a heavy coat of polyurethane.  They were packaged up so nicely and came with a glass jar of a friendship tea she made herself. So crafty!

And although not a gift to me, I had to share this.  My mom (with some elbow-grease help from my dad!) built my niece this amazing little kitchen out of an old entertainment center!  Can you believe it?  

Tony testing it out...

So much better than some I've seen out there.  It's a fun color and totally functional, down to the oven rack that slides in and out.  (Don't tell her the faucet doesn't really work...)  Lyla loves it - she kept running in to the room yelling "KITCH-en!"

And last but not least (and not crafty at all) - my new best friend :)  

Honestly, I haven't even assembled it yet because it's a little intimidating, and I haven't had the time to devote to it that I want to.  But just you wait, decent pictures in my future!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I hope to drag myself out of my slump soon and get back to commenting on your wonderful posts (I have been reading, swears!) and maybe, just maybe, writing a few posts of my own.   :)  


  1. Lucky you! A new camera is def going on my goal list for 2012 - please post some hints and tips along the way :)

  2. I'm jealous of your camera! Yay for you! Here's what you need to learn to really understand it, and I'd be happy to give you an Emily tutorial.

    1) Start out learning to shoot in Aperture Priority mode (your manual will tell you which one it is, and Pioneer woman has a good tutorial on why you want to know about it

    2) Once you've got that down, play around with shutter priorty and manual mode - but learn to love your Aperture.


  3. Man, do you come from a crafty family or what?! I love that kitchen -- I think my niece could use one in a few years... :)

    And, yay for the Rebel -- that's exactly what I have and I've loved learning about it! I'm still intimidated when using it!

  4. What beautiful crafty presents!! I'm totally inspired by your sisters! And EEEE! NEW CAMERA!!! How fun!! :)

  5. Those necklaces are beautiful! What a great idea for Christmas. My sister and I tend to go a little overboard...I think we should use the $10 rule next year!

  6. I am so jealous of your crafty family! That is so cute!!


  7. Looks like a fabulous Christmas. I love the necklace and the kitchen is AMAZING. Enjoy that camera!

  8. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love the handmade gifts, I LOVE the camera (I have an EOS Rebel too!! Take it OUT!! Don't let it intimidate you...), and I am just totally floored by that kitchen. WOW. She is one lucky little girl :).

    Happy new year!!


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