Sunday, December 22, 2013
I took an unintended vacation from this blog. I don't think I realized just how busy I would be at Christmas time with my new etsy shop! I'm definitely not complaining. But I will say I was very happy when the last packaged up order went into the hands of a postal worker. That was a good moment for me. And between hosting an open house, having my parents visit, and friends dropping by, it's been a very busy holiday season. I just finished shopping two days ago, and I haven't wrapped one solitary present.
But! We did get the tree a couple weeks ago, and that was a pretty great day! We found a farm about an hour away, and it was a real charmer. There was a historic log cabin on the property that was lovingly decorated, and there were trees galore to choose from. And most importantly, hot cocoa, cider and cookies for after your tree was felled.
I hope you're all having a beautiful holiday season. Our littles are finished with school, and Brian is finished with work for a while, so I'm a happy mama. Time to gather in close, make a few more Christmas treats, watch favorite movies, and drink cocoa by the fire. And I hope it's the same for all of you.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fair warning. I have a lot of pictures to share. All I wanted for Christmas was to spend some December time in downtown Chicago. And so we did it! And it was the best Christmas present ever. I have such good memories of going downtown to "see the windows." Which everyone in Chicagoland understands to mean the Marshall Field windows all decked out in a new theme every Christmas. Now that Marshall Fields has been bought by Macy's, they don't do nearly the same amount of windows, and they just aren't as magical. But they were still magical enough for our littles!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I'm not covering new ground here, making stick stars. But I thought I'd share how I make mine and how I made them a little different this year. I've made these for years, using them as decorations, or using them on wrapped presents. They're an easy craft, and the littles really loved taking part this year, too!
Hot glue gun
Spray paint/ craft paint in your color choice
First I gathered sticks with similar thickness, but different lengths. I told Fletcher and Rowan we were on a "stick hunt"and so they did most of the work, ha! Just a spoonful of sugar, right?
Monday, December 2, 2013
I have to say that this little shop has been doing so well in the holiday season, I'm almost sorry to close it for a while. But doing well means a lot of orders, and I definitely want to get these orders in on time! I appreciate all the kind words, orders, and all the shop shares on Instagram, Facebook, and your blogs. Your kindness means so much to me!!