Category Archives: Crafting


With Harper being a lot more aware this Christmas than he was last, we decided to start some traditions that we want to do with him (and our other kiddos) each year.

Tradition #1 – Get a picture with Santa

Harper had his picture made with Santa last year when he was itty bitty. It’s amazing how much he’s changed in a year! We’re going to take him for a picture each year until he thinks he’s too cool to do it anymore. After that, I’m going to make a scrapbook or maybe even a giant holiday frame to hold all of the Santa pictures. I just think it’ll be neat to see the progress between each photo 🙂

Tradition #2 – Five gifts


I decided to do this for each of our kids mainly because I like the idea of setting limits for myself. I LOVE giving gifts and have the potential to get really carried away with it. With this, not only will I have an idea of what to get each year, but it will also (hopefully) prevent me from going absolutely nuts with my gift giving. The idea is that you give your kids four gifts: a want, a need, something to wear, and something to read.

This is a picture of Harper’s “four” things for this Christmas:

He got a green hairbrush that folds up into a ball (a need), a wooden block set (a want…although we did have to guess at it this year), a toboggan, winter coat and socks (something to wear) and two books.  And see what I mean?! We even went over a little bit even though we had limits.

You’ll notice that when I wrote Tradition #2 up top, I wrote five gifts, instead of four. That’s because I want to add a gift to the list – a gift to give away. When Harper and our other kiddos are older, I want them to be involved in giving to those that are less fortunate. We will have them pick out a gift for a needy child and then give it away, probably through Angel Tree, Toys for Tots or something like that. I think it’ll be a neat way to teach them to care for the poor.

Tradition #3 – Memory Jar


When I was 18, I made one of these for a dear friend of mine. For the life of me, I can’t remember where I got the idea from, but I know it wasn’t Pinterest, as Pinterest wasn’t around in 2004.

For our family, I’ll have the memory jar set out in a special place throughout the year. It’ll have a pen and slips of paper beside it. Whenever something happy or funny happens, or just something we want to remember, we can write it on a slip of paper and stick it into the memory jar. On Christmas or New Years (haven’t decided which one yet) we’ll read through all of our memories from the previous year. I plan on buying some wine racks to display the jars on. The year will be written on the top of the lid, so you can pick and choose what year you want to read, and just pull it from the wine rack.

So…those are a few of our traditions. What are some of yours?

My friends…

…are amazing. Seriously.

Two things you need to know about me: I love mail. And I love birds – specifically cardinals.

Yesterday I got home and a package was waiting for me. When I opened it, I saw beautiful things. Ah! My favorite! My lovely friend Anna found this watercolor on Etsy and bought it for me:

And she didn’t stop there either! You see, Anna is pretty talented herself. She makes all sorts of pretty things. She decided to make some stationary to go with the watercolor:

Amazing, right?! Yeah…I thought so too.
If you like it, you should check out her website:

Getting gifts in the mail is not an every day thing for me, so imagine my surprise when I received yet another homemade (aka VERY SPECIAL) gift from a friend today! My friend April made me a little birdy nest necklace and sent it my way:


These gifts are so very special to me! I am so thankful to know that my friends from back home still think of me even though we’re separated by some major mileage. What a blessing!

I couldn’t have asked for better timing on these little reminders of friendship. I’ve been super homesick lately. And bummed because my cat has been missing for a week. And stressed because we are moving…again.

These gifts just reminded me of what really matters in this life: my relationships. With people and with Jesus. Remembering that makes life a little less stressful 🙂

Thanks, friends!

New Layout

Photo & journal by {anna.michelle Cards}

So…I was talking to my friend Kristy the other day about our blogs. Her blog is really pretty and mine is was sort of plain. We talked about how if you were looking for a journal to physically write in, you’d find one that was really cute and you’d probably even spend anywhere from ten to twenty bucks on it. Heck, I’ve even spent thirty bucks on a good journal before!

Anyways, after our convo, I decided to dress the ole’ blog up a little bit…ya know, to give it some personality! I didn’t actually have the time to do it until today. I like yellow a lot – it’s a really cheerful color in my opinion – so I used that as my main color. I decided to use a “vintage” yellow background that I downloaded many months ago. I’d tell you where I got it from if I could remember! Isn’t it SO cute?! I love it!

I put a picture of a journal made by my friend Anna with this post because it matched my colors. If you want some awesome stationary/journals/calendars you should totally hit her up! She’s A-MAZING!!!! Here’s a link to her Etsy shop:!

Alright. That’s it. Random…I know.

A Bad Habit

Yep. That’s today’s photo challenge:

I decided to go with booga pickin’ because it’s funny. Yeah…it’s also gross, but whateva.

So I found another awesome blog this morning. Let’s just say I’m going to be making headbands like crazy now! I made the headband that was posted to the blog and I added my flower from last night – so there are THREE flowers on my headband! Here ya go:

I have a feeling I will also start using this technique to make some jewelry in the very near future!

And that’s it for the crafts – I know you guys are probably tired of seeing crochet crap. I’ll try to only post craft stuff like once a week! It’s just SO fun! 🙂 Okay…BYE!

This post will be annoying…

because I’m going to post a bunch of pictures AND videos! The first picture is the photo of today’s challege – fruit!

The second photo is of something I made! I found this blog and it is amazing! I’ve been dying to try making a crotchet flower, but up until yesterday, hadn’t really found anything that was very helpful! This post was great! She linked to a video that was extremely easy to follow. I watched it a couple of times and got to work! Here is the finished product:


Umm…I’m excited! I decided to make this little beauty into a hair clip for myself instead of a binky clip for Harp (that’d be a little weird, but I did just see that she linked to a binky clip for boys – a bow tie!). The flower was actually a lot easier to make than I thought it would be and it doesn’t take long AT ALL!

and here are the videos:

This one is just because. He makes fart noises all the time and I love it…

This one is just…adorable. Love his goofy laugh.

and this one is just Harp talking and being silly. He seems to be making new noises now that his teeth are in!

Okay. That’s it for the videos on this post. Sorry to overwhelm you guys.

Oh…and guess what! I’ve had SIX people directed to my blog after searching for “teething gums” so my post the other day was a success! Yay…there are other crazy moms out there who Google everything – just like me! I can’t remember where I saw this, but I ran across someone’s blog yesterday that was titled “Googling My Way Through Motherhood” – LOVE IT!



I found this amazing jewelry holder on Pinterest the other day:

I couldn’t get it off my mind, so I decided to make one for myself! I love yellow and gray, so those are the colors I went with and I must say, it turned out quite lovely.

I went to Michael’s and bought canvas, paint, ribbon, and a package of yarn flowers. I got the drawer pulls from Lowe’s. The canvases came in a set of two so I have enough of everything to make another one of these, which I will probably do tomorrow. Benji and I are staying at my mom’s house for the week, so it’s nice to have a little craft to work on while everyone is at work for the day.

I also randomly got the urge to learn how to crotchet the other day – I went ahead and bought yarn and crotchet needles while we were at Micheal’s. I’ve always thought crocheting was neat, but it looks extremely confusing, so I’ve never really gotten the nerve to try it. Last night, with yarn and needle in hand, I watched a YouTube video on crocheting.  Big surprise…it WAS confusing! The lady in the video was talking and moving way too fast, so I ended up turning it off and just trying to figure it out on my own. It took me a while, but I finally got the hang of it this morning 🙂 I decided to make a baby blanket for Harper. Here is what it looks like right now:

We already have a blanket similar to this that a friend’s mother made, and we love it! It’ll be nice to have another one around the house. Now that I’m making this type of blanket, I have so much appreciation for the one our friend gave us! It’s amazing how much work must have gone into that thing!

Next on the list of things I need to learn how to make:

My friend Kristy sent this to me, and oh…my…lord. I died laughing. I MUST have this for Harper.