I'm not one for trends. The chevron patterns, arrows, triangles, the deer head. I see a lot of the same things repeated in scrapbooking, home decor, and design. I don't get it. Really. With that thought in mind I would have never imagined me making a deer head to hang in my own living room.
Wesley and I went to a little craft boutique Saturday. He soon found a little glittered deer head and he talked about how fun it would be to hang on his wall. I didn't really think much of it until he mentioned it again later that night. I knew that a deer head was in my future.
After looking through some paper options I found a pattern for a cardboard deer head online. I decided to make it out of foam core board. It would be light and easy to cut. It took about 4 hours, but I finished him.
He now has a place of honor above the mantel with a little glittery red nose for Christmas.
Wesley loves him!
I'll be sharing the rest of the fireplace decor on Friday.
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Wish me luck! I'm cooking my first Thanksgiving at home this year for our little family. Hope all goes well and my Turkey and Jello Salad turn out great. I may be just a little Jello challenged . . .
I've always loved the Christmas tree. There is something about the soft glow of the tree lit up that just seems magical. Growing up I remember sneaking into the living room, closing the pocket door, turning on the tree lights, and laying on the couch. I would sit there for long periods of time just soaking in the feeling of Christmas.
As I've gotten older that feeling has never gone away. Each year I have to talk myself out of putting the tree up too early. This year I tried to convince myself to wait until after Thanksgiving, but inside I was dying to set up the tree. Brandon understanding my internal struggle pulled everything from storage on Saturday afternoon.
The tree was set up and stockings hung. As soon as the lights were plugged in there was an audible sigh from the little guy. I felt the same way inside.
Tonight after dinner I enjoyed watching the boys lay down under the tree and soaking in that same magical feeling.
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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. I can hardly believe it! What I also can't believe is how few decorations I have for Thanksgiving. I realize that I usually skip over this holiday since we are never home and as soon as I get home on Thanksgiving night I'm already planning on where the Christmas decorations will go. This year is different though and my little family is having our own Turkey day at our house. To fully embrace the celebration I have put a few fall/thankful items up. Including my blog hop project this month.
I put together this wreath to hang on the door.
(apologies for the crappy photos, I seem to only have crafty time at night lately and that makes for some awful images)
The wreath base is made from a 12x12 piece of cardstock cut in a ring and 2x2 pieces of book paper.
Anyone remember those tissue paper wreaths made in grade school? Wrapping tissue paper over a pencil and then attaching the paper to a form with a bit of glue. I used that same technique to cover my chipboard.
Once I filled in the whole wreath I added some wired ribbon to the top.
I continued embellishing with some of Samantha's cut files:
I added transparency to the back and layered a few leaves under the banner to add dimension.
Still a crappy photo . . . ;), but I LOVE how this project turned out.
------------------edited to add a MUCH better photo------------
During the spring I took an online photography class. It ended up being a great experience for about the first half of the class. Little did I know when I signed up that we would be moving half way through the ten week class and all my time would be spent packing and unpacking.
I grew quite a bit during those first five weeks and my boys were pretty patient with my constant photo taking. One afternoon just before Easter I took Wesley out back and sat him down so I could play with perspective and making sure I was constantly moving. These turned out to be some of my favorite photos. I even changed the one on the left to black and white and enlarged it to put on our photo wall in the living room.
These photos were taken by our wonderful bishop before and after the youth in our ward did baptisms for the dead. It was an awesome sight seeing these photos show up in my Facebook feed and certainly a day to be remembered. This event was the start of Youth Conference during the summer and Wesley's first time going to the temple.
I placed the journaling on the back to allow me to have a little fun with the embellishments and leave plenty of room for Wesley's handwritten thoughts and feelings from the day.
Wesley's costume was made using some old sweats, t-shirt, a white sheet, and a whole bottle of Helmar Fabric Glue. Time consuming getting all the strips on the pants, but probably the easiest costume I've ever made.
I was excited when Thomas wanted to be Mickey Mouse again. I pulled out his pants, shorts, and shirt and they all still fit. The only problem was we couldn't find the hat. I remade this one in afternoon on my day off. At least he'll have another Mickey hat to wear all winter.
I couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous night. It was about 70 degrees out when we started Trick-or-Treating. I wore flip-flops and no jacket the whole evening.