Tag Archives: Holidays

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…

…screened in porch with stairs and a wheelchair lift!

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Or a ton of lumber peeking over a broken, ugly gate. Whatever. Same thing. Sort of. Almost.

Life should be fun for the next few weeks! A major project, contractors, a pre schooler, a baby, and a toddler that decided last week to potty train herself. But only sometimes. And definitely not if it involves the messier end of things. The words “I pooped! In playroom!” will forever strike fear info me, though not as much as being followed by “I helped clean up half of it” from the big sister. Oh kids. I love you.

Speaking of, here are my princesses yesterday on Halloween. We had Cinderella, baby Cinderella, and monkeypunzel (Lily argued with me when I told her she was rapunzel. Why did I disagree with a 2 year old again?)

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Sweater stocking sewing

I love crafting. Martha I am not. However, the lady has some good ideas. In the December issue of her magazine was a photo of knitted stockings. The following exchange was had:

Self: Steph, you can’t knit, but you have a pretty sewing machine & Goodwill has some pretty (ugly) sweaters. You could make knit stockings for the whole family!
Steph: You’re right self! Obviously you have the talent to sew stockings with all that (non existant) sewing experience you’ve had! Genius!

So, Goodwill sweaters in hand, I got my crazy craft on. I used a stocking we had laying around for a template & cut out the basic shape. The bottom hem of the sweater serves as a nice finished top to the stocking, & cutting along the side of the sweater meant I only had 2 sides to sew (since the top is obviously open). I sewed the seams of the first one on my machine all proud of myself for threading it & whatnot. And then the “you aren’t Martha” part if this kicked in. Martha can probably craft herself an entire sewing machine from her scrap fabric. I know nothing about troubleshooting sewing issues other than to yell at the machine & Martha. Joe tried his best to fix things, but after 9 rethreading attempts, 5 start overs, 2 snapped needles, & a partridge… er, I gave up on the sewing machine. I do have 2 “finished” ones, 1 partially done, & 1 just cut out. I’m hoping to finish by hand, but with just days to go, these beauties lovely heartfelt stockings may go up next year. Oh, I say the 2 in the photos are “finished” because they still need a loop to hang from & I’d planned to add contrasting colors across the top. But now I’m just going to call this the finished state. 😉 Maybe Santa will bring me a trip to the sewing machine repair shop for Christmas.

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More Christmas Decor & Tales of the Traveling Christmas Tree

Wrapping gifts with a baby in your lap & a toddler helping does not a Martha Stewert Christmas make. 😉 None the less, we wrapped some gifts, decorated the mantel, & found a new spot for the traveling pink tree. This is my favorite christmas season by far. Experiencing the joy of this season through babies is special & wonderful in only the way I previously thought possible with unlimited shopping & chocolate. I really love shopping. And I REALLY love chocolate. But Christmas with my babies in our own home? Beats them both. Easily. On to pictures!

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It’s beginning to look a lot (little) like Christmas

Everywhere you go… around our house. Patricias been asking to decorate for Christmas for days. Being holiday purists though, we told her she had to wait until after thanksgiving dinner. Before the pie had even been eaten, we were switching the front door wreaths. By the end of the night, we had the tree up & partially trimmed, a tiny pink tree in the playroom (per the decorating advice of the 2 year old), a winter welcome mat, a  homemade wintery welcome sign on the side door, garland hung on the porch, & copper christmas tree pans in the kitchen.
It’s no secret I’m a Christmas kind of girl. My daughters are sung to sleep with Adeste Fideles instead of Rock A Bye Baby. My Grandmas farm on Christmas eve, with the family all gathered around is my absolute favorite place in the world. We bought this house, in large part, because we could just see it all decked out with a tree in the front windows, stockings on the fireplace, lights hanging all over the front porch. We wont get to buy enough decorations to fully do up the front this year, but we will get there eventually! For now, here are some photos of how things look at the moment. Notice all the pretty, breakable ornaments are at top of the tree. 😉

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It’s beginning to look a lot (little) like Christmas

Everywhere you go… around our house. Patricias been asking to decorate for Christmas for days. Being holiday purists though, we told her she had to wait until after thanksgiving dinner. Before the pie had even been eaten, we were switching the front door wreaths. By the end of the night, we had the tree up & partially trimmed, a tiny pink tree in the playroom (per the decorating advice of the 2 year old), a winter welcome mat, a  homemade wintery welcome sign on the side door, garland hung on the porch, & copper christmas tree pans in the kitchen.
It’s no secret I’m a Christmas kind of girl. My daughters are sung to sleep with Adeste Fideles instead of Rock A Bye Baby. My Grandmas farm on Christmas eve, with the family all gathered around is my absolute favorite place in the world. We bought this house, in large part, because we could just see it all decked out with a tree in the front windows, stockings on the fireplace, lights hanging all over the front porch. We wont get to buy enough decorations to fully do up the front this year, but we will get there eventually! For now, here are some photos of how things look at the moment. Notice all the pretty, breakable ornaments are at top of the tree. 😉

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