Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

Well, hello December! How did you get here so fast??

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, I missed posting here the entire month of November because my online shop was keeping this little mama pretty busy! Thank you to all that ordered this year, it was a joy for me to be able to do what I love! My shop has closed up as tight as a snow globe for the month of December and it will be nice to have time now to slow down and spend lots of days snuggled up with my family soaking in what Christmas is all about.

I had to put off my Christmas crafting last month, but got started in a hurry yesterday! First up, our new Christmas Advent calendar! I started this mid morning yesterday and finished just in time to add the treats before the big kids got home from school!! It was a close call, but I think I work best under pressure, haha!



I loved these advent boxes as soon as I layed my eyes on them at Hobby Lobby. You can find at set at your local store, don't forget to download a coupon if it's not on sale!!

I was happy to have a reason to use some of the scrapbook paper I hoard... ummm.... I mean, save for special occasions such as this ;)


The possibilities are endless with this project! You could stick with just two or three patterns and colors and work from that, or you could make each box unique from all the others...


Trace and cut out your paper to size to each box, they are each just a little different in shape. Once you have your paper glued into place {I used Mod Podge} use a nail file to smooth out all the edges. This will give it a smooth and seamless look.

Add embellishments like ribbons, buttons, or even jewelry if you want added sparkle! What ever you do, just make sure to let your inner kindergartner come out and make a big mess while you are cutting and gluing.... this makes it way more fun, trust me!


I warned you it would be messy, but it's a lot more fun this way I 

I loved treating each box like they were mini canvases, this one is my favorite for sure....


Here is our advent calendar all finished.,..



{those little boxes are now filled with kisses and rolos, and it's killing me not to eat them already! haha!}

Thank you so much for stopping by!

I hope you all have a great week! I hope to be back soon with some more Christmas goodness to share with you all!



Monday, October 13, 2014

A Weekend Getaway at the Red Rooster Retreat

Have you ever been so happy to have experienced something that when you go to tell someone else about it you find that you want to just stand there and smile instead of speaking actual words?

That was me yesterday when I returned home from my weekend getaway at the Red Rooster Retreat in Crane Hill, Alabama.  Owned by Jim and Jennifer, this retreat is a place to get away, create, rest, be fed, and experience the best southern hospitality around!

I was invited to this amazing retreat by my high school best friend and her mom. In our group that stayed that weekend were moms from my home church in Alabama, many I hadn't seen since I graduated high school, along with others that quickly became new friends.

I left out of Nashville for the three hour drive to Crane Hill, Alabama on Friday afternoon and when I arrived, I was greeted by this giant red rooster.... I knew I was in the right place then!


The house was already decorated for fall, and if you know anything about me, you know this made me very happy...


this picture of the Red Rooster home was borrowed from the website

After coming into the house and greeting everyone that had already arrived, I went upstairs to find my room that I would be sharing with my friend and her mom... this was the view I was greeted with outside my window....


The Red Rooster is located on Smith Lake, and being on a peninsula, there were views in every direction!

After I dropped off my bags, I got a view of my work space for the weekend. Each guest gets a large table to work on, a space just for you to create on until your heart is content!


I couldn't get over how every corner of the home was decorated for the season... and with each new season there are new decorations to see!



I was excited to work on jewelry to stock my booth and online shop with, while lots of others worked on scrapbooks, sewing, or smocking projects. Having uninterrupted time to create was something I have never experienced before as a mama to three.... I was in heaven! I made more jewelry in one sitting than I have ever made before, and the best part was having my best friend right across from me to catch up with the entire time.... that was priceless.


After my list of jewelry was complete, I moved on to some water color painting... be still my heart, it was the most relaxed I may have ever been...



And yes, I was a little inspired by some of the rooster decor ;)


As the weekend went on, we all laughed, we talked, we dreamed out loud..... and when you get this many southern women together in the fall, there will be SEC football games to watch too. So we cheered on our teams and snacked in front of the TV a little too.

It's safe to say that my favorite part of the trip was being cooked for :) As mamas we are so busy looking after everyone else so it was SO nice to be looked after so well. The food was seriously out of this world!!
Thanksgiving came early!!



The dinning room was so beautiful! I loved being about to watch the humming birds and other birds feed while we ate too! A sweet detail that did not go unnoticed by me were the books on birds and trees that you could look through too... I'm telling you, they have thought of everything!

After all of the amazing meals that were served, I am excited that I got to take a cookbook home and try and recreate some of them... this is certainly the way to my heart ♥♥♥


I am happy I finally stopped just standing around smiling, and found some words to tell you about this sweet little getaway! I can't wait to go back and spend another weekend... you hear that, my friends? I am already counting down the days! 


You can read more about how to schedule a weekend at the Red Rooster Retreat on their website, HERE !




Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Decorating Ideas....

Hey there! So I'm sure you really need one more person to tell you how much they love Fall, right???

Because you know I am going to say it.... "I LOVE FALL!!"

I was thinking about all the ways I have decorated for this glorious time of year and decided to pull together some fun ideas I have blogged about over the years. It was a fun walk down memory lane {this is one of my top reasons for loving blogging, I can go back and revisit these fun times over and over!}

Just click on each of the pictures to go to each blog post for details and instructions!




Next, I know I just blogged about it, but it's this year's fall mantel! It's been my favorite so far


I remember making this next one a few years ago and thinking, "well, that was easy" Hopefully this centerpiece idea will have you saying that too!


This next project has to be one of my all time favorites! This forest of hand prints mean so much to me .... my babies were so little then! 


And last in this little Fall inspired roundup is a sweet and simple fall vignette idea...


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you found an idea or two that has inspired you too!  

Happy Fall, Ya'll!