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Welcome-Welcome

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Before the wedding, my Mom purchased a large chalkboard to create a “to-do” list during the week of the wedding so if someone came over to help prep, she could direct them to the chalkboard and tasks would be completed. I’m sure a spreadsheet could’ve easily been used, but the cuteness of the chalkboard won.

After the wedding, my parents hung it up in their kitchen walkway and used it to keep notes/honey do lists/random thoughts on. When we moved to NY, my Mom gave it to us. It’s perfect for our entrance way, fills up the wall like it was meant to be hung there. I took a few hours one afternoon while Meiko was sunbathing, hauled the chalkboard out to the porch, and created the “home, sweet, home” design.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

It pained me to get a water soaked towel and erase that this past weekend, but I wanted to make the chalkboard fit with the holiday season and decorations around the house. So, I pulled out my handy dandy ruler and got to work. Here is the finished product-it not only greets any guests, it’s also the front of our Christmas card this year.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I also crafted the wreath hung on the top right corner of the chalkboard, hidden by Rob’s vertical stature, using an old wire hanger. I purchased about 50 medium/large bulbs and used about 25-30 small bulbs to fill in the spaces. It’s as simple as untwisting the top of the wire hanger, rounding out the shape of the hanger, and stringing the bulbs onto the rounded hanger…I covered up the hook part of the hanger with a big bow, and now I’ve got a one of a kind ornament wreath!

Ornament Wreath

Ornament Wreath

 

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Don’t fly away!

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It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sent out our save the dates so almost everyone should have received their copy.

We talked about doing the ever so popular save the date magnets.  We were  then quickly reminded that not everyone has a magnetic fridge…my parents being among that short list. So we decided to go the postcard route.

I thought about using vistaprint.com for  the printing.  When you sign up for their emails, they’ll send you at least an email a day, but in those emails you’ll find free products offered ALL THE TIME.  The printing would’ve been free after I had clicked on the email but I would’ve had to pay the $7 shipping charge, not so bad, eh?  However; we decided not to wait for the order and take the files I created to Officemax…all by myself in Illustrator, I might add.  Not the easiest program to use, so, go me.  Officemax had the postcards printed and cut within 30 minutes of walking through the door.  The whole reason behind not waiting was so that we could get them in the mail sooner rather than later (trying to avoid heavy holiday mail traffic!)   By going this route, I had created the files, had them printed and addressed/stamped all within 24 hours.  I think it was worth the extra couple dollars not having to wait.  Plus I was able to have my Grandmother and Mom help their opinions and addressing! Here’s the finished product!

save the date front (rob is flying away)

One thing I wasn’t going to compromise on was having rounded corners, I think postcards look 10times better with rounded corners. The back says, “don’t let this day fly away!” (Get it? Because Robbie’s flying away?)

save the date back

What do you think?!

handwarmers

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For me, one of life’s little pleasures are my handwarmers.  I have several pairs.  It’s a (somewhat) easy and mindless craft to partake in while sitting on the sofa.  For those knitters out there, it’s simple, cast on 32 or 36 then,  knit a row, pearl a row, knit a row, peal a row…OR if you want to get fancy knit four, pearl four, knit four, pearl four.

I love my handwarmers because I can sit at my desk with my fingers exposed and still beable to type and go along my business. As well as being function-able, they offer a slight padding to the wrists while typing.

My last semseter at Aquinas I had an independent Study in Advertising.  We had to come up with a product and do several different styles of advertising for the final.  I came up with “iWarmers.” I had a great commercial, with a theme song and everything. At that point, I had only made one pair so I opened up photoshop and did a little altering!

iWarmers

iWarmers

Little Boxes.

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If you’ve ever watched the Showtime series Weeds, you’ve probably had an annoying little song in your little head, all little day. It goes a little something like this…Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,” and on and on..

Every time I go to construct a Penny Roulette original, a different kind of little box, like a little bad habit, that song is on repeat in my head. Lucky little me.

My Little Boxes are craft boxes where I’ve decopodged stationary/scrapbook paper/fabric to the pine sides.  Then to add a little decoration.  I’ll get my handy little glue gun out to add trim or buttons, just no very little ticky-tacky.

the little box

the little box

The inside.

The inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was the use of little a little annoying?  My advice, fast forward through the opening credits of Weeds.