Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful 2014

What are you thankful for?

This year, as I have watched my coworker have a micro preemie, and remembered all the fear and drama of having a high risk pregnancy, I am amazed that my twin daughters, born at 32 weeks gestation are perfectly normal, spunky, little 3 year olds. Although I don't always appreciate their spunky, feisty actions on a day-to-day basis...I'm still thankful.


I'm thankful that my eldest is thriving in first grade and has embraced wearing glasses, especially since last school year was such a struggle. Her sweet spirit is so amazing!


I'm thankful that I have a job, and that my husband does, too, and that we're thriving at those jobs. After our fields (architecture and engineering) took such a beating over the past few years, it's a relief.

I'm thankful for my husband who is involved, helpful, and loving.


I'm thankful that I have enough food to eat, and a place to live, and the freedom to write and say what I wish.

I'm thankful that we have the opportunity to take a non-traditional Thanksgiving break from our ordinary lives.

Take the time today to think on the things for which you are thankful, somewhere between the shopping and the turkey and the football. I promise the exercise in thankfulness won't be wasted.

All photos in this post are by Christina Nicole Photography. If you're local to the Charlotte area, check it out!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Photo Transfer Ceramic Ornament

How often do you take family pictures? I'm ashamed to say that before this last fall, the last time we took family pictures, my (three-year-old) twins weren't even thought of. Yep. I'm a slacker. But this fall, we finally found the time to get some family pictures as well as some shots of each of us. I love these pictures, and I'm so excited to have one of all 3 of my girls that turned out great! So, to immortalize that moment, I had to create my own photo ornament--with Mod Podge photo transfer medium.


I took a blank white ceramic ornament that I bought at my local craft store. This is the perfect backdrop for this type of project, since the photo transfer medium is white. If your ornament came with a string or ribbon, remove it before proceeding.


I took my selected photograph and flipped it horizontally in photoshop. This isn't imperative, but it does keep your picture from being mirrored, so if there's writing in the picture, you definitely don't want to miss this step. Print out your picture with a printer that uses dry toner (not ink).


Trim your print of the picture to fit the ornament. I kept part of the ornament blank on purpose so I could write the date later with a permanent marker.

Place a thick coat of transfer media on the front of print. You don't want to be able to see the picture at all. Place the print onto the ornament, transfer media face down. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours.


After the waiting period, take a damp rag and soak the paper. Then gently rub the paper until the picture is revealed. You may have to wet the image and rub several times to get all the paper fibers off the ornament.


If you want the image to look vintage and faded, you can leave it as is. If you want the colors to pop a little, you can coat the image with some matte mod podge.


Thread the ornament with a ribbon and hang it on your tree!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-11-24

It's menu planning time! This week, everyone in the US is menu planning at least one day--Thanksgiving! Whether you're cooking a big spread or going to someone else's home, you have a plan.

This year, we're doing something a little atypical for us. We're going to have Thanksgiving--just the five of us. This is the first time we're doing this, so I'm not sure how it's going to go, but I'm looking forward to new traditions.

But here's the plan:
Monday: Tacos with Squash


Tuesday: Out to eat
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Thursday: Ham, Biscuits, Corn, Dressing, Kickin' Cranberry Sauce


Friday: Leftovers--because it's tradition, right?
Saturday: Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne


Sunday: Sandwiches

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Etched Glass Tree Ornament


Do you ever have an idea that you know will be super cool but you just put it off for months and months, thinking that you still have time...until suddenly, you realize that you don't have time at all. I've had an idea for a Christmas ornament in my head for 11 months, but I'm just now getting to it--when I am getting ready to trim my Christmas tree. Yes, I am a procrastinator. I found a little glass tree ornament in the clearance section of my local craft store, and I just knew that etching it was the way to go.


I love etching. When you are equipped with etching cream it is so easy, and yet it makes the simplest project look so elegant.

I took some vinyl and cut out circles with my Silhouette. You don't have to have a craft cutter--you could use stickers, but with my Silhouette Portrait, it was easy to make circles exactly the right size for "ornaments" for my glass Christmas tree.


I placed those vinyl circles on my tree, and then applied the etching cream. You want a thick, even coat. Be sure to follow the instructions as far as how long to keep the etching cream on the glass. When that time is up, remove the cream and rinse off the ornament with running water.


Carefully remove the vinyl and hang up your ornament.


And know that all that procrastination...was worth it.

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