Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Christmas Card Wall is GROWING!

My wall is growing! Take a look! Do you see you?


Happy Holidays!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Such a busy week!

I have been super busy over the past few days. I have been shopping for Christmas, hanging up Christmas Cards, and trying to get everything in order for this weekend. I don't even feel like I have been home much! On Saturday we took Lucie (our dog) to get her photo with Santa! It was her first time meeting him, and she was hardly nervous. I think she was more nervous for the fact she thought she might be getting her nails clipped. I have been enjoying this past week with my wonderful husband. We will be celebrating our first Christmas without family. Just the two of us and the friends that we have that live near by. I am excited for our venture. Usually we go back to Minnesota or Missouri, but this year, we will be headed there after Christmas. So, I am going to start off my family traditions on Christmas Eve, with the Anderson family tradition of having a white Christmas. Nope, no snow out here in Washington right now, but I hear there is plenty in Minnesota that I will get to see for the New Year, but it is our Swedish family meal.

What's on the menu?
- Swedish Sausage
- Mashed Potatoes
- Swedish Meatballs
- Green Bean Casserole
- Oyster Stew (gross-but I am going to make it anyways)
- Lefse! (Thank you Mrs. Olson for selling your product in Washington)

Hopefully I can catch you guys up on what I have been making. On my list to do is finish a scrapbook for my cousin (oh I hope she doesn't read this) and finish up a gift for my mom. But good thing I have till the 30th to get everything together. Then some quality time with the hubby. I can't wait!

A good friend from High School is getting married New Years Eve, which is great, cause we have plans. I get to see people from back home, and do one of my favorite things ever --- dance the night away with one of my besties... Emily!

I hope you all have a blessed holiday season. As soon as I can get somethings together I will post. I just don't want anyone to think I gave up :)

peace. love. dove.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I won! I love DCWV!

So I was scrolling through my facebook and I saw the DCWV had announced a winner. So I went to DCWV blog. And guess who won! ME!

Check it out!  I LOVE their blog. So much excitement for today. Good thing I made banana bread for dessert!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting the House ready for the Holidays

So I wanted to do something different this year with our Christmas Cards. We usually get a bunch of cards so I wanted to display them all in a fun way. I also wanted to do something for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. I did the blog hop on their page to get inspiration and then decided I wanted to use the Vinyl I have sitting around in my craft room. I only had brown, black, tan, cream, hot pink, and bright blue vinyl so I decided to go with black. Here is a picture of what I ended up doing.


Since we rent all the walls in our house are WHITE. BORING!! So, I cut out the Merry Christmas from the Joys of Christmas Cartridge on my Cricut. I cut the image at 11 1/2”, They were staked on top of each other but I decided to place them side by side. I used ticky tack and hung up the cards under the words. I have plenty of room on the wall to make the collage grow. And every day I get to add to it!

Here is a close up of the Merry Christmas


I hope you are all enjoying your December! I love this time of the year!


peace. love. dove.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas cookies, yum!

Today I am making Christmas cookies for a Christmas Party I am going to tonight for a cookie exchange. I decided to take my chances and try something I hadn’t done. I usually just make chocolate chip cookies (and they are delicious). I am making surprise snowballs. I opened the oven with 8 minutes left and my snowballs are melting… with two minutes left they look like normal cookies, not balls… I hope I can reform them when I am supposed to “ROLL” them in powdered sugar.


So I couldn’t reform them so….


I stuck a marshmallow on them and melted them slightly in the oven. Then I…


Tried one that I didn’t put the marshmallow on. It sure was yummy. I put Dark Chocolate M&M’s in them (that is the surprise). They are my FAVORITE!

After some thinking, I decided to add a face and a ‘little hat’ on the snowmen. It looks more like a french beret or a little toupee.


So now I have a snowman army!


Note to anyone trying to decorate with chocolate. The coal dots did not like me on the face, so I ended up turning them into smiley faces.

The recipe I used for the Snow Ball Surprise cookie recipe can be found at the link.

I am going to sprinkle some more powered sugar on them before I leave to give it the “just snowed” look.

I am enjoying the Glee Christmas CD as I am making these. Wonderful.

Peace. Love. Dove.

Birthday Time!

So one of my older brothers (they are both older than me, but the younger of the two) is turning 31! So for him, I made him a birthday card. He is a pretty cool brother. How many times can you say that your brother is a musician and actually has an album. You can see his album here at SlowSpokes. He is the one referred to as EMS. I once knew what it stood for, but I no longer remember. It must be my 26 year old brain. It sounds odd that I have a brother that is a --- get this --- a rapper, but he is actually pretty good.

OK so on to the crafts! I made him this card.


Since he is into music, I used Indie Art Cricut Cartridge for the cassette tape and Sweet Treats for the Hip Hip Hooray. The black and grey paper are from DCVW Street Lace Stack (which I absolutely love).

I do challenges every now and then. I really want to get more into it, I just have been trying to get some other things taken care of first. This is for the challenge from My Pink Stamper. The challenge was to make a birthday card!

Now back to the Christmas projects!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My wreath is finished

I finally finished my wreath! Thank you for the advice on not adding black. As much as I LOVE black, I think it looks best at how I kept it. So on to the pictures!


Now for a close up! ( I hate using a flash, but it shows the true colors)



I added little ornaments, and jingle bells!  I love this wreath. On to work on more! (and clean my house after super projects galore)

Peace. Love. Dove.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I’ve been crafty. I just need to finish some things!

So I have been crafting up a storm lately! I have finished a project which I am going to send to my amazing friend at AnnabelleBumps. Here is a sneak peak of the fabric I used… My husband even said he thought of her when he saw it.


So what else have I been working on? Well, I have been scrapbooking, here are a couple of pages I have been working on. (Just a glimpse)



And I am working on a wreath. (I ran out of yarn, so I am debating on using black, or just buying more yarn, what do you think?)


Oh and not to forget the reason why I made something for Annabelle, I am trying to sew a dress… Here is the pattern and the fabric I am going to use. The polka dots are the lining, and the other is a black satin for the main part. I still have no idea what I am doing!!


Plus I want to make a paper wreath, and I need to create a white elephant ornament by next Saturday! Oh busy busy me!

Oh, and I got my YourStory in the mail yesterday. I need to now make my Mom’s Christmas present…

Peace. Love. Dove.