Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Ornaments

I have 2 new articles up on the Fiskars blog this weekend. I really enjoyed finally finishing the revamp of my grandma's cross stitch ornaments. My mom gave them to me a few years ago, and I really wanted to change them for my christmas tree, but didn't really have any ideas.
When the yarn wrapped wreath craze hit Pinterest, I knew what I would do with the frames. I love how they turned out and cannot wait to put them on my tree!

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 I also created some new photo ornaments. I love to see photos on the Christmas tree. It really shows the passage of time and how my kids have changed. This year, I also had them write what was the top item on their wish list. I think as I am posting this, some have already changed their #1 priority Christmas wish. Kids!Photobucket Photobucket
If you would like more information on how to create these ornaments, you can check out the Fiskars website here and here.

This post is sponsored by Fiskars. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Winners! A Day Late.....

Grateful journals on their way to:

 meganklauer said...
Love this post Kim! I need to do this soon! Thank you for the inspiration.
November 15, 2012 9:07:00 PM CST
 Muriel said...
Ok, I'm officially a follower, not just a stalker. :)
November 15, 2012 10:21:00 AM CST

 Texas Boy + SLC Girl said...
Kim! You're always so inspiring!!!! Thanks for sharing all these thoughts! Congrats on all your posts!
November 15, 2012 12:23:00 AM CST
meganklauer, Muriel, and Texas Boy + SLC Girl send me an email with your address and I will get these in the mail!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11 Random Things...& A 700th Post Giveaway!!

I was tagged by Shannon last month and thought I would write a few things that are pretty random about me.

1. I am in love with anything & everything pumpkin. It really should be a flavor/smell that is available all year long and not just in the Fall.
2. I don't like chocolate. But give me any other sugary candy: hot tamales, sour patch kids, Mike & Ike's, Twizzlers, licorice, etc. I likie!
3. I am always trying to improve my parenting skills. It seems I can never get things right. Parenting is hard. Every child is different. I have heard this a million times, and I still completely lose my patience on a daily basis.
4. I want to really learn to use my camera. I am so addicted to just using my iphone camera. It has been easy, and I have become lazy. I never bring the big camera. I am going to take it and get a tune up for it at a local camera store. Then I am going to quit being scared, and just use it more often.
5. With all the social media & technology we have to 'connect' with friends and family, why do I lately feel so 'disconnected'? I want to call people instead of text; write and send cards instead of email.
6. I don't have a middle name. I tried to use my maiden name for awhile as my middle name, but it just didn't feel right. Now I just use my given name & my last name.
7. I am pretty obsessed with reading blogs. I read several on a daily basis. This is one of my favorites and it made my day when this appeared on Megan's vlog a month or so ago:

8. I really wish I had the financial ability to have a creative someone come and decorate my house.
9. I love chai tea. I think I had the most wonderful cup last weekend at Cupcake Royale in Bellevue, WA.
10. I am overwhelmingly grateful for the friendships that I have. I randomly texted this picture to my best friend, it just makes me giggle with joy that we will be friends until we are old, and then for even longer.
11. I am truly happy, from the bottom to the top of my creative soul, when I am making or doing something with my hands. I inherited this trait from my Grandma Virginia. She is always doing, making, serving, creating...I believe it makes her truly happy too.
If my hands are not busy then I am picking my cuticles which is a pretty awful habit.

P.S.If anyone that is reading this, wants to challenge themselves to do this post on their blog, please leave a comment with a blog link so we can all have a peek at your 11 Random Things. Thanks.

P.S.S. After I published this post, I realized it was my 700th post!!!!
Isn't that pretty cool??? Leave me a comment and I will draw 3 winners for a lovely gratitude journal. I picked up these lovely journals at Target and I decorated the cover and just couldn't stop at one! So I have three I would love to send to 3 lovely readers of this blog! I will draw winners on Monday 11/19/2012.
update: Forget the 'follower' thing....just leave a comment & I will draw three {3} winners on Monday!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ella's Special Day

Last Sunday, Ella was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are very proud of the decision she made to be baptized. Photobucket
She was lucky enough to share this special day with a friend.


I gave a talk about Baptism, and Christian played a special piano solo. We had Nancy's famous chocolate chip & oatmeal cookies with milk afterwards. It was a great day! Photobucket

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