Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Chalkboard and Origami Wrapping Paper

DIY Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
Hello all. I know it's been a while (over a month - *gulp*) since I last wrote a blog post. I have been busy buying up the whole world (AKA shopping for Christmas).

Ever since I saw chalkboard wrapping paper on Pinterest I knew I needed some for myself. So when Terrain had an awesome Black Friday sale, or course I had to buy some of their black kraft wrapping paper. I believe they're sold out now, but you can still find it on Etsy HERE.

I used a white charcoal pencil to draw my designs. Here are a few of my favorites. Please don't make fun of my (horrid) wrapping skills.


DIY Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
I think I'm the most proud of this one. I used this chalkboard sign from Etsy as inspiration.


DIY Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
A tiny bow for out little niece Susan. Inspiration from this post by Going Home to Roost.


DIY Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
I made an origami box (more on that below) and used this free wreath printable as inspiration.


DIY Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
This is another one that I'm quite happy with. I used this photo from Pinterest as inspiration.


DIY Origami Gift Box
DIY Origami Gift Box
I couldn't find a box the proper size for a gift for my older sister, so I made an origami one. HERE is the tutorial I used. I used some wrapping paper that I had leftover from last year as the lid, and chalkboard paper as the bottom. It's a tiny bit lopsided, but I'm happy with the end result.


To sum up:

Buy the wrapping paper HERE.
Find the origami box tutorial HERE.
Use a charcoal pencil for drawing.
Search on Pinterest for design inspiration.


What are YOU doing for gift wrap this year?


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Little Frog in the Snow

Little Frog in the Snow
Little Frog in the Snow
Little Frog in the Snow
Little Frog in the Snow

Helen's Coat: Gymboree via thredUP | Same on ebay HERE, HERE, HERE
Helen's Boots: Janie and Jack via thredUP | Similar
Helen's Cowl: Made by me | Free Pattern

A couple weeks ago we had a lovely snowfall. I bundled Helen up and sent her outside to experience it.

It was funny how perplexed she seemed. She held out her little hand to feel the flakes.

That first batch of snow melted, but we had another this week. When Helen saw it out the window, she said, "Fall." I think she knows that snow falls from the sky because of a little bunny book that we've been reading since her first birthday.


Snowy Sunrise

And now I wonder if the snow is here to stay. The forecast shows no sign of temperatures above freezing any time soon. I'm happy that we have the snow - better that it's cold and pretty than cold and ugly brown. But the extra wetness makes it harder to keep our floor clean. I think I need a bigger rug.


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Kids' Fall Photos

Fall Photos
Fall Photos
Fall Photos
Fall Photos
Fall Photos
Fall Photos
Fall Photos
Fall Photos

I tell ya', my sister makes the cutest kids. No bias or anything.

Back in September I decided it was necessary to document all this adorableness. I used school photos as an excuse.

Besides Judah insisting on making weird faces (why do little boys think this is the most hilarious thing ever?), it was super easy to get some good shots of these photogenic kids. Now, group shots are a different story...


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our Fall 2014 Family Pictures

Fall Family Photos
Fall Family Photos
Mother/Daughter
Forehead Kiss
Father/Daughter
Mother/Daughter
Fall Family Photos

I'm pretty surprised that we got any nice photos out of this shoot. On a whim, one evening when Reuben got off work early, I decided that we should take some family photos. I quickly did my hair and makeup and picked out clothes for us all. 

We drove out onto Reuben's family's land and found a pretty spot. Just as the light was beginning to fade we managed to set up the tripod and grab some shots. 

I'd like to do a bigger photo shoot with just Reuben and I someday, but I'll probably have to be satisfied with these until next year. Unless I can convince him to do another shoot (which doesn't sound too likely). :)

Do you like to take a family photo each year?



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Helen's "New" Chair

Helen's New Chair
Painted Chair
Helen's new chair

I've been wanting a little chair for Helen ever since she sat in Auntie Judy's rocking chair. Little did I know there was one right in our house! Reuben found a well-used children's chair hiding in our storage room. Immediately I thought of painting it. So I did some research about non-toxic paint and purchased a sample jar online

When my sister Audra and her kids got wind of my plans they wanted in on the process. Much to my delight they offered to sand the chair for me. Then on a windy and sunny afternoon I painted it. It took three coats.

I'm quite pleased with the results. Now I just need to buy/build a little table for Helen. Then I think her happiness would be complete. 


The sample size can was only around $4 or $5 when I purchased it. 




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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Snow in October + New Boots!

Snow in October
Snow in October
Snow in October

Can you believe that we've had our first snow already? Last Friday was pretty gloomy and rainy. Imagine our surprise when the rain turned to snow. 

It was beautiful but short lived. The next morning it was completely gone. It's nice to have a taste of winter without the commitment. :)


New Boots
New Boots

Aren't Helen's new boots just adorable? They're Janie and Jack. I found them on thredUP (of course). It's so nice to be able to get more expensive brands for an affordable price.

Here's her outfit details:

Sweater: Old Navy (thrifted) Similar
Pants: Circo (thrifted) Similar
Boots: Janie and Jack (thredUP) Similar



What's the weather like where you live?



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall is Here

September 22, 2014, 1:58 PM | Erica Lea | VSCO Grid
Fall is here.
Fall is here.
Woodpile
Fall is here.
Fall is Here
#fall #autumn #evening #minnesota | Erica Lea | VSCO Grid
Mocha

I am so happy that the cooler weather is here. Sadly it's still not quite cold enough to need to wear all of my awesome jackets. First world problems.

Warm drinks are one of my favorite parts of fall. Mocha, hot cocoa, breves, pumpkin breves...it's all good. What's your favorite hot drink?

The first and second to last photo were taken with my iPhone 5S. They're kind of my favorite of the bunch...
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