Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal!
We tried to watch Home Alone with the kids but Collin and I were cringing the whole time and kept informing the kids, “we don’t say that” or “that’s not good” to the point that we couldn’t even enjoy it. haha It’s still such a classic though.
Isn’t it funny when you watch a movie from when you were a kid and didn’t even notice the cuss words.
I waited until it was freezing outside and decided I was too much of a wimp to attempt pics again in the snow. Soooo, one Sunday afternoon Collin set up a tripod and a light and these cards happened. The girls still giggle about how they got to crack an egg on dad’s head. It took two shots and egg all over him.
Sending mailbox merriment is definitely one of the best parts of Christmas!
Here’s ours for you! kisses!
More Lola The Elf pics here!
… Christmas is over but I just wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the month. I am working on a December Daily album but it was put on hold with other stuff I am doing. It’s one of my favorite things about Christmas so I couldn’t completely forget about it! Here are some moments from 12-14.
Quincey and Lola were in The Nutcracker this year… their dances were fleeting but I loved every second.
Miss Lola bug turned four yesterday. My mind is blown by how fast the years are racing by leaving a trail of giggles and sparkles and tantrums with this girl. She’s seriously is the most cheerful of my kiddies. Pure joy streams out of her and she’s like a bouncing ball of silliness. Then in the blink of an eye she can throw a tantrum and from a mile away you would run and hide scared of this toddler gremlin. haha just kidding. Kind of.
Friday night we took her out on a daddy and mommy date. Collin let her choose any toy from the Disney store then they skipped through the mall. I am always the third wheel when fun dad is around. Then we had dinner and she wore her crown and wanted us to tell everyone it was her birthday.
The smaller flowers on the crown were made with my Dear Lizzy flower die set that should be shipping this week! You will love it.
And here she is about four months old visiting her Great Grandma Charlotte in San Diego and also the last time we saw my Grandpa before he passed away. Such a blessing that they got to see this chunka babe in all her rolls of glory.
Need I remind you she weighed 9 lbs 6 oz when she was born. (Here’s that blog post oldie) Literally born with rolls. I have this lady below, my Greek grammy, to thank for the good birthing genes. No stretch marks even. I am basically Elasta Girl. But seriously what I would give to go back in time and squoosh those cheeks one last time.
I also watch the birth video Collin put together every year and shed a couple tears when she takes her first breath and opens her eyes for the first time… how overwhelmed I am with love to have her call me momma. xoxo
Yes to twinkle lights strung outside already
Yes to daddy’s scarf wrapped around our little buddy
Yes to crunching as many leaves as we can while we walk
Yes to one doggie mitten on one hand as I’ll keep the other one warm in mine
Yes to the bright Christmas tree up in our living room to help us forgot about the early sunset gloom outside
Yes to letting Lola redecorate the tree every day. Although the lamp was a very creative idea for an ornament, it’s a bit too heavy for the branches. So it sits plugged in right next to the tree, for now.
Yes to bundling up since I hate the cold
Yes to reading bedtime stories by the tree every night
Yes to listing and remembering what we are grateful as often as possible… because why is it so much easier to focus on the worries
Yes to this
We redid the bathroom our girls share and guests use when they come over. It was a crazy process but it’s looking so good. Weird that I enjoy cleaning it now. Never thought I’d say those words. haha
The tub and incredible faucet are from Vintage Tub & Bath. I searched around and they were my favorite place with what I was looking for… Plus, free shipping is one of my love languages.
We just finished painting it so I will share the before and afters, process and more pics soon.
Deciding what costume to wear when you are a kid is kind of a big freaking deal. We’ve been talking about it for months and months. And they’ve all changed their mind every few days. Well, as we got closer I jumped online to buy some Halloween costumes for my kiddos. Making sure they made a final decision. For Avery, I purchased Little Red Riding Hood… since she mentioned that many times and I thought she’d look so adorable!
When the package arrived it was pure drama… apparently I was wayyyyyy off and she wanted to be the young Maleficent. Ummmm, ok, but I thought I had mentioned to her that no one made that costume. At least not that I could find. She was heart broken and she must’ve caught me on a really good day because I told her that I would make her one.
It actually ended up being a really fun project. We went together to the fabric store to choose the fabric for the dress, horns and wings. Collin cut the wings from cardboard and I covered them with fabric. I made the dress with a really simple pattern plus I winged it a bit. This thing is held together by a thread and hot glue. haha Last, I made the horns finishing touches on the dress bodice.
She has thanked us so many times and mentioned repeatedly that she’s so grateful for putting this together for her. When I was younger my mom made the majority of our costumes. I distinctly remember hearing the hum of her sewing machine into the late hours of the night on Halloween Eve. So it was fun to do the same for Ave.
Tonight we ran up the road from our home and took some pics of her. She was loving it and totally in character. Here are some of my favorites I wanted to share with you…
I made the horns by starting with a headband, floral wire (I had on hand), very small paper cups, hot glue, tape, foil and fabric.
Start by attaching one end of the 7″ wire to the headband. Then slide the cup down the wire to the headband and tape the cup to the headband. Next, start molding the horns with foil. It’s so much easier than you would think and just mold until you like it. Then I used fabric strips and hot glue to cover the foil. The hot glue worked well with the foil.
I needed to readjust the horns before these pics because she’d worn them to a party the night before and they are not quite symmetrical for these pics so I need to bend them back to where they were… but you get the idea.
One of my favorite scrappers that I’ve known over the years via the double-u-double-u-double-u tagged me in a Q&A blog tour. Thanks Stephanie Howell! She sent over some questions to answer then I get to tag some peeps… and the fun just doesn’t stop.
1. What am I working on right now?
Crafting-ADD is a real problem and I have it. So usually I am working on a few different projects. Currently putting together a grateful journal, gathering items for a December mini book and some other secrets things that I am excited to share sometime soon. But I have wrapped up two new Dear Lizzy lines. One will release in the next couple weeks (don’t quote me on that and another at the January CHA show. They are so completely different from each other and I can’t wait to share them with you guys.
2. How long does it take me to create a project?
The days of spending endless hours on a diy, scrap page, mini book or project have changed for me. I spend about an hour or two on a layout in my Studio Calico gallery and it depends on the other projects. I love to sit and watch movies while I work on something if they take a bit longer. I can’t just sit there-I have to be making something. Does anyone else do this? I seriously tried to learn to knit for this purpose. But failed tremendously. Twice.
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Paper, paper, paper has always been one of my fave products. I love mixing patterns and color. I’ve been experimenting more with writing with brushes +ink and right now you’ll find watercolor on everything.
4. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
This is a tricky question because I don’t think I ever stay inspired completely… I often wander off into The Land of Rut… scared that I will never return. But somehow I find my way back. Here are a few things that came to my mind that help me get inspired:
-Music. Music is big for me. If I have some good music playing I can get going and in the zone faster. It ranges from happy-indie to dance-hip hop. I will dance around and get excited.
-But if I need more inspiration than music. Then I look for inspiration on Pinterest, magazines, Instagram, fashion and photography sites. I am looking for anything to spark an idea. Like color schemes, an ad or catchy phrase, a texture or pattern in fashion or a cool technique to try.
-Photos are crucial in my scraping process… I can’t design a layout then find a photo. The page is built around the photo. So if I print out photos and see the story I want to tell then I can move onto the next steps. I find that choosing the colors, design & title are much easier.
-Push myself. I have to push myself to try new things or I get bored and then uninspired. The hard part is that I don’t have a lot of time for creative exploration so these might include simple, new ways to use my Silhouette diecut machine and other products. This helps me to get excited. If I’m excited then pieces fall into place effortlessly. Don’t be afraid to make something you don’t like in the process. You’ll find some mistakes that turn out pretty cool in the end.
-Another aspect to being inspired that might sound completely random for some people, I have to be happy to create. Not rainbows-and-sunshine-perfectly happy. Sheesh, I would never make anything… but just not way down. Does that make sense? : ) I tend to obsess so when I am worried and stressed it consumes all my thoughts thus leaving no room for ideas and I am paralyzed creatively. I do have pages with private journaling about challenging times but those are few and far between. For the most part, the events and instances I focus on are everyday moments. That being said, it is difficult for me to create if I am extremely down about something in my life. So I have to focus on the parts that are good and positive. The plus side is, this helps me in other areas of my life besides creativity coming easier. I try to make mental gratitude lists and focus on wonderful things around me.
With some family drama that surrounded our extended family, I have been taking time to do meditation. It helped me tremendously to not dwell on others’ problems that I can’t control and lighten my load of worries that I tend to carry around. Kelly Howell‘s brain sync products are incredible. And whoa, I went way off topic.
-Just start. Whether we are happy or sad… in a rut… or just plain lazy watching Netflix—-just start creating something. Even something small. Soon we’ll see we’ve always had our crazy awesome mojo we just needed to get it moving. So turn on some tunes and get started.
6. What is my signature style? I’ve been trying to figure this out for years. I guess I could call it Bright and Simple. That’s lame though!! I have no clue. Help me out… ; )
7. I am tagging Anna Marie Wolniak/Suzy Plantamura/Tim Holtz/Kelly Purkey & YOU please play along and leave a comment/link if you do. Answer the above questions by next Monday.
Shirt: We Blow Kisses Photos: Collin Kartchner
Post-church operation to clean up this blasted studio space. I know it doesn’t look that messy… but what you can’t see are the piles on every single surface. I am the queen of putting off cleaning up by making piles. I already requested this on Instagram but, please send help! In the form of magical elves, Mary Poppins, or Tony Danza. I’m not picky. But preferably Tony from the Who’s The Boss years.
Just purchased this print from an artist in Australia. I’m obsessed with the simplicity and playfulness. I want this one bad for my girls’ room. Santa, are you listening?
(Your face is pretty but your heart is golden.)
Recently Avery became very concerned about hair and clothes and she’s never been my fussy dresser. I could hand her anything to put on and she would wear it. Heck, she would wear her pjs all day and wouldn’t care one bit what anyone thought. Lola, on the other hand, has been very picky since she was two of what she is wearing. Pink, frilly, girly… and no matter what I suggest her to wear she refuses the first outfit every single time and says “yes” to the second or third one. I’m onto her sneaky ways. ; )
Every day when I am brushing their hair I try to sneak in my mom-advice and engrain in their minds that —it’s good to look nice but a smile and being kind is what’s most important.
Then there’s these two. Oh my, cutest stinkers.
Seeing that Instagram fills in the gaps of what I don’t scrapbook or Project Life… it’s huge for me to print the photos from my feed to tangible memories.
There’s a new way to easily print your entire Instagram feed. It’s super fast and seriously the price is reasonable too. For 6 bucks you can get a 60 page book.
Download the app CHATBOOKS onto your phone. Use the code LIZZY1 for your first book freeeee! If you order three books or more.
Another great thing about Chatbooks is that you can sign up for the autoship and once you have 60 more photos it will automatically ship you the next book. I love happy mail but spontaneous happy mail is even better!
It was seriously Christmas morning when I opened my package and saw all these faces! Then I wouldn’t let anyone touch them which defeats the whole purpose.
Once you are inside the app you can:
-Change the title of the album and what it will print the same on the spine of each book. I didn’t realize I could change this so mine all say “My Instagrams” but it would be fun to include something funny, a family name or inside joke. Just touch the title “My Instagrams” to open that album then tap again to change the title.
-Choose which cover you want for each book. Or just go with the random one the app assigns. Of course I took the extra time and chose each one. Clearly, I was favoring this little kissed face cover when I was taking photos of the books.
-Delete photos you do not want in the book.
-Also it includes the caption from your photo. Which was an awesome addition to an already gold product.
Other features include: Chatbook Series A daily-life scrapbook for a private group. Where you can add contributors and everyone can submit photos to print into a book. How nice is this for a photo book gift for a loved one where everyone can easily submit their photos. Think Christmas presents people! I know my mom would love this!
Also, there’s a Custom Book option so you can upload up to 300 photos from your phone for an event or specific themed book. So easy!
It prints a date stamp in the top left corner and the caption below.
Remember to use the code: LIZZY1 to get your first book free if you order three or more.
Now download the app, Chatbooks, and get your memories into your hands.