Mini Chalkboards | Wilna

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Who doesn’t love anything miniature sized? These chalkboards are no exception. Wilna put them together embellishing with some of my new Dear Lizzy Serendipity. Love that she found a way to use some of the products even with a Christmas theme.
If the mini chalkboards aren’t enough the tiny candy canes in a jar and the wreath with do you in.
xoxo, Lizzy

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Check out Wilna’s amazing blog… She offers cut files and online workshops including Heartfelt Christmas Workshop right now. Her site is called… I heart Studio full of creative ideas and projects.


Decorative Tags using Project Life Cards


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I love having decorative tags on hand for all sorts of gift-giving occasions and these 3 x 4″ Project Life cards get the job done perfectly! Using a mix of patterned paper, punches, rub-ons, stickers, and candy dots, I embellished nine different tags that I can’t wait to give to loved ones!
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Dear Lizzy Serendipity

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Seeing pics on Instagram of you guys with your new Dear Lizzy products is so fun! I am so excited to see what you create with Serendipity! I have some fun projects coming up to share… with ideas on how to use this collection. Including the Floral DIY die set and other darling stuff.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
We watched Elf and wrapped presents while sipping hot cocoa on the day after Turkey day. It was the perfect way to (legally) start celebrating Christmas.
I stamped the brown paper with a stamp from the newest Studio Calico kit. Added a berry branch from our yard and some tags and instax photo.
The next package is brown and kraft paper from Ikea. I also added a banner stamped with my Dear Lizzy phrase stamp and layered with a cork cut snowflake. The bottle brush tree dyed using Tim Holtz ink. See tutorial here. I’m actually surprised I had some presents to wrap since I have hardly even started Christmas shopping. Eeeek!

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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

Hot Air Balloon Mobile

LroUG5JYzi69lqR8q0Wko61IkAoNziFjuKxENSzMq3UOne thing that is making more sense to me as I get older is that pure, genuine love can overcome even the hardest of situations. There are a couple relationships in my life that get the toll of everyday stress yet still flourish and grow instead of being squashed. These individuals or  “angels” (ha!) who deal with my wacky hormonal days or my ‘sorry I’m just hungry’ moments get the brunt of difficult experiences yet rise above it and become stronger. I have no clue how this is possible… except that it’s real love. Like really real. Something we’ve worked at and cherished and if neglected then reconnected.
This morning I could hear Collin in the kitchen making french toast for the kids and later he got in a frosting fight with Quincey and me as we were decorating a cake for Lola’s birthday and I remember thinking: I am so glad I get to go through this crazy, happy life with him. Because loving Collin has been my favorite adventure yet.

Today I wanted to share this hot air balloon mobile made by the amazing Wilna. She’s so incredible with her artistic eye… and who knew you could get such a beautiful watercolor effect with food coloring?! Thanks Wilna! Read below for instructions.


I used the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer die cut set and in particular the hot air balloon and the heart. Then I pulled out my Cuddlebug diecut machine and watercolor paper and cut out a bunch of each of the two shapes.
Next up, I mixed some food coloring with water and dip dyed the shapes and set them aside to dry a bit. Once dry, I used my sewing machine and started with a looped ribbon and stitched right down feeding the shapes back to back through the machine. So that in the end I could fold back the edges of the shapes and create a 3D effect.
Last, I added some beads and a few feathers to finish off the little mobile.

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Yes To This

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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
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DIY: Paper Bead Necklace


I remember the first time I saw a tutorial for making a paper bead (I think it was in “American Girl” magazine?). I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Paper?! As jewelry?! Needless to say, my six year old mind was blown. Fast forward twenty-plus years and I’m still just as fascinated by the endless possibilities of paper. So I decided to revisit this awesome craft and make a colorful necklace using my favorite sheets from the Daydreamer collection. Here’s how to do it:

First, gather a handful of 12 x 12″ sheets of patterned paper, a long strand of baker’s twine, wooden skewers, and a tape runner. 

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Next, mark out a rough triangular outline to determine where you will be cutting. Since the paper gets rolled up, precision is not necessary in this step.
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Here’s what my papers looked like before they were rolled into beads.
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To create a bead, begin by placing the widest edge of the paper onto the skewer.
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Roll the paper around the skewer tightly until you reach the end. Secure the last bit of the paper with adhesive (a tape runner or glue dot works well). Carefully slide the bead off of the skewer. (P.S. If you want to seal your beads and give them a shiny finish, paint them with mod podge before removing from the skewer.)
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Once you have enough beads, I thread them onto the strand of baker’s twine and knot the ends.
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Ta-da! The paper bead necklace is complete!
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Tubby Time

in other news

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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.

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Chalkboard tags + Flowers

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Chalkboard tags contrast with these sweet flowers making a darling thoughtful box! I’ve never thought to mix paper and fake flowers or greens so this is such a fun, new combination for me. Especially since we all probably have a little of both of those in our stash.
Wilna tells us how she put them together below…

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I started by cutting flower shapes (available on and layering them to make flowers using Dear Lizzy papers. Next, I added to the centre part of the paper flower a fake flower as well as green flourishes (also fake) and ribbons to the back of the paper flower. I adhered them to a little box with hot glue along with a chalkboard tag to write a little sentiment on.
Can totally see these Christmasy too! Red with gold and the white boxes!

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