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Cute Hot Air Balloon Cards

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birthday DIY

The super cute hot air balloon cards are done. I had so much fun making each and every one of these. There are not two of them that are exactly alike, I love that part. The cards were super easy to make which is a huge plus. It helped that I have a Cricut. That machine is seriously a life saver. It helped cut down the time it took to make the cute little hot air balloons. Like I said before, its super easy. Since I loved how it turned out so much, I am going to tell you how I made these lovely cards. IMG_2062 Here is what you need for one cute hot air balloon card... 3 three inch circles buttons, brads, anything you want to use really ribbon stamps (you could use stickers, or had write if you prefer) cute paper IMG_2078 Directions: First cut you paper to make 5X7 cards (2 pieces for one card) Next cut out your 3 circles. place a strip of glue in the middle of each circle and place them on top of each other. Pull/bend the sides of the circles up. It will give it the 3D effect. Now cut out a square shape to use as the little basket and 4 pieces of ribbon. Connect the circle with the basket by using the ribbon and glue them on the page (Put the ribbon under the basket and the circles. Then glue the basket and circles on the page. It will make the ribbon stay without getting your ribbon all sticky will glue) Next cut a strip of paper to use as a saying on the front. Now it is time to spruce up the card by adding the buttons onto the basket Fill the strip of paper you previously cut with simple but cute saying. The saying I used was "off and away." It seemed to fit the birthday party perfectly. I used stamps to complete this step, but you can use anything you want. The possibilities are endless. Inside the Card (the next page of the card) For the inside of the card I decided to keep it simple. So all I did was come up with acute poem (with the help of my husband) to invite people to come to Emma's birthday party. All I did was type this poem up on my computer and printed off on card stock. Super easy right! Then to help everyone know whee we got her birthday theme from I printed off a quote from Dr.Seuss and placed it on the back on the second card. IMG_2075 Now for the last step. Connecting the two pieces together. I used my eyelets to do this. But it would be super cute to use brads or even ribbon to attach the two pieces of paper together. These birthday cards turned out even better then I expected. I am getting more and more excited for Emma's birthday party. Check back soon for a sneak peek of what I am doing for decorations.

My valentine idea

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Valentine Ideas

Valentines day was such a good day. Heres what happened... Jake was at school until 8pm and I was off nannying until about 6pm (they let me go early :) At first I was kinda bummed that we wouldn't see each other until super late. But I decided to make the most of it.
Emma and I decided to write letters to Jake for him to read throughout the day. He ended up getting 10 letters which he was able to open at the beginning of each hour. Emma had so much fun making her Valentine. She even got to use crayons for the first time!
Emma also went on a photo shoot (okay so we just went to they park and took pictures). We turned the pictures into a little collage for Jake to have at school.
Then since my work let me off early, Emma and I hurried home to make Jake a  surprise dinner. We had chicken stuffed with bacon and cheese, pasta salad, rice, a medley of vegetables, and for dessert pink chocolate chip cookies. Jake was so surprised. He loved it all.
To top it off we danced in the kitchen (one of my favorite things to do with him) and had a movie night.
It was perfect. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Valentine to spend the evening with. I am so glad that I have forever to spend with my husband!

The Need to Create

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As you may know, I love to make things. I love coming up with an idea and see it come together. Wither it is a hutch that I am redoing, a sign for Emma's room, or making presents, I love it all. I always seem to have the desire to make something especially when I can't just go and buy the object that inspired me in the first place. I then spend all day thinking about how I can make _ that I saw at the store. Jake usually just thinks I am cute as I try my hand in a little bit of everything. So now that you have a little insight into my craziness, I have a story for you... Now that Thanksgiving is over I can finish decorating for Christmas! I was so excited to finally go out and look for a Christmas tree. We had been waiting until after Thanksgiving to get that last finishing touch. Jake and I had not decided if we were going to get a real or fake Christmas tree. We LOVE real Christmas trees, but living in an apartment and leaving town for a couple of weeks can make a real tree hard to manage. So off we went looking for our dream tree. We looked at fake ones at several different stores but we were not sold on any of them. I just kept on wondering where we would store it. Then the day after thanksgiving the Christmas tree stands finally open. Jake and I took a walk with Emma to go and look at them. Emma loved touching the different trees and exploring the tree lot. I can I say it smelt soooo good. I think the best part about Christmas trees is the smell :)

As we were looking around we found the perfect Christmas tree for us. It was a little shorter then me and the perfect shape. It smelt good and would definitely do a great job hold all our ornaments. We started to walk back home (where the car was. Jake for some reason didn't feel like carrying the tree 6 blocks lol). As we were walking we started to talk about getting the tree. As we talked it quickly went to "lets get the tree" to "I don't know if we should..." Have you ever added up the coast of something and then wish you had just bought the sucker without thinking about it? Well it was one of those moments. We were both kinda bummed. Jake mostly cause he was studying for a test for hours on end and just wanted to be done and decorate a tree. When we got back to our little home, we had not settled on getting the tree or not. Jake went back to studying and I started playing with Emma. Now here is when my creative bug started to kick in. I am super impatient and I wanted a Christmas tree. I knew that our budget was tight and a Christmas tree would be a splurge. So I decided something. I decided how cool of a situation we are in now. Since we are poor college students we can do whatever we want to make a tree and no one would care. It was our time just to have fun with the holiday and with life. Why not experiment and make a tree. Now you might be tilting your head right now saying "make a tree?" But thats right we made our Christmas tree. Without telling Jake what I was doing, Emma and I went for a walk. We found fallen tree branches and twigs that would create the perfect tree. I think we got some really strange looks in the process ;)
When we got back Jake just smiled, laughed, and thought it was the best idea ever. I think I scored brownie point in the wife department with him that day. We took the big branches and bound them together. I put in a few extra branches and Wa la the perfect Christmas tree.
It looked even cooler after we put lights and ornaments on it. I know that it is not the usual Christmas tree, but I think this is my favorite tree that we have had so far. I just love starring at it. It really turned out great. I am kinda tempted to keep our "tree" around for more then just Christmas. We will see though. All I know that this is going to be the best Christmas ever. It has already been amazing. The great thing about our Christmas tree is that it reminds me that Christmas is more then just pine trees and presents. It is about the birth of our Savior and love and blessing that abounded from that special night. We don't need anything fancy to celebrate. Jake and I just need our little family... and a little imagination :) I just love the Christmas season!

A Paint of Color

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Adventures DIY Husband Life

So you might remember that Jake and I had a crazy itch a couple of times in Idaho where we refurbished some furniture. First we did our couches and then we even did our coffee table (see here). Through these projects I have really come to learn that I love turning items for something ugly to something that I love. When Jake and I finally decided on an apartment to move into this past summer, the hunt for furniture was on. We gave away a good chunk of our furniture away in Idaho, so that meant shopping! I was was so excited for the challenge. I wanted to find just the right pieces. I quickly discovered that my taste in furniture is well.... a little expensive :) So I embraced my love of DIY projects. And I love what the outcome was. We found this old hutch at the D.I and it was perfect. I quickly turned it from this to...

 ...this. I love the Gray and the off white together. 

I must brag about my husband for a little bit. For the most part this hutch was my little project. But he, being the amazing husband that he is, cut out with a razor blade a stencil for the back of the hutch. We had my brother-in-law Jared, who is a whiz on the computer, create the design for us. Jake then cut the design out on a sheet protector. It worked perfectly and I am so in love with the look of the design. 

And guess what else my extremely talented husband did, he built us the table you see above. Yep he is a keeper!

One thing that I did learn for my next project is... I need a bigger car :)

Now off to my next project. Making an old filing cabinet not an eye sore. I am thinking chalk board paint?.... let the fun begin! 

Life as I know it.

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DIY Pregnancy School

So this past month has actually gone by pretty fast. For a couple of weeks I went on a crafting craze. I was constantly working on one project or another for our little girl. So far I have made a lamp, a mobile, and a huge wooden sign. It is crazy to see how productive you can be when you actually have time to spare. Now I am just working on making sure that I have everything ready for when our little one comes. Now if only we can decide on a name for her :) oh well we still have nine weeks. Yikes! can you believe it, I only have nine more weeks left to go. Nine months really does go by so fast, next thing I know she will be here! Life is truly good. Here are a couple of pictures of the lamp and mobile. I haven't yet taken a picture of the wooden sign yet. I can't wait to finally decorate my little girls room...

Oh and for some more exciting news, Jake has been accepted to two Grad schools already. We are officially accepted into UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. Now we are waiting to hear back form a few more schools before we make our final decision. It is just so exciting to know that he has been accepted. It is actually pretty funny how often we check his email just hoping that another email has come in. Soon we will know exactly what we are going to do for school. Only a few more weeks of uncertainty.  

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