Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Nativity

Allow me to start off by saying our church has one of the best Children's ministries I know (I'm not just saying that because I'm on staff, but as a parent) Our children should not be an after thought when it comes to church, they are the church, they're the next set of leaders, teachers and pastors. So thank you to all of my wonderful colleagues, and workers that give of their time and talents to share the word of God and model Jesus for these little ones. Godz Kidz Rocks!

So like many churches this past Sunday, some of our adorable K-5th graders did a great job acting out the Nativity.

Gabi in her recurring role as Chicken #1 alongside one of her very best friends Avery debuting as Chicken #2.

All of the cuties dressed as animals in the manager reminded me of one of our favorite Christmastime reads, so sweet!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Modge Podge does Rock!

I still consider myself a newbie in the crafting world, so you can only imagine the joy I felt when I used Modge Podge for the first time today. I new it existed but to be honest I didn't want to be one of those people that Modge Podge everything lol, but now I can see why.
Anyway the long and short of it is...

I made Ms. K's (Gabi 1st grade teacher) holiday gift. I know what you're thinking shouldn't Gabi have made it herself, and my rebuttal to that is yeah, but I made anyway. I'm sure Gabi will love it and besides she had an idea of what I'd be making.

A while back I had decided to open up an Etsy shop with a little craft I called LOVESQUARES. I thought it was going to be the next best thing to slice bread, and while I did sell a few of them the "business" never did make it. That was probably the Lord's way of saying "listen kid whatever you do, do it as onto me, and don't charge for it". Needless to say I now have a grave yard of these cute little fabric and paper covered 3"x3" square magnets. Still have the shop too, but I'm going to try and revamp it along with the intent of my heart and see if the Lord will allow me to be blessed. Not that I'm not blessed already! Anyway back to the teacher craft.

This one is a no brainer for any of the crafting moguls out there.

A simple bookmark, out of pretty scrapbook paper,cardboard, ribbon and MP, and the "Lovesquare" magnet.
Listen the magnets easy peasy cut wood, cardboard, plastic whatever in a square any size you want(this one just happens to be a 3"x3" piece of crafting wood)decorate however you want, and glue a magnet to the back. I happened to still have a bunch of the fancy round ceramic ones on hand, but guess what here's a major tip *You know those magnetic advertising business cards you get from the pizza shop, or the tax office just cut a piece of that and stick it on,it's totally free.

And to personalize it I stenciled her initial and voila!

handmade projects

Monday, December 13, 2010

Handmade Holiday

I couldn't find our front door wreath anywhere, so I had to think fast, once again when you're short on a dime, you've gotta use what ya got!
This is what I came up with.

I've seen a lot of these square or rectangular shaped wreaths on the crafting blog scene.
Here's my take on it. Soooo Simple!

Snagged one of my cheap $ store frames from the attic and wrapped it with garland I hadn't used from previous Christmas seasons. Since the garland I used had wire in it there was no need for my glue gun so it stayed in place.

And by the way it was an 8x10 frame which was the perfect size for our door. I'm sure it would look awesome as a larger wreath. I did however make a smaller version using a 5x7 frame but used that for a centerpiece.

Now that you've got you wreath go wild and decorate it with our style. I like to keep it simple.

And Voila! I love my wreath on my newly painted red door!(thanks babe!)

Next up 1st grade teacher's holiday gift.

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's begining to look at lot like Christmas!

So every year I torture my children for what seems to them like forever trying to get that one perfect shot to make our Christmas card.

I decided to make a collage of a few pictures cause I couldn't pick just one, they're so darn cute!

So from our family to yours Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree la, la, la,la,la,la la

This past weekend we put up our Christmas tree, and it's my favorite so far.

So, if money's tight, you can still have a fabulous tree, just use what you got.(which has been my motto for the last year or so) This year I wanted a very colorful tree, I'm talking primary colors! I'm mean with 3 kids in the house you want it to be fun. So I had them gather some of their little toys and figures, while I sat in my comfy armchair and curled red, blue and a neon greenish-yellow gift ribbon I had on hand.

Once the colored light bulbs were on the tree, I told the kids to start trimming the tree with the toys they had gathered, along with some of those "special ornaments" collected from past years, and school crafts. Of course I had to do some editing because the whole bottom of the tree was decorated and not the top. Then I filled in the empty spots with bunches of the curled ribbon, topped with the star and voila!

Even Barbie and Ken got in on the act!

Friday, November 26, 2010


We had to show off the "Give Thanks" signs the kids and I made a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks to Uncle Dave and Uncle Dan (my brothers) who joined in the festivities this year and kept the kids occupied so I could get the cooking done, they were real troopers!

Adam and the kids along with Uncle Danny's help built our very first gingerbread house. Though it wasn't to structurally sound it sure tasted good!

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without being plopped on the couch playing video games(said in a sarcastic tone).

The star of the show Mr.Turkey. Everyone was too kind in saying that it tasted good. But I wouldn't be offended if they didn't like it, cause the truth is I followed no recipes this year, there's less pressure when there's no one elses to compare it to.

All in all it was a nice Thanksgiving, quiet, uneventful and fun! Now Christmas is a whole other story! Keep you posted!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Twigs and Twine

So I'm like a closet crafter. I dabble in it a little bit, but by no means am I a professional and this is no crafting blog, but if it requires a glue gun and minimal to no sewing I'll try it. My motto is "use whatcha got", cause money's tight, and I've learned my lesson in going "all in" from a previous project. So with some twine, twigs and couple of pine cones the kids had collected I got busy.
I will say this I'm totally addicted to reading craft blogs for inspiration.

This one is my favorite, thanks to Craftberry Bush for idea.

I've been wanting something with our monogram. Of course it works only if you have initials with straight letters!

I intend on taking a Thanksgiving photo of the kids holding these.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Salon de Martino

It's a usual Saturday morning; cartoons, crafts, video games and so on... I had noticed something funky going on with Gio's hair, but it didn't strike me as to strange because the day before he had decided to style his hair with a finger full of Adam's lip balm (which is another funny story all on it's own)so even after washing his hair it still had some residue. As I'm cleaning up the craft stuff (scissors included) I found clumps of hair on floor, after investigating them more carefully I knew they were not from Barbie's head but that of a slightly red headed little 2 and a half year old. He didn't deny it and neither did Gabi, she failed to mention earlier that she had seen him with the scissors in one hand, holding his hair in the other. Hmm!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A day off!

A day off from school for Gabi means a day off for me. No need to wake up SO early, get 3 kids fed, dressed and out the door by 8:30ish. Well I still have to feed them but at least we get to stay in our jammies all day!

Finally the playroom is finished, they've been enjoying their space, and so has mom and dad.

He takes his train stuff very seriously.

This is the time of year where we actually use our backyard (NO MOSQUITOES!)
So just got some shots of them being cute and silly, running noses and all!

Yeah Joey was there too!

Still don't know why this picture won't rotate the right way, 'cause I love this picture, my little model looks good even when she's making a CRAZY face.

So Gio found this stick that apparently look like an instrument, because he walked around the whole yard tooting it.