first snowfall of the season.

Tuesday night I dimmed the lights, opened the blinds and Chase and I sat on our couch eating a bowl of kix as the snow began to fall. The first snowfall of the season! I can’t say I was super thrilled about it snowing (they put a damper on our weekly trips to Denver to check on Boy S), but Chase helps me see the snow in a different light. Ya know, one of those endless possibilities for a 2-year-old boy. ;) Wednesday morning he awoke asking to see the snow. So at 6:40am we bundled up in our winter coats and boots and ventured out into the white wonderland.

Chasey-boy – super excited. Sporting a hand-me-down coat and thrifted “ka-chow” boots and a hat that looks like one dadddy wears.

 We only stayed out for about 15-20 minutes. After coming back inside a huge branch snapped and fell into our yard, where we’d been standing just minutes before. That was the first of 3 huge branches to fall in our yard. Kind of freaked me out a little bit so we haven’t ventured out into our yard again. However, we did go to “Gg-ma’s” house yesterday and Chase got to play outside there for a bit.

Helping “Gg-ma” shake off the trees.

Yeah, momma should have put mittens on him.

“Gin-Gin”, one of my grandma’s puppies, covered in snow. :)

Just wanted to share pictures of the first snowfall of the season!

{Boy S comes in just 12 days!!}

Our Winter Wreath (with DIY details)

I am pretty excited to share our winter wreath with you. I used our colours (teal, white) but remember you can use whatever colours you want. Hope you’re inspired to {create}!

I have a new found love in making rolled fabric flowers and once I show you, you might too!

How to DIY:

First buy a wreath. I bought ours at a thrift store for just under $2. I tore it apart and spray painted it white. (If you don’t want to spray paint, use fabric to wrap around the entire wreath)

I went to Wal-Mart and bought it for this great price.I bought 1 1/2 yards of fabric but ended up only using one yard. If you wanted to cover the entire wreath I would buy a more.

Rolled fabric flowers are very popular among the crafting community right now. Used for dressing up shoes, shirts, purses, totes, headbands, etc, etc, etc. I decided to try my hand at rolled fabric flowers (for this project but also for a few gifts) but searched online for the “how to” and really didn’t like how they worked with flannel. So I tried a few things and ended up find this worked the best with the kind of material I had!

How to make the flowers

Step one: lay fabric out and draw circles in different sizes so you can have a variety of flower sizes.

Step two: Cut circles out and cut in a swirl pattern.

Step three: Take the end with the smallest point and roll towards you. I found rolling the very center a little tighter and then losening as I rolled worked best for the look I wanted. I liked the more imperfect rolled look. I used a pen to push the center up in the flowers. Make sure if you do that, you poke from behing the flower, not the front!

step four: admire ;)

step five: hot glue the back and you’re done!

 

I used a hot glue gun to place them on the wreath.

And then I used left over lace I had to hang it. It will go on our front door when we get a wreath hanger but for now;

I {love} it and kinda want to make one for each season!

Hope you’re inspired! I’ll be posting a handmade packaging idea and another gift idea soon.

“Falling” Felt Snowflakes DIY

Hi friends! Can you believe it’s already December?! Hope you’re enjoying this new season.

As I made the “falling” felt leaves, I immediately thought of how pretty felt snowflakes and a snowflake garland would be. Hence this pretty DIY project. Our decor is a little bit of Christmas but mostly winter season. Our colour scheme is white, silver and teal so my projects will be in those colours, but remember you can do whatever colours or patterns you want!

You should make these while all cozied up to Christmas music or movie.

Supplies needed:

Felt – I bought half all white and half sparkle white. The sparkled ones are my favourite but they are 10 cents more at a hobby store.

Scissors, marker for tracing, fishing line to hang.

I used a x-acto knife for the more entraquite parts but you don’t have to.

After some time my finger was really hurting. You really only need a few to spruce up the windows, if that’s what you want. I kind of went over board.

My finger is actually bruised, haha. 

SIDE NOTE; I googled snowflake patterns and I found this site and they not only had the cutest snowflake patterns, they also had a pretty snowflake garland so if you want to make that instead… there ya go! (I am making a snowflake garland with a different type of string then what they chose. Will post photos when finished, because I still need to add some teal felt to it as well.)

Wanna Do It Yourself?

Print off this pattern.

Cut out and trace onto felt.

Cut out.

Use x-acto if needed.

String with needle and fishing line and then hang them.

Stand back and admire :)

Side note: You may be wondering how we close the curtains? These all just slide smoothly to the center and I fix them in the morning when the curtains are opened. Takes a sec.

I will be posting a few more handmade Christmas gift ideas this week. Next week stay tuned for a simple and cheap DIY winter display, as well as other DIYs. Maybe a yummy Christmasy dessert too! 

 {Happy December}