Saturday, December 26, 2009

Our Christmas Gift {It's A Girl}

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For Christmas we opened the most exciting gift...the gender of our unborn baby. Everyone was so convinced "it was a boy." What a surprise it was to discover this feminine little ornament lovingly wrapped in tissue paper. Hello baby sister.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

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Thank you Katherine for taking our family pictures. Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tooth Fairy Pillow

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Found a free pattern for these ADDORABLE tooth fairy pillows on mmmcrafts.blogspot.com. My nieces, Julia and Corynn will be turning five this coming year and I thought these would make perfect Christmas gifts. As a child, we didn't believe in Santa, but the tooth fairy was REAL. Real, I tell you. Sharing one of my favorite childhood memories for Christmas....perfect.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Advent Calendar {Or Advent Forest}

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I LOVE the season of Advent. So weeks before Thanksgiving I began scouring the internet for advent calendar ideas. My favorite was a calendar that another graphic designer, Julie Ree, had created using paper truffle boxes. Our calendar is a variation of her design. When I saw her pyramid shaped boxes I immediately envisioned a forest of Christmas trees.

If you visit Brownie Points, they have a downloadable pdf file of the truffle template. It's funny how a simple box template can inspire so many fun ideas!

To create our advent calendar, I recreated their template and scaled it to four different size templates. Then I traced the templates onto colorful scrapbooking paper I found at wal-mart. Many evenings in November were spent cutting, scoring, folding and hot gluing. Each "tree" is filled with a tiny treat. Stickers, new socks, finger puppets etc. Finding numbered stickers is impossible, so I created my own numbered star stickers.

Today we opened the first of 24 advent trees. Christmas is on its way!

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