Fall Decor: Wall Letters

Fall has officially made it to Chicago. Or at least I think it has but only living here for a whopping month and a half I’m not really sure. It was 80 last week and now it barely hits 70. I think that counts right? Weather aside fall has hit our house. The other day I asked Emma if our house felt like home and she said no. I wasn’t too surprised due to the number of boxes still hiding in many corners but it did give me some insight into her world. She’s been struggling with being left at school and its been breaking my heart. So this inspired me to help Emma, and all of us really, feel more at home in our house. One of my projects were these fall letters. I used a cutting file by Lori Whitlock and cut everything out while Emma enjoyed some much coveted “office time” with me and finished putting them together through out the night. It wasn’t terribly difficult but they aren’t going to last a real long time either being made entirely of paper. I will try to store them and see what happens. In the meantime we will enjoy these letters every time we walk in our door. We are well on our way to feeling at home in our own house.
What helps you feel at home in your house?


Pre-school Valentine’s


Hello friends! I hope you had a suitable valentines day. With a pre-schooler in the house valentines day is a very fun occasion. I was really excited to make our valentines this year because I thought Emma would have a good time helping. As it turns out she was quite fine letting me do it on my own. It will come as no surprise to you, I’m sure, that I pulled out my trusty Silhouette Cameo and started creating. I used the ‘print and cut’ feature this time. The Cameo doesn’t have ink cartridges so once you’ve created your art work (and checked your cut lines) you send the file to your printer first and then run it through the Cameo for cutting. After I assembled all of the boxes Emma and I baked two sugar cookies for each ‘carton’ complete with valentine sprinkles. We topped the whole thing off with some peppermint Devine Twine and a strawberry milk straw and we were done! The full process took about 4-5 hours over about a week bit most of that was waiting for the Cameo to cut the files and baking cookies.

So, tell me friends, did you create something for your Valentine? Do share!

The Last of the Gifts

Hello friends! How are you enjoying the end of January? Things are going well for my brood. I wanted to share the gifts I made for my and my husbands parents this past Christmas. The age old adage “what do you get for the person that has everything” plays out often when I am thinking of what to do for our parents when it comes to gift giving. I’ve taken to giving photos over the last few occasions. This year I went through my photos and picked out a photo for each side that was special from the last year. In both cases the photos were from our summer vacation time spent with each family.




This photo is of three generations of women in my family when we biked/hiked to the upper Sol Duc river. I hadn’t personally been up that far before and it was beautiful and so peaceful. There were many photos of this time and I am thinking of ways to document the fun. It will most likely be a photo book or album but I haven’t decided. It is hard to get all of us together let alone get away and outside so this is a photo that is near and dear to my heart and my mom appreciated it as well.




This photo is with my husbands family out on the Peninsula. We spent a few days with them at the Yurt while poppa was on a youth trip. It was quite a trip to remember as Finny came down with a 103.4 temp that resulted in a trip to urgent care and Emma came down with the stomach flu a couple days later while we were at G-ma’s house. She threw up spaghetti all over G-ma’s white couch. By the time poppa came home this momma’s nerves were a bit frayed. But I do have this wonderful photo of the calm before the storm.

So tell me friends, what is your favorite photo(s) from the last year and what are you doing to make sure you are enjoying them outside the confines of your computer or phone?

Christmas in Review

Hello friends! It’s half way through January and I’m just getting to the last of my Christmas posts. Time flies doesn’t it? Well we try to keep Christmas decorations up for as long as possible in our household. The tree is down but I’d like to show you some of the fun that remains.



Using my Cameo I spent quite a bit of time cutting these “joy” words out. I strung some embroidery floss through them and absolutely loved the outcome.




Remember the update to my hutch I did a while back? Well it worked again and the minute I put the fabric up my house immediately had a festive feel to it. The lighted greenery on top is from Costco and it made a fun “crown” of sorts. I added some book-page branches and I will leave this up until I decorate for spring. I think I will keep the white lights on the big branch until they die on me. The light is so pleasant especially in the evenings.

So tell me friends, is Christmas still up at your house?

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Lovely Pendant Light

Hello friends! Now that Christmas is over I can start showing you some of the fun stuff I made for my family. This first item is my favorite. I’ve been wanting to try this technique for a while and had a great reason to this holiday season. I scored some crafting time when my husband took the kids Christmas shopping for my gifts and set up shop. Using a light colored shade with the pendant light fixture from Ikea I cut some white card stock with my Cameo and Mod Podged it to the inside of the shade.


Here is the final result and I am very pleased with it. The “E” is for my cousin Erin to whom this lovely went to. I can’t wait to make more for my own house!


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