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Perfect Day

I don’t want to jinx it but I’ve had a wonderful day today so far. I went for a walk with the little guy after dropping lex off at preschool. We stopped at Bel Bacio which is an amazing Italian coffee shop and I had a cardomoccachino. Next I finished an etsy order and packed up Christmas cookies for some family and friends. I finished little guy’s Christmas handprint ornaments and then just sat outside with him for a little while watching the breeze and listening to sounds. Babies grow so fast and I’m enjoying every minute of my time with this guy as an infant. Today was so productive yet relaxing.  

  

cardomoccachino at Bel Bacio

  

little guy’s first christmas handprint ornaments

 

  

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DIY Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas Decorations

Yep, we have 2 toddlers in the house who are STILL talking about Yo Gabba Gabba Live which they went to go see at the end of the month in November.  So, I decided it was time to make some Yo Gabba Gabba ornaments to add some Gabba cheer to our HUGE Christmas tree.  At first I thought I’s make them as a craft that the kids could help with, but I soon realized that they were a little too complicated for the little ones due to all of the little details and tiny eyes.  I decided to make all of the characters plus DJ Lance and Leslie Hall (Lex ha been OBSESSED with her since Gabba Live).  Here’s the materials that I used in case anyone is interested in making some of their own.  Overall the project was pretty easy and straightforward 🙂

You will need:

Tacky glue

large popsicle sticks

various colors of tempera paint

clear packaging tape

colored markers

some googly eyes (one large and 4 small)

Glitter to mix with the paint (if you want to make Leslie Hall….we did)

Brown yarn (for Leslie’s hair)

Fine point sharpie

White Sharpie paint pen

String to cut and make the hooks

Hot glue gun+hot glue (to glue to hooks)

The directions are pretty self explanatory.  I basically painted the sticks first, glued on the eyes and then added the final details using a sharpie.  For certain details, I had some white paper and sketched them out.  I then laminated them using the clear tape and glued them onto the characters.  The items I “laminated” were: Foofa, Toodee, Plex and Brobee’s eyes; Brobees mouth and spikes; Foofa’s flower; Leslie’s lips; Plex’s antenae; and Toodee’s ears.  I also glued the googly eyes and hair onto Muno, DJ Lance and Leslie Hall.  After glueing all of these parts on, I went in with the fine point sharpie and drew mouths and other details.  I drew the eyelashes onto Foofa and Toodee as well.  Finally, I went in with the white Sharpie paintpen and touched up the teeth on Muno and Toodee, Leslie Hall’s belt and some of the details on DJ Lance.  The last step when everything is dry is to hot glue some hooks on the back.  I made mine out of yarn.  This was a fun project that yielded some fun results!  The kids LOVE them 🙂

If anyone has suggestions for making some glasses for Leslie that would be great!

Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas Ornaments GabbaXmasontree GabbaXmas DJLance&leslie

DIY Baby’s First Christmas Handprint Ornaments

For Aleksa’s first Christmas I decided to make these cool handprint ornaments. I got thE idea from the blog Hey Jen Renee. The crayola model magic stuff is super easy to use and is very light. I love how the came out and Lex had some fun too!!

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Aleksa’s First Chrismas Stocking

So I decided that I want to make Aleksa a stocking for her first Christmas.  And I want it to be a super complicated fair isle design and I want it to have her name knit into it.  This was just a thought floating around in my brain until I browsed through the new edition of Interweave’s Knit Gifts Winter 2012 Edition and I saw the Snow Bird Stocking by Kristen Spurkland.  I couldn’t believe how beautiful and amazing it was…I had to make it.  I’m currently about halfway through and I’m pretty excited about how it’s coming out.  I’m hoping to finish it before Wednesday when we are having our family portraits taken so that I can have one of her with it. Hopefully this stocking will be something she has forever!!

One side note: making a fair isle chart for letters is HARD! I did it wrong the first time and wasted a days worth of work! The letters have to be upside down and backwards…ugh.  Here’s a link to my project on ravelry: Aleksa’s Stocking.

 

Northern California Christmas

My trip up to San Jose for Christmas has turned out to be interesting.  My family has changed a lot of our traditions this year to accommodate our changing family and it just made Christmas feel strange.  I suppose this could have something to do with me getting older and having a different role then when I was younger.  It’s times like these when I realize that life is going to continue to throw me curve balls and I need to have the strength to  not let it get the best of me.  As I reflect on how this past week has turned out, I realize that there are a few things that I should do differently in order to be happier.  This reflective process is very important and I need to always remember that I’m a dynamic individual with the power to change and get better.  I need to remember to be happy with what life offers me and look to the positive.  Most importantly, I need to remember to BREATHE.

I can honestly say that my favorite part of visiting this year was seeing my family and a few old friends from high school.  It’s always wonderful to see people and catch up.  It has made me very reflective about my life and what I value, as well as where I need to turn my focus.  A lot will be changing in my life in the next month and I’m ready to welcome the change and challenge myself to become better and better.  I have so many new years resolutions that I want to set that I’m thinking I should just make a huge master list and post it on my wall.  That might just be what I do this year 🙂  I could make it into a fun craft project and frame it so that I have a constant reminder of my goals for the year.   I’ll have to start coming up with some ideas for it now and hopefully have something ready by early January.