Friday, December 30, 2011

what Christmas looked like at my house.



After taking the tree down on Monday, my living room feels so much bigger!  But it is a little depressing to look in the corner and see a blank wall, with no glitter, snowflakes, twinkling lights, or shiny colored glass.

I scored some pretty new ornaments for next year at 50%-70% off right after Christmas.  I can't wait to unpack them next November and decorate with them!  It seems I give our tree a facelift every few years, but I can't seem to stray away from the silver/green/blue color scheme.  I love it so much. 

I have a fun project I just finished, using a ton of old ornaments that I replaced this year.  Hopefully I can get the pictures off my camera and onto my hard drive so I can share it here.  I always have trouble with that process!

xoxo
crissy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

and just like that...

...the holiday season is behind us!  What a fun one it was, and how quickly it flew by!  Soon we will be ringing in 2012 and my countdown to summer will officially begin.  If I had it my way, I'd live in Hawaii and enjoy warm weather year round except for the month of December where it would be allowed to snow.  But as soon as January 1st rolled around, the "tropicalness" would return.  That would be perfect! 

snow and palm trees...so pretty!

What's your ideal climate?

xoxo
crissy

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas.

I hope you are enjoying a fantastic day with your family and friends.  Relax and enjoy this special day and remember the real reason of this holiday season!



crissy
xoxo

Thursday, December 22, 2011

quiet time.

It's been quiet here.  Peaceful, not rushed, a snails pace.  I like it.  Usually this time of year is full of stress, wrapping, making, sewing, cooking, and not sleeping.  This year has been different.  I really cut back on my "to-make" list and we only purchased gifts for a few people.  I started making gifts early, whenever my school work would give me a free moment, and I finished creating things way ahead of schedule.  All shopping was done online, so easy!  This allowed me to sneak in a few extra projects here and there.  It is so nice to be able to work on something without feeling rushed.  I had so much time left that I actually was able to sew matching dresses for the girls.  Wow.  I don't think I've ever had a holiday like this before.  

Unfortunately, we didn't do a few of the holiday traditions we usually take part in.  We've been too tired.  There are so many changes going on around here right now.  So many things waiting to happen.  January is going to be a month that is full of choices and hopefully new beginnings.  There are quite a few forks in the road next month and we knew that we should start preparing for those now.  And that meant stepping back and doing this holiday season a little different than before.  Are the kids going to remember that "one year where we didn't do it all?"  I doubt it.  Next year I'm sure will be full of rushing around to check everything off our list.  But this year has been nice.  No holiday caused stress (there was enough of it coming from other angles).  Lots of quiet nights spent admiring the lights on the tree, staring into the fire, and thankful for the roof over our heads.

Even if it hasn't been the most exciting of holiday seasons and we didn't get to travel like we had planned, we still have so much to be thankful for...

 miss L, 3 years old.

 baby bella, 10 months old.

Riley, 7 years old.

xoxo
crissy

Saturday, December 17, 2011

and the winner is...

Mr. random.org helped me choose a winner for my scrappy giveaway.  


Number 19 is Michelle, who said:

I will be mailing out a BIG box of scraps and fabric to Michelle on Monday!  Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway.  I hope everyone won something this year.  Unfortunately, I don't think I did.  Which is a bummer, because last year I won three different things and the year before I won two.  Oh well, you can't win them all and I still had fun!

xoxo
crissy





Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway Day!

The giveaway is now closed.  Thanks so much for playing, all 88 of you!!  I will be using random.org to choose a winner tomorrow morning, so stay tuned!
xoxo
crissy

It is Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew!  There are literally hundreds of other blogs that are participating, and there are so many fun items you can win!

I'll start off by introducing myself, my name is Crissy.  I love yarn, I love fabric, I love to paint, I guess you could say I love all things crafty.  I'm a shutterbug and would be lost without my camera.  I am a student, I am a mama to three cute kids, I am a wife who has a wonderful hubby that puts up with all of my nonsense, and I live in Seattle where it rains too much.

Now, for the fun part.  Here's what I am giving away...

These are scraps, tons of them, a whole drawer full.  I've been holding onto them for far to long and it is time to let go.  I thought I would eventually make a crazy quilt with them, or sew doll clothes, but it just hasn't happened yet.  These scraps are all sizes, there are even a few bigger pieces of fabric in there.  I thought that perhaps, someone else would be able to use these!  I am also including about 10 small balls of yarn that I have been hoarding for way too long.  I hope they can be used too!

To enter you must leave me a comment.  That's it.  You can say hi, or maybe tell me what your favorite crafty blog is, as I am always looking for new inspiration.  

Rules:
My giveaway is open until Friday, December 16th, 5pm PST.
I will announce the winner on Saturday, December 17th, on this post.
The winner will be notified via email so make sure I have your email!
I will ship out the box of fabric scraps and yarn by December 24th.
I'm sorry but I can't ship overseas, US and Canada only.

If you have questions, please email me at crissybell17 (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks for stopping by!

(click the button for hundreds more giveaways!)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cute faces.

I woke up to these smiling faces this morning.  They make my mornings so much brighter.

In other news, today is my first day of being "final free" and no more classes until January 4th.  I do have two research projects to work on, but that's mostly reading and descriptive stats.  Nothing too terribly difficult, just a bit tedious and boring.  So it is on to Christmas crafts that I go!  I've already finished crochet beanie #5, only a few more left to complete!

xoxo
crissy

Thursday, December 8, 2011

finished!

I finished it!  (the "it" I am referring to can be found here)

It is a tree skirt!  The pattern is an old (like 1984) McCalls pattern that my mom has had forever.  It was fun to sew this pattern up and think that my mom probably was doing the same thing about 25 years ago, only instead of Miss L playing at her feet, it would have been a little ME! That is cute to think about.

xoxo
crissy



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

as promised.

I didn't have a chance to take pictures of my own, but this is what I received in the gift exchange.


I can't get over how beautiful it is!  The size is just right for me, I can fit my camera, an extra lens, plus anything baby related.  I LOVE it!  My little gift pales in comparison.  I wish I would've spent more time and made something that was not so, uhm, boring.  :(

Thank you Scotti, you really are amazing!

xoxo 
crissy 

blast from the past.

Another project from many moons ago, two years to be exact.  Well, I bought the supplies in 2009, I cut it all out in 2010, and finally I finished it in 2011.  Feels good to finish, no matter how long it took me!

xoxo
crissy

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Handmade Gift Exchange

This is my first year participating in the Handmade Gift Exchange and it was so much fun!  I have to admit, I was a little really intimidated at first because I was paired up with Scotti Oxford, aka the Inner Hooker.  She is a freaking genius, and a yarn master, who crochets the most adorably gorgeous hats, and photo props.  She sells her patterns too, I love them and have purchased quite a few.  She is famous in crochet land, so like I said before I was totally intimidated.  

Here is what I made for her.


I thought a mug rug, coffee cozy, and a cute camera strap cover would be the perfect gift for someone who likes coffee, late nights crafting, and has a DSLR.  

I used this tutorial for the camera strap cover.


The coffee cozy was easy to make so I didn't use a tutorial, but if you want one I am sure there are many floating about in blog land.


For the mug rug I just looked at several pictures of mug rugs (all so cute!), and kind of came up with my own.

I thought my gift was totally cute and crafty.  Then a big box arrived in the mail yesterday, and I just opened it.  I. was. amazed.  She made something completely gorgeous.  It is too dark to take a picture of it now, but I will post it tomorrow.  I'm totally in love with it!

xoxo
crissy

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wow, you're 3?

My little Miss L is three years old today!  My how time flies.




It seems like just yesterday I was holding you as a tiny baby, wondering what on earth I was supposed to do with a baby girl.


Then you turned one, and your personality exploded!  You were smiley, loved to talk, and had no fear!


As your 2nd birthday approached, we knew we were in trouble because you were already obsessed with dresses, shoes, and loved to sing and dance, so fancy!


Now, you are three, still a little girl, but so much different than that baby of three years ago.  You still love to sing, love to dance, have a bad habit of bossing your big brother around and you love to hug on your little sister.  You still say "I wanna hold you" when you need a hug, you love to run your fingers through my hair as you fall asleep, just as you did when you were a baby.  You are still my precious little girl and I love you very much, Leilani Rose.

xoxo
mama

birthday party.

finally an excuse to use my milk glass collection.  yay for Miss L's birthday fun!

xoxo
crissy

Saturday, December 3, 2011

a picture a day in December.

December is a busy month for me, just as it is for most.  I find it hard to post on a regular basis normally, and then you throw in Christmas, and all the hubbub that goes along with it and I really don't have any extra time for blogging.   

Thankfully instagram has come to my rescue by giving me a quick, and interesting way to post pictures.  I am going to try and post a picture each day for the month of December.  

Hope you enjoy!
glitter.  
one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.

xoxo
crissy

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December 1st!

It's finals week for me, I'm up to my ears in papers, exams, grad school apps, and birthday party planning.  Miss L is turning three on Sunday and we are having a birthday party for her on Saturday.  It's a bright and tropical Hawaiian theme, with a Christmas twist, since all of the Christmas decor is up around the house.  It will be a Mele Kalikimaka birthday party! 

I'm not sure how I am going to cram everything into the next 48 hours, but where there is a will, there is a way!

In honor of December 1st, here is a Christmasy picture.  These vintage lovelies joined my ornament collection last year.  They are beautiful!  I love the blue/green tint, the worn edges, and most of all that they were made in West Germany.  Vintage goodies of the holiday variety are so much fun to find.


xoxo
crissy