Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#OrnamentExchange2015 Party

Please Go and Check Out All of the Other Participants Ornaments!

Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!
Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?
We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!
Let's all get inspired this season!
The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts
We want to say a huge "Thank You" to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.
DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha's House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama's Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | simple.pretty.life | The Chilly Dog | Try it - Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me
We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ornament Exchange

Welcome to the 11th day of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene at My Pinterventures is hosting the exchange and has partnered up 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments. Visit her blog to see the previous ornament posts that have been shared. We could either create a ornament or buy one for our partner. 












Here are some of the other ladies that are particapating in the 2015 Ornament Exchange;
~ Pat from Gypsy Heart & Soul
~Jen & Rachel from The Evolution of Mom
~Emily from Simply Home Love
~Jackie from Run with Jackabee

My Story

So I joined a Ornament Exchange. 
1. I LOVE LOVE Swaps/Exchanges! (I love to meet other bloggers!)
2. This one was rather inexpensive and allowed the creative juices to start flowing....
3. It also got the blogging juices flowing

So I was paired with Joy who blogs over at Books and Life! Joy is a part-time librarian, who loves angels, snowmen and recently started collecting precious moments (the older ones). 
So with that in mind I turned to Pinterest.
\I came across wood slice ornaments. I have been planning on doing homemade ornament s for my family as well and this was perfect! You see our new house came with a wood stove. So I have an over abundance of logs.  We also have a chop saw, so I convinced my husband to turn one of these logs into wood cookies.

One of the MANY wood cookies!
I then drew a design onto the cookie and burned it into the wood.
Burned Design

I then decided to add a POP of color to my design. So I used my colored pencils and colored in the design. 
I then drilled a hole in the top of the cookie so  that I could thread a ribbon through it. I also clear coated the ornament to protect it.  I hope that you love it Joy.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Family Pictures ... & What We Have Been Up Too..

This past weekend we had my cousin Elizabeth take some family photos of us. I have been wanting to have some photos done of our little family for awhile now. Plus they make great Christmas gifts. 
So I thought I would share some of them with you all. 


 We spent all last Sunday installing our new floating floor in the dinning room and living room.
We used TrafficMASTER Hand-scraped Saratoga Hickory which we purchased at the Home Depot for $.99/sqft. The installation went fairly easy, all things considered. We had Liam here at home with us, so I spent some of the time entertaining him while Dan laid the flooring down.