Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our weekend thru pictures

As always, click on the pictures for a larger image.
We surprised our kids with a night away at a cabin in the mountains on Saturday night.
It was a lovely and much needed break from the hubbub of life.
Christmas Eve.
Making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers.
Pretty creative. :)
My husband giving it a try.
He puts me to shame when it comes to a finished product in the kitchen.
Not that I mind.
Christmas Eve before.
So peaceful and serene.
Baby Loves checking out the new bikes.
Christmas Eve after.
My baby echos my thoughts exactly.
Christmas Morning.
Way less mess.
My 2 yr old must have been too busy with gifts.
She forgot to plug in the "Mistmas" lights,
something she has done every morning since we set up our tree.
Santa always brings games for the kids.
It helps the parents stay sane thru Christmas break!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

No Sew Tree Skirt

As we were eating dinner last night,
my husband asked why there weren't any gifts under the tree yet.
I replied, "I'm not wrapping any until I get the new tree skirt done."
He gave me a raised eye brow.
"I'm going to do it tonight", I said.
His eye brow went a stitch higher.
(He knows me quite well.)
I proved him wrong and with the help of my 10 yr old son,
we got the tree skirt made!
 I followed this tutorial.
My son was pleased to be able to use the glue gun.
It was a low temp one so I felt comfortable letting him use it.
When his hand got tired, we switched and he pinched the fabric into ruffles
while I put down the glue.
I did make several changes.
Instead of using a drop cloth, I used this fabric.
I used my pinking rotary blade when I cut the cotton fabric.
I don't care for fraying edges.
You can use fray check instead of a pinking blade.
 I like the little decorative edge the pinking blade gives though.
The cotton prints can be found here and here.
I have to smile when I look at this picture.
This tree screams "little kids live in this house!!".
Lights half mast, ornaments clumped all in one spot, bare spots with no ornaments. :)
The best thing about this tree skirt?
It was cheap, quick and easy to make.
If I decide next year I don't care for it, I can make a new one easily enough.
(My husband was quite impressed when I put it around the tree last night!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's all about the last minute

Last week I posted this picture on Facebook (or was it two weeks ago?).
Supplies I gathered to complete a few DIY Christmas decor projects for my house.
So far, I've completed one and have all the pieces cut out for the second.
As the rest of my supplies arrive in the mail, I'm getting anxious to get cracking.
But first I have more important things waiting for me to complete.
Things with deadlines like Etsy orders and
shepherd costumes for the Sunday School Program (which is this coming Saturday).
(I got this picture from this site, this is the tutorial I am to follow.
Except I'm not using fleece.)
How does that saying go?
"If it weren't for the last minute, how would I ever get anything done?"
Some days it feels like that is my motto. :)
In all fairness to me, I just received the fabric on Sunday.
In all fairness to the one in charge,
she was just given the task of head a week or so ago (long story.).
So shepherd costumes it is.
 They will be quick and easy (or should be).
I only 10 of them to do, then I can start on my new tree skirt. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the $30 to able mabel is:
BloggerHenrietta said...
I think I would get this blanket

and maybe a bib or pouch! So cute!
December 4, 2012 7:51 PM
I will contact you shortly with instructions on redeeming your gift certificate.
Thank you to all who entered the giveaway!
Also thank you for all your kind comments, I enjoyed reading them!
I had a blast and will most definitely be doing another giveaway with Sew Mama Sew.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Giveaway Day!

I've been meaning to revive this blog for a while but just haven't made it a priority.
How about a giveaway to get it going?
Sew Mama Sew is hosting another giveaway day so I thought I'd take part.
How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to able mabel?
Choose from:

and a whole lot more!
- Just leave a comment below letting me know what you would choose.
- For a second entry, "like" able mabel on Facebook. Click here to for the Facebook page.
If you already "like" able mabel, let me know in your comment.

-Giveaway ends Friday, Dec 7th at 11:59 pm.

-Winner will be announced next week.