November 30, 2012

favorites

It's that time of the month again. No, not that time. The last day of the month time where we chat about our favorite things that have been happening. My new friend Ashley from Dancing With Ashley started this monthly fun time! My list today is short and sweet and almost as good as listening to Miss Andrews sing about her favorite things. 

I'm sorry. I just can't write about favorite things without a nod to Julie or The Sound of Music. Not. Possible. 

My favorite thing?
This time of year. I love it SO much.

 If you've followed me for awhile (or for a few days...) you know I've got the lovey dovey eyes for all things Christmas. And this favorite Christmas thing is: a Christmas tree. More specifically, the memories that are made around those trees each year. Look at all the C-tree memories I've made just within the past few weeks! Ohh, how I love those little (and big) green guys that encompass all the best parts about Christmas. Lights, memories, Santa, presents, you know the list. Most importantly though, to me they encompass togetherness and comfort.

Sorry for the low quality phone pics...but Christmas trees have this thing where they look wonderful no matter what camera takes a picture of them. Just so ya know. 

Anybody ready to sing Oh Christmas Tree?                  

November 24, 2012

christerest = christmas + pinterest

It's that time of year again. No, I am not talking about the most beautiful time of the year, Christmas! I am talking about the time for another Pinterest post. I spent the day before Thanksgiving crafting for Christmas. And maybe cooking a little. No judging, we had to have some Christmas decorations ready to be put up as soon as Thanksgiving dinner was over.

Yes, I am one of those people. Those people meaning the best kind of people. 

Merry Pinterest Christmas!

Craft #1: Glitter Reindeer 
canvas, glitter, glue, and you

Anyone who has a Pinterest has seen this glorious glitter pin floating around. If you haven't seen it then your Pinterest is probably fake. Kidding! But as soon as I saw this I was hooked. Insert some joke here about girls and glitter. 

And guess what? It was easy peasy.

1-Find a reindeer silhouette on Google. 
2-Print and cut out. 
3-Tape to canvas and trace outline. A very serious step according to Ann's face.

4- Spread glue all over shape and generously pour on the glitter. 

5-Let dry and shake off excess glitter. 

6-Hang in a place where everyone can ooh and ahh. Done.


Craft #2: Ribbon Wreath
wreath form, ribbon, hot glue, felt

I made a wreath a few weeks ago for a friend's birthday. I used a straw wreath form and honey child, afterwards my floor looked like the middle of a haystack. (but the wreath was gorgeous!) This time I decided to use a foam form (say that five times fast) and it was much easier. I am a foam form convert and proud of it. 

1-Wrap ribbon around entire wreath form. I used ribbon this go-around, but I used yarn last time. Either way, the wreath looks purdy. 

2- Make felt flowers. This is the best video I have found in teaching how to make one of the many kinds of felt flowers. They are super cutesies and I am super not creative so this video was very helpful. 

3-Glue on the flowers and voila. You now have a wreath and girl, it looks good. 

The one I made before this one was way more embellished. That's the beauty of making these, use your creative freedom and go crazy up on that wreath. 

Ann and I will be making an ornament wreath sometime in the near future so stay tuned and on the edge of your computer chair because it's coming. And thanks to that cute little Anny-boo for taking good pictures and making good things with me.

Tell me what you have been pinning and crafting!

November 22, 2012

Merci-giving

The past few years I have written silly little posts about silly little things for which I am most thankful. Like indoor plumbing. Hello, I am still so thankful for that silly little thing. This year I had planned to do the same 'ole same 'ole, but after this morning I decided to do something different. Welcome to Thanksgiving Post: Edition 3.0. 

Early this morning I crept away from the pre-cooking shenanigans and visited Miss Momma's grave. Saying I have been dreading these holidays, dreading the change and empty place at our table, is an understatement. As soon as I woke up I knew I wanted to go sit at the grave and think. Think about the past, think about the past few months, and think about the future. Think and give thanks.

So peacefully sitting there I decided that I am most thankful for time. And that we get to choose how to spend our time--isn't that the best part?! You get to decide what happens with your precious time. If you want to travel the world, then you get to travel the world. If you want to surround yourself with family and soak up their goodness, you can do that. Or maybe you want to help others? Have a long fulfilling career? Sit on the couch and eat all that good but oh so horrible for you food? You can do it! You decide. And you get to enjoy. That is a beautiful thing. 

I forgot to mention the obvious option of choosing to read my blog all the time. Time well spent, if you ask me... ;)

As for me, I choose to spend my time crafting with my sister, watching old home videos with my brother, sharing minds with my mom (seriously, great minds really do think alike), or laughing at every thing Russ Moore says. I spend my time trying to make Freddie laugh so I can hear that perfect laugh of his. I spend my time teaching the cutest little girls all about the ballet world benefits of a good first position. Watch out world, there are some fierce ballerinas about to grow up. I spend a lot of time thinking about Christmas no matter what part of the year it is. I spend time (and want to spend much more time) eating, laughing, talking, texting amazing iPhone emoticons, and eating some more with good friends. 

Laughing seems to be mixed in there a lot which is a-okay with me since the cry face laughing emoticon on the iPhone is my favorite...


Happiest of Thanksgivings to y'all. I hope you love and enjoy your sweet, precious time. Especially the time it took to read this time-y post. Fun time!

So now if you don't mind me asking, how do YOU choose to spend your time?

November 6, 2012

Pining for Pinterest

I've never been one to do a lot of crafting. I have been one who always wanted to do a lot of crafting. When I first got a Pinterest account I was all like Ohhh, this is awesome! I get to look at pictures of things I'll never actually get around to making, but it is so nice to think about being the kind of person who would make them.

Then it hit me...why didn't I make some of the things I kept pinning? 

So I did! And let me tell you, I am hooked like an ornament on a Christmas tree (like the holiday reference?It's that time of year). 

The past few weekends turned into craft day weekends and I could not be happier about it. I want to pin a DIY medal so I can make myself a medal---that is how excited I am to have become a Crafter. Officially. It needs to be set in some letters after my name like, Emily C. Moore, PC. (Pinterest Crafter).

Yes? No? I'll work on it. 

And now, enough of this babbling nonsense. Let's get on to the crafts of the hour!

Ever seen this pin floating around?

As soon as I saw it I knew what my first craft would be. And it was so easy (as easy as 1-2-3).
1- Pick quote and find fun print. 2- Stick vinyl letters on print. 3- Paint over letters and peel off when dry.


Done, son. It looks mighty fine hanging up in my bedroom.

And this is the part when my obsession started. And got Ann and Freddiefriend involved. The rest of history.


doilies + canvas + spray paint = another craft as easy as 1-2-3.
1- place doilies on canvas with spray adhesive. 2- spray paint entire canvas. 3- peel off doilies.


Then my engineer Freddiefriend helped me get the most perfect chevron stripes for another craft...
                                                                                                                                                                                      photos: Ann Moore

I've crafted several other goodies. Pictures to come. But first I need to know, what have YOU been pining after on Pinterest?

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