Friday, December 19, 2014

finding a moment of peace

This time of year is insane, especially when you are self employed. As much as I enjoy the holiday season, I find myself working long and late days, running around like a crazy lady and spending a lot of time worrying about the new year. There are days when I don't get out much or do anything (except work) and this last week I've had to force myself to just push pause and breath. Rain or shine, I've made myself get out of the house and I've been spending my mornings at the beach taking pictures. The other day I felt like I received a gift that I so needed- the most beautiful rainbow I've seen in a long time. It was such a magical moment and such great reminder to stop, even for a moment and breath it all in.

Wishing all of you some moments of peace and rest this weekend see you back here on Monday!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

wood burned ornaments

If you follow my blog you will know how much I LOVE WOOD BURNING! It is such a creative and unique process that transforms a piece of wood into art. Every Christmas I end up making wood burned projects for gifts and this year I wanted to make ornaments that could double as a present topper.

Most craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric have all kinds of balsa wood shapes and forms (typically made for simple craft projects) but I love using these shapes for wood burning- they are thin and the wood is soft which make burning easy. 

I drilled a hole in the top and added a string

The perfect little handmade holiday gift!

I've been wood burning for a long time! Check out some of my favorite tips and tricks HERE

Wood burning projects make wonderful handmade gifts! Check out all of my wood burning projects below.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

peace wreath

A long time ago, I had a job making wreaths during the holidays. I learned really fast that making your own wreath from greenery (any kind of greenery is super easy). Every year I like to make all kinds of wreaths and this year I wanted to make a big green peace wreath but instead of all the typical holiday greens I wanted to just use the plants we have in our yard.

1. There are all kind of wreath forms that you can use (styrofoam, metal, wire, grapevine) but these days I tend to use embroidery hoops for my wreath making. You can find wooden embroidery hoops in all kinds of sizes from tiny to really big! I went with really big. Using heavy duty glue, I glued sticks to the inside of my hoop to create a peace sign and let the glue dry overnight.

2. Next I gathered greenery- while we have pine trees in our backyard I wanted some different greens so I picked lots of rosemary, wild salal, ferns and some branches from other shrubs and bushes. 

3. Then I got busy wrapping the greenery around the hoop. I like to grab a small bunch of greens, hold them against the hoop and then wrap floral wire around the greens until they are secure. 

4. I work my way around the entire wreath until it is filled. The last step it fluff and trim the greenery.

I love the way the peace sign turned out- it's a fun way to put a boho twist on holiday decor!
Don't have the time or patience to make a big wreath? Try making tiny peace wreaths! 

I used wire to create my form and then wrapped it with rosemary. It makes a fun and fragrant present topper, ornament or little place setting.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

exploring we will go

A while back we made the promise to each other to always make time to seek adventure as a family (you can read about it here). Exploring new places and going outside is a big part of our daily lives and once in a while I like to share a little peek into our adventures.

December might just be one of my favorite months here on the Oregon Coast. We have some wild storms and weather systems that pass through by the hour (that are amazing to experience) and when the rain stops everything feels a like magic. The entire world around us is covered in every shade of green you could ever imagine! Yes we are green all year but during the winter all that rain make everything even more green and everything, I mean everything is covered in a layer of moss- sometimes my eyes cannot handle just how bright it is.
When the rain stops on the Oregon Coast you gotta drop everything and head outside because it is likely another storm will be coming. We've had some beautiful and chilly December days outside- soaking up the green forests, hiking through the mud, climbing over fallen trees, wading through rivers and hunting for sunsets. Here is a peek inside our adventures.

Monday, December 15, 2014

wood grain wrapping paper

I love creating handmade wrapping paper and this year I wanted to create some natural wrapping inspired by the outdoors. I decided to carve a large stamp that I could use to create the look of a wood grain.

My favorite supplies for making handmade stamps are craft foam and a wood burning tool. The wood burning tool will actually burn into the surface of the craft foam. It is a fast and easy way to carve stamps that can be used on a variety of surfaces. 

I carved a wood grain inspired pattern into the surface.

NOTE: carving blocks, scratch foam, wood blocks, gelli plate will all work for this project. You pretty much just need a technique that will transfer an impression of your pattern to your paper.

Next, I inked up my stamp and repeated the design on butcher paper and brown paper.

I just love how simple and pretty this pattern is! 

Looking for more wrapping ideas?

Friday, December 12, 2014

fashion friday- what i wore

sweater- Forever 21, beanie- 99 cent store, jeans- Old Navy, Shoes- Ugg

p.s. I am obsessed with Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jeans- they are affordable, super comfy (stretchy) and make a mid rise fit which means they actually sit at your waist (instead of falling off). I was NOT paid by Old Navy- I'm just excited I finally found some comfy and affordable skinny jeans that work for me!


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