Happy 2015!! Ignore the fact that I’m 8 days late with that salutation. We had an amazing kick off to the new year with Nick and our friend David cooking a 14 course tasting menu from the French Laundry cookbook. It was a very ambitious undertaking for the boys, but they did an absolutely incredible job. (Don’t believe me check instagram. It doesn’t tell lies.)
I know most of you will read this after Christmas, but I would be really upset with myself if I didn’t document our first Christmas in the new house. I know everyone these days claims certain things are “the struggle.” Let me just fill you in that decorating and maintaining a Christmas tree with Beckett is the struggle. I decided to bail on all our Christmas decoration and DIY the entire tree (except the star).
We started with old school popcorn garland that Ramona so lovingly strung while eating about half of it in the process. She was good for about a strand. Then she had more important things to do.
We also strung some cranberries for more DIY food garland. (It’s a thing. Google it.) I was just going to make a ton of poms in red, white, and black. Then I had all this yarn and randomly decided to weave ornaments - an obvious conclusion.
Fun fact we actually refer to our family as NARB – Nick, Amber, Ramona, Beckett – from time to time. We also name our group texts like that – shout out to JPAN and DEAN (yes we actually have more than 1 group text thread named because of its daily use). Anyway it was cool to see our initials and family nickname up there in glittery gold.
I cut the letters with my Silhouette. If you don’t have a machine, then order letters or heck a banner from the Bannerie. I would have just done that because her glitter paper is the perfect tone of gold, but that would have required more prep on my part. I’m giving you a whole year guys! Get those orders in for Christmas 2015!
Of course our vintage elves and Santa are centered among the NARB trees. Apparently I still can’t be bother to take the price string off Santa.
We went super simple with wrapping in postal paper and a yarn bow (because a giant thing of yarn lasts forever) and a tiny initial in glittery gold. I used tacky glue to make the yarn bow say in form and hot glue for the letter.
So there you have it friends, more simple and minimal content from the Wills. I’m not sure if you can thank/blame a style change or 2 child exhaustion, but Christmas 2014 is brought to you by the number 4 and some food decor, lots of yarn and the letters NARB.
Merry Christmas y’all!
If you follow us on instagram, you know we made some old school popcorn garland for our this weekend. Apparently having left over popcorn translates to a popcorn recipe. White chocolate peppermint popcorn to be exact.
When it’s Christmas time and you want to learn to weave and Elf is on (the Will Ferrell version not the other one), this is what happens. You DIY ornaments – the mini wall hanging kinds of ornaments. Actually that’s kind of a lie because most of these were made while watching Gilmore Girls. Details.
So are you ready to learn how to DIY some super awesome ornaments aka mini wall hangings full of awesomeness?? They are actually very easy and a great way to de-stress from the holiday craziness.
I love to give handmade gifts. I really do. BUT they usually require thought, planning, and more creativity than I can muster on an average day. However this simple DIY doll bedding has been on the to do list for longer than any blogger/mother should admit. Therefore I won’t admit it, and we can all just pretend I dreamed this up and immediately made that dream a handmade reality.
As promised our Christmas tablescape! I wanted something super simple to fit in with the whole minimalistic vibe I’m throwing down in the dining room. Also this is our first Christmas in the new house, so I don’t feel like I need to shake up the Christmas decor too much. Might as well reuse what we have since the space is new, right?
Admit it once you chewed that last piece of turkey, you immediately turned on Christmas music and let the flurry of the season commence. If you answered no to that hypothetical, then you aren’t a blogger. Or you are a crazy person who celebrates Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving. Either way it’s all about Christmas now.
Thus my 2nd installment of Dare to DIY. This week is all about entertaining.
It’s my favorite time of year. It’s Dare to DIY time! Bonus I get to participate this year because I’m no longer homeless. Double win because Katja is a host! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
We are hosting Thanksgiving for both families at our casa this year, so no pressure or anything. I wanted to add a little DIY to the table because let’s be honest I will in no way be responsible for the makings of anything edible for the festivities. Thus my Thanksgiving contribution…drumroll… DIY wishbone napkin rings.
It’s finally here. All the instagram sneak peeks and late nights have lead to this moment. RAMONA’S BIG GIRL ROOM!!! Despite my 6 week deadline for the Fall in Love series, this was more of a 4 day scramble. Time management is not part of our skill set.
Yesterday I realized I had a few days before Halloween, and I kinda freaked. I had just enough time to order something off Amazon, and it get here in time for the first of the Halloween festivities. I mean talk about cutting it close. Amiright? I had everything in my cart ready to hit “place your order” which totaled over $100 with everything I wanted or around $50 if I cut it back to the bare minimum.
Then something happened. I bailed. I decided to DIY an epic sibling Halloween costume that my kids would look back on with such love and respect toward their genius mother. Ok so that’s not going to happen, but I spent…$0 on their costumes and about 2 hours (because I have to photograph things for the blog). So be prepared to be impressed.