A Few Things

December 3, 2010

giant log colored pencils

Hello, Friends. Ben Blair is out of town this weekend. I miss him like crazy! While he is gone, the kids and I will keep working on the sibling Christmas gifts and we’ll get the tree decorated too. Hopefully, I’ll have some fun ideas to share next week. What about you? Any interesting plans?

While I gather more sibling gift supplies, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:
- Cake Prints!
- A stripey playroom photo tour.
- Cafe Johnsonia is back. Hooray!
- It makes me happy that someone thought to make logs into giant pencils.
- Mesmorized by these string installations.
- Visual history of the coca cola bottle.
- Cute last-minute advent calendar.
- Do you keep old maps? You could make this.
- Still laughing.
- The closet-as-headboard is my favorite part.
- Coveting this calendar.

I write a daily post for Babble’s Family Style. Here are this week’s posts:
- I want to put these in my kids’ stockings this year.
- So simple, but I’m kind of obsessing over them.
- These are hilarious. Baron of Beef might be my favorite.
- It’s called a Fisticup and it made me smile.
- A favorite childhood memory, choreographing dances to this.
- Modern and unfussy at the same time.

Holiday Giveaway Week has been so much fun. I’ve loved reading your comments and hearing your enthusiasm. Thank you for joining in. Giveaway #5 will remain open till Monday, and the Facebook contest is open as well — feel free to participate!

Have a great weekend and I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 karen d December 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm

oooh, love that antonia calendar. thanks for the link!


2 Hollowsquirrel December 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

have a great weekend with the kids! I can’t wait to see the finished sibling projects!


3 Happenstance December 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Loving that playroom! Such great decorating ideas.


4 Brandi December 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm

We’re having the kids make gifts for each other this year as well, for each other and cousins. Do you have any good idea’s for a craft a couple five year olds can make?


5 Nancy December 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

We’re having our anniversary dinner and just found out from facebook that the kids are taking us out to dinner…!! Yippee!


6 Notes from Holly St. December 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

That picture is amazing. We’ll be buying our Christmas tree and decorating all weekend long. Can’t wait! Hope you have a wonderful weekend…your hubby will be home before you know it :)


7 LLH Designs December 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Silly question, but how do you work on sibling gifts without the others knowing what you are making? Especially with hubby out of town? Thats just the way my brain works…always wondering things!

Happy making!


8 Jessica December 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Oh, man. We choreographed dances to Mannheim Steamroller’s Fresh Aire Christmas also. Definitely a favorite childhood memory.

Thanks for your blog. I’ve been a big fan for a while now!


9 Tanya December 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Decorating a tree is always a fun time. I am making soups and filling my freezer with go-tos because eating outside of the home is no bueno for my prego belly :)


10 Peggy December 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

love the clothes headboard…i don’t think my clothes are as pretty as hers though.


11 ashlynn December 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Seeing that playroom made me remember our sweet Little People Family House! I want one for my girls now.


12 Hilltop Hausfrau December 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

Isn’t it fun coming up with holiday projects for the kiddies? You have such great ideas…inspiring. I esp. like that playroom – gives me some ideas as I prep a new baby’s room here at home…


13 Emily Ballard December 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I ordered one of those Tapis for my kids to use. The bright colors were all gone so I settled for steel wool. Still, very excited not to have to buy anymore of those small disposable bathroom cups!


14 april's craft nest December 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

that photo is awesome!


15 Damaris @Kitchen Corners December 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I am making more nutella play dough to give to my son’s preschool class. We also decorated our tree. It’s not as cool as the one fromFreshly Picked but we’re getting there :)


16 Joanna December 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

Cool photo!


17 Adrianna December 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Hope you have a great weekend! I can’t wait to see the sibling gifts you worked on. I’m still trying to come up with gift ideas for my family.


18 Lindsay C. December 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

Loving everything on the blog lately! I said it once and I will say it again! YOU ARE AMAZING!


19 peggy December 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Have a great week and I loved this list, amazing things on there!


20 Beth December 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Your giant colored pencil made me really happy. Thanks.


21 Susan December 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

Im wondering the same thing, how in the heck do you get the kids to make sibling gifts without everyone knowing what they are making? I only have two kids and I dont know how I would accomplish that!


22 sharon(crimsonlane) December 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Have I told you how amazing I think you are? No? Okay, well you are amazing :). One of the things I would love for you to share is how you manage your time. I only have 2 kids & I don’t feel as productive as you. When I worked I had great time management skills but when I started staying home time management went somewhere. Im still looking for it :)


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