Saturday, November 29, 2014

DIY Advent Calendar


DECEMBER IS ALMOST HERE AND WHO DOESN'T LOVE A CUTE, CHEAP, AND EASY DIY ADVENT CALENDAR!? GROWING UP, THE ADVENT CALENDAR THAT MY MOM WOULD PUT OUT WAS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE THINGS THIS TIME OF YEAR. IT WAS A SHELF WITH LITTLE DRAWERS AND SHE FILLED EACH CORRESPONDING DAY WITH DIFFERENT CANDIES. I WOULD ALWAYS TRY TO GUESS WHICH CANDY WAS GOING TO BE THE NEXT DAY. SHE STILL PUTS IT OUT, BUT NOW IT'S MY NIECE AND NEPHEWS WHO GET TO OPEN THEM UP. MY MOM SERIOUSLY IS THE BEST GRANDMA! <3

WELL LAST YEAR I DECIDED TO MAKE AN ADVENT CALENDAR FOR MY HUSBAND, RYAN. RYAN LOOOOVES CANDY, HOWEVER WE NEVER BUY IT, SO I DECIDED THAT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER COULD BE A TREAT FOR HIM. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT LAST YEAR AND SO I AM DOING IT AGAIN THIS YEAR AND SHOWING Y'ALL HOW I DID IT!

FIRST, YOU NEED SOMETHING TO HANG EACH DAY ON. MY AMAZING BROTHER IN LAW, DENNIS, MADE THIS WOODEN TREE FOR ME FOR CHRISTMAS A FEW YEARS BACK BUT YOU HONESTLY COULD JUST GET ANYTHING TO HANG THEM ON. HERE ARE A COUPLE PICTURES OF ONES I HAVE SEEN AND LIKED THAT ARE SO EASY AND CHEAP! MARTHA STEWART ADVENT CALENDARTHE MERRY THOUGHT ADVENT CALENDAR

I THEN TOOK SMALL KRAFT ENVELOPES THAT I HAD LEFT OVER FROM MY WEDDING AND SEALED THEM SHUT AND THEN CUT THEM IN HALF SO THEY WOULD BE LITTLE OPEN POCKETS. THEN ON THE COMPUTER I MADE DIFFERENT DESIGNS FOR EACH DAY AND PRINTED THEM OUT AND GLUED THEM ONTO THE ENVELOPES. YOU COULD ALSO JUST GET PLAIN WHITE ENVELOPES AND COLOR ON THEM WITH SHARPIES OR WHATEVER. YOU COULD EVEN JUST MAKE POCKETS YOURSELF OUT OF THICK CARDSTOCK! POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! AFTER THAT I JUST FILLED EACH POCKET WITH DIFFERENT CANDIES. RYAN LOVES GUMMY WORMS AND GUMMY BEARS SO FOR THOSE I BOUGHT LITTLE PLASTIC BAGS TO PUT THEM IN FIRST BEFORE PUTTING THEM IN THE ENVELOPES SINCE THEY ARE STICKY AND NOT ALREADY WRAPPED. YOU REALLY COULD PUT ANYTHING IN THE ENVELOPES- IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE CANDY. A CUTE IDEA ARE LITTLE NICE NOTES OR SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO DO EACH DAY. AGAIN, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!

AFTER THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HANG THEM UP HOWEVER YOU WANT AND YOU HAVE A CALENDAR! YOU COULD ALSO ADD A STRING OF LIGHTS IF YOU WANT BUT MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T GET TOO HEAVY! 

I HOPE YOU ENJOY MAKING AN ADVENT CALENDAR! HAVE A HAPPY DECEMBER AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! <3











Monday, November 24, 2014

3rd Anniversary Photo Shoot


I FINALLY GOT A CHANCE TO POST THIS AMAZING PHOTOSHOOT THAT OUR WONDERFULLY TALENTED FRIEND, LEE PFEIL, TOOK OF OUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY! WE STARTED A TRADITION FOR OUR 1ST ANNIVERSARY WHERE WE CAME UP WITH A THEMED PHOTOSHOOT BASED ON THE TRADITIONAL ANNIVERSARY GIFTS WHICH ARE LISTED IN THE PICTURE BELOW.  
SO LET ME EXPLAIN. THE 1ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY GIFT IS PAPER SO WE DECIDED TO MAKE A PAPER KITE AND HAVE A PHOTOSHOOT OF TRYING TO FLY IT. YOU CAN VIEW THOSE PHOTOS HERE. THE 2ND ANNIVERSARY GIFT IS COTTON SO WE HAD A PILLOW FIGHT! YOU CAN VIEW THOSE PHOTOS HERE.

SO THEN THAT BRINGS US TO THIS YEAR. THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY GIFT IS LEATHER. SO THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF WHEN I THOUGHT OF LEATHER WAS BOOTS WHICH THEN MADE ME THINK OF COWBOYS AND THEN THAT MADE ME THINK OF INDIANS (I KNOW TOTALLY NOT PC) HOWEVER, AS I WAS THINKING OF NATIVE AMERICANS, HAHA, I STARTED TO THINK OF LEATHER MOCCASINS, AND HOW THEIR TEEPEES WERE ORIGINALLY MADE WITH ANIMAL SKINS AND LEATHER. AS I CONTINUED EXPLORING THIS IDEA, I REALIZED HOW CUTE OF A THEME IT COULD BE. AND THEN I FOUND THE PERFECT DRESS WITH TRIBAL ART DETAILING ON THE FRONT AND KNEW EXACTLY THIS WAS THE THEME FOR US! SO IN THE PICTURES YOU CAN SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS WE MADE WITH LEATHER. I FIRST MADE A NUMBER 3 FOR OUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY OUT OF STICKS AND LEATHER CORD. AND THEN MY BROTHER IN LAW, DENNIS SO GRACIOUSLY HELPED ME MAKE A BEAUTIFUL DREAMCATCHER OUT OF LEATHER. (I WAS STRUGGLING WITH THE WEB, HAHA) I ALSO MADE A LEATHER HEAD BAND, HAD LEATHER SANDALS, RYAN HAD LEATHER MOCCASINS, AND THEN WE TIED OUR HOMEMADE TEEPEE WITH LEATHER CORD. SO WE DEFINITELY INCORPORATED LEATHER AND I THINK IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. 

WE HAD SO MUCH FUN SHOOTING IN THE WOODS BEHIND MY PARENTS HOUSE. MY AMAZING HUSBAND LOVED ME ENOUGH TO CARRY A WHOLE TEEPEE ON A 10 MINUTE HIKE TO THE PERFECT SPOT IN THE WOODS! HAHA. HE TOTALLY WAS NOT LIKING THE SITUATION BUT STILL DID IT FOR ME <3 THAT'S TRUE LOVE. :P MY NEPHEW, CALEB AND NIECE, JULIA ALSO HELPED US CARRY OUR PROPS THROUGH THE WOODS WHICH WAS TOTALLY HELPFUL AND FUN! SO ENJOY THE PHOTOS AND HOPEFULLY THIS GIVES YOU SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR YOUR NEXT PHOTOSHOOT! I AM ALREADY PLANNING NEXT YEAR'S SHOOT WHICH WILL BE BASED ON FRUIT AND I BET YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO =) YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE!