Chalk Board Gifts

This past holiday, my sisters and I wanted to give out homemade gifts to our cousins for Christmas. We decided to do mini chalk boards with pens as presents. To set the project, I got some leftover MDF board I had from a past project, and spray painted the boards with chalkboard paint. Next, I asked for my husband's help and we engraved/cut cute little sayings on the boards. (to which I painted white, to add to the 'chalk board' effect).

Lastly, my sisters and I cut out stripes of leather (also leftover from another project) and used it to attach a chalk board pen with screw posts. In the end, everything turned out great and it was a long process, but hopefully everything was worth it :)

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas everyone! It's been a very long time away from blogging. I'll get back to blogging in the new year, until then, here are a few photos from our little Christmas festivities at our home. This year, we're starting a new tradition on decorating our Christmas tree. With each new year that passes, we are going to make a new animal ornament. So in 20 years, our Christmas tree will be a zoo! Here are a few photos, of our first few ornaments.

Every year, we also make an annual Christmas card to give out to our family and friends. This year we displayed our first 3 years of marriage on the mantle of the fireplace. This year's Christmas card was a Scratcher's lottery themed. So everyone could play and win for the holidays!

Happy Holidays!

DIY: Christmas Stockings

This weekend has been super busy prepping for the holidays. I went Christmas shopping, worked on holiday decorations and Christmas gifts. I still can't believe that it is already December. It's pretty crazy, it felt like summer, just a few weeks ago. What do readers think? How fast has this year been for you guys? Especially if you are planning a wedding, this year must have zoomed by.

I worked on Christmas Stockings for our home. Normally, I don't decorate much for the holidays any more. No money and we don't spend Christmas at home, we normally go home to Northern California for the holidays. But this year, I wanted to start new traditions, and some small decorating, so next year it doesn't seem like so much of a large undertaking. (It's befitting that I'm watching the Glee Christmas episode right now --- you know, the one where Britney still believes in Santa Claus).

To start with, I wanted simple wool knit stockings for our family. I got these at Target for about $14.00.  And of course, I had to get the puppies, their own Christmas stocking, their stockings cost $4.00. We put the our laser machine to good use, and cut out our names in a script typeface on some scrap wool felt  I had laying around the house. After which,  I stitched the our names on the stockings, it was that easy! What do you think?

Happy Christmas!