December 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

I know how slow the Christmas season is.

Everyone just moping around, with nothing to do, nowhere to go. Absolutely no purpose in life to be found.


If you are present on this planet (Earth, by the way. Hasn’t been discluded from the solar system…yet. Poor Pluto needs a pal.) from the week before Thanksgiving through the week after Christmas, there is a high probability that you are running around like a chicken with its head cut off this very moment.

Which would be quite incredible, actually. Considering you’re reading this right now. Kudos for multi-tasking!

Since you have all this extra time in between parties, shopping, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cookie swaps, and still more shopping, I figured you might want a winter/Christmas-themed Do it Yourself post.

If you make your own ornaments, you’re in luck. If you don’t, or haven’t, I highly recommend doing so. Just once. For me? Pu-leeaaaze? My LIFE will be EMPTY if you don’t. (Not really, I’m just trying to guilt you into making something.)

I love the wreath and framed ornaments especially!


This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but I’m sure you crafty people could figure out how to make this easily! Let me know when you do. 🙂


This is one of my favorites!

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To add to the holiday rush, two of our neighbors, one a very dear friend, were burgled this afternoon. I’m very thankful no one was home, but sad that that happened. I think I’m sleeping with my .22 tonight… 😛


Make It Yourself Mondays ~ Leaves are falling!

October 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Okay, so I’ve said this before, but… I just adore Autumn! I took an hour this morning to cycle all over the neighborhood, and although I enjoyed myself, I came back a little disappointed. You see, I live on the Gulf Coast. It was seventy degrees when I left at 6a.m. this morning! Cold weather here comes and goes, with constant Indian summers disrupting what coolness we do get. Oh, and forget about the leaves changing colors! Have you ever seen oaks, pines, or magnolias turn shades of yellow, orange or red? Nope. That’s because they don’t. 😛 Since those trees make up 80-90% of the foliage here* we don’t get as much color as I would prefer.

*Percentage based on completely bogus guesstimating.

So all of this leaves (Haha, leaves. Get it? No? Oh, um, nevermind.) me somewhat idolizing fall as an ideal, if you will. Spending time in other climates has often left me yearning to move to Montana* for the climate.

*Montana’s nice in the fall, right?

The South does have many pros, though. You can wear flip-flops year-round. Shorts are acceptable in any month. As long as you don’t “sun” (tan), your skin has the potential not to wrinkle as much because of the humidity! 😀

I’m fascinated with, and by leaves.

The intricacies of each design,

the veins running through them,

and yes,

some of their abilities to change colors with the seasons.

Here’s to the leaf, a symbol of change. Or of Canada.

(The link is just to a bigger image of this..)

Do you have a crisp, colorful Autumn, or do you live in Cali where everything’s just beachy?


~Hannah B

Make-It-Yourself Mondays ~ Falling into Autumn

October 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Fall is my most favorite time of year. Hands-down. The crisp air, the stunning colors of nature; every other season just pales in comparison. It inspires me to clean, take more walks, get organized, learn, and so much more. In general, I just get more energized and end up accomplishing more when the cool weather comes! I [hopefully fittingly] decided to bring in the first of October with fall tutorials, including many pumpkin crafts. 🙂 I will have to post a mid-week MIY post featuring leaf crafts; I ran out of room today!

Do you and your family or friends have any traditions for fall? My family usually goes on a camping trip mid-October, but we are, sadly, not able to this year. Fall, harvest, or autumn? I use them interchangeably!

Happy Monday, and have a wonderful week!


~Hannah B

Make it Yourself Mondays ~ All About Apples

September 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

“One rotten apple spoils the barrel.” “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” “Apple of discord,” “Apple pie order,” ~ I’m sure you’ve heard some of these sayings.

Apples are in a vast amount of idioms and sayings, and the root meaning of them can be quite interesting! I spent much of my Saturday peeling, coring, and slicing and entire bushel of apples! (Don’t worry; I still have two more bushel ready and waiting! (; ) With apples on my brain, (and hands and face and toes and…) I decided that today’s post would feature these delicious little conceptions. To my surprise, I found many ideas I had not even thought of! Ranging from cutesy to chic, here are crafts, recipes, and home décor that even Martha Stewart (I’m sure) would be overjoyed to have in her own home!

Each picture will take you to the home site of each craft; there you can learn how to make them.

I made this applesauce, it’s so easy and sooo delicious! For every 8 small apples, use 1/4c. water.

I’ve always favored Granny Smith apples, the tartness really appeals to me. Do you have a favorite?

I’m really excited about next week’s Make-it-Yourself Monday projects! 😀

~Hannah B

Make it Yourself Mondays ~ Use that Embroidery Hoop!

September 17, 2012 § 2 Comments

I simply adore all things vintage. I think the idea of up-cycling is fabulous. Re-using things you already have is both practical and thrifty. But sometimes, it’s just as practical to buy a few supplies and make all of it yourself! The cost can be much cheaper than buying ready-made, especially if you take advantage of the clearance sales and coupons from your local craft stores. I often print out 40% off coupons online, and gradually purchase my supplies (most stores only allow 1 coupon per day. just pick up an item you need whenever you’re out running errands!). You don’t have to be in a hurry to purchase everything at once. The project can wait for a week or two, and you have the potential to be more than $20 the richer if you wait for great prices!

This week’s make-it-yourself idea centers in on embroidery hoops. There are literally endless ways to use them! Most of these pictures have links that you can follow. Simply click on them to go directly to the page, or right-click and open in new tab. Here are some lovely decorations that I found quite interesting:

I could not find the exact link for this project. . . But I found another hoop project on the site! Click on this picture to view.

This one was from tumblr, I think. . . No copyright infringement intended.

Have you completed a project similar to any of these? I’m definitely inspired to try a few of these out!

~Hannah B

PS~ It might just be my computer, but a lot of times not all of the pictures I post show up full-sized. I just refresh the page, and that usually does the trick! 🙂

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