Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

I was looking for a little something to sit and make while I was very, very pregnant this fall and I came up with this ribbon wreath and thought I would share it with you. It's really easy to make and I love the way it looks hanging up in our house!

Styrofoam wreath
1 spool of ribbon for base/background color
5 or 6 spools of ribbon for the actual wreath - I used ribbon with wire because I think it will hold up better, but you could use other types of ribbon, too.
hot glue gun

To start, wrap your Styrofoam wreath in the base color, securing both ends with hot glue. I used white as my base color.
Then cut 5" (or so, I didn't measure and I think it looks better if they are not all exactly uniform) strips from your colored ribbon.

When they are cut, you want to fold each one in half and glue it about 1/4" - 1/2" from the bottom like so:
When the hot glue is dry, you'll fold the bottom out to create a flat surface. This will be how you'll attach the ribbon to the wreath.

Now it's time to glue all your ribbon on to the wreath! I put all the ribbon in a plastic bag and mixed them up so I could grab them out randomly. Then all you have to do is put some hot glue on the flat ribbon base and glue away! Remember to twist and turn the ribbon so it's not all uniform all the way around.
It's a bit time consuming, but I think it's so worth it. I made mine wreath in Christmas colors, but it's still up in my living room because I love it too much to put it down in the basement for 10 months of the year. Maybe eventually my husband will convince me to take it down. :)

Happy wreath making, friends!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jonah's EB Auction

If you are a big blog reader like I am, chances are you've come across Patrice's blog about her sweet little boy, Jonah. Jonah was born with a rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (or EB) where his skin blisters and come off when ever he is touched or bumped. The boys I used to nanny for are just two weeks older than him so I know how hard little boys can be on their bodies and can't imagine the dichotomy of wanting to let them play but being fearful of them getting hurt. They spend hours each day washing him and bandaging him up so he can play and live as normally as possible. It must be so hard to live with, but he and his family do their best and always trust in God. It's a great reminder, especially now that I have a son, to praise God no matter what comes your way, and to truly be thankful for what He's given you.

Jonah is turning three shortly and his family and friends are hosting the 3rd annual Jonah's EB Auction. All the proceeds go directly to DebRA to fund research to find a cure. since I've been reading about Jonah for so long, I decided to donate a quilt this year! I'm really excited about it and hope it raises a lot of money and that it goes to a home where it can be loved to pieces. :)

It's a little boy quilt with cars and robot fabric, mostly from Alexander Henry's "Beep Beep" line. Go check it out and please bid on it!

Thanks friends!

Monday, February 13, 2012

My love

What better day than Valentines Day to introduce the new love of my life!

As I said before, Matthew Stephen joined our family on Thanksgiving morning. He was over a week late and after 21 hours of labor and over 3 hours of pushing the doctor went in after him and he came out screaming at 7:01am.

I've talked a lot on here about my desires to become a mom and I have to say that these two and a half months have been everything I've dreamed of. Matthew is a relatively easy baby who really only fusses when he needs something. I feel so, so blessed to have him here. His name means, "Gift from God" and I am often reminded of how true that is. It hasn't been all good and easy (seriously, how did I not know about growth spurts and how they turn your mild mannered child into a ravenous and cranky creature?!) but we're figuring each other out and I certainly wouldn't have it any other way. In case you can't tell, I'm crazy about this little boy! :)

Now for the fun part: pictures!

(I'm trying to learn how to post from my phone so hopefully this works)

Matt on his birth day

His first smiles at 5 weeks old!

In my favorite hat at 2.5 months old. We call it his Elmer Fudd hat :)

Snuggling with Daddy

Curled up with Mommy in his first week home.

I'm finding a little time to craft here and there, so hopefully being able to post from my phone means I can share more of all the projects I've been up to!

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

SUYL Singles!

Hello, there, neglected blog. It has been a crazy few months since I last blogged. About the last time I put up a post, we found out that we were pregnant! What a year it's been. We were thrilled to introduce little Matthew into the world on Thanksgiving morning and are loving every minute of being parents. Craftyness has definitely slowed down, but I have lots to show you all now that I'm coming out of the fog of having a newborn ;)

BUT, that's not what this is about! Kelly is linking up singles again and I can't resist the opportunity to tell you all about my sister, Kristin.

Isn't she pretty?! ;) Kristin is 24 and lives in the Minneapolis area. She works in a clinic as a CMA. She loves her job, and I have to say she is awesome at it. She has a real gift for taking care of people and making them comfortable.

She loves to travel although I know she doesn't get to do it as much as she'd like. Last year she spent some time backpacking over in Ireland and had the time of her life. She just got back from some time in California, too. You can tell just how smart she is that she chose to get out of Minnesota in January. ;)

Kristin is on the right next to the bride, me :)  

She loves her family and is thrilled to be a new auntie. Although Matt is only 10 weeks old, she is already doing her best to spoil him and is by far his favorite aunt! (Okay, so she's also his only aunt, but still!) She enjoys cooking and trying out new restaurants and food. She loves animals and looks forward to the day she can have one of her own.

She is so much fun and I feel so blessed to have her as my sister. I just know God has a fantastic man in mind for her and I can't wait until he brings them together!