It's finally cooling down in North Texas and beginning to feel like fall. I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving and my birthday next week. My sister and one brother are flying in to spend the week with me. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year!
During the holidays, I see my friends and extended family more. My husband and I are more intentional about how we spend our time. This year we went to the fall festival at our church together.
In fall, we count our blessings and prepare our hearts for Christmas time. :)
This year I've been spending late nights making advent calendars. Every year, I get requests for them. People looking for ways to put the holy back in holidays and the giving back in thankfulness.
I'm going slower this year - giving my body more time or rest. Allowing my spirit more time to dwell on the meaning of our celebrations.
One tradition I joined again this year is the Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments countdown. I'm day 11. :) I hope you'll follow along the countdown with me.
I love handmade ornaments for my tree. This year I bought some tags and intend to mark all the ornaments with which kid made them and what year before too much time passes and I forget.
I hope you're enjoying fall and looking forward to Thanksgiving. Happy crafting!
This is my final project from the Happy Home Front Porch Kit from The Little Blue House.
The first thing I have to tell you is I made a fence out of the wooden shutter pieces included in the kit because it never occurred to me that they were shutters! LOL I think everyone except me got it. Oh well! They make the perfect little white picket fence.
Try not to look too closely at my stitching. My sewing machine was having a fit when I started this project and would not relent. It always seems to know when I have a deadline..
This is a die cut included with the kit which I thought was adorable. :)
Super simple and sweet. It measures about seven inches tall and six inches across so I won't have to trim pictures much to add them in.
I still have a lot of product left over so I may add some more detail to my album as I add pictures.
Thanks for checking out all my projects! If you'd like to order a lot for yourself, orders are being taken on the website at
Introducing "The Greatest of These is LOVE" Front Porch Kit from The Little Blue House - with products from Crate Paper, a Reverse Confetti exclusive stamp set, Maya Road (yay!!!), American Crafts, Pink Paislee, etc..
This kit is full of product!
Without further ado, here's a few of my projects :)
I knew these pics of my son would go perfectly with the black cardstock and pops of pink from the kit. I love the Polaroid frames - they were perfect for stamping and writing on.
One of the patterned papers looks like paint samples. I had to cut out the blush to go with this picture! My tiny love is so shy. :)
Okay, before you look at my double layout, let me preemptively apologize for the bad photo quality. I really need some tricks and tips for shooting pics of those..
This brother and sister layout makes my heart all squeezy. Right now she is his protector and he adores her.
The background paper is stamped with pink hearts using the RC stamp set, and I cut the wooden wings in half and adhered them with Glossy Accents. The golden title is cut from the metallic paper in the kit.
I colored in the words from the patterned paper to give my page a bit of journaling.
I colored the heart ribbon with Dylusions Ink spray. The folded heart is inked and layered with a punched out tan and a stamped heart using the Reverse Confetti stamps included in the kit.
The golden bow was the first thing in the kit to catch my eye! :) I'm loving the gold trend. I was noticing it clothes shopping and thrilled to see it popping up at LBH. :) Here's an ornament I designed.
This is made from the packaging from the letters included in the kit. I painted it with distress ink and layered papers and the Polaroid frame with the picture of my daughter.
I also made two Valentine's Day cards.
Cut the heart from the floral patterned paper, trace with Stickles, and stamp another heart onto white cardstock and adhere with popdots.
I have wanted faith based stamps for a long time so this RC set was perfect! I stamped the "Faith, Hope, and Love@ and then colored it in with a Distress Marker.
I layered in the embossed envelope and ribbons from the kit.
I LOVE handmade for the holidays and this one is super cute and easy to recreate.
Check out my tutorial and supply list below. :)
Start off with two mason jar lids. :) *Pro-tip* Wipe them down with an alcohol wipe so the paint will adhere more easily.
Separate the inner circle from the outer ring.
Then paint all sides of the ring with Tattered Rose Distress Crackle paint. (I created two and used Weathered Wood on the second ornament.) Make sure to paint thickly or it won't show well on the silver. Allow to dry.
I painted the jingle bells with VerDay Brass paint and added the patina spray - just to give it a bit more age and texture. Allow to dry.
Paint the spool with leafy green paint. Cut "24" from the patterned paper. Adhere and wrap around spool. Cover paper with Glossy Accents and coat in Iridescent glitter. Okay, I know. You're either a glitter person or you're not. I see glitter and my brain just says YES, girl, this project obviously calls for sparkle. Bring it..
Use the lid insert to trace a front and back for the ornament. Try to pay attention to which part of the design you're tracing. Like, don't accidentally trace the logo at the bottom.
I used Glossy Accents to adhere the patterned paper to the jar lid on both sides.
Sand the edges down so the paper fits easily into the lid ring.
Then ink the edges of both sides with Antique Linen Distress ink. I used Glossy Accents around the inside of the rim to adhere the inner circle. Easy peasy.
Next, fill the lids with Glossy Accents using a small paintbrush (to be totally honest I used my pinky) and then pour in Mica flakes. Shake off excess. Allow to dry.
Trace the inner rim with Platinum Stickles.
Using sharp detail scissors cut the "partridge in a pear tree" from the patterned paper.
Coat the rectangles with words in Glossy Accents and set aside to dry.
Once dry put the phrase on adhesive foam squares overlapping the left side of the rim.
Tie a bow with the brown burlap ribbon and adhere to the top left side of the rim using hot glue.
String the jingle bells with the twine and knot around the base of the tree. Attach the tree to the lid using hot glue.
String the remaining twine through the back of the bow and tie a knot at the top for hanging. Attach button to center of bow using hot glue. :)
Use hot glue to attach the wooden spool to the bottom of the ring.
Pat yourself on the back because you're creative and amazing and have a new handmade ornament for your Christmas tree.
Here's my second version of the same basic ornament. So cute right?! :)
Front and back view.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial and ornament. I hope you make a couple for yourself! :)
Beginning Sat. Nov 15th, The Little Blue House will be featuring a full step by
step tutorial of a unique, hand-made ornaments - A new
ornament tutorial each day for 12 days in a row! I will be posting my handmade ornament Monday, November 24th.
I hope that you'll craft along with us and trim your tree in hand-made style! The supplies will be in stock at the Little Blue House for you to re-create your favorite ornaments each day! One lucky commenter will be chosen from the LBH Blog each day to take home that specific ornament!