Two girls with a passion for decor and design working together to create beautiful things! We believe in being good stewards of what the Lord has blessed us with and hope to help you fill your home with what you love!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Aftermath of Christmas...What Now?

If your house looks anything like mine, then it looks like a Christmas bomb has gone off in your house.  From the scraps and piles of used wrapping paper still strewn here and there, to the boxes of packaging that come with each and every toy (seriously, do they really have to tape every strand of My Little Pony hair to keep it perfectly in place???), I am a bit overwhelmed with trying to keep my sanity as I wade through all the debris.  Yes, I am showing you a picture of some of the mess at my house.  (Please note:  this is only a small portion of leftover wrapping paper!)

To top it all off, the kids are home for an entire week and, of course, don't know what to do with themselves.  It's not like they just received a ton a presents (a bit of sarcasm here).  You would think that they would be contentedly playing with all their new treasures, but NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!  All I have been hearing for the past two days is "what now"?  Here are a few ideas to help the next few days go by without a case of the "What Now's". 

Make a play date with friends!  I'm sure that you're not the only one out there with kids who have not a clue what to do with their free time.  Call up some friends and invite them over (or better yet, see if they can go over to someone else's house).  Sure your house will be a bit chaotic, but they will play with each other and have a great time while you get to work on some of the mess.

Send the kids outside!  We just recieved a huge snowfall and the kids are chomping at the bit to get out there in all the lovely soft stuff.  Grab the snowsuits and head outside for some snowman making, sleigh riding fun.  If you didn't get any snow, there is still so much to do (sidewalk chalk, bike riding, hula hooping...).  This is also a great way for the kids to expell some pent up energy.

Make a craft!  My kids got so many Crayola and crafting kits from well meaning family members, that I was a bit overwhelmed thinking about all the little parts, glitter and glueing things together that would ensue.  Of course, they wanted to do all of them right away.  My solution.....  a craft a day for their entire Christmas break.  That way we tackle them one by one and it gives them something to look forward to each day.  Even if you didn't get crafting kits, here are some easy craft ideas that use things you might already have at home! 
  • Make a graham cracker gingerbread house!  No baking required!  PBS Kids has a great tutorial on how to put these little cuties together.  The best can eat it when you're done (after snapping a few pictures of course!)
  • Make a brown paper bag puppet!  The sky is the limit for these terrific creatures.  Make them into an animal/monster/alien/person....the possibilities are endless!  What you'll need may depend on what kind of creature you're making.  My kids used markers, crayons, stickers, ribbon, scissors, glue sticks construction paper and scrapbook paper.  Just don't forget to put the mouth on the correct flap of the bag or your mouth won't move.  After they're finished creating, they can put on a puppet show for you and all of their stuffed animals.
  • Bake something!  Grab some ingredients, tie on the aprons and try out that new recipe that you've been waiting to create--just make sure that it's not too complicated for little hands.  There is something for everyone to do and the end result is yummy!  I know that you probably have endless baked goods lying around at this time of year, but you can always freeze these for another time (after sampling some of course!).  Here is our favorite recipe to bake together:  "Megan's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies"  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  You will need:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (heaped)
1 stick butter
1 stick margerine
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
12 oz. chocolate chips
Combine butter, margerine, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl.  Blend with a mixer.  Add egg and vanilla to mixture and blend with a mixer.  Add flour, baking soda and salt--mix slightly with a mixer.  Add chocolate chips and mix well with mixer.  Place spoonfuls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Enjoy!
Hopefully this has given you some ideas for the "aftermath of Christmas".  Overall, I have decided that the house can wait, but making memories with the kids will last a lifetime.  My house does not have to look magazine ready--sometimes the "lived in look" is far more beautiful and makes me realize how truly my nest is blessed.  


Friday, December 21, 2012

In the Works!

We are very excited to announce that in 2013 we are going to start an Etsy shop for some of our smaller items.  Now you will be able to purchase our inspired designs from the comfort of your own home.  This is an added bonus to those of you who do not live close to us.  Of course, we will not be able to post furniture pieces, but our Etsy shop will include items such as pillows, wreaths, frames, chalkboards and much, much more!

Stay tuned for our launch date--we'll have some special deals coming your way!

We will continue to post our furniture pieces (as they become available) on the blog or facebook page.  Sweet dreams! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Baby It's Cold Outside!

As the weather gets colder we realize with sadness, that our unheated workspace is less than ideal for creativity.  Of course we are still looking for the perfect location, but in the mean time, we'll just have to stick it out!  Our solution?  Warm comfy old clothes, some gloves and a pot or two of coffee!  I think that we are going to also break out a space heater or two! 

Picture it.... two gals covered from head to toe in paint covered, old clothes--paint brush in one hand and huge cup of coffee in the other.  I wish I had a picture to share with you...  Trust me when I say, the creative process is not always pretty (just hopefully the end result)!   

We have gotten a bunch of lovely new treasures just waiting for us to get our hands on.  I see some painting in our future!


Friday, December 7, 2012

What's Up?

DIY chunky yarn pom snowball wreath
If you haven't noticed, we have been selling pieces like hotcakes!!  We are receiving some new merchandise this week are excited to get started recreating some new pieces.  Stay tuned to find out more soon!  We cannot wait to show you!  We will get you updated soon!
Have a blessed holiday!