Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Botanical Garden Sunday

Today was so beautiful I pretty much couldn't handle it. After the cold snap that lasted most of the month I just don't know how many more days like this we will get. 

We decided to take advantage of it and head to the botanical gardens. There are less flowers this time of year but it didn't matter. A few of the trees' leaves had begun to turn yellow and red, which we never see around the rest of Austin.   

The kids got to read the map and direct us. There was a lot of retracing our steps at first. We finally made it to their destination and found the dinosaur garden. Jumping to and fro across dinosaur footprints was a big hit. My favorite was leaves falling like confetti whenever the wind blew. 

Hope you get to drink in the last days of fall as well. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Crafts | Snowy Acorn Garland DIY

This is a fun little holiday craft that I did with my kids. We are always picking up little specimens up from outside. Rocks, leaves, flower petals and acorns. We trade these in for points at the nature center during the summer. Lately though we have had an over abundance of acorns  and it knew just what I wanted to do with them.

I have a set of glittered paper acorns in my shop and wanted to make a real version of that this year.  I also love to use things that I have around the house. Anything to avoid another trip to the craft store. We have been making crystals a lot from different things and found out that borax leaves a nice and glittery finish.  I decided to try that on the acorns instead of glitter. For one thing, a huge box is only like $3 dollars so it is a lot cheaper than glitter.

I dissolved some borax in hot water and let that cool. Then I dropped the acorn caps in and let them sit for a bit.  They tend to float so you have to stir them for full coverage.  After I pulled them out I sprinkled some more borax on top.  The sprinkled stuff stayed white but as they dried the soaked in borax left a fun sparkly overlay behind. 

I used glue dots and a felt pompom to stand in for the actual acorns. Felted ones look great too but I love these too. Plus, a lot easier than hand felting something. 

These make lovely vase fillers and I saved some for that. The rest I strung up with red twine for a quick little holiday garland. I love the delicate touch of color it adds to my mantle. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Week in the Life 2014| Completed Album

I love these little projects.  I like them even better when I'm able to finish them. I did work on this album daily but things slowed down a bit over the weekend because of Halloween and family time of course.  It didn't take me long to finish up the pages after that though.  Mainly journaling, which I tend to drag my feet on.

Here are the things that helped me finish it up successfully:

1. Focusing on photos and journaling. I printed my photos everyday.  If I didn't get a chance to journal in my album then I would leave myself notes about the day on instagram or facebook.  Just an easy way of looking back.

2. Keeping my base pages regular white cardstock.  Eliminating the option of patterned paper took one more variable out of the equation.

3. Using a kit I had gathered from my own stash.  I kept all the things I collected in a little berry basket and dug into that all week. This meant I wasn't hunting for new embellishments every day.

4. Simple stamping.  I really liked this aspect of it.  Because my base was white, I had a lot of freedom to stamp in black wherever I wanted.  I used a few different Ali Edwards and Studio Calico stamp sets as part of my kit.

5. I do this project along with Ali Edwards. Without the daily reminders and places to share I probably would not have the same motivation. Of course you don't have to do this with her specifically, you can always find a friend and encourage each other!





 A little envelope for ephemera. I have some drawings and notes in there.

Here are my previously shared pages:
Wednesday Pages
Tuesday Pages
Monday Pages
Getting Started

Friday, October 31, 2014

Week in the Life | Friday Photos + Pages

Friday | Photos + Words

Today was so much fun............. and craziness, and costumes, and being stuck in traffic, and getting our cart shoved out of the way by manic people at Target, and more costumes, and more traffic, and candy, and very little actual food, and lots of forced photo sessions by mama.  Still, now that I sit back and bask in the glow of my computer while Nandini not so quietly sings to herself in bed and the boys sleep I can say that today really was a great day. 


 Second breakfast, that was more like elevensies really.

 First forced photo shoot of the day.  Not pictured is the forced bath time which I was only about 2/3 successful in.

 No school but we did have a school play date.  This is what I got when I asked them to smile.  The unposed photos are a giant blur. Of course.

 Mini photo shoot for Paddington with his little suit case and hat.

 He has his own pumpkin candy basket too. I bought last year on clearance while he was still in utero, I just can't find it anymore.

 No one else is looking and my knees are so ashy but I am in the picture finally.

 So many houses equals

 so much candy

and a bear shouting "EAT".  Then his parents stole all his halloween candy. The end. Ha!

Wednesday | Album Pages

If you are following along with week in the life, you may be wondering, what happened to Thursday.  Well, Thursday took a miss and went straight on into Friday.  I do intend to do the pages now but really don't see the point in going back to blog about the pictures.  Not that you really care I'm sure.

 Pages is like these is why I love this project so much.  Would I ever normally get this picture? Doubtful.  How long does the cheerio phase last?  About half a blink and an eternity in sweeping time.

 A few cork stars and more black and white stamping.

 I cut up one gold transparency and used it on the inside pages here.

Hope you had a great holiday tonight and an awesome weekend ahead!  Will be back with more tomorrow. :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week in the Life 2014| Wednesday Photos & Album Progress

Wednesday | Photos + Words

Rushed morning getting ready for school. Giving Cheerios to the baby for breakfast. Then a little playtime before a short nap.  Pickup Nandini from school and meet some friends for lunch. Back to school to get Avinash and his friend. Run all five kids around to get gas and a butter beer little from Starbucks. And a few ring pops and donuts for the kids. They played at home for a bit with her new hello kitty Ferris wheel. Then turn around and drive to ballet class. No more complaints from the teacher about Avinash's laces this week.  One compliment maybe? Nandini wrote out our names while we waited. Lakshman toddled around a bit.  Some of the kids played statues in the park after class and he kept trying to crawl over to join in. We drove home and made cards for Ryan's birthday. We went out again for some birthday shopping and dinner. The kids ran around smelling every candle and perfume. Then, basically collapse at home. 

Tuesday Album Pages

I love these little flip up pages. Black and white stamping. A bit of washi and lots of writing. Feeling unusually happy with my handwriting. Mini albums are so much fun.

Are you doing Week in the Life? How is the progress coming? Please feel free to share your links here for me to check out too! 



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