Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Heart Felt

It's true. I heart felt. (Thanks again Autumn for the lifetime supply.)

It seems to be regaining popularity in the craft world. I don't know if it's because it's made from recylced plastic making it eco-friendly, or because retro style is in, or because it's so easy to work with, or just because it's so freakin' awesome. What ever the reason, I'm diggin' it.

I've hated our stockings for years. I finally did something about it. Feast your eyes upon these babies:
I planned to make them all uniform but the kids were throwing fits. So I quit being a Scrooge and let everyone choose their own (and Gray wanted a monster). I think they look good together anyway. Is it wrong to love them so much? 'Cause I do. I love them so much.

Also from my supply of felt, I give you this:
A snowman kit. I even came up with the idea to turn the top hat into a carry-all drawstring bag. genius, huh?

And in non-felt related news...

We froze our tails off at Wildlights at the Zoo on Friday night. At least half the animals froze their tails off, too...and they actually have tails to freeze off. It was 7 degrees outside. I only took pictures at the indoor exhibits. It was much too cold to stop and take pictures.

As per Christmas Sunday tradition, we got new church clothes. My dress was thrifted. I brought it home white (and dingy) and dyed it red to try and copy this dress which I'm in love with (I even wore leopard print shoes). It wasn't every thing I hoped it would be, but I'm pleased with myself anyway.
I can't tell you what's happening in that picture of me. But I'm telling you honestly, it was the best of the four pictures Spencer took. This is why I don't model professionally...or even amateur-ly.

We built a gingerbread village. Can we still call it gingerbread even though it was made from graham crackers? The kids and I decided we want to move in. Parker even wants to be an architect so he can design houses like that. (Gray has decided upon applesauce maker as a career goal. Parker has promised to eat his applesauce on all his lunch breaks.) Gray took a fist to his house when we told him it was bed time. His house didn't make it to the village.

Spencer and I stayed up long after the kids were in bed trying to out do each other with the best house. There was an obvious winner. See for yourself. That best one? That was mine.

We've had snow for weeks and more is in the forecast. It looks to be a white Christmas on the home front.

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.


Lauri said...

great pictures...your stockings turned out very cute. Love the gingerbread (graham cracker) houses. Your dress is adorable!
Spencer has become Grizzly Adams since I last saw him.

Four More Days!!!!!!

Kris said...

Oh Katie...you ALWAYS make me smile! And often laugh out loud as well!
LOVE felt....it is so fun and easy to work with. I hope it stays around for a very long time.
Your stockings were darling, and the snowman kit....so perfect! You clever girl! Love the family pics. Your husband in full beard. Wow...he could be Santa!
Your dress is so cute!!! And the gingerbread houses are great. You win!!! I have done that with our kids for many years. One year, a friend of mine, after the kids made theirs, got busy on our own masterpiece, and it was fabulous! Dormers...garage, guest cottage...just fabulous. That night, about midnight, while sitting watching the telly, I heard a cra...c...k....and was mortified to see it crumbling, one dormer at a time, to the ground. Guess we used too much glue and too many decorations!!
Happiest of happy to you and yours.

Genn said...

Hi Katie!

Wasn't it last year you were hoping for a white Christmas?

Cute stockings! You are so creative.

LOVE your new red dress. Dyed it yourself? Now how in the world do you do that? I am no where near as crafty as you... can you tell? Great pics of your family. I like Spencer's beard. I always like Jake's when he grows it out.

Stay warm out there. 7 degrees! Sheesh. That is cold.

Jen said...

You are darling! You're family does so many fun creative things. I wish all the time we lived closer. I adore the stockings and the monster reminded me of the abominable snowman from Rudolph. They are perfect and you are so super talented. Merry Christmas!!!

jeanine said...

Cute stockings! And I love the gingerbread houses too. You are too fun!

And love the red dress!!!

Kelly said...

Love it all- wish I could've seen the dress in person- though I am hoping you wear it again! (just so I can see!!)
The houses and stockings are adorable- glad you are having such fun!!
Love that it will be a white Christmas too!! Make it Merry!

The drama known as Greens.... said...

It was 85 here yesterday... just sayin. Merry Christmas!

Traci Elizabeth said...

Merry christmas Katie!! Love the stockings and your boys look beyond adorable!

Heidi said...

oH Katie. You and your family are too cute! I would NEVER think to take a thrift store dress and dye it. You seriously inspire me to be more thrifty!

mj said...

katie! i love you stockings. good work. i also love your yellow lamp.