Well, winter finally rolled into our part of the woods over the next few days. It is most definitely not the winter that I experienced growing up. No endless hours of softly falling snow accumulating in giant fluffy snow banks. Here it’s not all that impressive. But I do have to say, at least we got something to reward us for the cold. My least favorite thing is when it’s frigid outside, but there’s not snow around. So in honor of our 1-3 inches here is a cute simple, out and about outfit for running errands in the winter. And bonus: nothing is over $50!!
So I have a pretty nice gig at my church. I get to work with the Activity Days Girls. They’re all the girls in the congregation ages 8-11. On the first and third Tuesday of every month we get together and play, usually doing a craft or learning a new talent. Well, last night we decided to make some ornaments. I had a bunch of supplies leftover from some Nativity ornaments I made as neighbor gifts a few years ago so we decided to give those a try. And they’re so simple it was perfect for the girls.
It was a total blast. I planned to take some pictures of the ornament making process but since it was late and we were in a pretty dark room none of the pictures turned out very well. So I decided to take some better pictures this morning.
These ornaments are so easy to put together. It’s pretty self explanatory, but I’ll share the steps anyway. First you need to gather the supplies:
(I got all these supplies – other than the glue gun and twine – in the wood craft isle at the craft store)
Mushroom top (what are those things really called?)
Balsa wood strip (I bought the $.99 cent one at Joann and cut it into 1.5 in strips)
Ribbon or twine
Now it’s just a simple 4 step process:
1 – Glue the 2 clothespins together.
2 – Glue the pair of clothespins to the star.
3 – Glue the mushroom top to the balsa wood.
4 – Glue the balsa wood to the pair of clothespins.
And done! Well, I guess there is one more step. You should probably glue the ribbon/twine to the back if you plan on actually using it as an ornament :).
The girls loved putting them together and getting to use the glue guns on their own (under close supervision, don’t worry). Since it was so quick and easy we had a little time at the end to decorate some gingerbread houses. That inevitably lead to squeezing frosting directly into their mouths and sneaking the candy to eat rather than decorate. So all in all I’d say it was a pretty fantastic night.
Hey hey! Did you guys all miss me? I have a really good excuse for being so MIA the last 2 months (!!!) but I’m not allowed to tell you all why yet. How’s that for mysterious?
I have still been active on Instagram for all that time so if you want to go catch up on a little of what I was doing you can go check me out there. Because, I mean, who wouldn’t want to keep up with every moment of my life? (joke. that was a joke)
But I wanted to pop in and let you know that I will be back at it now. Hopefully with at least 3 posts a week. I’ve got a bunch of fun ideas I want to try out and some fun stuff to share with you.
And since a post is never complete without a picture (am i right?), how’s this for some fun stuff?
I’m so excited to get going on some fun projects! Thanks so much to LifesStyle Crafts and We R Memory Keepers for the great goodies! BTW – you guys should totally go check out their FB page, they’ve got tons of great ideas and hold some awesome giveaways over there.
Before we moved from Massachusetts I wanted to get our family pictures taken and I wanted them to be very “New England” looking. So we got together with our good friends the Berry’s of Berryphoto’s and headed to the beach.
But before you can get your pictures taken you have to plan out the outfits first, right? Well I knew I wanted a Maxi skirt and I have the perfect fabric in mind. This great Ikat-y chevron jersey knit that I picked up from Mood while I was in NYC for our anniversary.
This would be my first time making a maxi skirt, but I wasn’t too worried. The tutorials I found online didn’t seem too difficult. I didn’t take any “in process” photos, but I used the tutorial HERE from Mad Mim and it worked out totally great! And I love that I didn’t need to hem the bottom. Jersey knit is the best
But what to do for Abi and Brad? One day while walking through H&M I spotted a great little white dress for about $5. It was just what I needed. So I took it home and promptly decided that I didn’t like it white. It had to be dyed. I ran to the store and picked up orange, navy and red dyes. When I was home I laid them out to see which one I would like the best. Finally I settled on the orange, just because I thought it was fun. And boy was I glad I did. it was the exact color orange as in the skirt.
As for Brad, he refused to wear that bright red color so I found him a great navy button up and white & blue plaid shorts at TJMax. All in all I think they all work well together. What do you think?
I know that I said that I would be back at this by now, and I really thought that I would be. I’ve even have my editorial calendar all filled out for awhile now.
So what have I been doing instead? Plenty of this:
and even some of this:
But mostly, I’ve been brainstorming and sewing my little patooty off. I’ve been planning a slight shift in the Missy Dear shop. That means lots of new products to develop and sew. There will still be lots of the same gorgeous and high quality bows, but there will be a few new things that I’m pretty excited about.
I should be all ready for my Fall relaunch in a few weeks so be looking out for it!
Just a quick note to share something awesome I was told about. Have you heard of Chronicle Eye Candy? Every month Chronicle Books lists nine ebooks for under $4. This months theme is craft books and they’ve got some good ones. In fact, I had three of them on my Kindle wishlist already so the sale is fabulous news for me ;). So head over to Chronicle Eye Candy to check them out!
And I can’t wait to see what the theme is next month!