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Christmas Card 2014

In true St. Germainiac fashion, I made our Christmas cards right before Christmas and then lost my gusto to actually send them. I think I am instead making it a tradition to share them here on my blog. See last year’s here.

I do still have much to say about 2014 and 2015 but that will come in another post. And it is still January, so I can’t be that late after all!

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Finn’s 2nd Birthday Party

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I’m playing a little catch-up. This year was all about simple and easy. We tried to make Finn’s 2nd birthday as wonderful and as memorable as we could make it. A big plus was that he got not shots! No shots until his 4th birthday I don’t think. I had the day off work and we went to the doctor with Grandma and then we went out to eat for Mexican food at Serrano’s for dinner because his big party with his friends wasn’t until that Friday (his birthday fell on a Wednesday). He didn’t do so well at dinner and we ended up having to leave as soon as we got our food… such is life with a newly two year old! His cousin, Annie was staying with us that week for Karate Camp so she was there that night and they had a blast outside in the parking lot! We did come home and have a little chocolate cake (because that’s his favorite).

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His actual party was held at Jumpstreet… an indoor trampoline park where the kids can “monkey around” all they want. It was a relatively expensive little party, but I was thankful not to have to do a whole lot for it, unlike his first birthday which we went all out for. I made a quick Curious George (although the rest of the party didn’t have much to do with that – ha!) invitation in Illustrator which I emailed out to his best buds and family, booked it with the coordinator, and then we showed up. We brought a cake from Costco and they provided and served it along with pizza. Easy peasy.

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Finn got sick literally hours before his party and had without a doubt, the biggest meltdown of his life once we got there. Part of it was him being sick, the other part was trying to keep him out of places he wasn’t old enough to go into yet, and just the combination of this big new place with lots of screaming kids and loud noises and it was a recipe for disaster. But it turned out okay. He wasn’t too keen on jumping on the trampoline but loved the giant blow up slide that looked like an alligator.

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These were the thank you’s that I made, printed at my work, and mailed out about a month afterwards. Not too bad for me considering our Christmas thank you’s were five months late!

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Late Thank You’s

When I was little our extended relatives used to call us the “Late Lassens” because we were always late to every family function. I was usually late to school. Girl Scouts. Softball. Now, in our defense, our family functions were 2 1/2 hours from our home (and 15 minutes from our relatives) and my mom had four kids to get ready for school. Four kids who hated getting up in the morning and ready for school. I have tried really hard not to let that nickname follow me into my adulthood and for the most part I do pretty well. This year however, has been a different story. I’ve fallen really behind on a lot of things.

One of them was the thank you’s for the Kid and our Christmas gifts. I’ve always tried to be good about Christmas cards and thank you’s but this year I just dropped the ball. So much that it’s already April and I’ve just finished them. Now I know some of you reading this would probably say, to hell with them, why even send them? Well, because I’m not a quitter. And we were really thankful and I want people to know that. I really started this process back in February as soon as our move was over and things got crazy at work and with some other stuff that after Finn did his part, I just sort of sat on them.

Yesterday I got this bug up my ass and decided to finish them and make them one of my 29 Projects and I’m happy to share it here! And I’m sending them out. Four months late and all because I don’t care. On the bright side, I am already on top of his birthday thank you’s from not even a month ago. So I’m on the up and up in that area. Some people may be getting two cards in the mail from us. Lucky them!

We set Finn up outside with some watered-down water colors and some butcher paper hung on the pool gate, a paint brush, and his trusty dog and had him go to town. And despite his worried face below, he loved it!

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Afterwards, I let them thoroughly dry for 2 full months (har har) and then cut them up and glued them on the front of some blank craft paper cards and then sprayed the fronts with a light coat of varnish. And now off they go. Voila! Easy peasy!

The final product:

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Can you see his cute handprint on one of them??

29 Projects

This is 3/29 projects that I am attempting to complete before my 30th birthday in May. Wish me luck.

Christmas Card 2013

I worked really hard on a Christmas card this year. I mean, really hard. Every night after work I’d come home and work on it, tweaking it, perfecting it. It was going to be double-sided with one side having our photo and the other a “year in review”. I was going to print them, stuff them, and mail them out, you know, like you’re supposed to. But you know what? I only got one five Christmas cards. Which I loved. But one five (woops – spoke too soon, the other 4 came after Christmas!). That was it. And for all the time, effort, and love that I put into this card, and then money to print them and pay for shipping and envelopes I decided it just was not worth it. My mom said I should do it anyways, that Christmas cards are dying and I was born one generation too late, but I’m not sending them and I don’t know if I will again. I always have and I love doing it. I’m a paper crafter. But part of the reward of sending cards is getting them in return and seeing photos or handwritten notes from your loved ones. Getting nothing just seemed pointless.

I decided I’m still going to share it. Here on my blog. So anyone that actually reads my blog will get to enjoy all the effort I went to making this card. Well, one side at least. It’s a little hard to post a 2-sided card. ;)

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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P.S. His height is totally wrong on this. I didn’t measure him at all. He’s actually closer to 3 feet according to a stick he stood next to today at the park. It was just a place holder until I could actually measure him but I never did! His weight is from a couple weeks ago, though. Also, The Hobbit we are seeing this weekend, we never saw The Hobbit, we just knew it was going to be the best movie of the year so I preemptively put it on there. If not The Hobbit, it would have been World’s End.

Thanksgiving Printable

I saw this Thanksgiving poster on Pinterest, but sadly every pin for it that I found for it was dead and did not bring me to any site to download or purchase. I really wanted this in a printable form so that I could frame it and replace some of our personal photos for an open house we were having one weekend. So, I made it myself. And you can download it, too!

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

 

This is post #15 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

2/29 Projects.

I’m finally getting around to blogging about my second project. This entire project may be scrapped as most of the projects I had planned were for our house, and well, now we’re trying to sell it. Trying being the keyword here. So far, unsuccessful. But that’s another post. However, this NaBloPoMo thing has given me the inspiration to keep blogging about my projects and maybe even keep going with it. I do want to complete them still and I talked about doing projects with/for my mom at her house once we are settled there since that will be our home for a little while. We’ll see where this idea ends up.

For my second project I still had in mind to complete our “mantle” aka the shelf above the TV with a nice little collage of pictures and design elements. I found another tutorial on Pinterest and this little project didn’t take long at all. In fact, I did it side by side with Project #1!

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I bought a blank canvas, some black acrylic paint, and a copper leafing kit. I used some trusty Trader Joe’s bags to paint my canvas on using just some cheap foam brushes.

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Then I applied the copper leafing. This step was kind of a bitch and The Count had to help me out at the end because I was pretty frustrated. Those kits and the sealant/glue are also pretty pricey, just FYI!

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Finished piece on the left, although I have never been happy with any pictures of it, and especially not this one, which is why it’s taken me so long to post about it. But you get the idea, right? It’s just to be used as a backdrop. Right now I have a little terracotta pot (which I plan on painting) with a colorful cactus in it in front of the canvas.

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

 

This is also post #4 of NaBloPoMo.

National Blog Posting Month is an annual event that takes place each November where bloggers commit to writing everyday in November.

1/29 Projects.

So, about those 29 projects. Yeah, I’m actually doing them. I have 2 done. I was really busy this weekend and it felt amazing. Invigorating, even. I’m really excited to keep going and do more and maybe even finish my goal by the time I’m 30. Heh.

My first project was something I’ve had my eye on for quite a while admiring on Pinterest with dreamy eyes. I have to preface this with that my end goal is to fill our family/dining room walls after living here for over 3 years. We haven’t put hardly anything up and we have some very large walls, like maybe 20 feet tall? So, I planned some projects for this.

I had seen a lot of state string art, which were really cool, but we want to incorporate Arizona into our decor another way. I also found actual words that were done, but not so much our style. And then I found a bunch of ampersands and other symbols, which was almost perfect.

The ampersand didn’t speak to me though, because we aren’t an “and”. We’re three and as I’ve said many times, that number is pretty meaningful and significant to us, at least for the time being. We want it to be the three of us for a very long time, if not, forever. So, I solidified it in wood. And it made me happy. :)

I found the instructions on the “Rave On” sign to be very helpful. They actually told me what kind/size of nail to get and everything. So I used those instructions for this. And I really like how they used a font from the computer, but I didn’t have a projector so I just freehanded it like a lot of the other sites I found did.

Here’s what I did.

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I bought a 2×2 piece of pine plywood and sanded it down everywhere so it was smooth and then put 2 coats of stain on it.

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Self explanatory, I made my template. I made sure it was 3 inches all the way around.

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And then I cut it out and started pounding in the nails just by eye about one inch apart. (Confession: I did the inside and a little bit of the outside on the bottom and then Dan helped me finish because my wrists really got tired!)

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String Time. All over the place. Zig zag, straight lines, etc. I just tried to make it look right and as Dan said, every once in a while step back and look at it from further away. And I think I did alright. :)

The whole thing took me about 2 1/2 days to complete. I bought everything, sanded and stained it on Saturday, made my template on Sunday (and then started Project #2), and finished the nails and strung it on Monday. So far, lots of questions on what the “3” means when people saw it on Instagram or when I tried to explain it in person, but whatever. It’s us. We’re three. The St. Germainiacs. And that’s all that matters.

Oh yeah… the animals are highly interested in everything I am doing, as you can see.

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29.

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I didn’t talk about my birthday much in May. Or at all, really. I’ve been thinking really hard about being 29 over the last 2 months and what I want to accomplish. And that list is really like a can of worms. There’s so much I want(ed) to accomplish before I’m 30. Some things won’t happen. But after much inspiration from other bloggers, I decided that what makes me most happy is doing stuff. Making improvements around our house. Making gifts for people. Being handy, being creative, being productive. And I have to make that happen. No waiting around for other people (like The Count when he’s heavy into a weekend study session and I just want to go to Home Depot, but he can’t). Just go. And do.

My goal between now (I’m almost 2 months late already, yikes!) and next May when I hit the big 3-0 is to finish 29 Projects. I already have one cooked up for this weekend that I’ll be working on once the little Prince wakes up from his nap and we can head over to Home Depot. I’ll just let you know now that I’m not very original. I find most of my ideas and inspiration on Pinterest, but I’m okay with that. There’s a lot of really creative people out there who have made some really beautiful things for me to try to replicate. ;)

Baby Project #2: Drawer Liners

This blog has been so overly baby related lately.  I do apologize.  I promise there are other things going on in Dan and I’s lives, baby is just so much the focal point for us right now.  I do have plans for a post about one of our highlights from the Europe trip and last weekend’s big GoDaddy party – so if you aren’t here for baby updates, stay tuned for those.  If you are here for baby updates (or both), check out my latest project below!

These drawer liners are another thing that are not anywhere near being a necessity for the nursery (along with the closet organizers).  It’s just something cute and fun I saw online and decided to do.  That blog I linked to is one that I actually get a lot of inspiration from so don’t be surprised if you see me link to some of their other projects in the near future.  I thought it would be nice anytime we open up the dresser drawers to grab diapers, socks, or anything else, to see these bright or interesting papers that make us smile.

Our dresser has 3 small drawers along the top, and 2 larger, deeper drawers on the bottom.  We picked out 3 kinds of scrapbook papers that we liked at the craft store for the top 3 drawers.  We’ll have to find some wrapping paper somewhere else (looked in the store and didn’t find any we liked so far so we may end up ordering some sheets online) for the 2 larger drawers.  It was hard enough to piece the 2 sheets together for the smaller drawers, I don’t think I want to try it for the larger drawers.  We wanted to pick paper that could somewhat “grow” with Finn and not be too childish.  I would have loved to line it all with little whales, star fish, and fishies, but since this crib/dresser set is convertible and could potentially be the furniture he ends up using through college, I didn’t want to take it that far.  His room won’t *always” be undersea creatures, after all!  We chose a bright plaid, a newsprint, and a robot print.  The robots could be a little kiddish, but Dan thought it was “badass” and he’s 29, so I thought that one could last a little longer than fishies.  ;)

Step 1: Trim the paper and get all the lines to match up perfectly (not!) to fit the size of the drawer.  After wiping out the drawer for any dust or animal hair of course.  This was the toughest step.  Have to pick your papers very carefully to pull this off.

Step 2: Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the drawer, but just thick enough that the paper will stick to it.

Step 3: Apply paper to drawer, paying special attention to smooth it out as it was being pressed so that there were no bubbles or lines.  I wasn’t perfect at it, but I did pretty well.  I think I’m more worried about attempting the larger drawers with the thinner wrapping paper.  =/

Step 4: Wait 3-4 hours for Mod Podge to completely dry and then apply another thin layer over the top of the papers to seal everything in and protect the paper.

I love the finished product.  Just as a side note, the robot print paper did not work out so well.  I didn’t take my time with it like I did the others and so there were quite a few bubbles and lines.  But oh well, like I said, me and Dan are likely the only ones to see it.  :)

Baby Project #1: Closet Organizers

Originally I was looking at something like this for sorting the clothing sizes, since we’re hoping to be stocked up to at least 12 months of baby clothes.  But then I found this nifty little DIY project for closet organizers.  Absolutely not a necessity for the nursery, but something totally fun.  And easy.  And cute.  Really, nobody will see it but Dan or I, so it was just a personal project I wanted to do.  And I did it tonight.  Yay!

Step 1: Got all my supplies: Mod Podge, foam brushes, scrapbook paper, stickered #’s, acrylic paint, wooden “O’s”, and of course scissors and an X-Acto knife.

Step 2 (not pictured): The project.  lol.  Painted the “O’s”, glued paper to them, cut them out, placed stickers, Mod Podge-d over the top, waited for them to dry.

Finished Product: Adorable.

Step 3: Hang in closet.  Yay!

So there you have it.  My first baby craft project completed.  All in one night.  And it just makes me smile.  It was quick, easy, painless, and fun to do.