Pinterest Christmas Wrapup

While I might not have blogged as much as I would have liked to, I did successfully complete several Pinterest projects during the last month.

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If you missed my first post, it can be found here.  One of my favorite DIY gifts I made this year were the Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes. I pinned these and knew they would make great gifts. In late November, I found several of the small village Christmas trees at the Dollar Tree. I totally wish I would have bought more. The Dollar Tree had a nice selection of different looking trees.  When I ran out of trees, I found this pack at Joann Fabric.

20121231-133839.jpgThe rest of the supplies include various sized ball jars, hot glue, Epsom salt, and I decided to add some sparkle with glitter. First, I mixed the Epsom salt and glitter and got it ready for my jars.


The glitter is optional, but I think it adds a nice touch.  After I mixed it together, the glitter and salt is poured into the jars. You can add as little or as much of the mix as you would like. I added more than the original pin, but was careful not to cover up too much of the tree. Then the actual tree is glued to the bottom of the lid. I used both hot glue and super glue. I think the super glue worked better.

20121231-133814.jpgAfter the glue has set for a few minutes, the lid can be screwed on and that’s it!

20121231-133756.jpgThese turned out as great gifts for cousins, aunts, and some of Jack’s therapists. I  kept a few for around the house too. I really liked using different jars and different looking trees!

Here are some of my other favorite projects from this month.  While I don’t have the play by play, I will share the links and photos.

My friend Andrea and I created some different variations of these JOY wreaths from I {heart} Nap Time.  By the way, thank goodness for nap-time, It’s allowing me to share these projects!


I also made these Iced Branches. The branches turned out to be a pretty BIG mess, but they do look pretty!20121231-142231.jpg

Lastly, these DIY Glitter Trees, again from I {heart} Nap Time.  Again, these were messy and I was constantly wiping glitter from the table. But, they are very festive. The sign I found at Hobby Lobby and I think the trees complimented it well.

20121231-142301.jpgSo, that’s a wrap! Like Maggi said, I hope to start earlier in the year and take more photos so I can better document the process.

Be sure to check out the latest projects from the other participating bloggers in the A Pinterest Christmas Series!

Kendra @ The Gibertson Family – Mistle Toes

Amanda @ Without a Doubt – Christmas Cards & Wrapping

Michelle @ this grey house – Sock Vase

Misha @ emerald city diaries – mason-jar-monograms-ornament-cluster

Maggi @ Greg, Maggi & Rodney – Yarn Trees

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoy the last day of 2012!!


Pinterest Christmas

So, I’m a little tardy for the party. But, now that finals are over and grades are entered I have some time to blog about some of the projects I have worked on this season.

A bit of background. In November, my cousin, Kendra, began organizing a fun blog series where friends and family across the states are creating Pinterest inspired projects. Of course this sounded fun, but I am hoping next year I can be a better participant!


So, where to begin? I think I’ll keep it simple and share some yummy treats I made yesterday. 
148478118936614116_HS2Nkk14_cThe original posts can be found here 

These were easy and look so festive! It was hard to get pictures, because it was pretty messy! I crushed some Oreos via a Ziploc and rolling pin. A food processor would be much easier. After the Oreos were crushed, I mixed cream cheese and a few drops of peppermint flavoring and then blended it in with the crushed Oreos. After mixing the cream cheese and Oreos, I formed 1 inch balls and stuck them in the freezer for about 20 minutes. In the mean time, I tried another Pinterest idea. I feel I am somewhat of an expert in melting bark or candy melts for projects, and thought this sounded like a good idea.

crock potI boiled some water and transferred it to the crock pot. My mistake was, I filled it a bit too full. When I put the bowl of dipping chocolate in, water spilled in and if you know much abut melting bark or candy melts, this equals

So, I went back to my trusted method of microwave melting. If you have never melted candy melts or bark, find a nice glass bowl and microwave on 50% power for 3o seconds, stir and repeat. Now, I was ready to dip the Oreo balls.

dip ballsAfter I dipped a few balls, I sprinkled some crushed candy canes on top  and voila!

trufflesFrom the same blog, I made some super easy Christmas Crunch!  This again, was very easy. The mix contains popcorn, pretzels, MM’s, Wilton Candy Melts and sprinkles. I was excited to find a good use for this Christmas Sugar I found at TJ Maxx.

christmas sugarSeriously, this is is so easy. First mix popcorn, pretzels and MM’s in a large bowl. I then melted Wilton Candy Melts using the technique described above.. When he melts were ready, I poured them over popcorn mixture and stirred (hands work best). After the mixture was evenly coated, I laid it on parchment paper and SPRINKLED it with the Christmas sugar.  I wish I would have used more sprinkles… Here is the final product and it’s so tasty!

christmas popcornI have some more goodies to finish today and will be making some deliveries to neighbors, the NICU and doctor’s offices.

Hopefully I will have time to blog more about the other holiday projects I’ve worked on. Until then, be sure to check out these cool projects!

Misha & Amanda’s Paper Tree Forests

Kendra & Michelle’s Yarn Trees

Sally’s Stocking

Maggi’s Random Crafts


What a difference 2 years makes! ImageImageImage

I am not sure where to begin! Jack had his 2 year old well visit on Tuesday. At this appointment he weighed in at 19lb 12oz. I am not confident we got a good length, but he was right around 30 inches.

His pediatrician is so laid back and so happy with his progress, but he is still not even on the adjusted preemie growth chart for height or weight. He is gaining slowly and steadily. However, it looks like a visit to an endocrinologist is in our future due to the lack of catch up growth.

Friday, we see the developmental pediatrician at Riley. Jack has made soooo much progress in the eating category. He will try most foods and has some really good days of eating. However, we are still working on the amount of food he is eating. Though his weight gain hasn’t been what we wanted, his chewing abilities and sensory issues have improved so much. I am anxious to see what the team at Riley will say Friday.

Since learning to walk 3 months ago, Jack is running and almost jumping. He loves to kick as throw his football and almost do a cartwheel (don’t ask). Because he is doing so well, he has gone from weekly physical therapy to just once a month! We are working on stairs, which are difficult due to Jack’s size.

Jack is talking more and more each day. He is also putting more and more words together. I was telling him the other day I could not believe he was going to be 2. He looked at me and said “Ellie is 2!” Ellie is is best pal at school. I ask him every day, how was school? What did you do at school? His response “Ellie!” He loves to play with the iPad. He knows how to get from app to app and even how to start up Netflix. He really enjoys the Fresh Beat Band! It amazes me how quickly kids can pick up technology.

The winter storm advisory seems fitting today. The night Jack was born, we had a terrible snow. It took YaYa several hours to get Maggi from the airport to Lafayette. I remember watching the snow from my hospital room. So, today’s stormy weather is not a shock. The kid likes attention!

Happy Birthday Jack. You are one amazing boy!