Christmas is just around the corner and I will use every moment crafting with the kiddos. Decorating the tree can be cheap and fun with everyday household items and a quick trip to dollar tree.
For this project you just need some glue, puzzle pieces, green paint and sparkly pipe cleaners (or something to make a bow).
My son is four years old and absolutely loved glueing the puzzle pieces in a ring. He was able to do it himself, with a little guidance. We let the puzzle ring dry over night and painted the wreath the next afternoon. Top it off with a sparkly bow and it is ready for the Christmas tree!
We used some cheap paint that is meant for kids. We found the best coverage painting on the cardboard side. You can spray paint the back of it (where the puzzle image is) if you want, but we kept it for character.
I absolutely love crafts like this, especially for Christmas because these are the types of ornaments that create memories for years. I will write the year on it in sharpie as well. Such a quick craft that was perfect for my preschooler.
We purchased our son’s Halloween costume at the local thrift store and he really wanted his dad to be a power ranger too. I was not down to spend $45 on a costume for a couple hours walking in the cold. So I through this together.
Check out these cuties modeling for my Etsy store, Miss Sabby Knits. I have been knitting since college. I have a whole bin of things I’ve knitted throughout the years. I’ve sold on Etsy years ago, but this time I’m doing it for a hobby. I’ll be adding items as I knit them. I’ve decided that the one thing that everyone loves is a good winter hat. So, I’ve decided to sell “The Winter Hat” with the customizable embellishment. Check it out!
One of my favorite knitting patterns was inspired by a pattern I found for free on Ravelry. Read about it here.
Also, I am not a photographer. HOWEVER… I did take these pictures of my boys with my iphone and I love the way they turned out. Here is what I did if you want to achieve the same look:
Purchase a chunky knit hat. You can purchase the one my boys are wearing in my Etsy store here.
set a chair (mine was a white wooden chair) by a window with natural light.
set kid in chair without the light (sun beams) directly on their face or body.
say cheese 🙂
use the “photoshop express” app (adobe PS express)
Check out my latest project. Michaels has an awesome 50% off coupon that makes choosing yarn even harder. My next hat is going to be made with Patons 100% wool. Stay tuned!
It is so much fun to metal stamp the aluminum ring! Talk about a cheap and fun project.
Custom/ Personalized Ring
I use the impressart collection to personalize the ring. Really easy! It just takes a few minutes to stamp the letters into the metal and it adds such a great finishing touch. I stamped this first ring (on the baby blue hat) on my coffee table and it created a ripple in the lettering. I now stamp on a piece of granite as my base and the ring sits much more flat (in the black and white photo of my guy).
For my boys, I stamp our last name so things don’t get lost in the preschool lost and found.
How to take the B/W pic…
If you would like more info about taking these black and white pics click here.
The free pattern:
The pattern I used was inspired from this one I got free over at Ravelry. It knitted up quick.
We married in July on my grandparents property in Aptos, California (in Santa Cruz). Since we had the space to do an “at home” wedding… we leaped at the chance. My parents married on the same property 24 years prior.
Here are my tips for lighting an outdoor at home wedding.
Make sure you test out the lighting a couple days prior for the following reasons:
some lights can only be strung together so many times without the whole strand getting dim. Make sure to string them together before hand so you know how many can be strung together.
if you are running the electrical from a home… make sure to to run the lights before because your house may not provide enough electricity from one outlet.
make sure you have enough extension cords (extra is helpful in case of an emergency).
don’t use small bulb Christmas lights… I say this because we rented both and wasted money on the Christmas lights. Although Christmas lights can be strung together the connection looks tacky. Unless you find a safe way to hide the connection… I wouldn’t do it. Too much work.
the lights that we got from the rental store were not able to be connected together (no male and female ends) BE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR RENTAL COMPANY BEFORE HAND!
If you are stringing the lights on poles in the ground…. make sure the poles are deep enough. You have to pull the lights pretty snug so there is not too much “droop”. You don’t want your guest ducking under lights, and you don’t want the poles falling down. We used 4×4 redwood posts dug in a couple of feet. We did this months in advance.
I cant express this enough… GET THE LIGHTS EARLY… set them up days in advance.
Thank you for Jor.Dan Photography in Santa Cruz, California for this picture.