Making Bird Feeders

We haven't gotten much snow here yet...it's been kind of hard. Zoey has been waiting for a big snowfall since pretty much September. I've been trying to think of things to take her mind off waiting for it to come since it may be quite a while for a big snowfall, or for a snowfall that sticks and is more than 1 inch in depth anyways. This weekend I picked up some supplies for making some natural bird feeders to decorate our tree out in front of the house.

It was such a simple and yet fun project to do together and wasn't too Christmas-y yet had everything to do with Thanksgiving (a feast for the birds!). So glad we did this!

Zoey's been fighting a cold here lately. Sore throat and cough, stuffy nose. So we've been staying cozy and have been taking it easy. This was the perfect little project to tackle this weekend before we head into a super busy week ahead.

We've done the apple slices with peanut butter and birdseed before but I hadn't cut oranges in half and scooped out the fruit to make little cup feeders before. I found the idea from a Christmas craft book and it's perfect! Will be doing this again for sure!

They look so pretty hanging from the bottom most branches of our large pine in the front of the house.

After all of our hard work we came in for some hot chocolate. So thankful she enjoys doing things like this with me.

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Pretty Cute Stamps : Sharing a Card

Happy Sunday everyone! I just wanted to quick share this sweet little card I created for Pretty Cute Stamps using their Gnomies stamp set.

Here is a close-up of my little girl gnome. I double stamped her on to patterned paper and cut out her apron and hat so she could have the cute floral pattern on her clothes. She turned out so sweet!

I hope you are having a wonderful end to your weekend...thanks for stopping by!

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Gift Giving Challenge w/Pretty Cute Stamps!

This month's theme for the Pretty Cute Stamps challenge is Gift Giving...perfect for this time of year! I had fun using the Tea-rrrific stamp set to create this little tag to decorate a tea tin, perfect for gift giving!

I cut the circles and scalloped circle using my Silhouette and colored my stamped image with my copic markers and added a bit of sparkle with some glitter glue. Adding a bit of baker's twin and ribbon to top it off! A pretty simple and quick little craft!

And now for the fun details of the challenge...

  • This month's theme is Gift Giving. So, create any Gift Giving themed project using Pretty Cute Stamps. A Pretty Cute Stamp must be used to create the project.
  • Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the current Monthly Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Cute Projects Facebook Group.
  • You can enter as many different projects that follow the monthly theme as you want for more chances to win.
  • The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, December 12, 2015.
  • One random winner of a $15 Gift Certificate to the Pretty Cute Stamps store will be chosen. The winner will be announced before the next challenge starts on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

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    Pretty Cute Stamps November Release Blog Hop!

    Hello and welcome to the November Blog Hop for Pretty Cute Stamps! If you are here you may have just stopped by from visiting Amber's blog...if so, you are in the right place! If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog to see where all the fun begins! We are having this blog hop to share all of the fun new stamps from the November release from Pretty Cute Stamps, there are so many cute sets this month!

    One of my favorites from this month's release is the Doggone It! 4 x 6 set. So many cute images and sentiments! And, I love dogs so I know I will get lots of use out of this one!

    Here is the card that I created. I colored my little puppy with my copic markers and added some stickles for a touch of sparkle.

    I used patterned papers from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Chickaniddy Crafts (the Scrumptious collection) and kraft cardstock for the card base. The ribbon is from May Arts and the little puffy heart stickers are from Pinkfresh Studio.

    Now for the FUN part! If you would like a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Pretty Cute Stamps store be sure to "hop" along from blog to blog (starting at the Pretty Cute Stamps blog) and leave a comment on EACH blog along the hop. For extra chances you can also "like" Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps Mailing List. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Monday, November 16th (a day after my birthday!).

    Also, good news...all NEW RELEASE STAMPS WILL BE ON SALE THROUGH NOVEMBER 18, 2015 and you can save even more if you purchase the November 2015 Stamp Release Bundle.

    To continue on your way on the blog hop, stop on over and visit Debbie next...and THANKS for stopping by and visiting me today!
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    Sneak Peek : November Release for Pretty Cute Stamps!

    I am so excited for the reveal for the November release from Pretty Cute Stamps! Before the reveal though of course we are in for some sneak peeks! Sneaks will be available for your viewing pleasure on the Pretty Cute Stamps blog (and the blogs of the other designers) today and tomorrow with the full reveal shared on November 13th. You are going to love the images from this month's release! I know that I sure do!

    Here is a tag that I created using a stamped image and sentiment from one of this month's stamp sets. I'm really not a cat person (I love DOGS!) but this little kitty is pretty darn cute! I double stamped the image and cut out the paws, adhering them over the first stamped image to make it look like she was holding the sentiment. I have to admit, I am pretty smitten with her. 

    Adding a bit of bakers twine just seemed fitting. I cut the tag out using my Silhouette Cameo machine and used basic kraft cardstock and some patterned paper scraps from my scrap bin.

    Be sure to stop over and visit Pretty Cute Stamps this week to check out all the sneak peeks and of course for the full reveal! There are limited quantities of these sets so be sure to pick them up if you're thinking you may be interested! 

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Smith Rapids Covered Bridge

    About a week ago a friend shared with me that there was a covered bridge somewhat near where we live...I had no idea and was so excited to try and find it! Last weekend was too busy and I thought that I would need help finding it so I waited until this weekend so that Ethan could help navigate and so that I wouldn't get lost. :) Turns out it was super easy to find and get to! Still am glad that he went with though because we got a couple of nice family shots with him being there too.

    It was my Saturday to work this weekend so after work I grabbed a quick bite to eat, got my camera and we took off.

    It looks sunny and warm but it was pretty brisk out...still beautiful though!

    I can't believe we've lived here almost 9 years now and had never heard of this bridge. I love it!! I am already thinking about going back after it snows. It will be so beautiful!

    We tried to get a family shot using the self-timer on my camera...this was the best one we could manage. I like it but Ethan's not really smiling...it's tricky getting good ones using the timer!

    We had so much fun playing around and enjoying the beautiful afternoon and finding someplace new to explore.

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