Crazy Craftin’ Momma

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Dallis K in our Mustard & White Chevron print knot headband #24

I have been one busy momma lately. Besides running a household and chasing after a crazy 13 month old, I also have been channeling my inner artsiness (is that a word?). I began taking pictures of my daughter a few months ago. Of course I have photos of every moment of her life since birth, but since purchasing my DSLR camera a few months back, it has been life changing. It does not even compare to all my other everyday mommy cell phone pics. My daughter is already drop dead gorgeous (sorry to brag), but with the combination of the quality pictures, and a little bit of mommy made fashion, we will go far. Dallis has just been announced as a new Brand Rep for TWO different amazing companies (more to come in later blog) haha. Besides getting more info photography, I also have picked up a love for sewing. I begin making headbands, scarves and skirts, and when my daughter is in the mood, boy do we make a great team showing them off ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides being Mommy, I am also slowly but surely starting up my own little business on Etsy/Instagram. I have not launched the shop just yet, as it needs some tweaking and I would like to build up a little more of an inventory first. I hope one day it can be my little way of bringing home some bacon for my family. I love the thought of being able to make a little extra cash doing things I love. But while I do love making things, dressing my daughter up and taking pictures, it sure is exhausting sometimes. As you can see, she doesn’t sit still for long…. and she’s off to feed the chickens!!

As you can see, she doesn't sit still for long...

I have tried on more than a few occasions to sew while she is awake, but there is just something about the sound and movements of the machine that I cannot keep her away from. When she isn’t trying to put her hands in the machine, she can be found with fabric scraps on her head, pulling out ALL my finished headbands, my measuring tape wrapped around her neck, and half of my thread down her diaper, and its never ending…soooo nope, doesn’t work. I will just continue to craft while the princess sleeps haha.ย I have to use my time wisely, because its not everyday that I get two long wonderful naps out of my daughter, but when I do, Im a crafting machine. So for now, Ill continue to slowly build my little mini empire from inside the comforts of my home, while still holding down my Momma Bear role ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sewing Machine, Baby Monitor, Blogging and Headbands.... all in an hours nap time!

Sewing Machine, Baby Monitor, Blogging and Headbands…. all in an hours nap time!

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Country Chic Wedding

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A few months ago I married the love of my life, my college sweetheart. Although we live in the most beautiful place in the world, we wanted to get married around the majority of our friends and family. Since I am originally from Ohio, and we both met in college in West Virginia, we decided to make the buckeye state our place of “I Do’s”. I used Pinterest and my parents for a lot of inspiration. I can honestly say that I get a 100% of my crafting/creativeness from my parents. Because of all their hard work, our wedding was all handmade and DIY.

My family is God sent, and honestly made the whole wedding happen. Since we were flying in from Hawaii (along with my in-laws) a week before the wedding, the majority of it had to be done months in advance, with their help. My sisters helped pick out the dresses, and sent me pictures/Skyped with everything they found. Were messaged back about jewelry and shoes etc. I sent my parents idea of centerpieces and the how I wanted the overall feeling of the wedding to be, and they made it happen. Everything from our favors, trellis, cake stand, wedding signs, centerpieces and open bar decorations were all handmade by my family with love. We met at college because we both played D2 baseball & softball, so you can see we incorporated our love for the game throughout our wedding. I hope you enjoy the pictures from our special day, and find inspiration where it is needed.

Our party favors. The other side said "Sending Smore Love".

My parents hand made the boxes out of wood. They stained/painted them and then filled with flowers. The numbers were all cut out by my dad and then mounted onto a wooden stained log stand.

My Mom and Dad collectively made these centerpieces. My Dad cut and nailed all the wood boxes together, and my Mom white wash painted each one before placing flowers in them. My dad also hand cut out all these table numbers, along with the wooden stump bases they sit on. My mom finished them up with a few coats of stain. They were beautiful!!

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One of my favorite things about the wedding, was this beyond beautiful trellis my dad made us. It was breathtaking, and so special to get married under something my parents worked so hard on.

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I hope you enjoyed looking through a few of my wedding pictures, and I hope you get inspiration to make your big day beautiful as well. Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to dedicate this page to our parents. Thank you for all the hard work you put into our wedding day. We love you!

DIY Personalized Snowglobes!

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Snowglobes are fun no matter how old you are, and these are easy to make as well! This year we are throwing my daughter a big “FROZEN” First Birthday Party. ย I wanted to do something fun and creative, and came with up these ย Personalized Mason Jar Snowglobes.

These can we be used for any occasion, and with almost any clear jar and a lid. I chose the smaller pint size mason jars for my project. You can also use any regular size mason jars you have around the house or even cute little baby food jars!

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What You’ll Need:

Mason Jar
Glitter
Water
Super Glue
Personalized Picture
Scissors

What To Do:

1. CHOP CHOP
Most jars are smaller than the average 4 x 6 picture, so I had to cut them down to size. I cut each picture 2 inches x 3 inches. Make sure to trim each picture enough to leave room for the lamination seal to also fit in the jar.
**TIP: I used a piece of card stock in the corrected size to trace over all the pictures.

I had a little assistant on this one :)

I had a little assistance from Miss Dallis on this one ๐Ÿ™‚

2. MAKE PRETTY
You can choose to cut out two pictures and glue them facing back to back, or create a design on the other side. Since our theme is Frozen, I cut out little snowflakes and glued them to the colored paper on the back of the photos. After everything was done, I let them sit overnight and dry. If you choose to use two photos back-to-back, test it out with the jar first and make sure that both photos will be clearly visible.

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3. LAMINATION
I took my photos to OfficeM*x and got them laminated. For 24 photos, it cost me $3.64. They came back all laminated on one sheet, so I cut them up and made sure not to cut the seal. If you want a cheaper option, you can also use clear packing tape. Make sure to get all the edges really good to not allow water in.

4. CREATE
Place the pictures inside the mason jars. Add a little glitter and fill it up to the top with water. If you don’t have glitter, you can also use gratted PVC pipe for a snow effect.
**TIP: This is also where you can add some Glecerin if you like. This makes the fake snow fall a little slower, and gives it a really neat effect

STEP 5: Place some Super Glue around the edges on the lid, and screw on tightly. Turn it over, shake it up… and now you have your beautifully hand made Mason Jar Snowglobes.ย Feel free to dress up your jars with stickers, ribbons and more!

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These are fun for the whole family and can make great gifts for Grandparents, Birthday Centerpieces, Holiday Table Decorations and more!