Man, was this a great Christmas.
not just because I got the camera bag and lens (Sigma 17-70mm 2.8) I have been swooning over. We had like 4 Christmas’s (is that a word? it is now)! Just a super quick recap. We got to spend an amazing Christmas with really close friends in Georgia. I met the wife (that’s what I’ll call her on here) on an American Pregnancy forum 5 years ago! We started talking on there, then quickly exchanged emails and later phone numbers. Last year she actually moved from 10 or so hours away to 2 hours away! Best Christmas gift ever! She is my support, besides Jeff of course. She is the person I call when I have a rotten day, or am depressed about not being pregnant, or if someone said something hurtful or rude. She has the most positive, encouraging, supportive spirit. I am SO, SO happy she lives within driving distance. I honestly thought we’d never meet in person. I am so glad I entered that forum and we started private chatting. She now has 3 little boys and is pregnant with her 4th child! Hopefully, one day she will share her story on our blog. Check out Happy Beginnings.
So, we had a great Christmas weekend at their home, then had an amazing Christmas Eve night, Christmas day breakfast, and Christmas day supper with our other favorite family. This family has taken us under their wings from the moment we moved to North Alabama. They have 10 kids! Yup, that’s right. They are our go to support for all things DHR, foster/adoptive related. We are very blessed all 12 of them are in our lives.
On to the DIY gifts.
DIY String State Art
I think this was Jeff’s all time favorite gift of the year. I loved his face when he opened this one (last). I actually put down my camera and didn’t capture it on film, but in my heart (dorky I know). I just LOVE him! I’m so grateful he hasn’t stumbled upon this idea before on the internet. He had never seen anything like it, and was totally impressed! I think he was mostly impressed that I figured out how to use a hammer and nails for this project! I don’t do that often.
The quote is from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s song Home. We we so excited to see them in concert at De Luna fest, about 3 years ago. Such a fun day that we will never forget. You can check out their song here.
Back to the project.
- You can get a piece of wood at Hobby Lobby for $2.50.
- Paint it color of choice or leave it plain and use colored embroidery thread.
- Let paint dry.
- Print out the shape of your state, cut it, trace it onto wood.
- Use small nails and nail along drawing. Space however close or far, but make sure you have room to wrap.
- Nail a heart over your city of choice.
- Next tie a knot on one of the nails with embroidery thread. I separated my thread, so it was only two threads thick. I think it would look better thicker. On a corner nail.
- Start wrapping. Make sure if wrap around left to right, continue with that pattern. You will wrap around the heart nails multiple times.
- Then I connected yarn all the way around the heart.
- You can write a quote or leave as is.
DIY String State Art Score: A+ (from Jeff)
A- (from me), because I had to tie my thread on about 4 times, because I kept running out….it was annoying
DIY Custom Art Coffee Mugs
This one is all over the internet, but that’s okay. I decided to do my own thing and draw two of our favorite characters from the IT Crowd, with favorite quotes on the back of the mugs.
I already had white mugs and a sharpie, so this project was free! Major score!
I drew the images with pencil and then colored them in with sharpie. Roy was a lot harder than Moss! Then you bake them for 30mins at 350 to seal the design. I have NO idea if this will wash off. I’m not sure if Jeff will display them or drink out of them. I’ll let you know if it washes off w
ho am I kidding. I would most definitely handwash them though!
DIY Custom Art Coffee Mugs Score- A+
Here is a clip from the saying on the right, the one on the left is self explanatory, but is a quote also from Moss. I LOVE the way he says “weird”(they say “weird” a lot on the show) .