what i’m making… crafty, crafty lady

we’ve been crafting away in this house.

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craft night thursday night, we made photo holders, headbands, and heart garland.

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i decided i wanted to make a coffee cozy or seven; i loosely followed this tutorial. ¬†(they aren’t all pictured ūüôā and by the way, that cute little owl cozy has definitely solved my tea making problems.

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we’ve got a february birthday in this fam; so party prep has begun. ¬†i’m making little stuffed monsters as party favors. ¬†(i’ll share party pics after the big day.)

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my sister and i went to splatz for a girls night out. ¬†i’ve never gone to one of these paint and drinks deals; it was tons of fun. ¬†of course little sis’ painting (not pictured) turned out way cooler than mine; i am not a very brave painter.

aside from crafting, there’s been lots of food made here! ¬†since my little sis is in town- she is making the good stuff- mint oreo truffles, cupcakes, birthday cake with fancy decorations. ¬†meanwhile the mommy here is whipping up stromboli and alfredo sauce (with cauliflower) and faijitas and pancakes and green smoothies.

and did i mention that my sis brought season one of downton abbey with her. ¬†so you know we’ve been watching while we’re making. ¬†my verdict is still out on this show… so many friends love it, and i just haven’t fallen yet. ¬†what’s the deal abbey lovers?

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what we’re making this week

i haven’t told you about what i’m up to in the creativity department in a while; i figured it was about time.

actually first i want to share a recipe with you; a recipe i have been using a lot lately. ¬†ginger cookies, or molasses cookies whatever you want to call them… they may be the greatest cold weather cookie in existence! ¬†now i am a chocolate kinda girl, so normally i would choose chocolate chip over every other kind of cookie; but these cookies are something special. ¬†i’m talking melt in your mouth, make you feel all warm and cozy, eat six before you realize it, perfectly pretty and round, kind of cookie. ¬†a dear friend of mine shared this recipe with me a few years ago; i don’t know it’s original source (mrs. judy, if you are reading this and know where the recipe came from please share). ¬†i have no pictures of these delectable cookies to because, quite frankly, they get eaten too fast.

ginger molasses cookies

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 1/2 sticks butter softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 + molasses (i never measure this really and i think i use more like 1/3 a cup)

~ 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling the dough~

preheat your oven to 350; sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a small bowl. ¬†beat butter and sugar for about 2 minutes; add egg and molasses and beat some more. ¬†gradually add flour until combined. ¬†scoop teaspoon size clumps and roll them into a ball then roll in sugar. ¬†place on ungreased baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes. ¬†you don’t want these to get over done so keep on eye on them.

if its snowing outside you should definitely be making these cookies for an afternoon snack!

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there’s happy valentines creative mess going on in my house. ¬†getting denim cuffs and clothespins put together for my instashop’s valentines package sale has me in happy heart mode. ¬†notice the valentines decorations that are hanging in my house (top pics) are blue. ¬†all the red, pink, and purple is heading out the door and through the mail to friends and gracious customers. ¬†the boys complain just because it’s out on the table… “mom why’s all this pink stuff in our house…” ¬†ahhh boys.

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i’ve been playing around with making prints on pic monkey. ¬†it’s pretty easy to use, and it’s free. ¬†of course you can pay to get betterfeatures, but you don’t have to. ¬†i’m super excited about these little prints that i made for the red valentines packages.

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i usually only share what i’ve been making, but this week the hubs brought this home. ¬†i know right, it’s amazing! ¬†he is a builder so he’s always making things (like houses and barns), but this is incredible (well houses and barns are incredible too, but they aren’t sitting in my living room) . ¬†i’m so proud, and full of ideas for more furniture. ¬†hmmm….. a new kitchen table might be in my future.

the boys and i have also started on some simple woodworking project for school as part of my “let’s make something in the garage b/c it’s snowing outside campaign”. ¬†i will post pictures when we get a little further along in the process- who wants to look at piles of sanded wood?

that’s about it: cookies, valentines, and furniture- that’s what we’re making ’round here. ¬†and now i’m off to make some potato soup and homemade rolls for dinner.

christmas decorations

we are keeping it simple this year. ¬†usually we have lots of decorations, several trees, i honestly don’t know how many nativity sets, lights everywhere. ¬†i am happy to be a little more laid back this year. ¬†we were traveling, and our space is smaller, and all the boxes stacked high in the garage are tedious to sort through. ¬†but as i sit writing in front of our tree; it feels cozy and good; and God went overboard decorating the outside here in colorado so i’m happy. ¬†all that to say here’s a peak at our home decked out to remind us of the birth of the king of kings.

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¬†i wanted a real tree this year but because of our time crunch we settled for plastic; it’s still pretty. ¬†we don’t have a mantle so stockings are hung by the banister with care. ¬†i made some christmas bunting; and my littles helped me make a stable for my gorgeous willow tree nativity. ¬†we are celebrating the birth of Jesus and making our home cozy.

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after helping me make the stable my littlest wanted to build again today; so we made a “house for Jesus”. ¬†be still my heart, he’s a precious little creative bundle.

i’ve been busy

honestly i haven’t been so busy that i don’t have time to write. ¬†so my apologies for my neglect of this space. ¬†onthedoorposts— i’m sorry; if i neglected my bathrooms like i have you the last few weeks it would be gross!

so here’s what i’ve been up to (scroll over pics for a short explanation) :

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and last but not least, i have opened an etsy shop- onthedoorpostsshop. ¬†exciting news and a little scary; i’ve never done anything like this before. ¬†i was happy to get the shop open before christmas; but i will not be able to add any inventory for awhile. ¬†we are off to va next week! ¬†everyone in this household (and a few houses in va too) is counting down the days. ¬†we are looking forward to spending time with friends and family and celebrating early christmas. ¬†

these pendant necklaces are for sale in the shop; as well as some super cool denim cuff bracelets.

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 so if you happen to live in the richmond area and want to order something from the shop, i can hand deliver (and refund your shipping costs).  let me know asap because i am packing up a storm and prepping for our 30 hour drive across the country.

onthedoorposts- i promise not to wait so long to write again!

crafting away

since we’ve moved halfway (actually more than half) across the country, away from our family and friends; we are taking a trip back to va in december. ¬†we are going to spend time with loved ones, keep some special holiday traditions (like behold the lamb concert at the landmark- whoop-whoop!) and celebrate early christmas with both sides of the family. ¬†which means that i have lots to do to get ready before we leave!

so for the last few weeks i have been working on christmas presents. ¬†i have pulled out all sorts of craft supplies and littered the kitchen table with fabric and buttons and beads. ¬†the boys have been busy with me; lovingly crafting special gifts for grandparents and aunts and cousins. ¬†it’s sweet to watch little boy hands working away; and little boy minds thinking and pondering over who would like which handmade gem best.

i don’t always let the boys craft with me; sometimes i’m too intent on getting it done. ¬†sometimes, i just don’t want help because i know i can do it better myself. ¬†sometimes, i don’t want them to mess up my stuff. ¬†sometimes i’m selfish, and stubborn. ¬†¬†but the weather forecast is cold and snowy this week; so we are going to work on finishing up all our projects. ¬†the living room/kitchen will be a mess, and we will probably not get all the laundry folded. ¬†they will put things together not the way i would do it. ¬†we will have to wash away paint and glue. ¬†i will have to bite my tongue and let their creative juices flow unhindered. (there will probably be some cookies made because creativity makes you hungry) ¬†we will enjoy crafting together, and i will choose to enjoy the process.

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