what i’m making… crafty, crafty lady

we’ve been crafting away in this house.


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


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.


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.)


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?


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!


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.


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.


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.



¬†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.


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) :




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.


 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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