Dec 21, 2011

holiday train

i took the boys out to loretto-MN last tuesday to see the canadian pacific holiday train come through and make a stop-
first time we have ever done it- it was worth it!

santa handed out train whistles that kept the boys busy for a long time!
look at how they are dressed!
december 13th people- there was mud... not snow!! SCORE!!

we took a ride

 stayed warm by the bon-fire and ate cookies

 this is what it looked like for us when it stopped
my little LOVES

then the train car opened up and a rock'n band played christmas songs for about 1/2 hr. it was a.w.e.s.o.m.e!

this is a free event- they ask for food donations-
i am attaching the link for more info- great cause- great event!
we will most definitely do this again!! Happy Holiday train 2 you!

Dec 19, 2011


my sister had emailed me this pic off etsy last spring... how cute is this??

this year i made a majority of christmas gifts- i know its seems silly to make an easter decoration for a christmas gift- but it didnt matter -it was the perfect gift-

(etsy photo)

my sister earned a huge gift this year.. she is the best sister!!- so- what do i get her that is so special or shows the love and appreciation? well- a hand made gift- she would love that! 

so as i was brain storming ideas for her i came across the felt birds- aha! jens gift- i can make this- plus i looove working with felt so it was really fun for me to make-

wire, felt, floss, needle and a little stuffing
not a bad reproduction huh?

love you birdies

 i am pretty sure she loved them too!

i love being able to re-create something- who needs a pattern?!?
what hand made gifts did you make this Christmas?

Dec 15, 2011

kisses- kisses

i am not sure why this year i am not dancing around with excitement that christmas is right around the corner- b/c i usually am- actually i think i am a bit annoying with christmas cheer most years- maybe its the lack of snow...

any who- my little big guy has been begging 2 bake some christmas cookies- how do you turn that down right? so we turned the christmas music on and we went 2 town baking...(my favorite christmas cookie) this grinch is doing one cookie baking session only this holiday season so might as well make what i love! and the kid will eat anything as long as it has sugar- so were good!

baking means- lucas is busy- mixing-baking and sneaking in (see below).. i am watching and cleaning up- he is going 2 make some lady so happy someday! (pats on the back)

i caught these little hands in candy bowl more than once and it wasnt to decorate the cookies!

 peanut butter kiss cookies
 and some kisses for mommy of course!!

soooooooooooooooooo yummy!!

 right out of the oven- nothing better!

we had so much fun- i love watching how interested he is in learning- its nice 2 spend that special time with just him- thank you lucas for getting me in the christmas spirit yesterday with your enthusiastic ways!  you are the sweetest boy! kisses!!

Dec 14, 2011

bleach pen shirt

grab a shirt- bleach pen and create!
(make sure you pre-wash and dry a new shirt)

make sure you have something between the shirt- i used a piece of card board- otherwise your creation will soak through..

this pic shows a salmon color-
 this is when it was still wet

i wanted something simple on my shirt and love hearts- i went for the sides when creating- i made 3 going down one side and just one lonely one on the other side-

finished bleach pen shirt!

i let it dry over night and then washed it in cold water by itself- after the wash- the hearts were bleach white- i am impressed with how it came out- while i was creating and watching it dry- i was a little skeptical on how "cute" it may turn out- but.. i love it!

easy-inexpensive way to gain a new shirt for the long winter!

Dec 3, 2011

not mine- but oh- how i wish!

i spent my saturday night relaxing- enjoying all my cozy christmas decorations and checking out new things on pinterest- when i came across a blog from a craft that i had clicked on- this blog is hands down-right up my alley- it caught my eye and sucked me in for a while- she writes about.. her home- her boys- photography- her farm- recipes and more! she got my imagination rolling.....

i have mentioned someday wanting to have a vintage sale- well really- i dream about having a big red yummy barn that i can set up 2 craft and re-due furniture and have the front as a shop for people 2 come drool over goodies that i have for sale or 2 just come and dream about-  well here @ Meadowbrook farm i found more than the barn that is in my dreams- she has the worlds most sweetest vintage decor/kitchen- recipes and gardens... ooh and did i mention her barn?? what about the land she gets 2 walk on and her photography is amazing!! i am sharing a few of my favorite things from her blog.. there were so many but here are just a few...
 this looks like the most amazing-peaceful and fun place to live-

seriously? is this for real? there are no words for how much i am in love with this kitchen- check out the flowers outside that window!!

i can imagine myself picking fruit from my garden and having it displayed like she did

but then i would need my bestie over to bake...
  we could enjoy her goodies on this.....

porch swing- with the most lovable fabrics or sit and chat by the...
that's right.. the water..

i have on many occasions told shea that someday i want to live on a farm... a non-working farm- there is something about a barn and the old memories that are within- i must have some old soul in me- my dad had a farm house for a while that had a big red barn and i still think about it-

after the fire dept is behind us someday i think shea would enjoy the peace and relaxation of a cozy little farm house...i sure know i would! until then i will just keep dreaming and live through this blog to get my fix-

a couple other things i just loved on her blog for christmas-

to check her out-

enjoy! birdie

all photos taken from meadowbrookblogspot