Happy Ending!

Dec 31, 2011

Last year on our Sweetwater Brewery tour, we invested in two bottles of their Happy Ending beer, which is one of their seasonal "Catch and Release" beers.
It is an Imperial Stout that supposedly only improves with age, so we saved a bottle for New Years Eve this year and next year.

We are such huge Sweetwater fans! Hope everyone has a Happy Ending to 2011!

More crafty Christmas gifts

Dec 30, 2011

Another Pinterest inspired Christmas project we did last week was a few gifts for our cousins Laura and Lyndie.

For Lyndie's gift, Ellie/mom found a frame at Hobby Lobby and strung some wire across it to hold pictures.

They found some precious mini clothes pins to clip the pictures with!
(We used our Christmas cards as props for this pic)

Ellie eventually filled it with pictures of her and Lyndie, and Lyndie absolutely loved it!

The next project mom and I took on was a magnet board for Laura.
We found another frame from Hobby Lobby and got a piece of sheet metal cut to fill it.
We also picked out some cute wrapping paper to cover the metal with.

Decoupage worked great to cover the wrapping paper with (on the underside and the top side!) allowing it to stick to the sheet metal.

It came out so cute!

It will go perfect in Laura's new apartment in Georgia!

Getting crafty with chalkboard paint

Dec 28, 2011

 With lots of inspiration from Pinterest, mom and I spent a lot of time getting creative with chalkboard paint. 
We painted some wineglasses and ale glasses for friends and canisters for Allison’s new house.

Miley wasn't much help at all.

We covered the wine glasses with sandwich baggies and then taped the line we wanted to chalkboard paint to begin.

For the canisters and ale glasses, we kinda just made our own stencil with painters tape and scissors.

Alli sent me this picture of the new canisters in their house! 

Once you have arranged the area to be painted, be sure to completely cover every inch of the object with plastic bags or tape or something.

It turned out to be super easy, and makes a really versatile, cute gift!

Christmas picture overload

Dec 27, 2011

Here's a few snapshots from our Christmas weekend . . . 
I'm sorry in advance.

This one is my personal fav!

The Rat's nest.

Caramel cake.

The cutest Christmas ornament cupcakes in the world.

The cutest little cousin in the world.

Mikey's beard freaked Ethan out.

Mango margs

Christmas Eve mexican dinner.

Allison and Cole 

The kids table!

Cousin presents!

Running down the stairs Christmas morning.

 Ellie and her Santa goodies.

Mikey was real excited Santa came to see him.

Gram manned her post to monitor the one-at-a-time gift opening process.

Dad tricked mom with a picture of a fake zebra print rug, then a check for a real rug of her choosing.
Smart man.

Highlight of Christmas.
Potentially highlight of my life.
This gift from Mikey:
 (Only a few tears were shed!)

Gram lovvved her new Ugg earmuffs for Yellowstone.

. . . and Ellie, mom, and I lovvvved our trip to NYC gift from gram!

Mikey was pretty proud of his PBR ski hat from me!

Christmas dinner time!

Every type of oyster under the sun . . .

Ellie and Lyndie in their fancy dresses.

Cara, Alli, and I in our grey attire.

Cousin pic!

Family photo.

We'll be hitting the slopes all week with Josh's fan, but I've got a few posts up my sleeves so keep checkin back all week!

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