Do you remember these? And my vow to make a St. Patty’s version? Well, I actually followed through.
I had made the original Valentine’s version on some old pieces of cardboard. So, I just turned them over and painted on the back. Simple enough.
I am not as happy with these as I was the others, but they are festive and green, so they do the job. Lilah and I even got in the holiday decor mood and hung shamrocks up in the windows and made a green garland (you can see it hanging on the mantle also). She has a love affair with glue sticks, so this was a perfect project for her.
Now, all we need is some green beer. I think I’ll get Brady working on that!
Do you remember these? And my vow to make a St. Patty’s version? Well, I actually followed through.
Last fall, I was yearning for a family tree for our wall. I looked all over the web and never really found one that I thought was right. So, one night I got inspired and made my own. I knew I wanted it to be organic, or able to grow, should we decide to have another baby (a whole different post altogether!). I ended up with this piece which still puts a smile on my face when I walk past every day. The visual representation of what my life has become is so meaningful to me and a great reminder of my little family. It just feels so comfortable.
Soon after, my MIL’s birthday was approaching, so I made one for her. This one was much more involved because it was three generations but really cool to see come together. She has four kids who are each married + eight grandkids. The family is not done growing, so it needed to have room for up to 22 people. It ended up taking longer than I hoped and became her Christmas present. Aside from a few typos (typical, Kylie), she seemed genuinely happy with it.
Then my friend, Lindsey, hit me up for another one as a Christmas gift for her mom. I was happy to help, especially because her family is small (read: more simple to make).
So there you have it. Three family trees. And I’ve decided I really enjoyed the process so much that I am going to take a chance and see if I can find anybody else to pay me to make them See my etsy shop here. I’d love to hear what you think!
So, with Valentine’s approaching and my son’s birthday this week, I am getting in the crafty mood. Been seeing lots of fun DIY projectsonline recently that I am putting on my “to-do” list. Wanted to share to see if any inspire you the way they have inspired me!
I actually attemped the cake stand this weekend and it was VERY simple. And inexpensive. Only needed to purchase the cardboard circles, and those were like $2 at the cake store. Also really want to get around to the little rose barrettes. I need more hours in the day!
Some of these have tutorials and some are just to give ideas. Enjoy!
Our little guy is about to turn one. And as I’m trying to keep my mind off the fact that my baby is that old, I’ve been diving into planning his birthday celebration. We are actually baptizing him the same day, plus, it’s Valentine’s Day. So, lots to celebrate!
Have you seen many of the fabulous dessert tables and event design that is out there these days?? It’s incredible! So much attention to detail – it’s fabulous! Don’t believe me? Check some of this out:
This Ragedy Ann party is blowing me away. How cute is this???
And how about this little boy’s party??? Can somebody come pick my jaw up off the floor?
And a very sweet, yet hip, baby shower.
A A beach party that makes me long for summer days.
A super fun peppermint party.
Amy Atlas is like the mother of all dessert table design. (didn’t know there was such thing, did ya?) Wanna be amazed? Go check out her portfolio.
A little different than the birthday parties I was raised on. And while I am in love with all of this and would kill to be able to pull something like that off, I am aware of the fact that it is all overkill. Graham is only one, will never remember and will probably take a nap through half the party anyways. But, a girl can dream, right?
Since his party is on Valentine’s, we’re going with a “King of Hearts” theme. Today’s project was to make a crown for the little guy. I had a couple of other kids underfoot who wanted their own crowns, so they got some of my “prototypes”.
I have been out of school for almost six years now. And I think I am finally starting to miss it. (Wait, did I just say that out loud???)
No, I don’t miss the homework, the studying, the late nights cramming, or the long, cold winter walks to campus.
But, I do miss the learning. Taking home a new idea each day. Am I alone in this?
Lately, it’s become more apparent as I keep adding to my list of classes that I want to take. First, it started with the photography classes. (Which is something that I had always wanted to study while in school, but was too intimidated by.) Then a friend called and asked if I wanted to take wine tasting classes. Then another friend called about cake decorating classes. And I realized I had a problem.
Too many classes. Too little Kylie.
Here’s a list of local classes that are available and I am hoping to get to take part in at some point:
1. Knitting/crocheting – These are available at a local yarn store, Twist. But you can probably ask your grandma or you aunt for a basic lesson. My sister-in-law taught me to knit several years ago (thanks, Casi!), but I’ve never made it past the simple scarf. I found it to be incredibly rewarding and a perfect pastime for the car. Also, helps justify sitting down to watch The Bachelor. I really want to learn to take it further, follow patterns for hats and more. Plus, I really want to learn to crochet.
2. Cooking – Wichita has a few places to do this. But ever since my good friend, Adriene, started teaching cooking classes out of her home, I have been dying to take some. I always feel like I continually cook the same meals over and over and need introduced to some new techniques/recipes. I am totally eyeing that Superbowl party-themed class.
3. Cake/cookie decorating – Have you ever been to the Cake Stuff store?!?! You should definitely go. Very, very cool. With both my kids birthdays around the corner, I have really been wishing I had some of these skills.
4. Scrapbooking – Oven 10 years ago, I worked at Scrapbook Garden. Since then, that industry has evolved and changed in many ways. It has become a very artful hobby, one that I wish I hadn’t abandoned. I have been eyeing some of the mini-book classes (probably because that is something I could actually finish). And as a bonus, they offer FREE scrapbooking 101 and rubber stamping classes. A couple other resources for classes are Bradley Paper and Mrs. O’Leary’s in Old Town. All of these are very cool stores just to visit and get inspired, even if you can’t do the classes.
5. Wine tasting – Who doesn’t need this as a skill? The WSU continuing education department offers this class in a 4-week session for $100. I have had this class on my radar for several years, but have been pregnant much of that! I’m thinking this is a must! Also, the wine store by my house, Auburn Spirits, hosts wine tasting events a couple times a month.
6. Quilting – Now, this is definitely a more involved hobby, but I also find quilting to be incredibly rewarding. Nothing better than wrapping your baby in a quilt you made. Again, there are many places to learn the art of quilting, but I’m eying classes at my favorite store, The Picket Fence or an class at the upcoming quilt show.
So, as you can see – lots to learn. I think it’s a good thing!
Christmas is over. Big sigh of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I do. I love the giving and the receiving. The baking. The decorating. The celebrating. The family traditions. The wonder and magic of the Christmas story and Santa and Rudolf and all the things that my daughter got excited for.
However, I am always ready for it to be over. And I’m guessing I’m not the only one. Ready to start eating healthy. Ready to get that tree down. Ready to stop spending, wrapping and packing.
So when I took down our holiday decorations on Monday, I felt very good. Until Brady came home from work and proclaimed that the house looked “empty”. Hmmm. I guess I agreed cause all of a sudden I was inspired to dig out some decor for the next holiday: Valentines. Only to realize that we didn’t have much. So, I thought I would get creative.
I pulled out some leftover cardboard, cut four 14×14″ pieces and started painting, cutting and ModgePodge-ing. Oh, how I love hands-on art! Incredibly more rewarding than working on a computer, which is what I do most days.
And when I looked at them this morning, I started thinking that maybe I could turn them over and use the other side for St. Pattys!! LOVE = LUCK??
This weekend is my church’s craft fair. So my mom and I got together and stitched up these fabric balls to donate. Pretty cute, huh? I kinda don’t want to give them away! Graham has been loving playing with all of them. He thinks it’s hilarious to get hit in the head with them. Such a boy.
We used a tutorial – try it yourself! We also stuffed them with jingle bells and rice-filled easter eggs so they would jingle or rattle when played with. I thought the pattern was very easy to follow and we had everything on hand. A perfect craft.
We are going to try to sell the set of two for $9. What do you think of that price? Always so hard to know. Always seems like you never get anything out of handmade products. Good thing they are so fun to make!
The craft fair is this Saturday at:
West Heights United Methodist Church
I’ve had this photo shelf for quite some time – it was a gift from a friend back in college. Over the years, it’s hung on many walls and held a variety of photos. I hung it in my daughter’s room last year when we moved her out of the nursery. And I’ve been meaning to put some photos of her in the frames and have never gotten around to it. (As if I don’t have a MILLION pictures of her.)
Anyways, got a wild hair to do something other that photos. And since I’m sorta addicting to monogramming things, I went with her initials (Lilah Mae Rott). Clever, huh? I used up some random scraps of fabric, layered two pieces together and hand-stitched the letters. Cut away the center and ta-da! the bottom fabric is revealed. Pretty. Simple. Pretty simple.
Kinda funny that her initials are L and R. Looks like “left” and “right”.
Stick around – cause while I was in her room tidying-up, I snapped some shots of the rest of it…I’ll be sharing those soon, too.
Since I have more time to hang with my kids now, I’m always looking for new projects, crafts or activities that will help keep them busy and hopefully help turn them into artful, brilliant beings someday. Found an idea for this the other day and since it was so simple, thought I should share. If you wanna use flower petals, you’d better act fast, cause they aren’t going to last long in this weather. But, you could also use the fallen leaves and it would give it a totally different look. Perhaps that would be more appropriate for little guys anyways.
All you do is wrap a piece of packing tape around their wrist, with the sticky side out. Then, head outside and show them how to attach their “findings”. Fun, huh?
Wow, I can’t believe this was just last week! The weather is so cold now that these photos look like they were taken in the summer!
And if you have a kid that is too young to participate, just stick them in some dirt/mulch/grass and they will be equally entertained.
Welcome to the world, Baby Chloe!
Brady’s brother, Joey, and his wife, Casi, had their first child last Wednesday. Chloe Wren Rott. And with such a sweet name she’s bound to be adorable, right? Last weekend, we traveled to Clay Center to meet her and kiss her and hug her and love her. Totally worth the drive.
And with sweet little babies comes sweet little gifts:
A little shirt hand-embroidered by Auntie Micah. She’s so talented. Remember these?
And I got to give her the quilt that I have been working on for her. This is my first quilt-as-a-gift project, and it felt really good. Chloe and I talked and she promised not to look too closely at the messy stitching Aunt Kylie is NOT a perfectionist.
Look at these adorable collages that Chloe’s mama made for her. Each piece is cut separately from different papers. Unlike me, Casi IS a perfectionist. In a good way, of course.
I really wish I had a few photos of the nursery that Casi prepared for her. So sweet. Maybe I’ll get my hands on some photos to share. Who doesn’t love a sweet baby room to oogle over?
So, with Chloe around, that brings the total cousins on that side of the family to EIGHT! That’s a lot of kids in one house for family get-togethers! All of Brady’s family was in Clay Center this weekend to see the new baby, celebrate, etc. Add in Brady’s grandparents, and that is a total of 21 people hanging out! Talk about a full house. The highlight of the weekend was a parade. This was a first for my kids. Lilah was super pumped about the sucker that was thrown to her (she is her mother’s daughter, after all.) She was pretty wide-eyed about all the floats, noise, etc and even covered her ears as the marching band went by.
Here’s the other vultures, I mean kids, waiting for more candy to be thrown.
From left, that’s Carly, Jonas, Reece, Corinne and Silas. Silas is the oldest (7) and did pretty well with letting the little girls have a chance at the candy. Such a gentleman.
And this shot is of Brady’s parents and ALL the grandkids. Even baby Chloe. With all that chaos, she’s probably thinking, “put me back in there!!!”
And yes, you can see up Lilah’s skirt. That’s my girl.