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Vintage Fabric Two Layer Christmas Skirt | sewn by Happy Together
The past month was like a whirlwind for us. It was full of of Christmasy goodness and lots of cherished time with friends. I managed to make a Christmas skirt for miss J using some vintage material from my stash and a green lace I got from Hancocks. She was happy with it and she wore this to church the Sunday before Christmas and miss E wore her dress.

A Horse and Carriage Ride in Loisiana | happy together
We went on a carriage ride to look at lights with some of our friends. I seriously could not believe that horse pulled us all. It was a good time though and something we have wanted to do since moving here.

Christmas Wreath Making with Friends | happy together
We hosted the small group we attend at our church and I ended up taking the ladies into the garage to make wreaths. I went up to Lowes and got a ton of free tree trimmings. I made a garland to go around our garage, a wreath for our door, a centerpiece, and a few other decorations in our kitchen with the scraps, but I still had a ton left over. So an impromptu wreath making party it was!

Christmas Clippings Gift Wrapping | happy together Christmas Clippings Gift Wrapping | happy together
I also added little trimmings to random gifts we gave through out the month. I kept a jar of water in the garage filled with the trimmings to use. It was the perfect little touch.

A Simple Naked Cake | happy together
I made yet another naked cake for my friends birthday. I just love making cakes like this. They are so simple and then you can top it with whatever decorations you like. I picked some lovely flowers for this one and it made me excited thinking about spring….even though that is a bit aways still.

Winter Harvest of Radishes | happy together Winter Harvest of Kale | happy together
Our little winter garden has been good to us. We harvested a ton of radishes and the girls loved pulling them out of the ground. Our kale is growing and growing and I use it at least three times a week in our meals. I have never eaten so many greens in my life, but I can say I really feel a difference from eating more of this super food. I like to add it to soups and saute it by itself. It also goes well in smoothies. Always remove the stems to help get rid of the bitterness if you have never cooked with it before. I started a Pinterest board where I pin recipes I have tried and how it went if you would like to follow along.

Farmers Market Buy Local | happy together
I love growing our own food, but I also love supporting others who offer homegrown things we don’t grow at this point. I have made it our goal to attend a local farmers market once a week and make it a part of our grocery trip. Then we are eating and supporting local and getting what is in season. We also never know what we might find so it’s fun. This one week we even got some hand spun yarn! I am working on a little cardigan from miss J from that orange-red yarn right now. She loved seeing the pictures of the sheep the wool came from and is anxious to wear her cardigan made from it’s wool. Oh how that girl wants a farm :)

10 on 10 | happy together
The girls have also been loving their trampoline we got them for Christmas. What a great energy outlet it has become! The cold finally came to Louisiana, so they are waiting for the warmth to come back so they can enjoy it more. I on the other hand am enjoying some cooler weather for once ;)

-Jess

Sulphur, LA | happy together

 

Woodland Creature Photobooth DIY and Free Animal Mask Template

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
Woodland Creature Photobooth

You guys, I seriously had so much fun prepping for this post. OshKosh challenged us bloggers to create a photobooth idea to share. I immediately thought of a winter forest and all the fun creatures in it. It could easily fit into a holiday party theme or even just a family get together. Most people love taking fun photos! My six year old really got a kick out of picking out her look and seeing her pictures when we did this.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Let’s start with what you will need. For the background, I used kraft paper, white paint, paint brush, pencil, tape, and black sharpie. Cut out a piece of kraft paper to the size you want. Tape it down to a hard surface. Draw on simple birch tree like shapes with your pencil. Then paint in the trees with white paint.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Once dry, mark black lines on the trees to look like bark. This took me hardly any time at all to create.

Woodland Creature Photobooth
(Note: Forgot the fox’s whiskers in this picture)

For the masks, you will need the templates, which can be downloaded here. You will need the cardstock (size 8 x 11.5) colors listed below, scissors, a glue stick, and elastic thread (you can find it with the notions in the sewing section).
Rabbit: 1 white, 1 light pink
Bear: 1 black
Deer: 1 brown, 1 tan
Fox: 1 orange, 1 white

Cut out your templates and trace on back of cardstock paper. Cut out traced pieces.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Glue inner ear pieces on top of outer ear pieces. Then glue ears/antlers underneath of mask. Glue on fox whiskers on top as shown. Using a glue stick is easy and makes for quick drying.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Then cut out a 8.5″ piece of elastic thread for each mask. Make a small hole on both sides of masks. I used a nail to do this, but you could use all kinds of things.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Tie on elastic and they are ready.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

When putting together your photobooth, consider who is coming when picking out props. You want things people will have fun using. I added some props that were taped on sticks, some hair accessories, bow tie, scarf, and silly glasses to name a few. It’s worth going through your own stuff to see what you can add in.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Place props in a basket near where the photobooth will be. Add some lights to look like they are hanging in the trees in the back if you want as well.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

If it will be happening during the day, try to find a well lit area near a window for beautiful natural light. If at night, just make sure there are enough lights on for cameras to get good shots. We took ours as the sun was setting, so we had some natural light and tungsten lighting to get enough light because I really didn’t want to use my flash unless necessary. But most people would probably be using cell phones for taking pics. Tape the backdrop at a height where you think most guests will be. If only adults, you could put it higher so they can just stand. I put ours lower and added a bench for us grown ups to sit on. Not that miss E really got in any of the photos anyways :) She was having none of that haha. Here are some pictures we took:

Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth

It was funny to watch and participate in the photobooth. Laughter is such a good thing! Thank you OshKosh for the challenge this month!!! I also want to congratulate Alisia for winning the $50 gift card. Have fun shopping! Don’t forget to check out all the awesome clothing that OshKosh B’gosh has out right now for the holidays. In fact both the girls are rocking OshKosh clothes in these pics. You can check OshKosh out in stores (find a location near you) or online in their holiday shop to see baby winter clothes  and kids winter clothes.

For Girls:
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Embellished tees are perfect for playtime and all-day wear. Sequins, bling and bows make these tees super stylish!
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OshKosh B’gosh has darling dresses that are soft and easy-to wear. Pair them with a cardigan to keep her cozy and complete her spot on look.
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Dress up her outfits with sparkly ballet flats with comfortable tights.
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Let her make a statement with OshKosh B’gosh bangles, ribbon necklaces and headbands galore.  

For Boys:
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Button-front plaid shirts are perfect for all occasions! Pair them with corduroys, khakis or jeans for an easy outfit.
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He’ll have fans all over the neighborhood after he carols in the handsome combo of fleece-lined jeans and a denim shirt.
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A cable knit sweater vest is perfect for dressing up his holiday outfits. He’ll look picture perfect.


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Pom Pom Heart Necklace DIY

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

If you follow me on instagram, you might remember the picture I posted with these mini pom poms I had bought. I really didn’t have a reason to get them at the time, but I thought they were adorable and wanted to use them in a craft. Then I thought about making a necklace or a ring with them. I decided upon a necklace and this is the outcome.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

It’s really quick to make and would be a fun Valentine’s gift for older kids.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

We like how bright and colorful it is.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Miss J approves and was very happy to get her hands on it :)

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

To make it, you will need the following:
-Eyelets (I used size 5/32″)
-Plastic that is sewable and not rippable (I bought mine at the fabric store, but you could repurpose plastic packaging. Think of how things like bed lines come in sturdy plastic packaging. That could totally be used! You don’t need a lot for one necklace at all.)
-Mini pom poms
-Heart template (I made mine to measure 3.75″ at it’s widest and 3.25″ at it’s tallest)
-Scissors
-Yarn
-Sewing stuff

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Start by cutting out two heart from the plastic. Then sew all the way around except for an opening where you can put the pom poms in.  (PS: if the plastic doesn’t move easy for you on the sewing machine, place a piece of tissue paper underneath and it will move a lot easier. Just rip it off at the end.)

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Fill the heart up with pom poms, leaving some room at the top middle of heart for the eyelet. I had to squish them around for even placement. Then sew the opening shut.

Pom Pom Heart Necklace diy

Next, put in the eyelet following the packages instructions. Finish off by cutting a long piece of yarn and placing it through the eyelet. Knot it right above the heart and further up, making sure there is enough room for child to get necklace around their head.

Enjoy!
-Jess

Making Valentines

Kiwi Crate Valentines

We are home gearing up for a weekend full of birthday parties right now. It’s funny how we won’t have much of that type of thing and then wham! All of a sudden there are many. It’s good though. I took a lot of extra time this week to enjoy time with friends and I’m glad miss J will get extra friend time too. It was good for my soul. I also spent some extra time crafting with her this week. We worked on her next creation (to be shared soon) and we started on her Valentines.

Kiwi Crate Valentines

We got a box full of diy Valentine’s c/o Kiwi Crate. This is so perfect for my little crafty girl.

Kiwi Crate Valentines

She has been working on them some each day, adding more stickers, jewels, and drawings. The kit comes will all kinds of goodies for the littles to create with. It comes with 24 cards, which is plenty for us. She has lots of extras to make some for church friends and family along with ones for her school mates.

Kiwi Crate Valentines

There are all of these cut outs that are glued on the inside to make it three-d. I just love the variety.

Kiwi Crate Valentines
Kiwi Crate Valentines
Kiwi Crate Valentines
Now we just have to get her to write they are from here and they will be ready to go. I’m glad I can check this off of my list early!
-Jess

Thankful

Thanksgiving 2012

This year we weren’t able to go back home for Thanksgiving, but we were so blessed to be invited to join our friends and their family that came to visit.

Thanksgiving 2012     Thanksgiving 2012

It was a lot of fun and my friend did such an amazing job decorating for the occasion!

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving 2012    Thanksgiving 2012
Thanksgiving 2012

There was a ton of delicious food as well. My hubby smoked the turkey (which, in my opinion, was the best I’ve ever had. Good job babe!). 

Thanksgiving 2012
The kids played their little hearts out and wore out the dog. 

Thanksgiving 2012

It’s always hard for me when we start over in a new place without knowing a soul, but we have made some good friends so far and what a blessing they have been. We are gearing up for Christmas now which I am really excited about! It’s my favorite time of the year. Now if the weather down here would just cool down a little bit more ;)
-Jess