Rather than a lengthy Christmas card insert or multiple blog posts
throughout the year (neither of which I am good at!) I have decided to
create a Lopez Family annual video. This project was so much fun to put
together! I know I need to be more organized in 2013 with my pictures.
I've spent the past 4 days looking through my hard drive, phone, drop
box, Facebook, family and friends' Facebooks, etc. There are still a few
shots/videos/people I wasn't able to include.
I hope you enjoy The Lopez Family 2012 in Pictures!
Music: "Rock & Roll" by Eric Hutchinson
2008 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
For the past 3 years, my mom and I have participated in the Christmas Craft Exchange at Craftaholics Anonymous. We have so much fun crafting together and meeting new friends from all over the country through this exchange! In fact, I still keep in touch with my partner from last Christmas through Facebook!
This year, we decided to put my Cricut to use. We made magnetic Christmas Countdown boards! These boards are reversible, so come February, they can be used as Valentine's Countdowns! Aren't they so cute! We used Cricut Craft Room, which is such a great tool for Cricut users. They have really upped their game in the past few months. **Thank you, Provo Craft!!** I loved this project so much, I made one for Tessa, too! I am thinking of making one for her birthday as well, using a pink magnetic sheet and silver vinyl. Wouldn't that be super cute?!
Sit down and read a book today in honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss. We're planning a fun park day with the kiddos! Hopefully, if I get some good pictures (and I get around to it!) I'll share the fun!
Double meaning to the title of this post. The obvious, I haven't posted since before Christmas, and I wasn't very good about posting often anyway! I can't say I'm going to be much better, but I sure will try a little harder! My life has been pretty consumed with a toddler lately!
The other reason for this title is my latest project is almost completely recycled! Back in September I shared an autumn shirt that I made for Tessa. I loved that shirt! It was so cute and festive! After Thanksgiving, though, there was no way I was going to have Tessa wear it again. So, I took off the leaves, buttons, and ruffle, and it sat on my sewing table waiting to be used. I thought of Christmas shirts, winter shirts, New Years shirts, but never got around to making anything. Finally, tonight, as I was looking at my to-do list, I decided to cross off "Make Tessa's Valentine's Day Shirt." I looked at a few (dozen) ideas on Pinterest and decided to make this shirt:
The main fabric is actually recycled from a dress of Tessa's from over a year ago. I can't believe I've carried it with us through 2 moves, but tonight I am glad I did! It was perfect for this project! I can hold my head high at storytime tomorrow with my Valentine's-Day-ready toddler! Now to get the Valentine's ready for her MOPS class on Tuesday! Here's what I'm hoping to make:
Here's the link to this project. For some reason, my link tool stopped working mid-post. http://bugger-dixonline.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-princess-and-super-hero-peg-doll.html
And, since it's been such a long time since I've posted anything, I can't leave without an updated picture of Tessa! This picture gives you a quick idea of interesting ways Tessa keeps me busy these days!
I finally got around to ordering our Christmas cards. I LOVE them! Hopefully I'll be on the ball enough next week to get them mailed out in time. If you are on our Christmas list, you can expect our card a couple of days before or after Christmas. For all others, enjoy our online card!
It’s that time of year again! I am planning our Christmas card photo! Ryan and I have been married for 4 1/2 years now, so this will be our fifth family Christmas card. I love photo cards. I love looking through the pages of options online and choosing the perfect card! This year I think I’m going to plan our photo around the card!
Shutterfly has their beautiful line of holiday cards out to peruse and order in time to get cards out! I love Shutterfly! I use their website throughout the year for printing pictures, ordering birthday cards, birth announcements, etc. I especially love playing around with the different options they have for Christmas cards and gifts! Last year I ordered acrylic prints of Tessa for my mom and mom-in-law for Christmas. They turned out beautifully! They have so many gift options and trinkets available to order, you could almost complete your Christmas shopping on their website! Another very popular gift with my family is the photo calendar. At Shutterfly.com, you have so many choices between wall calendars, desk calendars, and year-at-a-glance poster calendars! What I love about this gift is once the year ends, you now have 12 prints of your photos! My sister still has her 2006 calendar hanging on her wall because she loves the December photo I put in! It’s fun to look through it from time to time and remember what my nephews were up to back then! If you’re curious about our cards this year, I’m leaning towards the Sparkle Joy or the Blossoming Joy (both found here). I was toying with a black, white, and red theme for our family photo, and the Blossoming Joy card would work perfectly with that color choice!
FYI, Shutterfly provided my high-quality photo Christmas cards last year, and is giving our family (and other qualified bloggers!) 25 complementary cards this year! Whoo Hoo!