The Life of Jennifer Dawn: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Best of 2012

Here is the countdown for your favorite posts from 2012...
6. Handmade Push Pins (Here and here)
4. Onesie Dresses from my Etsy Shop (Here and here)
1. Baby Bundle Tutorials (Here and here)


A Few Personal Superlatives...
Sweetest Memory: 

Proudest Mommy Moments:

Biggest Heartbreak:

Most Miraculous Moment:

Biggest Life Changes:

Most Delicious Post:

Favorite Sewing/Craft Projects:

Milk Jug Glasses--The Day I Felt Like I Was on Craft Wars,

Most Magical Day:

Goodbye 2012!
Happy 2013!  Thanks for following along!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas 2012

The days leading up to Christmas are always packed with last-minute wrapping, final preparations, traveling, and splitting time with both sides of the family.  Christmas Day has become our day to just stay at home and enjoy the kids and being together.  Presents, cider, a lit fireplace, scones, my mom's quiche recipe and Christmas music started out the day.  For the last four years, I have put together a large meal at our house and invited both of our families to join us for Christmas dinner.  Lydia Grace and Eli had their own separate table to sit at this year--"the kids' table".  Eli felt like such a big boy getting to sit with his sissy.  Don't you love the Christmas mess in the background behind where the kids are eating?!  You can tell that they had fun.  The day finished off with us still in our pajamas enjoying movies, crafts, family, gifts, and lots of treats...
 How was your Christmas?
I have to admit that this one was bittersweet for me.  The kids filled it with wonderful memories, but it was hard to not have my dad around this year.  He always loved this time of year.  I am sure there are many of you who were faced with similar feelings.
Happy remembering--those who made this year special, as well as, those who made past Christmases wonderful!

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas Eve Package and Printable

Lydia Grace and Eli are getting a special present tonight for Christmas Eve.  I've packed a box with new pajamas for the kids, popcorn, hot chocolate packets, and a brand new movie.  We are going to cuddle up on the couch and have a special Christmas Eve movie night.  Maybe we will make this a tradition.
Here's a printable with the labels I created for their package just in case you would like to put together your own Christmas Eve Package...
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Holiday Giveaway from Jaysworld Vintage Book Decor

Jamie from Jaysworld wants to give one lucky reader of TLofJD a custom collection of vintage books valued at $60 in your choice of color(s) as a special treat for the holidays.  She has already generously given away two other collections...
here and here.
Didn't win before?  Here's another chance!  Follow the directions below to enter.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!


Apple Cinnamon Ornaments

Want to make the whole house smell like Christmas? Try making Apple Cinnamon Ornaments that will immerse the house in a sweet cinnamon aroma and look super cute strung up on your Christmas tree. Baking these made our house smell so delicious that now I want to make them everyday. 

This is a great project to do with kids! My toddler was a big help! She rolled out the dough with her own little rolling pin and used cookie cutters to cut many of the shapes "all by herself." Those are the words I hear from her the most... "I can do it all by myself."

There are a lot of recipes floating around the web for these but many of them call for glue. ICall me crazy, but I wasn't too keen on the idea of baking glue in my oven. I wanted mine to be made with natural ingredients, so I experimented with my own recipe and it worked out perfectly.

Apple  Cinnamon Ornaments
1/2 cup cinnamon
3/8 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon water

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl adding more applesauce or cinnamon if the consistency of the dough needs to be altered.
2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Lay another piece of parchment or waxed paper onto the counter where you will be working.
3. Roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes.
4. Place the shapes onto your paper lined baking sheet leaving about two inches between each one.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to continue cutting out your shapes. TIP: If the dough seems to be sticking, sprinkle a little cinnamon on the work area and rolling pin. 
6. Once all of your shapes have been cut, use a small plastic straw to punch a hole in the top of each ornament.
7.  Bake the ornaments for 2-3 hours. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and use a spatula to carefully transfer each one to a plate once they have cooled slightly.
8. Let them completely cool and harden before threading a string through the hole in each ornament. Baker's twine is great to use for this! These are perfect hung on a tree or used an embellishment for a gift. They even make great gifts themselves!
Happy creating!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fairy Festival

 We recently attended a Fairy Festival at a local nature center.  I received an e-mail about the event and thought it would be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon since Lydia Grace loves Tinkerbell and pretty much anything else involving fairies.  The e-mail mentioned that the kids would be making a fairy house.  I guess I envisioned one like these.  Oh no, no, no...
The fairy house they meant was one made from things we could gather together from our natural surroundings--twigs, leaves, rocks...  Oh my!
It was a good thing that my sister and brother-in-law had ventured on this outing with the kids and me because I would have been in way over my head without them.  I love nature, but building a fairy house from nature with a three-year-old and one-year-old certainly would have been a challenge without them there to help.  We did it though!  We built a fairy house complete with wall, roof, golden carpet, and walkway.  The kids received fairy tokens that they could spend at the fairy market in order to buy shells and other extras for their home.  So cute!  Eli's favorite part--getting to sit back, snack, and supervise our progress.  
What do you think?  How did we do?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

We love Kiwi Crate!

Anything that brings on a smile like that is truly something special.  Kiwi Crate recently contacted me and offered to let us pick out a crate to try.  I let Lydia Grace take a peek at their website and her little finger pointed straight to the one themed, "Crafty Christmas."  She was truly busting to open it once it came in the mail.  With good reason too...  Kiwi Crates are amazing!  Just in case you haven't heard about them, Kiwi Crate is a company that offers craft and activity boxes that arrive in the mail filled with the quality materials and colorful instructions to complete their fabulous projects.  The crafts and activities are geared toward children ages 3-7 which is perfect for Miss L.G.  She was able to do most the gingerbread house completely on her own and there were plenty of materials left over for future crafting.  The crates can be purchased individually or through a monthly subscription.  L.G.'s Mimi witnessed firsthand how much she loved this particular crate and immediately got online and bought her a subscription.  L.G. was thrilled to know that she would be enjoying many more of these fun crafts in the future, and I was thrilled because they truly are educational and brimming with creative ideas.

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Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Appliques and a Giveaway

 Stitchwerx Designs recently came out with two beautiful collections of holiday applique patterns with four PDF patterns each.
 These whimsical patterns inspired some of my recent holiday projects--a onesie for Eli and an apron set for Lydia Grace and me.  Here are the tutorials for each project...
Instead of using fusible web, you can also apply appliques with a heat set glue as shown in my necktie onesie/t-shirt tutorial.  For that tutorial, click here.
Giveaway!  One lucky reader of TLofJD will win both sets of Holiday Applique Patterns from Stitchwerx Designs.  That's 8 PDF patterns in all complete with beautiful pictures, easy to follow instructions, placement guides, tips, and more.  Follow the directions below to enter.
Happy entering and happy crafting!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Party

I hosted a Mommy and Me Christmas Party at our house this past weekend complete with crock pot hot cocoa, sweet treats, cookie decorating, a Christmas movie, and a gift exchange game for the moms.  The kids loved getting to decorate their own cookies, but I was silly to think that with all the sugar, playmates, and L.G. and Eli's toys stashed away in their rooms that the kids would actually settle in to watch the Christmas movie I had prepared.  You would think that with two kids of my own and a third on the way that I would know that the movie idea wasn't going to happen.  {Chuckle}  Oh the joys of children!  In between rounds of giggles and playing together, they did enjoy the treats and made good use of the cookie decorating area though...

Sunday, December 9, 2012