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Toddler Chic Holiday Decor

I follow so many lovely bloggers with such lovely, picture perfect homes. This week they are all having teaser posts about their holiday house tours and I think “Ooo, I want my house to look like that!”. Then I snap into reality as my 3 year old dances across the room with a handful of ornaments while singing “drop the jingo bell wok”. He is loving every minute of getting to help and put things just where he likes them. He hangs an ornament, steps back and says “oh mom, yook how boofifull our pretty little tree is!” This is the 1st year he’s really been into Christmas and all the excitement. I’m just going to enjoy that.

We made salt dough ornaments. So of course that means a t-Rex, trains and airplanes along with my hedgehogs and moose. We added a couple tbs of iridescent glitter to our dough while kneading it. It gives the tiniest shimmer when the light shines on them.

~Glittered Salt Dough Ornaments~
2 Tbs glitter
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup water
Mix well and knead into soft dough. If it’s too sticky, knead in a bit of extra flour. Roll out dough a 1/4 inch thick and cut out desired shapes. Use a drinking straw to poke a hole for your string. Arrange on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for a hour or two. You don’t want them to brown, just dry out. Once they are cool, tie string of choice and hang on your tree or gifts!

My house may not be Pinterest worthy, but we’re making memories and having fun! If you’d like to see what else we’ve been up to, follow me on Instagram.
What memories have you been making this season?

First Craft Show!

We did it! This past weekend the Mr and I did our first craft show! So if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting here, well my fingers have been terribly busy. “You’ve never done a craft show? What about feltidermy?” Nope, I’ve never done a show. With feltidermy and plush I couldn’t keep enough back stock in my inventory to do a show… I know, not a bad problem to have. And once Squishy arrived I didn’t have time to sit and stitch. Also, not a bad problem to have, except not having time to make stuff. But this fall an idea hit me and I had to start making! And making, and making, and making… My brother and his wife, Savage Inspirations, make furniture and wood decor items.

They were going to be doing a show in our hometown and said “Why don’t you come put a few things in our booth?” Then I kept making and making and then the Mr started making and idea he had… Then we realized that we had better just get our own booth.
I needed displays! I found a couple old mirror/painting frames at the flea market. For a total of $9! I knew I had chicken wire at home and had already planned to pick up burlap on my way home.

I have to thank my parents for the rest of our props. They had the perfect skinny Christmas tree in the garage and dad found the most awesome ladder for my wreaths!

It was fun to see what was popular with shoppers. Squishy got to hang out with my parents and a couple cousins for the day and I got to spend time with my husband, brother and sister-in-law. I also got to see a few old friends that I haven’t seen in way too long! Another bonus was all going over to my sister’s house for pizza later. Hanging out with family, loving on my great-niece and laughing ’til I cried. Apparently I need to get my eyes checked. And I got to see the wreath my sister bought hanging on her fireplace!

Mom bought a wreath too! Isn’t it cute on her vintage red door?!

We haven’t made any plans to do more shows yet, though there is one possibility in a month. We know we came into this late for the holiday season. I’m just glad to say that our 1st show was a success and not as scary as my mind had worked it up to be. Right now I’m looking into the possibility of shipping wreaths so that I have the Mr build us an online shop right here! Wouldn’t that be fun?!
Thanks for stopping by. There seems to be some glittery stuff falling from the sky as I look out the window. Yikes, snow already! I hope you have a pretty day wherever you are.

Thomas the Tank Engine Costume

Halloween costume success!

Who wouldn’t want to see a face this happy over a costume?
Squishy said he wanted to be Thomas for Halloween this year. I was sort of expecting that, it’s Thomas everything around here lately. He has always dressed up for Halloween, even if the 1st year was just for some photos. We’ve already gone the engineer route, for his 2nd Halloween, so why not a Thomas the Tank Engine costume?

I gathered boxes, from diaper to oatmeal for the past month or so and gathered up every color of duct tape we might need. Yesterday I finally decided to tackle it. I could’ve waited a week, but with my luck it would’ve ended up taking 3 days, not 1.

I know I should’ve taken more process shots to share… Squishy decided he was ready to start using the potty this week, so yeah… Potty training and building a Thomas costume means photos sometimes get forgotten.
Above you can see the boxes I used and how I configured them.
1 large target diaper box for the body, an amazon box for the cab,
another amazon box for the front,
an oatmeal canister for the steam tank and wheel wells and a toilet paper roll for the funnel. After I got the basic pieces stuck on I went to town with duct tape in the basic Thomas colors. He was most excited when I added the yellow #1. For the finishing touch we printed Thomas’s face from an image the Mr found online. Our shoulder straps still need some adjusting. That may take a few days to get just right.

This face makes it all worth it!
Oh and just think, if you had a few kiddos to dress up you could make James, Percy or any other engine friends too!

Afternoon at Cosley Zoo

Sunday afternoon we were looking for something fun to do with Squishy. After hearing about it from several locals we decided to head to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, IL. Squishy’s been asking to go to a zoo since it warmed up for spring. It’s just a short 20 minute drive for us. So Cosley Zoo is perfect for an afternoon outing!

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