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Triple Layer Fudge Cake with Chocolate Caramel Frosting

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, In : Recipes 

   Thought I would share my most divine chocolate creation, as show above^^^^. It takes some time and a bit of effort to make, but it's totally worth the mess/clean up/excess baggage on the rear-endage. So if you are ever looking to show off, or show someone that you really really REALLY love them (as I made this for Lucinda's birthday) then this is a great go to. It's a combo of some of my favorite chocolate cake recipes and a pre-made frosting.... I can NEVER get frosting to go my way... I'...

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As It Turns Into Summer....

Posted by Honor on Monday, June 16, 2014, In : Life At Home 


We go off the grid. As in nada, nothing, zilch-o in the technology-o department.  Like a detox for the soul. 

At least that is the plan so far....

   At the beginning of the year I was finding our lives getting more and more chaotic. Fights were spurred by the smallest things, stress levels were at boiling points and our house had simply lost that 'zen' feeling. I kept on cleaning, cooking and doing the same ol thing but all the while thinking to myself, 'What is going on here?! Something has g...

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Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies (No Eggs)

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 29, 2014, In : Recipes 


    Does anyone else out there prefer cookie dough than to an actual cookie? Like, I'll whip up a big ol bowl of dough and only get about six cookies on the sheet because the littles and me have been 'taste testing' the dough to see if it needs a lil more of this (which is doesn't) or a lil more of that (nope, but just had to be sure... wink wink). If you do, hop on into by boat cuz I am always paddling towards that elusive perfect soft cookie recipe. I want a cookie that can hold it's shape ...

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This Girl is on Fi-airrrrrr! (Well... almost). Thoughts on the wild fires across San Diego

Posted by Honor on Saturday, May 17, 2014, In : Life At Home 


      Taken from my kitchen window, looking west towards Camp Pendelton or the Tomahawk Fire. 

      As a girl basically born, raised and lived her entire life in southern cali, I am very well acquainted with mother nature's burning wrath. Literally a 'burning' wrath. 'Wildfires' or brush fires are a force of nature that have become part of our every day vocab here in the west. Living in these parts you hear over and over phrases like 'brush fire', 'red flag warning' and 'containment' as in 10...

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My Ode to Domestic Goddesship

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   That's it. Last night I figured it out. I have simply been born into the wrong era. I belong in a simpler time where a woman's ability to mend boo-boos, get that tricky stain out and make a perfect chocolate souffle were cherished, admired and applauded. Instead, nowadays, I feel like society deems a SAHM (or stay at home mother for those of yous not well versed in the mommy chat room short hand) as not enough. As in there is something ELSE you should be doing with your time. A job more wo...

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I Be Baby Wearing: The Best & Worst Baby Wearing Ways

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, In : Life At Home 
 
 Fist bump to all my fellow baby wearing mamas! I give you a little round of fingerplause on the keyboard for being wonder mom and lugging your little munchkin around. I literally feel your joy and pain ;)

    I have been a baby wearing fanatic right from the get go. Why? Is it because I am a natural hippie dippy flippy trying to make my soul and synergy become one with my baby? Hells to the no. It's because my first born, lovely Lucinda, came out like an octopus. An angry octopus. Happy whe...

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Old Post Ranch: Chicken Coop

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, In : Backyard Chickens 

   I've mentioned it a few times before, but I am a total wanna be. A wanna be homesteader that is. And Matt (hubbers) can lay claim to this feeling as well. Oh you know. The grow your own food, lay your own eggs (chickens that is ;) ), sew your own clothes, hunt your own meat and build your own house kinda homesteader. But of course all in the safety and comfort of 70 degrees and sunny southern California. Don't count on us moving to anywhere the sun don't a'shine 360 days a year (we'll let ...

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It's All Fun and Games Till Someone Takes the Bunny Ears Away

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, In : Life At Home 
   
    Annnnd it happened. Mommy dearest here had her first major freak out WTF I can't handle this shiznit moment. Got way to big for ma britches, getting all cocky thinkin I got this mom of three thang down pat. I'm still licking my emotional wounds for that mistake.
       Because of Matt's odd 'Dupont' work schedule there are many a'weekends that I am left to my lonesome manning the decks with the littles. Like this fateful Saturday. Scene. We were out of diapers. Yeah I know, bad mom bad...

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Babies and Chickens and Wild Things Oh My!

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   Yep. It's true. We've dove off the deep end straight into a big ol pile of po-dunk hillbilly wanna be homesteader silliness. We are now proud parents of twelve, yes count them, twelve baby chicks. Wait give me a sec... one.. two.. three........... yep twelve chicks. A bit over zealous are we?! Totally.
   We've, well I have talked about getting chickens for a while now and the hubs just waved me off like I was talking crazy cat lady. So how did I get him to sway my way? I sneakily snuck a (...

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BHG Oatmeal Peanut Cookies, My Way

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 17, 2014, In : Recipes 

  So I got this bad boy ^^^^ for Christmas and I thought it was about darn time that I crack it open, Literally. I had yet to take it out of the cellophane wrapper. Bad baker bad!
 Does this look familiar to any ofs ya? I grew up looking up recipes in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook helping my mama out in the kitchen. It had a real plaid fabric cover barely visible beneath all the sticky finger marks... I'm not sure what edition it is... an oldie but goodie for sure. This is the 15th ed...

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Insta Update: First Month Mom of Three Thought Dump

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : Life At Home 
  

  Ok. So we survived. Actually, I survived, the first month of being a mom of three, three and under. No major snafus or houses burning down, no mental breakdowns, no broken bones or bloody noses.... definitively a floor pounding tantrum or two. By me. Not the toddler. But all in all I kept my shiznit together. Holla!
  So a couple of days ago I was totally congratulating myself on the heroic feat of braving Costco with three littles. Thinking 'Oh look at me, I'm so totally a Super Mom!'......
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Leland's Newborn Photo Shoot With Two Roses Photography

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Life At Home 
  
   Alright, back for round two and three of my session with Two Roses Photography. In case you missed it, Amanda from Two Roses preformed an absolute miracle and created these beautiful maternity images. Check check check em out.... but now on to the adorableness that is newborns. Please be patient as they load... also I apologize for the overload on photos of  my baby/my family/moi... but then again I don't. This is me, my life and all that I dearly care about. It's such a joyous time in ...
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Eclectic Boys Playroom Tour

Posted by Honor on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Home Sneek Peek 

  Thought it was about time that I shared a tour of our playroom or 'the boys room'. Of course I share it right when it's about to change. Now that ol Leland has made his appearance this room is soon to become a shared bedroom. So lots of decorating daydreams are sure to follow ;).
   This room started off as an office/guest room but then I felt so guilty about having such a large room all to my self and the 'once a year' out of town guests. So Lucinda's room it became. Then once Lucas came al...

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My Maternity Shoot With Two Roses Photography

Posted by Honor on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   I just got the final product back of my maternity shoot with my good friend Amanda of Two Roses Photography.... how do I sum up my feelings/thoughts about em? Stoked?! Ecstatic?! Absolutely flabbergasted that she totally captured what I was looking for?! Yep. All of the above and so much more. 

   I was hesitant to do a maternity shoot (at first) because in my opinion most turn out super cheesy with a side of cheese and just end up making the mama look large and uncomfortable. But I knew I...

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Welcome Leland Richard Kristie!

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Life At Home 

   He is here! We are so proud/happy/exhausted to announce his blessed arrival at 4:30 pm on Monday February the 10th. He was my biggest (but oh so perfectly sized) baby yet at 7 lbs 8oz and 19 & 3/4" tall.
  It's been a week and I couldn't be more happy with how things are settling in. He is happy/content/power champ at nursing and generally just a great baby. Lucas was a lot like this and I am so relieved that Leland is just as calm as his older brother. Lou and Lucas are adjusting well too...

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DIY Kids Splatter Art on a Drop Cloth

Posted by Honor on Sunday, January 26, 2014, In : Decor Crafts 

   The kids are restless, I am restless. I have long since reached and passed the 'I'm so over this' part of pregnancy that I'm ready to start doing jumping jacks while running up and down stairs while eating pineapple and drinking castor oil if I knew it would make this kid come out any faster. But alas I must follow the Doc's advice of 'He will come when he comes' and 'rest'.... Uh, yeah right.  I am also continuing to nest even though I have scrubbed every surface, hung every picture, wash...

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Snapshots, Insta and Just General 'It's Difficult For Me To Do Anything Right Now'

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, In : Home Sneek Peek 



   Here are some snaps of what's been goin on around the house, from my phone, insta and a Dora camera. Nothing really special, just some furniture rearranging and going nuts with houseplants. It is super DUper hard for me to be motivated to do ANYthing right now other than pace back and forth trying to get this boy up off his bootay and out of my belly. Moving a chair here and there is my therapy and here are the results of said therapy....






  Testing out a new arrangement in the living roo...

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Baking Quest: The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Round Two

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Recipes 

Here we go.... on to round two of my baking quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. This time I am focusing on finding the right balance of butter and brown sugar to create the perfect moist and chewy bit of baked bliss . And by George I think I found it! Isn't science cool? Baking is a form of science ya know. Domestic chemistry. Here is the formula....






If you didn't catch it before here is the recipe for version one featuring coconut oil. Crazy to see the side by side right?

T...

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Baking Quest: The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by Honor on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : Recipes 
Welp, it's official. I have either lost my mind or baby nesting has officially taking over all thought processes. One moment I am frantically scrubbing the sink, next I am outside yanking weeds leaving em on the driveway followed by intense list making and thumb twiddling as I go over and over my mental notes of "Need to get... have... must wash... don't need till later..."
 Poor Lou and Luke just don't know what to do. One moment I am full of joy and giddiness and the next I'm a cranky mess. ...

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Decorating Day Dreams: Saltillo Tile Floors

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Decorating Day Dreams 

   I'll be honest. I do a lot of decorating day dreaming. As in constantly. All the time. I always have a running list of possible 'Do this? Or do that', in my mind. 'Rip out the carpet and paint the subfloor?' Or 'Lay down sisal carpet?'. I guess it's all part of being a home maker, I'm always thinking of ways to 'make my house'.
  So what is on my mind right now? Tile. Saltillo tile to be exact. Saltillo tile is the Spanish/Mexican clay tile. The stand by of this basic flooring material is ...

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Insta Update: Holiday Happenings

Posted by Honor on Monday, December 9, 2013, In : Life At Home 

   The holidays are here in full effect. Decorating, baking and shopping are pretty much filling up the calendar. Not to mention a winter wedding (which the entire fam will making an appearance in... dot dot dot.... me included at 32 weeks preggo. J.O.Y).
  So here is a quick update to the holiday happenings around this holiday house. The image above is me in heaven. Anthropologie heaven. After years of struggling to get the husband something he REALLY wants for Christmas, I finally relented ...

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Gingerbread Houses with the Littles

Posted by Honor on Thursday, December 5, 2013, In : Life At Home 

  After seeing my pinterest feed blow up with various holiday/gingerbread themed goodies I had a serious decorating/diy itch that need to be scratched. So a quick trip to Walmart to find graham crackers led me down the holiday novelty isle and to my delight I spied this festive kit. How perfect is this?! 4 pre-made gingerbread houses with icing and candies included. All wrapped up in a nice & neat box for a whopping $8. Yes only $8!


So off to Lou's best buds house where us mamas could chat awa...

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Holiday Home Tour 2013

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 


   Welcome to the Kristie Holiday Home Tour version 2013!.... or what I like to call Glittery Gold wonderland. You'd be pretty hard pressed to find a single silver ornament in the mix. Nope. This gal is strictly white lights, glittery gold & wood tones. Just feels like the 'holidays' to me with that simple gold color scheme. And glitter.... lots and lots of glitter. Call me traditional, call me an old fogey, but I like to stick to the classics.
   Here is what I have so far. Just waiting on s...

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DIY Gold & Nature Tablescape

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, In : Holiday Decorations 
 I am being such a busy busy bee bustling about putting up Christmas decorations around here that I almost forgot to share my Thanksgiving tablescape. I'm calling this year's theme Golden glam with natural accents. Kinda how I feel about myself. While I'll never turn down a great designer handbag or a chance to take a ride in a luxury vehicle, I'd rather be digging my fingers into the soil planting a new agave. 

No big bucks were spent here to create this tablescape. Here is the breakdown
Myla...

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Kohl's Special Discount

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Shopping Reviews 

      Hey-o mamacitas. Wanted to share a special discount with my beloved readers. Kohl's recently approached me to offer a special discount to my readers by using the code FALLMOMTEN. And I thought why the hell not!!! This code is good till the end of December and gets you an extra 10% off your order. As in you can STACK!!!! additional coupons/discounts. I really do love Kohl's, regardless of this special discount. Not only do they have great fashi...

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Ways to Get Out The Gratefulness

Posted by Honor on Thursday, November 7, 2013, In : Life At Home 
  
    Yes, you could say these thoughts are brought on by the impending holiday season. Or yes, you could say they have been brought on by the impending person growing in my belly. Either or, I feel that it's time to talk about it. Time for me to work it out. Time for me to verbally (visually? Typothetically?) let it out. What I'm talking about is gratefulness. How to go about getting it. Working on it. Keeping it. Growing it. I feel gratefulness is a muscle that must be stretched and worked...

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Decorating with Antlers, Trophy Mounts & Taxidermy

Posted by Honor on Sunday, October 27, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 
  
So so soooooo..... let me start this post off by saying that I KNOW some of ya will think decorating with antlers/heads/mounts is grotesque, kitschy or way to country for ya'll. Others (and I fall into this boat) find decorating with all of the above ^^^ charming, earthy and great! But finding a place for em can be quite difficult, and I want to share a few of my thoughts on this subject. So tune out now if you fall into the first category and listen up if you are like moi.
 This weekend wa...
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Maternity Street Style: 25 Weeks

Posted by Honor on Friday, October 25, 2013, In : Clothing 

   So here I am. So here WE are! 26 weeks along and this little fella is a kickin and cookin. I have a love/hate relationship with this point in pregnancy. Love it that I have a visible bump and that it just doesn't look like I downed a few to many cheese burgers (Also love that the boobage has returned). Hate that I really do have to use maternity pants and that the whole 'mobility' thing? It's fading fast. Ugh. It happens earlier with each baby. The hips are a-achin and the feet are a-swell...

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Playing with Vintage Glass

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Life At Home 

  Hey-o! Over the weekend we finally got a card reader that would read the ancient compact flash drive of this old (ok... so it's not that old, but old in the current scheme of camera technology) camera. It's a SLR, yes SLR not DSLR. While this camera and vintage glass lens produces gorgeous pictures (as evidence presented in this post) it doesn't have an automatic focus, so capturing life (as it moves at one and three year old lighting speeds) can be difficult. So with great patience and a q...

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Fall Wish List: Wheat

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, In : Shopping Reviews 

Sweater | Mohair Throw | Boots | Soap | Etching | Cashmere Scarf

It's definitely not gluten free around these parts! I am totally digging this neutral fall color/smell/look...

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Fall Halloween Tablescape... the morning after

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : Holiday Decorations 


Whoa nelly it's been a bit since I've written! Time to get back into the swing of things eh?! Well, I'll try. I promise. I'll straddle up to the computer with this (already annoyingly large) baby belly and clickity clack away ;)
 Last night I had the pleasure of hosting my monthly book club. It is such a delight to be able to keep up with the nearest and dearest to my heart. Composed of college buds and newer comrades we have been going strong for almost 4 years! Through break ups, engagements...

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We be bump'n it.... Baby Boy Style

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, In : Life At Home 
   Yes. It's true. Sooner than later the boys will out number the girls in the Kristie household. Am I psyched? Yes! A little terrified? Most definitely. Boys are a whole other story (than girls) when it comes to their mamas. My little lou has always been so content entertaining herself and if she felt so inclined she might bring a book or a toy to my attention if she wanted my participation. But my little bubba? If he is not suction cup tentacled to my leg, shoving a picture book in my face ...
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While the Papa Dog is away....

Posted by Honor on Thursday, September 19, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 
So my oh my.... here is what's up right now. The hubs is away on a hunting trip with his best former Navy bud and his pops for 10 days. So wonderful right?!?!

uh

Ahem

Wonderful... for them! For me this time alone with the two kiddos (and one baking away) have been a true test of my patience, strength, will power, stamina, endurance, ect ect ect.... feel free to add any more adjectives to describe this parenting marathon going on in my house. For all you single mamas out there, how you do this A...

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Insta Update: Last of the Summer Soak Up

Posted by Honor on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Just a little sneak peek into our end of summer life. It has been a whirl wind and then not, like a tornado then like an Alaskan glaicer, like zip zoom zow then moooovvviiiinnngggg rrrreeeaaalllyyyy sssslllloooowwwlllyyyy..... know what I mean? When you are in the moment life seems to be dripping by so slowly like pouring cold honey, but then you blink and it's like what the hey? Where did August go? Well that's what I been feeling.

  What I have been doing is a whole lotta rearranging. The l...

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DIY Gallery Wall Of Mirrors

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 
We've all seen the 'Gallery Wall'. A mis matched hod podge of pictures, illustrations and various knickknacks that make our hearts go pitter patter. But my heart pitters no more. Instead it yearns for more simple yet stately adornment. Something a bit more grown up. Enter mirrors stage left. Exit mis mash stage right.
 Here is my version of a DIY gallery wall of mirrors





   Positively exciting right? Well, not really. But it does have the Ballard Designs/Pottery Barn/Traditional yet quirky yet b...
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It's My Burfday

Posted by Honor on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Sunday was my 28th bday. And it was fabulous.

Was I treated to a limo, pop a bottle of champagne and laden with oodles of diamonds?

Nope. No sir-ee.

I got to have fresh cinnamon rolls from the bakery (ie no cooking/clean up for moi), driven to a barn sale where the hubs entertained to kiddos so I could dig in silence and then finished up the day having dinner with my mama, papa, brother, hubs and babies at the local taco joint on the outside patio.

Divine.

Funny how the tables have turned. When I...

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I'm Here... Just feeling a little buried

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, In : Life At Home 
I'm here, I'm here. I've just been really out of it. Blah de blah blah... Basically I am/have been moving in slow motion and now I'm trying to catch up on some much needed house work and baby cuddles. Call it baby brain, call it summer-itis call it being a bum.... but this mama is taking a breaky.
 Thank you for being patient and I promise once I get my mojo flowin again I will share, share, share!
mucho mucho thanks


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I'm Breaking Up With Chevron.... and Moving on to Quatrefoil

Posted by Honor on Thursday, August 8, 2013, In : Shopping Reviews 


I say enough with the chevron pattern everybody! Don't you see it everywhere? It's on pillows and curtains and rugs and dresses and lampshades and nail art... Enough is enough people! Time to spread the pattern love elsewhere. Today I want to feature one on my personal favorites..... The Quatrefoil.


Quatrefoil Links Stencil Via OMG Stencils


Quatrefoil Drum Shade by Shades of Light
ok ok... so it's not really the pattern and more of just the shape. But how glam is this?!


Turquoise Quatrefoil Pill...

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Summer is Smokin

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, In : Life At Home 

 The heat wave has finally hit us here is SoCal. So far we have been blessed with a very thick and lingering marine layer this summer, but it's finally burned off and all the UVA/UVB/Infrared/Lazer Beam Rays are hitting us full force. So on the agenda is lots of beach and splash pad time. Basically I follow one of my most important motherhood mottoes, "When in doubt, Place in water". It instantly chills the littles out. Literally and figuratively.

This guy was ready to roll and I could barely...

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DIY Mercury Glass Bath Set

Posted by Honor on Friday, August 2, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

   And the nesting has begun.... but at least it's starting with pretty girly 'me' stuff and not mushy gushy cutesy babykins. Gotta get the me time in while I can. And how do I like to do that? By taking a nice bath with a stack of magazines and my pandora app blaring. Yep that sounds divine. So I did just that. But did I relax and enjoy it? No of course not! Instead I was staring around my bath thinking that it was lacking in the pretty department and I was totally irked by my mismatching ba...

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Three Babies? This is Uncharted Territory

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : Life At Home 
   I went to the Dr for a checkup and came out fourth months pregnant! What a surprise to say the least. Mostly I was shocked, followed by short bursts of joy then the finale of an acute panic attack. Guess that explains the extreme exhaustion, upswing in incredible moodiness and general nausea that overwhelmed me when I was around any type of food. Kinda like DUH!

  Three Babies? This is uncharted territory. I am one of two. All of my friends growing up were one of two. Anyone I could turn to...
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Insta Update

Posted by Honor on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 
My life lately according to instagram



Little man dominating his big sis by stuffing her (not really) into a diaper box
My (upcoming) birthday present form the hubs.... a giant California Pepper tree
My little pirate. So many things to love about this pic. The mismatched shoes, ice princess dress, sword, sun bathing bear and all the accessories...
He is just like his pops.. always workin on something
water from a hose tastes so much better right?!
I surprised the hubs with some ticket...
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Happy Weekend & Painted Bookcase Inspo

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : Pinspiration 







  This weekend was a good one. Full of friends, carnivals, movies and concerts. And it started off being planned as a 'staycation' where our family would hole up in the house and not . do . a . thang. Funny how summer does that. You start off with nothing then sooner than you know you have a whole lotta something full of fun people in fun places. It was a life saver. Mama was definitely in a funk and needed a reminder not to be so uptight. Family is messy and that is the way it should be, not...

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Today, I ran away... from my kids

Posted by Honor on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : Life At Home 





   I literally raced out of the room through the bathroom into my bedroom slamming and sliding doors along the way only to fall into a heap of tears and sleep deprived anguish. Two seconds later I hear a crash bang boom and both kids are shoving each other out of the way to open the doors I closed and throw themselves against the door I was walled up against. Crying... whining... yelling... Mama MAMA MAMA!!!! and shoving their stubby little fingers under the door trying to get to me. 

Wahhhh!...

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Shop Update: New Custom Art Prints Added

Posted by Honor on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : Shop 


  Just a quick note to say that tons of new art prints are being added to the shop daily. Like these adorable custom Confetti Stripe Monogram prints available in either peach or sky^^^. If you are confused about what art prints are, they are custom digital files that will be created by me and sent to you via high resolution jpg and pdf files. The are ready to resize as desired, print, frame and display. Think family photo wall, in the entry or add it to your nursery gallery a...

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In The Market For: Vintage Looking Sofas

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, In : Shopping Reviews 
 
Via Home Decorators
  Sometimes you just can't DIY. Yeah...I don't think I'm crafty enough to conjure up enough magical potions to presto change-o some old wood pallets into a sturdy and stylish sofa. Nope. Not even gonna try.
So if I can't DIY my other tactic is usually to buy vintage...aka used...aka salvaged. Or also... not perfect. Don't get me wrong, I love our jolly green giant and that I scored for only $150. But with two bouncing babies, a dog and a husband that won't take his boots ...

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Patriotic Fluffy Pancake Recipe & Hope You Had A Happy Fourth

Posted by Honor on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Recipes 

  Fourth of July on a Thursday.... hummm....feels kinda weird right? But fun all the same. We started the day off with some of Mama's famous fluffy pancakes (colored red, white & blue of course!), then headed to the beach to have a BBQ with some friends and their precious babe followed up with some ice cream at home where we could see multiple fireworks locations from our back porch.Pretty dang awesome. I will never get over being able to see fireworks from our house. We live on the tippy top...

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That man sure can take some pictures

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : Life At Home 

    Warning warning warning... the following post is ridden with baby pictures. So if chunky cheeks, squishy thighs, sausage toes and poochy bellies offend, please avert your eyes now!

    But if not... this one is for you. BTW All the pictures we taken by my husband! Holler for having someone else behind the camera lens for once.... not that I even made it into a single photo! Oh well! But that man was all about this young blonde babe ^^^^

   Interesting how I can see a difference in the expre...

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DIY Planters: Fancy Up Your Green Space With These Ideas

Posted by Honor on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Pinspiration 

1. Gold Leaf Terracotta Pots via The Hunted Interior
2. Marbled Nail Polish Pots Via Henry Happened
3. Dino Toy Planter via Little Bit Funky
4. Salvage Something Forgotten via Home Heart Craft
5. Concrete Paver Planter via Shelterness
6. Faux Bois Planter via Martha Stewart

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Gone Fish'in

Posted by Honor on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Life At Home 



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Joining the Crew Team

Posted by Honor on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Life At Home 





   I knew it was coming. My baby boy had to get a buzz. With a former military man as a father (who has had a crew cut his entire life), I knew my fine, fair haired babe was destined for the clippers. But don't fret! I am hoping that now it will bounce back and grow in thick. (but if not, I saved a few of his four inch locks as a memento.) In all fairness this little tyke had a serious Wisconsin waterfall goin on. We tried with all our might to wrestle and wrangle him with some scissors and a...
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DIY Kid Friendly Gardens

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : Project Alert 

Summer . is . here .
Can I get a boo-yah? A hell-yeah? An Allllright? Maybe a groovy? How bout just a plain ol' YESSSsssssSSSS! With a fist pump, knuckle bump.... yeah....go ahead and explode it. Boom
Summer to moi is countless hours spent outside gardening, splashing in the kiddie pool, spraying the kids with the hose, dive into the sand box, rush over to the fountain, then back to the pool to start the summer-play-keeping cool cycle all over again. But this summer I want to incorporate the ki...

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Happy Father's Day To All You Pops Out There

Posted by Honor on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Life At Home 




Happy Father's Day to all the fathers (and father figures) out there!
The realest and manliest men I know are fathers. Tough enough to get over their own egos and play dress up, tea parties and paint nails for all the little princesses. Or patient enough to show their micro mini-mes how to loop de loop and knot some shoe laces.
Between my own father, my husband and father-in-law, I (and my babies) have been extremely blessed to have such amazing, loving, caring, patient and knowledge filled me...

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The Coolest Raddest Father's Day Gift Ideas

Posted by Honor on Friday, June 14, 2013, In : Love'n Etsy 


Part One: Etsy
It's not just for the crafty ladies anymore! Here are a few that caught my eye, and I ran them past my big guy and he gave them the thumbs up. Presents are so personal so keep in mind these are just suggestions. ;)


Live Edge iPad Docking Station & Stand From Grand Stands & Co.
Add a lil outdoorseiness to the techie things in his life

50 Cal Bullet Bottle Opener From Bottle Breacher
How more manyly can you get than popping open a brewskie with a 50 Cal bullet

Set of Vintage 66' Playbo...

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Family Fun: San Diego County Fair

Posted by Honor on Friday, June 14, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Whew this family is tuckered! As in kaput.... Doneskey... Zonked.... As in my achin back, feet and knees!
But, all in all Lou's fantastical third birthday at the county fair was a success. I don't think that little gal could have been any happier. She was literally bounding, skipping and leaping around for the whole day. Squeals of joy could be heard on the minute, every minute. From the barns full of animals, to the games, to the rides and of course the fair treats, I think this one is for th...

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Lucinda Lou!

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : Life At Home 



Happy Magical 3rd Birthday to our crazy firecracker whippersnapper sweet baby girl, Lucinda Lou! You are endlessly joyful, hilarious and stubborn. Without you our hearts would be incomplete. We love you SO!

Off to the county fair we go with Gran & Gramps, then we'll finish up the happy day with some strawberry poke cake :)

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DIY Creative Scarf Storage and Organization

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

Anyone else have a scarf monster in the bottom drawer? 
I do!
....Or did :)
This unruly creature is composed of all your beloved scarves entwined in such a giant tangled mess, you can't even close the door or drawer. Bulging. Annoying. Frustrating. Pain in da rear-o.
So off I go on a pinterest, google, flickr, library book inspiration adventure. There are all sorts of nice ideas out there, but I wasn't just looking for a (very practical, yet very boring) scarf hanger. Ya Know. Those regular ha...

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DIY Inspo: Succulent Tapestry

Posted by Honor on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : Pinspiration 

In the diy gardening/craft world it seems like succulents are all the rage now days. Succulent necklaces, vertical succulent gardens, succulents as house plants. The list of ways that people are getting jiggy with this once forgotten now fabulous plant goes on and on. I, for one, am all for it! Here in the southwest, succulents (or native waterwise plants) are a way of life. But I find that people either love em or hate em. I grew up here, so xeriscape is forever burned on the back of my eyel...

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DIY Dreaming: Twigs

Posted by Honor on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Project Alert 


Mirror

Chandelier

Coat Rack

Lamp


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Kickin It Hickerbilly Style

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Hillbilly... hickerbilly... what ever you call it, THIS. is. how. you. do. it.

Two restless, hot and sticky kids
One craigslist jump house
One wonky tarp tied on for shade
Wrench on that hose full power

let'em go

Like'a wave pool and McDonald's playplace all in the comfort of your very own driveway.




Such a boy ^^^^
;)

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Summa Summa

Posted by Honor on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Everyone else ready for summer? This fam damily is! Summer for us is all about birthday parties, the beach, the Del Mar Fair (which now apparently is called the San Diego Country fair, but to me it will always be the Del Mar Fair), the horse track/races and finding new and creative ways to beat the heat. Pool noodle, water balloon, hose and sprinkler obstacle course anyone?

Hope your weekend was fun and family filled. Just an fyi, the DIYn might slow down a bit because I am finding myself more...

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Life Lately

Posted by Honor on Friday, May 31, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Life Lately. Here is a bit of what we've been up to. You can follow me on insta @HonorKristie










Let's see.... we have been painting murals, shooting squirrels ^^^^^ and mama got some new bling ;) (goodbye solitaire hello fancy schmancy setting!)
Also, did some gardening with my new pal snakey-poo and got an epic haul from Mathilda's Mouse for less than $60!
Life is good. Goody good good.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a great weekend.


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Happy Memorial Day

Posted by Honor on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Happy Memorial Day to you and yours.

    May this day be full of friends, family and lots of love. Historically this day is to remember those who have fought and lost their lives in service to our country, but it's really so much more. Without these brave & strong men and women I sure as hell would not be here today making do-dads and writing about my carefree children. These people and have paved the 'American Way' with their backs and I for one, am thankful and GOD DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERI...
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The Honey Do List: Refinish Butcherblock Countertops

Posted by Honor on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Life At Home 
And by honey I mean me. Here is a look at one of my (many many many.... will the list ever end???) ongoing projects/renovations of mi casa. I got a bug in my ear buzzing that I just gotta refinish our butcherblock countertops... like ah'now. I love our butcherblock, or BB's as I call them,  it's just that they have been looking, well, rather icky poo lately. Not that I'm no longer a huge fan of the vintage/antique/rustic/dents & dings look, I just feel that they could look better.

kinda meh i...

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DIY Watercolor Doily Art

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 23, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 


DIY Watercolor Doily Art with gold foil frames. Simple pretty art on the cheapy cheap....











No explanation needed. Just some simple pretty art.
Thanks for stopping by!


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Dirt Won't Hurt

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 16, 2013, In : Life At Home 

We are dirt people. Shoes off, hose on, toes in the mud, under fingernails and yes, smudged on the face. I was brought up under the guidance of a master green thumb (my mama-dearest) and she passed on a deep appreciation and love of cultivating mother nature. While I am still learning my P's and Q's of the landscaping laws, I sure do love the ride (again with my cliches... I just can't help myself). If I can pass on just one of my interests to my baby-kins I hope it's a passion for the outdoo...

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Happy Mama's Day to.... Me!

Posted by Honor on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Hey-O! Gotta give props to yourself when you can.
My kids are happy, healthy and clean (most of the time) So for the most part I think I'ma doing ok. A pat on the back, foot massage, facial, pedicure, voodoo zen relaxation take-5-years-off-my-face treatment is in order. I love being in love with my babies and I know they know that. So a great big hoorah! to my fellow mamas and for everyone with a mama's heart for that matter. You don't have to have literally pushed out a watermelon to be a ...

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Green Beans with Seasoned Almonds and Sauteed Ham

Posted by Honor on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Recipes 
   Green Beans with Seasoned Almonds and Sauteed Ham... a pretty fancy sounding recipe eh?! Gor-met it my middle name don't cha know?! Just kidding. This recipe is a good ol stand by for me. Just perfect for when I'ma looking to impress some house guests... or cook up some home harvested veggies. Holy cow! Did you know super duper fast beans grow? I'm still learning at this whole veggie gardening thing, so bear with me while I sing with glee over the few plants I manage not to slaughter.

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This...
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Chicago Spring Vacation Recap

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 9, 2013, In : Life At Home 

I know,  the picture above is not quite the image you think of when you hear the words, "Vacation in Chicago". But that's how we like it. Just a dab of the city will do ya. Our family is located about an hour & 1/2 to the west of the city in a quaint town surrounded by corn/wheat/soy fields neighbored by more quaint towns followed by more corn//wheat/soy fields and so on and so on. It doesn't take long to get deep into the heartland of America.
The trip was a success. A much needed refueling ...

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Kristie Family Springmoon

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 2, 2013, In : Life At Home 
I am writing this post from the air... our family is on the road (or sky) to Chicago for a little spring break slash honeymoon. The kiddos get to visit with the grandparents and the hubs and I get to hit the big city. We will be gone till next week so the diy'n will be on hiatus. Follow me on  insta @honorkristie for snippets of fun family (and lovebirds) times.
 xoxo Honor :) :) :)
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Have You Met My Daughter Yet?

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Welcome to the world of Lucinda Lou...

This is her. My daughter. This is typical Lou Lou. She is supposed to be napping, but instead she decided to sneak attack her sleeping baby brother with bombs of baby powder followed by globs of shaving cream and the final 'umphf' on top of the catastrophe cake was a shower of tampon confetti (don't fret it was a brand new box). A whippersnapper, firecracker and high spirited are all mild compared to what is my daughter. While some ask 'How do you deal?' ...
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Pinspiration: Pretty Pretty Pinwheels

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Pinspiration 
Alright ladies... new feature here called Pinspiration. Once a week I will show you what is on my mind via one of my boards on Pinterest. (Hopefully) I will be bringing to your attention the very best & most creative of said object/craft. First up is Pinwheels. So simple, yet so awesome! Sometimes the simplest of crafts can be made into something truly awe inspiring with a few tweaks here and there. You can find my Pinwheel board HERE. Please click through to find the links to these really cr...
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DIY Birthday 'Stats' Chalkboard

Posted by Honor on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : Party Decorations 

I received quite a few emails about how I made little man's birthday chalkboard signs, so I thought I would tackle another in a DIY version to share with you all.
While google'n and pinteresting decor ideas for LM's bday I came across the most adorable chalk signs on etsy. I don't remember who they were by, but they did cost a pretty penny. Not in the budget. But hey it's just chalk right? Should be simple right? Ummm yes and ah no.  Read on for my tips and tricks for tackling a chalkboard sig...

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Girlfriends: Gotta Have Em

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : Life At Home 

I am all tingling with excitement! My monthly book club meeting was last night and it was such a touching moment in my life. Why, you ask? Not because anything particularly spectacular or crazy happened, it was spectacular just because of the point where we all are at in life. So much is going on in our little circle of friends. A baby just arrived, two marriages just happened, one engagement, one pregnancy announcement, crazy world travel... whew I'm exhausted just thinking about it. I am so...

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Inspo Places: Garden Tour (Fallbrook California Spring 2013)

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 
This is for all my earth mamas out there. My one piece of advice (for the century) is 'Get your booty to the nearest garden tour PRONTO!' Good gawd! Talk about inspiring! (And a wee bit depressing... like we have the time and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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to create gardens like this on our own... not everyone can afford a mini landscaping army to craft such beauty!!! Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!...
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Follow me on instagram!

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 

Have you joined instagram yet? Are you hooked just like I am? Good gawd stick a fork in me cuz I am done for! I very quickly become an insta junkie. I only recently upgraded to a smart phone capable of the insta app, so I am still getting the hang of things. But if you are interested in seeing my diy'n 'live' then hop on over and follow me @HonorKristie or click here

Instagram

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Little Man's First Birthday Brainstorming

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Party Decorations 


All images found via Pinterest. Please check out my board for all the links

DIY Lighted Letter Marquee Sign

DIY Vintage Photo Booth

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When in doubt, place in water

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Garden hose + dirt = awesome baby sitter while I dig holes and spread gravel near by.

Thank god for mud






Really... thank you.

and thank you for stopping by!


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Inspirational Places: Japanese Friendship Garden

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Inspirational Places: Japanese Friendship Garden.
Round two of my Inspirational Places series. First up was Balboa Park. You can see the images of this epic place here. A definite must see if you are ever in the SD area. Now on to round two: Japanese Friendship Gardens. Technically this inspirational place is with in Balboa Park, but it stands on it's own with the amount of beauty and well, inspiration it contains.


The redbud trees were off the hook! Just breath taking. There is a whole valley ...

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Kitchen Garden: Phase Two

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 18, 2013, In : Life At Home 



My kitchen garden is coming together quite nicely. Ye-Haw! Lots of sweat and back breaking went into the little sucker and I can't wait to sow the seeds and seedlings I have percolating in the laundry room. I have three large terra cotta planters (already planted with heirloom tomatoes, basil, peas and cucumbers) and two 4' x 8' raised beds. If you didn't catch the before & my inspiration click here.  Now I'm just waiting on the local mushroom farm to give me a jingle on the jangle to pick up...
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Kitchen Garden: Phase one

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : Life At Home 



Here it is, in all it's barren dirtness, rockness & gravelness: My kitchen garden.

Well it will be anyway! And I'm even a little embarrassed to say that this pic is of it cleaned up! I'm talking man eat'n tumbleweeds were taking over.

I have many a grand plan for my patch of dirt. Two raised planters, light colored gravel, a smattering of stepping stones, trellises ... perhaps even a wall fountain? Many nights lately have been spent pinteresting, flickring and googling all shapes, sizes and t...

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Eleven Months... and a Year

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 11, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Little man joined in on the wildflower situation here. He is eleven months! Holy Bajeezez time is a flyin.

And on the subject of time... it is my ONE YEAR anniversary of craft blogging! Over 500,000 people have come by this little craft site and with every day/week/month that passes my passion and sources of inspirations seem to multply. I can't wait to see where this adventure takes me next. Thank you so very much for your support & kind words of support!



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Inspirational Places: Balboa Park

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Life At Home 
The little ones and I went to a fantastic place this week looking to have an adventure. It was a magical wonderland full of lollipops and gargoyles. Well, no lollipops but there were definitely gargoyles! We ventured to Balboa Park,  hugely important point of historical interest here in San Diego. Here is what wikipedia has to say about it..

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation green belts, gardens and wal...
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Weekend Wildflowers

Posted by Honor on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Life At Home 


Weekends like what just happened, remind me why our family is so blessed to live in southern California... and why we will never ever never ever never never NEVER move away. Unless we have to. Begrudgingly, I would welcome new adventures and new locations but not with out a great big harumph!!!! first.
Our weather was splendid, the wildflowers are blooming (spring comes extra extra early here) and the big man had the weekend off. Triple threat. We BBQ'd with close friends. We planted our zinni...

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Subscribe To Home Heart Craft

Posted by Honor on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 


The subscribe button finally works! Now you can stay up to date with all the hip happenings here at Home Heart Craft (say that five times fast!)
Click Here to sign up for HHC's email updates, or the image above

Thanks for stopping by! I'm really feeling the love this week, so again.... thank you!


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Home Tour on Life Made Lovely Reveal

Posted by Honor on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 

Boy am I feeling the love this week. Not only was my DIY anthro mugs featured on Knock Off Decor, but now my great room/kitchen tour is on Life Made Lovely! If you get a chance please take a moment to check it out. I had a lot of fun writing this post and I hope you enjoy (and perhaps gather a little inspiration?)
Thanks for stopping by!


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Anthro Mugs Featured on Knock Off Decor

Posted by Honor on Thursday, February 21, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 





If you haven't checked out my DIY anthropologie coffee mugs, perhaps you should! This great DIY (in my humble opinion) was featured on Knock Off Decor. Whooot Whoot!
The tutorial shows you a new way to decorate ceramic mugs with sharpie markers. My very own spin on the fad.

Thanks for stopping by! A lot is on the agenda for this little craft site. We just got back from a spur of the moment family vacation to play in the snow, and I am currently trying to hang this Moroccan mirror I just diy'd....

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Watercolor Practice

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Goof off time for me is pretty rare these days. Sometimes I lose myself in memories of way way back when I had no babies, no hubby, no major responsibilities. When I could lounge around a read 5 magazines front to back without interruption. When I could sketch, paint and write for hours on end. Just get lost in my thoughts. Ahhh those days! They were fun. But I couldn't help feeling lost then. Like I was waiting for something. Well, I'm not waiting anymore! I'm struggling to keep up! Funny ho...

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Cali: I'm Your Biggest Fan

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, In : Life At Home 





Oh California I'm coming home
Oh make me feel good rock 'n' roll band
I'm your biggest fan
California I'm coming home

Lyrics courtesy of Joni Mitchell from the song California.

I love living here in the wild wild west. In the land of the untamed and free. It fills your lungs up so full of fresh air that at any moment they might just burst. Nothing clears the head and the heart more than a hike into the great wilderness. These photos were taken on a crisp morning when the sky was so blue and the...

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DIY Watercolor Spritzed Envelopes

Posted by Honor on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : Party Decorations 

   Not much is better than receiving a pretty personal piece of mail (say that five times fast!). You know what I mean. Like when you were seven, ripping open the birthday card from dear ol granny. Or like the time you tenderly peeled back the edge to see the beautiful wedding invite from your best friend.  Or like when you gingerly open one of the numerous holiday cards, to be greeted by smiling faces and a drooling tongue (of your friend's dog... not their kid... hopefully).

   Why not make ...

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Great Room Tour Sneak Peak

Posted by Honor on Thursday, February 14, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 

Wanted to share a couple of snapshots our kitchen/great room that will be featured in a home tour series soon (details will be posted when the article goes live). I was so honored to be asked and spent quite a bit of time trying to get these images just right. The mister and I are so proud of this character filled home we have created together and adore sharing the coziness with who ever wants to par take.







 

This was just a taste to wet your appetite. Thanks for stopping by and check back in s...

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Watercolor Valentine Cards Free Printables

Posted by Honor on Saturday, February 9, 2013, In : Free Downloads 


  I was messing around with my watercolors last night and thought I would share. I have been working on a few watercolor Valentine's Day themed diys and these are a few 'left-overs' that are just too pretty to be forgotten. Click Here to visit my download page to get these love notes. They are approx 5"x8" in size, just perfect to print, trim, scribble some sweet nothings on and finally pop into the mail box. Hope you like them!

 I'm thinking of offering some graphic/art downloads weekly. Free...

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DIY Watercolor Bangle

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, In : Accessories 






I knew there was something I could do with all those left over tape rolls!

  Do you do that? Hoard left overs until you can figure out a way to reuse them? I swear about 90% of my office closet is full of those so called 'craft supplies'. Think bags of wine corks, toilet and paper towel tubes, wrapping paper scraps... pretty much everything you would call trash. But I can't do it! I guess it is the hoarder coming out in me. You know we all have a little of that. Hoardism. Hoardalitis. Hoardlue...

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Tough Cookie

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Life At Home 


  Dairy of parenting a strong willed child: Part one.

  Buying a mattress.

  To say that my first born, Lou, is a strong willed child is like calling the grand canyon just a valley. True in essence, but greatly inadequate in description.
  This little one has tested me more than anyone or anything else. A constant button pusher. A true inquisitor. Master of patience draining.
  Good thing they are so darn cute at this age, right? Or who knows what could happen when a tired mama is pushed past h...

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Pillow Mosh Pit

Posted by Honor on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Life At Home 





 I am ecstatic that these two really enjoy each others company. They giggle and laugh and talk to each other. Well, Lou talks and the little man ' Mamamamama ma MA mama MAMAMAM's' at her. Lou is generous with her toys but he is much more interested in her. Sprint crawling after her if she saunters away. She is gentle with him (most of the time anyway). I am also very surprised that she tolerates little man getting a tad more attention right now. Nursing, crawling up the stairs, diapers... you...

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DIY Gold Glitter Polka Dot Sweater

Posted by Honor on Saturday, January 19, 2013, In : Clothing 
do do doot do do doot DO DO DOOT DOOT!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled diy'n to share with you this awesomely cute so friggin adorable diy! Don't worry, your regularly scheduled diy ( # 9 & # 10 of the hair comb series) will appear shortly after this special post.

With out further ado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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   Am I right or am I right about this being friggin adorable?!?!?!

   I'm not even going to mention about how cheap and easy and ridiculously simple it is to make other than it...

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DIY Embellished Hair Comb: Parts Five and Six

Posted by Honor on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 


Sick of hair comb ideas yet? No? Good! Cuz here are two more beauties. Both equally simple and fab. If you haven't yet, make sure to check out parts one/two and three/four.

A recap on what I am doing here. At the beginning of the new year I was a bit bogged down reminiscing about sugar plums and faux snow frosted ornaments. In other words I was feeling a bit low because the NY signals the end of my favorite time of the year. My creative juices weren't flowing. They were more like syurp.

sooooo...

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Get Away for a Bit

Posted by Honor on Thursday, January 10, 2013, In : Life At Home 
Sometimes you just gotta. Disappear for a minute or two. Immerse yourself into the natural world. Become one with nature. Yes, a silly cliche, but at the same time so freeing and centering.
   We had a scary experience the other night. While on the way back from my monthly book club with my lady friends I ran out of gas on the freeway. With both kids in tow. Out of gas. Car shuttering to a stop. I just barely made it over to the center divider out of traffic. The gas gauge went out in my car a...
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DIY Watercolor Desktop Calendar and Stand

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 

Everyone is talking about their resolutions. All I hear is Charlie Brown adults takling. Wah wah wha wah wha.

I don't do NY resolutions. Like I need to add another thing to the list of things I don't have time for right?! Well that is what I feel about resolutions anyway. Why do I have to wait to the beginning of a new year to try and work on bettering myself? But what eves, if it works for you, go right ahead and make (and hopefully keep!) some resolutions. 

Perhaps staying more organized? Pe...

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DIY Kate Spade Scallop Necklace

Posted by Honor on Monday, January 7, 2013, In : Accessories 
    So lately I have had glitter on the brain. Could it be because I was asked to collaborate with a big name on some glitter diys? (YAYYYYYYYY YIPPPPEEEE for me ;) ) Yeah I bet that's it. Details to come soon. Big toothy grin over here.

 But anyway I have been brainstorming up a storm (punny right?!) for this feature diy. Brainstorming is kind of my thing. I love bubble charts and lists. Any scrap piece of paper is subject to my doodles and ideas. But now that my feature diy is complete I tho...

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New Year New Room

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, In : Home Sneek Peek 


New paint color really. Truth is that I was never really sold on the color our master had been. I was going for a sophisticated gray with a hint of lavender. In my mind it was going to be classy, moody, unique.
Unique is right.... it came out straight up PURPLE. A weird mauve in your face purplish tone. In the early morning light I was ok with it, but every other time I was just annoyed when I caught a glimpse of it. Heck... I even painted a mural over it to try and change my heart about it. N...

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DIY NYE Sparkle Style Inspiration

Posted by Honor on Friday, December 28, 2012, In : Project Alert 


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8


Also... Please check out some of my own sparkly DIYs. New ones coming asap. This weekend will be a busy one :)






Thanks for stopping by!


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Merry Christmas 2012

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This coming year is shaping up to be an epic one for this little family and DIY/Craft blog. Lots of fun collaborations are lined up!
 Thank you so much for stopping by! We really appreciate all your support and love of crafts. Here are a few snapshots from our quiet Christmas.



My brother, the dog whisperer





Our annual sparkle Christmas sweater family photo (will post the previous ones soon). All the sweaters (and party dress and onesie) ...

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Easy Christmas Decorating: Bookcase

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 

   These built in bookcases have been the best addition to our living room. The husband gets to feel accomplished by having built them himself and I get to decorate them. When I feel like futzing around I just shuffle the shelving arrangements and I feel like I have really done something with the day. Just kidding. But decorating these behemoths is a real treat. They are the very first thing you see when you enter our living room so I wanted to do something festive but not over whelming. Here...

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He said he wanted a big one, Christmas Tree that is

Posted by Honor on Friday, November 30, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 

 One of the biggest reasons why I love this man is his child like enthusiasm. He is the one that wakes me up at 4 am on Christmas morning. He is the one that likes to shake every present under the tree and trick me into revealing what is inside. What a stinker! So I totally saw it coming when he told me he wanted to get the largest tree possible... but this is a whole other bag of potato chips. 
 We went to a new 'cut your own tree' lot this year. It was quite a hike away, but totally worth it...
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DIY Simple Country Christmas Mantel

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 


A little country, a smidgen of rustic, a dash of eclectic and finish it off with a handful of glitter. That is about how I sum up my Christmas decor. I love to incorporate what I already have around the house, such as my vintage window. Top it off with some glittery lights and I am ready to get back to baking some cookies with Lou.
Hope you enjoy my mini tour of my Christmas mantel. Nothing very crazy, but a whole lot of homemade love ;) Hope your decorating is going well.

some homemade burl...

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DIY Burlap Advent Calendar

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 

Do you feel it yet? Has that Christmas/Holiday spirit nipped you in the booty yet? Yes, I know I know it's not even December yet, but that magical feeling has swept into our home with full gale force winds. A tornado of glitter, tinsel, ornaments and cuttings. As stated before I am trying to limit my store bought holiday decorations and really have a go at crafting up my own batch of goodies. Here is my version of an advent/countdown calendar. A bit country and rustic. Rough around the edges ...

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DIY Watercolor Paper Lantern Holiday Ornament

Posted by Honor on Saturday, November 24, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 

Alright diyers, now that Thanksgiving is over the real holiday mission is on. Your mission (ok, really my mission): Decorate the tree and house is only handmade, natural or found elements. NO STORE BOUGHT hocus pocus. I try so hard every holiday season to not indulge in all the costly holiday pretties.... but it is so hard! Those lovelies are well, so lovely!
I welcome you to the first of my handmade ornaments. This one is super simple and involves watercolors. I have been on a really big wate...

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Sweet Potato Pie

Posted by Honor on Friday, November 23, 2012, In : Recipes 


Wish I had more pics of this sucker... but trust me it went FAST!

This delish pie is composed of a super scrumptious sweet potato pie with a bacon and blue cheese lattice. Looks and sound complicated but it really is not. This is THE dish you want to bring to any holiday potluck. Here we go...

Ingredients:
1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry or ready made pie shell
1/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar packed
2 eggs
2 cups mashed sweet potato
1/4 cup half-n-half
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
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DIY Mini Wheat Wreath

Posted by Honor on Friday, November 16, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 
Oh hey-zues-christos...Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As in less then a week. As in OMG I have a lot to do! I just realized that yesterday. Breathe in... breathe out.

So while I stress myself bald over this mondo turkey that I need to prepare (first one!), here is a quick home decor diy. A sweet and nature inspired mini wheat wreath. Just perfect for chair decorations, or to layer over a mirror. Here we go!


Ok I literally whipped this up in FIVE MINUTES! No glue, no stress and no mes...

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Before and After: Staircase Family Photo Wall

Posted by Honor on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Home Sneek Peek 



This wall has been the bane of my existence. I get heartburn just looking at it. Bahhhhh, it frustrates me to no end!

Ok a little exaggerated , but you get my point. I have had such trouble figuring out what to do with this wall. In the short year and a half we have been here it has had quite a few 'lives'. First it was a dining area. Then a reading nook. Then back to a dining area with faux built in benches. Then  to a holding area for a table I didn't know what to do with. Then finally to th...

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Range Time

Posted by Honor on Thursday, October 25, 2012, In : Love'n Etsy 



sneaky sneak!!!

I caught you!!!

   As much as guns frighten me, I really do appreciate having a husband that knows how to handle them (He knows what the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks he is doing!). I feel safer knowing that we are protected, not only by his cool as a cucumber head but his steady hand as well. I love that he has a hobby that he enjoys so very much. It is clear as day, the joy just beams from his smile when he nails 25, then 50, and then 75 clays in a row!
  But more importantly our e...
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Peek A Boo!

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Adventures in Hide-N-Seek with a two year old & a dutch door







I found you!

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DIY Bookcase Dollhouse

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 


DO IT YOURSELF Bookcase Dollhouse



A perfect rainy day project. This little old lady of a bookcase was fancified over the weekend. All it took was me dragging out my unbelievably large stash of scrapbook paper, scissors and many glue sticks.
Plus # 1: It is free! Go green right? Recycle, reduce and reuse...
Plus # 2: The kids can participate.
Plus # 3: The finished product is so darn toot'n cute.

Here we go... tricks and tips follow below each picture but this DIY is pretty self explanatory...


W...

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Soggy Sunday Smiles

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 22, 2012, In : Life At Home 











Rain rain come again any day you please :)
We love rain here in this household. My plants were very thirsty and we were in dire need of a dress up day. That was our weekend in a nutshell. Story time, dress up and lots of smiles.
Hope you had a pleasant week end.
I am working on a super cute project for the kiddos. Pics and a DIY coming next!

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Harveston Lake (Duckies!)

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Life At Home 






What a feeding frenzy!
Between her and the ducks our bits of bread didn't last more than 5 minutes. I must say that they were the most aggressive ducks/geese/water fowl I have ever ventured to feed.

We are talking swarms here! Even pecked our toes!

So I am thinking that maybe Lou with the attitude ate the bread out of self defense.

So besides our sore pecked toes and dodging the mass amounts of duck poop, it was a pretty nice little morning for us.

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I even caught the culp...

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A Boy and His Papa

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, In : Life At Home 




Why so serious?!
These two. I just can't get enough. Such a special bond between a father and his son. I really couldn't ask for a better father to my children. I was raised in a very lovey-dovey-mushy-gushy-never-ending-hugs-and-smooches type of home and strive to create that type of environment for these two little nuggets. And the hubs obliges. He heaps on the cuddles and smooches just as much as I do. I really think that is important. To have a loving father figure.... none of that 'we do...

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Hallowen Party Success!

Posted by Honor on Monday, October 15, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

My little muscle man was pooped out before the party even started!

Well, the party went off with out a hitch. It was a blast! The kiddos bounced to their little hearts content, decorated dozens of mini pumpkins and ate their weight in candy.
I made waaaaay to much food, but hey, leftovers are the best right? And I may have gone overboard with the decorations. Just a little. A smidgen. My only regret is that I wish I took more pics. You all know how it gets before a party. The running around wit...
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DIY Spooky Halloween Hallway

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, In : Party Decorations 





All you need is some Halloween spider webbing and a pack of spider silhouettes (found @ the Dollar Tree), to create this spooky hallway.

 Some quick tips
* If you have very textured walls you can just secure the webbing to that, otherwise you will need some double stick tape or tacks. My walls were covered in nails (from an empty picture frame display), so I just used those.
* Spread the webbing as thin as possible. It looks more realistic that way.
*Locate the webbing @ just above head height. ...

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Happy 6 Months Little Buddy

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, In : Life At Home 



My little main man is 6 months old today. Boy oh boy does it go fast!

I really couldn't ask for a more happy, more peaceful, more loving little squishy-mushy-tub-of-love. Yes I am biased. Yes, this is nothing new. Every mama has thought this, said this, lived this.... but oh well. This is my little space of the inter-webs to declare my unending love for my little baby boy.
He will always be my little baby boy. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Nuff said.

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Happy Friday! (Our Unofficial Donut Day!)

Posted by Honor on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : Life At Home 





Sometimes you just need a donut. Happy Friday Everyone!
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Round Up: Best No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Posted by Honor on Thursday, October 4, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

Took a breather from my Halloween madness to share a little love for my fellow crafty ladies. I love all these ideas! So absolutly-tootly ingenious.  These pumpkins will stay festive for a long time. No more lugging the moldy-falling-apart-disgusting-ugh-ewwwie-do-I-really-have-ta-pick-that-THING-up?!?!? to the garbage can.

Make sure to play click-along and follow all the links below.



1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Family Time

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, In : Life At Home 
   
So we are adjusting to the hub's new schedule quite nicely. Took us a bit to figure it out. But now we got it down pat.
Yes the stretches of when he is working nights really suck. Suck suck suck. And the days are long. Long long long. But when he gets those 7 days off in a row... we PARTY!

By party, I mean we go to Seaworld.

Rock on Shamu.




Of course he HAD to wear his Hawaiian shirt to Seaworld and look like a total tourist. But hey, he got about 8 compliments??? on it...

'Hey man... like y...

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Gardening With Toddler 101

Posted by Honor on Thursday, September 27, 2012, In : Life At Home 





Don't you wish you could be this excited again?!?!  About everything? And anything?

Lou with the attitude was literally screaming with enthusiasm when I asked her if she could help me do some gardening. With little shovel in hand she promptly got to work pulling out my rosemary....

um Lou?

Those are not weeds.

ok Mama. (as she holds up a spring and inhales deeply) smells goooooood mama.

Just thought I would share this little bit of sunshine. Children are such joyful little nuggets.

Full-O-Joy. Cu...

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DIY Witch Broom Parking Halloween Sign

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

BoooooooooBOOOOOOOboooooooBoooooo..... it is starting to feel a little spooky around here.... and I am loving it! In preparation of our family Halloween party I am thinking 'zones'. Drink zone here, food zone there, treat zone here ect ect ect. Right now I am working on the 'entry' zone.  I have an old cauldron and wrought iron fence section that will be for witch broom parking. It just needed a little clarification and this sign is just what was in order... here we go!



Tips & Tricks:
*The woo...

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DIY Falling for Fall Door Sign

Posted by Honor on Sunday, September 23, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 





I was feeling festive this weekend and decided that our front door needed to be festive as well. So I scrounged around the craft closet to see what I had. To be found were four little canvases, lots of scrapbook paper, paint and some wooden letters that we intended for another project. This one won the battle of fall diys that were dancing around in my noodle.

It is a pretty straight forward diy.

First cut out scrapbook paper and glue to the canvas. I left a little border around the edge so I...

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DIY Boho Leather Feather Earrings

Posted by Honor on Friday, September 21, 2012, In : Accessories 
      What is it with me and earrings lately? I guess it is because I want to wear them so badly but can't. Those of you that have babies, or have ever baby-sat know what I am talking about. I see dangle-ly ones over here, pretty sparkly ones over there and (my fav) big ol retro hoops on her and her and her! But alas my earlobes can't take the tugging. Oh well! That doesn't mean I stop making them. Someday I will be able to wear earrings for more than 5 minutes. So besides earrings I also hav...
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5 Months

Posted by Honor Hansen on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Waaaaaaaaahhhhh... he is growing up way so fast. These first five have gone by like zip-zoom-sayonara-adios-see-you-later. A total blur. Sonic speed. As I post these I am brushing away a big single tear. Only one tear because while it does make my heart ache that he is growing up. I am also excited to see what kind of little boy, then big boy then MAN he will become. I just hope he always always always always stays a mama's boy... In a good way though.




handsome devil. Yep already up and movin...

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Pre Halloween 2012

Posted by Honor on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Life At Home 
So here are a few snapshots around the house pre-Halloween. Starting to break out my fall decorations. First pic is of some super cute (and easy to DIY) plush pumpkins. You can find some tuts here, here or here.

Handsome bugger isn't he? I picked him up here.

Is it to early to break out the wheat & pumpkins? When really, is it ok to start decorating for fall? Here in southern California it is hard to tell when fall actually starts.


I'll make sure to do a side by side when this mantel is all done...

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Her First Butterfly

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : Life At Home 
    
     So exciting to be able to capture her 'firsts'. This was her first butterfly! I was futzing around inside when the hubs ran in and said grab the camera. There they were, engaged in a dance of sort. The butterfly letting Lou with the attitude dangerously close before it flitter and fluttered away. Like a feather on the breeze. But this was a friendly (or hurt) butterfly and fluttered away only so far. Perfect for chasing.




Thought that this special little moment was worth sharing. Hop...

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DIY Lace Dreamcatcher Earrings

Posted by Honor on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : Accessories 
      Had a 30 minute gap in my day yesterday so I thought I would fill it up with a little crafty craft :)
This DIY will literally only take you five minutes. A super quickie. My kind of craft to keep my hands busy while I am waiting for something else. Like the kids napping, a pie baking, the wash to be done or the pizza to be delivered.
Here we go.. DIY Lace Dream-catcher Earrings




Tips & Pointers:
 You will need some feathers, some blank earring hooks, leather/suede (or faux), lace, hot glue...

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Today was a good day... Beach Day

Posted by Honor on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : Life At Home 

In order to escape the blazing-hot-surface-of-the-sun-indian-summer we are experiencing here in southern California, we did what any sane family would do and headed to the beach. It was a great family day. Thought I would share a couple of snapshots. Hope you are having a great weekend. Lots of DIYs scheduled for this week!








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Party Prepp'n

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, In : Life At Home 


Invitations are being sent. Decorations are being put together. Recipes are being researched. 

I am in complete and total party prep mode. Yes I have a month till the party but I think that half the fun is the prep. Am I alone in this thought and feeling? Probably not. But it seems that I like imposing a little stress on myself. Life has been running a little to smoothly... to peaceful... to serene. Nothing like a party to put you in total manic-panic mode. Why do we do this? Impose deadlines...
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DIY Fabric & Paper Stitched Cards (Tips For Sewing On Paper)

Posted by Honor on Thursday, September 6, 2012, In : Party Decorations 


   There really is nothing like a handmade card. Such a special little treat when you open up an envelope and you see this little piece of crafty heaven. Someone made it with their own two hands. It is like getting a chunk of the love chocolate bar via the post.
And giving a handmade card?

Oh it is so nice to be nice :)

Sometimes you just want the person to feel how special they are to you.

   I plan on sending some fall valentines to my sweethearts who are spread out across the US. Here are my ...

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DIY Layers of Lace Cardigan

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, In : Clothing 
Feel like fall yet for you? Not quite fall-like here... high eighties with a hot hot breeze. Not really sweater weather either... but I just had to scratch this itch I have had lately for lace. Lace is just so pretty. I love lace in an old-lady-crocheting-doilies-in-her-recliner-with-a-lace-shawl-over-her-shoulders kind of way... not so much the hot-child-in-the-city kind of way. If you catch my drift. So here is my ode to my fellow old lady lace loving sisters...



Looks very Anthro-ish right? ...

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How to Wear a Cloche Hat

Posted by Honor on Friday, August 31, 2012, In : Beauty 
 
   Fall fashion can be tricky right? I love seeing new styles and trying certain things out, but there is always that one piece/accessory that I reserve for the 'Oh I could never pull that one off' category. This season it is the cloche hat. A little vintage, a little preppy and a whole lot of sass. Right up my alley. The cloche hat made a reappearance last fall season and it seems to be sticking around for a while. But it does look like a difficult accessory to correctly style... at least t...
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DIY Leather Leaf Hair Pin

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, In : Accessories 


Found myself longing for fall this week. Fall is fabulous don't you think? The weather is just lovely. You can wear coats, scarves, sweaters, boots, leggings and knit caps. Who doesn't love a great pair of boots over leggings with a cozy sweater and scarf?! There are also so many great fall activities like apple picking, pumpkin carving and baking. Not to mention the decorating... oh the decorating! Halloween and Thanksgiving are such fun holidays to decorate for. I already have a huge runnin...

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Visiting Ghosts

Posted by Honor on Monday, August 27, 2012, In : Life At Home 
This weekend my parents, the babies and I flew up to Portland Oregon to visit my grandmother. She is my one and only grandmother, as my maternal one passed before I could meet her. (That statement makes me sad because from all the stories I hear about Betty Lou, she and I would have been thick as thieves. With our similar tempers, predilections to having flocked wallpaper on the ceiling and a devotion to anything sweet ).
   But GM Mary Jane couldn't be sweeter. Exactly what you hope a grandm...
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DIY Anthropologie Stripe Moss Cardigan

Posted by Honor on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : Clothing 
Saw this in Anthro the other day

liked it, loved it... knew there had to be a way to make it. This sweater is all about the details

anthro stripe moss cardigan

seems doable... I had a favorite sweater that needed a bit of sprucing up. It is a bright yellow abstract pattern (instead of the stripes above)... so I just found some yellow/white yarn in my notions closet and went with it. Here we go.

Tips & Pointers: I was lucky enough to have yarn on hand that went with the cardigan that I wanted to e...

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Learning Good Habits

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Life At Home 
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    Here is Lou with the attitude's newest gift from her father. Yes it is a tractor... of course it is a John Deere.

    It is much to much to big for her, I don't think her feet even reach the pedals. But that doesn't mean good habits can't begin. So while her father gave his big rig a wash she took it upon herself to give her green goodie a good ol scrub down. All by her little self. I asked if she wanted help... but that just got a big 'No!' and my jeans being...

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Little Adventures

Posted by Honor on Monday, August 20, 2012, In : Life At Home 
We all have adventures... some bigger than others. It is so easy to forget how it was when we were little, where EVERYTHING was an adventure. Going to the store, birthday parties, school, tree swings, parades and of course bath time.... all little adventures that shape our personalities as well as our past.
  As a mom I try to remember not to sweat the little things. Clothes will get dirty, milk will get spilled, vases will get broken and we will be late. But more importantly I try and focus ...

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Seashell Crafts

Posted by Honor on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Family time at the beach got me thinking and feeling a bit nautical. The salty air got my creative juices flowing....

working on some good DIYs.... till then here are some ideas on what to do with all those shells/driftwood that you pick up along the way. Thanks for stopping by!




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Every Kid Needs A Bounce House

Posted by Honor on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : Life At Home 
This post has been sponsored by Craigslist (not really), but it is definitely a testament to the awesomeness of CL.

While mama bear was at a neighbors baby shower this weekend the hubs was on Lou with the attitude entertainment duty. I thought there would be some playtime in the kiddy pool or perhaps some sandbox castle building...

umm no. Not with my husband. He don't work that way.

I should have known. His eyes are permanently glued to CL always on the look out for a screaming deal for cars/t...

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Her First Ride

Posted by Honor on Thursday, August 2, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Her first ride is American made... vintage... and absolutely fabulous! What was your first ride? Mine was a Mustang. Lucky Girl right?! I think so.







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How to Make Yarn Pom Poms

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, In : Party Decorations 
Pom Poms... Love'em love'em love'em.... how can you feel sad when you have pom poms around?!



And they are quite versatile little buggers. Add them to clothing, hair accessories or shoes. Make party & holiday decorations out of them.. do with them what you'd like... they aim to please. And they are so simple to make!

it all starts with just a fork








hope you had a great weekend. Ours was full of family and naps. Glorious naps
Thanks For stopping by


Oh! Here are the final snapshots of the hubs finishi...

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Home Sweet Home: Great Room Reveal

Posted by Honor on Thursday, July 19, 2012, In : Life At Home 
Welcome Home... the hubs finished the floors, I got my kitchen back and now it's play time :)


our entry

view from the front door and an industrial cart I picked up from The Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow CA

My 'distressed' kitchen table. It was a beautiful natural wood tone, but that was long gone once it flopped out of the hubs' pickup truck when a motorcycle cut him off. Note to self... always strap craigslist items down unless you want the whole 'road rash' look.
Anyway, I decided to make my ...

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Family Fun Can Be Scary?

Posted by Honor on Monday, July 16, 2012, In : Life At Home 
This weekend we attended a distant relation family reunion on the hubs side. Something like his mothers brothers uncles aunts grandmothers brothers ect ect ect 90th birthday. We were welcomed with open arms. While the hubs is somewhat over large family get-togethers, I on the other hand love em. Can't get enough of family (even if it really isn't mine?).


Making sure everyone is included. Speaking to her gammy on the phone






This family is a little different than mine. They have sing-a-longs. ...
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Ballard Designs Inspired Seashell Topiary Tree

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

Ballard, oh Ballard. How I love thee. Not much as I love my much beloved Anthropologie... but dear you come in a close second. Tons of great home decor accessories at not so great prices. But have no fear! A simple DIY is here!

Once I saw these suckers I knew I could fashion up something really close. And the results are not to shabby, if I do say so myself. Well, lets dive right in. Enjoy!


Yes, I know the image says SALE.... but $99 to me really isn't on sale. I was able to make three for less...

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DIY Patriotic Burlap Bunting

Posted by Honor on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

What? TWO DIYs in one day? Yep ;)
I have had this patriotic burlap bunting tutorial in my back pocket for a bit and I thought that Friday would be a perfect day to share it. This is based off of idea from Brown Paper Packages (Love Kierste, please check it out & show your bloggie support)


Follow the pictures above and you should be good to go, but here are a few tips. Cut out at least four squares of burlap. Mine are pretty large, bout 15"x15". This you can play with. As for the stars, I just ...

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DIY Moss Wreath Anthro Style

Posted by Honor on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 


We are so ready for summer time. I think there will lots of days spent at the beach. Just have to be extra careful with the babes and the sun. Beach bumming it will be. Until then I am trying to cram all my spring & summer time crafts in so I can really enjoy the time with them. I also plan on having a few get togethers at the house and I felt that my entrance isn't so 'grand' these days. So a little diy was in order. Moss Wreaths Anthro Style... Enjoy!


What you need: A basic twig wreath. I g...

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Shell Topped Jars: Pottery Barn Inspired

Posted by Honor on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Shell Topped Jars
Pottery Barn Inspired

Spring cleaning is the theme around my house these days and the first room on my list in need of a big refresher is the master bath. I love our paint colors and can live with the tile and cabinetry for now, but my bath accessories and decor need a major update. After scoping out the newest pottery barn and Ballard designs catlog I stumbled across many shell and nautical themed decorative items. The bottles that this idea is based on are just for decorativ...


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Doily Earring Display: 2 Minute Project

Posted by Honor on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
Ready for a super quickie?! This project literally takes two minutes and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Super simple and super 'anthropologie chic'. Enjoy



What you need: A medium to large sized doily. I picked up my colorful one from the $1 section at Micheal's. An embroidery hoop that is a touch smaller than the doily and lastly your earrings that lay about in disarray.
What to do. Unscrew the embroidery hoop clasp a touch. Secure the doily in place between the two pieces of the embro...

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Introducing Mr Kristie: Baby Announcements

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : Life At Home 


Oh baby announcements! Here is my first rendition. I am just having so much fun fiddling with the text and graphics. There are so many great announcements out there that I could choose from, but I really want his personality to show through... yes my two week old has a personality! Such a mellow guy... a lot like his papa. Boy am I blessed!
 I was so worried that my second baby would be a hellion ( as many other mamas warned me). But no... he is just a peach. Now if he could lend some of his m...

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Friday Finish Line

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Friday Finish Line 
 This new feature will run every Friday and sum up what I have been working on, looking at and lusting over. I constantly scour the internet, books & magazines for inspiration and crafting ideas so I thought I would share some of my finds (hey my 12 magazine subscriptions should come in handy right?!).

What I am working on:


Here are two sites that I check daily... actually hourly :)



Craftgawker: What a fabulous site for crafting eye candy! Absolutely stunning images, tips and tutorials. The edit...
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Hot Air Balloon Paper Lantern

Posted by Honor on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

Hot Air Balloon Paper Lantern


My baby boy is almost here! I am so excited to meet him and frankly I am sooooo over being pregnant. We plan on having Lou and the baby share a room while they are little and I currently love how Lou's room is decorated but fact is... it is a little girly. I want to stay far away from the split up 'boy side & 'girl side'  feeling that many shared gender rooms have, but I do need to add a few more neutral or 'boy' features to the room. With that being said I came ...


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Felt Birdhouse: Spring Time Craft Idea

Posted by Honor Hansen on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

How to Make a Felt Birdhouse


    So colorful and cheerful right? Just perfect for springtime. I have this cute bugger adorning my bookcase in the living room. As soon as you enter the front door, eyes automatically whiz over to it. Kind of hard to miss. On a side note, this tutorial is more of an idea explanation, then a step by step. It is not complicated to make so no pictures on the 'how to' are needed. Those are the best kinds of tutorials right? Crafts you can just dive in to creating.

*W...

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Felt Heart Perfume Satchel

Posted by Honor Hansen on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

How to Make a Felt Heart Perfume Satchel


Aren't they just so pretty? I make these little guys when I need a dose of instant gratification ;). We all love accomplishing something, so I save these for the days when nothing is going right and I need to distress. Just be careful not to poke your fingers with the needle... just adds fuel to the fire.

Ok back to crafting. These are perfect to make and place in your drawers. It is so nice to open your drawers and smell something wonderful and see a p...

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Hot Glue Vase

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 
 
How to Decorate a Vase with Hot Glue

   Ready for a super quick craft? Ok.. all you need is a glass vase/jar/cup/wine bottle, a hot glue gun and a can of spray paint. Ready set GO!
     Well it might actually take you a few minutes to decide what pattern you will make on the vase with the glue, that is the only difficult part of this tutorial. I had a left over glass vase from the Dollar store and couldn't quite decide what to do with it. Here is a simple fix. These would also we great gift, ...
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Decorating with Moss

Posted by Honor on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

How to Decorate With Moss

Are you a nature lover? Well you can easily bring a little nature in to your home by decorating with moss. I have see this quick craft done before in a variety of ways and wanted to tweak it and use it on something I already had in my home.
  I picked up this generic photo holder at Walmart for less than $5 a few month ago. It doesn't really fit into my style so I thought I could amp it up a bit. You could really take moss & a glue gun to just about anything, so be cr...


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How to Glitter a Candle

Posted by Honor on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

How to glitter a candle... how to glitter anything actually!

  Now this is my kind of craft. Quick, inexpensive and totally girly! I had a serious glitter phase in jr high and I don't think it every truly wore off. My parents would get peeved at me because when my dad was rushing off to some important business meetings, my mom always had to double check his face and person for flecks of glitter. I even remember literally throwing glitter up into the air and letting it rain down into my hair be...

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Tissue Pom Pom How To

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

   How to make a tissue paper pom pom

   Every so often I will post skills or tips that any decent crafter should know how to do, this is definitely one of them! I use this quick craft all the time. From my little girls room, to party decorations to gift embellishments, the possibilities are endless. Hope you enjoy this tutorial on how to make Tissue Paper pom poms!


What you will need: Tissue paper (eight sheets minimum), scissors & thin wire or thread

Start by laying out the tissue paper flat. ...

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Cake Plate

Posted by Honor on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 

Hello Again! Welcome to the worlds fastest tutorial on how to make a cake plate! This craft is based off the Mason Jar Goblet tutorial that I completed earlier. You can see that by clicking HERE. Hope you enjoy! Those cookies sure do look tasty don't they ;)

What you will need: A plate and a candle stick holder & glue... simple enough right?! Try different combinations and materials. Here I chose a glass plate and candle stick holder that I picked up from the Dollar Tree. If you prefer white, ...

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Braided Fabric Watch (anthropologie inspired)

Posted by Honor Hansen on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Accessories 


I have seen this tutorial on the web before, but I wanted to give it a go myself! Watches similar to these are at anthropologie and other $$$ stores. Just cementing my love hate relationships with anthropologie... I love ya but hate ya prices! Nothing new there!
  My biggest tip for this tutorial and ones similar is to scrounge! Scrounge around your house for unused potential! I was able to make this and other items in my tutorials for free because I simply used items that were laying around ...

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Yarn & Burlap Wreath

Posted by Honor Hansen on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Decor Crafts 


My goal here at Home Heart Craft is to help you get instant gratification from your crafts, and this is the perfect candidate! I completed each one in less than a hour in front of the TV and was able to watch my fav shows. So after your kiddos go to bed, or during nap time, you can easily get this project done.
 Materials:
 *Foam wreath, any size will work, but I recommend starting with an 8" or 12". Any bigger and you will need extra yarn/burlap to cover it.
*Yarn, twin, burlap... anything you...
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