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Gilt Peace Sign: Tips and Tricks for Lettered Signs

Posted by Honor on Saturday, November 22, 2014, In : Holiday Decorations 

Ah the good ol lettered sign. Such a time honored tradition when it comes to the holiday season. I'm sure you have all seen this version

via pottery barn

or this one 

again via pottery barn

So many cute varieties but so little time and so little money! The big retail names like restoration hardware, pottery barn and west elm have perfected such home decor, but that perfection will cost you a pretty penny, or two, or a hundred and two. So that's where this round up of tips and tricks will come in ...

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DIY Anthropologie Feather and Antler Ornaments

Posted by Honor on Thursday, November 20, 2014, In : Holiday Decorations 

So it's a balmy 72 degrees outside and you're trying to get into the holiday spirit, what do you do? First off, yes, I live in San Diego, so yes, it really is 72 or really closer to 78 outside. Snowpocalypse? What's that? Is it really lovely all the time here? Definitely. Hard to get into the holiday spirit? Excruciatingly so. My go to besides spotify is the anthropolgie website. It's always packed with cutesie snow/holiday themed graphics and gimmicks perfectly aimed to get you into the holi...

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Christmas Family Photo 2013

Posted by Honor on Friday, December 27, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Merry Christmas Y'all! Hope it was a magical, wonderful, joyful celebration full of love and merriment of all kinds.

So here I am @ 34 weeks preggo, in bright and shiny red. JOY... but no really... JOY :)  . For all of my timidness getting my picture taken during this, shall we say, puffy time, I am full of joy and thankful that I kicked my but into the frame. Gotta be present and take part of the family right?! Not just stuck behind the camera.

And here is my family sans a few beloveds who we...

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Apple Spice Almond Oat Cookies

Posted by Honor on Friday, December 20, 2013, In : Recipes 

   Today was a baking kind of day. It started out with the usual chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, then proceeded to holiday cut out sugar cookies and after raiding my pantry and finding the mulling spices dwelling oh so lonely in the back I decided to get a lil creative and kick the baking up a notch. The result? These divine soft chewy nutty apple pie-y bits of heaven. And major bonus... baking these leaves your house smelling wondrous for the next few hours!

1 1/2 cups all purpose...

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Best of the Best: DIY Creative Holiday Gift Wrap

Posted by Honor on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Holiday Decorations 

After rummaging through my stash of holiday gift wrap and NOT being overwhelmed with inspiration and holiday cheer, I decided to hit the books (aka the interwebs) to rediscover my holiday joy with these inspiring and creative diy gift wrap ideas. Most are super awesome creative twists on good ol stand bys....

Doily Stamped Wrap by STYLOWI.PL
(Try as I might, I could not find the proper link to credit... please let me know if you do!)

Reindeer Thumbprint and Pom Pom Wrap

Tea Towel as Gift Wrap


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Best DIY Recipes in a Jar Giftables

Posted by Honor on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Recipes 

I scoured and snooped and scooped the latest scoop to find these fabulous 'recipes in a jar'. These have got'ta be my absolute favs out of the hundreds of bajillions of recipes out there. And trust me. There are TONS. But these are cream of the crop... creative,  tasty and best of all easy!

Lentil Soup

Chicken Ranch Salad

No Bake Cheesecake

Cranberry Oat Pancakes

Fancy Schmancy Brownies

Christmas Morning Muffins (What an awesome hostess gift!!!)

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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

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Hope you all had a magical, tasty and loving thanksgiving! Wishing nothing but health, wealth and happiness to you and yours this holiday season! I'm just bursting with love and joy (as well as at the seams of my pants) at the moment and wish I could bottle up this feeling and tap into it on a difficult day.

More on my sparkly gold table and decor to follow, but right now a nap and a cuddle are in order.

Love to my lovies!

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It's Fall, Fall FALL!!!

Posted by Honor on Friday, November 22, 2013, In : Life At Home 

  Thanks y'all for being so patient! Just got back from a visit to the in-laws in IL. And burrr burrr burrrr! It was a chilly one there. But that's how we like it. Even more reason to hole (or whole?) up in the 'family compound' and just veg out. Let the babies run amok, eat some yummy game meat and just catch up with life. I must say that I am so very blessed to have such loving and kind in-laws, couldn't ask for a better pair!
   Here are a few snaps from our trip & early November . Wouldn't...
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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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October Insta Recap

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Whew! October just seemed to fly right by! November is upon us and I am diving right in. Holla Holiday season!
I'm so so sooo looking forward to holiday baking, trying out a few new Thanksgiving recipes (Which I am hosting this year ....ekkkkk!!!), Christmas music, Christmas shopping for the littles and all the rest of the fun festive festivities that come with this time of year. I cherish this time as the littles are really starting to comprehend the 'Holidays' and will remember these times f...

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Happy Halloween!

Posted by Honor on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy (& Safe!) Halloween!!!!

I will be editing and hopefully posting some pics from our impromptu Halloween photo shoot soon. But today I'll leave you with these quick snaps of our OVER TIRED - OVER SUGARFIED zombie littles.
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Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

Posted by Honor on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Life At Home 

   Queen of the pumpkin mountain, this feisty little one is ^^^^. Insisted on wearing her witch hat to the pumpkin patch and then proceeded to prance and jump from one orange orb to the next. Which in turn inspired bubba to roam around the giants mounds as well. Which I thought was adorable, but glares from other moms gave me the impression that they thought I was raising a wild pack of hooligans. Oh well.... different strokes for different folks. They are just pumpkins at a patch ya know?! I...

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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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A Few of My Favorite Things.... Fall Florals

Posted by Honor on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : Decor Crafts 
   You would think that spring is the season for florals right? But nope. I feel that fall is where it's at. Of course flowers are great year round but as a crafter I feel that during this season you can really let your crafty flag fly high. Just think of all the extras you can add into the arrangements.... fall fruit, branches, pumpkins, fall foliage, sparkly sprigs, pheasant feathers... the list just goes on and on. So I thought I would share with you some seriously stunning fall flower eye...
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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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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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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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Free Font Fiesta: Fancy Fonts (Part One)

Posted by Honor on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : Crafter's Toolbox 

First up in a mini series featuring fabulous and ALL FREE fonts is...... Fancy Fonts! I guess they qualify as
as in just perfect for an upcoming holiday? Say for making a homemade mama's day card?
just an idea ;)

Remachine Script

Blessed Day


Bickham Script



Great Vibes

Lauren Script

Loki Cola


Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy these pretty types as much as I do!

does the signature look familiar??????

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It really is...

Posted by Honor on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, In : Life At Home 

Happy New Year!

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DIY Super Easy Animal Print Envelope Clutch

Posted by Honor on Monday, December 31, 2012, In : Accessories 

And I really mean it by super easy. Literally ten minutes to a fab new accessory (or make up bag, pencil pouch, diaper tote... whateves ;)

The key is finding these pre-cut squares of patterned viny from your local craft joint. I found these at Hobby Lobby for under a buck each. They were located in the felt craft area. They also have some faux tooled leather and super glittery rectangles that I am working with right now.
These vinyl like squares (not really sure what type of material they actua...

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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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Lou and Santa 2012

Posted by Honor on Sunday, December 23, 2012, In : Life At Home 

what the hell mama?!?

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DIY Puff Paint & Jewels Kraft Paper Gift Wrap

Posted by Honor on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, In : Holiday Decorations 

I thought this turned out so pretty. Don't you? Original too! I'll have to get back to you on how she reacts when I give her this little lovely. I think she will like it :)

Make sure to check out my other posts on DIY Kraft paper gift wrap. Such as my hand stamped or comic themed ideas.

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DIY Hand Stamped Wrapping Paper

Posted by Honor on Monday, December 17, 2012, In : Party Decorations 
Back into the swing of things I guess?! Crafting always helped clear my mind (aka distract me from the incessant thoughts and worries buzzing around up there). So what better way to distract myself than with the thoughts of my loved ones faces when I present them with these b-e-a-utiful hand wrapped lovelies.

I did a little experimenting today. Stamp experimenting that is. I did a few variations and this is the first one that I deemed fit to share with you. I tried all sorts of things to stam...

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Gift Wrapping Ideas: Brown Kraft Paper

Posted by Honor on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Party Decorations 

   Brown Kraft paper is my go-to when it comes to wrapping. It is such a great blank canvas. Lots of different possibilities. Perfect for any crafter to be, well, crafty :)
It is also a great big-o plus that it comes on a HUGE roll and cost only a few bucks. My kind of craft supply. So of course this year is no exception when it came down to wrapping and mailing out some Christmas presents. I rolled out my never ending roll and gathered together some accoutrements and got down to business.  I ...
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Family Photos

Posted by Honor on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Life At Home 

We had our first 'official' family photos taken yesterday. Yes, it was our first time. Usually I am behind the camera capturing all of our family's candid moments. I am no professional, but I have been pretty happy with the results. But finally I decided to hand the reins over to my dear friend Amanda from Two Roses Photography. She is just starting out and her talent & passion is just overflowing. I was very pleased with the results and can tell you that I am now HOOKED on family photos. I h...

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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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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...

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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