Wooden Christmas Light Garland

I was going to try to find vintage Christmas lights to cover in glitter (found via Pinterest- see below) but I found something even better!


I found these little wooden Christmas lights at the local craft store.  They were too adorable to pass up at 39 cents each.  I thought it’d be fun to paint them and make them sparkle with glitter!

I had acrylic paint in a variety of colors, and bought two classic Christmas colors- red & green.  I painted each light a different color, and sprinkled them with gold glitter dust (it worked better than regular glitter in this case).  I painted the bases of the lights black too, and then decided to tie them onto a green yarn to make garland!

Easy & fun little project to add some Christmas cheer to the house.  You could also just display them in a little jar or dish on the table.  :)

P.S. – Thanks Ryan for photographing my lights!



Christmas Ornament Wreath

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  I spent most of my Thanksgiving break hanging out with Ryan and working on Christmas crafts. It was so relaxing; I didn’t want it to end! You can expect lots of fun Christmas posts in the near future because I have lots of projects up my sleeve. :) I’m starting with my Christmas ornament wreath I made. It was easy to make, fairly inexpensive, and it looks LOVELY!

I based my wreath off of this tutorial I found via Pinterest. It was a good use for a wire hanger (my Mom won’t get rid of them). The only difference is that I hot glued the smaller gold ornaments and bells in instead of stringing them on the wire with the red and green.

I had fun choosing the ornaments (I got cheap ones in a package at Walmart) and arranging them on the wreath.  It took 52 of the large ornaments and maybe about 20 of the smaller ones.  My Mom helped me make a red and green ribbon to tie it all together!  Also – thanks to Ryan for using his muscles to help me bend the hanger.  ;)

You could do a lot with this wreath to make it your own.  What are you creating this holiday season?!


Smith Family Photos

This sweet family made it really easy to shoot beautiful photos!  They brought lots of fun props – a wagon, a quilt, a basket, caramel apples, books – to their fall photo shoot.  It’s always a great idea to make photo shoots more fun for little ones!  They also did a great job of choosing outfits that coordinated with each other and photographed well.  We shot these photos at a local spring and the fall weather was gorgeous that afternoon.

Both kiddos were super sweet and cooperative – little sister is 2 months old and big brother is 3 years old.  The baby needed fed half way through the shoot, but then she was back to being content.

Okay, enough talking – check out their great photos and let me know what you think!