Sunday, December 30, 2012

DIY Wrapping Ideas

Ever run out of Christmas paper or just get sick of the old norm?
  I always try and get a little crafty and do a little something different when wrapping gifts...especially at Christmas time.
Here are just a couple of quick and easy examples that I did for Hudson this year.

 Above I just cut out a piece of burlap in the shape of a rectangle and tied ribbon around the middle to cinch it into the shape of a bow and added a jingle bell. I also cut the letter "h" out for "hudson" and taped it under the bow...loved it and it was so easy!
In the gift below, I chose some fabric that I already had and tied polka dot ribbon around it...cannot get any easier! I also cut out a letter "h" for this one out of brown paper and placed it under the ribbon.

Loved wrapping gifts for his first Christmas and the easiest part was that this year he is so young that I was able to wrap his gifts right in front of him!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Special First Christmas

Such a Special Christmas this year as it was Hudson's first!
I'll be posting a few pics throughout the week as I get the chance to organize them!
Here are a few for now...

We had a lot of fun with Santa at Piney Acres Farm.  Santa warned us that next year, Hudson may not like him quite as much lol...can't wait for that classic picture!

Hudson passed out under the tree with one of his "First Christmas" Ornaments and the stocking I made him.

Had to grab a pic by our little Charlie Brown trees we have at our boutique...Rachel did such a good job with the DIY project behind me... Framed Glitter Reindeer.

Our Handsome little boy.
Thanks to all of our family who helped to make the holiday season such a special one for Hudson!
He is so lucky to have so many people love him...lots of love!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

DIY Baby's First Stocking

Although holidays can be so busy with all of the hustle and bustle, this is the perfect time of year to slow down and make things by hand and from the heart!
I decided I just had to make Hudson's First Stocking!

It was so easy and didn't take too long at all! I didn't have too much time so I think in the future, I may add a few more details like vintage buttons.
I probably didn't take as many photos through the steps as I should have, but here is what I have along with the few quick and easy steps.
First I took a Cable Knit Sweater from Goodwill and traced the shape of a stocking out of it. 
You can do this Freehand or Trace from an existing stocking.
I used a Turtleneck sweater because I loved the idea of having the neck folded down as a cuff.
Make sure you add and extra 1/2 inch all the way around for seam allowance.
With Right Sides together, sew all of the way around...leaving the top open of course so that you can stuff your stocking full of  goodies:)
(The  neck was a little bit wider than I wanted so I took in a bit)

Next I found some heavy burlap in dark brown that I had in my stash of fabric and used chalk to draw the "big" lower case letter "h" for "Hudson".  Again, if you aren't comfortable with drawing out your own letter, you can choose a font that you like and print it out really big and then use it to trace onto your fabric.
After I cut out the letter "h" I stitched it onto the stocking with a gold metallic thread. I double threaded my needle so that the gold topstitch would be a decorative touch.
I allowed the letter to fray a bit for extra detail. If you like a cleaner look, use a bit of fray check around the edges.
Also, if you prefer to sew the letter on by machine you can go that route too,  just make sure to do it before sewing the front and back sides of the stocking together!

Finally, I added a thick piece of gold-trimmed velvet ribbon at the top
so that we can hang our stocking...
"by the chimney with care".
The stocking is also a great prop for pictures of  "Baby's First Christmas".  I plan to use it again in more Christmas photos so I will be sure to post those as well! 
Do you suppose he has "visions of sugar plums dancing in [his] head" ?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Harvest Fun

We had so much fun this fall with Hudson for Halloween.  
He is such a cute little Pumpkin!  

Matt's cousin, Andrea, owns Knits & Knots and made us his adorable pumpkin hat

 Found ourselves a little pumpkin at Spencer Farm

 Andrea also made his costume that she upcycled from a previous year (she added the vine and closures). 

The cozy pumpkin sleeper that went under his costume was from his Aunt Lora and Aunt Tonya. 

Sleepy little pumpkin xoxo

Let it Shimmer

We had a lot of fun shooting the Holiday Look book this year with some of our favorite BB Dakota pieces.
Some of this Season's best looks; Sequin, Gold, Faux Fur, and Gold Foil Pants. 

and the best part of my getting to bring this guy to work with me xoxo
Hudson helped with his first Redemption Photo Shoot...he is a good little helper!

Thanks to Greg Perez for shooting our favorite holiday looks!