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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! See you in 2008! 

By the way, I can’t take credit for these digital layouts – they were pre-made and came with my recent order of this holiday kit from Shabby Princess.


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Mini-photo album

Who said there isn’t any crafting going on here? Actually, I might have said that, only because it is was true. In comparison to last year when I was busy knitting this bag, making these cute ornaments and hanging up our homemade gumdrop wreath, it has been a virtually dry crafting season here. I think it’s due to the fact that now I have two little ones running around the house and I’ve been spending a lot of my free time baking, reading books, catching up on my scrapbooking and enjoying the season.

One thing we did get to do recently was to take a day trip with our neighbors to visit the tree in New York City.

I found this little mini-‘Tis the Season tin album from Shabby Princess (an online digital scrapbooking store) and put it together last night. This easy project uses an Altoid tin, which you first sand lightly and paint. Once it is dry, you then follow the directions to include your photos in the pre-made digital pages on your computer. Once printed out, all you need to do is glue it in place. Add a ribbon to this accordion style mini-album and you are done!

It turned into a really cute photo album to commemorate our day in the city. I have been doing digital scrapbooking for a few months now, but this is the first time I delved into a hybrid project. I will be giving one to my neighbor as a little gift and making another one for Leah to keep.  

Next up, homemade biscotti!  

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christmas decorating 031You know the rest of the song, don’t you? Yesterday started out as a snowy day, just perfect to put me in the Christmas decorating spirit. Since the roads weren’t too bad, I decided to go pick up the tree (normally this is a family event, but since it was, and still is, bitter cold out I decided to go myself). I could only imagine a whiny five year old and freezing 13 month old at the tree farm wouldn’t have been all that merry. While I was gone, Leah (along with her Dad and with Maya safely in her highchair) decided to surprise me by unpacking and putting together our nativity scene. She was so excited when I came home and yelled “happy Christmas” when I walked through the door. This is the first time we have ever put the set on the buffet in our living room and I love the way it looks. I think that this will be the spot for our nativity scene for years to come.

While Joe took Leah to Chinese school and Maya was napping in the afternoon, I strung the Christmas tree with lights. I think that this might be the fattest tree we’ve ever had. Unlike last year’s christmas tree disaster, I didn’t have to put it in the corner of the room to hide some, eh-hem, imperfections.

After I popped dinner into the oven, Leah and I then came downstairs to decorate it with ornaments. I love to take each ornament out and think about where or when I got it. The oldest ornament on my tree is one from a trip to Maine I took with my parents when I was only ten years old. As far as the weirdest ornament, the honors have to go out to my really cool Alice Cooper ornament, given to me by my girlfriend Ariel many, many years ago. It always gives me a giggle when I unwrap it!


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Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I made this yummy soup today – click here to see the recipe.

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Happy New Year!!

Looking back on Christmas, I found that out of all the gifts Leah received there are three that were the biggest hits.

First was a set of Magnetics from her Uncle Robert. I know, they are not recommended for young kids because of the chocking hazard, but Leah is at the age that we don’t have to be so concerned about that. She just loves to build with these things. At night, after Leah has snuggled down to sleep, our foreign exchange student plays with them. Each morning we wake up to an elaborate creation (a mini two story house, slide and little swing set to name just a few). Any toy that keeps a preschooler AND teenager happy for hours on end is a winner in my book!

The Giggle Gear Mega Mask by Cranium and the portable air hockey/pinball machine have also been getting a lot of use lately.

Some of my gifts included two really great knitting books from my parents and also a scanner from my husband. As soon as we get it hooked up I can then scan in some of my scrapbooking pages I worked on while at that scrapbooking retreat in November.

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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Leah sure did…

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I can’t pass up a great craft idea. After reading this tutorial last night we all sat down and made a gumdrop wreath.


It was an easy project to do and kept my 4 1/2 year old daughter and 18 year old exchange student busy for quite a while.  It really brightens up my kitchen window on such a dreary day and made me smile each time I looked at it today. It also makes washing the dishes a whole lot cheerier! 

Merry Christmas everyone! From our family (including the cat Howard) to yours!

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