a farewell

(family photos by samantha kelly photography

going into the new year, I've decided to give this old blog the boot.

I never really cared about it all that much, except for the occasional showing off of my family and being snarky.

Even though the dream of being a big shot blogger has crossed my mind more times than I'd like to admit, it's just not for me. I don't care enough. I'm not the kind of person who does that, and that's okay! I always found myself consumed with thoughts of "should I blog this? This would be great to blog!" and I felt that it robbed me of my experiences. That's absolutely my fault, though. People can blog and not be consumed by that, and that's awesome! It's definitely a downer in my life, though, and again I'm sad to admit that because blogging can be such a great tool.

I'm so lucky to have met and got to know so many people through this site! I'm an introvert, and special relationships are what are important to me. Friendships forged here will literally never be forgotten.

However, I'm not sad to see it go. I have so many more things to pay attention to like my (hopefully) growing family, my business I'm starting, making more time for music, traveling, learning Italian, and so many more things I hope to accomplish.

Here's to building a life that feels good & not just looks good on a blog!

DIY felt advent calendar

okay, so maybe the title of this post is misleading, but I made this whole thing by myself which is pretty awesome.

actually no, I had help from my mom, sister & nick, so not all by myself.

the pockets are 2"x2" and sewed on in 2" by the width (of the banner) strips of felt, on the bottom of the strips and between the dates.

The tree was cut, pinned, and sewed on using a machine.

I folded over the top until it made a loop, and sewed that. Then I put a dowel in it and some ribbon to tie it up. I think next year I'm going to get some red and white baker's twine instead of ribbon.

Each felt ornament was made by hand using tacky glue and hand-sewing. We used sequins, puffy paint glitter, pom poms, minky fabric, and good old ingenuity.

I'm usually pretty bad at crafting, but this turned out so good. I'm so excited to have this in my house for all my kids to use!

christmas at our house 2015

We took down our Christmas decorations yesterday (boohoo!) and I'm having withdrawals from the empty space and absence of piney scent from our Christmas tree, so this will have to do.

The whole time we've been married we haven't had a nice, sunny, big house to decorate for Christmas, but this year we do! The only thing missing is a beautiful fireplace with a big mantel, but you won't hear me complaining!

We had the lights up before Thanksgiving, and some of them are staying up for good (woops) because there's too much happiness and glow that comes from their sparkle.

A lot of people are asking like where we get our big calendar. It's called a "Stendig calendar" and this is our 3rd year having it in our house (like literally we have to buy one and have it in our house now or it just doesn't feel like home!)

I found a hot pink cardboard dear head in the dollar section at Target, and I knew I had to have it. We topped the tree with a marquee star, and I handmade our felt advent calendar. Gosh I love Christmas.