Friday, November 19, 2010

Shutterfly Holiday Cards

I have been using Shutterfly for all my photo needs for quite some time now. I usually get all of my prints from Shutterfly. I like the prepaid photo print plan because then I can get the prints so inexpensively and since I have already paid for it, I can just put in my order rather than finding where I left my purse. ;)

I also do a lot of scrapbooking this way. Both myself and my mother-in-law have made many a photo book on Shutterfly. I love how many options there are to make the book just the way you want it. I have made Shutterfly photo albums of my kids artwork, special father's day book, and baby's first year. My favorite though is making my family blog into a book. I know there are other websites out there that will pull your blog into a book for you, but I really like how I transfer it over into a Shutterfly book and I can customize the pages.

A fun photo book that does not take much effort at all is My Amazing Alphabet Adventures. My mother-in-law has made one of these for Aidan and I think she has just made one for Ella. Aidan LOVED seeing his face is all these fun pictures and really is a great ABC book.

One other thing I have already made to give to Aidan as a gift this Christmas is a Blank Notebook. I got to choose the style and add his picture to the front. He has really been enjoying drawing lately and I thought he would love his own personalized little notebook.

Some years I make calendars with lots of pictures of my little cuties for grandmas and grandpas. I usually make the wall calendar, but it is nice that they have other formats as well.

I also have ordered our birth announcements and holiday cards from Shutterfly. They always have so many beautiful cards to choose from! This year I think I have it narrowed down to:

Retro Snowflake Bursts Christmas 5x7 photo card

Snowflakes And Wishes Christmas 5x7 photo card

Vivid Hope Christmas 5x7 photo card

Can you tell I am drawn to the "browns". We had our family pictures taken outside this fall, so I think any of these would work really well with our photos.

Which card do you like best?

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Friday Finds

Random fun things I saw this week that I wanted to share:

How cute is this pumpkin turkey over at Naptime Crafters. I got a fake pumpkin on clearance the other day so we can have it as an inside decoration because I thought the kids would like that more now that it is getting chilly and we are not outside everyday.

Super cute hats at the Etsy store, Something Diane Made. I like to crochet so I have been trying to find a pattern to make my own, but haven't had any luck. Might just have to buy one of Diane's!

We love our Elf on the Shelf. Kelly at Sewing in No Mans Land is way more crafty than I am and made her own! So cute!

Loaded Pretzels over at Sherbet Blossom. Yum!!!!!!

Cute Peek-A-Boo House over at I can Teach my child. I might need to make one of these for Olivia.

Turkey Cookie at This Little Project. Is there anything better than "cookie, carmel, chocolate kiss and candy corn glued together with creamy peanut butter"?

Snowman hair clip tutorial. This is so cute! I need to go get me some ribbon. :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 40 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Aidan and I were playing around with my iPod Touch and liked the camera feature that lets you see when you are taking a picture of yourself. I am sure there is a technical term for it, but I am not that tech savvy. It is a little bit grainy of a picture, I didn't have many lights on at the time I don't think. But still, kinda cute. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 39 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

The other night, my girls climbed up onto my lap in the rocking chair. I asked hubby to get the camera and take a picture for me. Aidan did not want to be left out though and quickly joined us for the picture. :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Princess Cake

My little princess, Ella, will be turning three very soon. We celebrated with my family a little early because my brother was home from Colorado. My mom had this idea for her cake that apparently my grandma used to do for her when she was little. My mom said they used to use Barbie, but so far Ella doesn't know who Barbie is and Disney now makes the princesses like a Barbie doll, so my mom got her Cinderella.

You make an angel food cake. Strip the princess and put her in the middle of the cake. My mom made a little paper skirt to help with the height different between Cinderella and the cake.

Decorate the princess and the paper skirt with frosting to complete the dress. Cinderella in a beautiful ball gown (colors chosen by Miss Ella herself).

Ella loved her princess cake! And even better, she has Cinderella (just wash her off and put her real dress back on) to play with now, even though the yummy cake has long been devoured!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 38 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Just two quick pictures of my little man giving his mama some loves after trick-or-treating. It was so cute how he had his arm reached up around my neck. What a great kid I have!

Oh, and just cause I like to show them off, here are my little trick-or-treaters:

(I made him a shirt that says: I Dig Dinosaurs)

Fancy Nancy



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