Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Handmade Christmas Decorations ~ Family Fun & Special Ornaments DIY

   I love to decorate for the holidays and I love the special memories this time of year brings!! Leading from this I think THE SINGLE MOST perfect memories and decorating combination is handmade decorations with your children, family, and friends! Absolutely nothing beats the value of those to me! Give me an ornament that is store bought in comparison to an ornament my little boy made for me and the one that will light up my day is the one he hands me with his beautiful art work and a huge, proud smile!!!

   Below I have shown several pictures of ornaments we have made at home this holiday season. 

** Below is the way my sister arranged her special handmade Christmas decorations and I just loved and had to share! She made the little snowmen clothespin son the tree and the terra cotta pot snowmen sitting on the end table as well. 

1) Children's Handprint Ornament
   Below is a blank porcelain ornament where the kids painted their sweet little hands and placed their handprints one on top of the other. I just love, love this!!! Immediately made it and every member wanted one! Be sure and let the prints thoroughly dry then spray a sealant for safe keeping :)

2) Terra Cotta Snowman Ornaments 

   These are precious and were simple to make. Well, I say that, but it takes a tiny bit of sewing and prep before it just falls together and my wonderful mom did the prep on these precious pieces. We made this as our Thanksgiving Day craft for all of my sisters and the little ones to do together. 
   First just simply paint your terra cotta white then for the scarf base we just got glued ribbon on. The face is hand painted and little Pom Poms are the ear muffs! :) Feed a couple of bells larger than the hole in the base of the terra cotta pot onto a string and then feed the string through the hole. Knot it off and this is your bell sound and ornament hanging string :) 

3) DIY Clothespin Snowmen
   Just get clothespins from any craft store and paint them white. The scarfs are pipe cleaners twisted and secured in one little spot with hot glue. The hats are the wooden sewing string spools painted black and then to widen the base of the hat more we cut some black felt in a larger circle and just got glued to base of the black wooden spool. Tada! :) So cute!!!  

4) Reindeer Ornaments from Wine Corks 
   These are assembled with hot glue, twigs from our dogwood tree :), and a little screwed on loop to hold string on top so it can be hung as an ornament. I like to crochet so I also just did a simple double crocheted scarf for each to the width and length that was proportional to their size. 
This is mine below. 

Then the one I made for my husband. 
Then the one I made for our son :) who is two and a half. I tried to pick smaller wine corks and tinier details for his. I also painted the tips of the antlers blue like little lights because he liked ;) 

   I hope you enjoyed these handmade ornaments and let me know how's yours turn out as well!!!! If love to hear ideas and requests too for other posts! 

~~ Merry Christmas from Momma Mia and my Family!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sports Highlight Odell Beckham Jr. !!

   As a first time mommy of a little boy I'm in training! I'm working to learn and observe so that when my little guy is old enough I'll be able to cheer him on and know all that he is talking about when he wants to!! I want to make him proud and take every opportunity to be a part of his joys in life!!! 
   It's important to note I do know some about sports because my wonderful dad was surrounded by four little girls his and no boys so we learned and participated with him! Playing football in the yard and anything else to spend time with our awesome dad. :) Now I'm just trying for my little boy to take what my dad has taught us to the next level! Luckily I have my dad and husband to continue my eduction on this! 
   So, to touch base on my actual post name, I do have to say that catch was literally the most amazing catch I have ever seen and my dad was through the roof when it happened too!! If I can I'll post a highlight, but it was awesome! He caught it behind his head one handed and brought that football in safely! Awesome job Odell Beckham Jr.!!! Wishing you an amazing career!! What an impressive moment and as a rookie too!!!! 

~~ Momma Mia in Sports Training ;) 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some Favorite DIY Building Project Finds :)

   Here are some recent finds that I love showing fabulous remakes, up cycling, and repurposing of inexpensive and even free supplies! 

1) DIY Ottoman from a pallet

   Beautiful ottoman and who would even know it is made from a pallet !! 
2) Industrial Paper Towel Holder 

   Really this bench would be lovely anywhere, but I think they used it in such a pretty way in this entry area!

6) Blanket Ladder

   Again love this and also from Shanty-2-Chic.com. Some really pretty projects!!!

   I just love this list!!!!! As we are house shopping these kinds of projects me almost unable to contain my excitement!! I hope you all enjoy these as well. :) 
   Are there any project finds you have and love? Please share or request projects you would like to see in tutorial form in the future. Thanks for reading! 

~~Momma Mia

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mommy Moment ~ Snuggle Time

   I am here to say that the most priceless moments are when your little one snuggles in for a nap and just hold on to you with all of their love! I will wrap my arm around my little guy and he will give my arm a kiss and squeeze while making a hugging sound and my heart melts into a puddle...
   Being a mommy is the most special change that has ever happened in my life and literally words cannot express my appreciation for the opportunity to be his biggest fan and audience for ever!

Love my sweet little man! What a blessing! I just had to share :)

~~Momma Mia

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Workshop Tools INC ~ A Special Family Ran Business & My First BlogFeatured on Another Site :)

   I am very excited to share because yesterday my blog was featured on the website of a company I hold dear to my heart! They are the perfect example of everything our economy is reliant upon and stands for; the small business, free enterprise, iniative, love for our countries greatness while making every effort to maintain its quality roots, and a family willing to work to make things successful! I have had the honor of having their family in my life and being a part of their wonderful business for more than 10 years now.
   I am excited to find they enjoyed a DIY project blog I put together for their website and they posted it which was so nice! :) 
   I wanted to be sure to link to their site because they are a great company and group of people to shop with. I hope you take a moment to check out their blog and website!!
   If you are looking for a great selection of hand tools, power tools by an array of brand names, accessories, and a staff that can answer your questions then I hope you will visit

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Gift You Cannot Buy

   In the past year I have stumbled across and thoroughly enjoy now regularly following Kirk Cameron's Facebook and blog posts. It's wonderfully encouraging to see families thriving in Christ and not changing their values for anyone. 
   I always feel blessed by these articles and I wanted to share. 

   How can you give the gift of Gods word to your children? A gift you cannot buy...