Thursday, November 18, 2010

Need Christmas Cards?

Have you heard about this great new card company yet? You will love it if . . .

  • You're a hippy. Their cards are all eco-friendly!
  • You're passionate about loving orphans. 10% of all proceeds go to World Orphans.
  • You love to travel. Many of the beautiful original photographs come from exotic places around the world.
  • You're sick of cheesy Christian cards that only speak Christian-ese.

Sound like you? Then you need to check out the Red Letter Paper Company in time to get those Christmas cards purchased!

They are also doing a giveaway contest. Become a fan on Facebook, do a Tweet about them, or share a link on your blog. Then leave a comment letting them know you did it and your name is entered to win. Click here for more details.

And here is my list of people most likely to love this company and pass it on to their friends . . .

Mandi, Jenny, and Jess I know you all too well! :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gettin' My Craft On

Sometimes I have the urge to be crafty. These urges usually come after I spend time mentally mocking other women who talk about how much fun it is to create things with their hands. Really, it's just a coping mechanism for denying my inner craftiness. After all, you all know I never want to be "one of those" types of women. One of these days I'll grow up and realize being "one of those" is exactly who I really am.

Last weekend when my parents were in town, Renae and I headed to Barnes and Noble with my Mom so we could all enjoy the atmosphere of a bookstore. I have to admit I felt like Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail" when she entered the mega-bookstore only to realize it does have a nice feel to it. There is just something about the smell of 1000's of mass produced books combined with the aroma of coffee and the sound of soft music piping through the speakers. Renae and Nana enjoyed browsing through the kid's section while I found myself in the craft section for the first time ever.

And there is where I found my inspiration!

I flipped through the book, "Fa la la la Felt" for quite awhile mentally making a list of all of the things I could make using the felt I'd purchased the day before. This book has so many fun ideas! Although a purchase of the book was not in my budget, I went home and found tons more ideas on craft blogs, Etsy and other sources. Here is a list of the things I hope to eventually make using felt:
  • Christmas ornaments-Can double as "bows" or name tags for gifts and the receiver gets a new ornament too!
  • Gift tags-Someone in our family already has a personalized felt gift tag with his initial on it.
  • Hair clips-I have 4 nieces and a daughter. Can't wait to attempt these for cute Christmas gifts!
  • Play Food Sets-Click here to see what some people are selling on Etsy! This stuff is amazing!
  • Napkin Rings-See below. I plan on taking this with me for Thanksgiving with Jesse's family. They turned out all right!

So that is what I'm enjoying while I have a little bit of down time each day. Anyone else up to some fun holiday (or non-holiday for that matter) crafting? I'd love to hear your ideas! Jenny . . . how I wish we could spend an entire weekend watching girl movies and making fun crafts together!

Click here to see some pictures of the book and click below to buy the book.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Masson's First Halloween

It all began with a pumpkin . . .

It's been 3 years since we've been able to have some Halloween fun.

And 3 years ago Renae was only 2 months old so . . .

. . . we didn't really get to experience the joy of watching our child trick or treat.

But this year we got to watch this cute little flamenco girl eat Halloween up!

Literally! (What a cute little Spanish girl she is.)

And have you met our new puppy?

He likes to crawl away from us as much as possible.

Looking for a doggie treat.

Instead Mom made him pose for a picture!

Renae and her friend "Rowie." Inseparable on Halloween night.

The puppies had it nice . . .

"Do you see my loot Daddy?"

A cowboy always needs a flamenco dancer by his side.

Waiting her turn for some of the goods . . .

A cowboy, flamenco dancer, "pirate," and adorable puppy.

In love.