Saturday, November 17, 2012

embellished envelopes

My new favorite thing?  Ruffled envelopes. 

Step 1: Get a diet coke cold from the refrigerator.  Cut lots of strips of gold paper. Note: diet coke is very important for all crafting sessions.
Step 2: Ruffle the paper and sew it onto kraft envelopes.  Trim excess paper strips and stray pieces of thread.
Step 3: Enjoy your embellished envelope.
Have a great weekend!  I hope you're all surrounded by scraps of paper :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

weekend in Arizona

This last weekend, Matt and I drove to Arizona to meet up with my family and visit my grandpa and his wife June.  We packed up our CRV on Thursday night, met up with my brother Andy, and caravanned across the desert through the night.  We safety arrived in Arizona (thank God!!) and got to bed at 3:30 am.  We decided that our bodies just aren't cut out for late nighters!!

We met up with my parents the next day and spent the rest of the weekend with my grandpa and his wife, June.  It was a really special time to all be together.  This time felt extra special because my grandpa is my last grandparent alive.

Wow...that was hard to write.  My dear sweet grandma passed away last year.  These past few months I've really been struggling with this realization.  She was sooo incredibly special to me.  When she knew I was missing her, she took an extra interest in me and would fly me to Wisconsin to visit her every summer.  These are some of my very favorite memories of childhood.  I can still smell her wonderful smell (Grandma, I promise it's a good smell!!), see her smile, hear her laugh, and feel her hug.  Oh I miss her so.

And as I miss her, I think back on this weekend and know how special it was to be able to sit across from my only grandparent, Jonathan's great-grandpa, and hear him chuckle, and see him soak us all in.  I'm thankful for this weekend.

Here is a four generation picture:
Have a happy Tuesday!

Ellie :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

grey patchwork stationery

I love making things for people who appreciate them.  I find so much joy in creating so when someone else likes what I make, I am instantly happy.  I immediately move that person to the top of my "remember to make things for these people" list.  Well, such a list doesn't actually exist, but it does in my mind!

Anyway, my friend Sarah of go deep. find truth. commented on one of my stationery packs on Instagram.  I was so touched and instantly wanted to make her a mini pack as a little happy.  I sent her this little package and she was so sweet to do a write up on her blog about it.  I promise...that wasn't my intention...I just wanted to brighten her day.  Well she made my day with her blog entry so it was a nice little win-win for both of us :)

Here's said mini pack...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

weekend away

While I was with these fabulous ladies this weekend....
my sweet husband was taking care of this precious face...
Girls, thank you for an awesome weekend!  Matt, thank you for taking care of J so I could go!