Jack-o-Lantern in a Jar

Jackson wanted to give something to his Kindergarten teacher so I decided to make some sugar cookies I had seen.  The idea was to make cookies in the shape of jack-o-lantern parts.  Here is the recipe I used.

The frosting is very thin and is applied with squeeze bottles.

Then I got some orange plates and added stems.

You can then mix and match the cookies to make silly faces.

How Cute

This morning I dropped Jacks and Lacey off at my sister’s house for my doctor’s appointment and she and my sisters surprised me with a gift certificate to get a pedicure! Lori said she could watch my kids if I went from my dr’s appointment to get my nails done. It was a great pedicure with an excellent foot and leg massage, and even compliments on my nice calves ;). The guy kept reminding me, “You’re going to look good when you have that baby!” in his Vietnamese accent. He’s right, they’re beauties! 😀 A big thanks to my sisters!


I told you I’d update you when I finished a few more projects… well, I’ve had so much fun getting things ready for Christmas this year. This is what I’ve been up to:


JOY plaques – Thanks to Micah for helping cut the wood and doing some of the spray painting for me! It really was a joint effort.


Christmas Jars – I think I’ll make some of these for myself and fill them with something I can keep up year round. I was a little disappointed with the jars I found, but I still think they turned out pretty good.

And Finally…


This little doll. I learned a lot on this one. I’m not great at sewing or reading patterns, but I just decided to go for it anyways.  It’s definitely not perfect but I was happy with the results, and my kids were pretty impressed (that’s all that really matters… right?).

It was so fun to see the progress as each of these came together! I’m loving this hobby, but I’m thinking its going to have to take a back burner for a few months in about 9-10 weeks. I’m getting excited!

She’s Crafty

A long time ago I used to love arts and crafts. I haven’t really done anything since I made a bumper for Jackson’s crib right before I had him. I usually make up excuses like: I don’t want to spend the money, I’d feel bad spending the time, I don’t have a good place to do it, I can’t think of anything to do, I’m not good at arts or crafts anymore, etc, etc, etc!

Well, I decided to put those things aside and just do something. I’ve really enjoyed it, and although you all probably think none of these are anything great, I’m quite happy with how they turned out. I also feel like I’ve been more productive in my spare time. I used to think, “how do you do crafts when you have kids?” The answer… you don’t work on them when they’re awake… and if you do, its during they younger ones nap time, and you give the older one glue, scissors, paper, and any other material they want to make their own craft, and let them help you where they can. Jackson has really liked our craft time.

Anyway, here was my first little craft, made from cheap fabric from the fabric store and a few accessories. Its not my usual style, but the price was right and its growing on me.IMG_5087

The next one, I got really ambitious and thought I could make 8 in a few days… well, it took about a week and a half  of  a few hours of all my free nights to whip all these out! But Jackson and Lacey LOVE these little skeletons! I think the people I gave them to liked them ok too. It’s a fun decoration for Halloween.


I finally finished this wreath last night… I took a little time to get the bow put together.  I collected the pine cones in Pinetop at the cabin the last time we were there.  I took this picture late last night, so the lighting isn’t the best, but I was excited to get it done and see the final result.


Thanks to Erin, my sister-in-law, for all these ideas!

I have a few projects I’m getting started on soon, and I’ll post about them when/if they come together.