Love Day Garland Tutorial

So it’s no secret that we LOVE to craft at our house.

We’re constantly looking up fun new things to make to decorate with, and if it can be used during a session, then it gets super bonus points.  For this session, we crafted the tie onsie, hat AND the garland in the back.  This tutorial is all about the cute garland.

It is a great kid-friendly craft that doesn’t take that long at all (and it’s not expensive, horray)

We had the felt on hand, but only used 4 pieces of felt to make two 4 foot (roughly) lengths of garland.

So Here’s what you need:

4 pieces of regular sized felt

Yarn (or string, jute, ribbon) whatever strikes your fancy

Marker, Scissors, pins, and a hot glue gun.  I also had a little heart shape that I used as a template, but size yours as you want.

I tried regular glue, but it would have taken way too long to set up.  If you try it, let me know.

Okay, so yes my little heart is a previous love day craft-from two years ago…we’re recycling their use for this craft.  I liked their size.

So here’s how easy this craft is.  I folded the felt in half.

I traced the heart to maximize the felt usage, so keeping the hearts as close together as I could.

I filled the whole sheet as best I could and got a few more hearts out of some of the other colors.

I pinned some of the hearts and then cut them out in sections to keep everything together and orderly.

I did this with all 4 colors.  Just a note: If you’re going to use sparkle felt, make sure you fold the sparkle side together, keeping the sparkles in the middle.

I tied a slip knot in the top of the yarn, then put both ends of the string in the middle of the first heart to anchor it.  I then just hot glued the hearts in a pattern down the yarn.

At the bottom I tied another knot before gluing on my last heart and also glued those strings inside the heart so that there was a loop on both ends.

We used them to decorate our little trees next to the fireplace in lieu of all our pretty Christmas decorations that just came down.

So that’s it.  See how easy!

What will you do with yours?  I can’t wait to see!!

A few of my Favorite Things -Day 1


Congrats to Lannea D. who WON this Turtle from Happy Baby Company!!!

Okay everyone, this one’s for the kiddos.

Our good friends over at Happy Baby Company

have graciously donated this AWESOME Twilight Turtle for our give away.

We have first hand knowledge of this turtle as Fionn got one last year for his birthday.  He LOVES his turtle.  Cate loves his turtle too, so sometimes Mr. Turtle has to come hang out with mom and dad for a while.  You all know how it goes when two kiddos love the same toy.


All the pretty colors

If you have been a fan for a while you know that I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE Happy Baby Company.  We decided to start cloth diapering when Fionn was just about one.  I contacted Lilli over at Happy Baby Company and she was SO helpful.  I went in and looked at all the choices, listened to her recommendations and have been a loyal customer ever since.  I’ve gotten to know Lilli and Adam over the past three years and they are always so helpful and knowledgeable if I have any questions.  I urge you contact them if you have any cloth diapering questions…remember they are MORE than Cloth Diapers though.  They have a great selection of toys, wraps, slings, and so much more.

so, GO check out their site and give them some love.  Go say HI on facebook and tell them I sent you.

Okay, Here’s how to enter.  Remember you can ALL of the options to enter, not just one. View full post »

Andrea Raught - January 7, 2012 - 12:27 pm

This would be perfect for my 1 year old!

Lisa Contessa - January 7, 2012 - 1:09 pm

I like all the wooden toys they offer. I am ready to donate every battery-operated toy we own. LOL!

Rebecca L - January 7, 2012 - 1:15 pm


jill kossar carroll - January 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

The Cloud B’s Twilight Turtle looks so cute, I seen it at Barnes & Noble and really would love to try it out!

Audra - January 7, 2012 - 1:34 pm

I love the pikkolo baby carrier

Michelle E - January 7, 2012 - 3:56 pm

The lights look so pretty! I really would like one of those turtles now. It seems like it would be soothing to look at.

Michelle E - January 7, 2012 - 4:00 pm

C J”s BUTter is awesome. I love the orange secent,

Lauren Manuel - January 7, 2012 - 9:01 pm

This would be cute for my cousins baby boy Nicholas aka TURTLE!! Haha

France Irish - January 8, 2012 - 8:24 am

Love the Moby Wrap


SusanV - January 8, 2012 - 12:17 pm

I’m sorry you were sick!

I love HBC too! Horray for local Pittsburgh businesses!

12 days of Christmas -Day 2


I’m not going to lie, I started to feel like Oprah as I put this give-away together.  It’s basically a list of some of my favorite things.  A mix-mash that IS my life.

TODAY’S give away is a MOMMY give-away.

I cannot say enough about how much I love everything Scentsy, and Heather (who is my Scentsy “dealer”) was so sweet to offer up a wonderfully festive prize for this give-away.  She no longer has a page on facebook, but feel free to say hi and friend her on that page I have linked above.

My addiction started this fall, with a jack o lantern plug in for fall with the pumpkin marshmallow scent in it.  THEN I fell in love with the Honey Pear Cider.  My kitchen smelled so good, that both Greg and Maggie both came home asking what I was baking.

Last month I bought more.  A lot more.  The Blueberry is AMAZING.  I upgraded to a mid-size warmer that matched my kitchen and the Blueberry’s been in the warmer ever since.  It’s just about time to change it to a more Holiday themed scent, and I have the perfect one waiting.

Heather has graciously donated THIS beautiful plug in to our give-away.  How PERFECT is this?

It is the Silent Night Plug in warmer.  I’m not going to lie, I want it myself!

Are you excited yet, because I sure am!

Are you new to Scentsy, or just want to learn more?  Then pop over to Heather’s page and read up!

There you will find all kinds of great stuff, including


This is the Blizzard Full Size Warmer, which when turned on, casts snowflake shapes around the room.  Yeah, I want that too.  I told you I’m addicted.

(In case you don’t want to wait to see if you win, there’s a party open on Heather’s page with my name on it.  I decided to host a party WAY BEFORE this give-away was set up, but it’s there just the same in case you decide you NEED Scentsy.  And there’s still plenty of time to order and get it before the Holidays!  When you go to Heather’s Page, just click under Open Parties to find my name, and Happy Shopping from there!  It will ship right to you)

We’re trying something new with the ways to enter, so let’s see how this works!

Here’s how to Enter: View full post »

Andrea Raught - December 6, 2011 - 11:47 am

This would be awesome in my dining room!!

Laura Lyle - December 6, 2011 - 11:49 am

Love Scentsy! The ScentsyBuddies are actually under the tree for our kiddos!

Kelly Marks - December 6, 2011 - 11:49 am

Well, I am a bit confused…think I missed where I was supposed to put what Scent I would like to win…Blueberry Cheesecake!!! I do not own any warmers yet (I am a Scentsy virgin!) but I love this one! So peaceful! Thanks Ginger!

Megs - December 6, 2011 - 11:51 am

Love it!!! Just got hooked on Scentsy, too!!

Lisa Contessa - December 6, 2011 - 11:59 am

I keep hearing about Scentsy, but have never tried it. The warmer is a great idea (since candles are out with a tornado of a two-year-old in the house!).

Katie M - December 6, 2011 - 11:59 am

I have never used Scentsy but I think this warmer is amazing and I really hope to win it!!!

Katie M - December 6, 2011 - 12:00 pm

I think you talked me into this blueberry scent you were raving about:))

Kimberly Sprickman - December 6, 2011 - 12:05 pm

I think it’s beautiful!!

Tracy - December 6, 2011 - 12:10 pm

The warmer is a classic for Christmas. Very pretty

Steph - December 6, 2011 - 12:14 pm

I think this warmer is absolutely stunning! I’ve yet to delve into Scentsy, but I am now!!

Censie Sawyer - December 6, 2011 - 12:15 pm

I love this warmer! It would go perfect in my Christmas Living room!!!

Censie Sawyer - December 6, 2011 - 12:15 pm

I love this warmer! It would look perfect in my Christmas living room!

Steph - December 6, 2011 - 12:16 pm

I think I’d choose Cinammon Vanilla… YUM!

LANNEA DEROOY - December 6, 2011 - 12:30 pm

I dont have one yet but I should!

SusanV - December 6, 2011 - 12:42 pm

I love these! Beautiful!!

Dana Remaley - December 6, 2011 - 1:12 pm

It’s great that you think about us moms too — in the gifting department that is!! Not just photos of our kids! Those are awesome too though!!

Ann Gonzales - December 6, 2011 - 1:27 pm

The warmer is beautiful! Heard of sentry but have never tried them! Would love this!

kristy - December 6, 2011 - 4:07 pm

i LOVE Scentsy!

Amy - December 6, 2011 - 4:12 pm

I know flattery won’t get me to win, but you’re awesome! 🙂

jaime - December 6, 2011 - 4:17 pm

sounds awesome! I’ve never heard of this before….what’s the comparison to say bath and body works plug ins>

Angie - December 6, 2011 - 6:36 pm

Great giveaway! I really would love to try scentsy and it would totally match my blue nativity tree skirt!

Annie Ashcraft - December 6, 2011 - 7:06 pm


admin - December 6, 2011 - 8:58 pm

This is a little different than a b&b plug in. The b&b plug-in has the scent that twists in the bottom (mine never work for very long either) where this is the warmer itself, with a wax disk in the top of the warmer. There’s a little dish on the top and the heat from the light bulb is what melts the wax. You buy the scents in little bars, which are kind of separated on the bottom into a grid so you can just break off a little at a time. They seem to last quite a long time, and are really easy to switch out. You just turn it on, let it warm a little, and wipe it out. I take a damp cloth to mine then, and then let it dry before putting a new scent in. I’ll put up another scentsy post and link it to this one to explain how it works a little better. I saw a knock off version in wal-mart the other day and checked it out. The smell isn’t as strong and it doesn’t look like the same quality of wax.

admin - December 6, 2011 - 8:59 pm

that’s what’s next in mine Steph!!! I bought it to give away for Christmas and Mag and I both agreed to give away a different one and keep it. BAD me. 🙂

admin - December 6, 2011 - 9:00 pm

it is SO good. seriously. it’s the blueberry cheescake. I just had the warmer on again tonight.

admin - December 6, 2011 - 9:01 pm

you picked one of the best ones, SO yummy!!

12 days of Christmas give-away- Day 1



I am so excited about what we have coming up over the next few days.  I am blessed to have a loving family, great supportive friends, and wonderful clients.  I’m also pretty lucky to get to interact with other fabulous small businesses(and their owners)  When I sent emails out asking if others wanted to be involved with this give away I got a fantastic response.  Just you all wait until you see what I have in store for you.  We have so many great products…BUT I’m NOT going to list them, you’re going to have to come back and see for yourselves.

Today’s give away is something little different.  In the spirit of Christmas and giving, we’re doing a 2 part give-away.

It’s a one for me, one for you kind of deal.

In the spirit of the Holidays, we are giving you and a person YOU decide each $25 gift certificates to Frames of Infinity.  It can be used towards your session fee, or your order after your session.  Heck you could even give the whole $50 away, but that is the ONLY way it can be used that way.  The winner cannot keep the whole $50, it’s a shared deal.

So, want to win?

Entry #1.  Just leave a post below for a chance to enter.

More chances to win:

Entry #2.  Find us on FB and say hi, make sure to give us a like if you don’t already.

Entry#3. SHARE this giveaway on fb.  If you share right from fb I can verify that you did share.  Remember I have to be able to SEE the share, so make sure your status is listed as public.

Okay, everyone that’s it for today.  Since it’s later in the day, i’ll run THIS give-away until Saturday.

If you come back tomorrow, there may be a BONUS way to enter….so check back!!

Okay, HERE is how you can get TWO more entries to this give-away.

BONUS ENTRY#1.  Head over to Burgh Baby’s page and read a little bit about Christmas Crazy.

You do not have to donate to Christmas Crazy (although you’re MORE THAN WELCOME to) all you have to do is spread the word.  Blog about it, post a link on twitter, fb, wherever it is that you put up information on the web, share it THERE.  And then come back and tell me where you shared the information.

BONUS ENTRY #2. Head over to PLAY IT FORWARD on facebook and say hi.  If you live in or around Pittsburgh, or have family and friends that do, PLEASE take a moment and share this information.

I think that both these charities ROCK, and hope that you do to.  Let’s share their message!


Good Luck, and Happy Holidays

Dana Remaley - December 1, 2011 - 1:28 pm

I’d love the “I get a coupon, I can share one” idea!!!

Angela Staude - December 1, 2011 - 1:33 pm

You do Beautiful work!!!

Mimi - December 1, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Pick me!!

Sarah Nickola - December 1, 2011 - 4:43 pm

What a generous giveaway!! I hope we win:)

Sarah Nickola - December 1, 2011 - 4:47 pm

I wrote on the fb wall for another entry:)

Sarah Nickola - December 1, 2011 - 4:48 pm

I shared the link on fb!! Thanks for all chances to win:)

Elke Caldart - December 1, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Ginger, Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!

Alicia Genco - December 1, 2011 - 7:56 pm

I <3 a giveaway! 🙂

marleah umpleby - December 1, 2011 - 8:08 pm

I’ve seen your work with the Genco and Dickson families- love it!

LANNEA DEROOY - December 1, 2011 - 9:01 pm


Lauren - December 1, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Happy December! Where is the snow!??!!!!!

Annie Ashcraft - December 2, 2011 - 6:41 am


SusanV - December 2, 2011 - 1:41 pm

So fun!! Thanks!

Elke Caldart - December 2, 2011 - 1:48 pm

Shared info about Christmas Crazy on my FB page!

Elke Caldart - December 2, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Shared info about Play it Forward on my FB page! Thanks, Ginger!

Sarah Nickola - December 2, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Liked Play it Forward on FB and commented on wall!

Sarah Nickola - December 2, 2011 - 2:06 pm

Spread the word about Christmas Crazy (Burgh Baby) on FB!

Amy - December 2, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Merry Christmas!

Natasha Dickson - December 2, 2011 - 10:21 pm

Love this!

Rhonda - December 3, 2011 - 5:48 am

Thanks for the chance to win!!! I can’t wait to see the pictures you took at the Sewickley Light Up Night too!

Katie M - December 4, 2011 - 5:56 pm

What a fun contest!! Merry Christmas!!

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