Friday, December 16, 2011

Deer Friends {Magic Reindeer Food}

Sprinkle on the lawn at night,
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!
Great gift idea for neighborhood kids!
Supplies Needed to make 5 bags:
2 1/2 C. rolled oats
5 zip lock baggies
Printed Poem on white paper
Red paper to frame poem
Glitter (any or all colors)
Any type of confetti (mine are cut-outs of Santa carrying his sack)
Directions: After compiling ingredients, its pretty simple.  Put 1/2 C. in each bag, sprinkle in some confetti and glitter, and ziplock it shut.  Paste the white cutout onto the red frame (I used paper edging scissors to make the designs sides on the red), hole punch it on the top corner, and thread the ribbon through it.  Tie the ribbon around the ziplock baggie and then cut off the ziplock part. 
Then give to children in the neighborhood for Christmas Eve! 
I remember doing this on Christmas Eve growing up, and it was always something special waiting to see if we could see Santa flying through the air.  If anyone thought they might have spotted him, they would run inside, because we knew if Santa knew we were awake, he wouldn't come to our house!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Monday Myriad! {Linky Party} 2

Let the fun begin!  Thank you everyone participating in this, it is always inspiring to see everyone's amazing ideas, and hard to pick which ones to feature!  Here are some that I adore:
Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy made Christmas Ornaments with yarn and vintage paper. Cute and Easy!
Miss C. at Craftingwithheart made a cute cute walling hanging with a Grinch Quote, I loved it!
Next, Peggy at PJH Designs made a Santa Clause Card Hanger, which I totally want to make!  
I also loved Sarah @ Alderberry Hill's Candy Cane Candle Holder, such a fun idea, I love decorating with candy canes!  
And last but not least, I adored Jen @ At Home in the Northwest's Personalized Doormat, what a great gift idea, (but first I need to make one for myself haha).   

If you were featured, feel free to add an "adored" button to your post or blog sidebar! (if you need a different size, let me know)
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Now its time to link up your projects! 
From these, I will choose at least 5 next week to feature on The Allred Abode. This will give a chance for some of you to get more traffic to your blog and for others to be inspired to get creative from your ideas. 
I just ask that you follow 

A Few Simple Guidelines: 
1. Follow "The Allred Abode" on Google Friend Connect by clicking "Follow this Blog" on the top left of this blog page. 
2. Link straight to a project you created by pasting the direct link of the idea you would like to share.
3. Visit a few other's projects and leave them some comments! 
4. Link back to this party!  You can do so by copying and pasting the code for the button below, or posting a link in your post back to my blog address.  This will help both you and I create traffic to our blogs!  
5. Head on back next week to see if you were featured!  

Before you add your link through inlinkz, I have enabled my comment box to support pictures.  The version of inlinkz that I have does not support thumbnail images, so if you would like to add an image to your link instead of using inlinkz, simply upload your image to a hosting webstie (such as photobucket), copy the "direct link" into this code
<img src="direct link goes here"> 
and paste it in your comment, as well as pasting in the URL to your blog post and a description of your craft! Thank you so much, please e-mail me or leave a comment with any questions!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry First Christmas!

Nick and I celebrated Christmas this morning!  I am going to be leaving this Thursday for California, and then I will come back and Nick and I will go straight to North Carolina, and I wanted us to be able to open our Christmas presents together in the morning, so today was the only day!
So we had "Express Christmas."  Did anyone see the Modern Family Christmas episode this week?   Nick and I were literally rolling on the floor laughing so hard, it is the greatest show ever.

Ok, so on to the presents!
My big gift was....
A digital camera! and not just any digital camera, it was the Sony HX9, with 1080p full HD video and pictures, 16.2 megapixels, and a bunch of other cool junk.  I have kinda shaky hands, and when I was testing it out in the store, all my pictures still turned out perfectly! So cool!  I don't exactly have it yet, but it is shipping, and should be here on Tuesday.  Look forward to wayyy cooler looking blog photos in the future.

Cool right?  I'm so excited!  I also got a Victoria's Secret Hoodie, which I've wanted for like 10 years, so that is convenient, and See's Candies, Ande's Mints, Lindor Truffles, and socks.  We also opened the box my sister Erin sent, and she gave me a cute sweatshirt, shirt, and a scarf! Thank you Erin!!!

Nick got a year subscription to X-box live and the video game "Skyrim" which I asked for at the video game store and asked for "skyroom." I told the cashier there that hopefully he would be done with it in 3 days, and he told me emphatically that he has put over 80 hours into it already and its the coolest, longest game, so then I told him he'd better stop telling me how long it was or I wasn't going to buy it haha.  Then he assured me that it would be over in 3 days.... hmm..  I guess I'd just rather be ignorant...
Nick also got a couple of coats, ties, underarmor socks (for 35 dollars! what is the world coming to!)  and a few other small things.  

Kitty didn't get anything, although my mom did get him some awesome things since his birth, including lazer pointer, catnip and scratching post, and other toys.  Plus, he gets food, water, and sweet lovin' every day from me, so I don't see what he's so glum about.  Maybe the fact that we tore down his new-found fort under the Christmas Tree when we opened all of our presents? Oh well.  

Merry Christmas everyone! Do you know what you are getting yet?
Love, Katie

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Myriad! {Linky Party}

Christmas time is the perfect time for Holiday Crafts!  I have been going crazy with my 'no-sew' projects lately, and I think my mom noticed, because she got me a sewing machine for Christmas!  I got it early because she had it sent to my house.  Thank you Mom! No more no-sew projects for me!  As soon as I received my sewing machine, I decided to tackle my first quilt!  I googled "easy quilts for beginners" and found this page, which had amazing step by step instructions for a beginner quilter on a rag quilt.  It was so easy and so fun, I finished it in 2 days, or about 10 hours!  A rag quilt looks like a normal quilt on the back, has fleece or flannel in the middle, and all the edges are "ragged" on the front.  Here is what my rag quilt looks like:
Front folded on top of back
Front of my quilt 
Also, Just wanted to shout out to Brooke at The Silver Lining, and tell everyone about her GIVEAWAY!!! Yeeeyaya! So check out her blog, it is amazing!

Here are some awesome crafts that I thought were worth sharing!  
Babblingsandmore made a darling Nativity Block, which I need to make, seeing as I have 0 nativities.  
and Meggan from lilagrace made amazing DIY Cable Knit Sweater Tree Topiaries, so fun!
So now, for the first time ever, I am having a linky party!  I really want to see what you are up to, so please post a link!  It can be your adventures, thoughts, crafts, or anything.  I have utilized linky parties many times, and it has gotten a lot of traffic to my blog. 
Party Rules:
1. Click "Join this site" on the top left of my blog to become a new follower of The Allred Abode
2. Link directly to your post, so we will know what exactly you are sharing.
3. Post the "Myriad Monday" button under your post, or please link back to The Allred Abode in the post your are sharing.   
4. Click on a few others' links and leave them a comment! Maybe we can generate a few blogger friendships out of this.
5. Head on back next week to see if you were featured!

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Thank you to everyone who participates, and for the ladies I've featured, here is a badge for your blog!  Feel free to put it on your sidebar or blog post! (and if you need a different size for any button, don't hesitate to ask!)
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's Christmas Time in the City

Christmas Decorating in a small apartment is kind of hard to accomplish. That said, we had a blast, even if it is not the most beautiful ever!  We bought a Noble Fir that is a little over 6 feet tall, and asked for leftover leaves (the ones they cut off the bottom of the tree so it will fit in the bottom) and they gave us all we wanted!  So I made my first home-made fresh Noble Fir Christmas Wreath! Remember my Fall Wreath, well I pulled off the leaves from that and poked the Christmas tree branches into the sticks, and it was so easy! I tried to read about a complicated method involving numerous wire hangers and more wire, but I didn't have any of that, so this worked so perfectly! I bought this stick wreath for 2 dollars, and now I've used it for 2 Holidays! After all my greenery was added, I put a 1 dollar wooden "A" for Allred, hung by Christmas ribbon, in the middle of it.  Also, I added a few fake holly berries into the mix.
Stick Wreath

Kitty sniffing the lovely smelling wreath, and happened to be perfectly posed
Kitty in his natural habitat...
Our Front Door
And two different views of my Christmas Tree, hard to take pictures of lights in the dark

Thanksgiving Break

Wow, I feel like it has been forever since I have blogged.  I'm trying to stay thankful here, so let's just say it's been a little hectic lately.
So, concentrating on the good things that I am so thankful for:
Nick and I put up our very first Christmas tree (more on that soon)
I made my first quilt (definitely more on that later)
I have gotten some major school projects out of the way
I got an internship, so I'm going to Graduate in April!
And my very favorite of all, I got to see my family!  
It was a much needed vacation, and Nick and I listened to the first Hunger Games book on tape (or iphone) on our trip to and from California. I was so grateful to spend extra time with him, and with my family.  Nick's sister and brother-in-law were about an hour away from us visiting their other family, and unfortunately we didn't get to see them, but I can't wait to see them on Christmas!
Anyways, while in Ca, we:
spent lots of time with my family, hung out, played poor man's cranium, had Thanksgiving dinner (I set the table), went on a harbor cruise (where we saw celebrity's houses like Shirley Temple, Nicholas Cage, the owner's of Conroy's Flowers, the owner of Yahoo!, and the set for Gilligan's island (which was cool, since I've played on that beach growing up like 50 times and never knew)), 
ate at Wahoo's Fish House and Red Robin, went shopping with my mom at the mall (where she bought Nick awesome Vans, and me bath and body works yummy stuff), 
and helped put up my parents' Christmas tree!   
It was a blast, and it was the first time I have seen my family since my wedding!
Here is a visual display of some of our fun, thanks to Nick's Iphone and my mom's camera.
Some of the clan at Balboa

Nick and I before our harbor cruise

Nick bench-pressing Livvie, my little sister

Dad, Nick, and baby nephew Andrew

Set for Gilligan's Island, tiny right?

Pretty Pacific Ocean Water

Some houses in Newport Beach, Ca

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunburst Mirror: DIY Toilet Paper Tubes Project ~ How-to Tutorial

Yes I did. I just went there.  Toilet Paper Tube Art, the reason I joined Pinterest.  I've seen these like crazy lately, and came up an idea for a sunburst mirror.
Toilet Paper Tubes Sunburst Mirror
I have always wanted one of these mirrors, but it was never exactly what I wanted, or the price wasn't right.  Also, I thought they would go out of style.  So now that I've made my own, if it goes out of style, I've only spent 5 dollars!
Here is what mine looks like:

About 20 toilet paper tubes
7 inch diameter mirror
spray paint
glue dots (or glue gun)
extra piece of paper

Mark each toilet paper tube into four one-inch segments.  The tube is slightly longer than four inches, so just cut a little over the inch marks for each tube.  
Cut the toilet paper tubes into the one inch pieces, and then bend the corners of each one to make the diamond shape.  (Most of mine already had a crease forming where I cut it, so I just used the natural bending and creased it all the way)
Use the extra piece of paper to make a circle of the same diameter as the mirror (trace the mirror on the paper and cut it out)
Make your design around the extra paper circle, then, around your actual mirror, move the tube pieces one by one over and use the glue dots(or glue gun) to glue them together where they naturally fit.  For me it was about 2/3 the way up the tube's rounded side.  

I did three rows of tubes, and then a fourth row of adding a tube at every other spot, to make the points more pronounced.  
Next, spray paint!  I used Krylon's metallic satin oil brushed bronze color.  

After it is dry, use glue dots to adhere the mirror to the wall, then use a small nail or two to put the tube art around it.  Ta-dah! You just participated in the most cliché Pinterest project ever! 
You can also do this around a clock, without anything inside, or fill in the middle with toilet paper tubes! Have fun with it! Also, I've seen these spray painted all different colors, so you don't have to stick to black like I did!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Guest Post: Liz from The Quick Journey on Crayola Art

Hey Everybody, Guess What?  Today marks the day of my First Guest Post!  Liz over at The Quick Journey and I decided we would swap posts on DIY art!  So go check out her blog, because she has some amazing stuff on there, including a new post from me, (on Sweater Pillows for Christmas) as well as a super cute Etsy Shop, Paisley or Polkadots! So here she is:

Hey all you Allred Abode friends!  I am Liz, from The Quick Journey.  I am super excited to be here today.

This is me and my hubby.  He's pretty sweet and I am happy I get to walk through life with him.
I get to start every morning with kisses and smiles from two of the most precious little ones anywhere.  Ella is my sweet (almost) 4 year old, and Liam is my wild 1 1/2 year old.  

I am a total imposter in the DIY world, but I snuck in somehow, and I'm loving every minute of it. 
My blog is full of posts on fashion, awesome Before & Aftersfaithfood, and family

I also make the occasional headband, or two.  

You can take a peek at my Etsy Shop- Paisley or Polkadots


Now that you know a little about me, let's get to the DIY:  Crayola art, PEOPLE!!!!

My adorable niece turned one this past August.  Since I {heart} her, I thought I would make something fun and cute for her room.  The idea started with something I saw on Pinterest (follow me if you want).  Then the crayons came into play... the rest is history. 

I drew the letter 'K' on cardstock and lined up the crayons.  I chose pinks, yellows, oranges, and greens for my color scheme. 

I cut the crayons according to the size I needed for the letter and then hot glued them onto the cardstock.  Make sure you erase the lines as you go, or you will see the line. 

Then, I stamped it to make it completely personalized.  :)

I hope you all enjoyed this 'quick' tutorial!!!  
Thank you so much for letting me crash in on your blog, Katie!!!
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