Year in review {2014}

I shared the top 10 C.R.A.F.T. posts from 2014 according to page views, but today I want to share my favorite crafts and DIYs of 2014! (Here are my faves from 2012 and 2013.) My very, very favorite DIY in the history of ever happened in March. #Shocker So skip to that month for the really good stuff! But, honestly looking back, almost everything I did revolved around my sweet munchkin from the DIY nursery to baby showers to onesies to learning how to take care of the little guy! Cheers to 2014!

Best of 2014 on C.R.A.F.T.

January: January was full of cheesy Valentines and the start of our bathroom remodel! Me and my giant belly got to go to Salt Lake City for the product launch of the Cricut! I whipped up tons of  cheesy Valentines: Don’t ever change, I’m so glad we’re in the same school, and You’re the highlight of my day!

Bathroom remodel

 

February: My friend threw us the cutest black and white baby shower and my mom and I finished up the black and white nursery. My friend, Kristen, took awesome maternity pictures,  we made the easiest valences ever and whipped up some picture ledge shelves for the nursery.

Maternity pictures

March: Maxwell was born and I became a mama! Here is our natural birth story and 15 things I’ve learned about taking care of infants.

 

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April: I pre scheduled a few posts so that I could enjoy my tiny nugget! I still love my super simple instagram collage that disguised a light switch in our home. Oh and of course I love Maxwell’s birth announcements! I also made Maxwell a bazillion onesies with iron on vinyl… it’s so esay!

How to make a simple instgram collage

 

May: You’re going to be shocked, but one of my favorite posts in the month of May was about Maxwell’s newborn session! I left baby boy at home with dad for a few hours and hosted a Cricut craft night in Austin! Oh and Vanessa whipped up some super cute, free printable Fathers Day cards for us. I also love this round up of 50+ nutter butter creatures!

Cricut Explore

 

June: We celebrated my 30th birthday in a foreign country and we were in an earth quake! I wrote about how to get a passport for an infant, useful gift ideas for new moms, and I whipped up a free printable for the Happy Song that I love so much!

Happy song printable

 

July: I spoke about Google + at a blog conference called Alt Summit, and Martha Stewart was the keynote! We also took Maxwell on an 11 hour road trip to meet his great, great grandmother which led me to write a post with tips for traveling with a baby in a car! Maxwell went on 12+ plane rides before he was 4 months old, so I decided to compile my airplane riding with baby tips here!

traveling with a baby

 

August: I did not get a lot of crafting done this month, instead Maxwell an I travelled to the northeast! I put together a fun guide of free things to do in New York City with kids, 40+ PVC pipe projects, and Vanessa whipped up this really cute “Stop and smell the roses” free printable!

Smell the Roses free printable

September: I loved attending the Celebration of Service campaigns with The Home Depot! I got to do it in Austin and Houston! I also started crafting up Halloween costumes for Maxwell… baby koala is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I also made some really easy duck tape pumpkins!

Celebration of service day with Home Depot

 

October: I started getting really excited about Halloween and made Maxwell a few more costumes… 5 more to be exact! Maxwell was an organic carrot, a cheeseburger, a panda bear, a Game boy, and a baby Bob Ross!

Homemade Halloween costumes for babies

 

November: I was still finishing up Halloween costume posts in November! Andy and I were Crown and Coke! And Rachel shared these adorable free printable turkey pillow boxes! I also spilled the beans about out ornament Christmas cards this month.

DIY Crown and Coke Couples Costumes

 

December: I gave Andy and Maxwell their Christmas present early and we went to Comfort, TX. We also attended a hideous Christmas party and whipped up some more really awesome (hideous) costumes…  mind of course was made out of Duck Tape!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

And those are a few of my favorite posts of 2014! Cheers to happy, healthy, crafty 2015! And a giant thank YOU for reading C.R.A.F.T.!

Creative Christmas Outfits

I showed y’all Andy and I’s Hideous Christmas outfits, but we’ve got some super creative friends and I have to share their genius today!  We’ve got the prize winning creative christmas attire from Becky and Mikes Hideous Christmas extravaganza! The winners receive a coveted shake weight signed by previous years winners, ha! (The shake weight was the hottest infomercial item when the contest started years ago, thus the coveted trophy for all Hideous Chrsitmas’ to come!) And the winners are…

3rd place and winners of a deliciously dense fruit cake were the Christmas Story couples costumes: Leg Lamp and Ralphie

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

2nd place was awarded to “Jingle Balls” and “Feel the Joy”, ha!  Sadly, I did not get a good shot of the couple, but here is Claire’s cute costume along with 2 other festive ideas! Claire made her outfit out of a red snuggie! You know what I’m talkin’ about! And her husband was in red footed pajama attire with “Jingle balls” in a certain location!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

And the grand prize winners of the shake weight trophy went to this cute couple: Stockings hung by the chimney with care and stuck Santa! I mean he had a computer in his sweater with a working fire! Oh and the bricks are red Duck Tape! Gotta love that.

Christmas Costume Ideas

Being the judge of this contest would have been super tricky. I mean what about the Christmas Wrappers! They’re adorable!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

Or how about the host and hostess with the mostess, AKA Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Santa!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

I was a bad picture taker. But, I did get a pic of this awesome “ginger bread” house made out of Shiner Cheer boxes by Becky herself! The chimney is a beer bottle. Genius! And the Christmas tree with Shiner bottle cap ornaments?! Love.

Ugly sweater party decorations

 

One last picture of yours truly looking hideously awesome in our head to toe Christmas gear!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

Looking for more ridiculous ugly sweater party ideas? Here are 32 ugly sweater party ideas and DIY tacky Texas DIY Christmas sweaters!

Creative Ways to Give Groupons

Note: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Gift Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.

Gift giving is really fun assuming you can find the perfect gift that you know the recipient will love! (Like my mom and her annual calendar!) But, let’s face it, some folks are really hard to buy for because well, they buy everything they need and want themselves (Andy!). This is one of the reasons I love to give experiences! You know, restaurants, massages, wine tasting, vacations! Groupon makes that affordable and easy. The tricky part of giving the gift of experience with Groupon is how to make the present more than just a piece of paper. This is a 3 part series about creative ways to give gift cards and/or Groupons. First up, can you guess what kind of Groupon I’m giving my girlfriend?


Creative ways to give gift cards

 

If you guessed a work out membership, gold star or you! Now, I wouldn’t go getting just any friend a work out membership. But how fun would it be to buy 2 of the same Groupons, one for you and one for your friend, and attend the work out together?! It’s a win-win! I’ve got your creative wrapping covered. Just use this tutorial about how to embroider burlap and stitch on “pump it up”! Then you can tape the Groupon into the back little pocket, like this:

Creative ways to give gift cards

 

And I just discovered that you can buy 2 burlap canvases for $4 at Walmart! And they are great for embroidering!

Creative ways to give gift cards

 

Do you have any go to methods for giving Groupons, gift cards, or experiences? I’d love to hear!

Psst… Here’s the how to embroider burlap tutorial!

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