A Pinterest Christmas 2014 – Week 2

This week on:


my PINspiration:


The link on this pin went absolutely no where… but thankfully I have Greg.  I just showed him pictures of what I wanted and he made it happen – as usual!

I did go back and forth on how I wanted to execute this… just Google pallet christmas tree and you will find all sorts of variations!

cut the pallet, don’t cut the pallet – paint the pallet, don’t paint the pallet – straight edges or angled edges

FotorCreatedWe had some extra pallets on hand from the headboard we made for my friend Ashley’s wedding.  I am too proud not to share a photo 🙂


Greg took charge and I literally did nothing but observe and tell him where to put it in the end. What a guy!


It probably took him 20 minutes tops to complete and then we were ready to argue on placement 🙂

Final look! Some have suggested i add lights, paint a star, etc. but for now I am staying plain Jane.


Be sure to check out the other blogs this week for some Christmas cheer and use #PinterestChristmas2014 on instagram if you want to join the fun!

[Emerald City Diaries | Greg & Maggi |  The Gilbertson Family | The Pena Family | This Grey House |Without A Doubt]

A Pinterest Christmas 2014 – Week 1

It’s that time of year again, where I  promise I will blog more often participate in A Pinterest Christmas with some lovely, crafty ladies.


Each week the hosts will be sharing Pinterest-inspired projects related to the holiday season. The projects could be anything from decorations and crafts, to traditions and recipes. Each of us will be sharing our projects in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We would love for you to join in on the fun. Plan your projects, post them, link back to one of our posts, and leave us a comment!

Not a blogger? No problem, we’d love to see your projects on Instagram! Use the hashtag #PinterestChristmas2014

The hosts:

[Emerald City Diaries | Greg & Maggi |  The Gilbertson Family | The Pena Family | This Grey House | Without A Doubt]

Need some inspiration? Check out the posts from the previous two years here.


For Week 1, I decided to continue on the theme of my recent hobby and create a Moss Covered Reindeer.


The site I used for my PINspiration made this a lot more difficult than it needed to be.  They used styrofoam and traced/cut out the reindeer.  I however found the exact same shaped reindeer at Michael’s for $2.99 – SCORE! He even had the twine already attached and ready to hang!

wood reinderr

I also got a bag of moss from Michael’s for $4.79, but used my 50% off one item coupon on this guy.  I pinched off some globs of moss and started hot gluing away!  I did small sections so I could make sure it would cover up the wood.  It took about 10-15 minutes to complete, then I was left with one furry reindeer.  As you can see, the moss was quite “full”, so i went back and trimmed.  It felt a little like giving the reindeer a haircut.

partial moss


tall moss

The haircut resulted in this lovely mess…

moss mess

The final product…

final no nose

But how would he be complete without a cute, red nose? I stole from my bathroom decor and put on the final touch!



Right now he is hanging from our stocking holders since I still haven’t purchased stockings (waiting for the right ones to catch my eye!).


Be sure to check out the other blogs this week for the Week 1 Pinterest Christmas projects! And come back next week for my next project. Sneak peak!

The Peña Family

Happy Wednesday! There are 59 days until the walk!  We have our final design and we are ready to start placing orders for Jack’s Pack shirts.

jacks back shirts


The price for shirts this year is $12. 50% of sales go directly to the March of Dimes!  Sizes available include:
Youth XS-XL and Adult S-3XL

To order a shirt, please email me at AbbiPena@yahoo.com or Maggi at Maggi.Campbell@gmail.com

If you do not live in the Lafayette or Alexandria/Frankton area, we will be able to ship your order.

We would like your payment at the time of order. You can either send your payment in the mail  or pay via PayPal. I’m working on a button that will be on the blog. Until then, you can go to PayPal and my account is AbbiPena@yahoo.com

Don’t forget to sign up for the walk too! You can do that here. Even if you can’t…

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Our Weekend. 1/18/13.

The first week of the 30 Day Shred challenge is complete. I will say that multiple days this week I could barely walk and I complained A LOT… but I am excited that I have stuck with this and I’m excited to keep going. I will say I think I wouldv’e quit after day 2 if I didn’t have the support from everyone else. And by support I mean Facebook messages bitching about how Jillian Michaels is a bitch. Shred on!

Greg and I were also busy this week with his family. His sister-in-law had an unexpected heart attack and could really use some prayers!

Friday night after a hospital visit, Greg took me out to a nice dinner in Shadyside. We don’t get down their often so it was a nice change of pace. MMM fresh scallops.


Saturday was an exciting day… I finally got a manicure & HOCKEY IS BACK! We met up with some friends to watch the first game at a new joint in Robinson (Latitude 40). We even made the local news station’s website. Check it out!

(still loving anything grey)


Today is all about sports.  The Hoosiers pulled out the W. NFL is in full force (notice that the first game got me through my workout today) and the Pens start @ 7.


Dinner is in the oven (buffalo chicken potato casserole) – thanks Pinterest!

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Our weekend. 1/11/13.

My goal for 2013- update the blog more frequently. Lets see how long I can go trying to post weekend updates.

Our week was pretty blah with Greg battling the flu.

Friday we were able to get out to a fun dinner with the Hough’s to celebrate a new chapter of their life 🙂


Saturday Greg stayed in bed while I cheered on the Hoosiers and finished taking down the Christmas decor.


Saturday night I joined the neighborhood gals (& Ciara) for a theater show.



Today (Sunday) was a complete lazy day filled with football.  Sad we don’t have a team left in the playoffs but it’s still the best time of the year for NFL! It was over 60 degrees outside today so it was nice to enjoy a little of that.  Sounds like the 30’s are coming back tomorrow so it was nice while it lasted.

Tomorrow I will join in on the 30 day shred challenge with some fellow family members.  If you know me, you know I don’t do working out.  I could stand to get in shape but I am hesitant to say I’m extremely motivated/excited.  We shall see!

A Pinterest Christmas: Yarn Trees.

So I lied when I said I would only be a day late on my Pinterest Christmas post.  I underestimated wanting to relax/unpack the day after a trip to Indiana for Christmas and a 6 hour drive.  Oh well.  For this week of:

pinterest christmas logo

I was sort of lacking creativity/motivation/etc. and it was especially hard to be excited to make another Christmas craft when Christmas is over 😦  Next year (if I participate in a series like this again) I hope to start making these crafts way before the Christmas season even starts so I can enjoy them longer. Oh well… my PINspiration this week came from this:


BUT I would be lying if I said I planned this to be one of my projects.  I guess my REAL PINspiration came from Kendra & Michelle:


Ab and I attempted to head out the day after Christmas to pick up supplies and complete together but the “Blizzard 2012” put a damper on this.

I planned on making the larger cone the red tree because I really loved Michelle’s color combo, BUT my larger cone was green styrofoam (smaller one is white) and it made more sense to put the green yarn on the green cone in case of any spaces while wrapping.  I had red spray paint but no green (and didn’t feel like venturing out) so red on the small and green on the big it is.  I also even made myself complete the large cone first because I knew that I would sick of wrapping pretty quickly (I completed the below project for a cute fall decoration so this wasn’t my first rodeo involving cones and yarn).


I pinned the start of the yarn at the bottom of the cone and started wrapping. It took me a while to find out the best method but I settled with holding the cone upside down to do the bottom portion (resting the other end on my leg) and spinning the cone around as I pulled the yarn.  I also used my other hand to constantly push up the yarn as I laid each layer to eliminate spacing.  I have NO clue if the method I just described makes any sense but it’s the best I can describe.

so if you’re looking at the above photo, I used my right hand to pull the string and used my left hand (thumb) to push up the string I just laid on the cone.  After I got through about half of the cone, I flipped it back right side up and did the same method.

after finishing the wrapping it was as simple as heating up the hot glue gun and adding some pom poms!


for the red tree, the only difference was spray painting the cone prior to wrapping the yarn.  This isn’t a necessity but I knew it would be better off.




love these trees! I might have to look for cute little stars to put on the top! and I think I’ll add some more white poms to the red tree 🙂

be sure to check out the other pinterest chritmas projects from this week:

Amanda’s Cards & Wrapping

Kendra’s Mistle Toes

Michelle’s Sock Vase

Misha’s Magazine Bows & Chalkboard Art

Blizzard 2012.

So the local Indiana news referred to the snow storm we received yesterday as “blizzard 2012” – this was quite dramatic. But the blizzard did put a cramp in my pinterest Christmas Thursday post. Greg and I are currently back en route to Pittsburgh so check back tomorrow for my yarn trees that I am copying from Kendra and Michelle 🙂

A Pinterest Christmas: Odds and Ends.

Kinda disappointing but I don’t have a fabulous craft to share with everyone this week.  I was tempted to go out on Tuesday night to buy supplies and make the adorable Yarn Trees that Kendra posted.  I’ve decided maybe next week I will try to do another “intense” project when I am home with Abbi so I can convince her to join in.

So anywho – here we go for week 3 of:

pinterest christmas logo

I did some small projects around the house that I am going to attempt to share with little pictures or tutorials.

First – how should we display our Christmas cards? Our pantry door is white and boring so I attempted to jazz it up.  I bought ribbon and some plain clothespins from Michael’s.  I thought (for maybe 13 seconds) about buying glue and loose glitter and making my clothespins very pretty but I opted for less of a mess and went with glitter spray paint. I taped the ribbon on the inside of the door (top and bottom) and just added cards as they came in!

Close up of the clothespins (thanks for modeling Gilbertson family)


Looking like lonely people with 2 cards…


And then finally they started rolling in…


Maybe next year we should think about sending a cute Christmas card to friends and family.

Next up:  Felted Garland. My PINspiration:


So Misha was a rockstar with her felted garland a few weeks ago.  I planned to do this until I saw words like wool and roving… eek. My savior (Amazon) had these cute felt balls (already made) for sale.


Thanks to Amazon Prime, they arrived in 2 days and I took a trusty needle and some twine and went to town.


Turned out to not be like what I imagined but I guess it’s still cute.  Because the bigger balls (ha) are heavier it doesn’t lay like I would prefer but imperfection is in from what I hear.


my stocking holders were perfect for swooping? the garland (yes, we still don’t have stockings but I am determined to buy these after Christmas)


OK now for my fail of a project that I don’t have time to complete before heading to Indiana for Christmas.

My PINspiration:


I thought this was so simple/cute for the front porch. Who would’ve thought putting lights on an upside down tomato cage would make it look like a tree?

Issue #1 – Greg and I went to Home Depot and the only tomato cage I found was 5 ft. tall. Yikes. (Rodney likes to keep me company while I craft)


Issue #2 – I worked on this late Tuesday night and only had 9 ft. of garland and a set of 100 mini lights. See below for how far that gets you.



Although it didn’t pan out like I planned with my initial supplies, I think once we return from the holidays I will get more lights & garland (hopefully on a good sale!) and finish.  I might also look for a 3 ft. tomato cage to put next to it.

LAST thing… my boss thought it would be nice to give some of the teams we work with a 6 pack of holiday beer.  I agreed but of course knew we had to spruce them up!  Ab made these last year and I thought they were adorable.

My PINspiration:


We bought 12 6-pack’s and I signed up to complete 8 of them (big mistake when you are trying to wrap presents, pack for home, do laundry, etc.). It actually went quite quick after I got the hang of it.  For 12 6-packs I’d say the supplies only cost about $10 (which in my opinion is pretty cheap to give it a little holiday spirit).  All you need is some brown pipe cleaners (5 for every 3 beers), red fuzzy balls, eye balls, scissors and a hot glue gun!



Enough of my random projects. Check out the other ladies’ projects this week and come back next week for yet another Christmas craft.

Misha & Amanda’s Paper Tree Forests

Kendra & Michelle’s Yarn Trees

Sally’s Stocking

Abbi’s Christmas Goodies

Life update.

So my blogging energy has been spent focusing on a Pinterest Christmas and I have failed to share our oh so exciting life lately. I think it can be summarized in a few sentences so why not give a quick update? Not to mention I don’t have an exciting craft to post this week so maybe blogging 2 times in one week will make me feel better.

Greg & I have been quite busy the last few weeks. Since Thanksgiving, we have been in full Christmas mode.  The weekend after Turkey Day (Dec 1) kicked off our first Christmas party with our good friends the Hough’s and Cutone’s.  Our night consisted of football, food, adult beverages and board games… SHOCKING. On a side note, if you haven’t played SPOT IT before, you should. It might seem like a game for youngsters but it is definitely enjoyable with adults.

Kristen invited me to use one of her Groupon‘s that was expiring the next week and we had a blast.  All I knew going into it – BYOB and painting. So the place is called Paint Monkey and it is located in a cute little studio downtown Pittsburgh. You bring whatever you would like to drink and they provide everything else (even the corkscrew)!

This is how it looks before the instructor starts guiding the class (thank goodness they gave us lines to follow).


this is right before finishing but the last pic I have that also captures how messy this got


Overall this was a really cool experience that I can’t wait to do again someday.  Come visit Pittsburgh and we will go 🙂

The second Saturday in Dec we attended the annual neighborhood Christmas party.  This was our first year attending since we were just moving in last year.  Very thankful for all the awesome neighbors we have!

This past weekend we had a Christmas party on Friday and Saturday – it sounds like we are really popular but I promise we aren’t.

This whole month has FLOWN by but poor Greg has been battling a lot of neck pain.  He has dealt with it for years but it really started acting up again on the 2nd of this month.  After an ER trip, 2 doctor trips, blood work, MRI’s, x-ray’s, steroid injections, etc…. He is starting to feel better and we are hopeful they are figuring things out. More to come!

Shout out to Mr. Jack Pena who will turn 2 on Thursday.  See you soon buddy.

Greg & I will head home to Indiana Saturday morning and stay through Christmas.  We have off work all next week so it will be great to not have to rush back.

I hope everyone has a great/safe holiday.

Until Thursday…