Princess Room in the Making part 1

Grace has been asking for a princess room for a while now.  I finally got around to starting on that...

I have been feeling crafty.  So I took out the Cricut and the Princess cartridge and got to work.  I made four wall hangings for Grace's room.  I bought four 12x12 paint canvases from Michaels.  I adhered hot pink cardstock to the canvases with Loctite spray adhesive ( make sure you use this outside with cardboard or newspaper as a backing).  I also added another layer of white cardstock.

I found these really neat Disney Princess glitter papers from Creative Imaginations Signature Collection. The blue is Cinderella themed, the yellow is Belle, the Purple has crowns in the background, and the pink is Sleeping Beauty themed.  I bought these at Wooten's Scrapbook store in Ontario. I love that I live close to this store now.  Wooten's is scrapbook heaven!
The glitter paper makes a great background to the images I cut for the canvases.

First up is a princess.  This was two different images from the cartridge.  The paper doll girl and the princess dress.  These were cut at 10 inches.  I didn't want to make them to big.  I wanted to make sure there was some room left so the image didn't look crowded.  I used hot pink glitter paper for the accents.  On the crown, wand, and flower accent on the dress, I used Inkssentials Glossy Accents to make it look shiny.

I also used glitter paper for the accents on the unicorn.  The hair was from a shiny pink cardstock paper.  I used Tattered Angels Shimmer mist spray to add shimmer to the body of the unicorn.  you can't tell in this picture but it has a subtle shimmer.

I love this castle.  I actually used this image to make castle shaped princess chipboard albums.  These were a hot item when I had an active Etsy store and scrapbook business.  I used three shades of pink and glitter paper for the accents.

This frog is just adorable.  Every princess needs a froggie to remind us that no prince is perfect!  I used green glitter paper for the body. Also, I used the Inkssentials Glossy Accents to give the crown depth.

These were pretty easy to make thanks to my Cricut.  I love that thing!  It took me about two hours from cutting out the images to adhering everything to the canvases. 

Princess Grace gives her approval.  She loves her new princess decorations.  Her room is quite different today. We took down her toddler bed and she is now sleeping in a big girl bed!

Up next...a new princess themed name banner.  I have a neat idea for this that will incorporate her favorite Disney princesses.  I have another wall hanging...I'm waiting on a hot pink frame I ordered from Hobby Lobby.  I also have a huge Castle wall decal I bought from Zulily that will be going up tomorrow.  More pictures to come...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!  It's 2014!  That was fast.  It feels like the holidays flew by.  2013 was literally a whirlwind for me.  I am looking forward to a fabulous 2014.

2013 brought us many unexpected blessings.  Mostly the blessing of our new home.  We certainly didn't expect to buy a home when the year started out, but by May we were on the house hunt.  It didn't seem like it was going to happen for us, but by June we were in Escrow.  The Lord really blessed us through this process and by the end of the month we had moved into our new home.  Literally a new home.  We bought a model home in Eastvale, CA.
Our new home.  Our gift from the Lord.
This is my third week off and I have spent the time with the kids.  It has gotten easier for all of us being together so much.  I have learned that I need to keep them busy!  We did a few crafts.  We decorated a gingerbread house. They loved it especially because they ate a lot of candy. I am actually surprised that this much candy made it on the house.
Caleb adding candy to the house while Grace eats it.

I found this manger scene and the people for it online at Design Dazzle.  It was cute!  I printed out the manger scene and cut out the people.  With a little direction, they added the people to the manger scene.  It turned out well and I was able to tell them about Jesus' birth.  I will definitely keep this for next year.

Caleb's manger scene
Grace's manger scene
I think I might have gone a little overboard on Christmas gifts for the kids.  I started buying gifts back in June and even though I got lots of things on clearance and great a doll house for $18 (normally $230!) was a bit overwhelming.  The kids stopped opening gifts halfway through because they just wanted to play with the ones they had opened.  Lesson for next time...

This was the best picture I could get of the kids Christmas morning.  They couldn't wait to start opening gifts.
Christmas day I hosted lunch with my family.  It was so much fun to have them over.  We enjoyed a yummy Christmas lunch and great company.

This is a small portion of my family.  I have three sisters and six brothers.
I am looking forward to a prosperous and restful 2014.  I am praying that this year is not as busy as last year.  I am also looking forward to family time.  And mostly importantly, I am focusing on improving my health, fitness, and my relationship with the Lord.  I have put these things on the back burner and it's time to make them a priority.  I fell prey to the hectic pace of my, kids, husband, etc.  And now it's time to take the reins and take care of me.
Hoping you get a chance to also take the reins in 2014 and take care of you.

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