No, no, no.Valentines day in DecemberSigh – accompanied by a brow rub. How about we get a freaking second…just one freaking second…to actually enjoy the holiday that is still a week away. Don’t make me hate you, Valentines Day. I refuse to think about you until February 12th and don’t want you all up in my face. Hear me?


Christmas time is here.

Christmas CardIsn’t Gideon the cutest thing since baby ducklings?

We decided to do a Christmas card, mostly because this year we’ve felt so settled at our home and with our little family here. People like to hear about the chickens and Gideon. We thought it would bring a smile to their face to see them. We literally just turned to each other one afternoon and said, “Hey let’s go take a picture”. It was raining. We rigged up my dinky digital camera onto a ladder with a backpacking-tripod, and balanced an umbrella over it. Gideon got thrown in the wheel barrow, where he stayed freakishly calm. The chickens were swooped up, Matt and I posed. Done. Originally I wanted the picture to be a little chaotic. A chicken flapping around, Gid in mid-jump out of the barrow, Matt or I with our eyes closed, but it was all just so peaceful. I couldn’t bring myself to toss one of the chickens in the air. So I’m satisfied with this. Plus based on what I hear friends say, after you have kids, you consider yourself lucky to get a Christmas picture that’s not chaotic. And if it happens it’s usually after 50 takes. This picture is very reflective of our lives this past year. Busy little people, building our home and shaping our future together.

Have a great Christmas card idea? I wanna hear it! Merry Christmas to you all!

Soft Gingersnaps

Sometimes, all you want is a sugary, soft, chewy cookie.

One that’s quick to whip up, easy to bake and great to share.

Welcome, the soft gingersnap.

Perfect for Fall. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure.

Soft Gingersnap Cookie – from

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup shortening

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Beat together ALL the ingredients except the last two. Once blended well, mix in the extra 1 and 1/4 cup flour.

3. Shape into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until tops are cracked. Watch for burning on the bottom.

Enjoy. You can thank me later.

Linen Wreath – Quick DIY

I know this is the second wreath posting I’ve done this month, and I’m sorry if that irritates you. Tis the season…for wreaths and irritation.

In Haley-land there isn’t a garage full of rotating seasonal decor. If I spend money on a project, even a $10 project like this one, I want to be able to use it for at least 6 months before it looks weird and has to go hide somewhere for a while. Christmas is a different story. I don’t expect to hang stockings on my mantle until August and that’s okay with me.  My very special Halloween decor, which you’ll see here next week, is pretty disturbing and more of a joke. Outside of that, I don’t have Holiday-specific decorations.

Also, I typically don’t make sparkly things, but this wreath had a good balance between sparkle and natural. So much so, you’re hard pressed to even see the sparkle in these picture. The inspiration (which I’ve since lost the link to) had “wonder joy” in the center. Cute and Christmas-y. So I changed it “welcome” so I could put it out now and keep it around until I get sick of it.

This wreath was SO easy to make! I wrapped natural linen strips around a straw wreath, hot gluing it periodically as I went. Then I took a cloth doily, cut it in half and glued both halves in place.

I grabbed a big flower from a craft store and added some sparkly paint to the petals and leaves.

For my little banner, I simply glued some pre-sparkled cardboard letters to twine.


And there you have it. Funny thing is, after I took these pictures I closed my screen door, and it smooshed the wreath. Ha! It was way to thick. So it’s now hanging above our fireplace. Heck. That’s how life is. Have you made any cool decorations this Fall? I’d love to hear about them!