Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Homemade in December

Normally I have guest posts on my blog on Fridays, (I like having a specific day-- that way you know that most of the time-- it is me running the show/projects/recipes/etc, and is just less confusing! But its also really fun to have creative guests, and I ♥ each one that has shared their ideas here, and its a great way to get your name out there). 
For the month of December, I am adding a few more guests into the mix. I am one of the 5 bloggers hosting "Homemade in December," and we've all got different things going on with our blogs, along with a few link parties.

Here's how my December is going to look:
Week 1: Ugly Sweater Week (more coming very soon). 
The Ugly Sweater contest has already started and is found here.
Week 2: Advent Calendars
Week 3: Traditions
Week 4: Sweet Treats

I'll be having a guest each week day morning, with my projects intermingled along the way.

To kick things off, here's our link party for any and all things Christmas. It's off to a great start already!
A lot of these projects will be featured on our blogs throughout the month.

Come and link up all your homemade Christmas crafts, recipes, arts and projects!
Revive last year's posts and let's share as many ideas as we can!
Hosting along with these other lovely ladies. 

By linking up your project here - you are giving the hosts permission to use photos and information from your linked post in features on our blogs- we will always link back to you and give you full credit!
Link away!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

{Giveaway} 2 Shabby Apple Dresses!

Today, you have two chances to win one of these amazing vintage dresses from Shabby Apple! I've teamed up with The Letter 4 to combine the giveaway. You are entering to win either dress, but only have to enter once!
There will be 2 winners, and we'll let you know which dress you've won.
I'm giving away The Spanish Steps Dress, a tan-colored luxe jersey cap sleeve top with a full ivory sateen skirt, swirled with appliqu├ęd ruched flowers! (valued at $86.oo)

The Letter 4 is giving The Francine Skirt, the perfect black skirt with an adorable bow at the front. (valued at $47)

Do you have your eye on something else? Perhaps you're looking for that perfect dress for the holidays? You can purchase anything from Shabby Apple, using this 10% off coupon code. (valid until December 28th).
Dresses from Shabby Apple

To Enter the Giveaway:
The first 3 entries are mandatory.
--Like Shabby Apple on facebook
--Follow Family Ever After (via GoogleFriendConnect, the blue button on left sidebar)
--Follow The Letter 4 (via GoogleFriendConnect, the blue button on left sidebar)

Then fill out the entry form below. You don't have to leave any comments. Super easy!
Click on "Read More" below, on the left of your screen, if you can't find the form.
Good Luck!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

leaves. niagra falls. shabby apple giveaway!!!

psssst... i am having a super duper exciting giveaway starting cyber monday morning.... a shabby apple dress! ahhh, it's gonna be awesome!!! okloveyoubye!
**Update: Click here to enter!

Crunch. Crunch. 
My favorite sound of Autumn. 
The leaves underneath my feet
every afternoon as I walk my daughter to school.
Makes me feel like a kid again!

Laughter. Nothing makes my heart warmer
than hearing their little voices
and watching them play in the leaves.

My little boy. His blonde hair is fading away
now that the sun doesn't kiss it anymore.

a few weeks ago, we took a family trip to upstate new york and boston. it was amazing. the leaves were amazing.

we traveled to a very special place.
and we saw niagra falls!

the end.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Once Upon a Weekend {Link Party #20} and Features

Are you looking for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest? Find it HERE!
(Link up pictures and compete for a fun prize, read here for all the details).

Here are last week's Top 5 Clicked Picks!

(This is really fun! I love the fail pictures she posted too).

(Jamie shares with us a few design secrets. I happen to think that Jamie is the ultimate authority when it comes to this topic- especially since Jamie designed my buttons, and also because of the quick growth her blog has had)!

 (Dear me, this looks like heaven on a platter).

(This is so fun. I bet kids will love counting down to Christmas like this)!

(Check out this amazing idea for small kids, and how she swapped activities with 11 friends)!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Shindig {Link Contest!!!}

This is a link-up CONTEST where you enter a picture of your Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Link up a new or old picture of you wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BLOG... email me your picture, and I will enter it into this contest for you.
If you don't have an ugly sweater... hurry and borrow/thrift/make one!!!

The awesome is sponsoring one of their hot-off-the-press autographed books as the prize!
(You can purchase sweaters from They are offering free shipping on two or more sweaters).

--Follow my blog via GFC or RSS!
--Keep it family friendly. Anything inappropriate will be removed. Thanks guys!
 --Contest ends DEC 22 at midnight.
--Winner chosen at random, and announced on my Facebook Page. ("Like" my page to stay updated).

Email me if you have any questions! (familyeverafter at gmail)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sew Along Part 4: Pottery Barn Advent Knock Off

Hello friends! Welcome to part 4 of my sew-along tutorial! This week I got all my squares embroidered. I am posting pictures of all of them in case you'd like to see the detailing up close (in no particular order). This took me forever, although I totally enjoyed it!

Next Thursday, I will have the final tutorial. If you need to get a head start, here's what I'll be doing:
ironing interfacing to the back of each square. Folding the top edge over 1/8 inch and sewing down. Sewing squares to my tree. Embroidering the numbers 1-25 below the squares. Adding batting to the back of the tree. Sewing the back layer of the tree, right sides together. Turning it right side out, and topstitching the perimeter. Adding a star to the top and a tree stump. Sewing snowflake buttons through all layers. Adding a few D-rings to the back for hanging. There's still lots to do, but by next week, it will be done! Yay! I'll also include my ideas for activities that we plan to do in December.

In case you missed it, here's