Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January Tea {Licorice Spice Tea}

Welcome to the first tea post of the year! Is this terrible or what, but I am starting out with a tea that I dislike. Eek! I am not a licorice person and this was totally not my tea at all. My husband loved this flavor, but sadly I did not. If you like licorice I would highly recommend this tea. It tastes exactly like licorice along with some corresponding spices. 

If you like licorice, Enjoy! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Snowflake Origami

Hello January! January is a hard month. After the warmth of summer, the pumpkin spice lattes of fall, and the cheer of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years in quick succession, mid January can lead to some dismal days. Especially if you are in New England and still have the winter months of February and March to endure. ha ha. I was excited to find this winter project. Snowflake origami! 

I love Christmas decorating but with two little ones now I need to get as much clutter out of the way as possible. These snowflakes are perfect for window hanging, banners and even to attach on cards for a winter cheer up card.

This snowflake is a little more involved to make and starts out with a hexagon base instead of a square base so I didn't include the instructions here on the blog. However if you wish to make your own you can see the instructions I followed HERE. For a more involved object I was impressed at how clear they were. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Gingerbread Houses

Aren't these little gingerbread houses adorable?! My mother in law made them and then gave them to our little one to enjoy. Those little gingerbread kits in the stores look like so much fun! Maybe we will have to get one one of these days! 

One of these years I want to do a "Little Village" Christmas decorating theme. Of course that means I would have to come up with a little village somewhere. Maybe I could do it with gingerbread houses! ha ha. Definitely a thought I want to file away for a future Christmas!

Hard to believe it is the Christmas season again! Hope you all are staying warm!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Little Girl Clothes!

We are really enjoying our little girl! Here are a few fun outfits! 

I love this little newborn peplum outfit! I've never been able to get into the style myself but I love it on little girl clothes! I thought this one was perfect for the winter/Christmas season. So bright and cheery! 

I love this red winter coat and hat! I guess it will be more of a fall and early winter coat here in New England. Can you tell I like the color red? We bought this one in a bigger size so it will be our little girl's coat for next year. 

Thought it would be fun to share these little girly finds. Hope you are having a good December and looking forward to Christmas! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Tree Table Favor

Last year we spent Christmas with my parents and my mom made these cute Christmas tree table favors to go along with our Christmas dinner. They were a simple folded piece of paper with the really neat 3D Christmas tree on it that you see below.

Inside were Lindt Chocolate for us grown ups and animal crackers for my then 1 year old. 

I hope you all are enjoying your preparations for Christmas this year!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Dress: Sewing Project

I have been working on a Christmas dress for our little girl. Here is the finished product! I used a pattern for the bodice and the skirt and ruffle were reused from a skirt I tried to make for myself that had gone terribly wrong. I really enjoyed this project and can't wait for my little one to wear it. 

The zipper ended up being a little short and I didn't want to figure out how to sew a button or hook on so I sewed the zipper on lower and then sewed on two pieces of ribbon that can be tied into a bow to close the top of the back of the dress. 

Here is the front. 

Hope you enjoyed this little peek at one of my sewing projects! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Black Forest Tea

Last year we ordered a box of Stash's Black Forest Tea. It is definitely a cozy winter tea! It sounds strange but it tasted exactly like cherry and chocolate! I love the red box and it seemed like a perfect tea to share for December.

What are some of your favorite Christmas and winter teas? 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Brown Urn

This is one of my favorite pieces to decorate with! I first saw this urn in 2010 before I even got married! It was more than I wanted to spend at the time so I didn't purchase it. Imagine my delight when three years later I found it in the clearance aisle! (albeit with a few dings) I immediately got it and brought it home and was thrilled that after a few pushes from the inside the dings popped out and it looked as good as new! 

It is quite big and perfect for a corner floor arrangement which is what I used it for until my first little one was born. Then it was placed up on a table or in the hallway upstairs depending on my decor at the time. 

Just thought it would be fun to share this little find and one of my favorite decorating pieces with you! 

Have a great day! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Green Tractor Birthday!

 Last month we celebrated my little boy's birthday! He loves tractors and it made for a perfect theme for his birthday. We have several relatives/ancestors who worked for John Deere, so of course green tractors are the only acceptable ones! Last month we moved to a bigger home and consequently moved very close to a John Deere tractor store. We've had fun visiting there and were able to get some birthday things. 

This was a fun cake to make! It was just a simple yellow box cake mix with colored frosting and the little tractor set placed on top. Now that the cake is gone the set is being played with. :)

We also had mini cupcakes and tractor favor boxes. 

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of our celebration and pictures of my baking with doesn't occur as often as my family would wish! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November Tea {Stash Chai Black and Green Tea}

This was a fun one! A mix of green and black tea in a chai flavor. I love chai tea and this was a fun brand/mix to try! I enjoyed it. It would probably not be my favorite blend but I enjoyed having it as a break from my regular tea I buy.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Felt Acorns

Last year my sister in law gave me some felt acorns that she had made for decorating. They are cute! Perfect for a little bowl on an end table.

Here is a close up.

Monday, September 28, 2015

It's been awhile!

Wow folks! It's been awhile! We've had a busy last few months: Vacation, buying and selling a house, moving, and some possible preterm labor. So that's why I have been missing in action here. I am looking forward to sharing new house and decorating pictures, vacation pictures as well as some fall crafts! I can't promise things will pick up immediately especially as the time for our little one's arrival draws near, but I would like to get back into things here on the blog. It just might take a little time. :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bookshelf before and after

Last summer I found this very red bookshelf at a yardsale near my house. Someone was definitely a Patriots fan judging by the color and stickers on the side. It was solid wood which pushed me over the edge to get it. We don't have a lot of room for extra furniture but I knew it was something we could use for storage or in a kid's room at a later point in time. At $2 I didn't feel too guilty either!

Amazingly after just a little sanding and some primer the red covered up really well! I did a finishing coat of shiny white spray paint. 

As you can see it holds my card making paper right now! It fits perfectly in our sun room!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

China Tea Mug

This month, for my tea post I am sharing this cute china tea mug. I love that it is a mug and can hold more than your typical china teacup. This was a gift from my husband before we got married. It's one of those things that's hard to use because of the sentimental value attached! But I use it and enjoy it. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Family Walk

Our little family took a trip last weekend to do some hiking in Concord, MA. We love it there and it is a perfect place to take a little one.

We walked along the battle road.

Picked flowers in a field.

And ate lunch by some historic ruins. 

It was a lovely day and I thought it would be fun to share some of it with you!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sunflower Thank You Card

Thought this would be a nice summery card to share! This was pretty simple to make. The sunflower was a premade embellishment and the patterned paper is just some scrapbook paper I had. 

I am enjoying using my little thank you stamp. It makes turning a regular card into a thank you card really easy! 

Hope you have a great day and are enjoying these summer days! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July's Tea {Raspberry tea tin}

Raspberry tea reminds me of country life and tea parties. I thought it would make a great tea for July. I have many happy memories of visiting my cousins on their farm in Ohio, getting all dressed up, and having tea parties with their mini tea sets. I think I always had raspberry tea. 

Do you have any teas that bring back memories from long ago? 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Miso Soup

Have you ever heard of Miso Soup? It is a Japanese soup made from soy bean paste, fish broth, tofu, and seaweed. Yummy! It sounds strange, but I grew up eating this soup and for a couple weeks this pregnancy it has been my go to food!  

Thought it would be fun to share a 'food' post for a change. 


Thursday, June 25, 2015


A few months ago I decorated our church for a conference with lilacs from our lilac bush. It was a bumper year for lilacs for us and the box below is just half of what I cut and our bush didn't even look as if it had any missing! 

It was a lot of fun and a little scary doing arrangements with live flowers. I tested them earlier in the week to see how long the blooms last in water. 
They did pretty well and we were able to take them in the night before they were needed.

Once again these are only half the vases and half the flowers used. 
It was fun making the arrangements out on our deck.

I was so thankful for the timing too! I never really paid attention but it seems like lilac blooms have a three week life span. Week 1 being the closed bud stage, week 2 being the perfectly bloomed fragrant stage, and week 3 being the ok but starting to look a little fried stage. I was able to cut ours right in the middle of week 2! 

Hope you enjoyed the lilacs this year! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Winner Announcement!

Thank you so much for those of you who entered the giveaway from my Etsy Shop! I drew numbers from a hat (actually from my rice cooker bowl since I couldn't find any hats) and the comment drawn/winner is Kim! Thank you so much for entering Kim! Contact me  at hamelhome10@gmail.com with your name, address, and item of your choice from my Etsy Shop and I will send it off to you! 

Hope you all have a great week!