Friday, December 31, 2010

happy 2011!

I can't wait! It's going to be a really good year!
ps this is my 666 post! -lucky ;)
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Holy Moly Thank You!!

he needs constant attention!
This maybe what I am looking like lately, but I am feeling much better!! Thank you so so much for ALL your sweet comments and AWESOME remedies!! Geez! So many good ones! Amber, I've been chugging Airborne! Ladies, I have green tea and honey coming out of my ears lol!! I never thought cough drops really worked, but I am WRONG - they work like a charm! I really haven't done anything at all the past couple days - I HATE being sick! Last night I did finish a pair of fingerless gloves for my sister! Then went straight to sleep Ha! Fingers crossed I'll be 100% back to my old self tomorrow! We have a little adventure we are going on this weekend! Can't wait to tell you all about it Monday! :) 
Thank you again for the sweetness!
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

under the weather

hi guys, for the past few days I've been sick! :(
can't craft or do much of anything, but I'm sure I'll be better soon! 
hope you all are wonderful!
ps if you have any sore throat remedies send them my way - I've tried salt and water, tea, peroxide (super gross) any other ideas?
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

one awesome christmas

We had a nice long Christmas celebration starting Christmas eve! During the day I went to lunch with my very best friend and her hubby! I was so happy to see! I just miss her so much! I need to get to Boston more often and see her!! That night we went to my parent's house, ate chinese food (fancy I know, it was 9pm and everything was closed!), and spent the whole night laughing and opening gifts! It was awesome! My parents got me just what I wanted!! So lucky! They are wonderful! My sister and brother really got me wonderful gifts too! Perfect in fact, Lauren got me and Brian the super fancy Scrabble game - so sweet and thoughtful of her! Plus she got my this amazing paper DIY wedding craft book!! My brother got me a Harry Potter nesting doll from Russia!
 We got home so late, but I got an idea from my aunt Jenny to write a note to the little bit! But instead of Santa I made it from our Elves on the Shelf! Look how tiny it is! It's 2pt font HeHE!! The little bit love it! He read it 3 or 4 times then wrote a little thank you note back!!!
 Once all the gifts were torn open, we played and ate! It was a very special morning! 
I opened my gifts from Brian, they were so perfect! One was a letterpress!!! If you don't know we have a small print shop and I've become fascinated with the old table top letterpresses! I'm so excited to get started with it and show you the prints!
 We then went over to my Nanny's and celebrated til the evening! Wonderful food, hilarious Larry Farley jokes, just so nice! And of course Mickey - he's such a cuddler!!
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! I'd love to hear all about your gifts!! 
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

It never snows in Florida....

Last night we decked the halls for real! We (me & the sick kiddo) cut out 50+ paper snow flakes!
 It was crazy!
paper snow flakes
Turned out pretty though!
paper snow
We made a HUGE mess! So I felt like it was okay to let him make a bigger mess 1. it's Christmas 2. he's sick 3. I would have wanted to do it as a kid! So I let him make it snow in the living room! Our Dyson Vacuum is SERIOUSLY the best! It cleaned up every lil piece! -sounded too grown up huh? 
paper snow flakes
So when we woke up this morning it was snowing! In Florida! Ha!!
paper snow flakes
I think this will be a new tradition - cover the windows in snow flakes! 
Happy Christmas Eve Eve ;)
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Dexter Barbie Gift!

Dexter Barbie gift!!!!
This is by far the most awesome gift ever for the Dexter Lover!! Dave from my office made Daniel and I both one! We are Dexter LOVERS!!!! As you can tell! If you don't know what Dexter is then you are going to think this post is way creepy and gross - you don't know what you're missing ps!!! 
Dexter Barbie gift!!!!
Oh man I just LOVE it!! :) Thank you Dave for being so clever!!!!
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Winter

Holiday Dunnys
Christmas dunnys! The one in the middle is the newest one! Creepy cute right?! 
Yesterday it was officially the first day of winter! It's been so chilly in Tampa who knew it wasn't winter! Christmas is so close! I'm mostly finished wrapping gifts, just need to make some tasty food to take to my Nanny's Christmas day, and finish one last handmade gift! My best bud is down from Boston, can't wait to give her a huge hug! Things are going good! How's your count down to Christmas going? 
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Two Turtle Doves

Today I'm going to spread a little peace! Here is a quick DIY turtle dove wreath! 
Turtle doves represent peace, hence why we use them to decorate at the holidays!
photo 1
You'll need green and white paper, embroidery hoop, glue, ribbon, and scissors.
photo 2
Cut out your leaves and doves. Glue your leave right on to the hoop!
photo 3
You can print this photo and trace my dove if you'd like! Don't forget the wings!
photo 4
Now I attached the wing to the body with those tiny red tacks, which allow the wings to move! I used a hole punch to create eyes on the doves! 
photo 5
There you go two turtle doves! 
Happy holidays kiddos! I wish you so much happiness and a wonderful Christmas day with your families and friends! 
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Farley Family Cookie Day 2010

Farley Family Cookie Day 2010
This past Sunday was our family's Farley Family Cookie Day. Above we are picking out recipes! Mostly the kids just decorate the sugar cookies, see here. Look how stoked Mickey is!! This day (for me) comes in a very close 2nd to Halloween as favorite day of the year! Halloween still being my favorite! 
This was the 25th year we've made cookies with my aunt Jackie, crazy huh!? My aunt Jackie said next year I have to host, bahahaha I don't have her patience! There's no way! Plus she knows everything about baking, our cookies would be gross if I hosted! Trust me!
Here are a few of the cookies we made! Lauren's bff Amber came to cookie day! Every year at least one of our good friends comes over to help! Amber is like a Farley kid anyways!
Some iPhone photos - 1. Eli being cute 2. me and Mickey 3. Lauren's purple upside down lady gaga cross with high heel sprinkles 4. Danny freaking Lauren out with a bear hug! Awwww my family! I love them so much! Here's last year's cookie day photo! And 2008! 2007! 2006! Oh and 2005!!
Thank you Aunt Jackie and Travo for another WONDERFUL cookie day!! Till next year!
Does your family have a cookie day or a day during the holidays just for fun/cooking/shopping?!
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ornament Swap!

Look at my way too cute ornaments from Miss Charity Blaine!! That's Mickey as an ornament!! And the cutest ORANGE (my most favorite color) button wrath! Thank you so much! Everyone did such an awesome job, see here! I was so excited to see everyone's Strumpet's Helpers! Steph's elfKatie's elf helper! Kim's elf! Heather's 'stached helper! Polly's elf!
I am serious about doing a Strumpet's Valentine Swap! Get excited about that! 
Email me if you have any specific ideas! ;) 

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Work Christmas Party!

Our office party was SO fun! Our office is very much like a family! We decided to have a big Christmas party and have everyone's family come join in the fun! Brian and I decided to bring all our pinball games and Neo-Geos in to the office, we got the best Cuban food in Tampa, and then just had the most fun! 
Daniel made all the decorations!
Farley Kids
My family came, which made me so stoked!
Adam vs Brian
Molly and Adam came!!!! That was maybe the highlight of my evening! ;)
Adam played all the kids in street fighter! 
pinball party
The lights were so pretty thanks to Daniel! We put up a huge projector so everyone could play wii and rock band! The kids LOVED it!! It was so cool! 
so fun
I can't be happier with how it turned out! I can't wait til next year!! 
Does your office have a holiday party!? Do you all do anything unusual?
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Look what I made!

I had to share this with all you gals and guys - I just made a fingerless glover! Thanks to Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies book! I've never crocheted anything like this before!! I'm so stoked! The pattern was for Strawberry gloves, but I didn't have strawberry colors with me! I add the pink puff to the photo in ode to Twinkie - looks like an icecream cone right?! I still have to make one more - obviously! But right now I'm so happy to have figured it out!! If I can do it I promise you can! There's so much counting and remembering what row you're on - tricky! 
I'll be back with amazing photos from our Christmas office party and Farley Family Cookie Day 2010 photos ;) we had the most incredible few days! I'm pretty stoked about Christmas! Plus I haven't gone to one mall to shop - WOOT!! Gotta love that! 
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Friday, December 17, 2010

And the winner is......

Crocheted Star Garland Giveaway!
Larissa! Wootwoot!!! View the winner selection here! I told him to pick a number 1 thru 80 (that's you guys) and he picked 6! Larissa Bree!!! Go figure, he's 6, so of course 6!! ps he had no clue what he was picking a number for, so it was completely random :) 
We had our office party today and it was quite amazing! I can't wait to show you photos!!! Too sleepy tonight! I hope you all had a very wonderful Friday!
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

making paper snow flakes

paper snow flakes
At work Daniel (head of the party planning committee- bahahaha) gave me the task of making snowflakes for our office party! I started making 4 point snowflakes and Dave (pooper of parties -jk) told me, my flakes were lame and he taught me how to make 6 pointed flakes. He grew up in New England so he knows his snowflakes, this Florida gal has only seen snow a dozen times. So I thought I'd share what I learned with you! You'll need a square sheet of paper, fold your right top point to you lower left point, then fold in half again. Take your triangle and create a Z with 2 folds. Cut the top part off at an angle, then create your flake!
making flakes
Much prettier than a 4 pointed snow flake! Thank you Dave for your flake making skills! 
We even taught the lil one! Do you have any snowflake pointers? 
Oh and remember I will be choosing a winner for the Strumpet's Crocheted Star Garland tomorrow! So go sign up to win!
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2 years later....

I finally finished an ornament for my aunt! Have you ever done this? Started a project ages ago and not touch it for years, then one day boom finish it! This little star was tricky and drove me nutty when I first started it, but last night I picked it up and TADA! Here's a similar star ornament one I make 2 years ago. 
What projects do you have like this? I have 3 quilts that are stuck in that unfinished stage - here, here, and here! Maybe I'll pick up a new [old] project tonight! 
Hey don't forget to enter the Crocheted Star Garland handmade by me! :) 
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Strumpet's Star Garland Giveaway!

Since you all love the Crocheted Star Garland so much I decided to make more for a giveaway!
Here's 5 ways to enter and win! Anyone, anywhere can enter!
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday tradition (please leave your name and email)!
2. Tweet about this Crocheted Star Garland Giveaway
 (comment that you did this and @strumpetcrafts so I know)!
3. Blog about the Strumpet's Crocheted Star Garland Giveaway (you can just copy and paste this post)!
4. Follow Strumpet's Crumpets via Google Friend Connect
5. Add my button to your blog! ---->

The giveaway ends Friday Dec. 17th at noon eastern! Then I'll ship it out right away!
What do you think!? There's 11 stars total on the garland! They vary in size! Here's mine!
Okay, ready, set, signup! :)
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This weekend was just what I wanted, minus the head cold I now have. I crafted/crocheted all day! My brother and Lydie went to Hobby Lobby with me (I wouldn't want to go alone ha!)! We bought some yarn and then Lydie learned to crochet! She is a natural! She got the hang of it real quick! Danny made the biggest fire for us! I'm so glad Danny's home from school and soon my sister will be too! On Sunday I fought off a cold, watched the Addams Family twice, and finished an afghan! Be back later with a handmade giveaway!! Hope your weekend was a lovely one! ps it's so cold in Tampa!!
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Friday, December 10, 2010

just hanging out

Elves hanging around
Tomorrow will be spent making and wrapping gifts! Maybe some baking?! Who knows! This is the first weekend in awhile that I have no set plans - and I LOVE it so much!! I've missed my free time and craft time! I kind of wanna go to bed early just so I can get up and craft ha! A bit dorky - yes! But hey it makes me stoked! What are you doing this weekend!? Set plan or free time!?
ps check out the elves! Yes two now, I couldn't help myself! Pitt and Gizmo!
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Strumpet's Ornament Swap Success!

My Ornament!!!!
My ornament from Katelyn got here!! It's an orange little cupcake! Too cute right!? Go take a look at her new blog! I think you will really like it! Thank you Katelyn! 
I actually had two swap partners because I did some fuzzy math and had one too many people in the swap! ha! Charity is my other partner, this is her way adorable blog! She's up in Canada, so the mail will take a bit longer! I can't wait though! This has been so fun! 
Tiny Toy Tree
You guys have been the best group!! The ornaments I've seen so far are perfect!! Really lovely ladies!! You can take a look here at all the ornaments and elves! We should do a Valentine swap of some sort! What do you say?! Let me know your ideas! 
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gifted Animals

Here are some very wonderful critters to give on for the Holidays!
Forest Folks here!
Alligator scarf!! I NEED this scarf, but where can I find it!? Any ideas! 
*edit* Found!! By the the lovely Mish! Thank you!!
Little bunny with a pipe from my newest favorite etsy shop - Snew! It's amazing!
And the best for last, Steph Dillon's Magnolia Peacock Print! She has a WHOLE shop of awesome stuff! Go look!  Steph and I are very good blog buddies (she's in CA and I'm in FL), and when I saw the peacock she draw I loved it so much I asked her if I could get it tattooed on me! I was so stoked when she said yes!!! So I did - see it here!
Another cute critter - not for sale! ;) 
Hope your Wednesday is wonderful and goes by quickly if you're at work!
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Tree Decorating!

Sometimes I forget how much I love Christmas! I'm feeling extra spirited lately! 
lights <3
Growing up we used white lights most of the time! Mags (mom) was big on white lights everywhere! I do LOVE white lights too, but this year I went in the opposite direction! Big, colorful bulbs! 
Bright side - I love the look. Down side - they are HOT (makes me a bit nervous)!
Christmas Tree 2010
I saved some big bulbs for the mantle! Here are a few of my favorite ornaments - here and here! And here is our Tiny Toy Tree! It's not 100% finished yet!
We took a break, made pizza, and had s'mores!! I ate way toooo many! 
Christmas Tree 2010
We needed a ladder to put the topper on! I want to make a new star, that one was just one I had when I had my white Christmas tree! Any good star topper tutorials!? Oh and I'm making a tree skirt tonight! I think I had a pattern in one of my sewing books! I need to double check! 
There you go! This is our festive Christmas tree! Full view here
Newest Pitt (the elf) moves - here and here!
How's your decorating coming along? 

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Hello Swappers!

Strumpet's Ornament Swap
I have been loving all the ornaments in the Strumpet's Crumpets Craft Group!! YOu all are awesome!! A very special thank you to Christine from Flapper Girl! Look what she made me!!! So incredibly awesome!! You in state gals may have received your little helper today!! He my little thank you for participating in the Strumpet's Ornament Swap! What did you think!? You have to cut him out and put em together!! I'm going to get you hooked on paper crafts too! Can't wait to see your elves put together!! Mostly I can't wait to see more ornaments!! 
We put up our tree tonight and decorated the house a bit and ate homemade pizza and too many s'mores! I feel a little zippy from all the sugar! I'll show you photos tomorrow, plus our mini toy tree! 
Have a wonderful night!  
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