Saturday, December 26, 2015

"Cabin Sweet Cabin" Canvas and a Christmas recap

Hey everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas!  We really enjoyed it. It's always the same tho.... you wait and wait, there's the build and the anticipation.. and then boom it's here and over in a flash. It's always such a whirlwind and then over. I feel like I'm standing here like.."what just happened"? lol ( or more like "laying" here.  I was pooped today. The day after Christmas for me is just recoop day. lol  Pajama pants all day, sorta day. lol    
You know I always have to share family get together photos , but first I thought I'd share a canvas project I made for Jarad for a Christmas gift for their cabin.
If you haven't used   Hazel &Ruby Stencil Masks  
before, I"m telling you .. they are amazing!  They are sticky back reusable masks that leave you with crisp edges.   I fell in love with them when Fancy Pants and Hazel and Ruby had done a product swap with their design teams.  It was the first time I had ever tried them.   I've placed multiple orders online with them since. Especially since I saw this amazing sale.  The Stencils on sale for 75% off!!  The set I used below was originally $24.99, now on sale for $6.25   HERE
I ended up ordering for the girls in my craft group also.   I went and looked today and all the stencils are still on sale.  Um...... I ordered the ones I didn't have yet. lol    You can see them all HERE

I started with a 12x12 canvas and painted the entire thing with gray acrylic paint. From there I used the stencils and masking tape to mask off and create the background and letters with the paint colors I chose.
Since it was for their cabin, I wanted a bit of a worn look to it. What I did was lay down masking tape in random areas on the canvas while the paint was just still a bit damp ( not too damp), and as I lift up the masking tape it picked up some of the paint.  I was really happy with the effect.

You can do it as much or as little as you want.

I think Jarad liked, it :)


Our Christmas morning is always a low key, hang out in your pj's sorta morning where we fill our bellies and open gifts. Followed by Christmas movies/napping. lol   We enjoyed having Wes's girl, Amy with us this year. She is a originally from CA so that's where her family is. She was a joy to have around and put up well with our craziness :)
Anytime I can have my kids all under this roof, it's a good day for this momma!  I know Dan feels the same.

Even the dogs got their bellies full and were enjoying naps after opening their gifts. lol
The photos below are from our big family gathering on Christmas Eve.    It's always so great to get together and spend time with everyone.

No one goes home hungry that's for sure!   Along with all the goodies, we had soups and all kinds of other meats, cheeses ect.   We had , Chili, Sausage Kale, Broccoli Cheese, and Clam Chowder.  All were YUMMY!

I love this photo ( Wes fought me on this all the way) lol  He said it was to cheesy. lol   I think it's adorable.

After eating we all gather for gift opening and games.  I always have to laugh because the guys sometimes grumble and act like they don't want to play games.. but once they start... and everyone gets involved it's so fun. Then those that were dragging their feet want to keep playing :)

Ryan and Erin( my sister Jan's son and daughter in law) below, helping read off questions.  Each person answers a sheet of questions and then we have people read them off one at a time while people try to guess who they think it might be. I just have a sheet of random questions .. staring with basics like... favorite color ect first , where would you lived if you could live anywhere? Then get more specific like... what was your first car. (things that could "date" the person, or would give a greater hint)

They are a festive bunch.  (Actually we have added to a big bin every year to have enough hats for everyone) I just bring the bin every Christmas.
Kate and Jarad during the White Elephant gift exchange.

Amy and Matt doing the candy cane game.  For the  Candy cane game you just have to use one candy cane in your mouth and using it only , see how many you can pick up and put in the basket. NOT using your hands

Bryan about to  challenge my brother Dan.

Wes  did pretty well at this.
Then we played the Flour/Lifesaver game.  This was fun!  You put flour ( packed tight) in a cup. turn it over onto a plate and put a life saver on top. Each person takes turns slicing away a chunk of flour..but trying not to make the lifesaver fall. IF it does you have to fish it out with only your mouth!!

The shot below cracks me up. Look at the flour, as Lyndsay let her breath out. lol
It was hysterical!!


All in all , it was just a really fun time with family.

We hated to see the shenanigans end.
I'm so thankful for this crazy bunch.

..... and for the left overs bowl of Sausage Kale soup in the frig. lol YUM!

I hope you made some wonderful memories this Christmas.



Anonymous said...

Tell Wes that one day he will cherish that photo Vicki. I think it is beautiful and ove your sign!!

Jill Norwood said...

Merry Christmas Vicki! I always enjoy seeing the fun your family has each year! We too had lots of fun watching the littles decorate a gingerbread house and singing carols and attending services! It was a wonderful holiday! But I agree it is over so quickly!

Debby said...

Cute pictures. Love the games. Beautiful family.