Yesterday was 12.12.12 and our third anniversary! I seriously cannot believe how fast 3 years has gone by. Time flies when you have so much fun!
Since our anniversary is so close to Christmas, we made stipulations for our presents to each other. First of all, part of it has to be homemade. Second, it can't cost a lot of money. Third, it has to go along with the traditional gifts. For your third anniversary, the present is supposed to be either crystal or leather.
I made his gift leather. This was a hard one for me. When I originally thought of making a belt, I thought it would be a walk in the park. My Abuela used to have this leather kit that I would play with when I was little. It has those stampers for leather that had letters and numbers and cool designs. I thought that I would borrow that and it would be simple. Wrong! I should have known that crafting is never that easy! Well, someone ended up borrowing that leather kit a long time ago and it is officially lost. I was so bummed out! I loved that leather kit.
I looked everywhere online. Seriously, everywhere. I know I'm not really supposed to spend a lot of money, but I figured that I would use that again for crafting, so I didn't think it would count. :) Well, it didn't work out. I ended up finding letter stamps on Amazon that ended up being even tinier than I expected. But I made it work! I work a love letter on the belt with the stamps and then I stained the cow hide so that it was a darker color. The cow hide stripe didn't come with the belt buckle, so I went to the D.I. and picked up an old belt and took the buckle off of it.
The belt is a little rough around the edges, but it turned out pretty good!
His gift was way cuter though. He always beats me on the anniversary gift! Remember the glitter shoes from last year? Man, that boy is creative! Well he chose to do crystal. He did a play on words and did crystal clear. He used the Mac to record himself singing some of our favorite songs and put them on a disc for me. Is that so cute or what? Oh man, I love that kid.
This fall I haven't been great about posting. A lot has happened! We spent about 6 months this year house hunting. That is a hard job! Even with putting in full price offers, we got out bid again and again and my heart would break again and again. We had to move out of our apartment for a bit and we stayed with Steven's grandma, but now we are back in the same apartment complex. There is nothing like walking through your own door! Even though we are sad that we didn't get a house, we feel that everything happens for a reason. Our best friend told us, "This just means that your dream house wasn't ready for you yet!" I love that!
This is the wreath I made for our front door. Aren't the reindeer ornaments so cute? I have wanted one since I made some for our moms last year.
The first thing to go up in our new house? Our tree! I love love love our tree and have it up for as long as possible. When I say it was the first thing in our house, I literally mean that it was the first thing in our house!
We decided to redo a lot of our decorations. We decided that since we now know that we are going to be in this apartment for a while, we are going to make it exactly how we want it. This was one of the first things that I made for our new wall. I will post more pictures when I get the wall collage all finished. We are also going to sand and paint our table so I will post about that too.
Our best friends also moved during the fall, and this is the house warming gift that we gave them. I love making wreaths! If you are into making wreaths... remember that awesome gluing tip I talked about last year?
I just had to share this cute little picture. I just love this picture! We had our families over for diner last Sunday. This little lady is our baby cousin and she loves her Teddy and we just love her! It is so fun to be able to have our own place to have our families over.
And tomorrow... we leave for our CRUISE!!!! We are going with our best friends and I have been so excited that I haven't been able to sleep all week! I have been crafting like crazy for cruise things. Last night I made luggage tags for our bags. I used these wooden squares from Hobby Lobby and some modge podge.
Our cruise will take us all the way to Christmas Eve, so I won't talk to you guys until the New Year! Have happy and safe holidays and I hope Santa brings you everything you want!