I have been thinking about you a lot lately, and I hope you know that. So much has changed so dramatically over the last few years. I got married, became a mommy, and now I’m balancing how to serve as a wife, mommy, daughter, friend, all at the same time. It gets hard sometimes. Remembering what it felt like to drop everything and hang out with you, laugh until we cried, watch movies and eat the junkiest of food feels bittersweet.
I miss who I was back then, when it was just me and you sometimes too! When we would lay on your bed and dream for hours about our future and what we wanted and prayed for. And now I have some of those things and I am so grateful for them, but I also grieve what I lost in a way too.
I miss you. Life got so hectic and I was so overwhelmed trying to figure out how to hold it all together for everyone else without falling apart myself that sometimes I fear I forgot to think about you too. And those few times you would come to my rescue and remind me of who I was before all of these new roles got put on me saved me. I get to where I almost forget who I am apart from wife and mom, and you remind me of my true, goofy, sarcastic, witty self.
I am writing this letter because I want you to know how much you mean to me. I want you to know how much I cherish you even though I still am figuring all of this out. I want you to know that I miss you and I need girl time. I want you to know how much joy it brings me to see you love my family. I want you to know how thankful I am that you haven’t given up on me even through the many cancelled plans, exhausted friend dates, and boring hangouts.
I’m praying for a day where life slows down a bit or even I get better at balancing it all out to where I get to give you the time you truly deserve. I always say I have been so blessed to be surrounded by people who have true servants hearts. You give so freely, so easily, and never look back. You are pure joy, peace, and truly shine the light of Jesus.
One day, we will sit together and reminisce about the good days while making more good days, surrounded by our husbands and children. Until then, lets make the most of these crazy transition years.
I’ll live through your adventures and you can always come home for some yummy homecooked meals. You tell me of your latest excitement and I will tell you of the latest baby poop story. You tell me what’s going on in your crazy world and I’ll tell you what’s going on in mine. And in the midst of the chaos, we can become those two teenage girls again, laughing hysterically, talking in accents, eating way too much chocolate, and trying to find our way in this world.
I am writing this letter because I just want to let you know how thankful I am God put you in my life. How thankful I am that you are longsuffering with me and patient. That you really are a picture of true friendship to me, sometimes when it feels a little too one-sided on your part. I promise I will try to be better at being a new mommy and a best friend; I promise I will learn. But until then, thank you for still loving me while I figure it out. (Also just think of it as me clearing the cobwebs for you for when its your turn).
I love you, best friend. I cherish you. I miss you.
This is the best craft to do with your kids! All you need is paint, your baby’s hands and feet, patience, and cheap oven mitts or pot holders!
Although little man did not want to cooperate today with the paint, I still got some cute prints out of it! So this craft works even with the ones who don’t feel like crafting and making fun memories!
Doesn’t it feel like sometimes you are the only one who cares about making memories? I don’t know, sometimes I feel like I HAVE to capture moments with pictures, I have to make all of the cozy memories, or it won’t get done!
This probably isn’t true, but it pushes me to do the things that sometimes aren’t easy (like painting a 7 month old’s hand and trying to press it on a pot holder). But they turned out so adorable so I am happy I didn’t give up! And all little man needed was a nap.
So these were so easy and I used pan holders that I bought from the dollar store! That’s right, they were a dollar for a 2-pack of red and brown pot holders. So I got 4 for 2 dollars! So awesome! For the paint I just used acrylic paint and found different colors needed more layers (white for instance).
If you run into the problem that maybe you didn’t capture the full hand or foot print, I just go back over with a small paint brush to make it more solid! The goal should be to try and get at LEAST an outline of your baby’s print so that you can fill it in!
I painted for different types but there are so many things you can do with it! I chose to do a santa foot, a Christmas tree foot, an elf hand, and a snowman hand! You could probably try a reindeer hand, snowman foot, or really anything you can imagine!
1. Santa foot craft
So I loved doing this one! I just painted little man’s foot with white paint and pressed it on the mitt! Then I mixed up a peach color for Santa’s face, used the round end of the brush with some pink for his rosy cheeks, used the end and dipped it in black for his eyes, and red for his nose! Then I painted a Santa’s hat on top! What I love about crafts like this is it really can be tweaked and crafted to your liking! Look at his little toes! I love them 🙂
2. elf hand POT HOLDER CRAFT
Look at his little pinky! I love this one too. I can’t choose my favorite! What I did was actually make a hand print with white paint first. With it being a dark colored fabric I wanted to make sure the color showed up well! Then I painted with peach for his face, green on the three fingers for the elf’s hat, and used the end of the brush to make the pink cheeks, eyes, and nose. It says ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ in dot prints! With some little Christmas lights on the sides for decoration! Just have fun with it! If your baby is big enough, they can decorate them themselves for their Mimi’s and Pawpaw’s!
3. Christmas Tree Foot Mitt Craft
“Oh Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How lovely are your tosies”. I love his little toes so much! I may be obsessed. This one is really adorable and can be extra crafty by adding glitter and other stuff! We went simple with a star on top and some little ornaments! But what I love about this craft is because it’s so easy on your money, you can buy extra and do different variations!
4. Snowman hand print craft
This one turned out so well! I just used some white paint to print it, drew on a hat, scarf, and carrot nose and a snowman it turned to be! “Snow Cute” was so cheesy but necessary! I had to use about three layers of white for it to be clear but it wasn’t too bad.
I truly love these so much! They were so cheap, so easy to do, and I have them forever! The thought of pulling these out every Christmas, even when his hand is too big to fit, just melts my heart and brings a tear to my eye. It really isn’t about perfection with homemade crafts, it’s about memories, and creating something that can stay in your homes forever.
I can’t wait to see what you do with your little ones! Please share with me so I can smile alongside with you! Happy homemaking!
With the Holidays coming up, nostalgia and memory-making is at an all time high! Here is a fun and easy craft for you to do with your babies or big kids! A simple at-home recipe for old-fashioned salt dough makes making memories so much easier!
So, this is one of my favorite crafts that I found this year! Having a new baby and going through the Holiday seasons for the first time, I kept wanting ways to make those crafts that scream nostalgia and memories. I found this recipe for salt dough crafts and fell in love!!
Salt dough is soooo easy to make, you most likely already have these ingredients in your home, and it is a fun craft that you can do with your babies, toddlers, or even your big kids! You can make ornaments, picture frames, and pretty much whatever your mind can create!
So a lot of people have begun Christmas decorating already and I will be sharing some Christmas crafts soon! However, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought some cute turkey crafts would be a fun way to bring a little more warmth to your home! Salt dough crafts are also so much more fun and less costly than expensive at-home ceramic kits or cement kits that don’t work and are hard to use (especially with a baby who will not cooperate)!!
So far I have not ran into any issues with baby John letting me use his cute little fingers and toes for memorable craft-making! I have been making so many types of crafts using his hands and feet, and I want to keep everyone of them! I never knew that you would feel guilty for giving one away (cursed mom guilt).
So with such an easy recipe, you can make so many more crafts so you don’t feel like you’re giving a piece of your heart away!
Let’s get started so you can get crafting and memory making!
salt dough thanksgiving crafts
What you will need:
***1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
2/3 cup of water
1 tsp cinnamon (optional if you want it to smell a little more like the Holidays)
*** So a small disclaimer that I learned through trial and error. When choosing what flour to use for your salt dough craft, I would HIGHLY recommend using an unenriched flour that does NOT contain any kind of leavening agent (such as baking powder or baking soda). I found if there is a rising agent in the flour your salt dough craft will bubble up and not stay in the shape you make it into. So just a note!
There will be directions for all three of the crafts shown of the turkey hand print, the hand turkey, and the foot print! Choose whatever you like or do your own thing and let me know how it goes!
Preheat oven to 250 degrees (F). [cooking your salt dough at a low heat for a long period of time creates a hardened clay-like substance that lets you keep it forever!!]
In a mixing bowl, measure out your flour, salt, cinnamon (optional), and water. Mix together until it forms into a dough-like ball! (It should be malleable and not sticky – underneath is what it should look like).
Once you have the dough ready, prepare a baking tray with parchment paper and divide the dough into thirds.
Circle turkey hand craft
Take the first third of the salt dough and form it into a smaller ball, taking a rolling pin (or your hand if you don’t have one) to smooth it out into a perfect circle.
Once you’ve smoothed it out to the size and thickness of your liking, then you will want to press your babies/kids hand down, making sure it is deep enough to get the print but not too deep to make the bottom weak. Pull the hand up and you should have a perfect print! (If the first try doesn’t work, just re-roll the dough and try again!)
You can also use the end of a pen to make a hole in the top in case you want to tie a ribbon around it to hang!
Like all of the rest of the salt dough crafts, bake at 250 degrees F for 3 hours (or until all moisture is gone). Let cool and then paint however you desire!!
Cut-out hand turkey craft
Take another third of the salt dough and do the same procedure of smoothing out in a circle, pressing your babies/kids hand, and setting aside. This time, rather than pressing so hard to get a good print, just press hard enough to get the general outline of the hand, leaving enough volume of the dough behind.
Then take a knife and cut out the outline of the hand and remove the excess dough from around the cut out. Take a small ball of dough and add it to the bottom of the hand (this is where the turkey’s legs will go). Make sure to use your finger to reconnect the hand to the small square at the bottom so they will bake as one piece.
You will need to bake again at 250 degrees F for 3 hours (or until all the moisture is removed). Once cooled, decorate and have a memory forever!
Thanksgiving foot salt dough craft
So if you want to just have a keepsake memory craft of your babies/kids foot, this one is for you! You can do this craft any time of the year or for any milestone in your baby’s life (or if you just feel like it).
Take the remaining amount of salt dough and form into more of an oval rather than a circle (this is necessary if your baby has sasquatch sized feet like mine – who is only 7 months old btw).
Press baby’s foot into the dough, making sure it’s pressed in deep enough to get each little toe! (An easy way to achieve this for bigger kids is to set the pan on the floor and let them step on it themselves).
Then bake at 250 degrees F for 3 hours (or until moisture is fully removed) and decorate as you please!
Now that your salt dough crafts are cooled and decorated, it’s time to set them around your house and let the memory-making begin! I remember growing up loving to look at all of the crafts I made as a kid, so I wanted to do the same for John!
Not to mention, I will now have a forever keepsake that will have his little hands and feet captured for a moment. I am a very nostalgic person, and want these salt dough crafts everywhere around my house for every Holiday!
And when John is older you better believe we will create salt dough ornament crafts together every year!
It’s okay to want to make memories, and easy recipes like this will make that actually seem doable! I hope you find much fun and memory-making from this, and most importantly, happy homemaking!!
finished salt dough crafts:
Below are some more ideas that I’ve done for this fall!
I hope you all enjoy this Thanksgiving salt dough craft as much as I always do! Can’t wait to see your keepsakes and memories, happy homemaking!!!