such a busy little critter..

Hello my fellow bloggers, I do apologize for taking so long to update, things have been a little crazy at the Grinder household. I am currently updating this from Pittsburg, PA, where Gabe’s family lives. We left the house at the beautiful hour of 5 am this morning, connected in Baltimore and then arrived safely in Pittsburgh this afternoon.
During the week we are planning on going into Pittsburg, to the “Strip” or something.. there’s lots of shops and outdoor vendors to go to. Also, there’s this house in Gabe’s town that looks like a castle, so I really, really want to go there.. We went by this summer but the leaves on the trees were too thick to see the house, so since there are no leaves, I’m hoping that I will be able to snap great pictures for yall!
As for what I have been up to the last few days, I’m so very excited to show yall. I have been spending lots of time using old books that we found at a thrift store, cutting them up & turning them into other things! Also, we put the Christmas tree up already! I’m not going to be embarrassed, I love Christmas time because I feel like it’s okay to totally over decorate and that’s what I am ALL about! So here are about a billion pictures, because I feel like a bad blogger and I haven’t updated in awhile.
snowflake garland- i cut out the flakes from an old book,
then hand sewed them together with red thread.
(better picture coming soon)

(remember this from like 2nd grade)
also used old book pages here,
inspired by West Elm.

close up

just cut out shapes from some book pages,
still have to "do them up"

this is the bottom half of our baby tree!

Queen Elizabeth was LOVING the boxes!

Gabey & all his hard work ;)

haha i feel like this makes me look tall ;)


this is what it looks like when the lights are on,
we need a new tree-topper though.

this is my baby.
it literally took me about 8 hours total to do,
there are over 100 hand rolled roses from old book pages.
(i have to give a shout out to the husband on this one,
he helped me glue these suckers!)

Alright bloggies, that's it for now.. House started 11 minutes ago & I really want to watch it! I'll try to keep you updated while I'm here in Pittsburg, this weather is so inpsiring for fall crafts. (Good thing we don't live in this weather because I'd be crafting 24/7.)

Also, I'd like to give a shout out to PAOLA!!! I ran into her this weekend & she admited that she reads my blog, AT WORK (tisk-tisk), so I promised her a shoutout because I love her that much. Also to Melissa over in England.. I love you, thank you for reading my blog & stalking with me. I love you & miss you terribly.



  1. wow!!! You are an unbelievable crafter...so talented. LOVE IT ALL!!! I think we are the same height!! I especially love the rose wreath and the garland. I did watch the video too. Thanks for posting and by the way...you look adorable in your photos. Have a great time in Pa. Hope you find some thrifts because I will be waiting for your finds to be posted...Dawnxxx

  2. holy heifer! that wreath only done in 8 hours? "literally" would have taken me over a week to do that...your tiny fingers might be an advantage.

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog! I've really enjoyed my visit to yours, too~ your garlands are wonderful...and the roses wreath...WOW! I am a new follower, too~ so nice to make a new blog friend!