Friday, December 20, 2013

Easy Infinity Scarf (+ 3 Ways to Style)

Hi everyone! If you've been following our blog for a while, you'll start to notice that we wear infinity scarves a lot. I love love love infinity scarves, and so I wanted to show you how I make them. It's so easy and simple that I'm sure you all will be loving them, too!




(Before you begin: Make sure you have your parent's okay on the shirt you are going to cut.) 

Step One:
Get an old shirt that you don't wear anymore. 


Step Two:
Grab your scissors and cut a straight line 4 or 5 inches above the bottom the shirt, all the way across. 



When you're finished, take the bottom piece, and you have your infinity scarf!

This tutorial works on all kinds of shirts. The scarf I wore in the post Winter is Coming! was from an old sweater. Now that you know how to make your own infinity scarf, I'm going to show you some ways to style it! 

1. Over a Dress
If you want to give your dress a more casual look, throw on an infinity scarf! I like having one patterned piece over one solid color piece, but go with your own style! If you like stripes and floral, then choose colors that complement each other, and create a look that is uniquely you!



 2. Layers, layers, layers! 
Layering is perfect, especially in chilly weather! Start with either a patterned or simple top, then go from there. Add a basic colored coat or denim jacket, then top it off with a scarf! You can really go bold with your colors in the scarf or top, but again, make sure the colors complement each other so it's not overpowering. Add some accessories, like bracelets, rings, earrings, to give it a girly touch. Mix and match, and have fun with it!


3. Jazz up an outfit 
A scarf can immediately jazz up any plain outfit. It can give your outfit a pop of color, some pattern, or make a statement about yourself. A scarf can also show your personality. If your personality is happy and friendly, than a cheery yellow scarf can reflect that. Scarves are my #1 accessory. 


1 scarf. 3 looks. Try making your own! 


Love, 
Carl


Luke 2:8-9
"8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear." 









Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Hairstyle: Hair Bows!

Hey friends! I love new hairstyles, and the hair bow is one of my favorites right now. It's super easy and quick to do, and isn't it just adorable? This hairstyle is perfect for any occasion, like a Christmas party or a meet-up with friends. I like it because it can look formal or casual, depending on how you dress it up. So, without further ado, let's get started!! 


Step One: 
Brush out your hair. 


Step Two:
Take the first two front sections of hair and tie it into a bun (It's going to be a half up half down hairstyle).




Step Three:
Separate your bun into two sections, then pin each section down. Once you've pinned your sections down, it should start to look like a bow.




Step Four:
 Take each side of your bow and gently pull at it, so it looks bigger. Mind that you don't actually pull hair out from your bow, or else it won't look as constructed. The cleaner it is, the better it will look. 


Step Five: 
Take a small piece of hair and bring it over the middle of your bow, hiding the elastic. Pin it at the top, then bring the remaining hair through one side of your bow. This will give it the finished look. 


And there you have it! A beautiful, pretty hairstyle that is perfect for the holidays! 


Saige and I went to a Christmas tea yesterday, and we both did our hair in these hair bows. I must say, I felt like a princess! 





Love, 
Carla


Luke 2:6-7
"6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."








Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pass the Tinsel! (An Angie Post)

Today Carla and I were setting up our Christmas tree. Well, at least I was. 


Carla was trying to untangle the tinsel. I guess she got rather tired of it, because halfway through she started to pretend she was the Queen of Tinsel. If you think you're the only one with a crazy sister, trust me. You are not alone.


She got a little carried away... okay maybe a lot. Cautious Carla, Classic Carla, Cultured Carla... now looked like Comical Carla to me. But then again, it isn't like everyone doesn't have their moments. 


I tried to concentrate on the tree, but out of the corner of my eye I was watching her, and getting a good kick out of it, too. Finally, she got so tangled up that I had to stop what I was doing and help get the tinsel off her. 


"Thanks," she said. And with that, she dumped the tinsel right on me. I couldn't just let that go, so I grabbed more tinsel and flung it on her. And so began our Great Tinsel- Flinging War, that lasted right when she tossed  tinsel on me and ended with us with gold flicks in our hair and laughing, hard. 


Finally, we started working on the tree. Carla did ornaments and I did tinsel, and even though we had called it a truce, I still didn't trust her with the tinsel. 


Carla and I can always find the funny side of things-- no matter how ridiculous. This was definitely a christmas tree-setting-up I'll never forget! 







Love,
Angie


Luke 2:3-5
"3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child."











Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Treat: Caramel Apples!

Hi everyone! One of my favorite things about Christmas is the yummy treats, so today I'm going to show you how to make one of my favorites: caramel apples! These sweets are really easy to make, and perfect for parties or an after-school snack. 



Step One: 
Unwrap your caramels and melt them in the microwave for 1 minute. After it's all melted, stir in just a little bit of milk (around a teaspoon). You can add more or less according to your liking. The less milk you stir in, the thicker your caramel coating will be. The more milk stir in, the thinner your coating will be. 


Step Two: 
Wash and dry your apple. Make sure it's completely dry, because if it's not, the caramel will slide off instead of stick. 


Step Three: 
Dip your apple in the caramel, making sure all sides are coated. Then stick like a fork or a chopstick into the center of your apple, so you can hold it. 



Step Four: 
Place plastic wrap on your table, then set your apple down to dry. Optional: Decorate your apple with sprinkles! If you wanted to give it a festive touch, try red and green sprinkles-- or any other Christmas color. 


As you can see, I went a little crazy with the sprinkles. 


All done! After the caramel coating on your apple hardens, it's ready to eat!
 In my house, these treats don't last very long.  I hope you guys enjoy! 





Love,
Carla 


Luke 2:1-2 
"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria." 





  




Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Craze



Hi everyone! I'm sooo excited... tomorrow I'm going to start an all-new series: 12 Days of Christmas Craze! It's going to be twelve days of Christmas filled fun, tomorrow until Christmas Eve. This is going to be a little bit different then what I usually blog, but I hope you guys will enjoy it! 

 So, will you join us? Hop aboard, and we'll see you tomorrow...



Love,
Carla 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter is Coming!

 This morning was splendid, foggy but not too cold. In the afternoon it warmed up a bit, and it actually felt like Fall! But the bare trees and bleak skies are hinting that winter is coming. And whenever I think of winter, I always think of Christmas!! (+cookies & hot cocoa) 






Here, where I live, we get all the seasons. Winter, spring, summer, fall, it's always changing. I'm so excited for winter-- for the snow, reading by the fireplace, Christmas, everything!

As Edith Sitwell said, "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  



Love,
Carla 


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Behind the Scenes - Nov. '13

Hi friends! I was looking through my pictures and found some silly outtakes for you to enjoy.  No blogger is perfect, especially not me! :) 



Guess who snuck a selfie on my camera? 



Which is your favorite? 



xoxo,
Carla

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Don't forget to spend time with loved ones, be thankful, and eat a lot of turkey!! 





Love,
Carla

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

One Day before Thanksgiving

It's one day before Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for... 


My crazy, loud, wonderful family!! I wouldn't trade any of them for the world. They mean everything to me, and I love them sooo much!! 

What are you thankful for? 

xoxo, 
Carla 

Two Days before Thanksgiving

It's two days before Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for...


My sweet cat, Snowbelle. She's a kitten at heart. 



xoxo, 
Carla 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Three Days before Thanksgiving

It's three days before Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for...



My lovely friends, who know how to make me laugh! (That's their specialty) 


xoxo,
Carla 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Four days before Thanksgiving

It's four days before Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful for...



My garden, with all the plants and beautiful flowers!! 


xoxo,
Carla







Thursday, November 21, 2013

Music on the Prairie

Today, after a long day of school, I headed outside. It was a beautiful day, too good to be cooped up inside. I took along my guitar. 


There's something special about music and nature. When I played my guitar, there was a beautiful stillness of only the music and the wind blowing through the trees. It was magical. 





My dad's been teaching me guitar for a few months now. I've been getting better and better at it, and he's a good teacher. Right now, the musical instruments I play are the guitar and piano. I kind of want to learn how to play the harp. What do you think? 


There's beauty all around us. There's beauty you can see, and there's beauty you can hear.
Be on the lookout! It's definitely there. (Doesn't the grass look ombre in this picture?) 

Love,
Carla