No Sad Front Doors Around Here!

Whenever this little rascal wakes up before big brother, he gets to snuggle in bed with mommy. He makes such funny faces hehe 🙂
So I have always been a crafty-hobby type of person… even when I was younger I enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitching and painting… I know, I’m an old woman at heart haha… Of course I did these things in a rocker with a cat in my lap… KIDDING!
Today I’m doing a post on making holiday wreaths.
I’m weirdly obsessed with them. There are so many cute ideas on Pinterest, you can easily get ideas of designs and what kind of wreath you want to make there. I’m posting on a basic work wreath that you can find at any craft store. They are pretty simple to make, and much less expensive than getting one off of Etsy. I don’t think I spent more than $20 on this one, but you could easily spend less if you wanted it even more basic.
There are two sizes of wreaths, I bought the smaller one for my door because the bigger ones make HUGE wreaths.  All you need is a wire wreath, a few rolls of burlap or ribbon of your choice and maybe some decorative items to add at the end. Hobby Lobby is good about putting all of this stuff on sale, usually 40-50% off most of the seasons.
Start by opening the wire pieces on your wreath. This is where you will insert your ribbon.
Pick a starting point and lay the end of the ribbon down between the two prongs, then gently close. I wouldn’t twist them too tightly because you will be opening them again later as you come around again. I usually start on one of the inside prongs.
Once you secure the end of the ribbon, jump over to a prong on the outside circle and secure the ribbon again. You will make a little loop like you see below. You can make them tight or loose, just depends on what look you are going for. Again, I wouldn’t twist the ties too tightly because you will be opening them again as you come around with your ribbon.
Jump back to the inside loop and repeat the securing process of laying the ribbon in-between the ties and gently twisting them to hold it down.
You will continue this process the whole way around your wreath. So as you can see below, this is what your wreath would look like after one revolution of ribbon.
Once you get back to your starting point, you will open that prong and lay down another layer of ribbon on top of the ribbon already there. Then close the ties and secure them tighter this time unless you plan on making another loop. (I posted a picture of my Christmas wreath at the bottom. I used four different ribbons on that wreath, so I made four trips around that wreath.)
Continue across to the prong diagonal/across on the outside circle and secure the ribbon again. You can then arrange the ribbon to lay how you want it to look – tight, loose, separated from the other layer or more on top of the first layer…up to you! The great thing about these projects is that they are VERY forgiving! It is easy to adjust things later and add or take away to make them look exactly how you want!
You can see how you now have two loops in the same area.
Securing the ties around the back…
Continue opening each prong and securing your ribbon around the wreath, hopping from the inner loop to the outer loop.
Your finished product would look something like this. 🙂
You can see the difference here, there are two rounds on the right and only one on the left. The more rounds you make, the fuller the wreath would be.
Tada!!! So easy!!!
Once the ribbon is secure, plug in that hot glue gun and get ready to do the add ons! There is probably another way you could secure these but hot glue is my go to haha!
Hobby Lobby has TONS of stuff like this… and it’s all pretty cheap too! These were just 1-2 dollars each!
I always put the add ons over the starting point of the ribbon, just to cover up the ends of the ribbon. I start by laying down a flatter group of decorative items kind of like these leaves. You can secure them into the prongs if you want.
I just arrange whatever I have by inserting them into the ribbon, kind of weaving it behind and out of sight or I just hot glue everything on top of each other haha… just make sure everything gets secured!
A view from behind/side… something things are weaved in and out of the ribbon,
I save the bigger accents for last, inserting them into the ribbon or glueing them directly on the ribbon.
Another pic from behind

Viola! The finished product! The labradoodle approves!

So after I finished the wreath and let everything sit for a few minutes, we went to hang it up on the door. My oldest munchkin had to check out what I was doing!

Gobble ’til You Wobble!

I’m so behind on my posts… posting about turkey day on Christmas haha… Oh well, holiday stuff plus two kids and a dog will do that to you! Wednesday of Turkey week was SUCH a special day, not only because I got to go to one of my favorite places hehe, but because we got to meet our newest nephew! Mr. Hawkins! Hawkins was born about six weeks after Jude, but he’s already passed him up in size haha! We were so excited to spend some time with this little guy this week!
Cousin babes meeting for the first time!
I’m just going to warn you… this WHOLE ENTIRE post is just pictures of our family. Apparently that’s all we do when we get together. It’s really not, but it kind of felt like it was haha… hey, with a truck load of kiddos, 3 of which are babies, pictures take a while to do!
This week was also special because Jacob’s Grandma flew in from Alabama and got to meet Jude for the first time. Loved getting to catch this sweet moment. She was so excited to see all of the babies this week.
Jude with one of his Great- Grandmas! He has FOUR!

We spent Thanksgiving Day at Jacob’s parents house, just spending time with his family. All of his siblings and their families were able to come into town so it was a full house for sure! We hung out and talked, played with the kids and just enjoyed being around each other. :0)

One sweet baby playing in the bouncer!
Another little munchkin!
Of course wrestling is involved!
More sweet baby smiles!
More baby snuggles!
We tried doing nap for Jackson at Nana’s, but that didn’t happen with eight of his cousins running around having a good time without him! So, we ran home, did naps and then came back to Nana’s to eat Thanksgiving dinner.

He got a nap too!
Back to Nana’s we went for lots of good fun and more crazy Campbell fun!

Another munchkin!
PaPa with his Momma!
Gobble ’til you wobble folks!
The “kids” table!

Mmmmm this is gooood!
And after we ate… the marathon picture taking session began…. and went on and on…
Last year at this time, we looked like this! All preggo and growing humans! Now, a year later, we have these three precious boys!
We wanted to get pictures of these three studs but they weren’t really into it. Hawkins’ pants were too tight so he was over it from the start lol… “Mom, come on, I wear size 18 months!”
Take two? Without pants this time Hawkins!
Love my little family!
Are we done yet?? Nope…
On Friday, we went to see the Good Dinosaur movie, and then later that afternoon came back to Nana’s for picture taking session numero dos.
Those two on the end are going to keep Jenny and I on our toes, they were such a mess together this week!
Full hands, full heart, right? 🙂
Some other random pictures from the week…
Bathtime with the babes!
The big kids went fishing!
We had a great few days together, it’s not very often that Jacob’s whole family gets together! Jackson had a blast with his cousins and learned a lot of great things this week too like how to pick his nose and how to have a frying pan fight with his friends. (Don’t worry, they were plastic!) Hope you enjoyed a peak into our holiday!