Monday, December 23, 2013

Eat, Drink, and Be Crafty - Lettered Canvas ed.

 Well, we've officially got a tradition on our hands.

This time of year is always busy, there's always a list of reasons why this sort of thing may not be ideal (e.g. the 19 year old who can't leave the house during parties), but I sent out the invites and didn't look back.

(It helps sometimes to back myself into a corner.)

Here's what I know to be true: It's important to have let-your-hair-down friends. I just don't sweat it anymore, because I know they don't care if the floor is a little grimy or the mirrors are spotty.  This party was A#1 unfancy.

Everyone brings cash for supplies and a dish to share.

All I have to do is come up with the idea. And this year, my friend Kristin helped with that. The famous letter canvases! Duh. Why didn't I think of that?

You can never have too many lettered canvases. Fact.

This was the perfect craft because it's just so rad to see how many different ways there are to skin a cat. So to speak.

I really like what's happening here...

My people are SO good at festive party food.

I, on the other hand, served left-overs from the night before. (Forgot to mention - chipotle sour creammm!)
In my defense, I made them mini-sized.

Ain't no party like a mini-food party cause a mini-food party don't stop.

You know.

Found these quirky paper goods at my old flame, TJ Maxx. There were also weird Christmas bonsai-tree plates. Who knew?

All the ladies got right to work. Everyone came with an idea and a slightly different plan.

(I spent most of my time circling the island...)

Here's what we came up with:










Guys, seriously. Do a craft party. It's not much work and there's just that feeling of having so many good people huddled up together. 


  1. I had forgotten about this...and how much I loved it! I am hosting a retreat for the elders' wives from my church in March and this would be a FABULOUS craft to do! THANKS for the reminder!!!!

    Just finished reading "The Pact"....oh so very good about 3 young guys raised in poverty and how they made a pact to become doctors. GREAT READ. Also in the book they referenced another book that they said was enlightening and life changing called "Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys". Just FYI.......

    May your next week be filled with sweet moments....both of giving and receiving.

  2. "Ain't no food like a mini-food party cause a mini-food party don't stop."

    I live by this motto.

  3. Was thinking about your desk nook in bed the other night, perhaps now I can get some sleep. ;)

  4. Was thinking about your desk nook in bed the other night, perhaps now I can get some sleep. ;)

  5. Totes love Lindsay's so much that I might have to steal it. Girlfriend should sell that stuff.

  6. I love it! What a great idea for a party :) merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Love it. Where's yours? We had a pinterest party at church. We brought a craft made from a Pinterest idea and then shared with everyone how we made it. At the end of the night we drew numbers and took home a different craft. It was great! We're thinking of doing it every season. Heck, every month would be great with me.

    1. Stay tuned for mine. :)

      I love your party idea! I should host a FOOD one... !!!!

  8. This sounds awesome. I am totally inviting myself to the next one;)

  9. I did this last night with my 10 year old son!

  10. Having "let your hair down friends" is like balm to the soul. What a fun time that must have been!

  11. Such a fun idea...I need to do it. I did buy a two pack of canvases a few months ago so I could make your canvas art. I'm hoping to make them after Christmas if I can just decide on what I want them to say.

  12. Happy Christmas Eve !! Love the fun post ...sending holiday love and happy wishes for 2014 oxox

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  14. Hi Shannan- I'm a new follower and LOVE your quirky writing and loving portrayal of your experiences. I see God's love and grace swelling in the love you show others; thank you for being an encouragement to your readers! The canvases particularly touched me as "Lift My Life Up" by Unspoken and "Oceans" by Hillsong United are such powerful songs in my faith walk right now; you make me want to craft a canvas as a daily reminder of this phase of my journey. Have a blessed day recovering from Christmas!

  15. Fun party idea for the ladies - I'm all about the food and the craftiness. BUT - what is that wallpapered nook of goodness in the first photo?? Have you shared that little corner before? You're killing me with intrigue!

    1. That's our "office"! I need to share it.
      But it's always SUCH a mess!


  16. All Oppression Shall Cease...
    teary and overcome by the thought.
    I think I just had church here.

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