22 Dec

This is a DIY craft you’re TOTALLY going to want to make today, tomorrow, or on Christmas Eve. It takes just a few materials, is therapeutic for parents + kids, and comes out really, really pretty! DeNai Jones, founder and head designer of Petunia Pickle Bottom has a holiday crafting tradition with her boys, and this year, these yarn ornaments were part of their crafting sesh.

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

Each season, she and her two young boys, Sutton, age 8 and Miller, age 6, spend time together, creating unique and beautiful things to decorate their home. This year, they’re making wintery yarn ornaments, which can be hung anywhere and everywhere- including windows, walls, and of course, on trees.

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

Materials:
- Twig or wooden dowel (at least 5 inches long)
- Fishing Line (optional)
- Yarn, Rope, or Metallic Fringe (make sure to include a few different textures)
- Scissors

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

Instructions:
1. Determine how long you want your yarn to hang down from the twig. Cut a piece of yarn double that length.

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

2. Fold the yarn in half and lay your twig on top. Take the ends of the yarn and thread them through the loop, over the twig. Pull tight and mess with the ends so they lay how you want them to.

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

3. Repeat this step until the entire twig is full of yarn. Tip: Increase the number of  yarn you thread at one time, if you’d like to braid them for additional texture.

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

4. Cut a piece of fishing line (or just use some yarn) and tie each end to each end of the twig so you can tape or nail your wall hanging up from the center of the fishing line

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY yarn ornaments with DeNai Jones of Petunia Pickle Bottom | photos by Leslie Tresher | 100 Layer Cakelet

These yarn ornaments encourage creativity, since they can be made in all shapes, sizes and designs, making them a perfect holiday craft to do with children!

 
22 Dec

Guys, Christmas is just three days away! And since most of you are spending time with your families this week and next, we thought you’d enjoy this rustic Christmas family photo sesh of Shelly Sarver Designs’ family, as captured by Aly Carroll Photography.

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Hot chocolate, and a LOT of it is their thing come winter time.

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Cute shot of mom + dad!

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Christmas family photos by Aly Carroll | 100 Layer Cakelet

Love the touch of those big hanging ornaments in the outdoors!

 
19 Dec

Here’s a great tip for getting a toddler to cooperate during a photoshoot: style an area for them to play with confetti and balloons until their little hearts desire. You’re guaranteed some really fun family moments. See for yourself, in this festive family sesh by La Bella Imagery and styled by Megan Martin Creative.

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Megan Martin's family photos by La Bella Imagery | 100 Layer Cakelet

Right? Too cute. Happy weekend, Cakelets!

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