The Royal Scardinos 2017- Holiday Card

Figment Creative Labs, Austin, TX, holiday card, christmas card, Joey Gallahan, photography, The Royal Tenenbaums, Margo tenenbaum, halloween, Christmas, family photoWell, it’s that time of year again.  Christmas card time!  We were running a little late this year, well I mean my husband Jeremy was.  He needed to add the text to our card and was taking his time… or working, and not prioritizing our GD family card.  So, I am going to declare that a New Year’s card is the new Christmas card.  Wishing friends and family a happy New Year says we had a hard time getting our shit together (as usual), but here ya go..

If you are wondering what I am talking about, here is a link to last year’s holiday card post : http://www.weewarhols.com/2016/12/

So, we continued with the movie theme and played The Royal Tenenbaums , a Wes Anderson classic.  We had our friend Joey Gallahan come over and take some photos.  He is an amazing photographer that specializes in wedding and portrait photography.  What a sport!  You can also find him on  Instagram

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A sweet story about these wigs and brotherly love:  My boys were threatening not to wear the wigs, since they were “itchy”.  Being the amazing mom that I am, I was promising them ANYTHING, if they just wore the stupid wigs.  I hadn’t gone to all this trouble for nothing.  They were going to wear the wigs!  After the shoot, my oldest came to me and remembered that I had promised ANYTHING, if they wore the wigs.  So he showed me a yin and yang symbol friendship necklace that he had found on Amazon that he wanted for his brother and him.  Yes, I bought the cheesy necklace and they wear it all the time.  So sweet!

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Here are some outtakes from our photo shoot, since life with kids is well, life with kids.

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Figment Creative Labs, Austin, TX, holiday card, christmas card, Joey Gallahan, photography, The Royal Tenenbaums, Margo tenenbaum, halloween, Christmas, family photo

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It is a wonder we ever got one we liked.  Thank the Lord for Joey.  Here are a few more then I need to go wrap presents.

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Figment Creative Labs, Austin, TX, holiday card, christmas card, Joey Gallahan, photography, The Royal Tenenbaums, Margo tenenbaum, halloween, Christmas, family photo

Figment Creative Labs, Austin, TX, holiday card, christmas card, Joey Gallahan, photography, The Royal Tenenbaums, Margo tenenbaum, halloween, Christmas, family photo

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Sadly, Madison was still in Colorado when we took the photos, so I couldn’t force her to be a Tenenbaum.  Here is a photo of her, to prove she exists.  We are all so happy to have her home for Christmas!

Oldie, but goodie:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  -Amber

 

Our “Building Tree” using Legos and Creative QT Peel’n Stick Building Plates

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I love setting up building challenges for the boys, especially with Legos.  I had some peel’n stick building block baseplates by Creative QT and thought it would be fun to make a Christmas tree for the kids to build on.  It has been a great holiday project that keeps on going.  I would love to share with you how I did it, what we used, and how I started out wrong.

But first, a little about these peel’n stick base plates.  They have construction grade adhesive on the back that makes the 10’x10″ base plates great for all kinds of creative projects.  I started out sticking a plate to our glass door in our living room, since I thought that may be a good spot for the building tree.  It is where our family gathers and next to our real tree.  I quickly realized this adhesive is no joke, and rethought the permanency of this project.  I peeled off the plate with some force.  No harm done.  I grabbed an old white board from the garage and proceeded with the project.  This project can be scaled up or down to any size, but I’ll tell you how we did it.

What you will need:

How to do it:

  1. I stuck one of the base plates on the bottom center of the white board (dry erase board) and built around it, with out sticking the rest.
  2. I secured the plates together using flat Legos.
  3. I flipped the rest of the plates over all together and numbered them.
  4. I drew the triangle shape using my marker and a ruler.
  5. I used the carpet knife and ruler to cut along my lines on a cutting board.  (Be very careful when using carpet cutting blades, because they are super sharp!  The prep of this project is an adult job.  The build later, is for all ages.)
  6. Once the plastic is well scored with the blade, it can be broken along the scored plastic.
  7. Flip over and attach to your chosen surface.

I also cut out a star to go on top of the tree using a wooded star as a template, and the same method as above.

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The kids have been working on the tree ever since.  We have a  Lego Advent Calendar that the boys have been building everyday with to count the days down to Christmas.  They cleverly decided to try to turn all of the Lego creations from that, into ornaments to go on the “building tree”.  The kids have been adding lights and ornaments to the tree, and even gifts to go under the tree.

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By the way, the Creative QT baseplates are not affiliated with Lego, but work perfectly along with Lego bricks or other building bricks.

I brought one of my classes in to see the tree, and they had fun getting in on the ornament making.  Maybe after the holidays I will add a photo to this post of the finished tree, since I only see this project continuing to grow.

Thanks for reading.  -Amber