Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 


  1. Susie Hamlin says:

    Merry Christmas from St. Louis!

  2. Natali says:

    Such a beautiful photos, you have a lovely family! Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Landen says:

    Yay! You are all so lovely! I miss you all! Merry Christmas

  4. Brianna Soloski says:

    Great photos! I hope you had a lovely holiday.

  5. Dani says:

    Merry Christmas from Vienna!
    I hope you had amazing holidays!

    Love, Dani

  6. Jessica says:

    Your Christmas photos are super adorable!!!

  7. Jessica says:

    Love the photos! What dress are you wearing?

  8. Hannah Koller says:

    Such cute photos!!

  9. Liz says:

    Great photos! Such a beautiful family. Where is your dress from? Or did you make it yourself? πŸ™‚

  10. sandyalamode says:

    awww great photos! love your family!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  11. Tera says:

    Such great pictures!! Such a beautiful family πŸ™‚

  12. Kacie's Kloset says:

    Your family photos look so good! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

  13. Brooke T says:

    I can’t handle the cuteness that is your family and your hair is perfect!

  14. Meghan Jenson says:

    Beautiful family photo!

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Merry Christmas!



  1. ct says:

    What a cute card and family! There are a couple spots that Peanut's name didn't get changed. Just wanted to let you know in case you didn't realize it. Merry Christmas!

  2. Sarah S. says:

    I LOVE your 2012 year in review, such a cute idea. And so glad you guys got a family pic in the snow before moving to CA. Merry Christmas.

  3. This is a great year recap! I'm gonna need to remember this for next year. And of course, beautiful family photo. You look STUNNING, Merrick! Merry Christmas!

  4. Julie says:

    Love your infographic! We did that too. But I like yours better πŸ™‚ It was my first time making one. Merry Christmas!

  5. Fabulous picture and card! Merry Christmas!

  6. Merry Christmas Merrick! You have a beautiful family πŸ™‚

  7. newpetite says:

    Thats a beautiful family pic! I love crying baby pics(sorry!) πŸ˜€

  8. This is so cute Merrick!!! Seriously how do you do it? you should show me the ropes!

  9. What a beautiful picture of your family! Love it!

  10. Packrat says:

    Great picture! (M does a great job. Been following her for a while now.) Wishing you a happy new year in your new home.

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Merry Christmas

…from our house to yours!



  1. Merry Christmas! Great pic!

  2. Packrat says:

    wonderful photo. Merry Christmas!

  3. Rachel says:

    This is adorable! Merry Christmas to you!!

  4. Grace Marie says:

    ah. what a great photo!! I'm loving the new blog design!!!

    Hope you guys have a superb Christmas!!!

  5. fattygirl218 says:

    What a beautiful family!! Just came across your blog through "putting me together", love it already!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  6. Dear Merrick,

    I would just like to inform you that I am obsessed with your blog… your hair… your cute fam… your tutorials and DIY's… your style. I have definitely copied a few of your tutorials. I will eventually put them up on my blog. Of course I will credit and link back to you. Just wanted to let you know that I am a super fan,and I am baffled as to why you don't have thousands of readers. I wanna be like you.

    Rachel Sayumi.

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Merry Christmas

This year, for some crazy reason, I thought it would be fun to do a homemade Christmas. I started back in November and my easel, my sewing machine, the glue gun, and other craft items were constantly cluttering the house (much to Philip’s dismay). Since everything I was making was for Christmas, I couldn’t post any of the fun things I was making.

Well still most of it is wrapped under my tree, but one thing I made has been given away so now it’s time to share.

My parents came to Utah over Thanksgiving and one of the things we did was visit a little store called “The Wood Connection.” It was one of those stores that you walk into and are so overwhelmed at first, but then suddenly, even if you’re not crafty at all, all you want to do is make crafts! Needless to say, all of us walked out with paint, wood, scrapbooking paper, and many other fun craft ideas floating around in our heads. (need I give you more proof?)

Feeling all motivated, I set to work that week and busted out a few of these:

And before you think how hard to make they look, let me just tell you that it was one of the easier Christmas projects I did this year. The wood, and both green and cream paint was bought from The Wood Connection (and let me just tell you that everything from that place was CHEAP). Then I printed out the words I wanted in the size and font I wanted. After that I took two sheets of carbon paper and placed them between the printer paper and the (already painted green) wood, and then simply traced the letters. Even though the paint was pretty dark green, the carbon tracing showed up great. Once the tracing was complete, I set to work with a tiny brush and just colored in between the lines. As easy as that.

I think out of all the presents I did this year, this one is close to my very favorite. Maybe next year you can try it too…or if I have an Esty shop up and running you can just buy one πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas to all — we’re off to Las Vegas so the blogging will recommence next week (in which I promise to show you lots of other homemade gifts!)



  1. Miriam says:

    I'm hoping next weeks blogs will be full of everyone's fun christmas gifts that they don't dare show now! I SOOOO want to visit that wood shop, you'll have to let me know where it is! And, I'm impressed with your painted words, I assumed they were those stick on things! (excuse me, you're an artist, what would I expect!) Have fun in LV, your mom must be busy preparing, I haven't heard a word from her in a week!!

  2. Janssen says:

    Are you planning on opening an Etsy shop? That would be fun!

    I can't wait to see all the things you made for Christmas (and I had a quiet giggle about Philip's dismay with the crafts taking over the house).

  3. Camille says:

    Love it! And hope you don't mind but I have every intention of stealing this very crafty idea… πŸ™‚

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