December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

may your christmas be merry & bright

December 22, 2012

Wrapping {Gifts}

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite parts of gift-giving!
Here are some of my favorite wrappings this year.

December 20, 2012

Cutie Pie

Because he's just too cute not to share!

December 18, 2012


Christmas is the season of hope. It's easy to get wrapped up in the parties, the gift buying, the decorating, the crowded stores, the impatient crowds, and everything else that seems to accompany this time of year. And it's hard not to look at the world we live in & wonder if there will ever be relief. Will we ever know peace? Do we have a reason to hope?

We do...and His name is Jesus.

I was reading another blog this week & the author posted the words to the song "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day". And they struck me hard. The words were written by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1863. But they still ring true today.

And in despair, I bowed my head;
"there is no peace on earth", I said.
"For hate is strong,
and mocks the song,
of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
the wrong shall fail,
the right prevail,
with peace on earth, good-will to men."



Song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" sung by Casting Crowns

November 18, 2012

Christmas at Hazel Street Designs

Thanksgiving is 4 days away, but it's Christmastime at Hazel Street Designs!!

Sixteen holiday items are now available for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Here's a sampling...
{if you click on the photo, you will be taken directly to my shop!}

Photo Album

Gift Card Holders

Gift Tags

Pom Pom Garland

Christmas Cards

November 2, 2012

New to My Shop {Baby Items}

Some new items have appeared in my Etsy shop!

Boy Chenille Burp Cloths

Girl Chenille Burp Cloths

Polka Dot Bow Ties

October 31, 2012

My Nephew

I was back home this past weekend & got to see my favorite nephew. After not seeing him for five weeks, it was some much-needed "Aunt Carrie & Isaac" time!

I know I'm biased, but isn't he the cutest?!?

October 24, 2012

From Pinterest To Real Life {Part 2}

It's been a while since I've done a post about making something based on Pinterest finds. You can find part 1 here.

Yarn-Wrapped Bottles

These yarn-wrapped bottles are so simple to do, and they drastically change the way bottles look as decor.

Here's the original link I pinned:

photo courtesy of Wedding Chicks

And here's my version

Fall Votives

Again, these were so simple to create, yet added a touch of fall to my apartment.

Original pin:

photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

And my leaf-wrapped votives

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September 28, 2012

View From My Window

I usually take a train when I go home to visit family. It's usually a dull ride that can seem never-ending. But every once in a while, I look out the window & see some picture-worthy views {like these}

On my most recent trip, I captured the very beginning of autumn.

September 25, 2012

Back to Reality

I knew sooner or later, I would have to come back to Chicago & leave this little one.

And truth be told, tears were shed as I got on the train to leave. But I know I'll be heading back in October, so I have that to look forward to.

Being gone for 17 days can feel like being gone for 17 months. And my "to do" list proves it! It's extremely long with things like going through two weeks worth of mail, restocking my cupboards & refrigerator with food, finding a 2nd job, changing out my summer clothes for fall/winter clothes, and laundry. But none of that is fun to talk about, so I'll show you my latest creation.

A friend of mine was looking for cute recipe cards & couldn't find any she liked, so she did the next best thing...asked me to make them!

I think they turned out pretty cute :)

I'm hoping to come have some new holiday cards & decor in my shop soon. Stay tuned!

September 13, 2012

I'm an Auntie!

The sweetest, most beautiful little boy was born on Saturday, September 8th.
And I'm totally in love!
 Welcome to the world, Isaac!