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The Forests of the Washington DC Metro area
Mum to 4 girls & wifey that loves handmade, Etsy, paper & all things Vintage! I'm an artsy girl & Craft addict that loves lace, baubles, frills & glitter; amateur photographer & photoshop editor; nature lover who's obsessed with geocaching; & a night owl who stays up late to run her Etsy shop, Blog & Frolic in the Forest
Interests: music, art, friends, geocaching, scrap booking, tea, halloween, altered art, tattoos, lollipops, glitter, my mum, stamps, paper, twilight, handmade items, being inspired, making cards, frogs, clay, sand, reading, photography, the beach, candles, birds, sublime, family, traveling, owls, flowers, fabric, crafting, baubles, volleyball, learning new things, trees, pink, buttons, astrology, feathers, christmas, stampin' up!, pearls, paint, gardens, etsy, terrariums, bright colors, valentine's day, polka dots, embellishments, trolls, ink, gnomes, amy butler, mushrooms, crowns, missy elliot, black eyes peas, gremlins, ric rac, mod podge, anything pretty & vintage, frills, tiffany blue, artful blogging, tea cups, lace, somerset studio, crepe paper, my bloggy pals, chenille stems, fairy's, inspiring someone, watching my girls frolic and giggle, hanging with my man, my pup, (in no particular order)
Recent Activity
We've moved and will be blogging and have our products for sale on our new site, Please join us over there to be the first to see our newest handmade products, DIY's and fun stuff on the blog! Thank you all. Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at A Forest Frolic
I love making wreaths! I wasn't planning on making a new one this Christmas but when I saw this elephant, the gold glittery feathers and those gems, I just knew I had to do something whimsical with them. One of my most popular posts was my 'Spooky Halloween Wreath Tutorial,' so as I started to lay out my supplies, a light-bulb came on and I thought, 'why not share with you, how easy this wreath will be to make!?!' If you'd like to learn how to make this... ...then grab your coffee and stick around for a few minutes to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at A Forest Frolic
Wow, it's been a while ;) I have the best intentions to blog, and have a gazillion things to blog about, but I've been focusing so much time on my Etsy shop and the kids have been so busy and we have two crazy puppies, blah blah blah. Enough about me, how have you all been!?! I wanted to at least post my Black Friday through Cyber Monday Etsy shop sale using the code above, yippee! Hope you can snag some holiday goodies and take advantage of the discount. I'll be back very soon with another wreath tutorial! If you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at A Forest Frolic
Oh I just love your new friend Ms. Vanessa!! Childhood dreams forever!! ;) Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2015 on Dolls & Tea ♥ at A Fanciful Twist
My girl Lisa, over at WorkoutMommy, featured me as 'One Fit Mommy,' aww she's so sweet! Check it out, by clicking HERE :) Here is Lisa and I on a hike: And here I am with my real game face on, hahahaha... Anyway, hope you all are kicking butt and taking names ;) Now go on and support my girls blog!! She'll give ya some tips on fitting fitness into your life. Because we all need some motivation at one point or me I know. Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at A Forest Frolic
Yep. It's a 3 in one deal...all weekend long! Because I love you and appreciate your business, that's why ;) I've added more Holiday/Christmas Cupcake toppers sets to the shop and am still editing photos and trying to get even more listed too, so hopefully you can save on the new stuff! I'll keep this short and sweet, because I have stuffed my face waaaay too much with delicious Thanksgiving food and need to catch some zzz's ;) I'm offering 25% off of your entire purchase from now (Black Friday), tomorrow (Small Business Saturday), Sunday (because it's like the gift... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
Rest day, yeeeesss! I've been trying out Crossfit at 5am and yes, it's early, but boy do I love getting my workout over and home to shower before the kids even wake up! Now that the weather has gone from 'kinda cold' to 'really freezing,' it's been a bit harder to get out from under the warm covers, but it must be done. I'll admit sleeping until 6:45 this morning felt great! I have a late volleyball game tonight and there is no way I could stay awake and be coherent for the game had I gotten up at 4:30.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
Gooooood morning friends! I've spent the last week making tons of new designs and finally got some good sunshine to take some photos. I'm now editing photos and trying to get things listed in my Etsy shop, yay! Here's a few that are listed and ready to go (just click on the titles or pictures)... Vintage Bell Jar, Hearts, Wedding, Love Glittery Wedding Cake Happy Birthday Banner - Cake Topper It's a Boy Circus Animals It's a Girl Circus Animals Gobble Gobble - Thanksgiving Turkey Food Picks I'll be listing more throughout the day, so check back and add a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
Image has been forever! I've missed you all and I'm so sorry I've been MIA, but boy have my family and I be been into some crazy stuff. We went to OBX this summer for a week with a bunch of friends and we had a really hard time leaving. You can see why... We hiked and geocached and went on lots of adventures. I don't even know where the summer went! It's like we blinked and now we are a couple months into school :/ I feel like the older I get, the faster time goes by. Do you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at A Forest Frolic Vanessa...I am so happy to see that you have an instagram account!!! I'm like you too, I need my autumn. It's my favorite season nowadays. That's a beautiful mag...congrats on being included. Miss ya mucho, Jamie :)
How long has it been since I've blogged...sheesh?!? Well anyway, thought I'd share a pic of my ol' Roscoe giving me cuddles this morning. He such a sweetie! I'm just starting to notice signs that he's getting old, gah. He's starting having trouble on walks and his back legs will go out from under him as he goes up or down stairs sometimes. Boxers are the best dogs, but their average life expectancy is only 9-10 years, which makes me sad when I think about it because he just turned 8. Love my Roscoe P. Coltrane :) Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
Love the art sneak peek and those precious pups! Miss you much going on, I don't get to visit as much as I'd like. Big hugs from the East Coast...where we have gotten snow twice this week. Can't wait for spring and some yummy weather ;) Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on Water + Color at A Fanciful Twist
I had so much to do today, but the winter weather kept the kids home from school and this is what we did instead: We played in the snow... I finished a painting that I started yesterday (while outside in the nice warm sun, I might add)... Baby Face-timed her big sisters friends... I made some Super-Hero cupcake toppers for a friend... We made Perler bead projects... The kids started to drive me crazy with their constant need to be entertained and the bickering, so I had some stress relief... We made chocolate chip pancakes (and I did NOT eat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
I wanted to share a few Etsy Treasuries with you, that I've put together so far in 2014! I'm having so much find scouring Etsy for unique handmade items...I just can't stop (this could be bad, but oh so good ;) Just click on the Treasury to be taken to the real deal, where you can click on each individual item to heart, drool over, share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Have fun now...and don't let that Christmas cash burn a hole in your pocket!! Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
Do you want a fun, festive and delicious little project if you don't have enough to do before Christmas next week ;) I can't believe Christmas is in 6 days, whaaaat! Anywho, I went to a cookie party last night and had good intentions on making these really delicious and complicated cookies I found on Pinterest. Yeah...that didn't pan out, so this is what I made up... ...we'll call them, 'Bedazzled Mallows,' because that's what one of my friends named them when the best I could come up with was, 'Marshmallow dips,' bwhahahaha. To make them, gather your SUPPLIES:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Love the card Vanessa! Nice to put a face to Loveee, tee heeeeee ;) ;) Your boys are so cuddly and sweet, I can imagine!! Merry Christmas to you too...I can't believe it's almost here!! Hugs my dear friend, Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2013 on Holiday Season Madness! at A Fanciful Twist
We have so much fun with our advent calendar every December and this year is no different! I found this adorable set of woodland creature ornaments and today, it was time to bring out the fox! This morning before the girls left for school, I blasted 'What does the Fox say' on the stereo and we had a dance session as the girls met their new friend... I'm sure you've already seen this, but if you need a good chuckle, watch this silly video. My kids favorite part it the end... 'Whaaat is yoooour sooound...wiiiill we ever knooooww?' Bwahahahah... Jamie... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Happy Happy Happy belated Thanksgiving Vanessa!! Love the fairy tale pumpkins...oh your pies look amazing!! And that orange color is wonderful. Your boys are quite handsome, even if they didn't want to pose ;) ;) Love the art, tee hee. Miss ya mucho lady. Hugs, Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2013 on Happy Thanksgiving ♥ at A Fanciful Twist
I don't know where the time goes...but I know we are having fun! I can't believe our baby was born a whole year ago! It amazes me...the stuff she learns everyday, from us, from her awesome sisters. The milestones just pile up so quickly at this stage and I'm eating up every minute of it...cupcakes and all ;) Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
I thought this was a really neat little clip of a fellow Etsy shop owner at work... Shopping handmade with local, small businesses is one of my favorite things to do...especially during the holiday season. There is something really special about giving or receiving a handmade gift, whether it be made by you, or by a local artisan. There is always a story behind each piece and I love knowing that no one else will have the exact same item! Speaking of handmade items, I'm having a wee little GIVEAWAY! A set of 'Snowy Snowman & cup o' joe' Cupcake... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
What a sweet pin cushion and gift idea! I may just have to make a few for some sewing friends! I have so many little crafty/vintage things...many came from my Me-maw! My favorite thing though, might be a wooden ruler that I remember always playing with when I was in her sewing room with her when I was little. It's red, blue, and yellow and folds into three's. I just love it and use it frequently now. Thanks for the inspirations V, you're the best! Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2013 on Princess Pincushion {a tutorial} at A Fanciful Twist
She's almost ONE!! I can't believe, how her first year has flown by. This is a glimpse of her birthday invite... {mustache-Gentleman clip art, GraphicMarket; crown-Hoopla kit, Glitz Design; cake-retro cut-outs:birthday, Sahlin Studio} I was searching around Etsy last night for ideas and inspiration and decided to create a Treasury... All great, adorable ideas and I can't wait for the shirt to arrive! We've make cupcake toppers (of course ;), melted mustache crayons for favors and have scratch-off stickers for a many sweet ideas. But do we have time for them all?! ;) Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Just made these super cool Octopus Moleskine pocket journals and popped them in my Etsy shop... I think it'd make a perfect stocking stuffer! I can't believe I'm already in Christmas mode. I love Thanksgiving, but don't do much for decorating for it. We go 'all out,' for Halloween & Christmas, but I need to find a good way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Other than a few pumpkins and gourds here and there, I just don't have any ideas. I don't really want a bunch of turkey's around the house...ya know, since I already have quite a few of those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
My Facebook status from this morning is below (under the picture). After having a few rough weeks and a bad morning with my now 13 year old, there is a thread full of tips, prayer wishes, and encouragement going and it really does! We are not alone in this. We need to support each parents, as Moms, as humans. Life is hard...being a parent is hard. There is no instruction manual. But if we stick together, support each other, encourage each other, try to inspire and be inspired, we can make it. We can do this! Teenagers are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Oh your pups are just darling!! Love that jar with the eyeball too...grooooosss!! Thanks for having me. Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on Haunted Halloween Tea Party at Spiritdog Studios