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    Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and had a sweet baby girl in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works in finance and I have my own photography business. I blog about my baby girl (obviously), products we love, crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and the balance of being a mom and business owner! Our house is always a work in progress but we love working on it and making it our own. Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Casa de Lewis! I had so much fun creating our card this year. Somehow I never get all of my cards out on time though! They seem to go out in waves and I might send the last lot out tomorrow. Oops. Good thing one side says Happy New Year?!

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I always get questions on how I make and print cards and invitations so I am going to try and make a post detailing all of that info. These I designed in Photoshop and actually printed by mpix. I used the DIY card option and it is so much cheaper than any other company!

Beautiful photos by Bend the Light!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 25, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Courtney - I would love a tutorial post on how you make your cards! They are always beautiful!

December 27, 2013 - 10:41 am

ellen patton - I love your card!!

January 2, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Jane - Thanks for the tip! I designed my cards in photoshop first and then couldn’t find any online shop that would print them for cheap the style I wanted… how annoying. But yours are exactly what I want! I tried to go on their site to order my cards (yes, yes, I know…. I’m even later than you, but we just moved into a new house so on the back we’re doubling it as new home announcement cards! It totally counts….) Anyway, I found the DIY photo card print but couldn’t find exactly what you did, with the rounded edges. Did you order yours in that print shape or did you cut them that shape yourself? I only found square/rectangle or a really ornate design.

Thanks for the help either way, I appreciate it!

Christmas House Tour

Finally got around to taking some pictures!

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Awesome Martha Stewart paper stars found by my mom at JCPenny for crazy cheap! They fold back up so you can put them away and re0use them!

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I still need a stocking for Paige! These were total last minute stockings from last year or maybe the year before. I’ve had my eye on these stockings for two years now.

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And a few taken at night!

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Paige and Dad checking out our outdoor lights!

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Happy Christmas Eve!!!

December 24, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - Merry Christmas!!! Your home looks so great! Xo! :)

Oh Christmas Tree…

Here’s a little peak at our Christmas tree this year! I finally decided that I would just photograph my tree as is since Paige Lily wouldn’t stop messing with it! The ribbon isn’t perfect, but I still really like it. I recently learned that there is “ribbon technique”. I have no technique. It was called, let’s go here, now here, and here, and…Paige, please don’t pull all of the ribbon! Mommy is trying to make it perfect!  :)

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And now you’re all judging my “non-ribbon technique” technique!

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I kept walking by these ornaments at Hobby Lobby looking to see if they might go on sale. There are so many cool shapes and they weren’t that expensive (maybe $2 each, I can’t remember) so I finally just bought some!

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I don’t claim to be a huge glitter person, but glitter on the tree is oh so fun!

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I don’t remember where I first saw the black and white ribbon idea but I didn’t realize it is like THE trend for this year’s Christmas! I used it in different places all over our house and I, of course, love it. Stripes for the win!

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The tree topper is this crazy, red, glittery star that my mom found a couple years ago.

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Milo’s spot under the tree. And just to keep it real, here is what my house looked like while taking these. Note the diapers. And the Cheez-its. And the cute baby and hubby.

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December 17, 2013 - 8:39 am

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - Ribbon technique?!?! Ut oh…clearly I didn’t use any of that on my tree. And technique or no technique…I love your ribbon! I think your tree is beautiful! :)

An Ornament for Paige

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I made an ornament for Paige! I saw the most adorable ornament over on the blog, Life Made Lovely. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring myself to spend $20 on an ornament, so I decided to attempt to make my own! I picked up a 4 inch embroidery hoop at Hobby Lobby one day when I was there. They are super cheap (like 99 cents). I came home and cut a piece of fabric out that would fit in the hoop. Because I am a total graphic design wanna be…I bought my first font about a month ago. It is Jaques & Gilles by Emily Lime and I kind of love it. I pulled up Photoshop and typed out Paige’s name in this font to use as a guide. Then I just took a fine point sharpie and did my best freehand attempt at writing her name on the piece of fabric. I don’t have great handwriting so I was very nervous but I think it came out just fine!

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The beautiful ornament on Etsy is embellished with little beads. It is super cute and probably much easier than what I ended up doing! I didn’t have any beads on hand so I decided to just make little polka dots or knots out of thread. Well, I spent about an hour trying to make an embroidery “french knot” and I somehow messed it up every. single. time. I ended up just making it up, ha! Essentially I just made a tiny “x” with the needle and thread and went over it twice so that it just turned into a little dot.

how to make easy DIY Christmas ornament with name or monogram in embroidery hoop with red thread dotsI used an extra piece of the thread to tie a loop at the top so it would hang on the tree!

Here are a few more pictures that I took of P and Milo in front of the (unfinished) tree the other day…

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Poor dog, he is like – what are you doing, lady?!

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December 12, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - That is the sweetest ornament, ever! Love it…those little dots and that font kill me!

December 12, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Julie - I’ve cross-stitched for years and still stink at French knots. So don’t feel bad that you didn’t get it on the first try!!

December 12, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Sada - Thanks Gabbi! Can’t wait to see your home tour tomorrow!

December 12, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Sada - Oh thank goodness, Julie! I thought I was losing my mind!!

December 13, 2013 - 7:17 am

modern jane - That is adorable! I have no idea how to make those knots but they are pretty stinkin cute:)

My Very First Christmas – Free Download!

Remember the super cute Milestone Baby Cards I featured about a month ago? Well, they have created a new Christmas card that is available as a free download! And, of course, it is so adorable!

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I love it. Please use this link to download your card – My Very First Christmas!

Last year, Paige was only a month old for Christmas. So it was technically her first Christmas last year but it didn’t really feel like it. I was out of it trying to take care of a newborn. We didn’t decorate much and didn’t get to celebrate as much with family. This year it is on! We’re already wearing snowmen pajamas and I am almost done decorating!

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Cutie-pa-tutie snowmen pajamas from the Gap. It is possible that all of her girl cousins are getting a matching pair!  ;)