The Cool Kids

Friday, December 12, 2014

Use Your Words: December 2014

Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A TornadoThis is how it works: 11 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, but there's a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featured in this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they were given and how they used them. 
My words are: 

Elf ~ massacre ~ tinsel ~ but ~ bloody

They were submitted by: Stacy@

Stacy was a participant in Tuesday's "Blog with Friends" Hop. She gave an adorable tutorial on how to make an Elf Hat and Shoes. Her project turned out so well, I decided to give it a try.

Stacy designed her elf patterns for her cute kids, but I made mine for, well, you know-who.

Now. Before you tell me what a bloody fool I am for dressing up my fur babies, you should know that I was preparing for pictures for Christmas Cards. (Oh, be grateful I didn't go with my first idea of dressing them as Christmas Trees, covered in tinsel.)

The elf costumes led to a conversation with my youngest about the story, "The Shoemaker's Elves." I explained how I sometimes wished the story were true; that elves would be able to complete all of the unfinished projects/jobs/chores we couldn't get to. 

"Would you want the elves to write your blog posts and sew your projects?" the youngest asked?

"Hmm. NO. I don't know. Maybe..." I answered.
"But what if that COULD happen?" he wondered aloud.
"Haha. Elves? In MY craft room? It already looks like a massacre took place in there. I think even mythical creatures would have to draw the line at the doorway of that hot mess. For safety's sake." I joked. "Unless the elves were working from their own homes... Yeah, that might work."

That idea led to this: We call it, "Outsourcing." 

I wonder if those elves know how to grocery shop and pay the electric bill...

Thanks for the words and the inspiration, Stacy :)

Happy Friday, my two and four-legged friends.


Check out all the cool kids participating this week:

Baking in a Tornado                              
Spatulas on Parade                          
Follow Me Home                            
Battered Hope                                 
Stacy Sews and Schools                      
The Bergham's Life Chronicles                       
Evil Joy Speaks                        
Juicebox Confession                             
Eileen's Perpetually Busy                 
Confessions of a part-time working mom                         
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                                 


  1. Oh my gosh. Tears.. Lila and Henry are SOO cute!! That's so hilarious. Also, could you send those elves my way? I could use some extra help cleaning my house :) great blog shellybean! Never fail to make us laugh!

    1. Thanks, Alex. I plan on framing that pic of Lila :) Man, if I thought the elves could clean my house, believe me, I would share. Thanks for commenting. You are my favorite child today <3

  2. SOOOOOOO much LOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!!!! SO cute!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for trying out my elf hats and shoes!!! Love them!!!!! <3 <3 <3

    1. Thank YOU for the inspiration! I made the hats and shoes yesterday when I was reading your "words". You're always so nice to comment and cheer others on. Thanks for the cute patterns <3

  3. She's baaaaaack! This was so classic Shellybean. Still laughing and probably will be all day. I don't know what's funnier, those fur babies in their elf hat and shoes or the helpers doing your sewing and typing your blog. LOVE the way your brain works!

    1. Hahha! Thanks, Karen. I was feeling low after working so hard on that last post...but Stacy is always so wonderful to cheer other bloggers on. Once I thought about her words, I knew I would celebrate with her cute hats and shoes. Lila was much more comfortable than Henry posing :) J. had so much fun setting up those scenes. Thanks, as always for your words. <3

  4. That is the cutest thing!! Lego elves helping out blogging and crafting!
    I could sure use some clean up elves around the house!
    Thanks for making me smile :-)

    1. I wish those elves could help us out! I have tons of baking still to do. Can you imagine??
      Thanks for smiling <3

  5. I LOVE THIS!! Your fur baby is so cute!! My dogs would have eaten the material before I could have even made anything! The elves on the keyboard - HYSTERICAL!!!! LOVE IT!

    1. Thanks, Joy! I love my fur babies. I especially love that they let me play dress-up for the blog :)
      Henry did try to chase the Jingle bells. The ringing made him crazy!
      If elves could blog, I'd be able to post more often :)

  6. OMG. I love the outsourcing pictures! Did you seriously build a LEGO sewing machine? Totes adorbs. :)

    1. Thank you, Robin. You know what? My youngest built that sewing machine for me last year, It sits all year in my shop. Outsourcing never looked so good ;)

  7. ROTFL my dog would have eaten the costume but the elves!! OMG I love it , so adorable and creative! You win!!

    1. I owe all of that fantastic-ness to my youngest's LEGO talent, and to my other boys who held and bribed those dogs with bacon :) Thanks so much, Dawn. <3

  8. Loved this fun post Michele! When I wrangle Rufus in his reindeer costume he normally falls over and refuses to move 😉

    Let me know if you find those bill-paying elves by the way....

    1. I will scream from high on the mountaintop the moment the elves start earning their keep. Now, I need a photo of Rufus in his Costume. Pretty Please?

  9. Lila was much better at holding still during the photo shoot than Henry was. Maybe she was a model dog at some point in the past. The pictures of both turned out great, though. They really are our little elves - too bad we couldn't train them like the Lego elves to help out around the house.

    The Lego elves are cute, too, as is the Lego sewing machine made by the youngest. He certainly has the same creative genius his mom has.

    Great job on using your words and making as all laugh and smile :)


    1. The boys absolutely received the creativity gene... Thanks for all of your help in completing that post. Reminds me of the olden days when we all hurried around to get things done.
      That sewing machine is one of the finest creations made by J. I will keep it forever.
      Thanks for reading and writing. It means everything to have you guys in my world <3


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