Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I didn't actually make any of these ornaments though. We have this wonderful nursery in town that really does it right for Christmas. They have their entire showroom crammed full with decorated trees. So many trees, so many themes, so many ideas! I went and chose 5 ornaments a piece for each of my girls. My youngest daughter has her house decorated in bright greens and red, so I chose ornaments in line with that color scheme...
I just went into my stash of home made cards, picked out 4 per girl and voila! Day 4 was done. I chose a Birthday card, a Thank You card, a New Baby card, and a Non-specific card. I really think it was perfect actually. They now have 4 cards to give out whenever they are in a pinch and need a card. I make these cards at card classes I attend from my wonderful Stampin Up and Close to my Heart dealers. I love both of those ladies and those cards are so handy!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I got the small square ones. They were $8.00 for 100 of them. Super fast shipping too I might add. So, the first step is to put some adhesive on one side of the coaster and adhere it to the backside of the paper you chose.
I'll be honest here...I staged these pictures. I'm not left handed. In fact I'm SO right handed that I couldn't even hold the camera with my left hand to take a picture so I "staged" it in my left hand and then took the picture with my right. But you get the idea! :)
(My husband had to take this picture because I couldn't hold both the coaster and the emery board to show this and take a picture. He's such a trooper! I think I'll keep him!)
The next step is to add your letters and embellishments. I found sheets of single letter chipboard from my Close to my Heart dealer. Woo Hoo!!!! No wasted letters. I bought 3 sheets each of J, O, and Y. I picked out the letters at random trying hard to mix up the fonts and not have any matching fonts. The sheets of letters come with all sorts of sizes and fonts. I was able to use all but 1 of each of them. Only one was too big. I also used the negative of some of the letters as well. Just use your adhesive and adhere the letters to each of your pieces in order of course to spell JOY.
I really liked the twine like ribbon I had the best. It was easy to tie as well. For my ribbon I used old scraps of ribbon I had too. I didn't buy anything for this project except for the coasters and the letters. Everything else I already had from my scrapbook hoarding! ha ha ha However, if you do have to buy everything to do this just get 3 different ribbons to match your paper.
These are so cute, so quick, and so easy! I'm making quite a few. I made 4 of these last night from start to finish in 2 hours. I was talking to my hubby and watching TV while I did it so I'm thinking if you really got down to business you could do it in less time even.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Behold...Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas. And, it's on Tasty Tuesdays too. What a coinkidink!
Have you figured out who you want to do this for yet? Did you go HERE and download these adorable tags yet? If not, you really need to do it! Maybe save them for next year if you can't do it this year.
PS The answer to the quote is...."The A Team" (the one back in the 70's!)
Monday, December 13, 2010
So, on to the 12 days of Christmas, Day 1. If you start today, you will end up giving one gift every day until Christmas day. I'm not doing expensive stuff at all. Each day is just something cute and personal to my kids. If anyone is reading this that I do not know (which I seriously, seriously doubt) my kids are grown and living on their own. They are both married and have their own houses. So, for day 1...
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I also have a china cabinet in our entry which I empty out and take out the glass doors every year. I use it as my display cabinet for my nativity scenes. My newest addition is the Peanuts set. They are adorable aren't they? Not only that but their hats come off and their arms and legs move.
I also changed out my "Thankful" wall hanging to go with the season. I love it! The colors of course match everything else. I just love this thing. It gives me a chance to change things out once a month without really changing a whole lot.
Moving on to the living room. This is the grand daddy of them all of trees. I changed this year to the red, gold, and white theme. I left quite a few ornaments off that didn't fit the color scheme this year. Normally my big tree has all of the ornaments we've collected over the years but I just wanted to do something different this year. I love it too! We had an angel at the top of our tree since my kids were babies. However, with this tree she never really sat well at the top of it. The top of the tree was just to big to fit in the small hole on the bottom of the angel. I sort of made it work for the last couple of years but this year I got a new idea from a fellow blogger and decided to go with it for the top of the tree this year. I went to Hobby Lobby, picked out a few decorative "flowers" and other type of things. I found these in the single flower section, not the Christmas section. I was hoping to find a long white feather but they didn't have that so I settled for the red ones. I think they add that special touch. The Merry Christmas at the top I actually made. I was hoping to find the wooden and decorated Merry Christmas but the ones in Hobby Lobby were all gone except for 2 broken ones. I looked at Wal-Mart and they didn't have a single thing so I decided to make my own. I bought the individual letters at Hobby Lobby in the unpainted wood section. I used Gorilla glue and glued the letters together to form the words. Then I spray painted them red. They actually held too. They are a little fragile but they held together and I just placed the words at the top. The branches hold it in place. The presents are wrapped in a pattern as well. I choose a separate wrapping paper for each family. My oldest daughter and son-in-law have one paper, my youngest daughter and son-in-law have a different paper, and me and my husband have a third paper. I wrap presents for other family members also in coordinating papers, but I keep them under the Santa Claus tree in the front room to make it easier when we go to our parents for Christmas time. I can just grab presents by the paper and go. It is super easy this way and it also looks really good too. I spent quite a bit of time on the wrapping this year. We are not giving as many gifts this year because we are taking the kids to New York for the week after Christmas so I wanted the gifts to be extra pretty instead!
I bought these snowflakes last year after Christmas at Pier One for $1.75 each! What a deal! At the time I thought I would paint them white but when I got them out this year I just really loved the natural wood with the glitter on them. I set them on our coffee table and just surrounded them with some fake greenery and a couple of silk poinsettias to go along with the big tree in the room. I like how it turned out. Simple but elegant.
Leaving the kitchen is my room. Now this tree still needs a little love. I just am not feeling it. It's what I call the "romance" tree. It has browns and golds to match my room. I'm just not happy though. I think it still needs...something. I'm going to add some ribbon and see what that does. What do you think? What does it "need"?
After the bathroom is my scrapbook room. This tree is what I call the "handmade" tree. Every ornament on this tree was made by my inlaws. They started making ornaments for everyone in 1982. We've received an ornament every year since then. They are all made out of wood and they cut them out and paint them. I put the star at the top of the tree this year. I hadn't thought of using it before as the topper and it just came to me this year to use it as the topper. I think it's so cute too.