Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Kid's Tree




From kindergarten through fifth grade my girls made Christmas ornaments at school. I love them all. Someday when they have homes and family’s of their own I’ll think about letting them have their ornaments.  Until then they are mine and will be displayed each year on what I call the Kid’s Tree.




It’s a 3” artificial tree that I purchased several years ago.  I use LED white lights and it gets the honor of holding these precious handmade ornaments.


  Adorable items made by my little ladies.






Reindeer 





Gingerbread Men





Stars
 



 Photo Ornaments

  Kudos to all the teachers over the years - they had some great ideas!   







It’s a very special tree to me, I think I prefer it to the big family tree; it must be the mom in me. 


Monday, November 26, 2012

Craft Stick Snowflake


I saw a great project on Pinterest the other day using craft sticks to make a snowflake.  I thought to myself “I can do this”.  And I did.

 
I started by cutting 24 craft sticks in half and then glued them together to make an approximate 90 degree angle – nothing exact going on here. 




Then I took a quarter – I couldn’t find the washers out in the garage and I don’t have any wooden discs on hand – and started gluing. 



Then I glued some more. 




I had one tiny freak out moment when the photographer (my eldest daughter) informed me that I had hot glued my rings.  Emeralds and hot glue are not a good mix. 



Then I glued a little more until I got the balanced look I desired. 



I was going to paint and glitter it up but I decided it looked good “natural” against my blue living room wall.  

 




Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday 2012



It’s Black Friday – anyone want to guess what I did today?   Shopping?  No freaking way – I have zero desire to fight the crowds for “bargains” in the middle of the night or early morning.  This lady enjoys sleeping at night and getting to sleep past 6:30 a.m. on a Friday is pure luxury.  So instead of shopping I started Christmas decorating. I decided that this year less is more.  Simple and uncluttered.  I think I used about one-third of the decorations we own.

I decided to go with a Christmas tree theme this year.  Trees I’ve collected, trees we’ve made, funky trees, traditional trees.  Some made of glass, others of paper, some covered with ribbon and others with glitter.







I also went with a few pine cones I picked up at Marshall’s in early November during a half price sale.  I mixed them up with some ornaments in a couple of antiques boxes.  I love the look. 




I also changed out the pillows in the living room.  





And put together a quick centerpiece for the dining room table. 



Our oldest daughter wrapped gifts for her friends.  



I can hardly wait until we go pick our tree this weekend!