Monday, December 12, 2011

Thank you Martha!

The majority of the cards we get are photo cards and we love to look at them. And, every year I try to think of a new and better way to display the Christmas cards we get.  Most of the time though, I just end up using double-sided tape to stick them to some ribbon that's taped to the wall.

Until this year. I think I found the one that I will actually use again next year. And it's all thanks to Martha.

I picked up 10 embroidery hoops this summer at a rummage sale. Yes, I said 10. I paid a whopping $1 for all 10. I bought all they had. I knew that sooner or later I'd find something to do with them.

I didn't follow all of her steps exactly. I used regular sized clothes pins instead of the mini ones and I didn't measure the spacing between them. I just slapped them on with some hot glue.

I did try to make a bow out of ribbon,  but I was tired and my brain wasn't working and it just didn't turn out right.

So, I gave up and decided to use a fake poinsettia instead. I popped it off the stem and hot glued it the top of the ribbon. Then, I used a command strip (love them!) for hanging.

This one was so easy, that I decided to make three. (We get a lot of cards!)


(At one point, I actually had all 10 laid out on the floor in the shape of the Christmas tree and thought about painting the whole thing green, but simplicity won out in the end.)

And here they are with a few cards. Very quick, very easy and very cheap. Just my kind of project! (And I've still got clothes pins and hoops left if I need to throw another one together or add more pins to these ones.)

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Uff da

Obviously, the 31 days of posting wore me out. Good grief.

Since then, both my husband and I had birthdays, my mom and I went to France for a week, we celebrated Thanksgiving, and I've been to the penny sale.

I've been crazy busy and totally exhausted since November 1. And now we are in Christmas Craziness mode.

I do want to tell you all about France ($4.00 Bordeaux at the grocery store!!!) and the goodies I came home with as well as a couple of quick projects I've done for Christmas. Hopefully, I'll get to them soon(since I dropped the ball with the whole front porch thing.)

I had to clean and organize my craft room this afternoon. I couldn't take the chaos anymore. I can't think, much less created surrounded by crap.

Hopefully, that will get and keep me motivated through the holidays!

How crazy busy are the rest of you? Anything you wish you could get done by Christmas, but know it won't happen?