Sunday, December 29, 2013

Displaying Christmas Cards

Each year I try to display the Christmas cards we receive until the New Year.  Most of my display efforts are blah but I do like this year's attempt.

I blacked out names and faces for this picture. . . I don't really deface my cards this way!

I have added another row above this one since we've gotten a bunch more.  Those are command hooks holding a piece of twine.  I had the hooks and bought a box of mini clothes pins from WalMart (in the Post-It note section) for $2.29.  They're out of the way and fun to look at!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pillow Boxes and Washi Tape

Washi tape has been a big part of my crafting this season!  I cut out pillow boxes for gift giving and added a strip of washi tape to the front.

I love this stuff!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bent Nail Crosses

Awhile ago I said that I would post a project with nails and wire.  I never did.  Sorry.

I finally got off my duff and here it is!

These are my Bent Nail Crosses.

You need four Delta nails and about six feet of colored wire.  Your nails need to be bent.

Here's the thing.  These nails are a pain in the rear to bend.  You over bend and they snap when you try to fix it.  You under bend and the cross doesn't line up right.  I have gone through an entire box of nails to get four nails.  Practice makes perfect, though.

You could also buy them pre-bent.   Look for prebent disciple cross nails.

There are a ton of tutorials on how to do this.  The way I do it is a tad bit different than most tutorials I've viewed.  It's easier for me this way.  I also shuffle cards backwards (with my thumbs, not my fingers) so this might just be me.   

I always start with the two nails that will make up the bottom of the cross.  Start wrapping your wire around the nails to hold them together.  I use a clamp to help.

Put together the top of your cross.  Clamp and continue to wrap.

Clip, tuck and start on the arms of the cross.  I always work from the center out. 

Finished!  This does take a bit of practice so make sure to use cheap wire to practice.  I like the colored aluminum wire. . . it's soft and cheap.  Thread a cord through the top and you have a nice necklace to wear!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Washi Tape and Paper Bags

Aren't these cute?

I'm planning on tossing a few Hershey Kisses and some mini candy-canes in these as little, last minute gifts for kiddos.  They are quick and easy to make.

I went with a green-on-green scheme. 

Start with a piece of paper.  I used green printer paper.  Cut to size.

I cut mine in half.  They're 8.5 x 5.5 inches.

Fold, almost at the 2/3 point.

Fold the other half over to overlap the edge by about a half inch.

Secure with Washi Tape.

Fold the bottom up about an inch.

Open it back up and trim off the top part.  You don't have to do this but it makes it a bit lumpy if you don't!

Re-fold up that flap.  Add a piece of tape to extend to the bottom of the bag.

Run a strip of Washi tape along the edge to secure.


I cut the top edge of the bag to dress it up a bit.  I used this:

You put your edge in and punch it.  This is too long. . .
Line up the cut edge to the outline.  This will ensure that everything is continuous.
Your bag is finished!

This is a great way to give a gift card!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gifting Labels

For Christmas, we are gifting handmade labels.

My daughter and I had a lot of fun making these.  I cut out the labels on my Sizzix using cardstock.  We made ten sets of ten different labels.

Some are simple with stickers.  Some we pieced together with punches and ribbon.  Some we stamped.

These were lots of fun to make and budget-friendly!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tablecloth Tree Skirt

Every year we get a live tree.  Every year someone over fills the water reservoir on the tree and it spills on to the floor.  There's always a little bit of damage to my hardwood floors after the holiday.

I was perusing Pinterest and saw a very cute tree skirt that someone made out of a linen tablecloth.  I liked the idea but I needed something a little more absorbent.

I had an old flannel and plastic tablecloth that I cut to put under the tree.

I cut it into a circle, plopped the tree on top and then covered the whole thing with another, much nicer looking, real tree skirt. 

Hopefully this will keep the water off my hardwood floors!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another Tee Alteration

Another Tee alteration?  Really?

If you haven't figured it out, t-shirts are my absolute favorite thing to wear.  I don't think I've ever gone a day without wearing one whether it be under my favorite sweatshirt, with a cardigan over it or with scarves to dress it up.  I don't do fancy. 

We have a tie dye Spirit Day at our school twice a year.  I own no tie dye so I've never participated but I found this beauty at a garage sale recently.

It fit okay but the sleeves are at that weird freakish length. . . too long to be short and too short to be elbow.

It's 100% cotton so I decided to cut the hems off.

I also cut the bottom hem and the neckline hem.  Give the hems a little tug and they now roll.

Tug some more and you don't need to stitch!

I'm going to give this a wash in hot and blast it in the dryer and the hems will stay rolled.  It's a very relaxed shirt!