Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Cards

I just wanted to share some really easy cards that I made today in less than 10 minutes.  I used scraps of paper that I had around and extra stickers for the quotes.  I also used store bought blank cards.This card I used the reverse snowflake maker to make make half snowflakes on my strip of paper.  To do this, you need a wider strip of paper.
Hope you enjoy!  Merry Christmas!
I'm linking up to: The DIY Show Off - Holiday Highlights #5
DIY Day - A Soft Place To Land

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Christmas Plant Stand

I wanted to share with you  my boring plant stand around the house.  I love this plant stand, because my daughter made a mosiac on the top of an old stool and repurposed it for a plant stand for me, but it just looked boring compared to everything else in the house that is over-decorated for Christmas.  I just didn't know what to do, until I found some ideas out in blogland for my house.  What I found was someone (and I'm sorry I don't have which blog, because I looked at so many! If it's you, please comment and I will link you happily!) had put decorations, ornaments, etc. on their lamps. Here's the close up of the sign I tied to my lamp with a ribbon.  Well, I didn't feel that was finished yet, because the stool still wasn't Christmassy yet.  (Is that a word?)

My Christmas card basket (handmade by the way - my aunt always finds me wonderful things like this!) didn't really have a place this year - so here it is!  I tied it with wire ribbon leftover from last year's gift wrapping.  I thought it was too beautiful to waste, so kept it, much to my dh's dismay!  What do you think?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

O' Christmas Tree

I was really worried about putting pictures of my tree up for all you great, creative bloggers to see.  I'm quite the perfectionist about the tree (Ok - that's a whole therapy session in itself thanks to my wonderful family!)  Anyway, after veiwing some others, I decided that many look fabulous, but most are just like me, just enjoying family traditions.  So here are my pictures of our tree this year.  

We have  favorite place to chop the tree down that has tall skinny trees and love the fact that we can get it to touch the 10 foot ceiling without it taking up the entire living room!
One of my favorite ornaments of the kids' are these great handpainted llama ornaments.  A couple of years ago, the kids were given these as a prize at the fair for showing their llamas!  I think they are wonderful and sure beat getting tack!

These two are my favorite older ornaments.  The front one is a glass trumpet with "Peace On Earth" on it.  When I was in college, my Grandfather proudly got this by purchasing something from Robert Schuller.  He was so proud of it (he didn't really doing the shopping  at all, so was strange that he got so excited about it.)  Of course, now it means so much more since he has been gone for so many years.  I majored on trumpet in college so the back, glass ornament with instruments hanging off of it was the first ornament I ever purchase of my own in college.
This is my very favorite and most precious ornament, and it's going to fall apart soon.  My Mom got us a handpainted ornament for our wedding with our dates on it.  The paint is starting to flake off.  It is always placed at the top of the tree so the kiddos can't break it.  I had to get my longer lense out to catch it on my camera.
Finally, do you remember my fall basket that was given to me by my Mom?  Well here it is holding gifts under the tree.  Yes, if you were wondering, we are pretty much done with our shopping!  We do it all on Black Friday for the kids and my family exchanges gifts over Thanksgiving, so they have to be done by then!  Nice to not have the stress!  We enjoy taunting the kids for the entire season and it's gets their excitement even more than usual!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Threw-up in Our Yard!

Ok - so this is not the most thrifty thing that we do, but it has to be one of the most fun and rewarding!  We litterally have Christmas throw-up in our front yard (as my sister-in-law keeps saying)!  We have balloons, trees lit, and so much more!  This year, we actually have run out of space in our front yard.  If we didn't have such a windy street, we would put some on the roof, too!  Anyway, I am trying to get some better pictures, but my Nikon D60 is not liking night pictures with lights!  The trees all are synced to music that plays!  Watch for more pics soon! 

Click on the picture to see a better view - it's actually not as bad as I thought!  I am linking up to:
12 Weeks of Christmas - Red Writing