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Dinosaur Tree!

Hi Internet, how were your holidays? I don’t really care so much what you celebrate, but I hope you do celebrate something so you can make time to get together with your family and loved ones.

My Christmas was pretty awesome, and I used it as an excuse to bring glitter into the house (literally), despite Tawyna’s loathing of it. She swears that it multiplies and gets everywhere and that you can never get rid of it, like fleas. Now, I’m not claiming that it’s not true… but I don’t see it as such a negative.

You know what else is really cool? Dinosaurs.

Put them together and you get…
Glitter Dinosaur Tree Ornaments

Nothing shows Christmas spirit like sparkly dinosaurs hanging from your Christmas tree!  They were such a hit that different relatives kept requesting to take one home for their own tree.  The herd may have dwindled, but the individuals are staking out new territory.

The recipe for fab dinosaurs is pretty simple.

Step 1: Acquire dinosaurs from dollar store
Step 2: Acquire glitter (the finer the better)
Step 3: Paint a thin layer of glue on dinos.
Step 4: Give them a glitter shower (or bath, if you have enough glitter, which would probably make the process a lot faster)
Step 5: After drying, rinse (tap/shake) and repeat until fully covered in glitter
Step 6: Use a hot glue gun to attach an ornament hook (or why not use a paper clip?)

The cats absolutely loved having a tree in the house too, they were our first presents under the tree.

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Presenting Presents

Presenting Presents

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to explore the art of gift giving, or, more specifically, the art of presenting your gifts.  I’m one of those people who feel it necessary to put at least as much time wrapping the gift as I do in figuring out what to get my person, especially because I generally don’t spend a lot (if any) money on the actual present.  Hey, it’s the thought that counts, so make that thought golden!  Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

    1. Make their card!  Nothing says “I care about you” like making a card specifically for them.  There are so many ways to make  cards (see my Christmas card from last year or consider drawing them a card like I did for my MIL above) that you can always give them something completely unique.
    2. How about a cool gift tag?  They’re quick and easy and super cute.  The one I made above was created cutting out a gift tag shape from card stock with scissors, hole punched for the ribbon and punched on the corners with a cute corner punch, and drawn on with pen and marker.  You could also create one using an awesome stamp, or find some to download and print, like these crazy cute freebies.
    3. Make unwrapping the presents into a game!  I pretty much get the same presents for my wife Tawnya every year.  That makes her both really easy and really hard to shop for.  For her birthday this year, since she already knew she was getting movies like she always does, I wanted to make it more fun for her by giving her hints as to what movie was inside the wrapping.  I wrapped them using brown paper bags so that I could easily draw on them and just taped little flaps over the drawings of her clues.  Everyone had a lot of fun trying to guess what movies she got!  It also made me feel like less of a loser.  Getting the love of your life the same present all the time (even though it’s what she asks for and really does want) is kind of lame, but this definitely made it more unique and gave me more of an opportunity to put effort and love into it!

      Make it a game

    4. Bows and stuff!  Seriously, there are so many many things you can do!  How about using some live plants?

      Wreath Wrapping

      Wreath from Odessamay Society

      DIY-Fresh-Flower-Gift-Tag

      Live flowers from Sugar & Cloth

      I bet they smell wonderful! You could use cinnamon sticks, fresh pine, holly berry twigs, mistletoe or pine cones for a nice winter holiday touch.

      Felt Dahlia

      Beautiful felt dahlia from NotMartha

      crochet star

      Adorable Twinkler Stars from Cherry Heart.

      Or how about putting some of your crafting to use to create a cute ornament like a felt flower, crochet star or let’s not forget about our paper flowers!

I’m getting pretty excited about making things for Christmas and winter decorating in general.  My newest find that I want to try out today?  These crazy paper woven ornaments. 

Ornament Christmas Cards

Hanging ornament xmas cards

I finally finished my Christmas cards!  All I have to do now is write in them and send them off to my family and friends.  They’re pretty cute, although more work than I thought they would be.

Xmas Cards Materials

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Christmas/winter themed decorative paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Straight paper cutter
  • Round hole punch (2 in)
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Hot glue gun

Xmas Cards Collage

  1. Fold your cardstock in half hamburger style.  Cut it in half.
  2. Use the hole punch to cut out 3 circles of different paper.
  3. Glue to of the three circles toward the bottom of the paper with the glue stick.
  4. Sew from the tops of the circles to the top of the card (the fold).  Be sure to only sew through one layer, and sew back and forth towards the end just like sewing with fabric to make sure the threads don’t come out.
  5. Glue your final circle toward the top, overlapping one of the thread lines.
  6. Create your last thread line from the top of the last circle to the fold again.
  7. Glue a small bow (made from the ribbon) to one of the ornaments.  I tried it on all three but thought that it looked best with just one bow.
  8. Write a nice message on the inside and send it off!

I made a special picture for my friend who is off fighting fires in Afghanistan for his Christmas present.  It’s a little risque (no nudity but it is a pinup!) so I’ll put it behind a cut. Continue reading

Hanging snowflakes

Hanging Snowflakes decor

I have been having way too much fun decorating this holiday season.  I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’ve moved to a new place that I am just absolutely in love with.  This snowflake display was a fun and easy little project that really makes the room feel happy!  I think I’ll probably end up leaving the twine up for decorating all year round.  You could use it for so many things.  I already plan on putting up Christmas cards once they start arriving.

To make this cute little snowflake hang, you will need:

  • Magazine (or regular paper)
  • Twine
  • Clothes pins
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • (nail and hammer to hang twine)

Stringing the twine is crazy easy, just put two nails in the wall for the twine to hang from.  I gave mine a little slack so it would dip down just a bit.

Then comes my favorite part, making snowflakes!  I like the look of using magazine pages.  It’s fun and whimsical and gives some nice pops of color to white walls.  If you can snag a holiday magazine, even better since you’ll find lots of holiday focused spreads!

Snowflake collage

Here’s a little refresher on snowflake making.  Find the page you want to use and tear it out.  Fold in half one way, then fold in half again so you have a square.  Next, fold diagonally, then fold diagonally again.  Cut off the excess on the top.  If you want to, you can take a sharpie and block out all that you plan on cutting out.  I usually wing it because it’s fun to surprise yourself!  Cut a bunch.  Now for the best part, carefully unfold.  It goes from little tiny piece of paper with funky shapes to an awesome snowflake.  It’s pretty much magic.

Make yourself a bunch of these.  You can never have too many, you’ll find other place to hang them too.  Windows, mirrors, cabinets, etc.

I used some blue ribbon taped to the back of my snowflakes and secured them to the twine with clothes pins.  If you want to get really crazy you could paint your clothes pins or cover them in glitter.  I may still end up doing that…

I don’t know how, but Mustafa got crazy photogenic and happened to be in exactly the right spots at the right times I was taking pictures.

We also have stockings for the first time this year!  Tawnya and I sat down and decorated ours together.  It was pretty disgustingly adorable.

I put some snowflakes on our curtains too.  They look really cool with the light filtering through.  Lex was in the right spot at the right time too.  Weird.